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VANCOUVER, WA -- Nautilus Inc.'s board is now controlled by its
largest shareholder, Sherborne Investors, Nautilus confirmed on Monday.
At the company's Dec. 18 shareholder meeting, shareholders voted four
Sherborne Investor nominees onto the seven-member board. Read the full
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Gold's Gym Announces
DALLAS -- Gold's Gym International announced that it ended 2007 with
a company-record number of club openings and new franchises. During the
12-month period, the company unveiled more than 60 new Gold's Gyms
around the world and signed more than 75 new franchise agreements. Read
the full story.
into Life Time President Position
EDEN PRAIRIE, MN -- Michael J. Gerend is the new president of Life
Time Fitness, Eden Prairie, MN, according to an announcement from the
company. Gerend had been chief operating officer with the company since
March 2003. He will continue in that role in addition to serving as
president. Read the full story.
Man Wanted in Connection
With Assault on Fitness Trainer Turns Himself In
ATLANTA -- A man who was wanted in connection with the beating of a
celebrity fitness trainer turned himself into authorities Monday
morning, Atlanta police told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Read the full story.
Charged With First-Degree Murder of Client
SAN JOSE, CA -- A personal trainer at Fitness USA in Milpitas, CA,
was arraigned in Santa Clara (CA) County Superior Court for charges of
first-degree murder of one of his clients, according to the San Jose
Mercury News. Read the full story.
Wisconsin YWCA Fitness
RACINE, WI -- In order to focus more on the YWCA's mission to
eliminate racism and empower women, the YWCA in Racine, WI, was closed
earlier this month. The move takes the organization out of the health
and fitness arena, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Read the full story.
Introduces New Strategic Plan
CHICAGO -- Because of the current health challenges facing families
and individuals, Neil Nicoll, president and CEO of the YMCA of the USA,
issued a New Year's resolution for the organization: continue to get
Americans healthy. To do that, the YMCA is implementing a new strategic
plan focused on the holistic development of children and youth,
strengthening family, and health and well-being for all. Read the full
Club Issues Call to Beat
MANASQUAN, NJ -- The Atlantic Club, Manasquan, NJ, is heading an
effort to get health clubs across the country to hold one event at their
facilities between now and March 7, 2008, to raise money for Augie's
Quest. Augie's Quest raises money to fund research to cure amyotrophic
lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disease that Augie Nieto, founder of Life
Fitness and Augie's Quest, was diagnosed with in 2005.
Kevin McHugh, COO at the Atlantic Club, says the company has a goal of
raising $3 million for ALS research. To participate in an event, contact
Patricia Laus, CEO at the Atlantic Club, at 732-292-4379 or
firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.clubsforthecure.com.
New 95X Elliptical Cross-Trainer from Life Fitness
Life Fitness combines form and function with its sleek new 95X
Elliptical Cross-Trainer. Part of the new Elevation Series, the
95X is offered with three unique options the Engage,
Inspire and Achieve consoles, which deliver the company's
latest entertainment and motivational features such as iPod®
compatibility, USB connectivity and a Virtual Trainer. Visit www.lifefitness.com or call
Launches Second Annual Governor's Challenge Competition
SACRAMENTO, CA -- California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger launched the
second annual Governor's Challenge Competition on Dec. 18 at Culver City
(CA) Middle School. Joining Schwarzenegger at the event was Jake
Steinfeld, chairman of the governor's council on physical fitness and
sports. Read the full story.
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Program Encourages Staying Fit During Holidays
YOKOSUKA, JAPAN -- Sailors and their family members stationed in
Yokosuka, Japan, had a new way to burn calories and stay fit during the
holiday season. The 12 Cardio Days Before Christmas fitness program was
developed by Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) and was designed to
motivate sailors to embrace the Navy's Culture of Fitness -- even during
the holidays. Read the full story.
Changes for Seniors
BOSTON -- The food pyramid for people older than 70 looks a bit
different from that of younger adults these days. Researchers at Tufts
University in Boston recently revamped the food pyramid for older adults
that they developed in 1999. Read the full story.
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The International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association
(IHRSA) and the European Health and Fitness Association (EHFA) have
formed a working group with two representatives from each organization
to improve global health. Hans Muench and Alison O'Kane will represent
IHRSA, and Herman Rutgers and Jean-Ann Marnoch will represent EHFA. The
European health and fitness sector generates more than $28 billion in
revenue, employs 370,000 persons, and serves 40 million members in
public and private health and fitness clubs across Europe.
posted interactive product training presentations on its Web site. The
manufacturer of near infrared body composition analyzers has added
interactive training presentations for the FUTREX-6100, FUTREX-5500 and
FUTREX-62. The presentations are designed to aid new and existing
Futrex owners to get maximum values from their analyzers.
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