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The September issue of Club Industry’s Fitness Business Pro
includes a look at the role
religion plays in fitness facilities, an update on
Club Industry 2008 and a feature on this year’s Lifetime
Achievement Award winner,
Dr. Kenneth Cooper. The issue also contains reports on
movie theaters and
climbing walls in clubs.
Best of the Best Winners Announced
The entries have been collected, the contestants have been judged,
and the results have been tallied. After much deliberation, this
year’s Best of the Best recipients for Club Industry’s Fitness
Business Pro magazine were announced for best behavior modification
program, children’s program, community-based or nonmember program, and
new member integration program. Read more.
Retention Management® — The Leader in Attrition Defense
announces a new seminar at Club Industry presented by Richard Ekstrom,
“The Keys to Maximizing Member and Staff Retention” CI 08 Wed,
Also visit us at Booth 862
Retention Management is the industry's leading automated member
communication service. Discover how easy it is to connect with your
members like never before.
It is time to start solving the member retention puzzle.
Ike Shuts Down Health Clubs
HOUSTON -- Many businesses, including health clubs, are still
suffering the effects of Hurricane Ike after it ripped through southeast
Texas over the weekend. 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.
Paul Considers Changing Health Club Ordinance
ST. PAUL, MN -- The city of St. Paul, MN, is taking steps to change
its ordinance that prohibits health clubs, such as 24-hour key-card
franchises Anytime Fitness and Snap Fitness, from operating
unsupervised, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Read the
YMCA of the USA
Kicks Off America On the Move Week
WASHINGTON, DC -- America On the Move Week with the YMCA begins
today and lasts through Sept. 27. The initiative, created by the YMCA of
the USA, is an effort to help families move more, eat more healthfully
and build stronger family relationships. The campaign's goal is to reach
10 billion steps across the country during the week.
Activities counted as steps can include actual steps taken during the
week as well as equivalents for all other forms of physical activity,
such as swimming, biking, dancing and other group or family activities
that promote well-being. Participants, including individuals, can begin
to track their steps with an America on the Move Quick Start Guide,
complete with a tracking form and step conversions for common exercises
and activities, or by signing up at www.ymca.net.
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
Student Rec Complex Closed on Game Days
COLUMBIA, MO -- The success of the undefeated Missouri Tigers,
ranked No. 5 in the latest college football polls, has resulted in a
change for the University of Missouri Student Recreation Complex and its
patrons. The complex is now closing during home football games,
beginning at kickoff, and will remain closed the entire day, according
to the Columbia Missourian. Read the full story.
Soft Play L.L.C. is the global leader in providing contained
playground environments for children. With almost 25 years experience
and over 18,000 playgrounds installed worldwide, you can count on Soft
Play’s proven track record. Check out our complete product line from
themed elements to active play environments and proprietary, unique play
components that will attract kids and customers to your business. Trust
Soft Play to create the playground
of your dreams!
Climb Mt. Fuji Four Times in 24 Hours for Charity
MT. FUJI, JAPAN -- Three Yokosuka, Japan-based sailors and one
civilian climbed Japan’s tallest mountain, Mt. Fuji, four times in 24
hours on Sept. 1 to raise money for charity. Read the full story.
Ball Dynamics manufacturers the FitBALL® brand—synonymous with
exercise balls—currently making a further impact in the fitness market
with new products for balance training, strength training, functional
training, and education. Visit us at Club Industry, Booth 154, and ask
about our special Club pricing! Visit www.fitball.com to request a catalog.
Training Gains Steam on Personal Training
SAN DIEGO -- One-on-one personal training is still the most
frequently offered type of training, but group training is growing,
according to the IDEA Personal Training Programs & Equipment Survey of
926 personal trainers conducted by the IDEA Health & Fitness
Association. Ninety-nine percent of respondents offer one-on-one
personal training, and 84 percent of respondents offer group training.
Read the full story.
WOODINVILLE, WA -- Precor has sold ClubCom to Zoom Media &
Marketing, a New York-based provider of targeted out-of-home media and
promotional programs for brand advertisers in the United States and
Canada. ClubCom, a provider of customized digital media networks for the
fitness and bowling industries, had been part of Precor’s fitness
division since 2004. Terms of the private transaction were not
Read the full story.
ABC Financial Services
All aspects of ABC Financial billing, club management software
and onsite training and support are designed to help your
business succeed. As Industry veterans, our leaders at ABC know exactly
what you're going through. Our business is to focus on your business. It
all begins and ends with you.
Click here for more
Fit to Print
Nifty After Fifty, a senior fitness and wellness chain, is
launching Cane-Fu Aerobics next month at its six locations in Southern
California. The class was created after staff members learned that many
older people who carry a cane were interested in honing their
self-defense skills. The class incorporates self-defense skills and
balance training along with an aerobic workout.
Star Trac partnered with
the reality weight-loss TV show “The Biggest Loser: Families” to
outfit The Biggest Loser gym with strength training equipment and cardio
machines. The sixth season of the show focuses on getting families into
shape. Trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels put their teams
head-to-head, training and motivating families to lose weight and learn
healthy habits. “The Biggest Loser: Families” premiered Sept. 16 on
NBC. 24 Hour Fitness is supporting the reality show for the sixth
consecutive season. For the first time, 24 Hour is sending its certified
personal trainers to contestants’ homes after they leave the show to
provide tips and support to help them reach their ultimate weight-loss
GreatTrainers.com and Volo Innovations, Vancouver, British
Columbia, have entered into a joint-marketing agreement that will bring
together the marketing services of GreatTrainers.com with Volo
Innovations’ online scheduling and business management software.
GreatTrainers.com is an online directory of personal trainers that uses
a combination of Internet advertising and a 30-second TV commercial to
increase visibility and generate leads for personal trainers.
announced a new line of fitness management tools that help independent
gyms and personal trainers generate new revenue opportunities and
improve member/client satisfaction and retention. HyperStrike Pro
includes exercise tools that allow personal trainers to train clients
online, manage clients more effectively through an online dashboard that
allows easy access to an overview of appointments and workout calendars,
and deepen the trainer-client relationship through built-in online
Don't miss Club Industry 2008!
Free keynote address by fitness pioneer Dr. Kenneth Cooper: free
panel discussion on thriving in today’s economy, the latest group
fitness activities at Club Studio, plus 250 leading suppliers. Register
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