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May Issue Online
The May issue of Club Industry’s Fitness Business Pro
features reports on the
issue of child care in clubs, the
value of cafés and juice/smoothie bars, and alternative
water treatments for fitness facility pools. The issue also includes
report from last month's Club Industry East show in New York.
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Gold’s Gym Opening
16 Franchise Locations in May
DALLAS -- Last year, Gold’s Gym, Dallas, announced it had some
aggressive expansion plans in the works. Gold’s is following up on
those plans by opening 16 franchise-owned locations (10 in the United
States) this month alone. Read the full story.
It Pays to be a FitnessCoach Facility
FitnessCoachPro.com is an exciting new online health & fitness platform
• Business opportunities to boost your bottom line
• Member resources to help your members reach their individual goals
• Trainer resources to give your team the tools they need to be
Building for Sale,
Not Club, in Tennessee
MEMPHIS, TN -- The new 24-hour DAC Fitness center in Millington, TN,
is not for sale, but the building it is housed in is up for auction,
according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal. Read the full story.
Guinness Cycling Record at Illinois YMCA
NAPERVILLE, IL -- The Fry Family YMCA in Naperville, IL, is going
down in the “Guinness Book of World Records.” On May 12, at the Y,
George Hood set a new world record by pedaling 178 hours on a stationary
bike. In the process, he helped raise $30,000 for the facility’s
annual fundraising campaign. 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
Yakima Hosts First
YAKIMA, WA -- More than 200 kids from the West Valley School
District in Yakima, WA, participated in the first annual Fitness For
Kids Marathon on Sunday. The Yakima Hardcore Runners Club hosted the
event, which is aimed at getting elementary students more involved in
physical fitness. Read the full story.
SPORTSMITH, the leading distributor of fitness equipment repair
parts stocks a complete line of Genuine (OEM) Life Fitness and Star Trac
repair parts. Other brands include Stairmaster, Precor, Cybex and many
others. Purchase your fitness equipment repair parts online at: www.sportsmith.net
Air Force Fitness
Gets Runners ‘In Training’
RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, TX -- Air Force fitness recently created
the program In Training to help Air Force members achieve their running
goals. Program participants will have access to running tips, training
schedules and an easy-to-use tracking system. Read the full story.
Innovative Fitness Promotions
IFP is an EFT based promotion company, specializing in raising your
health club’s monthly EFT’s $5,000 - $15,000. We are paid on
performance only; we only make money if you make money. We invest all
the money necessary with no cost or expense to you.
New Fitness Test for
WASHINGTON, DC -- The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and
Sports launched a new national fitness test for adults last week. The
test involves a one-mile walk or a 1.5-mile run to test aerobic fitness,
sit-ups or push-ups to test muscular strength and endurance, a
sit-and-reach test to measure flexibility, and a body mass index test to
assess body composition. Read the full story.
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Fit to Print
The National Business Group on Health (NBGH), a national
non-profit organization of large employers, awarded Fiserv Inc., owner
of CheckFree, the Best
Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award for its commitment and dedication
to promoting a healthy workplace and encouraging a healthy lifestyle for
its employees and their families. Fiserv is one of 52 employers who
received the award at the Leadership Summit sponsored by the NBGH’s
Institute on Costs and Health Effects of Obesity. Fiserv launched its
wellness initiative in 2003. In 2006 and 2007, the company was given a
Through International Table Tennis Federation and International
Volleyball Federation agreements, Gerflor Taraflex will supply
courts for volleyball and table tennis tournaments during the next
Olympic Games in Beijing. With 14 volleyball courts in seven locations
and two table tennis sites, there will be more than 160,000 square feet
of Gerflor Sports Flooring at these events.
Expresso Fitness has raised
$12 million in a Series C-2 round of funding. The financing will be used
to expand the company’s product portfolio and market reach, driving
its revenue growth, according to the company. San Francisco-based Physic
Ventures, a new investor in Expresso Fitness, led the funding and was
joined by existing investors Sierra Ventures and Enterprise Partners
Venture Capital. Andy Donner, director at Physic Ventures, has also
joined Expresso’s board of directors.
To kick off the U.S. release of Wii Fit, Nintendo held a launch event Monday
at New York’s Central Park Merchants’ Gate that featured celebrity
trainer Ashley Borden. Wii Fit’s fitness regimen, led by a virtual
personal trainer, includes yoga, aerobics and strength training. The
game can also track a person’s weight and body mass index. People can
play soccer, ski, go snowboarding or hula-hooping on the game’s
balance board. Wii Fit, which retails for $89.99, communicates with the
required Nintendo Wii console, which retails for $249. Wii Fit, which
was previously released in Japan and Europe, already is sold out in
pre-launch sales on Amazon.com and the Web sites for retailers such as
What do you think have been the five most significant trends in the
fitness industry in the past 25 years? E-mail your responses to Club
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