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Nautilus Vote Too Close to Call
Club Hopping
New Hampshire Club Faces Eviction, Trademark-Infringement Charges
New Jersey Y Employee Tests Positive for MRSA
Man Collapses in Reno Club Pool, Dies
IHRSA Urges Clubs to Declare 2008 the Year of Healthy Living
School Days
School Equipment Scammers Sentenced to Prison
Florida Atlantic University Breaks Ground on New Rec Center
Boot Camp
Navy Fitness Launches Youth Fitness Program
Industry Beat
People Want Financial Fitness More Than Physical Fitness, Survey Says
Fit to Print
In Brief...
Inside Manufacturers...
Speaking Out
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December.20.2007
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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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Hot News
Nautilus 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.

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Club Hopping
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.

Man Collapses 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 Days
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.

Florida 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 spinning.

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Boot Camp
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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Industry Beat
People Want 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
In Brief...

  • 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 Francisco.
  • 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.


  • Inside Manufacturers...
  • 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.


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