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column, provided by Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro and
Leslie Nolen, CEO of the Radial
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WebSavvy articles about how to get more e-newsletter subscribers, how to
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Gym Makes More Changes
IRVING, TX -- More than two months after David Schnabel’s
resignation as CEO of Gold’s Gym International (GGI), the company has
made more sweeping changes at its corporate headquarters. Read the full
The NFPT has been certifying
fitness professionals since 1988 and offers an NCCA accredited Certified
Personal Trainer (CPT) credential. Exam dates are set up by appointment
at any one of over 300 sites with FREE Continuing Education Credits
(CECs)! Advanced specialty courses in Nutrition, Weight &
Resistance, and Endurance Training are available as well.
Hour Employees Make Discrimination Claims
SAN RAMON, CA -- Two former 24 Hour Fitness employees claim they
were forced out of their jobs after they complained about discrimination
in the workplace, allegations that the San Ramon, CA-based chain denies.
Read the full story.
Gets into the UFC Mix
LAS VEGAS -- Mark Mastrov, the founder of 24 Hour Fitness who left
the company in early 2008, now has a new venture in place. His private
equity firm, New Evolution Fitness Co. (NEFC), is partnering with the
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), a mixed martial arts organization,
to launch a nationwide and global network of UFC gyms. Read the full story.
Buys Club from Wellbridge
SAN ANTONIO -- Spectrum Athletic Clubs, Los Angeles, announced that
it has purchased the Concord Athletic Club & Spa in San Antonio from The
Wellbridge Co. Read the full story.
One Acquires TimeOut Services
NEW YORK -- Plus One Health Management Inc. has acquired TimeOut
Services Inc., a provider of workplace and community fitness and
wellness services in California. Read the full story.
Y Welcomes Same-Sex Couple After Rejection By City Rec Center
NAMPA, ID -- An unmarried same-sex couple received a family pass at
the Caldwell (ID) Family YMCA after they were rejected for a family pass
application by the Nampa (ID) Recreation Center, according to local
media reports. Read the full story.
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College Completes Athletic, Wellness Complex
ST. PAUL, MN -- After a year and a half of construction, Macalester
College in St. Paul, MN, opened its new Leonard Athletic and Wellness
Center last year. The $45 million, 175,000-square-foot center gives
Macalester a recruiting boost among small liberal arts colleges, school
officials say. Read the full story.
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Challenge Encourages Sailors to Get Fit Before Going Home
USS SAN ANTONIO, At sea -- Several Navy sailors aboard the USS San
Antonio are participating in a 60-Day Push Challenge to lose weight,
increase overall health and look their best before heading home at the
end of deployment. Read the full story.
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Named Fattest City in the U.S.
MIAMI -- When you think of Miami, chances are you think of
swimsuit-clad people having fun in the sun, but Miami’s image just
expanded as the city was named the fattest city in America for 2009 by
Men’s Fitness magazine. In its 11th annual survey, the magazine
also named Salt Lake City as the country’s fittest city. Read the full
Butter Recall Expands to Energy, Granola Bars
WASHINGTON, DC -- The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recall
of peanut butter products tainted with Salmonella Typhimurium now
includes several brands of granola and energy bars that may be sold in
fitness clubs. Read the full story.
Fit to Print
David Palmer and David Haase, who started an Anytime Fitness in
Fort Collins, CO, just opened Kidz Fit, a new child-care center in Fort
Collins, designed to keep kids active. Licensed for 150 children, Kidz
Fit has 8,000 square feet of exercise space and 14,000 square feet of
classroom space. The owners invested about $500,000 in renovations and
technology for the center, including motion fitness, Wii Fit and bounce
activities. The center offers parents biometric security, transportation
to and from school, and extended hours to accommodate working parents.
Centaur Floor Systems
LLC released a new line of modular floor tiles made with Bolon
called the Eight Collection. The collection consists of eight models in
four natural base colors. The easy-to-clean collection is manufactured
using a new production technique that provides a smoother surface. It is
also fire resistant, provides acoustical advantages and is 100 percent
Power Systems Inc.
introduced the new Premium VersaBar, a training tool for groups and
individuals. It can be used to promote upper-body resistance, lower-body
strength or stretching. The steel VersaBar features color-coded end
caps, a durable rubberized grip and comes in nine weights, from four to
36 pounds. Made of rubber, the end caps will not damage floors and will
help reduce noise.
on Closing Skills
Join health club sales expert Casey Conrad at 3 p.m. EST on Feb. 23
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donation of $37. All of the money raised will be donated to Augie’s
Quest for the Cure, which is an organization founded by Augie Nieto to
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