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Club Industry 2008 Draws Crowds, Addresses Economic Issues
Club Hopping
Boy Dies After Being Struck by Weight in Club
California Y Putting Facility Up for Sale
School Days
University Athletic Training Center Technology Could Trickle Down to Clubs
NFL Network Launches Youth Fitness Initiative
Boot Camp
Air Force Fitness Center Kicks Off Weight-Loss Contest
Industry Beat
ACE Studies Impact of Boot Camp-Style Workouts
Bodybuilding Legend Ben Weider Dies
Motionsoft Acquires Custom Design Systems
Fit to Print
In Brief...
Inside Manufacturers
Speaking Out
Voice Your Opinion Online Now
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October.20.2008
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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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Hot News
Club 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.

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Club Hopping
Boy 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.

California 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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School Days
University 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.

NFL 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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Boot Camp
Air 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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Industry Beat
ACE 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.

Bodybuilding 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.

Motionsoft 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
In Brief...
  • 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.
  • ExperienceLifeMag.com, the 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.


  • Inside Manufacturers
  • BV Entertainment 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 satisfaction.
  • 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 court.


  • 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, such as October’s cover story about Diversified Health, you now have the opportunity to share your thoughts and opinions about the trends and news that we report. Go to www.fitnessbusinesspro.com and participate in this online discussion.

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