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Keynotes Draw Crowds at Club Industry 2007
Club Hopping
Snap Fitness Ranked No. 1 on New Franchises List
The Alaska Club Sold to Private Equity Firm
Bally Installing Surveillance Equipment in NJ Club
Locker Thief at YWCA Uses Borrowed Hammer
School Days
More Than Half of Georgia Children Out of Shape
Boot Camp
Army Wellness and Education Program to Expand
Industry Beat
Denver, Colorado Top Health Club Lists
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In Brief...
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Hot News
Keynotes Draw Crowds at Club Industry 2007
CHICAGO -- More than 500 attendees filled the room on Oct. 11 for the presentation of Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro's Lifetime Achievement Award to Alan G. Schwartz, chairman of the board of TCA Holdings, and the keynote address given by Laila Ali, world boxing champion and daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

The show also featured numerous seminars, early-morning workouts and more than 800 booths on the trade show floor, according to Zari Stahl, Club Industry 2007 show director. More than 8,700 attendees registered for the four-day event in Chicago. For more on the show, check out our blog.

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Club Hopping
Snap Fitness Ranked No. 1 on New Franchises List
CHANHASSEN, MN -- Franchise Market Magazine has ranked Snap Fitness No. 1 on its annual list of the top 100 new franchises in the United States in its fall 2007 issue. Read the full story.

The Alaska Club Sold to Private Equity Firm
NEW YORK -- Lincolnshire Management Inc., a New York-based private equity firm, has purchased The Alaska Club, which has 17 fitness centers in the state of Alaska. Read the full story.

Bally Installing Surveillance Equipment in NJ Club
EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -- Bally Total Fitness is installing video surveillance equipment inside and outside its facility in East Brunswick, NJ, in response to thefts at the club, according to a report in the East Brunswick Home News Tribune.

Local police reported there were at least 50 thefts at the Bally club last year and 32 thefts so far this year, according to the newspaper. Bally spokesperson Matt Messinger told the newspaper that installing the surveillance equipment was something Bally deemed necessary. He added that signs in the club and member contracts state that Bally is not responsible for theft of valuables.

Locker Thief at YWCA Uses Borrowed Hammer
WHITE PLAINS, NY -- A 34-year-old man allegedly borrowed a hammer from a lifeguard at the YWCA of White Plains, NY, and used it to break into three of the YW's lockers last month, taking cash and personal items, according to The Journal News (NY).

The Greenburgh, NY, man allegedly returned the hammer before leaving, the paper reported. Desmond Anderson is also accused of breaking into two lockers at the White Plains Family YMCA. Anderson was arrested and charged with five counts of petty larceny, the newspaper reported.

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School Days
More Than Half of Georgia Children Out of Shape
ATLANTA -- A survey of 5,000 fifth- and seventh-graders in the state of Georgia revealed that more than half of them failed to pass a fitness test, according to a study by the Georgia Youth Fitness Assessment. Read the full story.

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Boot Camp
Army Wellness and Education Program to Expand
CARLISLE BARRACKS, PA -- The Army Wellness and Education Program is set to expand, according to Army officials. The expansion will better prepare individual leaders to manage their personal readiness and influence the health and fitness of those they lead. Read the full story.

Industry Beat
Denver, Colorado Top Health Club Lists
SAN DIEGO -- Denver and the state of Colorado have the highest percentage of people who belong to a health club, according to the 2007 Health Club Industry Review produced by The Active Marketing Group. Read the full story.

Fit to Print
In Brief...

  • Peak Fitness closed its club in the Westgate Shopping Center in West Asheville, NC, according to the Asheville Citizen-Times. Several companies had run the club in the shopping center over the last 25 years. Peak Fitness, which bought the club in August 2006, claims its rent would have quadrupled to $28,000 a month. The company that owns the property, FIRC Group LLC, claims that the rent would have at least doubled, to about $13,500 a month, according to the newspaper.
  • Ocean Fitness Center in Ocean Township, NJ, has closed after 20 years in operation. The club's owner, The Fitness Co., filed for bankruptcy in July. The Fitness Co. reported $3.4 million in assets and $8.1 million in liabilities, according to court papers.


  • Inside Manufacturers...
  • Matrix Fitness Systems' third-quarter sales increased nationally by 98 percent. The company credits the increase to the newly incorporated Ascent Trainer, Incline Elliptical and the Hybrid cycle.
  • Toronto's Granite Club has installed Taraflex Sports Flooring in its 6,500-square-foot facility. Multi-Use 3.0 was installed in the two-story club. The flooring is 3 millimeters thick and is designed to decrease noise level, be a good shock absorber and reduce friction burns. It is made of 43 percent recycled material and can be recycled when it wears out.
  • BV Entertainment and SuperPlasma have teamed up to meet the growing demand to upgrade fitness facilities' TVs to the new HD digital broadcasting format. BV Entertainment will market its AXS Series wireless system with the large-screen HD digital TVs from SuperPlasma. The AXS Series allows exercisers to connect their headsets to cardio equipment-mounted receivers so they can hear any TV in the room. The wireless series is compatible with BroadcastVision, Cardio Theater, MYE Entertainment and CardioVision transmitters.
  • Star Trac launched its Expect Different campaign to help tackle the growing epidemic of obesity and diabetes in the United States.
  • Specialty News named Octane Fitness the best supplier in the club industry for 2007. Octane Fitness also had the top-selling elliptical for the third consecutive year.


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