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November Article Online Now
To learn about five ways to jump-start member loyalty, read November's WebSavvy
column, provided by Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro and
Leslie Nolen, CEO of the Radial
Group and a Step
by Step columnist. Get more from your Web site by clicking here to read past
WebSavvy articles about how to get more e-newsletter subscribers, how to
analyze traffic to your Web site and how to make your site more useful.
Updates on the Blog
For the latest news in the industry and more coverage from last
month’s Club Industry show, check out the Club Industry’s Fitness
blog. To read about some of the products that were introduced at the
show, click here.
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Hour Sues Bally Again Over CEO Hire
CHICAGO -- 24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, CA, has filed another lawsuit
against Bally Total Fitness, Chicago, on the grounds that Bally CEO
Michael Sheehan stole trade secrets from 24 Hour, where he formerly
served as its chief operating officer. Read the full story.
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
Time Continues Its Growth in Third Quarter
CHANHASSEN, MN -- Life Time Fitness CEO Bahram Akradi said during an
earnings call with analysts that he is pleased with the company’s
growth in the third quarter 2008. Yet Akradi spent little time on the
biggest news about the company in the last two weeks: the sale of his
shares of company stock. Read the full story.
Sports Club Co. Has First Quarterly Net Income Since 1999
LOS ANGELES -- The Sports Club Co., Los Angeles, announced its third
quarter and nine-month financial results and had its first reported
quarterly net income, before preferred stock dividends, since the fourth
quarter of 1999. Read the full story.
Life Still in Operation, CEO Says
SAN RAMON, CA -- Butterfly Life President and CEO Mark Golob says
that his company has moved offices and is rebranding itself.
Rumors had been swirling that Butterfly Life, a women-only express club
chain, ceased operations after its Web site was shut down and the phone
line to its corporate office in San Ramon, CA, was disconnected. Read
the full story.
in Bally Sauna May Have Been Arson
SALEM, MA -- A small fire in the men’s sauna of a Bally Total
Fitness on Wednesday could have been the result of arson by an employee
who was laid off by the company, the Salem News reports. Read the
Found Dead in Idaho Sauna
PLUMMER, ID -- Last week, a man died of a heart attack in the sauna
of a wellness center in Plummer, ID. His body was discovered the next
day. Read the full story.
Raided by Federal Agents Reopens
KINGSTON, PA -- Federal agents raided Maximum Fitness and Health
Club in Kingston, PA, and seized several pieces of equipment and
weights, the Wilkes-Barre (PA) Times Leader reports. Read the
Debate Arizona Town's Plan to Build YMCA
PAYSON, AZ -- A debate is brewing in Payson, AZ, over that town’s
plan to lease 5 acres of land in a local park to the YMCA. Read the full
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.
School Yoga Class Approved With New Name
MASSENA, NY -- A high school in upstate New York has received
community approval to offer its students a voluntary yoga program,
provided that the program is not called yoga. Read the full story.
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Features New Fitness Test
CAMP LEJEUNE, NC -- Marine trainers featured the Corps’ new
fitness test this week that replicates the physical demands of combat.
The trainers were at Camp Lejeune’s Base Theater on Monday and Tuesday
to demonstrate the new test, according to The Associated Press.
The Combat Fitness Test features a timed 800-yard run, lifting a
30-pound ammunition can for two minutes, and a 300-yard course that
requires Marines to combat crawl, drag and carry a casualty, and throw a
grenade, the AP reports. The entire test, completed in combat boots and
utility uniforms, will be a semi-annual requirement for active-duty
Marines. It will be scored on a 300-point system starting in October
2009, according to the Marine Corps’ Web site.
Sales Up, Net Income Down at Cybex
MEDWAY, MA -- Cybex International Inc. reported third quarter 2008
net sales of $35.8 million compared to $32.6 million in third quarter
2007, but its net income for the quarter was $300,000 compared to $4.6
million during the same period last year, according to a release from
the company. Read the full story.
Segment Is a Bright Spot for Brunswick
LAKE FOREST, IL -- Brunswick Corp.’s fitness segment had an 8
percent increase in sales with a strong demand for commercial product in
the third quarter compared to the third quarter of last year, providing
Brunswick with at least one bright spot in an otherwise dismal third
quarter. The Fitness segment is comprised of the Life Fitness division,
which includes Life Fitness, Hammer Strength and ParaBody. Read the full
Employers Offering Wellness Programs
NEW YORK -- Fifty-seven percent of employers with 500 or more
employees are providing employees with a wellness program, up from 49
percent in 2006, according to MetLife’s Sixth Annual Employee Benefits
Trends Study. Read the full story.
Exercise Helps with Tummy Fat
INDIANAPOLIS -- Although any type of exercise is beneficial for
health, high-intensity exercise is likely necessary to achieve
significant improvements in body composition, according to a study
released in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, the official
journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, Indianapolis. Read
the full story.
Fit to Print
Anytime Fitness, Hastings, MN, was named the fastest-growing
private company in the state of Minnesota by the Minneapolis/St. Paul
Business Journal at an awards ceremony last week. The 24-hour
key-card club company has experienced a 348 percent growth rate since
Equilibrium, a boutique fitness center in Boston’s Financial
District, is celebrating its second anniversary in November. The club,
which will host an open house on Nov. 18, is actively seeking locations
for additional clubs, according to Ben Crosbie, president. Crosbie adds
that he is confident that the club’s philosophy and infrastructure are
sound and can bring true health and wellness to areas throughout the
Centaur Floor Systems
now offers a newsletter with information about flooring and the newest
additions to the company’s product line. It also features clients with
photos of their new floors and a question and answer section. The
company says that it is offering the newsletter because it prides itself
on being the “information source” for the flooring industry.
provider of fitness content and Web-based tools, has launched a free
online fitness video library, which includes its VideoShare feature.
VideoShare was designed specifically for fitness businesses and blogs to
integrate video in a variety of ways onto their sites at no cost. It
allows Web sites to browse, select and embed any of the 900 clips
PhysicalFitnet offers to enhance users’ Web experiences. Web sites can
also choose from a number of PhysicalFitnet widgets. The videos in the
exercise library are brief demonstrations (approximately 10 seconds
long) by personal trainers.
How is Your Facility Trimming
Expenses in the Down Economy?
What are you doing to compete in a tougher economy these days? Let
us know whether you are cutting costs, increasing ancillary offerings,
increasing/decreasing pricing, focusing more on customer service,
renovating or putting off renovations, etc. E-mail your thoughts to Pam Kufahl, and your comments
could be used in a future story about the state of the industry in 2009.
Opinion Online Now
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October’s cover story about Diversified Health, you now have the
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