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Bally Noteholders Approve Amended Plan
Club Hopping
Minimum Wage Increase and Higher Energy Costs Affect Erie Y
Former NFL Player Opens Club in Indiana
Kansas Club To Expand By Nearly Nine Times Its Size
School Days
Overweight Children Have Higher Rate of Absenteeism, Study Shows
Boot Camp
New Army Fitness Center Showcases Design Criteria
Industry Beat
Nautilus CEO Steps Down
Personal Training Stays on Top
Fitness Pros Want More from Moore
Fit to Print
In Brief...
Inside Manufacturers...
Speaking Out
Reader Poll
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New Podcast Added
Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro magazine has added its second podcast. Click here to listen to an interview with 24 Hour Fitness CEO Carl Liebert as he discusses such topics as the company's expansion in the United States and Asia as well as 24 Hour's youth-oriented programs.

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Hot News
Bally Noteholders Approve Amended Plan
CHICAGO -- The noteholders of Bally Total Fitness have approved the amended reorganization Chapter 11 plan proposed by stockholder Harbinger Capital Partners Funds, and all parties have signed a restructuring support agreement, Bally announced Thursday. Read the full story.

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Club Hopping
Minimum Wage Increase and Higher Energy Costs Affect Erie Y
ERIE, PA -- The new Pennsylvania minimum wage and higher energy costs are affecting the YMCA of Greater Erie (PA). In fact, starting this fall, the Y will no longer offer free swimming lessons to its members due to the increased expenses, Erie, PA, TV station WHP-TV reported. On July 1, Pennsylvania's minimum wage rose from $6.25 per hour to $7.15 per hour. Read the full story.

Former NFL Player Opens Club in Indiana
CEDAR LAKE, IN -- Jared Tomich, who played five seasons in the National Football League, has opened a 16,000-square-foot club in Cedar Lake, IN, according to the Northwest Times of Indiana.

Fuel Fitness Center has 16 staff members and a dozen instructors and personal trainers. The club offers the latest equipment, a full aerobic room for yoga and Pilates classes, cardio kickboxing, full locker rooms and childcare, Tomich told the newspaper. Tomich played four seasons with the New Orleans Saints.

Kansas Club To Expand By Nearly Nine Times Its Size
EMPORIA, KS -- City commissioners in Emporia, KS, on Wednesday approved the move of Emporia Fitness from a 2,400-square-foot area to a former Pepsi Bottling Group building that has 21,000 square feet, according to The Emporia Gazette.

The new location will include virtual cycling and a new audio system in its cardio theater as well as enhanced weightlifting equipment, the newspaper reported. Locker rooms and showers will be installed, and a smoothie bar will be added. A lounge area and childcare also will be provided.

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School Days
Overweight Children Have Higher Rate of Absenteeism, Study Shows
PHILADELPHIA -- Overweight children are absent from school on average 20 percent more often than their normal-weight peers, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University. Read the full story.

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Boot Camp
New Army Fitness Center Showcases Design Criteria
FORT BENNING, GA -- The Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith Fitness Center in Fort Benning, GA, will serve as a model for the Army's future fitness facilities, according to a report from the U.S. Army. Read the full story.

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Industry Beat
Nautilus CEO Steps Down
VANCOUVER, WA -- A month after Nautilus Inc. released its financial report showing falling net sales for second quarter 2007, Gregg Hammann stepped down as president and chief executive officer of the Vancouver, WA-based equipment manufacturer. He also resigned his seat on the company's board. Robert S. Falcone, Nautilus's lead independent director, will serve as chairman, president and chief executive officer on an interim basis, according to the company. Read the full story.

Personal Training Stays on Top
SAN DIEGO -- Personal training, mind-body fusion and outdoor activities continue to be popular offerings at health clubs while stability balls, resistance bands and balance boards are the most frequently offered equipment, according to the 12th annual IDEA Fitness Programs and Equipment Survey. The survey of 225 IDEA members, who consist of health club owners, fitness center managers and/or exercise program directors, measures the latest trends in programming and equipment offerings. Read the full story.

Fitness Pros Want More from Moore
NORTH PALM BEACH, FL -- Two fitness professionals are challenging filmmaker Michael Moore to get healthy. Jim Labadie (pictured, left) and Ryan Lee (pictured, right) recently created an e-mail campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of exercise and its role in preventive care. Read the full story.

Fit to Print
In Brief...

  • XSport Fitness is adding two locations, one in Hicksville, NY, and the other in the West Loop area of Chicago. The $10 million, 45,000-square-foot mega fitness centers will include 150 pieces of cardio equipment with personal flat screen televisions, more than 300 strength-training machines, free weight areas, two group exercise rooms, a four-lane pool, whirlpool, rock climbing walls, basketball courts, and sauna and steam rooms. The facilities will also include complete day spas, featuring full hair, nail and massage treatments; personal training and fitness assessments; 20 tanning rooms; and a fully equipped child play center.
  • Fitness Together Franchise Corp., which recently sold its 500th personal training franchise, has named Kevin Betts as its president, according to Rick Sikorski, CEO and founder of Fitness Together. Betts has served as vice president of operations since 1999, working alongside Sikorski for 14 years. Betts began working with Fitness Together in 1993 as a personal trainer while a student at Arizona State University. He was promoted to general manager of the company's largest fitness studio in 1996 and then became vice president of operations for Fitness Together in 1999.
  • ECA World Fitness announced that ECA Thrive! 2007, formerly known as ECA/MIAMI Sports Training and Fitness Conference, has moved up the coast from Miami and will be held Oct. 4-7 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, at the Harbor Beach Resort and Spa. The convention's new name represents a broader interpretation focusing more on wellness programs with an emphasis on a person's spiritual, emotional and mental health, as well as the physical, according to ECA.
  • The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) signed a new agreement with the National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association (NBATA) that establishes NASM as the official provider of sports education for the organization. NASM will develop and market instructional programs in consultation with the NBATA while serving as a resource to each NBA team's medical staff.


  • Inside Manufacturers...
  • MYE Entertainment signed agreements with fitness music producers Power Music, Techno Sweat and Tunes 4 Sports to provide on-going content for the in-club access fitness download station service.
  • FreeMotion Fitness partnered with Juan Carlos Santana, fitness educator and owner of the Institute of Human Performance. Santana will help develop educational materials and research studies, and collaborate on products and workshop presentations.


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