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by Step: Sales
Jim Thomas, founder and president of Fitness Management USA Inc.,
explains the importance of questions in sales.
by Step: Programming
Brian Grasso, CEO of the International Youth Conditioning Association,
gives tips on how to create programs for children and teens.
by Step: Clubs
Leslie Nolen, CEO of the Radial Group, shares a five-point tuneup for
health club Web sites.
by Step: Personal Training
Pat Rigsby, co-owner of the Fitness Consulting Group, explains how
one-on-one personal training can be more lucrative.
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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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.
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
building lean muscle mass. www.thexvest.com
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
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
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.
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 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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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.
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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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.
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
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
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.
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
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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