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Court Approves Bally's Plan
Club Hopping
South Dakota Y Bookkeeper Charged with Theft and Forgery
Longfellow Clubs Switches to On-Site Energy Facility
Greenwood Village Athletic and Tennis Club Showcases Members
School Days
New Facility at Syracuse Meets ADA Requirements
Boot Camp
Air Force Marathon Sets Records
Industry Beat
Aerobic Training Benefits Children with Asthma
Fit to Print
In Brief...
Inside Manufacturers...
Speaking Out
Reader Poll
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September.20.2007
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The September issue of Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro includes an article about Planet Fitness and World Gym, a profile of Lifetime Achievement Award winner Alan Schwartz, a profile of each of the 2007 Best of the Best winners, a Club Industry 2007 update, a report on business intelligence software in clubs, and a Q&A with Tim Miller, CEO of Crunch Fitness.

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Hot News
Court Approves Bally's Plan
CHICAGO -- A bankruptcy court ruled that Bally Total Fitness has met all the requirements to confirm its Chapter 11 plan of reorganization, the Chicago-based company announced. Read the full story.

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Club Hopping
South Dakota Y Bookkeeper Charged with Theft and Forgery
LEAD, SD -- A former bookkeeper at the Northern Hills Family YMCA in Lead, SD, was sentenced to seven years in a state penitentiary for grand theft and forgery. The bookkeeper, Shelley Stevenson of Rapid City, SD, allegedly issued paychecks to herself, her daughters and her husband, and increased her wages by $3.80 an hour without approval of the Y board. Read the full story.

Longfellow Clubs Switches to On-Site Energy Facility
NATICK, MA -- The Longfellow Clubs is going green and on-site for its energy needs. The Massachusetts club company recently signed an agreement to receive a substantial portion of its electricity, heat, domestic hot water and swimming pool heat directly from an on-site, 75-kilowatt cogeneration facility that will be owned, installed and operated by American DG Energy. Read the full story.

Greenwood Village Athletic and Tennis Club Showcases Members
DENVER, CO -- Greenwood Village Athletic and Tennis Club is celebrating its 20th anniversary by displaying pictures featuring the "best parts" of long-time members who are between the ages of 30 and 60. Attributes on display are members' legs, punches, arms, peace of mind, tennis serve and abs. The campaign will also display a photo of three children with the text, "The best part of me...my friends." The club wanted to represent a variety of features to show that fitness is more than a physical look. Greenwood placed the artwork on canvas banners, which will be on display for one year.

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School Days
New Facility at Syracuse Meets ADA Requirements
SYRACUSE, NY -- Syracuse University opened a 3,900-square-foot facility on Aug. 27 that was converted from a former record theater and massage venue in a strip mall next to campus. The facility meets requirements of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Two of the 10 treadmills in the facility have Braille overlays, and the floor has orange-colored aisles as a guide for the visually impaired. The facility, which is open to Syracuse students, faculty, staff and alumni who have an alumni pass, also has three unisex bathrooms with showers that meet all ADA requirements.

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Boot Camp
Air Force Marathon Sets Records
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, OHIO -- The 11th Annual U.S. Air Force Marathon set a new participation and course record last weekend. More than 6,300 runners participated in the marathon events, and more than 2,000 volunteers supported this year's five events. Besides the full and half marathon, the Air Force Marathon included four-person relay races, a 5K race and a wheelchair race. Read the full story.

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Industry Beat
Aerobic Training Benefits Children with Asthma
INDIANAPOLIS -- Children with asthma can benefit from aerobic training and improve their cardiopulmonary fitness while decreasing the use of inhalers, according to a study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Read the full story.

Fit to Print
In Brief...

  • New York Sports Club will open its first fitness facility in West Hartford, CT, this fall. The 35,000 square-foot facility will be the company's ninth location in Connecticut. The club will feature state-of-the-art equipment with audiovisual entertainment, a four-lane pool, a therapy pool and a Jacuzzi. Fitness classes, such as yoga and Pilates, will be offered as well. The new club will be located in a mixed-use area, which will include a movie theater, a Whole Foods store and retailer REI.
  • Actress Susan Sarandon and actor/rapper Mos Def are the honorary co-chairs of the fourth annual Children's Sports & Fitness Expo, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29, in New York. The expo helps combat childhood obesity by introducing children to more than 25 sports activities, nutrition classes and health screenings.


  • Inside Manufacturers...
  • Adam Sacco and Nikki Layke joined the team at ABC Financial Services Inc. as senior account executives. Sacco has 15 years of industry experience as a personal trainer, in health club management in the Atlanta area and as a senior account manager for Getmembers.com. Sacco will work in new account development and sales. Layke was previously vice president of operations for the Thomas Plummer Co. and the director of the National Fitness Business Alliance. Layke will speak at trade shows and work with clubs to improve their financial situations.
  • Expresso Fitness Corp., Sunnyvale, CA, will move its headquarters to a larger facility to accommodate the growth of the company. The company's new headquarters has more than 35,000 square feet of office and operational space. The new location will have space for engineering, assembly, testing, shipping and receiving for the next two years.
  • WaterRower Inc. introduced a free interactive Web site, We-Row.com, that allows WaterRower users to practice their skills at home. The program also allows users to set up races with other rowers. Users can connect the program to S4 monitors, which are standard on all WaterRower units sold since May 2005. Users who have the S3 monitors can get an upgrade kit for $225 that allows the equipment to work with the Web site.
  • FitLinxx and FitSense are teaming up to provide technology-based solutions to motivate people to become more active. FitLinxx works with YMCAs, commercial fitness clubs, medical fitness centers, recreation centers and military facilities. FitSense manufactures wireless and low-power sensor technology that enables users to track physical activity and health data. The partnership will allow customers to use wireless devices that collect information from fitness equipment, personal activity devices and health monitors.
  • 24 Hour Fitness selected RetailAction, a software application manufactured by Reflexis Systems Inc., to implement an integrated suite of applications for task management, labor scheduling, mobile store walk and KPI monitoring. The RetailAction suite enables coordinated planning, streamlined communications and scheduling, workload optimization, and the monitoring of key sales and operations trends.


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

    Are you surprised at how quickly Bally has emerged from bankruptcy?

    Results from the last Speaking Out:
    Do you believe that vibration training is a legitimate strength-training option?

    Yes: 15%

    No: 85%

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