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Time Stock Gets Boost Despite Negative Report
CHANHASSEN, MN -- The stock of Life Time Fitness, which took a hit
two weeks ago after a negative report from a stock market research
company, received a boost last week after the purchase of the company's
stock by Green Equity Investors, an affiliate of the $9 billion private
equity firm Leonard Green and Partners. Read the full story.
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Tax Waived for Washington Yoga Studios
OLYMPIA, WA -- Yoga studios in the state of Washington will not have
to charge customers a sales tax, according to the state’s Department
of Revenue. Read the full story.
Joins Club Certification Effort
BOSTON -- The International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub
Association (IHRSA) is participating in the effort by NSF International,
Ann Arbor, MI, to create a voluntary certification process for owners of
fitness facilities. Read the full story.
Fitness Centers Closing
NATIONWIDE -- Two YWCA fitness centers are closing, and another one
may be on the verge of closing, according to multiple media reports.
Read the full story.
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College Offers MBA Program in Fitness
SPRINGFIELD, MA -- American International College (AIC) in
Springfield, MA, will launch an exclusive executive MBA program in
commercial fitness next summer. Read the full story.
Fitness Center Almost Ready at Montana Air Force Base
MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, MT -- A new fitness center at Malmstrom
Air Force Base, MT, is getting closer to completion. The first phase of
the 80,000-square-foot center should be completed by February. The
groundbreaking for the $12 million center took place in April 2007. Read
the full story.
Offers Personal Training Course
CALABASAS, CA -- The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
recently released its Introduction to Personal Fitness Training (IPFT)
course. Read the full story.
Fit to Print
An automated external defibrillator (AED) helped save the life
of a 37-year-old man who had collapsed while jogging on a treadmill,
according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette. After Mike Uttech
collapsed at Western Racquet & Fitness Club in Ashwaubenon, WI, club
members, including a respiratory therapist, gave him CPR before reviving
him with the AED. After about eight minutes of aid from members and
staff, emergency medical personnel arrived and took over, according to
the newspaper. Doctors later told Uttech that he would not have survived
without the club’s AED.
A former club owner in Salinas, CA, pleaded no contest to felony
grand theft from a customer. Terry Fasy, former owner of Terry’s
Fitness, was accused of seven felony counts of grand theft and
embezzlement in connection with the gym and its holding company, Blanc
Commercial Inc., according to the Monterey County (CA) Herald.
Fasy also was accused of extending one-year memberships without
customers’ knowledge, then sending them to a collections agency when
the bills were unpaid, according to the newspaper. Fasy likely will
avoid jail time if he pays up to $170,000 in restitution to his victims
by May 5, his sentencing date.
Several Dallas-area fitness clubs, including LA Fitness, 24 Hour
Fitness and Life Time Fitness, have been the target of thefts, according
to Dallas TV station NBC5. Police say the three thieves—two men and
one woman—have racked up thousands of dollars on credit cards stolen
from vehicles parked at the fitness centers. The thieves have used the
credit cards at local Targets and Wal-Marts to buy high-end electronics,
A hotel fire last month in Plattsburgh, NY, displaced nearly 200
gym members who belonged to the Court Club in the Comfort Inn. CV
Fitness and the YMCA in Plattsburgh took on most of the members,
according to TV station WPTZ.
Gold’s Gym opened its doors to the public free of charge over the
Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Gold’s Gym trainers and nutrition
experts were on hand to offer guests and media tips and advice. The free
promotion began Friday and ended Sunday.
Checkfree, now part of
Fiserv, is sponsoring a two-part webinar by Karen Woodard-Chavez, a
columnist for Club Industry’s Fitness Business Pro.
Woodard-Chavez will discuss two tools to minimize cancellations as well
as improve retention and a club’s bottom line. The webinar will begin
at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 11, and will continue at 2 p.m. EST on
Thursday, Dec. 18. Each session is one hour long and is limited to the
first 100 registrants. Click here to register.
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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