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Hot News
Bally Denies Negligence in AED Lawsuit
Club Hopping
Houston Club Owner Denies Involvement in Clemens Case
Leisure Sports to Develop New Fitness Resort
YMCA Program Aims to Reduce Arthritis Pain for Older Adults
School Days
Harvard Complies with Muslim Students' Request for Women-Only Hours
Missouri Southern Students Protest Fee Increase for Rec Center
Boot Camp
Crews Into Shape Program Helps All Military Branches
Industry Beat
Equipment Market to Exceed Almost $12 Billion by 2010
Nike, Apple Making iPod Nanos Compatible with Equipment
Fit to Print
In Brief...
Inside Manufacturers...
Speaking Out
Reader Poll
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March.10.2008
IHRSA Show in San Diego
Check out what the staff of Club Industry’s Fitness Business Pro saw and heard at last week’s International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) show in San Diego by reading the magazine’s blog here. The staff attended seminars, heard keynote speakers and checked out the latest products and equipment at the IHRSA show.

March Step by Step Articles Online Now
Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro's online how-to section helps our readers improve retention, increase sales, energize group exercise programming and more. Visit http://www.fitnessbusinesspro.com/stepbystep to read articles from industry experts.

Here's what to look for in March in our Step by Step online section:

Step by Step: Clubs
Daniel Frey, creator of www.trainer4ufitness.com, tells operators how to implement a progressive discipline system.

Step by Step: Sales
Jim Thomas, founder and president of Fitness Management USA Inc, gives tips on how to turn around lagging sales.

Step by Step: Marketing
Paul Kuck, founder of Fitness Tutor, shares nine tips for marketing your personal training business.

Step by Step: Retention
Ashley Poynter, freelance journalist, and Julie Cerone, owner of Get the Edge Fitness in Naperville, IL, discuss five retention strategies that work.

Step by Step: Vendor Viewpoint
Marci Clark, education director of SPIN Pilates, describes how to hire and evaluate Pilates instructors.

If you would like to be a Step by Step columnist, please e-mail Jennipher Shaver at jennipher.shaver@penton.com with your mug shot, a one-paragraph bio and three topic ideas for 750-word how-to articles.

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Hot News
Bally Denies Negligence in AED Lawsuit
CHICAGO -- In a court filing last week, Bally Total Fitness denied allegations that it was negligent in the death of a Maryland man who collapsed and died in a Bally club. Read the full story.

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Club Hopping
Houston Club Owner Denies Involvement in Clemens Case
HOUSTON -- Shaun Kelley, the owner of Houston-based Shaun Kelley Weight Control, has been named a person of interest in a case to determine whether baseball star Roger Clemens lied under oath to Congress that he had never used performance-enhancing drugs, according to published reports. Read the full story.

Leisure Sports to Develop New Fitness Resort
PLEASANTON, CA -- Charter Properties, a Pleasanton, CA-based developer, and Leisure Sports Inc., owner and operator of ClubSport fitness resorts, will partner to build a 50,000-square-foot lifestyle fitness resort in Dublin, CA, the companies announced. Read the full story.

YMCA Program Aims to Reduce Arthritis Pain for Older Adults
CHICAGO -- Throughout March, participating YMCAs will help show adults how to reduce osteoarthritis pain through simple exercises, weight management and other lifestyle changes. Developed by the YMCA of the USA, Ys around the country will incorporate “Keep Moving” exercises and wellness tips into Ys’ existing activities for older adults. Read the full story.

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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 1-800-634-8637.

School Days
Harvard Complies with Muslim Students' Request for Women-Only Hours
CAMBRIDGE, MA -- Harvard University’s Quadrangle Recreational Athletic Center has banned men for six hours a week to accommodate Muslim women who, for religious and cultural reasons, cannot exercise comfortably in their presence. A discussion about this policy was aired on NBC’s “The Today Show” this morning. Read the full story.

Missouri Southern Students Protest Fee Increase for Rec Center
JOPLIN, MO -- Some students at Missouri Southern State University have asked fellow students to sign a petition to repeal a $150 per semester student fee increase that would help pay for a student recreation center. Read the full story.

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Boot Camp
Crews Into Shape Program Helps All Military Branches
NORFOLK, VA -- The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center recently kicked off its eighth annual Crews Into Shape Challenge. The challenge, which runs through March 28, is aimed at sparking and guiding workplace-focused, team-oriented physical activity and improved nutrition for the entire Department of Defense family. Read the full story.

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Industry Beat
Equipment Market to Exceed Almost $12 Billion by 2010
SAN JOSE, CA -- As manufacturers gathered at the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association show last week in San Diego, a new report states that the world market for physical fitness equipment is projected to exceed almost $12 billion by 2010. Read the full story.

Nike, Apple Making iPod Nanos Compatible with Equipment
BEAVERTON, OR -- Several fitness equipment manufacturers as well as 24 Hour Fitness and Virgin Active Health Clubs are working with Nike Inc. and Apple Inc. to make Apple’s iPod Nano compatible with cardio equipment, Nike and Apple announced. Read the full story.

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Fit to Print
In Brief...

  • Klaus Hilgers, founder and president of Epoch Consultants Inc., has died. Hilgers was a consultant in the industry and a speaker at trade shows, including the Club Industry trade shows, for many years. He died while in Kazakhstan on a speaking engagement. The cause of death is unknown at this time.
  • David Barton Gym will open its first West Coast gym in The Shops at The Bravern in downtown Bellevue, WA, as early as November 2008. At that time, approximately 2,300 Microsoft employees will be housed in the two office towers of the project. The plans for the 37,000-square-foot facility include a strength training floor, yoga studio and space for group training classes.

    Inside Manufacturers...
  • 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.
  • Arno Niemand, Body Bar Systems Inc.’s owner and chairman, was awarded the FILA Gold Star, the highest honor awarded by the international wrestling federation. The International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles, also known in French as Fédération Internationale des Luttes Associées (FILA), is the governing body of international amateur wrestling. Niemand was awarded the FILA Gold Star on the mat prior to the men’s freestyle finals on March 2 during the Pan American Championships in Colorado Springs, CO.
  • Polar has formed a partnership with the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA) to create an enhanced personal training certification, integrating cardiovascular education and heart rate monitor technology into NESTA’s Personal Fitness Trainer 2.0 certification program beginning this month. This marks the first time cardio-specific training will be combined with heart rate monitor education and offered to personal trainers as part of their certification process. Students enrolled in NESTA’s Personal Fitness Trainer 2.0 enhanced certification program option will receive and train with a Polar F11 heart rate monitor as part of their educational process. NESTA’s certification workshops will also incorporate these training methodologies and heart rate monitoring education from Polar.
  • The Smoky Mountain Sports Complex in Elizabethton, TN, opened in late 2007 and has had 33 local and out-of-state basketball teams competing in weekend tournaments. The owner designed the facility that includes 21,000 square feet of Taraflex Sports Flooring for its four basketball courts and six volleyball courts, along with amenities for players, coaches, referees and spectators.
  • Equinox Fitness Clubs throughout the United States celebrated American Heart Month in March by raising heart rates and funds for heart health through the company’s first Treadmill Mile-A-Thon. Equinox and Life Fitness pledged to match runners and walkers $1 for every mile logged in one day on Life Fitness treadmills. The effort from thousands of exercisers tracked 24,502 miles to raise $24,502 for the American Heart Association, the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke.
  • CheckFree Health & Fitness, now part of Fiserv Inc., announced that Titan Fitness, an investment company and Gold’s Gym franchisee, will utilize CheckFree club management software and outsourced billing services at all clubs managed by the company. The CheckFree software and billing services are currently in use at eight Titan Fitness clubs, with six additional clubs scheduled for implementation in the spring of 2008.

  • Balanced Body partnered with Bally Total Fitness to upgrade and expand the Bally Total Pilates program. Balanced Body is providing instructor training sessions and workshops for approximately 150 Bally instructors across the country, along with supplying the fitness centers with Allegro Reformers, EXO Chairs and Pilates Arcs.


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