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Club Industry East: Back in the Big Apple
Club Hopping
Anytime Fitness Challenges Ruling of St. Paul Law
Public Health Watchdog Pressures Ys to Ban Junk Food
Ys Celebrate Healthy Kids Day
School Days
NIRSA Conference Sets Attendance Record
Boot Camp
Vandenberg Air Force Base's New Fitness Center Goes Green
Industry Beat
Study Shows Fit People Have Higher Levels of Circulating Cells
Fit to Print
In Brief...
Inside Manufacturers...
Speaking Out
Reader Poll
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April.20.2008
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The April issue of Club Industry’s Fitness Business Pro features reports on the growth of personal training studios, weight-loss contests that mimic “The Biggest Loser” TV show, out-of-the-box group exercise classes and the movement of Pilates into more clubs.



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Hot News
Club Industry East: Back in the Big Apple
NEW YORK -- Club Industry East was held last week in New York. The show featured more than 90 seminars and 250 booths at the Javits Center. Read more about the show by going to Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro's blog.

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Club Hopping
Anytime Fitness Challenges Ruling of St. Paul Law
ST. PAUL, MN -- Despite a Minnesota judge’s ruling to uphold the city of St. Paul’s decision to fine two Anytime Fitness franchisees for violating a city safety standard, Anytime Fitness is working with the St. Paul mayor’s office to change the language of the standard. Read the full story.

Public Health Watchdog Pressures Ys to Ban Junk Food
NEW YORK -- The National Action Against Obesity (NAAO) launched a year-long campaign to expel junk food from all U.S. day care, child care and preschool centers, beginning with the nation's largest provider of child care services, the YMCA of the USA. The group kicked off its campaign in mid-April to coincide with the Y’s annual Healthy Kids Day and specifically targets the Y’s partnership with PepsiCo. Read the full story.

Ys Celebrate Healthy Kids Day
NATIONWIDE -- More than 1,700 YMCAs across the country participated in the annual Healthy Kids Day on April 12 by offering games, sports, health screenings and more to their local communities. The free programming introduces children to an array of Y programs and tools that teach healthy behaviors and healthy ways to play—an essential lesson in learning how to take care of themselves throughout their lifetimes, according to the YMCA of the USA.

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School Days
NIRSA Conference Sets Attendance Record
AUSTIN, TX -- The National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) set an attendance record with nearly 2,500 attendees at its annual conference and exhibition April 2-5 in Austin, TX. Read the full story.

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Boot Camp
Vandenberg Air Force Base's New Fitness Center Goes Green
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, CA -- Vandenberg Air Force Base’s new fitness center is under construction and set to be green. The 51,000-square-foot fitness center integrates contemporary technologies, modern architecture and environmentally friendly features, according to ECC, an engineering and construction company in Burlingame, CA, that is providing design-build services for the new facility. Read the full story.

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Industry Beat
Study Shows Fit People Have Higher Levels of Circulating Cells
ATLANTA -- Fit healthy people tend to have higher numbers of circulating cells that regenerate blood vessels, a new study shows. Read the full story.

Fit to Print
In Brief...

  • Elements added Bruce Fabel as its CEO and board-certified internist and physician nutrition specialist Melina Jampolis to its fitness advisory board. Fabel worked for Life Time Fitness in 2001, Butterfly Life in 2003 and Diversified Health in 2007. Jampolis has hosted the Discovery Network’s 10-episode FIT TV diet program, "Diet Doctor." She has also appeared on television programs and been featured in consumer magazines.


  • Inside Manufacturers...
  • Nautilus Inc., Vancouver, WA, closed the sale of its subsidiary DashAmerica Inc., dba Pearl iZumi, the company announced today. Nautilus sold the apparel business to Shimano American Corp., a division of cycling and fishing equipment provider Shimano Inc. Consideration for the sale was $69.4 million, comprised of $65.3 million in cash and the assumption of $4.1 million in long-term debt. Proceeds from the sale will be used to pay down current debt and fund future working capital needs, according to the company.
  • Advantage Fitness Products recently appointed Andrew Kane as its chief operating officer. Kane had served as the vice chairman of merchant bank GCC. He also was the CEO of HSBC Private Bank in Southern California from 2002 to 2006. Advantage Fitness Products has expanded into the southeastern part of the United States, with a new South Florida office and distribution center.
  • Denver-based Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative (OLC) promoted Mahmoud Elmetwally to senior principal. Elmetwally, who is based in Denver and temporarily assigned to OLC’s Cairo, Egypt, office, has worked on numerous design projects for OLC, including office buildings, resorts, athletic/fitness facilities and housing. He was project manager for OLC’s work on the Summa Wellness Institute in Hudson, OH, and is currently managing Summa Hospital’s next wellness project in Kent, OH.
  • The Ab Coaster abdominal exercise trainer received the Global Innovation Award at the FIBO 2008 international trade show for health and fitness. Industry leaders from around the world, including experts in the area of product safety and certification, journalism, health and sports science, selected the recipient.


  • Speaking Out
    Reader Poll
    Visit our Web site to participate in an online poll that asks the following question:

    During the next 12 months, how many fitness industry trade shows do you plan to attend?

    Results from the last Speaking Out:
    Do you provide wellness coaching services to your members?

    Yes: 88%

    No: 12%

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