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January 2009 Club Results Are Mixed
Club Hopping
Life Time Announces Preliminary 2008 Results
Insurance Co. Sues Bally Over $10 Million Payout
LA Weight Loss Agrees to Pay Refunds to New York Customers
Anytime Fitness Opens 1,000th Club
Arson in Club Results in One Week in Jail
Nashville Downtown Y Reopens
School Days
UCCS Rec Center Earns Gold LEED Certification
Boot Camp
Fort Stewart Hosts Aerobathon Event
Industry Beat
Pool Operators Struggle to Comply with Pool & Spa Safety Act
Foreclosure Nears for Body Masters Facility
Study Finds Swimming Cuts Men's Mortality Risk in Half
Fit to Print
In Brief...
Inside Manufacturers
Speaking Out
Teleseminar on a Tough Economy
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February 10, 2009
February Step by Step Articles Online Now
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.

Help for Club Owners
If you need help with your club operations in today’s economy, visit our Special Report page on the economy to read articles offering advice about retention, selling, marketing, financing and cost cutting in today’s market.

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Hot News
January 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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Club Hopping
Life 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.

Insurance 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.

LA 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.

Anytime 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 incident.

Nashville 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 Nashville.


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School Days
UCCS 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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Boot Camp
Fort 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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Industry Beat
Pool 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.

Foreclosure 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.

Study 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
In Brief...

  • 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.


  • Inside Manufacturers
  • Fitness Anywhere 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.
  • Concept2 raised $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 Climate Protection.
  • 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.

    Speaking Out
    Teleseminar 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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