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World Gym Unveils Name of Key-Card Clubs
Club Hopping
TSI Revenue Tops $118 Million in Third Quarter
Wisconsin Club Closes After 22 Years of Operation
Ohio Y Tightening Security After Major Break-in
Suspects Identified in Bally Break-ins
School Days
Cameras Installed at Kentucky Rec Center
Boot Camp
Bush Visits Fit to Win Course at Fort Jackson
Industry Beat
Company Promotion of Exercise Could Increase Productivity
APTA Joins Forces with President's Council
Fit to Print
In Brief...
Inside Manufacturers...
Speaking Out
Reader Poll
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Hot News
World Gym Unveils Name of Key-Card Clubs
DOVER, NH -- Although World Gym's new key-card club model is open 24 hours, seven days a week, its name, World Gym 1440 All Axcess, doesn't initially seem to imply that. That is, until you understand that there are 1,440 minutes in a day. Read the full story.

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Club Hopping
TSI Revenue Tops $118 Million in Third Quarter
NEW YORK -- Town Sports International Holdings Inc. (TSI) had an 8.7 percent increase in revenue in the third quarter 2007 compared to the third quarter of last year, the company announced on Nov. 1. Third quarter 2007 revenue was $118.9 million compared to $109.4 million in third quarter 2006. Read the full story.

Wisconsin Club Closes After 22 Years of Operation
EAU CLAIRE, WI -- Unity Health & Fitness, formerly known as Eau Claire Athletic Club, closed its doors Thursday after 22 years of operation in Eau Claire, WI. Read the full story.

Ohio Y Tightening Security After Major Break-in
SIDNEY, OH -- The Sidney-Shelby County YMCA in Sidney, OH, is on alert after thieves broke into the facility earlier this month, stealing computers that contained the personal information of about 1,000 members, according to the Dayton (OH) Daily News. Read the full story.

Suspects Identified in Bally Break-ins
EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -- Police in East Brunswick, NJ, have identified two suspects -- a man and a woman -- who may be responsible for thefts in lockers and cars at a local Bally Total Fitness, the Home News Tribune reported.

Bally has installed cameras inside the club as well as in the parking lot, the newspaper reported, but cameras are not in place in the locker rooms for privacy purposes. "Our cleaning crew, for the most part, are the people who conduct security for us," Bally spokesperson Matt Messinger told the newspaper. "We're working very closely with police and turning over whatever footage we have of these people."

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School Days
Cameras Installed at Kentucky Rec Center
LEXINGTON, KY -- The University of Kentucky installed two rotating cameras in its student recreation center last month, the Kentucky Kernel reported. Read the full story.

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Boot Camp
Bush Visits Fit to Win Course at Fort Jackson
FORT JACKSON, SC -- President George W. Bush stopped by Fort Jackson, SC, in early November to observe soldiers in their first week of basic combat training go through the Fit to Win training course. Bush was the first president to visit the installation in more than 50 years. Read the full story.

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Industry Beat
Company Promotion of Exercise Could Increase Productivity
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Eighty percent of workers say that exercise has positively affected or would positively affect their well-being, and 78 percent say it has or would improve their productivity at work, according to a survey by Opinion Research Corp. on behalf of Steelcase, a global office environments manufacturer. The survey of 700 U.S. office workers examined the importance of fitness in the workplace and the role that companies play in encouraging employee fitness.

One-third of those surveyed have access to fitness equipment provided by their company or work in an environment that promotes fitness. Sixty-two percent of respondents say the main reason they do not exercise is that their employer does not provide an appropriate place to exercise at their office. Eighty percent of those surveyed say they would use company-provided equipment every other day.

APTA Joins Forces with President's Council
PHOENIX -- The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports named the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as a science partner last week during APTA's Preview 2020 conference in Phoenix. APTA is the fifth organization to receive this designation and the largest organization to date, according to MedicalNewsToday.com.

APTA represents more than 73,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and students nationwide.

Fit to Print
In Brief...

  • Stanford University won the inaugural Pac-10 Fitness Challenge held Nov. 5-9. During the challenge, students, faculty, staff and supporters from each school recorded their daily physical activity through an online fitness challenge tracker. The Stanford community logged 55,335 miles, edging Washington State.
  • The physical education department at Boone Middle School in Boone, IA, received a $10,000 grant from the Leonard A. Good Foundation for the purchase of four ellipticals, four treadmills and three bikes, the Boone News Republican reported. School officials say they have seen an increase in the number of kids who have made up a missed P.E. class because of the new equipment.
  • The Nile Swim Club, the nation's first African-American-owned private swim club, announced a $5 million expansion program that will include three heated pools, an 18-hole miniature golf course, a 150-seat banquet facility, a fitness center, and basketball and tennis courts. The completion of the Yeadon, PA-based club's expansion is expected next year.
  • Laila Ali, who was the keynote speaker at Club Industry 2007 last month in Chicago, has been named the host of "Student Body" on The N network, an offshoot of Nickelodeon. The show will encourage teenagers to become physically fit.


  • Inside Manufacturers...
  • efi Sports Medicine has introduced Gravity Clubhouse, a subscription-based membership program that offers continuous educational DVDs, online training and marketing support for club owners and personal trainers who offer GRAVITY programming. GRAVITYClubhouse offers two membership levels: facility and individual.
  • Extreme Fitness Inc. is working on a new rack attachment system for the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, as part of its 21-year working relationship with the academy. Extreme Fitness supplies the academy with its MSP rack and platform training systems, as well as glute-hamstring machines, a selection of free weight equipment and 12 specially designed standing leg isolation curl machines.
  • HyperStrike, an interactive online fitness service, has agreed to sponsor the Xtreme Fighting Association, a mixed martial arts company. HyperStrike has programs with 600 multi-view, life-like 3D workout videos created by certified personal trainers.


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