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Tennis on the Rise; Aerobics Declines
Club Hopping
Life Time Increases Credit Capabilities
Boy Dies After Drowning at Life Time Pool
Clubs in Iowa Affected by Flooding
Pennsylvania Club Shuts Down
Boxing and Fitness Club Owner Commits Suicide
Ys Get Unique Visitors
School Days
Cowboys Owner Helps Renovate Boys & Girls Club Gymnasium
IHRSA Launches Initiative for Teen Fitness
Boot Camp
Oklahoma City Navy Hosts SEAL Fitness Challenge
Industry Beat
Alaska, Arkansas Finish 1-2 in President’s Challenge
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Inside Manufacturers...
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June.20.2008
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Hot News
Tennis on the Rise; Aerobics Declines
MOUNT PROSPECT, IL -- Tennis participation is on the increase, but aerobics participation has declined, according to the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA). Read the full story.

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Club Hopping
Life Time Increases Credit Capabilities
CHANHASSEN, MN -- Life Time Fitness announced Wednesday a new $34 million credit facility to provide permanent financing for its corporate headquarters in Chanhassen, MN, and a fitness club in Overland Park, KS. Read the full story.

Boy Dies After Drowning at Life Time Pool
AUSTIN, TX -- A 4-year-old boy died Saturday after he drowned the day before in a Life Time Fitness swimming pool. Read the full story.

Clubs in Iowa Affected by Flooding
DES MOINES, IA -- The floods in the Midwest, particularly in Iowa, have affected for-profit and nonprofit fitness facilities throughout the state. While some fitness centers have reduced hours or programming, others have closed due to water damage or evacuation orders. Read the full story.

Pennsylvania Club Shuts Down
YORK, PA -- Leader Health and Fitness in York Township, PA, abruptly shut down, leaving several hundred members temporarily out in the cold as the summer pool season heats up. Read the full story.

Boxing and Fitness Club Owner Commits Suicide
KLAMATH FALLS, OR -- The owner of Klamath Falls Boxing and Fitness died from an apparent suicide June 9, the same day he was to report to jail on sex charges involving a 15-year-old girl, according to multiple media reports. Read the full story.

Ys Get Unique Visitors
EASTON, NJ, and BEAVERCREEK, OH -- Two YMCAs recently had unique visitors to their facilities. The Family Y of Easton, Phillipsburg and Vicinity (NJ) had a bear cub on its grounds, and the Beavercreek Y (OH) had a deer in its pool. Read the full story.

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School Days
Cowboys Owner Helps Renovate Boys & Girls Club Gymnasium
ARLINGTON, TX -- The owner of the Dallas Cowboys helped give the gymnasium at the Arlington, TX, Boys & Girls Club’s main branch a makeover in an effort to combat childhood obesity and encourage children to stay physically active. Read the full story.

IHRSA Launches Initiative for Teen Fitness
BOSTON -- The International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) recently launched the Teen Fitness Connection, a nationwide initiative designed to introduce exercise to teenagers by offering free summer memberships.

More than 85 IHRSA-member health clubs and almost 3,400 teenagers around the country are currently enrolled in the program, which offers “first-time visitor” teens ages 12 to 17 a complimentary membership from June 22 to Aug. 31. Teens must check in by 3 p.m. and leave by 5 p.m. on weekdays. Hours also can be set on a club-by-club basis. The Teen Fitness Connection is the brainchild of Geoff Dyer, CEO and founder of Lifestyle Family Fitness, St. Petersburg, FL.

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Boot Camp
Oklahoma City Navy Hosts SEAL Fitness Challenge
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Forty-eight individuals gathered in Oklahoma City earlier this month to see if they had what it takes to be one of the Navy’s most elite, a Navy SEAL. Held in conjunction with Oklahoma City Navy Week, the SEAL Fitness Challenge was held at the Oklahoma City Community College Aquatic Center. More than 20 U.S. cities will host Navy weeks in 2008 in an effort to increase awareness in metropolitan areas that do not have a significant Navy fleet presence. Read the full story.

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Industry Beat
Alaska, Arkansas Finish 1-2 in President’s Challenge
BLOOMINGTON, IN -- Alaska and Arkansas are near the top of the alphabet in the United States. They also are at the top of the recently completed President’s Challenge national fitness competition. Read the full story.

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Fit to Print
In Brief...

  • A party to raise funds for celebrity fitness trainer Darius Miller, who remains in a coma after he was attacked and beaten Christmas night, was held last night in Atlanta. Two of Miller’s clients, Takeo Spikes, a linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles, and former New York Giants linebacker Carlos Emmons, hosted the fundraiser, which will help with Miller’s medical expenses. Donations can be made on the Web site for Spikes’ and Emmons’ foundation. Apollo Holmes, who was arrested in January on aggravated assault charges and was released on $100,000 bond, has not cooperated with police, and investigators have not found any more suspects, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
  • Crunch Fitness has named Michael R. Jacobs as its new president and chief financial officer. Jacobs will be responsible for Crunch’s growth strategy, financial planning and information management, and he will be working with Crunch CEO Tim Miller. Before joining Crunch, Jacobs was chief operating officer and member of the board of directors of B.R. Guest Restaurants. He has also served as chief operating officer at ACS TradeOne Marketing, Haynes Security, and a food and beverage manufacturer and distribution company.
  • MVP Sports Clubs is now offering performance enhancing training at its Rockford, IL, club. The company added a Parisi Speed School at that facility to help attract athletes ages 7 and up into the program, which is designed to maximize physical and mental potential.
  • LifeCenter Plus Health and Fitness Center’s 17th annual golf scramble in Franklin Township, OH, raised $2,000 for The Boys and Girls Clubs of The Western Reserve.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Swimming Pool Foundation established a Cryptosporidium (Crypto) Outbreak Alert System to help aquatic facilities protect their patrons from recreational water illness. Aquatic managers can sign up for the alerts online. During the past two decades, Crypto has become recognized as one of the most common causes of waterborne disease in recreational water and drinking water in the United States.


  • Inside Manufacturers...
  • iTech Fitness Inc., creators of the XRKade, recently signed its 50th XRKade location in North America. Mike Hansen, president and CEO, says the company will have more than 100 locations before the end of the year. Hansen credits the company’s success to the focus on building a business that is all about the brand experience.
  • More than 40 seventh- and eighth-grade students from Albany Park Multicultural Academy (APMA) in Chicago visited the international headquarters of Life Fitness in Schiller Park, IL, to get an insider’s look at the fitness industry from a manufacturing perspective. The three-hour tour was an extension of a yearlong relationship the company has had with the school. In 2007, Life Fitness worked with educators at APMA to provide comprehensive fitness programming for the Chicago public school through its circuit series strength-training system.
  • Club H Fitness’ fourth club in Jersey City, NJ, was designed by Fabiano Designs, Montclair, NJ. The 30,000-square-foot luxury gym and spa has a modern design. The club features Fabiano Designs’ “social pods” throughout the gym floor to maximize member-to-member interaction opportunities during a workout. The facility also features three group exercise studios, stretching areas and a full-service café.
  • Go Figure Inc. donated its club management software and hardware to the Healthworks Foundation Fitness Center, scheduled to open later this year in Dorchester, MA. Construction recently began on the nonprofit fitness facility that will specifically target the fitness needs of children and women. The software will manage member data at the club, as well as process payments for any purchases made, manage inventory, allow members to sign in with a barcoded keytag scan and present a personalized welcome screen once the member has scanned in.
  • The FirstHealth Center for Health & Fitness in Pinehurst, NC, decreased member attrition by 5 percent over the last year while using Retention Management’s services. Year to year, FirstHealth decreased attrition from 34 percent to 29 percent. FirstHealth plans to roll out the company's service to their five other centers soon. Retention Management currently provides the center with a series of automated member communication services, including personalized supportive e-mails that are based on each member’s attendance patterns, on-going e-mail marketing messages and a new member orientation/education program.


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