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Hurricane Ike Shuts Down Health Clubs
Club Hopping
St. Paul Considers Changing Health Club Ordinance
YMCA of the USA Kicks Off America On the Move Week
School Days
Missouri Student Rec Complex Closed on Game Days
Boot Camp
Sailors Climb Mt. Fuji Four Times in 24 Hours for Charity
Industry Beat
Group Training Gains Steam on Personal Training
Precor Sells ClubCom
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September.20.2008
September Issue Online Now
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.

2008 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.

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Hot News
Hurricane 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.

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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.

Club Hopping
St. 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 full story.

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.


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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
Missouri 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.

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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!

Boot Camp
Sailors 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.

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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.

Industry Beat
Group 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.

Precor Sells ClubCom
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 disclosed. Read the full story.

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Fit to Print
In Brief...
  • 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.


  • Inside Manufacturers...
  • 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 goals.
  • 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.
  • HyperStrike recently 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 communication.


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    Speaking Out
    Voice Your Opinion Online Now
    The editors of Club Industry’s Fitness Business Pro are happy to announce that the majority of our online articles now have a commenting feature. This means that at the end of each story, you now have the opportunity to share your thoughts and opinions on the trends and news that we report. Go to www.fitnessbusinesspro.com and participate in this online form of discussion.

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