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Pulliam Leaves Gold's Fold
Club Hopping
Life Time Revenue Up Almost 26 Percent
California Fires Affect Club Industry
The Rush to Open Four More Clubs
Cuts Closes Franchise Business
Senior Fitness Franchise Expands
Women-only Club Closes
YMCA Activates Americans to Take 8 Billion Steps
School Days
MRSA Cases Prompt Action by University Rec Centers
Boot Camp
Navy Commands Drop 612 Pounds During Challenge
Industry Beat
Nautilus Appoints CEO as Trouble Continues
Cybex Revenue on the Rise
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Hot News
Pulliam Leaves Gold's Fold
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 full story.

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Club Hopping
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.

California Fires 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 More Clubs
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.

Cuts Closes Franchise Business
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 full story.

Senior Fitness Franchise Expands
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.

Women-only Club Closes
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.

YMCA Activates 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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School Days
MRSA Cases Prompt Action by University Rec Centers
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.

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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. Read the full story.

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Industry Beat
Nautilus Appoints 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 Rise
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
In Brief...

  • 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.


  • Inside Manufacturers...
  • 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.
  • Expresso Fitness 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.


  • Speaking Out
    Reader Poll
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    Besides Bally's bankruptcy, what has been the biggest story in the industry in 2007?

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    Does a software company handle your billing and collections?

    Yes: 67%

    No: 33%

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