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Small IHRSA Study Shows Positive Results for First Quarter 2008
Club Hopping
Life Time Surging During Tough Economic Times
School Days
Richard Simmons Reaches Out to Congress in Support of P.E.
Boot Camp
At Sea, Navy Ship Tries Yoga
Industry Beat
IDEA Survey Finds Fitness Facilities Focusing More on Community
Life Fitness Is Bright Spot for Brunswick
Cybex Sales and Income Down in Second Quarter
Nautilus Closing Tulsa Facilities by End of the Year
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August.01.2008
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Hot News
Small IHRSA Study Shows Positive Results for First Quarter 2008
BOSTON -- Despite a slowing economy, a recently conducted survey of 18 U.S. health and sports club companies shows that financial performance improved for the first quarter ending March 31, compared to the same period last year. Read the full story.

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Club Hopping
Life Time Surging During Tough Economic Times
CHANHASSEN, MN -- Despite the continued struggles of the economy that have affected most of the club industry, Life Time Fitness continues to experience steady growth, reflected in the second-quarter results that the company announced last week. Read the full story.

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School Days
Richard Simmons Reaches Out to Congress in Support of P.E.
WASHINGTON, DC -- Trading in his glittery tank top and striped shorts for a suit and tie, famed fitness guru Richard Simmons recently spoke at a hearing before Congress, urging the House Education and Labor Committee to expand physical education in public schools. Read the full story.

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Boot Camp
At Sea, Navy Ship Tries Yoga
USS BONHOMME RICHARD -- Although the flight deck of the USS Bonhomme Richard (BHR) usually sounds like a whir of loud rotor blades, those noises are replaced a few times a week with something a bit unusual for a Naval ship -- the sound of ambient music. Since mid-July, the flight deck has been the setting for yoga classes. Read the full story.

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Industry Beat
IDEA Survey Finds Fitness Facilities Focusing More on Community
SAN DIEGO -- Fitness facility owners are focusing on building communities for their members, according to results from the IDEA Fitness Programs and Equipment Survey. The 13th annual survey also finds that although new pieces of equipment and group exercise formats are popular in clubs, the old standbys are holding strong in popularity as well. Read the full story.

Life Fitness Is Bright Spot for Brunswick
LAKE FOREST, IL -- Life Fitness had a 9 percent sales increase in the second quarter despite difficulties in the consumer side of the business, according to earnings recently released by Brunswick Corp., owner of Life Fitness. Read the full story.

Cybex Sales and Income Down in Second Quarter
MEDWAY, MA -- Cybex International Inc.’s second quarter net sales and net income were down in the second quarter compared to the same period last year. Net sales were $33.1 million, 4.6 percent lower than the $34.7 million for the corresponding 2007 period. Net income was $128,000 compared to $1.1 million for the corresponding 2007 period. Read the full story.

Nautilus Closing Tulsa Facilities by End of the Year
VANCOUVER, WA -- After experiencing revenue losses for the last several quarters, Nautilus Inc. announced plans to consolidate its U.S. manufacturing and distribution facilities. Read the full story.

Fit to Print
In Brief...

  • Anytime Fitness named John Kersh as its new director of international development. From 1992 to 2004, Kersh served in the same capacity for the International Health, Racquetball and Sportsclub Association. He also is the founder and owner of Citrus Gym, a franchise operation in Brazil. Kersh says he envisions Anytime Fitness expanding into many parts of Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
  • Snap Fitness recently announced its first international expansion as the company will open two clubs in Bangalore and Mumbai, India. The clubs will be owned and operated by Force Fitness India Pvt. Ltd., a developer of fitness franchises in India. Snap Fitness also plans to expand into other parts of Asia as well as Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.
  • A Hudson, NH, man was arrested last month and charged with three counts of simple assault after he was suspected of assaulting women at fitness centers. Eric Henson is accused of approaching women and asking them to teach him an exercise or massage technique, then grabbing and putting their feet on his groin. Other women in New Hampshire and Massachusetts have come forward with similar allegations, Windham, NH, police say.
  • Bruno Pauletto, CEO and co-founder of Power Systems Inc., was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual conference of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) on July 11 in Las Vegas. The NSCA recognized Pauletto for his contributions to the strength and conditioning profession and his dedication to the association. Pauletto has more than 25 years of service with the NSCA, serving as a board member, state director and president, as well as serving on various committees.
  • Dean Herried was named the new vice president of operations for the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, MI. Herried will be responsible for leading the David D. Hunting Y and providing supervisory support for the executive staff of the Gainey Family and Wolverine World Wide Y branches in the Greater Grand Rapids, MI, area. Herried was most recently the executive director of the Wolverine World Wide Family Y.
  • WTS International, a worldwide spa consulting and management firm, partnered with Equestrian Services LLC, which provides planning, design and management of equestrian facilities, to create Equi-Spa Lifestyle Solutions, a program that combines an equestrian and spa environment to provide wellness, personal awareness, relaxation, team building and fitness benefits. Equestrian Services will provide the horses, facility development, programming and staff/management for the equestrian programs, while WTS will provide planning/design, pre-opening and daily management services for the spa and fitness center.


  • Inside Manufacturers...
  • Octane Fitness hired Dave Zachry as a sales manager for commercial national accounts in the western half of the United States. Zachry comes to Octane after four years at Precor Inc. Prior to that, he worked for Fitness Products International with the Icarian Fitness Equipment brand. In the late 1980s, he was an owner/operator of several Gold’s Gyms throughout California.
  • The three-day Body Training Systems (BTS) Summit, held May 29-31 in Portland, OR, attracted more than 350 owners, managers and instructors. The BTS Summit included the eight-hour Business of BTS Management Seminar and BTS Intensive workshops. Attendance was 47 percent higher than the previous Portland event held 18 months ago. The next BTS Summit is this month in Hartford, CT.
  • CNN’s 2008 Fit Nation Tour features the eight-player XerDance game and Sportwall Group Training Stations. The purpose of the tour is to raise the profile of the nation’s obesity epidemic and to get people informed and motivated to make a difference on local, regional and national levels. The tour visits major U.S. cities, including New Orleans, Dallas, Seattle, Minneapolis and New York. CNN’s Fit Nation Tour began in 2006.
  • Andy Graham recently joined the team at ABC Financial. A veteran of the equipment side of the industry, Graham was the eastern region sales manager at FreeMotion Fitness and was one of the original members of the FreeMotion sales team. Graham also spent more than seven years as the southeast territory manager for Cybex International.


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