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The August issue of Club Industry’s Fitness Business Pro
features a look at the issues between
Gold’s Gym franchisees and Gold’s Gym International as well as a
preview of the Club
Industry 2008 show in Chicago. The issue also contains reports on active
gaming programming and
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Against Las Vegas Club Goes to AG
LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas Athletic Club (LVAC) may no longer be
able to offer free enrollment to women if it doesn’t do the same for
men. The Nevada Equal Rights Commission (NERC) has forwarded a complaint
about the practice to the state’s attorney general’s office. Read
the full story.
iTECH Fitness has developed an Active Gaming Breakthrough with the
new XRKade 2.0 model. The XRKade is the first “Active Gaming
Lifestyle” Brand with the largest community of users and the first
fully develop active gaming product suite. To gain a sneak peak, visit
www.XRKade.com or attend Club
Industry West on October 16th for the public release.
Jersey Club Recovering After Fire
BRICK, NJ -- Work Out World owner Stephen P. Roma says he’s
fortunate that a fire last month in his corporate club in Brick, NJ, did
not significantly slow down his company’s operations. Read the full story.
Closes Last Club in Hawaii, Announces Company Hires
IRVING, TX -- Last year, Keith Albright, senior vice president of
franchising at Gold’s Gym International, said the company planned to
open about a half dozen Gold’s Gyms in Hawaii over the next few years.
Those plans will not include the last remaining Gold’s Gym in Hawaii,
which will close on Aug. 31. Read the full story.
Fitness Wins Visionary and Bravo Awards
IRVING, TX -- Titan Fitness won the Visionary Award from Gold’s
Gym International and the Bravo Award from the Gold’s Gym Franchise
Association during the Gold’s annual franchise convention in late July
in Las Vegas. Read the full story.
of Greater Seattle Partners to Offer Fitness Program to Cancer
SEATTLE -- The YMCA of Greater Seattle and a cancer research center
recently partnered to create a new strength and fitness program designed
specifically for cancer survivors. The 10-week program, Exercise and
Thrive, is available free to adults who have completed cancer treatment,
regardless of where they were treated. Read the full story.
“Once you’ve used BodyMetrix, I can promise you’ll never go
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Closes After Minnesota College Files Eviction Complaint
MOORHEAD, MN -- Officials at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, are
still weighing their options after Moorhead Racquetball and Fitness
Center, a for-profit club that operated in a building it leased from the
college, closed last week. Read the full story.
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Force Commander Scores 100 Percent on Fitness Test, Inspires
CHARLESTON AIR FORCE BASE, SC -- When Air Force service members take
their annual fitness test, most of them hope to pass. But one commander
is inspiring his group to do much more than just pass. Col. Joseph
Mancy, 437th operations group commander at Charleston Air Force Base
(SC), passed his July fitness test with a score of 100 percent in the
men’s 25-and-under category. Mancy is 47. Read the full story.
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States Reach 30 Percent Adult Obesity Rate, Study Shows
WASHINGTON, DC -- The number of states that have an adult obesity
rate of at least 30 percent has jumped from one to three. West Virginia
and Alabama join Mississippi in that category, according to the fifth
annual “F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies are Failing in America,
2008” report, which was released Tuesday. Read the full story.
Introduces Medical Fitness Facility Certification
RICHMOND, VA -- The Medical Fitness Association (MFA) is now
accepting applications for its new facility certification program. This
is the first facility certification to be offered within the fitness
industry and specifically for the medical fitness industry, which serves
more than 3 million members nationwide. Read the full story.
Fit to Print
Planet Fitness, Dover, NH, was named to Inc. magazine’s
annual list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the United
States. Planet Fitness was 732nd overall and had the No. 1 spot among
U.S. health club companies. The Inc. 5,000 list ranks businesses
according to revenue growth in the previous four years. From 2004 to
2007, Planet Fitness’ annual revenues grew from $8.4 million to $48.5
million, an increase of 472 percent.
Chuck Leve, vice president of business development at the
International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), will
leave the association at the end of this month to launch the Consumer
Fitness Association, a new association that will serve active, healthy
The YMCA of Greater Houston has signed a six-year agreement
making Precor the exclusive
supplier for its fitness centers’ strength, cardio and entertainment
With 38 locations in the Greater Houston area, the Houston YMCA is the
third largest association in the U.S.
In a recent OK! magazine interview, country music singer Melissa
Lawson attributed her healthy lifestyle to her use of Vitabot, an on-line nutrition
tracking program that was provided to her by The Texas Club, which is
located near her home in a suburb of Dallas.
Fitness Flooring released Zenterra, a bamboo sports floor
designed specifically for group exercise and yoga. While bamboo has been
used for sports flooring, Zenterra is the first bamboo product designed
specifically for group exercise and yoga rooms.
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the way you operate your club? E-mail your experiences and contact
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