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Revenues Increased, Members Decreased in 2008
BOSTON -- U.S. health club industry revenues reached $19.1 billion
in 2008, a 3 percent increase over 2007 revenues of $18.5 billion,
according to a survey by the International Health, Racquet and
Sportsclub Association (IHRSA). Read the full story.
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Fitness Pursues Growth in 2009
NEW YORK -- Equinox Fitness, New York, is actively pursuing real
estate and expansion opportunities in major urban markets despite the
downturn in the economy, according to Equniox CEO Harvey Spevak. Read
the full story.
Health & Fitness Buys Butterfly Fitness Franchise
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -- Diversified Health & Fitness Inc. recently
purchased the assets of San Ramon, CA-based Butterfly Fitness Inc., the
franchisor of Butterfly Life women-only health clubs, for an undisclosed
amount. Read the full story.
to Expand into Washington, DC
COLTS NECK, NJ -- Retrofitness Inc. has announced plans to develop
new health clubs throughout the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. Eric
Casaburi, founder of the Colts Neck, NJ-based 1980s-themed fitness
chain, says Retrofitness will open at least 17 new locations in the area
during the next three years through a combination of company- and
franchisee-owned locations. Read the full story.
Hour Employees File Lawsuit
SAN FRANCISCO -- Two former employees of 24 Hour Fitness, whose
discrimination claims against the company were made public in January,
filed a lawsuit against the San Ramon, CA-based chain in U.S. District
Court in San Francisco. Read the full story.
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Kids Are Also Out of Shape, Study Finds
ATLANTA -- Overweight kids also are physically out of shape,
according to a recent study of middle school children in Georgia. Read
the full story.
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Compete Against Each Other in Wilderness Challenge
YORKTOWN, VA -- Registration begins today for the Mid-Atlantic
Region Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department’s Ninth Annual
Challenge. The event is scheduled for Oct. 8–10 in the Appalachian
Mountains and on the New and Gauley rivers in West Virginia.
The challenge consists of six outdoor adventure races: an 8-K mountain
run, a 14-mile mountain bike race, a 14-mile forced hike through the
mountains, a 13-mile whitewater raft race on the Gauley River, a
half-mile swim in the Gauley River and a 7-mile kayak race on the New
River. More than 300 military personnel representing teams from around
the world are expected to compete. Last year’s winner was a Coast
Guard team from Boston.
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Organization Aims To
Promote Worker Health
ATLANTA –- The International
Association for Worksite Health Promotion (IAWHP), an affiliate of
the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), was introduced March 27
at the 13th Annual ACSM Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition in Atlanta,
GA. The IAWHP was designed to provide resources and education to
worksite health practitioners and to companies wishing to hire a
practitioner or start worksite health programs. It’s estimated that
87.5 percent of health care claims are the result of the employee’s
lifestyle choices, so worksite health promotion programs can greatly
reduce health care costs, IAWHP says.
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In ceremonies held at the International Health, Racquet and
Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) convention and trade show last month,
IHRSA honored the following individuals and companies for their
contributions to the industry: Karen Jashinsky, founder and CEO of O2
Max Fitness (Julie Main Emerging Woman Leader Scholarship); David
Patchell- Evans, founder and CEO of The GoodLife Clubs (Outstanding
Community Service Award); SPRI Products Inc. (IHRSA Associate Member of
the Year Award); Jeff Klinger and Chuck Runyon, founders of Anytime
Fitness (John McCarthy Industry Visionary of the Year Award); and Herb
Lipsman, president and CEO of the Health Club Company (Dale S. Dibble
Distinguished Service Award).
Four-year-old Advait Gopan, of Munster, IN, died March 25 in a
Chicago hospital after nearly drowning the previous day in the pool at
the Omni 41 Health Center in Schererville, IN. In a statement, a
spokeswoman for Saint Margaret Mercy Healthcare Centers, owner of Omni
41, said Advait was attending a supervised camp called Spring Break
Escape. Crisis counselors were brought to the camp to provide support.
Investigators reviewed security camera footage from the pool area but
have yet to determine exactly what happened to the boy, local media
reported. Autopsy results released by the Cook County (IL) Medical
Examiner’s office determined the cause of death to be accidental
Expresso Fitness launched
the S3 Upright Youth Bike, a virtual-reality cardio bike created
specifically for children ages 9-14. The S3 Youth Bike is built to fit
most riders that range from 4 feet, 2 inches to 5 feet, 10 inches in
height and up to 350 pounds. The seat, handlebars, LCD display and
cranks are all sized and positioned to accommodate riders of middle
Life Fitness announced an
addition to its Virtual Trainer Web
site that allows users to create and share cardio workout programs
with friends and family. This “buddies” feature lets users send
buddy requests via e-mail to people who can then provide moral support
for solo exercisers.
introduced the Suspension Training Zone (STZ) system that includes
equipment, education and marketing materials to allow clubs and trainers
to implement effective suspension training programs. STZ allows clubs to
offer group fitness classes and personal training programs around
The Washington City (UT) Community Center has earned recognition as
the Outstanding Project of 2008 by Gerflor North America. The amenities
of the 110,000-square-foot facility include three separate full-size
gyms, a walking/jogging track, a spinning/aerobics room and a child care
center, all with Gerflor’s
Taraflex flooring. The center also includes a rock-climbing wall and
Utah’s largest indoor aquatics complex.
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