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Fitness Levels Decline as Texas Students Age
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Indiana Y Closes Due to Bomb Threat
Life Time Fitness Triathlon Set for Saturday
Arkansas Fitness Trainer Convicted of Rape
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College Gets the LEED Gold
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Marines Celebrate Fourth of July with Iraq Run
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Study Finds That Keeping a Food Diary Doubles Weight Loss
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July.10.2008
July 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 July in our Step by Step online section:

Step by Step: Clubs
Jim Thomas, founder and president of Fitness Management USA Inc., discusses ways to motivate your staff members.

Step by Step: Personal Training
Jim Labadie, fitness entrepreneur, shares seven things you need to know about writing fitness articles.

Step by Step: Marketing
Leslie Nolen, founder of The Radial Group, talks about how to market using the Stages of Change Model.

Step by Step: Design
Curt Moody, president and CEO of Moody•Nolan Inc., explains how to design space for personalized routines.

Step by Step: Nutrition
Rodney Wynn, founder of Wynn with Fitness, describes why it’s important for your clients to be properly hydrated.

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
Fitness Levels Decline as Texas Students Age
AUSTIN, TX -- Texas students become progressively less fit as they age, according to recently performed tests on 2.6 million Texas children. The test, called Fitnessgram, was created by The Cooper Institute of Dallas and was given to Texas children in grades 3-12 this spring. Read the full story.

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The NASM-CPT: The Science Behind Your Success

Today there are more than 300 certifications available to sports medicine, performance enhancement, and fitness professionals. But only the NASM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) certification uses the Optimum Performance Training™ (OPT™) method, making it the gold-standard for health and fitness professionals.

Accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the NASM-CPT certification is the preferred choice for hire and career advancement by the top health clubs.

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Club Hopping
Indiana Y Closes Due to Bomb Threat
FORT WAYNE, IN -- After a bomb threat early Monday morning, administration at the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne (IN) closed its Allen County, IN, branches until 9 a.m. as a safety precaution. Read the full story.

Life Time Fitness Triathlon Set for Saturday
CHANHASSEN, MN -- The Life Time Fitness Triathlon will be held Saturday in Minneapolis and will include 11 triathletes who have qualified for next month’s Summer Olympics in Beijing. The event marks the start of the 2008 Life Time Fitness Triathlon Series Race to the Toyota Cup, which offers a $1.45 million purse. Read the full story.

Arkansas Fitness Trainer Convicted of Rape
FAYETTEVILLE, AR -- A fitness trainer was convicted Wednesday of rape and was sentenced to a total of 45 years in prison, according to the Northwest Arkansas Times. 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
College Gets the LEED Gold
ANN ARBOR, MI -- The Washtenaw Community College Health & Fitness Center in Ann Arbor, MI, has received gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Program. The Health & Fitness Center, designed by Denver-based Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative (OLC), opened in September with a long list of environmentally friendly features that had led the OLC team to anticipate the LEED gold distinction. The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded gold certification to 461 buildings since the program began in 2000.

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Boot Camp
Marines Celebrate Fourth of July with Iraq Run
FALLUJAH, IRAQ -- Marines and sailors with Headquarters and Service Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, celebrated Independence Day by competing in a five-mile run in Fallujah, Iraq. The 14 service members started the run early in the morning to beat the day’s quickly rising heat. After the event, the participants cooled down and stretched, then received a certificate of completion.

Staying mentally and physically fit while on deployment is important for the well-being of the Marines and sailors as well as the overall effectiveness of the unit, says David P. Leach, company first sergeant.

“I would have loved to have been back home enjoying fireworks with my family,” says Petty Officer 2nd Class Delfino Vega. “But we’re here doing our part to help rebuild Iraq, and I’m happy to be doing that.”

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Can-Fit-Pro International Club Business Conference and Trade Show
August 13-17
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Celebrate moving your business from good to great at the Can-Fit-Pro Conference and Trade Show, with education from the industry’s leading experts in areas of sales, retention, innovation, and marketing. In our 15th anniversary celebration there will be many exciting features, including the keynote address from Kathy Smith which will help your business succeed; special days designed for Program Directors and Club Owners; plus shop or exhibit at the 200,000 square foot trade show.
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Industry Beat
Study Finds That Keeping a Food Diary Doubles Weight Loss
PORTLAND, OR -- Something as simple as keeping a food diary can double a person's weight loss, according to a new study that will be published in the August issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Read the full story.

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In Brief...

  • The Thoreau Club/Camp Thoreau Inc., a third-generation family-owned business based in Concord, MA, won the 2008 Marshall Paisner Massachusetts Family Business of the Year Award. The Thoreau Club was one of three Massachusetts-based companies recognized for its achievements in the community and business success. The award is presented to companies that exhibit positive business practices and have significantly contributed to their communities. Camp Thoreau Inc. was established in 1951 by Click and Dot Pulis. Click and Dot’s son, Todd, introduced tennis and swimming into the business, which now also has a spa and fitness center with Pilates, exercise classes and programs for all levels. Faith Pulis is a third-generation family member and current president/CEO of Camp Thoreau Inc.
  • The Harlem Globetrotters launched their S.P.I.N. (Some Playtime Is Necessary) initiative as thousands of kids and adults at YMCAs and backyards across the United States simultaneously dribbled basketballs at 1 p.m. EDT on June 30. Globetrotter players led the S.P.I.N. events at Ys in New York, Chicago, Phoenix and Houston. S.P.I.N. is a program designed to make fitness fun and to help kids cultivate an active lifestyle.


  • Inside Manufacturers...
  • Some fitness equipment manufacturers across the country are being hit hard by the slowing economy and rising energy and material costs. To reduce costs, some companies are laying off workers and restructuring. Others report they are doing business as usual. Read the full story.
  • Town Sports International (TSI) announced that it has expanded its partnership with Healthways Inc., offering the Healthways SilverSneakers fitness program for active older adults at 15 more of TSI's New York Sports Clubs (NYSC) locations. Currently, there are 16 NYSC locations and six Philadelphia Sports Clubs locations that have the SilverSneakers program, bringing the total number of TSI clubs offering SilverSneakers to 37.
  • Ron Poliseno, director of client development for CheckFree Health and Fitness, will give a presentation at the upcoming FitLife conference, Aug. 3-5 in Bend, OR. The session, “Information is Key to Profitability,” will provide insight into how information can be analyzed and extracted to compare club performance to a database of more than 2,500 health and fitness clubs.
  • About 200 people attended the recent Les Mills Quarterly Workshop at Starport Fitness at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The two-day workshop offered education for club owners on how group fitness can improve member retention and profitability, plus training and education for instructors in the Les Mills group fitness formulas. Starport Fitness is open to all NASA employees, contractors and their families, and recently introduced the BodyPump group fitness program from Les Mills International.
  • This month, Island Oasis kicked off a yearlong Flavor-of-the-Month beverage program. Among the new concoctions to be offered are Mango Paradise for July, Peach-A-Boo for October, the North Pole for December and Shamrock Shimmy for March. The Flavor-of-the-Month program was developed to promote product versatility across the company's three product lines: frozen drinks, smoothies and Power Blendz, which is an all-natural product with pharmaceutical-grade nutritional supplements, vitamins and protein powders targeted to the health and fitness industry.


  • 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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