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Hot News
U.S. Health Club Memberships Decrease
Club Hopping
Snap Fitness Announces Minority Equity Investment
Convicted Steroids Dealer, Girlfriend Found Dead
Boy Dies in Apparent Drowning at Nashville YMCA
School Days
Florida Toughens Up P.E. Standards
Boot Camp
New Fashions for Navy Fitness
Industry Beat
More than $2 Million Awarded to Study Health Games
Fit to Print
In Brief...
Inside Manufacturers...
Speaking Out
Reader Poll
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June.10.2008
June Step by Step Articles Online Now
Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro's online how-to section helps our readers improve retention, increase sales, energize group exercise programming and more. Visit http://www.fitnessbusinesspro.com/stepbystep to read articles from industry experts.

Here's what to look for in June in our Step by Step online section:

Step by Step: Clubs
Leslie Nolen, who leads the Radial Group, shares eight tips for defeating the planning monster.

Step by Step: Personal Training
Patrick Rigsby, co-owner of the Fitness Consulting Group, gives clubs five strategies for stronger sales.

Step by Step: Marketing
Casey Conrad, founder of Healthy Inspirations, points out why clubs should add blogging to their marketing mix.

Step by Step: Retention
Paul Kuck, founder of Fitness Tutor, explains seven things clubs should be doing to keep their clients for life.

Step by Step: Vendor Viewpoint
Marci Clark, education director for SPIN Pilates, describes how to create a revenue-generating group exercise program.

If you would like to be a Step by Step columnist, please e-mail Jennipher Shaver at jennipher.shaver@penton.com with your mug shot, a one-paragraph bio and three topic ideas for 750-word how-to articles.

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Hot News
U.S. Health Club Memberships Decrease
BOSTON -- In 2007, the United States had 41.5 million health club members, according to the “2008 IHRSA Global Report: The State of the Health Club Industry” from the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association. Read the full story.

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Club Hopping
Snap Fitness Announces Minority Equity Investment
CHANHASSEN, MN -- Last month, amid rumors that Snap Fitness was for sale, CEO and founder Peter Taunton said he had no desire to sell a majority share of the company. But Taunton did not rule out finding a minority partner. On June 3, the company announced a minority equity investment from Summit Partners. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Read the full story.

Convicted Steroids Dealer, Girlfriend Found Dead
PLANO, TX -- A Dallas County (TX) medical examiner ruled that David Jacobs, a personal trainer and convicted steroids dealer, committed suicide Thursday by shooting himself twice. Read the full story.

Boy Dies in Apparent Drowning at Nashville YMCA
NASHVILLE, TN -- A 7-year-old boy recently died in an apparent drowning after going down a curling water slide at the Donelson-Hermitage YMCA in Nashville, TN. Read the full story.

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School Days
Florida Toughens Up P.E. Standards
TALLAHASSEE, FL -- Florida Gov. Charlie Crist signed a bill on June 2 expanding physical education at the elementary and middle school levels. Senate Bill 610, also known as the “Don Davis Physical Education Act,” requires middle schools to offer students in grades six through eight one class period of physical education per day for one semester, beginning in fall 2009. Read the full story.

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Boot Camp
New Fashions for Navy Fitness
ARLINGTON, VA -- When it comes to fitness fashions, the Navy is on the cutting edge. On May 30, representatives from the Navy Uniform Matters Office and Navy Exchange Command unveiled a prototype of the Navy’s Physical Training Uniform (PTU) Running Suit at the Navy Uniform Center in Arlington, VA. On the same day, sailors aboard amphibious assault ship USS Wasp in Portsmouth, VA, were issued the first set of the Navy’s new physical training (PT) uniform. Read the full story.

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Industry Beat
More than $2 Million Awarded to Study Health Games
PRINCETON, NJ -- More than $2 million in grants was awarded to 12 research teams in California, Florida, Indiana, Maine, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina, Vermont and Washington to study how and if digital interactive games improve players’ health behaviors and outcomes.

This is the first round of grants to be awarded from the foundation through its Health Games Research national program, based at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The $8.25 million program studies everything from traditional video games on game consoles, hand-held game players, arcade machines, computers, Web sites and multi-player online worlds, to new kinds of games, such as mobile interactive television, virtual environments, electronic toys or other emerging technologies that are becoming more affordable and accessible.

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Fit to Print
In Brief...

  • The International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association joined the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD), releasing a new resource for policymakers and health experts. The publication, “Keeping America Healthy: A Guide To Successful Programs,” was compiled by the PFCD, with support from its members, and showcases public and private programs from across the country that have been successful in promoting healthy behaviors and reducing the burden of disease.
  • Life Time Fitness formally announced last week its plans to open a 110,000-square-foot club in Florham Park, NJ, the company’s first in the New York tri-state area. Florham Park Life Time Athletic, scheduled to open during the fourth quarter of 2008, will include a full-service day spa, a chef-driven café, and indoor and outdoor aquatics centers.
  • Town Sports International recently announced the opening of two clubs, a New York Sports Club in Dobbs Ferry, NY, and a Washington Sports Club in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC.
  • 24 Hour Fitness announced 21 of its fitness managers and master trainers will serve as fitness ambassadors and staff the United States Olympic Committee’s High Performance Training Center in Beijing for the 2008 Summer Olympics.
  • Cypress Bend Real Estate Development recently announced the development of Stone Creek Club & Spa, a 52,000-square-foot upscale health club in Covington, LA. The facility was built to serve the suburbs north of New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain, LA. The club will feature a 4,700-square-foot full-service spa, 12 tennis courts with viewing facilities, salt-water pools, child care, a café, locker rooms, and fitness and group exercise areas. Membership pre-sales will begin in September. The club is scheduled to open in May 2009.
  • The board of directors of the National Swimming Pool Foundation voted to allocate $812,500 in research grants for the year 2008-2009. This year's amount matches the amount budgeted the previous year and represents a 134 percent increase since 2004. This budget includes the first $200,000 installment of a $1 million grant to Washington State University in Pullman, WA, to help establish the National Aquatics and Sports Medicine Institute.


  • Inside Manufacturers...
  • Star Trac and Mad Dogg Athletics recently helped the Road 2 Recovery organization celebrate the completion of its first outdoor ride at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The 500-mile long ride, which was held on the track prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Coca-Cola 600 race, raised more than $150,000 to put Spinning labs in facilities across the country.


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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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