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Hot News
Akradi: Life Time Needs to Improve Member Communication
Club Hopping
Sports Club Co. Revenue Increases 6.5 Percent
NYHRC Launches Triathlete Training Program
Virginia Y Needs $100,000 to Stay Open
School Days
Portland State Rec Center Will House City’s Archives
Boot Camp
New Navy PT Program Showcases Alternative Exercises
Industry Beat
San Diego Fitness Pioneer Dies
Fit to Print
In Brief...
Inside Manufacturers...
Speaking Out
Reader Poll
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Hot News
Akradi: Life Time Needs to Improve Member Communication
CHANHASSEN, MN -- Life Time Fitness founder and CEO Bahram Akradi said at the company's annual shareholders meeting that he wants to focus on improving the company's communication process to its members. Read the full story.

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Club Hopping
Sports Club Co. Revenue Increases 6.5 Percent
LOS ANGELES -- The Sports Club Co. Inc. had a 6.5 percent increase in revenue in the first quarter 2008, according to a statement from the company. Revenues from operations for the first quarter of 2008 were
$16 million compared to $15 million for the first quarter last year. Of the first quarter 2008 revenue, $10.8 million was from memberships and $5.1 million was from products and services. The Sports Club Co., Los Angeles, operates and owns luxury sports and fitness complexes nationwide under the brand name The Sports Club/LA.


NYHRC Launches Triathlete Training Program
NEW YORK -- Due to the increased popularity of triathlons, New York Health & Racquet Club (NYHRC) and JackRabbit Sports, a triathlete's store in New York, partnered to launch a new comprehensive triathlete-training program. Read the full story.

Virginia Y Needs $100,000 to Stay Open
ROANOKE, VA -- The Smith Mountain Lake YMCA in Roanoke, VA, is scrambling to raise $100,000 to remain open. After learning months ago that the siding on its recently constructed facility violated the terms of a proffer tied to the mixed-use development, a Y official had asked Franklin County's board of supervisors to amend the proffer, but the board denied the request, forcing the Y to replace the siding, according to The Roanoke Times. 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
Portland State Rec Center Will House City’s Archives
PORTLAND, OR -- The $71 million Portland State University student recreation center, scheduled to open in 2010, will have a unique feature, courtesy of the city of Portland, OR. Read the full story.

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Boot Camp
New Navy PT Program Showcases Alternative Exercises
HAMPTON, VA -- Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC) showcased its pilot program, the Navy Physical Training Series, to more than 40 command fitness leaders during the Innovative Strategies for Navy Physical Conditioning class at the recent 2008 NMCPHC Conference at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek in Norfolk, VA. The new program gives alternative workouts and exercises to the traditional physical training (PT) program. Read the full story.

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Industry Beat
San Diego Fitness Pioneer Dies
SAN DIEGO -- Frederick Kasch, a health and fitness pioneer, died earlier this month at a San Diego hospital at the age of 94, about a week shy of his 95th birthday. Read the full story.

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Fit to Print
In Brief...

  • Montana Athletic Club (MAC) completed its recent re-model and invited the public to tour the facility on April 30 in celebration of its 15th birthday. MAC outfitted the facility with new furniture, granite counters in the locker rooms, new tile in the pool areas and a makeover at the service desk/juice bar, along with new carpet and paint. New cardio and strength equipment also was installed. The club's used equipment was donated to a local high school.


  • Inside Manufacturers...
  • The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accredited the National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association (NESTA) Personal Fitness Trainer Certification for a five-year period, expiring March 31, 2013. NESTA received accreditation of the certification by submitting an application demonstrating the program's compliance with the NCCA’s Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. NCCA is the accrediting body of the National Organization for Competency Assurance.
  • Nautilus Inc. has re-organized into three stand-alone business units: direct, commercial and retail, according to an announcement from the Vancouver, WA-based company. These three business units and Nautilus International will now report to Tim Joyce, senior vice president and general manager of Nautilus Inc. Joyce will oversee daily operations of these groups.
  • Spinning Nation, an indoor cycling fundraising event supported by Mad Dogg Athletics, will take place on June 28 at official Spinning facilities across the country. Registered riders have pledged to raise $250 to participate in four consecutive one-hour classes. More than 150 facilities signed up to participate during the first 10 days of registration. The event is designated to accommodate up to 500 facilities.
  • Brunswick Corp. will make Brunswick dealer advantage benefits and services available to its Life Fitness dealers in the United States and Canada. Brunswick dealer advantage benefits and services include preferred pricing on customized retirement strategies and succession planning; discounted rates on computers and equipment, wireless service, credit card processing, small package shipping, office supplies and printing; employee retention/reward programs including health care coverage, vision and dental discounts; college scholarships for dealer employees' children; and employee purchase program discounts on Brunswick-branded products.
  • SportsArt Fitness recently launched the Healthy Homes campaign, which educates homeowners on how to create a space at home that motivates them to regularly engage in exercise and follow a healthy lifestyle. Phase one of the campaign kicked off with a contest that asked SportsArt Fitness customers to share their best SportsArt Fitness love story. SportsArt Fitness received stories from people across the country who have used its equipment to create a healthy living space for themselves and their families. The feedback from these stories will help plan the remainder of the campaign in 2008.
  • Octane Fitness promoted Ryan Simat to vice president of sales. In the role, Simat oversees all commercial and consumer product sales in the United States and Canada, managing nine sales representatives and approximately 120 dealers.


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