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Gold’s Gym Opening 16 Franchise Locations in May
Club Hopping
Building for Sale, Not Club, in Tennessee
Man Breaks Guinness Cycling Record at Illinois YMCA
School Days
Yakima Hosts First Kids Marathon
Boot Camp
Air Force Fitness Gets Runners ‘In Training’
Industry Beat
New Fitness Test for Adults Launched
Fit to Print
Inside Manufacturers...
Speaking Out
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May.20.2008
May Issue Online Now
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 a post-show report from last month's Club Industry East show in New York.

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Hot News
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.

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Club Hopping
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.

Man Breaks 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.

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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
Yakima Hosts First Kids Marathon
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.

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Boot Camp
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.

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Industry Beat
New Fitness Test for Adults Launched
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
Inside Manufacturers...
  • 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 silver award.
  • 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 Wal-Mart.


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    Speaking Out
    Reader Poll
    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 Industry’s Fitness Business Pro Editor Pamela Kufahl at pam.kufahl@penton.com.

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