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Bally Plucks New CEO From 24 Hour
Club Hopping
Pennsylvania Club Settles with AG Office
South Dakota Y Puts Expansion on Hold
School Days
Schools Named Finalists in California Challenge
Boot Camp
Rota MWR Hosts Summer 2008 Triathlon in Spain
Industry Beat
Diabetic Numbers Rise
More Employers Offer Incentives for Health
Americans Want to Improve Health, But Less Than Half Are Successful
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July.01.2008
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Hot News
Bally Plucks New CEO From 24 Hour
CHICAGO -- A loss for 24 Hour Fitness is Bally Total Fitness' gain. Bally announced it has appointed Michael Sheehan as its new chief executive officer, effective today. Sheehan had been the chief operating officer at 24 Hour since 2005 and was with that company the last seven years, also serving as an executive vice president. Read the full story.

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Club Hopping
Pennsylvania Club Settles with AG Office
YORK, PA -- The owners of Leader Health and Fitness, which abruptly closed June 9, reached a settlement with the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General to send club and pool members refund checks. The office expects to send out the checks later this summer, according to The York Daily Record. Read the full story.

South Dakota Y Puts Expansion on Hold
RAPID CITY, SD -- The Rapid City (SD) YMCA is calling it quits on a proposed $13.2 million expansion to its facility. After two years of fundraising, the Y had raised about $8 million. 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
Schools Named Finalists in California Challenge
SACRAMENTO, CA -- Seventy-five California schools were recently named finalists in the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports' 2008 Governor's Challenge Competition. Read the full story.

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Boot Camp
Rota MWR Hosts Summer 2008 Triathlon in Spain
ROTA, SPAIN -- Military members and their families from all the services joined together for the Naval Station Rota (NAVSTA) Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Summer 2008 Triathlon in late June.

More than 50 men and women of all ages assembled at the NAVSTA Rota's Admiral Beach in Spain to compete for a medal in one of the five race categories: overall champions, men's and women's champions, over-35 champions and team champions. Athletes competed in a 750-meter swim, a 20-kilometer bike ride and a 5-kilometer run. This was Rota's first triathlon in six years.

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Industry Beat
Diabetic Numbers Rise
WASHINGTON, DC -- More than 24 million people, or 8 percent of the U.S. population, have diabetes, according to new 2007 prevalence data estimates released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The number represents an increase of more than 3 million diabetics in approximately two years. Read the full story.

More Employers Offer Incentives for Health
WASHINGTON, DC -- Major U.S. employers using incentives to promote employer-sponsored health and wellness programs rose from 62 percent to 71 percent between 2007 and 2008, according to a recent survey by the ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and IncentOne. Read the full story.

Americans Want to Improve Health, But Less Than Half Are Successful
SANTA MONICA, CA -- The majority of Americans (86 percent) attempt to make changes to improve their overall health, but less than half of those who consider making lifestyle changes (46 percent) are actually successful, according to a recent survey by Livestrong, the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Americans listed lack of motivation, lack of money and lack of time as the top roadblocks to making healthy changes in their lives. Other factors included lack of tools/resources, lack of support and lack of knowledge/information.

Livestrong recently launched a new Web site, a for-profit venture, to motivate Americans to lead a healthier lifestyle, to help them get answers to medical questions and to connect them with people who have similar fitness goals or experiences.

Fit to Print
In Brief...

  • A nearly 12-hour SWAT standoff in Round Rock, TX, ended peacefully on Wednesday as the owner of Lifestyles Health and Fitness Club, who was barricaded inside the club, surrendered to police, according to FOX 7 in Austin, TX. Police had evacuated several people from the gym and the shopping center that houses the gym. According to the TV report, the owner called police and threatened to kill himself. The landlord of the shopping center described the owner as being short-tempered.
  • Health and fitness industry sales and marketing professional Eddie Tock has launched a new company, Eddie Tock Health Club Sales and Marketing Consulting. He had been a partner in Sales Makers for 21 years, where he worked with more than 850 clubs in 39 states and six countries. He has been a speaker at Club Industry and the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association trade shows. His new company will provide health and fitness clubs with strategies and tools for sales, marketing and management.


  • Inside Manufacturers...
  • 24 Hour Fitness will offer Nike+iPod-enabled gym equipment in select clubs across the country beginning this month. The equipment will arrive in time for members to compete in the Nike+ Human Race, a one-day running event on Aug. 31. Two of the clubs include the 24 Hour Fitness-Derek Jeter in New York and the Boynton Beach (FL) Shaq Super Sport.
  • Professional Disposables International Inc. donated Chlorascrub to Direct Relief, a 60-year-old charitable organization that assists communities confronting hardships, such as natural disasters and refugee populations. Chlorascrub has a one-step delivery system with peel-apart packaging.
  • The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh has chosen Precor as its exclusive fitness equipment supplier. Through the three-year agreement, Precor will provide the Y's 10 wellness centers with cardiovascular and strength equipment, along with integrated Cardio Theater personal viewing screens.
  • Star Trac has formed an alliance with Hansen Beverage Company, the operating subsidiary of Hansen Natural Corp., a leading marketer of natural alternative and functional beverages. The two companies plan to work together to find new avenues to motivate and help people achieve a healthier, more active lifestyle.


  • 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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