November Issue Online
November 20, 2007
The November issue of Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro
includes an article about the increasing
number of express clubs that are shutting down and a post-show
report of the Club
Industry 2007 show. The issue also includes reports about how
fitness facilities are retaining members with loyalty
rewards programs, and how clubs of all sizes and budgets are
upgrading their locker
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World Gym Unveils Name of
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.
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.
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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
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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.
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.
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
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
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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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.
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.
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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.
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
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
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.
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.
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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to participate in an online poll that asks the following
Do you see an increase in your club's usage after
Results from the last Speaking Out:
Which type of club poses the biggest threat to your facility?
Corporate-managed facilities: 22%
Recreation centers: 22%
Express clubs: 11%
Celebrity-affiliated clubs: 0%
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