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December Issue Online
The December issue of Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro
includes an article that takes
a look back at the biggest trends and stories of 2007. The issue
also includes reports about how club owners are trying to slow the movement
of dues payment by credit card and how clubs are investing in
computer-based nutrition programs.
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Vote Too Close to Call
VANCOUVER, WA -- Although Sherborne Investors is claiming victory at
yesterday's meeting of Nautilus shareholders, Robert Falcone, CEO of the
equipment manufacturer, told one media outlet that it was too close to
call. 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
New Hampshire Club Faces
Eviction, Trademark-Infringement Charges
HUDSON, NH -- A fitness club that had already been charged with
trademark infringement has also failed to pay nearly $14,000 in rent and
faces court-ordered eviction on Friday, according to the Nashua (NH)
Telegraph. Read the full story.
New Jersey Y
Employee Tests Positive for MRSA
MIDDLETOWN, NJ -- A part-time administrative employee at the
Community YMCA's Red Bank Family Health and Fitness Center in Red Bank,
NJ, recently tested positive for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus
aureus (MRSA). Read the full story.
in Reno Club Pool, Dies
RENO, NV -- A 51-year-old man was pronounced dead at a Reno, NV,
hospital after he was found unconscious Sunday in a swimming pool at
Sports West Athletic Club, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.
Sgt. Steve Schnittger of the Reno police told the newspaper that there
was video of the man swimming in the pool before he suddenly stopped.
The death appeared to be from natural causes, Schnittger says.
IHRSA Urges Clubs
to Declare 2008 the Year of Healthy Living
BOSTON -- With the busy month of January only weeks away, the
International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is
urging the fitness industry and health clubs to make 2008 the year of
healthy living. IHRSA's collaborative weight-loss initiative, I Lost It
At The Club!, is the first of a number of consumer-focused health
initiatives designed to offer the support people need to live healthier
lives, according to a statement from IHRSA.
Participating IHRSA health clubs will begin I Lost It At The Club! on
Jan. 7. The eight-week program aims to help current and prospective club
members fulfill their New Year's resolutions to lose weight and get in
shape. Last year, the program helped more than 8,690 people lose nearly
28,810 pounds of excess weight.
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School Equipment Scammers
Sentenced to Prison
MINNEAPOLIS -- A father and son who bilked school districts into
acquiring "free" fitness equipment as part of a pyramid scheme were
sentenced Dec. 7 to lengthy prison terms and will have to pay $39
million in restitution. Read the full story.
Atlantic University Breaks Ground on New Rec Center
BOCA RATON, FL -- Florida Atlantic University recently broke ground
on an $11 million recreation and fitness center scheduled to open in
January 2009, according to a statement from the university.
The center will include a 6,600-square-foot fitness facility with more
than 40 pieces of cardio equipment, two circuit training units, a free
weight area, and rooms designed for yoga, Pilates, group exercise and
Navy Fitness Launches
Youth Fitness Program
MILLINGTON, TN -- In a proactive effort to help Navy youth discover
the benefits of healthy lifestyles and combat obesity, Navy Child and
Youth Programs (CYP) launched FitFactor, a Web-based health and fitness
initiative. Read the full story.
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premium cleansing, sanitation and protection for all equipment surfaces.
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Financial Fitness More Than Physical Fitness, Survey Says
THOUSAND OAKS, CA -- More Americans will make financial fitness more
of a priority than physical fitness in 2008, according to a recent
survey. Read the full story.
Fit to Print
Equinox Fitness Clubs will open a new location in a former
Dallas automobile dealership, according to The Dallas Morning
News. The New York-based company plans a gym and spa with up to
45,000 square feet, plus 17,000 square feet of shopping space. This will
be the first Texas club for Equinox, which operates 41 fitness centers
in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Florida, Boston and San
Florida-based CSX railroad will open an employee fitness center this
month at its offices in downtown Indianapolis, according to the
Indianapolis Star. The 4,861-square-foot facility will serve the
building's 90 employees and their families and will be staffed by a
nutritionist and a trainer. CSX spokesperson Garrick Francis tells the
newspaper that the company is building similar fitness centers at its
other facilities across the nation as part of a health and wellness push
for its workforce.
The Tri-State Athletic Club, Evansville, IN, was recently purchased
by a group of Evansville-area investors for about $750,000, according to
the Evansville Courier & Press. The previous owners were Bill
Butterfield, who founded the club 33 years ago, and Chicago-based Tennis
Corp. of America.
The University of Pittsburgh's property and facilities committee
recently approved a $20.2 million renovation of the former University
Club in the heart of the campus. The renovation includes a
4,000-square-foot fitness center.
Zogics has released a new
alcohol-free instant foam hand sanitizer. The sanitizer is a
non-irritating, non-toxic and fragrance-free formula that includes aloe
vera, vitamin E and green tea extract. The sanitizer also comes with a
new pump dispenser that can be mounted on a wall almost anywhere in a
club. It comes with gallon refills for high-volume settings.
Throughout this month, all Expresso Fitness bikes will receive
software upgrades, including the Expresso Chases program used with
Expresso Fitness' S2u bike that was launched in October. For the first
time, the program creates a video game-like experience for users. With
the launch of Expresso Chases, the company will host a worldwide contest
for its members of health clubs with an Internet connection. Members can
participate in the Millionth Point and Fifty-Thousandth Mile contests.
Life Fitness received a
2007 body LIFE award for its cardiovascular machines for the
seventh consecutive year. body LIFE is a fitness publication that
is distributed in eight European countries. Life Fitness was chosen for
the cardio equipment award by 500 randomly selected gym and fitness club
owners who were interviewed and completed a computer-aided
questionnaire. The survey measured customer satisfaction and publicity
in seven award categories: cardio, strength, indoor cycling, solarium,
software, education and consulting.
Visit our Web site
to participate in an online poll that asks the following
Are your facility's fitness professionals working with
more diabetic members than in years past?
Results from the last Speaking Out:
What will be the state of the economy in 2008?
Improved from 2007: 45%
Worse than 2007: 22%
The same as 2007: 33%
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