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Pulliam Leaves Gold's
LEXINGTON, KY -- Royce Pulliam, formerly the largest Gold's Gym
International franchisee, has left the Gold's brand behind to create his
own brand, Urban Active Fitness, the company announced today. Read the
The Xvest (adjustable weight vest) voted as "The Best Fitness
Product of the Year" by industry experts.
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Summer and Winter Olympians. First responders and the military depend on
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Life Time Revenue Up
Almost 26 Percent
EDEN PRAIRIE, MN -- Third quarter 2007 revenue for Life Time Fitness
Inc. grew 25.8 percent to $169.5 million from $134.7 million during the
same period last year, according to the company's third quarter filing.
Read the full story.
Affect Club Industry
SAN DIEGO, CA -- The fires raging in several Southern California
counties has caused closures of some clubs, mostly due to poor air
quality or the threat of fire. Read the full story.
The Rush to Open Four
GREENSBORO, NC -- The Rush Fitness Complex, a Tennessee-based health
club company, has chosen North Carolina's Piedmont Triad -- Greensboro,
Winston-Salem, and High Point -- for its first expansion outside the
Volunteer State. Read the full story.
CLARK, NJ -- Cuts Fitness bought out the franchise agreements of
each of its franchisees and closed its franchise business in June,
according to Steven Haase, managing director of Cuts Fitness. Read the
GARDEN GROVE, CA -- Nifty After Fifty, a fitness and wellness
company that caters to seniors, has been given the go-ahead by the
California Department of Corporations to begin selling franchises. Read
the full story.
SAN MATEO, CA -- Inches-A-Weigh, a women-only fitness club, abruptly
shut down its operation Monday, and many members say they were
overcharged for membership dues in recent weeks, according to
InsideBayArea.com. Read the full story.
Americans to Take 8 Billion Steps
WASHINGTON, DC -- More than 1,500 YMCAs participated in the YMCA of
the USA's America On the Move Week with the YMCA, Sept. 22-29. Ys across
the country motivated 1.3 million people to take 8 billion steps during
the week. Read the full story.
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MRSA Cases Prompt Action
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NATIONWIDE -- Student recreation centers across the country are
taking precautions to help stop the spread of methicillin-resistant
Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Read the full story.
Navy Commands Drop 612
Pounds During Challenge
NORFOLK, VA -- More than 150 sailors and Department of Navy
employees participated in a joint weight-loss challenge from Aug. 10 to
Oct. 10 between Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command (NCDOC) Norfolk
and Naval Network Warfare Command (NEWARCOM). The commands went beyond
their initial goal of 500 pounds, losing a combined total of 612 pounds.
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CEO as Trouble Continues
VANCOUVER, WA -- Robert S. Falcone, who has been interim president
and CEO of Nautilus since August 2007, was appointed as CEO of Nautilus
last month, just two days before the company announced a net loss of $13
million in the third quarter 2007. Read the full story.
Cybex Revenue on the
MEDWAY, MA -- Third quarter 2007 net sales for Cybex International
increased by 9 percent to $32.6 million, the company announced. The
figures compare to $29.9 million for the corresponding 2006 period. Read
the full story.
Fit to Print
The National Swimming Pool Foundation awarded two grants
totaling $210,354 to continue the research about reducing injury and
disease in and around water. A grant of an additional $19,746 will help
research health benefits of immersion and exercise in water. Purdue
University and New York Medical College received the injury prevention
grants, and the University of Idaho received the health benefits grant.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and the United Way of Allegheny County
teamed with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania and Strive to create a Steelers Fitness
Zone at the Boys & Girls Club in Millvale, PA. The Steelers Fitness
Zone, a black and gold workout room, is packed with youth-oriented
fitness equipment provided by Strive. The joint effort last month was
part of the ninth annual NFL/United Way Hometown Huddle, a series of
volunteer projects implemented near different NFL cities nationwide.
Matrix Fitness Systems'
U.S. third-quarter sales increased by 98 percent over the corresponding
2006 period, the company announced. Over the same time frame last year,
global sales grew 55 percent. Chris Clawson, president of Matrix,
attributes the growth to the company's new products, including the
Ascent Trainer, Incline Elliptical and the Hybrid Cycle.
Lady of America announced it will partner with Power Plate North America to
integrate Power Plate pro5 Acceleration Training machines into its
clubs. The Power Plate Acceleration Training products use advanced
vibration technology to fuel a person's natural and reactive response to
vibration. The technology allows for users to get their workouts
completed in half the time of a recommended 30-minute routine.
became the newest Gold's Gym national vendor member in September. By
becoming a vendor member, Expresso Fitness is aligned with franchised
and corporate facilities. As an immediate result of the partnership,
Expresso bikes have been added to 10 states.
The International Fitness
Professionals Association (IFPA) Personal Fitness Trainer
Certification examination has received National Organization of
Competency Assurance/National Commission for Competency Assurance
accreditation, according to the Tampa, FL-based group. IFPA has also
earned the International Association for Continuing Education and
Training authorized provider credential.
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