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Hot News
Membership and Revenue Growth Continued in 2007
Club Hopping
Life Time’s Akradi Gives Up His Salary
Y Partners with the USA Swimming Foundation to Offset Drowning Epidemic
School Days
Cal Poly Students Approve Fee Increase for Rec Center
Minnesota Rec Center Receives New Equipment
Boot Camp
Joggin’ For Your Noggin’ Run Raises Brain-Injury Awareness
Industry Beat
Study Finds that Personal Contact Best for Keeping Weight Off
Fit to Print
In Brief...
Inside Manufacturers...
Speaking Out
Reader Poll
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March.20.2008
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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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Hot News
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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Club Hopping
Life Time’s Akradi Gives Up His Salary
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.

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School Days
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.

Minnesota 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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Boot Camp
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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Industry Beat
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
In Brief...

  • 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.


  • Inside Manufacturers...
  • 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 strategies.
  • 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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    Speaking Out
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    Do you think membership and revenue will continue to grow for health clubs in 2008?

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