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The January issue of Club Industry’s Fitness Business Pro
includes the annual
State of the Industry report, which examines how clubs can improve
their bottom line in 2009 by taking a closer look at their expenses and
business practices. The issue also includes features on how clubs are
retaining members by analyzing their membership data and on the effectiveness of
green cleaning products.
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Will President Obama Work Out?
WASHINGTON, DC -- With today’s inauguration of Barack Obama as the
country’s 44th president and his subsequent move into the White House,
some people around Washington, DC, are wondering where he will continue
his regular fitness routine. Read the full story.
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Court Upholds Ruling Denying Family Membership for Same-Sex
ST. PAUL, MN -- The Minnesota Court of Appeals affirmed a lower
court’s ruling that the Rochester (MN) Athletic Club did not
discriminate against a same-sex couple when it denied them a family
membership to the club, according to the Minneapolis Star
Tribune. Read the full story.
Charged in Attack of Fitness Trainer Commits Suicide
ATLANTA -- The man charged in the beating of celebrity fitness
trainer Darius Miller more than a year ago committed suicide on
Christmas Day, the man’s attorney, Bruce Harvey confirmed. Read the
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Marshall University to Open New
HUNTINGTON, WV -- A new $30 million student recreation center is
slated to open at Marshall University in February.
The three-floor center has been under construction for a little more
than a year. The first floor of the center will include a four-court
gymnasium, a lap pool, a leisure pool, a whirlpool, climbing wall, an
outdoor area, racquetball courts and a juice bar. The second floor will
include group exercise studios and a fitness area with exercise bikes
and free weights, while the third floor will include a three-lane track
and a second fitness area geared toward cardio workouts.
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Navy Rescue Swimmers Train for
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- The Rescue Swimmer School (RSS) at Naval Air
Station Jacksonville prepares sailors from around the world to be able
to swim for an extended period of time and to save a survivor. RSS
teaches three courses, including a four-week course for surface
(ship-borne) swimmers that teaches basic lifesaving procedures and how
to use lifesaving equipment.
Each Navy ship is required to have two qualified rescue swimmers on
board before it can pull away from the pier, so graduates are considered
“mission essential.” Rescue swimmers must be CPR-current, able to
evaluate victims and able to provide first aid treatment. Students must
also perform a rescue of an individual in the water who is entangled
with parachutes and other aviation gear.
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Americans Now Classified as Obese Than Overweight
WASHINGTON, DC -- The number of Americans classified as obese now
outweighs the number of people defined as overweight, according to a
report recently released by the National Health and Nutrition
Examination Survey (NHANES).
Read the full story.
Dakota May Lift Tanning Bed Requirements
BISMARCK, ND -- North Dakota legislators introduced a bill that
would eliminate the state’s requirements to keep operators on duty at
tanning bed facilities.
Read the full story.
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Fit to Print
The Dutchess County YMCA in Poughkeepsie, NY, closed its doors
on Jan. 12. One longtime member told the Poughkeepsie Journal
that the facility had been aging and that several members switched to a
nearby Planet Fitness.
Citing a need to improve financial and operating performance, TRT
Holdings, the largest shareholder of Gaylord Entertainment Co. and owner
of Gold's Gym International, announced plans to nominate four new
members to Gaylord Entertainment’s board of directors, according to an
open letter released to the company's investors on Jan. 15. TRT Holdings
owns nearly 15 percent of Gaylord Entertainment shares. TRT also wants
to immediately separate the role of chairman and chief executive at
Gold's Gym North in Tucson, AZ, held a re-grand opening celebration
last week. This facility added 4,000 more feet of floor space as well as
an indoor/outdoor child care playground area. The club also says it is
the only fitness facility in the country with two cardio cinemas.
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 how clubs can find additional revenue from
existing members by selling additional services. The webinar
will begin at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 22, and will continue at 2
p.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 29. Each session is one hour long and is
limited to the first 125 registrants.
Star Trac recently installed
$200,000 worth of its E Series cardio equipment at Fitness 21 in
Sunrise, FL. Rick Bouza, Fitness 21 managing partner and president of
consulting company RHB Solutions Inc., recently renovated the
25,000-square-foot facility and had the equipment installed. He said he
upgraded the facility and purchased the equipment, which has personal
entertainment options, to compete with chains in the area.
Obama and the
Do you think President Barack Obama will have an overall positive or
negative effect on the fitness industry (related to taxes on business,
passage of legislation in favor of health clubs, motivating people to
begin exercising, etc.)? E-mail your thoughts to Managing Editor Stuart Goldman.
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