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IHRSA Show in San
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
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Here's what to look for in March in our Step by Step online section:
by Step: Clubs
Daniel Frey, creator of www.trainer4ufitness.com, tells operators how to
implement a progressive discipline system.
by Step: Sales
Jim Thomas, founder and president of Fitness Management USA Inc, gives
tips on how to turn around lagging sales.
by Step: Marketing
Paul Kuck, founder of Fitness Tutor, shares nine tips for marketing your
personal training business.
by Step: Retention
Ashley Poynter, freelance journalist, and Julie Cerone, owner of Get the
Edge Fitness in Naperville, IL, discuss five retention strategies that
by Step: Vendor Viewpoint
Marci Clark, education director of SPIN Pilates, describes how to hire
and evaluate Pilates instructors.
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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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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.
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.
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
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.
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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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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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
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.
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
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.
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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