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Pool Drain Act Now Effective
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PA Club Sues LA Fitness on Grounds of Interference
School Days
Xavier University Puts Rec Center on Hold
Boot Camp
Tyndall Air Force Base Breaks Ground on Fitness Center
Industry Beat
Governors to Compete in Fitness Challenge
Corporate Clubs Promote Employee Productivity
Nonprofits Benefit Older Adults, Study Finds
Genes in Brain Linked to Increased BMI
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December.20.2008
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The December issue of Club Industry’s Fitness Business Pro includes a look back at some of the top stories of 2008, as well as an overview of top clubs of the 1980s, as part of our 25th anniversary celebration. The issue also features the growing trend of private yoga sessions and some examples of how owners use adaptive reuse as a way to breathe new life into existing buildings.

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Hot News
Pool Drain Act Now Effective
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Beginning Dec. 19, public pool operators must ensure that their pools comply with a federal act that requires these pools to be equipped with drain covers that are certified to comply with the new American Society of Mechanical Engineers/American National Standards Institute 2007 standard. The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act applies to all public pools and spas, including those at health clubs, YMCAs, community parks, hotels, universities, schools, apartments and condominiums. Read the full story.

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Club Hopping
Infant Ingests Rat Poison at Club’s Child Care Center
DES MOINES, IA -- A 1-year-old girl ingested rat poison at a fitness club child care center in Des Moines, IA. The container of poison was under or behind a piece of play equipment at the Aspen Athletic Club in a place where club staff did not think a child could reach, local police told the Des Moines Register. Read the full story.

PA Club Sues LA Fitness on Grounds of Interference
FEASTERVILLE, PA -- B&R Family Fitness Center in Feasterville, PA, is suing LA Fitness in Huntingdon Valley, PA, claiming that LA Fitness employees are dissuading prospective members from going to B&R by telling them B&R is on the verge of bankruptcy, closing or has other financial problems. Read the full story.

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School Days
Xavier University Puts Rec Center on Hold
CINCINNATI, OH -- Administrators at Xavier University, a private, Jesuit school in Cincinnati, OH, are delaying construction of the Xavier Square project, which would have included a new campus health center and recreation center, until the economy improves. Read the full story.

Boot Camp
Tyndall Air Force Base Breaks Ground on Fitness Center
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, FL -- Tyndall Air Force Base, FL, broke ground on Dec. 11 for a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient fitness center. The 75,000-square-foot ‘Fit to Fight’ facility, which is slated for completion in 2010, will feature a variety of exercise machines and workout areas. Read the full story.

Industry Beat
Governors to Compete in Fitness Challenge
AUSTIN, TX -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry challenged other United States governors to a two-week Capitol Steps Challenge, beginning Jan. 1, 2009. Each governor was encouraged to build a team of 10 to 20 cabinet-level staffers for the fitness challenge. Read the full story.

Corporate Clubs Promote Employee Productivity
BRISTOL, ENGLAND -- Work places with on-site gyms could have more productive employees, a new study by researchers at the University of Bristol in England finds. Employees’ moods and performance improved on days when they were allowed to exercise. Read the full story.

Nonprofits Benefit Older Adults, Study Finds
CHICAGO -- Working out at local senior centers and YMCAs may help older adults improve physical functioning and lower their risk factors for disability, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health. Read the full story.

Genes in Brain Linked to Increased BMI
NATIONWIDE -- A meta-analysis of 15 genetic studies, covering more than 90,000 patients, found six new genetic variants associated with an increased body mass index (BMI) and risk of obesity. Five of those genes are active in the brain, which means that obesity risk could be related more to behavior than to metabolism, researchers suggest. Read the full story.

Fit to Print
In Brief...
  • In October, the sixth annual American Family Fitness 5K/10K Run/Walk raised $48,000 for Children’s Hospital, Richmond, VA. The event drew 800 participants, who started and finished at the hospital. In addition to the run/walk, the Tuckaway Mascot Challenge, which is a one-mile fun run for children ages 5-12, was held on and around hospital grounds. Including this year’s gift, American Family Fitness has raised more than $235,000 for Children’s Hospital since 1997. Proceeds will benefit the renovation of the hospital’s playground and uncompensated care.
  • Life Time Fitness’ member magazine, Experience Life, received 14 awards at the 12th annual Minnesota Magazine and Publications Association (MMPA) Publishing Excellence Awards gala. The awards included a silver award for overall excellence. This is the sixth consecutive year that Experience Life has garnered multiple MMPA awards for its editorial and design achievements. Experience Life competed in the general interest/circulation over 60,000 category. The magazine has a circulation of more than 600,000, with an estimated total reach of more than 2.5 million readers.
  • Urban Active, Lexington, KY, celebrated its one-year anniversary last month. In the past year, Urban Active has opened nine locations to bring its club total to 32. Most of the new clubs are in Ohio and Kentucky.
  • Cleveland Clinic (OH) recently added free Curves memberships to its employee wellness program. More than 27,000 clinic employees will gain access to Curves at no cost. This is Curves’ first-ever partnership with a major academic medical center and hospital system, and one of the only first-dollar agreements between Curves and an employer that is not contingent upon participation.


  • Inside Manufacturers…
  • World Fitness Systems Inc., Spring City, PA, is launching an online competitive training program next month, the company announced. The program allows users to participate in a global fitness competition via Internet data collection and rankings. Participants are ranked in various categories according to their performance in gym-based exercises. Starting in July 2009, World Fitness Systems will host regional and world competitions for cash prizes.
  • Life Fitness has promoted Tim McCarthy to vice president of the international business unit. Mike Zinda has been promoted to replace McCarthy as vice president of sales for national accounts and Latin America. McCarthy joined Life Fitness in 1991 as a military sales representative and brings years of sales experience in the fitness industry to the position. Zinda most recently served as the vice president of sales for national accounts. Raj Rao, who had been vice president of the international business unit, is relocating to Asia to be closer to his family.
  • The Ab Coaster Co. filed a legal action alleging improper acts by Ohio-based NetNetStore.com Inc. and Rakatak.com, which it says infringed upon its intellectual property rights and risked interfering with The Ab Coaster Co.’s strong relations with its customers and authorized dealers. The complaint alleges that NetNetStore and Rakatak committed patent and trademark infringement, as well as unfair competition, by selling illicit direct copies of the patented Ab Coaster product and using the federally registered Ab Coaster trademark.


  • Speaking Out
    Active Gaming for Seniors
    Are you using acting gaming products for senior members in your clubs? If you are, e-mail Pam Kufahl and share your experiences.

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