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Life Time Fitness Lays Off 100
Club Hopping
Commission Rules Against Las Vegas Athletic Club
Franchisee Takes Over Healthy Inspirations
Pennsylvania Y Receives $25,000 Grant
School Days
Arizona Rec Center Holds ‘Stress Buster’ Days
Boot Camp
Fitness Franchise Owner Named Finalist for Military Spouse of the Year
Industry Beat
Sherborne Buys More Nautilus Stock
Technogym Announces New CEO
Fit to Print
In Brief...
Inside Manufacturers
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November.20.2008
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Hot News
Life 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 full story.

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Club Hopping
Commission 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.

Franchisee 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.

Pennsylvania Y 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.

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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 1-800-634-8637.

School Days
Arizona 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.

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Boot Camp
Fitness 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 full story.

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Industry Beat
Sherborne 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.

Technogym 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
In Brief...

  • 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.


  • Inside Manufacturers
  • 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 center.
  • 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 manager.
  • 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.


  • Speaking Out
    The State of the Industry
    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 in 2009.

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