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Here's what to look for in October in our Step by Step online
by Step: Clubs
Daniel Carlin Frey, who has experience in the restaurant and fitness
industry, explains how to hire and retain quality staff members.
by Step: Sales
Leslie Nolen, who leads the Radial Group, informs clubs how to avoid
by Step: Retention
Pat Rigsby, co-owner of the Fitness Consulting Group, shares four
strategies that can improve member retention.
by Step: Nutrition
Rodney Wynn, founder of Wynn with Fitness, explains how fitness
professionals can help members stay hydrated.
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
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
Retention Management® The Leader in
Attrition Defense announces a new seminar at Club Industry presented
by Rich Ekstrom, President "Improving Retention vs. Maintaining
Retention: There is a Difference."
Also visit us at Booth 1158
And learn about the industry's leading automated member communication
service that helps you connect with your members like never before.
Bally Emerges from
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. www.thexvest.com
Giardina to Leave
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.
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
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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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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