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The October issue of Club Industry’s Fitness Business Pro
includes a look at a club company that hopes to
provide an answer for struggling franchisees. The issue also
features profiles of our
Best of the Best award winners as well as stories on
guerilla marketing techniques,
military running events and the evolving usage of
locker rooms in fitness facilities.
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Industry 2008 Draws Crowds, Addresses Economic Issues
CHICAGO -- Last week, more than 6,000 professionals attended Club
Industry 2008 in Chicago. Highlights of the show included the keynote
and presentation of Club Industry’s Fitness Business Pro’s
Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Kenneth Cooper, along with a panel
session about weathering the economy, featuring comments from some of
the biggest names in the health club industry. 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.
Dies After Being Struck by Weight in Club
POULSBO, WA -- The Armstrong Fitness University and Physical Therapy
health club in Poulsbo, WA, suffered a tragedy when a 6-year-old boy was
struck by a weight on the cable crossover exercise machine his father
was using, the Kitsap (WA) Sun reports. Read the full story.
Y Putting Facility Up for Sale
MODESTO, CA -- The YMCA of Stanislaus County in Modesto, CA,
recently announced it will put its facility up for sale because of a
$2.5 million deficit stemming in part from mortgage debt, debt
reconciliation and renovations, according to the Turlock (CA)
Journal. Read the full story.
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Athletic Training Center Technology Could Trickle Down to Clubs
NATIONWIDE -- As college athletics has become more competitive over
the years, universities across the country are spending millions of
dollars to build athletic training facilities equipped with
state-of-the-art amenities for their sports teams. And many university
athletic training professionals say that these features—many of which
cost thousands of dollars, if not more—could trickle down to the
consumer health club market. Read the full story.
Network Launches Youth Fitness Initiative
LOS ANGELES -- The NFL Network, a 24-hour TV network dedicated to
the National Football League and the sport of football, has launched a
national youth fitness initiative called Keep Gym in School, which
supports physical education in schools and raises awareness about the
importance of physical activity as part of education. Read the full story.
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Force Fitness Center Kicks Off Weight-Loss Contest
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, CA -- The Vandenberg Fitness Center at
Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA, began its Weight-Loss Warriors contest
this month. The contest, which ends Jan. 6, offers prizes to the top
three teams with the most significant weight loss. Read the full story.
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Studies Impact of Boot Camp-Style Workouts
SAN DIEGO -- A typical boot camp-style workout enhances aerobic
capacity and promotes significant calorie burning while also improving
muscle fitness, according to a study released by the American Council on
Exercise (ACE), San Diego. The exclusive study on the benefits of boot
camp workouts was conducted at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
through its exercise and health program. Read the full story.
Legend Ben Weider Dies
MONTREAL -- Ben Weider, who helped make bodybuilding an
international sport and was chiefly responsible for launching the career
of Arnold Schwarzenegger in the United States, died Friday in a Montreal
hospital. He was 85. Read the full story.
Acquires Custom Design Systems
SILVER SPRING, MD -- Motionsoft Inc. entered into an agreement to
acquire the assets of Custom Design Systems (CDS), a privately held gym
software company headquartered in Freehold, NJ. Motionsoft is acquiring
CDS's PowerManagement Software to further expand its footprint in the
health, fitness and wellness markets. Read the full story.
Fit to Print
Eddie Tock, a Club Industry Fitness Business Pro
columnist, has joined REX Roundtables, a provider of peer roundtables
for executives. Tock will lead efforts to expand the number of
roundtables REX runs around the world in the fitness, medical fitness
and health care industries. Tock also will continue his consulting
practice, in which he currently works with more than 30 clubs in the
United States. REX operates roundtables for more than 200 health club
owners in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil, Australia
and New Zealand.
Web site of Life Time Fitness’ magazine Experience Life, has
won a Standard of Excellence award from the Web Marketing Association,
which recognizes outstanding achievement in Web site development.
Launched on Jan. 1, 2008, ExperienceLifeMag.com won high marks for being
rich in content, easy to navigate, highly searchable and, according to
one judge, “a site that any healthy-living enthusiast should add to
their favorites for fresh and in-depth information.” In the
competition’s magazine category, ExperienceLifeMag.com competed with
SmartMoney.com, MensHealthLiving.com, FitnessMagazine.com,
EcoHomeMagazine.com and AdWeek.com, among others.
Kate Mearns, the spa director at The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg
(VA), has been honored by SpaFinder.com as one of the world’s premier
spa managers. Mearns was recognized in the Web site’s sixth annual
Readers' Choice Awards and was selected from spa managers worldwide
representing a pool of around 13,000 spas spanning 210 countries. Mears
was honored along with the other Readers' Choice Award winners last week
at the Guerlain Spa, Waldorf Astoria in New York.
The Stone Creek Club & Spa in Covington, LA, held a groundbreaking
ceremony on Friday. The 52,000-square-foot, $16 million club will
feature fitness and cardio floors, group exercise and mind-body studios,
and 12 championship tennis courts, along with a six-lane, 25-meter lap
pool and a resort-style recreational pool. The club, which is scheduled
to open next summer, also will feature a restaurant, child care,
executive locker rooms and a spa.
recently secured private capital sufficient to complete a business
expansion, according to the company. Having integrated new hires and the
900FMLV wireless entertainment receiver product into company operation,
the company’s focus in the fourth quarter of 2008 is expanding the
installation network, adding more salespeople, introducing additional
new personal-screen and wireless-receiver technology, and launching new
warranty and inventory status service metrics to improve customer
Fitness Flooring released Zenterra, the first bamboo
sports floor designed specifically for group exercise and yoga. Zenterra
utilizes an adaptation of the spring-clip technology used in
Exerflex’s group exercise floor system. The system allows boards to
move independently and provides ideal shock absorption for every
athlete, regardless of weight or ability level. The largest Zenterra
installation to date has taken place at the Gold’s Gym in Cedar Park,
TX, where nearly 10,000 square feet of the bamboo flooring was installed
in the club’s group exercise area, mind/body studio and basketball
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October’s cover story about Diversified Health, you now have the
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