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Bally Emerges from Bankruptcy
Club Hopping
Giardina to Leave TSI
New North Georgia YMCA Denied Tax-Exempt Status
School Days
Fee to Increase Dramatically at University of Iowa
P.E. Course Started for Home-Schooled Children
Boot Camp
Runner Dies During Army Ten-Miler Race
New Army Training Center Helps Disabled Vets
Industry Beat
Jazzercise Sales Top $85 Million
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October Step by Step Articles Online Now
Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro's online how-to section helps our readers improve retention, increase sales, energize group exercise programming and more. Visit to read articles from industry experts.

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

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

Step by Step: Clubs
Daniel Carlin Frey, who has experience in the restaurant and fitness industry, explains how to hire and retain quality staff members.

Step by Step: Sales
Leslie Nolen, who leads the Radial Group, informs clubs how to avoid bad-profit practices.

Step by Step: Retention
Pat Rigsby, co-owner of the Fitness Consulting Group, shares four strategies that can improve member retention.

Step by Step: Nutrition
Rodney Wynn, founder of Wynn with Fitness, explains how fitness professionals can help members stay hydrated.

Step by Step: Spas
Jasmine Jafferali, fitness and wellness manager at East Bank Club, describes how clubs can join forces with the spa industry.

Podcast with Dr. Ian Smith
The Web site for Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro magazine features a podcast with diet expert Dr. Ian Smith, whose new book is titled "The Fat Smash Diet." Click here to hear Senior Associate Editor Jennipher Shaver interview Dr. Smith, who is featured on VH1's "Celebrity Fit Club" and is a contributor on ABC's "The View."

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Hot News
Bally Emerges from Bankruptcy
CHICAGO -- Bally Total Fitness, Chicago, the second-highest revenue-producing health club company in the United States, has emerged from bankruptcy, the company announced. Read the full story.

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.

The Xvest can give your exercise and training the extra boost that it needs. Put it on for jogging, power-walking, or with any aerobic exercises. Your workout will be more productive and burn up to 70% more calories in the same amount of time. Until now, there have been no product on the market that allows you to condition aerobically while building lean muscle mass.

Club Hopping
Giardina to Leave TSI
NEW YORK -- Robert Giardina, CEO of Town Sports International (TSI), is resigning from that role effective Oct. 31. Alexander Alimanestianu, the company's current president, will become CEO at that time, the company announced. Giardina, who has been with the company for 26 years, is resigning for personal and health reasons, although no specifics were given about Giardina's health issues. Read the full story.

New North Georgia YMCA Denied Tax-Exempt Status
FORT OGLETHORPE, GA -- The North Georgia YMCA in Fort Oglethorpe, GA, will have to pay property taxes on the 4.5 acres slated for its new facility, according to The Catoosa County (GA) News. Read the full story.

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School Days
Fee to Increase Dramatically at University of Iowa
IOWA CITY, IA -- With construction of a new $69.2 million campus recreation and wellness center set to begin Oct. 19 at the University of Iowa, the school's student activity fee will jump from $4 annually to $219 for the fall 2009 semester. Read the full story.

P.E. Course Started for Home-Schooled Children
NEWPORT, RI -- A new physical education course for home-schooled children began Monday at the Newport (RI) Recreation Center.

Classes are geared for each grade level for elementary, middle school and high school home-schooled students, according to a report in the Newport (RI) News Times. Elementary classes focus on motor skills activities and body awareness, middle school classes focus on cooperative games and introduction to team sports, and high school classes focus on team, individual and lifetime sports as well as fitness activities.

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Boot Camp
Runner Dies During Army Ten-Miler Race
WASHINGTON, DC -- A civilian runner died Sunday during the Army Ten-Miler 10-mile race. According to media reports, the unidentified runner was about 200 yards from the finish line at the Pentagon. When the race began, it was unseasonably warm at about 70 degrees with high humidity. Read the full story.

New Army Training Center Helps Disabled Vets
WASHINGTON, DC -- To help enhance amputee and patient care of disabled and injured veterans, Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) recently opened the Military Advanced Training Center (MATC). The 31,000-square-foot facility includes numerous advanced physical therapy and fitness-related features. Read the full story.

Industry Beat
Jazzercise Sales Top $85 Million
CARLSBAD, CA -- Jazzercise, a dance fitness program, posted its most successful year in the company's 38-year history. Jazzercise had system-wide sales topping $85 million for the past fiscal year, an increase of 10 percent over last year's totals. This is the sixth consecutive year that Jazzercise has posted system-wide sales growth.

Jazzercise has more than 7,200 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in 32 countries.

Fit to Print
In Brief...

  • The National Swimming Pool Foundation awarded four grants to four universities in the United States. The $364,794 will be used to study the effects of hot/warm water on the heart and respiratory system, and to compare the long-term health of average individuals to swimmers. The grants will also fund research comparing the psychological health benefits of in-water and out-of-water exercises, and the physiological and psychological effects of in-water and out-of-water exercises on people with Type-2 Diabetes.

  • Inside Manufacturers...
  • Virgin Life Care was named one of the best wellness vendors in the United States by Health Industries Research Companies in its seventh annual Report on Disease Management Industry. Virgin Life Care was one of seven recipients of the award.
  • Tim Maxey, the Cleveland Indians' strength and conditioning coach, received Life Fitness' Nolan Ryan Award. The award honors the professional baseball strength and conditioning coach whose achievements have been recognized by members of the Professional Baseball Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society. Maxey will receive a plaque and personal letter from Ryan, and a $1,500 stipend toward purchasing Hammer Strength and Life Fitness equipment.



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