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February Step by
Step Articles Online Now
February 10, 2009
Club Industry’s Fitness Business Pro’s online how-to
section has been updated to include stories about effective
pricing for personal training, tips
for retaining personal training clients, how
to improve hiring practices, weight
training for children, and the
importance of group fitness for retention. Visit
http://www.fitnessbusinesspro.com/stepbystep to read more articles
from industry experts.
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2009 Club Results Are Mixed
OVERLAND PARK, KS -- January was a mixed bag for club operators,
according to a handful of club owners Club Industry’s Fitness
Business Pro surveyed as well as two veteran club consultants. Read
the full story.
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Time Announces Preliminary 2008 Results
CHANHASSEN, MN -- Life Time Fitness, Chanhassen, MN, had membership
growth of 13.6 percent in 2008 compared to 2007, according to
preliminary financial results announced for the fourth quarter and full
year ended Dec. 31, 2008. The company also announced preliminary
expectations for 2009. Read the full story.
Co. Sues Bally Over $10 Million Payout
NEW YORK -- Great American Insurance Co. (GAIC) has sued Bally Total
Fitness, Chicago, over more than $10 million advanced to Bally for
directors and officers coverage in financial restatement litigation,
claiming the funds rightfully belong to GAIC, according to the Internet
publication Law360. Read the full story.
Weight Loss Agrees to Pay Refunds to New York Customers
ALBANY, NY -- New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced last
week that LA Weight Loss Centers Inc. reached a settlement to pay
$275,000 in refunds to thousands of New York state customers who paid
for but never received services after LA Weight Loss closed its doors in
January 2008. Read the full story.
Fitness Opens 1,000th Club
HASTINGS, MN -- Anytime Fitness recently opened its 1,000th club in
Nash, TX. Founded in 2002, the company currently has facilities in 46
states, plus Canada and Australia, serving nearly 600,000 members.
During the past two months, Anytime Fitness has opened nearly 90 new
clubs. Read the full story.
Arson in Club
Results in One Week in Jail
LINCOLN, NE -- A 20-year-old was sentenced to one week in jail for
starting a fire in the bathroom of Goodyear Fitness Center in Lincoln,
NE, according to the Lincoln Journal Star. Ricke Masterson Jr.,
who had been banned from the gym, pleaded guilty to third-degree arson,
a misdemeanor. The incident took place on Nov. 3, when a club employee
followed Masterson into the men’s bathroom and discovered a burning
trash can, according to the newspaper.
Masterson was banned from Goodyear Fitness Center after an Oct. 10
incident at the club in which he allegedly aimed a shower head in the
locker room onto some carpet. Masterson also allegedly poured tobacco
from a cigar onto a sauna’s heating element and yelled obscenities as
he left the gym, the newspaper reported. Masterson was cited on
suspicion of vandalism and disturbing the peace for the Oct. 10
Downtown Y Reopens
NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Downtown YMCA recently reopened after $20
million worth of renovations that doubled its size. The expanded
facility includes a new 160-space parking garage and an additional
66,000 square feet of space, according to Nashville’s NewsChannel5 TV
station. The wellness center quadrupled in size and was moved from the
lower level to the second floor. A private workout mezzanine is now in
place, as is a cardio cinema.
Y officials tell the station that the renovations began after a jump in
membership, which they say is a result of more people moving to downtown
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Rec Center Earns Gold LEED Certification
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The campus recreation center at the
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, received Leadership in Energy
Efficiency and Design (LEED) gold certification status from the U.S.
Green Building Council.
Read the full story.
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Stewart Hosts Aerobathon Event
FORT STEWART, GA -- About 200 Army soldiers and their families
participated in the 12th annual Aerobathon held last month at the Newman
Fitness Center at Fort Stewart (GA) and Hunter Army Airfield. Designed
to help people stick to their New Year’s resolutions to lose weight,
the event featured hip-hop dancing, kick boxing, step aerobics, Pilates,
tai chi, belly dancing, salsa and Zumba moves. Read the full story.
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Operators Struggle to Comply with Pool & Spa Safety Act
WASHINGTON, DC -- Complying with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool &
Spa Safety Act that went into effect Dec. 19 has proven difficult for
some pool operators. Hold-ups include reconciling state and federal pool
safety laws and the unavailability of needed manufacturer parts to make
pools compliant. Read the full story.
Nears for Body Masters Facility
RAYNE, LA -- Knight Companies, an oil field rental and oil field
fishing tool company based in Lafayette, LA, is in the process of
foreclosing the Rayne, LA, facility for Body Masters, a strength
equipment manufacturer for 30 years. Read the full story.
Finds Swimming Cuts Men's Mortality Risk in Half
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- A University of South Carolina study shows
that swimming cuts men’s mortality risk by about 50 percent over men
who run or walk to stay in shape, as well as over their sedentary peers.
Read the full story.
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Fit to Print
Equilibrium, a boutique fitness center, spa and café in Boston,
is adding a second location in South Boston’s Fort Point Channel. The
new branch is occupying a space that formerly was a Focus Fitness
facility. The South Boston club is fully equipped and open for business,
though Equilibrium is working to expand the location and its offerings
to include group exercise, a spa and café.
Stone Creek Club & Spa announced the addition of three managers for
its club currently under construction in Covington, LA. Brett Custer was
named tennis director, Randall Dorvin is the club’s new athletic
director, and Katie Santangelo will serve as member services director.
The facility is scheduled to open early this summer.
The LifeStart Wellness Network, Chicago, has been contracted by
Hamilton Partners to run its 25,000-square-foot corporate fitness center
in Downers Grove, IL. This office complex, with approximately 3 million
square feet and 80 acres, serves companies such as Sarah Lee, FTD,
Service Master and T-Mobile. LifeStart currently operates 26 centers in
Illinois, Ohio, Arizona and Louisiana.
just released a one-day TRX Group Suspension Training Course for group
fitness instructors, trainers and clubs. In addition to teaching
fundamentals of TRX suspension training, the new workshop also shows how
to incorporate the TRX in a group training format for all fitness
levels. In February, Body Rox gym in Prior Lake, MN, became the first
fitness center in Minnesota to offer TRX-based group fitness classes.
Visit the Fitness
Anywhere site for the latest courses and locations.
$26,641 for environmental organizations with its 2008 Holiday Challenge.
As part of the ninth annual challenge, participants rowed either 100
kilometers or 200 kilometers between Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Concept2 donated 2 cents for every kilometer rowed by participants in
the 100K and increased the donation to 4 cents per kilometer past 100K.
A total of 1.22 billion meters were rowed. Proceeds were donated to The
Nature Conservancy, Conservation International and the Alliance for
MYE Entertainment has signed
an agreement to manufacture and distribute MYE wireless entertainment
products under the Fitness Audio brand, according to Tony Garcia, MYE
Entertainment president. Under the agreement, MYE Entertainment will
manufacture the entire line of MYE wireless entertainment products under
the Fitness Audio brand for distribution across the global Fitness Audio
distribution network. Fitness Audio is a manufacturer and distributor of
audio products for the fitness industry, including aerobic microphones
and wireless systems, audio mixers and accessories.
on a Tough Economy
Join health club sales expert Casey Conrad at 3 p.m. EST on Feb. 26
for a one-hour teleseminar entitled “Closing Skills in a Tough
Economy.” To participate, individuals simply need to register and make a minimum
donation of $37. All of the money raised will be donated to Augie’s
Quest for the Cure, which is an organization founded by Life Fitness
founder Augie Nieto to find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
(ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
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