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Urban Active Hires New Senior Vice President
Ys Receive Kellogg's 'Play' Grants
School Days
Fitnessgram Tests Reveal More About Texas Schoolchildren
Boot Camp
Two Military Fitness Centers in Construction Bill
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Physical Fitness May Slow Brain Atrophy in People With Alzheimer's
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July.20.2008
July Issue Online Now
The July issue of Club Industry’s Fitness Business Pro features our annual Top 100 clubs list as well as a report on how the recent floods in Iowa affected fitness facilities. The issue also contains reports on the growth of sports massage in health club spas and how health club Web sites are attracting and retaining members.

Best of the Best Deadline Extended
The deadline for the Best of the Best awards has been extended to Friday, July 25. To submit one of your programs in the Best of the Best contest, review the entry form here.

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Hot News
24 Hour Sues Bally Over CEO Hiring
CHICAGO -- 24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, CA, has filed a lawsuit against Bally Total Fitness, Chicago, accusing Bally of illegally hiring new CEO Michael Sheehan away from 24 Hour to gain access to trade secrets. Read the full story.

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Club Hopping
Planet Fitness Puts World Gym Up for Sale
DOVER, NH -- It appears the World has become too much to handle for one Planet. Planet Fitness, which two years ago bought World Gym for around $10 million, is putting World Gym up for sale, Planet Fitness CEO Mike Grondahl confirmed last week. Read the full story.

Urban Active Hires New Senior Vice President
LEXINGTON, KY -- Mike Maynard has become the latest executive to leave 24 Hour Fitness. Maynard, who recently served as a 24 Hour regional vice president, was hired by Global Fitness Holdings, which owns and operates 28 Urban Active Health and Fitness Clubs in Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee, as its new senior vice president of sales for its southern division.

Bill Robinson, senior vice president of sales, will manage the northern division of the company. Both Maynard and Robinson will report to new Global Fitness Holdings Chief Operating Officer Martin Stein. Maynard has also held key roles with Gold’s Gym, World Gym and Jim Bottin’s Fitness.

Global Fitness Holdings also promoted KT Remus to senior marketing director. Remus will be responsible for Urban Active’s marketing strategy, brand management, advertising and promotional campaigns.


Ys Receive Kellogg's 'Play' Grants
CHICAGO -- The YMCA of the USA recently partnered with Kellogg’s Corporate Citizenship Fund to award $10,000 grants to Ys located within 25 miles of a Kellogg company manufacturing location. As a result, a total of 24 Ys were awarded funds to provide underserved youth with physical activity opportunities.

The Kellogg’s Opportunity to Play grants will be used in Ys for a variety of programming: physical education classes in schools where there has been none, the development of basketball and swim leagues with and for Sudanese immigrants, a camp program for kids infected with or affected by HIV, extended after-school programming that emphasizes active play and nutrition education, a new playground for toddlers in subsidized child care, supervised recreational activities in housing complexes and schools, and an adult-child fitness and nutrition program.

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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
Fitnessgram Tests Reveal More About Texas Schoolchildren
AUSTIN, TX -- After further analysis of the results of the Fitnessgram test created by The Cooper Institute of Dallas and given to Texas schoolchildren in grades 3-12 this spring, children in high poverty levels have poorer fitness, and physically fit students tend to perform better on state standardized exams. Read the full story.

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Boot Camp
Two Military Fitness Centers in Construction Bill
WASHINGTON, DC -- Air Force and Navy Fitness may be adding new fitness centers to their ranks. A new fitness center at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina and Naval Air Station Kingsville (TX) were recently added by House appropriators to President Bush’s fiscal 2009 military construction request. Read the full story.

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Industry Beat
Physical Fitness May Slow Brain Atrophy in People With Alzheimer's
KANSAS CITY, KS -- A new study shows that exercise may help slow brain shrinkage in people with early Alzheimer’s disease. In the study, people with early Alzheimer’s who were less physically fit had four times more brain shrinkage than normal older adults. Read the full story.

Fit to Print
In Brief...

  • 24 Hour Fitness has become an official partner of the USA Basketball men’s and women’s senior national teams. 24 Hour will have the ability to promote its brand through USA Basketball games, media and special events.
  • Canada’s Simon Whitfield and Australia’s Emma Snowsill won the men’s and women’s professional divisions at the Life Time Fitness Triathlon on July 12 in Minneapolis. Each took home a first-place prize of $60,000.
  • Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club, Greenwood Village, CO, is expanding its weight room by an additional 2,400 square feet on the first floor and is increasing its business office by an additional 2,400 square feet on the second floor. The two-story expansion project broke ground in May and is expected to be completed in November. The club also is remodeling 7,200 square feet of the existing weight room and stretching area and approximately 2,000 square feet of the business and membership office.
  • Nicki Anderson was named the IDEA Health & Fitness Association Personal Trainer of the Year. The award recognizes an IDEA member who is a practicing professional in the fitness industry and spends 15 or more hours per week actively training clients one-on-one. IDEA also seeks a candidate who displays exceptional leadership, business management, motivational and instructional abilities, and who has inspired his or her clients toward greater personal growth and a higher fitness level. Currently the owner of Reality Fitness, a private personal training studio in Naperville, IL, Anderson has been a certified personal trainer for 17 years, has written two books on fitness-related topics and has authored numerous articles for industry magazines.
  • The Aquatic Exercise Association, USA Swimming and the National Swimming Pool Foundation invite trainers and fitness professionals to attend a symposium to learn how clients can become stronger by incorporating an aquatic component into their training regimen. The special forum will feature national Olympic team coaches and an international group of speakers and attendees on Oct. 15 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. The pre-conference event is in conjunction with the fifth annual World Aquatic Health Conference, Oct. 15-17. Trainers can register online here.


  • Inside Manufacturers...
  • Octane Fitness was named best supplier in the fitness industry and the top-selling brand of elliptical cross trainers by Specialty News’ 2008 Fitness Retailer Survey. This was the second year in a row that Octane Fitness won the award for top supplier and the fourth consecutive year that it was named the top-selling brand of ellipticals.
  • Jacobs Ladder was recently featured on KABC-TV in Los Angeles for the equipment’s role in helping Robert Downey Jr. get fit for his recent superhero role in the movie “Iron Man.”
  • The Gerflor Group recently acquired Architectural Floor Systems (AFS) of Chicago. Gerflor, headquartered in Lyon, France, and AFS have been longtime partners. AFS has been the authorized Gerflor and Taraflex distributor and installer in the Midwest and on the West Coast for many years.
  • Power Systems Inc. founders and owners Bruno and Julie Pauletto presented a check for $20,022.35 to Special Olympics Tennessee on July 1 at the company’s new headquarters in Knoxville, TN. Power Systems raised the money for the donation during its Charity Warehouse Sale, which allows local fitness and sports performance professionals and enthusiasts the opportunity to purchase training equipment and other merchandise at discounted prices, with all proceeds benefiting Special Olympics. Power Systems held its first Charity Warehouse Sale in 2005, and due to its success, the sale became a regular event. This year’s record sales quadrupled the amount raised during the previous sale.
  • Star Trac debuted its new line of consumer fitness equipment, branded under the moniker ST Fitness, at the Health and Fitness Business Show that was held July 17-18 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Star Trac began its expansion into the consumer market in 2007 with the introduction of the S Series line of ultra premium consumer and light commercial cardio products. The ST Fitness products feature a contemporary look.


  • 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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