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by Step: Clubs
Tom Perkins, a fitness business coach, offers tips for cutting expenses
and increasing profits.
by Step: Marketing
Jim Labadie, a fitness entrepreneur, details the five mistakes made when
marketing personal training.
by Step: Personal Training
Pat Rigsby, co-owner of the Fitness Consulting Group, offers tips on how
to generate more personal training referrals.
by Step: Retention
Wendy Williamson, owner of Williamson Fitness Consulting, discusses how
customer service provides a return on investment.
by Step: Programming
Brian Grasso, CEO for the International Youth Conditioning Association,
offers reasons for kids to do aerobic training.
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Fitness Sells World Gym
DOVER, NH -- The Joyce J. Cammilleri family purchased World Gym
International from Planet Fitness for undisclosed terms on Dec. 31. The
new owners purchased the World Gym brand as well as the relationship
with the franchisees. Mike Uretz , the former president and CEO who sold
World Gym to Planet Fitness in 2006, will serve as an advisor to World
Gym. Read the full story.
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Fitness Settles Lawsuit, Will Alter Business Practices
RALEIGH, NC -- Peak Fitness, which has a chain of 28 clubs in North
Carolina, settled a lawsuit with state Attorney General Roy Cooper’s
office, resulting in the club company changing its billing and refund
policies. Read the full story.
downgrades TSI's Stock
NEW YORK -- Shares of Town Sports International (TSI) dropped Monday
after an analyst with Piper Jaffray downgraded the stock from “buy”
to “neutral.” Shares of TSI stock fell 13 cents, or 4.1 percent, to
$3.08 on Monday. Read the full story.
Attempting to Save JCC Building Told It Will Be Closed
STOUGHTON, MA -- A group trying to save the Striar Jewish Community
Center building in Stoughton, MA, was told that plans are still in
effect to sell or close the building, according to the Patriot Ledger of
Quincy, MA. Read the full story.
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Fitness Centers Receive Green Design Awards
BOSTON -- Two university health centers were awarded green design
awards for 2008 by the Green Education Design Showcase. Bunker Hill
Community College’s Health & Wellness Center in Charlestown, MA, won
the Green Design Concept Award, and Longwood University’s Student
Health & Fitness Center in Farmville, VA, was named a Green Judges’
Choice Winner. Read the full story.
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Opens New Fitness Assessment Facility
LEAVENWORTH, KS -- On Jan. 7, the Army officially opened a new $1
million satellite facility of the Army's Physical Fitness Research
Institute (APFRI) at Fort Leavenworth, KS, on the Command and General
Staff College (CGSC) annex. Read the full story.
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Finds Americans Won’t Give Up Health Clubs, Despite Economy
HASTINGS, MN -- A recent consumer survey finds that the majority of
Americans are unwilling to give up their fitness club memberships in a
tightening economy, but many are taking cost into consideration. Read
the full story.
Physical Activity Not Sole Cause of Obesity Epidemic, Study
MAYWOOD, IL -- Reduced physical activity may not be the main culprit
in the obesity epidemic, a study by Loyola University in Chicago finds.
Instead, attention to dietary intake plus exercise may be the best
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Fit to Print
A former Life Fitness employee in Olympia, WA, was arrested and
pleaded not guilty to first-degree theft and possession of stolen
property for allegedly taking fitness equipment that had been traded in
or repurchased by the company, then reselling it, according to The
Olympian (WA). Lawrence Ruiz is accused of stealing equipment valued
at more than $117,000. Ruiz allegedly refurbished the equipment, removed
the serial numbers and resold the equipment to athletic clubs, according
to court papers. The practice is alleged to have been taking place since
2001, and Life Fitness began investigating the alleged thefts in 2007,
the newspaper reports.
24 Hour Fitness renewed its partnership with “The Biggest
Loser,” which premiered its seventh season on Tuesday. For the third
season in a row, 24 Hour will send personal trainers on home visits with
eliminated contestants to help them continue to meet their fitness
goals. 24 Hour has also provided contestants with their own in-home
exercise tools, including mats, stability balls and conditioning
Fitness Formula Clubs, Chicago, has teamed with DMX Inc., a sensory service company, to
provide mobile messaging to its members. Fitness Formula provides a
text-in code that allows potential and existing customers a way to opt
in to receive fitness tips for the year. It also enters customers into a
promotion to win a free membership. Mobile messaging lets clubs gather
demographic information about consumers, and the opt-in function means
no consumer is contacted unwillingly.
The patent-pending NeuroActive Bike made its debut at Lady of
America fitness centers this month. Physician-owned Brain Center America
designed the bike so users can combine cardio and brain workouts on a
recumbent stationary bike with a specially adapted, interactive
brain-training program on a PC screen. Users can select from 22
brain-stimulating exercises using a wireless mouse to train different
parts of the brain as they pedal.
A digital fitness music label titled Don’t Quit Music was
launched by Universal Music
Enterprises, a division of Universal Music Group, and Jake Steinfeld
of Body By Jake to create
category-specific workout music. The music will be available in major
formats, such as digital downloads, CDs and MP3 files, from digital
partners, including iTunes, Rhapsody and Amazon.com. Body By Jake
customers will be offered the music across multiple platforms, and
ExerciseTV, which Steinfeld founded, also will provide exposure for the
Which states are leading the way in ensuring children are fit? Send
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