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SEC Sues Bally on Fraud Charges, Reaches
CHICAGO -- On the same day the Securities and Exchange Commission
(SEC) filed a civil lawsuit against Bally Total Fitness on financial
fraud charges, the Chicago-based health club company reached a
settlement with the SEC. However, the SEC's investigation is continuing,
according to a statement.
Read the full story.
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Growth in 2007
NEW YORK -- Town Sports International reported a 7.9 percent
increase in revenue in the fourth quarter of last year and a 9.2 percent
revenue growth for the year, according to a statement the company
released Thursday. Fourth quarter 2007 revenue was $118.9 million, up
from $110.2 million during the same period in 2006. Revenue for the year
was $472.9 million, up from $433.1 million in 2006. Read the full story.
Life Time Reports 28
Percent Revenue Increase
CHANHASSEN, MN -- Life Time Fitness reported 22.8 percent revenue
growth in the fourth quarter of last year and 28.1 percent revenue
growth for the year, according to a statement from the company. Fourth
quarter 2007 revenue was $171.1 million, up from $139.3 million during
the same period last year. Revenue for the year was $655.8 million, up
from $511.9 million in 2006. Memberships grew 12.5 percent in 2007 to
499,092. Read the full story.
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.
Indiana Y Sued
Over Sauna Death
LAFAYETTE, IN -- The wife of a man who died last year after being
found unconscious in the men's sauna at the Lafayette Family YMCA in
Lafayette, IN, is suing the organization, according to the
Journal and Courier. Read the full story.
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
Iowa State University
Students Vote on Rec Center Renovation
AMES, IA -- Last week, Iowa State University students voted on a
proposed $52.8 million recreation plan that ISU recreation professionals
are calling an "extreme makeover" for the Lied Recreation Center.
Although results hadn't been announced, support for the plan was mixed,
according to the Des Moines Register. Read the full story.
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Marines Buddy Up with
North Carolina Residents
HARRISBURG, NC -- North Carolina citizens braved the cold and worked
out like Marines for the Marine Buddy Challenge that was held in late
January. The challenge was based on the Marines' physical fitness test
and is part of the Marine Corps Semper Fi Racing Series.
Held by the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Greater Charlotte (NC),
teams of two participated in four fitness tests and a three-mile run,
all while carrying packs weighing 10 percent of their body weight and
staying in unison with their partners. Marines cheered on the teams
during the race. All race proceeds went to The Colonel Richard A.
Christie Memorial Fund, which provides scholarship assistance to former
Marines to help them attend colleges across the nation.
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Nintendo Taps into
REDMOND, WA -- Nintendo recently announced plans to release a
fitness-related video game for Wii users. The game, Wii Fit, launches
May 19 and will include the weight-and-motion-sensing Wii Balance Board.
The board is used for a variety of dynamic activities, including
aerobics, core training, yoga, muscle stretches and games, according to
Nintendo. Additionally, Wii Fit includes access to the Wii Fit Channel,
an interactive channel that lets users check in each day to track their
fitness progress through their weight and body mass index. In Japan, Wii
Fit has sold more than 1.4 million units since its Dec. 1 launch.
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Fit to Print
Revolution Fitness in Boston completed its extensive
three-phase renovation. The renovation includes the addition of fitness
services, such as nutrition counseling, and one-on-one kickboxing and
yoga instruction. The renovated facility also offers enhanced cardio and
strength-training space, private training areas, new locker rooms and a
Nautilus Inc. has agreed
to sell its Pearl iZumi apparel and footwear segment to Shimano American
Corp. for $69.5 million. Read the full story.
Matrix Fitness Systems
signed an exclusive agreement to distribute two new Tomahawk indoor
cycles. Matrix will distribute the E-Series and S-Series models to the
commercial fitness market in the United States and Mexico with limited
distribution to Central America and Canada.
Go Figure Inc., a customer-
and member-management software company based in Sugar Land, TX,
announced translation of its software into six new languages: Spanish,
Dutch, Russian, Greek, Hebrew and Arabic. These are in addition to
French, Italian, German and Turkish, which were made available last
year. The launch of the software in multiple languages is in response to
the increased need worldwide to manage member-based businesses.
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Have you held a "Biggest Loser"-style weight-loss contest at your
facility in the last three years?
Results from the last Speaking Out:
What type of Pilates classes do you offer?
Mat only: 15%
Equipment only: 0%
Mat and equipment classes: 46%
We don't offer Pilates classes: 39%
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