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Health Clubs Removed from Maryland Tax Bill
Club Hopping
Health Up, Fitness Down for Health Fitness Corp. in Third Quarter
New Gold's Gym Planned in Virginia
New LA Fitness Opens in Washington State
Tennessee Y Fires Employees Over Noose
Washington State Athletic Club Purchases Women-Only Club
School Days
UMass Breaks Ground on New Student Rec Center
Boot Camp
More Unfit Airmen and Sailors Being Discharged
Industry Beat
Augie Nieto Releases Book
Report: Nation's Health Declines
Older Adults Benefit from Functional Training
Fit to Print
In Brief...
Inside Manufacturers...
Speaking Out
Reader Poll
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November.10.2007
November Step by Step Articles Online Now
Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro's online how-to section helps our readers improve retention, increase sales, energize group exercise programming and more. Visit http://www.fitnessbusinesspro.com/stepbystep to read articles from industry experts.

If you would like to be a Step by Step columnist, please e-mail Jennipher Shaver at jennipher.shaver@penton.com with your mug shot, one paragraph bio and three topic ideas for 750-word how-to articles.

Here's what to look for in November in our Step by Step online section:

Step by Step: Sales
Jim Thomas, founder and president of Fitness Management USA Inc., explains the importance of questions in sales.

Step by Step: Programming
Brian Grasso, CEO of the International Youth Conditioning Association, gives tips on how to create programs for children and teens.

Step by Step: Clubs
Leslie Nolen, CEO of the Radial Group, shares a five-point tuneup for health club Web sites.

Step by Step: Personal Training
Pat Rigsby, co-owner of the Fitness Consulting Group, explains how one-on-one personal training can be more lucrative.

Step by Step: Design
Kurt Broadhag, president of K Allan Consulting and 23D Gym Design, shows how to design for the optimal cardio experience.


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Hot News
Health Clubs Removed from Maryland Tax Bill
ANNAPOLIS, MD -- The Maryland Senate Budget and Taxation Committee voted Tuesday to remove health clubs from a list of services to which a proposed expansion of a sales tax would be applied. Read the full story.

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Club Hopping
Health Up, Fitness Down for Health Fitness Corp. in Third Quarter
MINNEAPOLIS -- Revenue for the third quarter increased 5 percent at Health Fitness Corp., the provider of integrated employee health management programs announced earlier this week. Read the full story.

New Gold's Gym Planned in Virginia
ROANOKE, VA -- A new Gold's Gym will open in March at a mall in Roanoke, VA, according to The Roanoke Times. The Gold's Gym will take the place of New Fitness, which closed last year in bankruptcy. The five investors of the new Gold's told the newspaper they are investing between $4 million and $5 million in renovations and equipment.

The new Gold's Gym franchise will compete with the current Gold's, which opened four years ago in Southwest Roanoke County, and will not share members, according to the newspaper. The new Gold's also will compete with other fitness centers in the area, including a planned $30 million recreation center in North Roanoke County that will serve both children and adults, according to the report.

New LA Fitness Opens in Washington State
EVERETT, WA -- LA Fitness opened a new club in the Everett (WA) Mall, The Everett Herald reported. The 49,000-square-foot club is the largest LA Fitness in the Northwest, general manager Clint Richard told the newspaper.

The new club includes a full-sized basketball court, racquetball courts, a four-lane lap pool, a spa, and large areas of circuit-training machines, cardio equipment and free weights. The club also includes 10 mounted plasma TVs, two classrooms for exercise sessions and on-site child care.

Tennessee Y Fires Employees Over Noose
CLEVELAND, TN -- Earlier this week, the YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga's Cleveland (TN) branch fired three employees who were involved in leaving two nooses at its facility. Read the full story.

Washington State Athletic Club Purchases Women-Only Club
BELLINGHAM, WA -- The Bellingham (WA) Athletic Club (BAC) has purchased the Express Fitness and Tan women-only club, The Bellingham Herald reported. BAC owner Cathy Buckley told the newspaper she plans to change the name of the club to Bellingham Athletic Club Express.

Express Fitness provided a 30-minute workout for its members. Buckley told the newspaper that she will listen to the club's members before making changes to the workout programs, which might include adding more cardio equipment for the 30-minute workout.

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School Days
UMass Breaks Ground on New Student Rec Center
AMHERST, MA -- The University of Massachusetts (UMass) broke ground last week on a new $50 million student recreation center that is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2009. Read the full story.

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Boot Camp
More Unfit Airmen and Sailors Being Discharged
WASHINGTON, DC -- Government officials say fitness programs are working to make the military healthier despite the fact that more airmen and sailors are being discharged because they are unfit and overweight. Read the full story.

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Industry Beat
Augie Nieto Releases Book
NEW YORK -- Augie Nieto, founder of Life Fitness, released his book "Augie's Quest: One Man's Journey from Success to Significance" on Wednesday, making an emotional appearance on "The Today Show" with his wife, Lynne. Nieto was diagnosed with ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, in 2005. After attempting suicide soon after the diagnosis, he has focused his life on raising funds to cure the disease. Proceeds from the book, which goes on sale Nov. 13, will go to find a cure. Read the full story.

Report: Nation's Health Declines
WASHINGTON, DC -- The overall health of the nation declined over the past year despite progress made in some key health indicators, according to a report released this week by the United Health Foundation, the American Public Health Association and Partnership for Prevention. The report indicates that the overall health of the nation declined by a rate of 0.3 percent since last year. Read the full story.

Older Adults Benefit from Functional Training
SAN DIEGO -- Functional fitness programming works for older adults, and most of them see real-world benefits relatively quickly, according to a study commissioned by the American Council on Exercise (ACE). Researchers at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, upon the request of ACE, examined physical improvements associated with functional training. Read the full story.

Fit to Print
In Brief...

  • Elements for Women recently announced that Michelle Khai has joined the company's advisory board. Khai is the chief science officer of Kettle Bell Concepts and has been featured on Lifetime's "Real Women" for her work with dancers.
  • Marc and Angela Snyder are the new owners of the Marion (OH) Downtown Athletic Club, the Marion Star reported. Marc Snyder is the former strength and conditioning coach for the Columbus Destroyers Arena Football League team and the former director of the Westerville (OH) Athletic Club. He specializes in contest preparation for bodybuilding while Angela Snyder specializes in training for children and pre/post-pregnancy women.


  • Inside Manufacturers...
  • Equinox Fitness Clubs purchased more than 500 Life Fitness Elevation Series treadmills for its facilities. The 95T Treadmill has two models -- the Engage, which features a 15-inch LCD touch screen, and the Inspire, which features a 7-inch LCD touch screen. Both models include iPod integration, USB connectivity, a virtual trainer and workout landscape perspectives such as a mountain, a 400-meter track and a 5-kilometer nature trail.
  • Extreme Fitness Inc. announced that the company's shares of stock are publicly trading on the Pink Sheets under the stock symbol EXTF.
  • Star Trac supported the Tustin (CA) Public Schools Foundation's 17th Annual Dinosaur Dash Run on Sunday. The company provided water at its Myford Road office building for the 10K runners. The run raised money to finance special learning programs in Tustin, CA, public schools and benefited the private, not-for-profit Tustin Public Schools Foundation.


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    Speaking Out
    Reader Poll
    Visit our Web site to participate in an online poll that asks the following question:

    Which type of club poses the biggest threat to your facility?

    Results from the last Speaking Out:
    Besides Bally's bankruptcy, what has been the biggest story in the industry in 2007?

    Life Time Fitness' growth: 29%

    Charges against Life Time by the Texas Attorney General: 13%

    Private equity firms buying The Alaska Club and California Family Fitness: 29%

    Credit card compliance standards: 29%

    Closing of express clubs: 0%

    Change in leadership at Crunch, TSI: 0%

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