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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
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
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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.
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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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.
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.
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
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.
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
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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