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24 Hour Sues Bally Again Over CEO Hire
Club Hopping
Life Time Continues Its Growth in Third Quarter
The Sports Club Co. Has First Quarterly Net Income Since 1999
Butterfly Life Still in Operation, CEO Says
Fire in Bally Sauna May Have Been Arson
Man Found Dead in Idaho Sauna
Club Raided by Federal Agents Reopens
Citizens Debate Arizona Town's Plan to Build YMCA
School Days
High School Yoga Class Approved With New Name
Boot Camp
Marine Corps Features New Fitness Test
Industry Beat
Net Sales Up, Net Income Down at Cybex
Fitness Segment Is a Bright Spot for Brunswick
More Employers Offering Wellness Programs
High-Intensity Exercise Helps with Tummy Fat
Fit to Print
In Brief...
Inside Manufacturers
Speaking Out
How is Your Facility Trimming Expenses in the Down Economy?
Voice Your Opinion Online Now
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October.31.2008
WebSavvy's 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.

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For the latest news in the industry and more coverage from last month’s Club Industry show, check out the Club Industry’s Fitness Business Pro blog. To read about some of the products that were introduced at the show, click here.

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Hot News
24 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.

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Club Hopping
Life 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.

The 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.

Butterfly 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.

Fire 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 full story.

Man 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.

Club 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 full story.

Citizens 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 story.

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School Days
High 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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Boot Camp
Marine Corps 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.

Industry Beat
Net 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.

Fitness 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 story.

More 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.

High-Intensity 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
In Brief...

  • 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 2005.
  • 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 region.


  • Inside Manufacturers
  • 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.
  • PhysicalFitnet, a 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.


  • Speaking Out
    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.

    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 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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