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Nautilus Reports Net Loss, Suspends Treadclimber Production
Club Hopping
24 Hour Teams Up With Baseball Star Derek Jeter
Fitness Instructor Convicted of Second-Degree Murder
Third Man Sought in Glens Falls Y Thefts
School Days
Funding Increases for Carol M. White PEP Grants
Arrest Made in Connection With Truman State Rec Center Thefts
Boot Camp
Marines Assess New Combat Fitness Test
Industry Beat
Fittest, Fattest Cities Named in Study
Fit to Print
In Brief...
Inside Manufacturers...
Speaking Out
Reader Poll
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February.20.2008
February Issue Online Now
The February issue of Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro features a report on struggling franchisees of 1-2-3 Fit and Butterfly Life clubs, a look at how city rec centers are affecting for-profit owners, and a preview of the upcoming International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association show next month in San Diego. The issue also includes articles examining the role of brain exercise in health clubs and the growth of children's fitness facilities.

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Hot News
Nautilus Reports Net Loss, Suspends Treadclimber Production
Nautilus Inc. had a $47.7 million net loss for fourth quarter 2007 compared to net income of $12.9 million, and the company will suspend production of its commercial version of the Treadclimber TC916 and the company's MyStride EV916 elliptical, CEO Bob Falcone announced in a call with analysts last week. Read the full story.

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Club Hopping
24 Hour Teams Up With Baseball Star Derek Jeter
NEW YORK -- New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has become the latest in a line of celebrity athletes to lend his name to 24 Hour Fitness clubs. Read the full story.

Fitness Instructor Convicted of Second-Degree Murder
EL CAJON, CA -- A fitness instructor, who once managed three Bally Total Fitness locations in Virginia and Chicago, was recently convicted of second-degree murder. Read the full story.

Third Man Sought in Glens Falls Y Thefts
GLENS FALLS, NY -- A little more than a month after police arrested two men who had broken into lockers and stolen credit cards and other belongings from members of the Glens Falls Area (NY) YMCA, Glen Falls police are searching for a third man. Read the full story.

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School Days
Funding Increases for Carol M. White PEP Grants
WASHINGTON, DC -- Funding for Carol M. White Physical Education for Progress (PEP) grants will increase almost $3 million, according to the fiscal year 2008 U.S. Department of Education budget. Read the full story.

Arrest Made in Connection With Truman State Rec Center Thefts
KIRKSVILLE, MO -- A student at Truman State University (MO) was arrested Thursday after a series of thefts from the school's student recreation center, according to the Kirksville (MO) Daily Express.

Kaleb Denief, 21, was taken into custody at the Adair County Detention Center on a $25,000 cash-only bond. Denief was charged with two felonies: theft/stealing of a credit card or letter of credit and receiving stolen property. Police also found evidence linking Denief to a Jan. 12 residential burglary, the newspaper reported.

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Boot Camp
Marines Assess New Combat Fitness Test
CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA, JAPAN -- Over the past month, 14 selected units of the Marine Corps have been testing the Marine Corps' new combat fitness test (CFT). The test is designed to more closely replicate the physical demands of combat and augment the Marines' physical fitness test, according to Marine Corps officials. Read the full story.

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Industry Beat
Fittest, Fattest Cities Named in Study
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Men's Fitness magazine released its annual list of the fittest and fattest cities in the United States on Feb. 11. Colorado Springs, CO, is the fittest while Las Vegas is the fattest. Read the full story.

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Fit to Print
In Brief...

  • The International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) released details for two events at its 27th annual International Convention and Trade Show, to be held March 5-8 at the San Diego Convention Center. Tennis legend Martina Navratilova will present "Champion for Life" from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m on Saturday, March 8. Also, Titan Fitness CEO Jeff Skeen will offer his perspective on how clubs can leverage technology to gain a competitive advantage, enhance profitability and improve member loyalty at the fourth annual IHRSA Technology Summit, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on March 7.
  • The Indian Wells (CA) Tennis Garden will play host to an NBA preseason basketball game on Oct. 11 between the Phoenix Suns and the Denver Nuggets, the Suns announced yesterday. The 16,000-seat outdoor stadium at Indian Wells is like an NBA-style arena, complete with loge seating and 44 suites, and plays host to the Pacific Life Open tennis tournament, which will be held March 10-23. This will be the first outdoor NBA preseason game in 36 years.
  • Greg Lappin, the general manager of the Rochester (MN) Athletic Club, is hosting a live fitness show called "Fitness Connections" every Wednesday for 12 weeks. The show, which airs on Austin, MN-based PBS station KSMQ, will feature topics including barriers to exercising and developing personalized exercise programs. The first show aired Feb. 6.


  • Inside Manufacturers...
  • Cybex International Inc. reported a net sales increase of 16 percent for the fourth quarter of 2007, John Aglialoro, chairman and CEO of Cybex, announced in a conference call with analysts. Read the full story.
  • Matrix Fitness Systems will raffle a Harley-Davidson motorcycle at the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association's 2008 conference next month at the San Diego Convention Center. All the proceeds from the raffle will be donated to Augie's Quest, an initiative led by Life Fitness founder Augie Nieto and supported by the Muscular Dystrophy Association to raise money for ALS research. The motorcycle, a Dyna FXDF Fat Bob, is valued at $15,000. Raffle tickets, which are $20 each or $100 for six, will be sold in the Matrix booth (No. 2530) from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on March 6, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 7. The drawing for the winner will be held at 4 p.m. on March 7.
  • The Torque Fitness F5 Fold Away Strength Trainer was featured on NBC's "The Today Show" earlier this month as part of its Do It Yourself segment titled "Building a Home Gym." Al Roker and Amy Matthews, a licensed home contractor and the host of "Sweat Equity" on the DIY Network, showcased the F5 for its versatility and space efficiency.
  • Five individuals completed training to become the first Star Trac HumanSport master trainers in the United States. HumanSport is Star Trac's newest functional-integrated strength training line. The new team of experts will act as the company's ambassadors and will share the features of HumanSport programs with Star Trac customers. During the two-day training, the master trainers received a complete Star Trac indoctrination, as well as an overview of the HumanSport programs. The team includes Thomas Tadlock, Roy Khoury, Leslie Davis, Sonja Friend-Uhl and Christ McGarth.
  • Motus USA recently recognized Legacy Gym, a private training facility in Los Angeles catering to high-end clientele, for its "elite caliber of personal trainers, equipment and facility amenities."


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