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The November issue of Club Industry’s Fitness Business Pro
includes a look back at
25 years of the magazine. The issue also features a preview of next
Athletic Business Conference and Expo as well as stories about
strength training and
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Time Fitness Lays Off 100
CHANHASSEN, MN -- Life Time Fitness will cut 100 jobs at its
headquarters in Chanhassen, MN, as the company scales down its expansion
plans, according to multiple media outlets in the Twin Cities. Read the
The eSpinner is a breakthrough new Spinning® bike that
brings the experience out of the group cycling room and onto the cardio
floor. Now users of all levels and abilities can experience the fun,
energy and excitement of a Spinning® class whenever they want, and on
For more information on the eSpinner visit www.startrac.com/espinner
Rules Against Las Vegas Athletic Club
LAS VEGAS -- The Nevada Equal Rights Commission decided in a 3-to-1
vote that the Las Vegas Athletic Club’s promotion offering free
enrollment to women was discriminatory. The vote was held Nov. 7 after a
public hearing before the commission. Read the full story.
Takes Over Healthy Inspirations
GRANTS PASS, OR -- Just three months after Casey Conrad left Healthy
Inspirations, the company she founded in 2000, one of the company’s
franchisees, Scott Draper, has purchased the assets of the women’s
weight loss and fitness company from Jim Rowe. Rowe had merged Slender
Lady, the company he bought in 2005, with Healthy Inspirations in early
2007. Read the full story.
Receives $25,000 Grant
POTTSVILLE, PA -- The Schuylkill YMCA in Pottsville, PA, received a
$25,000 grant from the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation
for a youth fitness center, the Pottsville Republican and Herald
reports. The center, called The Virtual Edge, will feature exergaming
equipment designed to encourage healthy lifestyles and physical fitness
in local youth.
The Virtual Edge will be at the new Schuylkill Y in the former
Pottsville Armory. With the help of a $600,000 grant from the
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the Y
took over the armory last year when the National Guard relocated, the
newspaper reports. The Y will include a gymnasium, an adult fitness
center and an aerobics and yoga studio.
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
Rec Center Holds ‘Stress Buster’ Days
TUCSON, AZ -- The University of Arizona’s student recreation
center hosted a “Stress Buster Day” on Nov. 13, featuring free
massages, cancer screenings and other health services, the Arizona
Daily Wildcat reports. 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.
Franchise Owner Named Finalist for Military Spouse of the Year
SILVER SPRING, MD -- A fitness franchise owner and wife of a Navy
commander has been named a finalist for Military Spouse
magazine’s second annual Military Spouse of the Year award. Read the
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Buys More Nautilus Stock
VANCOUVER, WA -- Sherborne Investors, which gained control over the
board of Nautilus Inc. in a proxy fight last year, has increased its
stake in the Vancouver, WA-based company. Read the full story.
Announces New CEO
GAMBETTOLA, ITALY -- Graziano Verdi will become the CEO of Technogym
starting in January 2009, Technogym President Nerio Alessandri
announced. Read the full story.
Fit to Print
Burlington, VT, was named the healthiest city in America in a
recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Burlington has the largest proportion of people—92 percent—who say
they are in good or great health. Burlington also is among the best
cities in terms of exercise and low obesity rates. Huntington, WV, was
named the unhealthiest city in America.
Steve Ehasz, fitness director of the Maryland Athletic Club and
Wellness Center at Harbor East, has been named the Maryland State
Captain by the Medical Fitness Association (MFA). As State Captain,
Ehasz will act as the state ambassador and encourage participation in
the MFA and the medical fitness industry. The term of State Captain is
for one year, although Ehasz may serve up to three years.
Star Trac recently
launched its newest Spinning bike, the eSpinner, which extends the
Spinning experience onto the cardio room floor. The eSpinner allows
users to take a guided, virtual Spinning class from a master instructor
through an embedded 15-inch touch screen display.
Spinning recently introduced
the new iSpinning cardio and cycling application available for Apple’s
iPhone and iPod that compiles real-time data for fitness tracking.
iSpinning is compatible with leading fitness heart rate transmitters and
other fitness sensors. In addition to heart-related data, iSpinning
receives speed, cadence and power data from cycling sensors so users can
track cycling metrics from their road and mountain bikes.
At last month’s Club Industry show, many attendees participated in
the Octane Challenge by test-riding the new Octane Fitness xRide seated
elliptical and the Pro3700 standing elliptical. Upon providing feedback,
attendees were entered into a random drawing for the Ultimate Cardio Gym
giveaway. Representatives from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN,
won three Octane xR6000 seated ellipticals and three Pro3700 models.
Some of the ellipticals will be placed in their dormitory—which is a
fitness and wellness-themed residence hall—while the remainder of the
ellipticals will be placed in the university’s recreation
In September, ASF
International, Denver, CO, started a mandatory recycling program
that eliminated more than 2.62 tons of waste in the month of September
alone. According to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Gaylord Corp., the amount
recycled equates to saving 35 mature trees, 1,849 gallons of oil, 90
gallons of gasoline and 2,796 gallons of water.
Certain types of waste are not recyclable, but the company’s goal is
to decrease that waste and use more sustainable materials or items that
can be recycled, says Rachelle Shotwell, ASF’s marketing
Absolo LLC is partnering with
Incredible Discoveries, a DRTV and multi-channel marketing company, to
produce a long-form infomercial about its Absolo equipment. The Absolo
product has been in fitness facilities for years, but the infomercial
introduces the product to the retail market.
The State of the
What do you think is the state of the industry heading into 2009?
How will the economy continue to affect the industry next year? Will
memberships increase or decrease? E-mail your thoughts to Stuart Goldman, and your
comments could be used in a future story about the state of the industry
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