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The February issue of Club Industry’s Fitness Business Pro
includes a report on how veteran
club operators survive economic recessions. The issue also includes
seniors and virtual fitness, and how a
holistic approach to health can help both members and club owners.
Plus, there’s a preview of the upcoming
As you enter your busiest time of year, combined with the
challenges in today’s economy, it has become even more critical to
encourage and recognize member participation.
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Time’s Akradi Remains Confident After 2008 Earnings Call
CHANHASSEN, MN -- Life Time Fitness CEO Bahram Akradi, along with
CFO Mike Robinson, spelled out their company's highs and lows during a
year-end and fourth-quarter earnings call with analysts yesterday. The
highs included increased revenue, and the lows included decreased net
income. However, Akradi remains confident in Life Time’s business
model. Read the full story.
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.
Jersey Family Sues Club for Not Using AED
HILLSBOROUGH, NJ -- The family of a New Jersey man who collapsed at
a club and later died is suing HRC Management Inc., doing business as
Hillsborough (NJ) Pool, Racquet & Fitness, for gross negligence after
the club's staff did not administer an automated external defibrillator
(AED) to the man. The lawsuit was filed last month in Superior Court in
Somerset County, NJ. Read the full story.
Y Expands After Increase in Membership
LIMA, OH -- An expansion project that will result in an additional
2,000 square feet to the fitness center of the Lima (OH) Family YMCA
began Monday. The expansion is the result of the Y’s membership
growing by 1,000 people last year, according to the Lima News.
Read the full story.
MOTUS USA brings a fresh new
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Outstanding Sports Facilities Awards Announced
CORVALLIS, OR -- The National Intramural-Recreational Sports
Association (NIRSA) announced the six recipients of its 2009 Outstanding
Sports Facilities (OSF) awards. The winners will be recognized at the
NIRSA Annual Conference and Exposition slated for April 1-4 in
Charlotte, NC. Read the full story.
What’s your economic survival plan?
Improve your cash flow, battle member attrition, and stay in control of
critical financial information with the help of ASF
International. Call us today or visit us at booth #1426 at the
IHRSA show to find out how we can help you emerge from this
recession stronger than ever.
Begins Using the Internet to Track Sailors’ Health
MILLINGTON, TN -- To better assess post-deployment health among
sailors in the Navy, commands can now access their deployment health
assessments online. Read the full story.
ABC Financial Services
All aspects of ABC Financial billing, club management software
and onsite training and support are designed to help your
business succeed. As Industry veterans, our leaders at ABC know exactly
what you're going through. Our business is to focus on your business. It
all begins and ends with you.
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Weights Can Reduce Cholesterol, Study Finds
MORGANTOWN, WV -- Weight training can lower cholesterol rates in
adults, a study by researchers at the West Virginia University School of
Medicine finds. Read the full story.
Sales Fell in Fourth Quarter
MEDWAY, MA -- Last week, Cybex reported lower net sales for the
fourth quarter of 2008, but increased net sales for the year. Read the
Adopts Personal Training Technology
WOODWAY, TX -- Curves International franchise owners are adding
automated MYTRAK technologies to their clubs’ workout equipment. Read
the full story.
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Fit to Print
Boston Sports Clubs, a division of Town Sports International,
announced the opening of its 26th location in the Greater Boston area.
The 34,500-square-foot facility in Woburn, MA, features full-court
basketball, a four-lane lap pool, three group exercise studios, locker
rooms, a member lounge and babysitting, plus cardio and strength
BodyScapes personal training studios recently opened two new One2One
BodyScapes locations in Mamaroneck, NY, and Katy, TX. These openings
mark the company’s first locations in those states, and the
company’s ninth and 10th national locations. Future expansion plans
include 150 One2One BodyScapes locations nationwide in the next five
Woodway treadmills launched its new Web site at www.woodway.com. The site now has a
cleaner look, easier navigation and features more detailed company and
product information. Visitors are able to quickly and easily scroll
through the product lineup and specifications by market. Other new
features include an enhanced customer support section, Woodway user
forum and up-to-date company news, videos and pictures.
extended its series of Hammer Strength Clinics for spring 2009. The
national strength and conditioning clinics address training methods and
techniques. Clinic speakers include Bob Medina of the Portland Trail
Blazers, Mike Clark of the Seattle Seahawks, Shannon Turley of Stanford
University, Mark Uyeyama of the San Francisco 49ers, John Sisk of
Vanderbilt University and Jason Gallucci of Princeton University. Visit
the Hammer Strength Web site for dates and locations.
Trusonic Inc. is now the
preferred provider for music and Internet-delivered messaging for the
Anytime Fitness franchise. Trusonic is owned by Fluid Music Canada.
“The platform allows us to centrally manage and vary messaging on a
club-by-club basis, a clear differentiator for us as we evaluated music
and messaging platforms,” says Mark Daly, national media director of
Anytime Fitness. “Pinpoint control over the audio environment means
that we are better positioned to help our franchisees realize our common
Tuesday's episode of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser Couples”
Anywhere’s TRX Suspension Training equipment. Bob Harper, one of
the show’s trainers, used the TRX outdoors, highlighting the portable
qualities of the system. “Being a trainer on ‘The Biggest Loser,’
my workouts have to be effective and on the cutting edge,” Harper
says. “Thanks to the TRX, I got some really great workouts with my
contestants this season.”
on a Tough Economy
Join health club sales expert Casey Conrad at 3 p.m. EST on
Thursday, 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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Q: Any tips on how I can strengthen my
membership base via new sales and better retention?
A: During this recession consumers are still spending
money, however they are more critical with their buying decisions.
According to a recent study conducted by the department of consumer
affairs, health clubs memberships made the top 10 list of what consumers
are still buying...read more.
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A: There is much concern about the increased music
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