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Planet Fitness, World Gym Owners Meet in Las Vegas
Keynote Speaker Changes at Club Industry
Club Hopping
Construction Resumes After Club's Building Collapses
Ys Increase Programming to Address Obesity in Adults and Children
Personal Training Company Offers Franchises
School Days
Fitness Fee Increases at Penn State
Texas Governor Signs Fitness Bill
Boot Camp
Sailors and Marines Participate in Half Marathon From Persian Gulf
Industry Beat
Beginning to Work Out Is Main Battle, Survey Says
Researchers Say Weight-Loss Surgery Extends Lifespan
Fit to Print
In Brief...
Inside Manufacturers...
Speaking Out
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September.10.2007
Step by Step Launches New Category
Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro's online how-to section has added design as a new topic area. Visit http://www.fitnessbusinesspro.com/stepbystep to read articles from industry experts on design, programming, retention, personal training and more.

Here's what to look for in September in our Step by Step online section:

Step by Step: Design New!
Kurt Broadhag, president of K Allan Consulting and 23D Gym Design, shows owners how to make their facilities greener.

Step by Step: Clubs
Jim Thomas, founder and president of Fitness Management USA Inc., discusses the benefits of a well-trained staff.

Step by Step: Personal Training
Jayson Hunter, dietitian and fitness professional, shares three ways to keep trainers up-to-date on the latest research.

Step by Step: Retention
Daniel Carlin Frey, who has experience in the restaurant and fitness industry, talks about how to handle member issues.

Step by Step: Programming
Wendy Jett, corporate group fitness director for Global Fitness Holdings/Gold's Gym, explains the pros and cons of branded classes.

If you would like to be a Step by Step columnist, please e-mail Jennipher Shaver at jennipher.shaver@penton.com with your mug shot, one paragraph bio and three topic ideas for 750-word how-to articles.

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Hot News
Planet Fitness, World Gym Owners Meet in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS -- Franchisees of both Planet Fitness and World Gym clubs met with Planet Fitness executives Thursday during an information forum at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Some franchisees, especially those of World Gym clubs, left the forum with some unanswered questions. Read the full story.

Keynote Speaker Changes at Club Industry
CHICAGO -- The focus of the second keynote presentation at the Club Industry 2007 Conference and Exhibition has shifted from medical wellness to sustainability. Phillip Mills, CEO of Les Mills, will be the keynote speaker at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, according to Zari Stahl, show director for Club Industry 2007. Read the full story.

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The Xvest (adjustable weight vest) voted as "The Best Fitness Product of the Year" by industry experts.

It's no wonder why the Xvest is utilized by the NFL, NBA, MLB and the Summer and Winter Olympians. First responders and the military depend on it for staying in top condition.

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Club Hopping
Construction Resumes After Club's Building Collapses
DE PERE, WI -- Construction crews recently returned to the site where a building that will house a Snap Fitness health club collapsed, injuring four men. Read the full story.

Ys Increase Programming to Address Obesity in Adults and Children
CHICAGO -- YMCAs across the country have increased programs to address weight gain and obesity among youth and adults, according to a report by the YMCA of the USA, which studied changes in programming from 2005 to 2006. Read the full story.

Personal Training Company Offers Franchises
NEW CANAAN, CT -- The owners of Personal Training Professionals (PTP) have begun selling their club model as a franchise.

The personal training franchises will be sold to fitness professionals. PTP will give the franchisees an initial boost by helping with site selection, owner training, marketing plans and other items to get started. The original location in New Canaan, CT, is the only one sold so far, according to Jason Baer, president of PTP. The franchises will be sold at a flat fee of $35,000, with a 6 percent royalty charged annually.

The franchise model offers a variety of profit centers, including nutritional counseling, massage therapy, small group exercise classes and youth fitness programs, Baer says.

"I am tremendously proud to share our methodology and business practices to help others achieve the success we have seen over the past nine years," Baer says. "Our franchisees and all of our trainers are highly qualified, motivated individuals who are versed in the specific methods of PTP. Our attention to detail and commitment to excellence is second to none."

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School Days
Fitness Fee Increases at Penn State
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA -- Students at Penn State University will be paying more to work out this year. The fitness membership fee increased $9 per semester from last year because of the addition of the Rec Hall fitness center, according to the university's newspaper, The Daily Collegian. Read the full story.

Texas Governor Signs Fitness Bill
AUSTIN, TX -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry recently signed Senate Bill 530 requiring more physical fitness for children in third through 12th grades. The bill requires fitness evaluations to be conducted each year and sent to the Texas Education Agency. Read the full story.

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Boot Camp
Sailors and Marines Participate in Half Marathon From Persian Gulf
USS ENTERPRISE, AT SEA -- Although Marines and sailors in the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group were on duty on the USS Enterprise in the Persian Gulf, they were still able to run in the seventh annual Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon held on Aug. 30 in Virginia Beach, VA, thanks to the Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department's creative efforts. Due to weather and lack of space, the race was completed on treadmills from the flag bridge. Read the full story.

Industry Beat
Beginning to Work Out Is Main Battle, Survey Says
NEW YORK -- Sixty-five percent of people surveyed said that getting motivated to do their first workout is the hardest part about starting an exercise routine, according to a survey from GymTicket.com, a health club search engine. Read the full story.

Researchers Say Weight-Loss Surgery Extends Lifespan
BATON ROUGE, LA -- As obesity rates have increased, gastric bypass and other abdominal surgeries have gained in popularity. Despite other reports that extreme weight loss reduces lifespan, new research suggests that these surgeries may be extending or saving lives. Read the full story.

Fit to Print
In Brief...

  • Life Time Fitness has purchased the White Bear Racquet & Swim Club in White Bear Lake, MN. The new facility will be the 25th in the Twin Cities area for Life Time Fitness and 66th nationally. Employees at the White Bear facility have been given the opportunity to remain with the facility.
  • Gold's Gym has hired Stephen Dixon as its new director of franchise development, the company announced Thursday. Dixon will be responsible for awarding Gold's Gym franchise opportunities to a targeted pool of candidates in the United States. Dixon was formerly the franchise sales and area director for the Colorado-based pizza chain Nick-N-Willy's Franchise Co.


  • Inside Manufacturers...
  • Anytime Fitness named Life Fitness as Vendor of the Year for overall product quality and services at the recent Anytime Fitness conference in Utah. To ensure that preferred vendors meet corporate expectations, Anytime Fitness conducts an annual survey of its franchisees to assess vendors on products, customer service, maintenance and repairs, value and follow-up.
  • Powerhouse Gyms has chosen Les Mills as its provider of group fitness programs. Les Mills makes its eight programs available in more than 11,000 clubs around the world. Powerhouse has nearly 300 clubs worldwide and has a top 5 ranking on the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Assocation's Global 25 list.
  • LifeGuard Medical Solutions' Health Club AED Program allows health clubs to purchase a heart defibrillator at a nationally contracted discounted rate structure. The program provides the HeartStart Onsite AED, manufactured by Philips Medical Systems.


  • Speaking Out
    Reader Poll
    Visit our Web site to participate in an online poll that asks the following question:

    Do you believe that vibration training is a legitimate strength-training option?

    Results from the last Speaking Out:
    Are you surprised that adult obesity rates increased in 31 states last year?

    Yes: 13%

    No: 87%

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