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Four 24 Hour Executives Let Go
Club Hopping
Titan Fitness Gets Financing for Growth
Snap Fitness Partners with Online Companies
Five Ys Recognized for Building Healthier Communities
School Days
Central Michigan Residents Join Fitness Challenge
Boot Camp
New Air Force Fitness Class Brings Parents and Children Together
Industry Beat
Equipment Manufacturer and Florida Y Sued Over Exercise Ball
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In Brief...
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February.01.2008
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Hot News
Four 24 Hour Executives Let Go
SAN RAMON, CA -- On Mark Mastrov's official last day at 24 Hour Fitness yesterday, the company also let go four additional executives, according to a spokesperson for the company. Read the full story.



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Club Hopping
Titan Fitness Gets Financing for Growth
McLEAN, VA -- Titan Fitness has secured private equity backing to further its efforts to open 60 Gold's Gym locations in the next five years. Backing comes from WestView Capital Partners, a $200 million private equity fund based in Boston, that includes National City Equity Partners, a Cleveland-based private equity fund -- and WestView fund investor -- with more than $1 billion of capital under management. Read the full story.

Snap Fitness Partners with Online Companies
CHANHASSEN, MN -- Snap Fitness, a franchisor of small 24-hour fitness clubs, has entered partnerships with three companies that expand the club's online offerings to members. The partnerships with Bioceutica, Health Solutions Ltd. and HyperStrike give club members access to a package of customizable, Web-based health and wellness planning tools that supplement the traditional, in-club workout experience, the company says. Read the full story.

Five Ys Recognized for Building Healthier Communities
CHICAGO -- The YMCA of the USA recently recognized five Ys for their involvement in Pioneering Healthier Communities (PHC), an initiative that helps communities form a team of community leaders to implement solutions to improve eating habits and increase physical activity. Read the full story.

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School Days
Central Michigan Residents Join Fitness Challenge
MOUNT PLEASANT, MI -- Taking its cue from TV's "The Biggest Loser," a Central Michigan University residence hall complex began a "Battle of the Shrinking Halls" contest this week to determine which hall can lose the highest percentage of weight in a five-week period. Read the full story.

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Boot Camp
New Air Force Fitness Class Brings Parents and Children Together
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, GERMANY -- In an effort to get families fit and to spend more quality time together, fitness professionals at the Kaiserslautern Military Community in Germany have created new fitness programming. Read the full story.

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Industry Beat
Equipment Manufacturer and Florida Y Sued Over Exercise Ball
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- A Jacksonville, FL, man recently filed a lawsuit against TKO Sports Group and the YMCA of Florida's First Coast. The man claims that he was injured after an exercise ball that he was using exploded, breaking both of his wrists and his forearm, and injuring both shoulders, according to local Jacksonville media reports. Read the full story.

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Fit to Print
In Brief...

  • The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) and Aon's Affinity Insurance Services Inc. have joined forces to enhance and expand insurance program offerings for IHRSA club members. As part of the new relationship, Affinity Insurance Services will function as the official group-purchasing provider and administrator for the new IHRSA-endorsed workers' compensation insurance program along with property and casualty programs.
  • Washington State University researchers plan to create the National Aquatics and Sports Medicine Institute after receiving a $1 million grant from the National Swimming Pool Foundation. The institute will help researchers learn more about the effects of aquatic exercise not only on general health and well-being but also on specific medical conditions such as asthma, hypertension, osteoporosis and obesity.


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