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The March issue of Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro
features a report on how nonprofits
are preparing to weather a recession, previews of the upcoming Club
Industry East show in New York City and the National
Intramural-Recreation Sports Association conference in Austin, TX ,
and articles examining how clubs are incorporating
functional fitness into their circuits, and saving
energy and money through renovation projects.
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Membership and Revenue
Growth Continued in 2007
BOSTON -- Health club membership in the United States increased by
three percent last year from 42.7 million members (over the age of six)
in 2006 to 44.1 million in 2007, according to early estimates from an
annual tracking study by the International Health, Racquet and
Sportsclub Association (IHRSA). In addition, industry revenues increased
by 5 percent to $18.5 billion, the study shows. This growth in health
club membership represents an increase of more than 115 percent in 10
years, while growth in total revenues represents an increase of 127
percent. Read the full story.
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Life Time’s Akradi Gives Up His
CHANHASSEN, MN -- Bahram Akradi, CEO of Life Time Fitness,
Chanhassen, MN, announced last week that he would forgo his cash salary
and cash incentive compensation this year, and this week, the
compensation committee of the company’s board approved his decision.
Instead, Akradi will receive his entire 2008 compensation in the form of
restricted stock. The move is Akradi’s effort to demonstrate his
confidence in the value of the company. Read the full story.
Y Partners with the USA Swimming Foundation to
Offset Drowning Epidemic
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- In response to the alarming statistic that
nine people drown each day in the United States, the USA Swimming
Foundation and the YMCA of the USA recently partnered to provide
free/low-cost swim lessons for at-risk children who are enrolled in
their school's free or reduced-cost lunch program. The partnership is a
local implementation of Make a Splash, the USA Swimming Foundation's
national anti-drowning initiative. Communities involved in the
collaborative education program include Raleigh-Durham, NC; San Jose,
CA; Philadelphia; and most recently Omaha, NE. 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
Cal Poly Students Approve Fee
Increase for Rec Center
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA -- Students at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo (CA),
recently voted to approve a fee increase to pay for a $72 million
renovation and expansion of the campus recreation center, according to
the San Luis Obispo Tribune.
The fee increase of $65 per student per quarter will be implemented when
the project has been completed, which is expected to be in the fall of
2011 at the earliest. The project would increase the facility from
65,000 square feet to 130,000 square feet. The plan includes an
additional 14,000 square feet for the weight and exercise room, two new
courts for basketball and volleyball, a multi-activity center for sports
and entertainment, and a leisure pool to complement the existing lap
pool, the newspaper reported.
Rec Center Receives New Equipment
MINNEAPOLIS -- In honor of its 15th anniversary, the University
Recreation Center at the University of Minnesota is getting a face-lift.
New free weights and lifting equipment were recently installed at the
center for the first time since the building opened in 1993, according
to The Minnesota Daily.
Treadmills and elliptical machines are replaced every three to five
years at the center, and routine maintenance on equipment is done at
least once a year, director Jim Turman tells the student newspaper.
Turman adds that the installation of new equipment, which will cost more
than $500,000, has been planned for several years.
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Joggin’ For Your Noggin’ Run
Raises Brain-Injury Awareness
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, NC -- Runners and supporters from
across the local community of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC,
gathered in mid March to participate in the Joggin’ for your Noggin’
5K run and fundraiser. March is brain injury awareness month.
The Brain Injury Association of North Carolina (BIANC) and Right-Hand
Angels, a brain injury support group for Jacksonville, NC, sponsored the
run, which was created to raise brain-injury awareness and funds and to
assist brain injury survivors and their families in North Carolina.
BIANC began working with the Wounded Warrior Battalion-East, Wounded
Warrior Regiment, Manpower and Reserve Affairs, in 2007.
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Study Finds that Personal
Contact Best for Keeping Weight Off
BATON ROUGE, LA -- Recent research confirms what many in the
industry already know: members need accountability in order to lose
weight and keep it off. In fact, people who were enrolled in a
weight-loss maintenance trial and had a brief, monthly personal contact
intervention—most often a 10- to 15-minute personal phone
conversation—regained less weight than participants who were in a
Web-based intervention or self-directed program. Read the full story.
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Fit to Print
This spring, Pure Yoga studio, owned by Equinox Holdings Inc.,
will open in New York City. Pure Yoga offers all yoga types from Anusara
to Yin Yoga in a 20,000-square-foot facility. The space includes four
dedicated yoga studios, two private studios for one-on-one attention and
instruction, and changing rooms and lounging areas featuring bath and
skincare products. The New York City facility is Pure Yoga's first
studio in the United States. There are currently five Pure Yoga
locations in Hong Kong.
WaterRower US launched
“Lean, Green, and Made In America,” a pilot program to promote its
American-made products while improving the health and conservation
efforts of its employees and retail partners. The initiative introduces
standards and policies to reduce energy use and minimize waste at its
manufacturing facility in Warren, RI. The firm is also enhancing its
employee and retailer wellness program by offering information, services
and incentives. The company will use its environmental conservation
experience with this program to determine the direction of global
efforts for the firm’s offices in the United Kingdom, Australia,
Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands.
Star Trac recently hosted the
Road 2 Recovery Spin-a-thon inside its booth at the International
Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) 2008 tradeshow in San
Diego. Proceeds for Road 2 Recovery, which is produced by the Fitness
Challenge Foundation in partnership with the VA Volunteer Service Office
and sponsored by Star Trac, will support mental and physical
rehabilitation programs that feature cycling and fitness.
The International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA)
and Les Mills International (LMI)
have formed an alliance to help promote and grow the health and fitness
industry worldwide. Under the alliance agreement, New Zealand-based LMI
will be actively engaged in promoting IHRSA educational and fitness
trade events around the world. IHRSA will work with LMI to host a series
of educational events in the United States focusing on club retention
Fitness Flooring, in conjunction with ASET Services of Salem, IN,
has created a virtual and carbon-free sample of its Exerflex group
exercise DIN-certified flooring system. This virtual sample recently
premiered on Fitness Flooring’s Web site, www.fitnessfloors.com/zerocarbon.htm.
The virtual sample contains solid models of all three major components
of the flooring system (solid hardwood surface, tempered spring steel
clip and multi-density aerobic foam padding) and shows viewers how the
parts are positioned and connected within the assembly.
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