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The April issue of Club Industry’s Fitness Business Pro
includes a report on private
equity investments in the health club industry. The issue also
includes a preview of the Club
Industry East show in Boston as well as features on Pilates
programs and cardio
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Health Acquires 1-2-3 Fit
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -- Diversified Health and Fitness, Fort
Lauderdale, FL, took on another distressed fitness club franchise with
its recent acquisition of 1-2-3 Fit, a Denver-based coed circuit fitness
club created by Quiznos founders Rick Schaden and Brooksy Smith. Read
the full story.
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Fitness Enjoys Successful $1 Down Campaign
DOVER, NH -- Planet Fitness garnered several thousand new
memberships this month with a promotional campaign that allowed
consumers to pay $1 down for $10-per-month memberships. Read the full story.
Named AAFD Franchisor of the Year
SAN DIEGO -- Curves International, Waco, TX, was recently named the
American Association of Franchisees and Dealers (AAFD) Franchisor of the
Year for 2009. Read the full story.
Fitness Files for Bankruptcy
CHARLOTTE, NC -- Peak Capital Holdings LLC, parent company of Peak
Fitness clubs in North Carolina, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Read
the full story.
Magazine Rates Equinox No. 1
NEW YORK -- In its April issue, Health magazine rated New
York-based Equinox Fitness Clubs No. 1 in a survey of the healthiest
fitness clubs in the United States. Read the full story.
Staff Member Contracts MRSA
WASHINGTON, DC -- A House of Representatives staff member has
contracted Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) after
working out in the House Staff Fitness Center (HSFC), according to
multiple media outlets who cite the congressional newspaper The
Hill as their source. Read the full story.
Club Hailed by City Leaders Shuts Down
ALLENTOWN, PA -- City officials in Allentown, PA, have a little egg
on their face after a club that they touted on a city-sponsored blog
abruptly shut down. Read the full story.
Hosts Healthy Kids Day
CHICAGO -- YMCAs across the country held free local activities
Saturday as part of YMCA Healthy Kids Day. Read the full story.
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State University to Upgrade Student Recreation Center
FORT COLLINS, CO -- Renovations to the Colorado State University
(CSU) student recreation center began on April 13. Read the full story.
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Adds Wellness Aspect to Fitness Training
WASHINGTON, DC -- As part of a combined effort to lower suicide
rates, which rose to the highest level ever recorded last year, the Army
launched a Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program designed to improve
soldiers’ emotional and psychological fitness levels. Read the full story.
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Million Fitness Balls Recalled
WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
(CPSC), in cooperation with EB Brands, Yonkers, NY, announced a
voluntary recall of 3 million fitness balls sold under the Bally Total
Fitness, Everlast, Valeo and Body Fit brands. Read the full story.
Aquatics Programs Announced
BOYNTON BEACH, FL -- The United States Water Fitness Association
(USWFA) recently published the results of its 2009 National Aquatic
Program Awards. The awards are designed to encourage the development and
recognition of outstanding aquatics programs in both for-profit and
nonprofit facilities. Read the full story.
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Fit to Print
According to a report in the Richmond (VA)
Times-Dispatch, three Snap Fitness clubs are closing at the end of
April. However, Snap Fitness officials say they have received inquiries
from several Snap Fitness franchise owners who want to purchase the
clubs and keep them open. Other clubs in the Richmond area are doing
well, Snap Fitness officials added.
Crunch recently closed its Parkway Pointe club in the Atlanta area.
An industry source says the club was formerly run by Bally and that
Crunch directed members to a nearby LA Fitness.
24 Hour Fitness today announced the completion of a
2,650-square-foot weight room at new Yankee Stadium. Located adjacent to
the New York Yankees’ clubhouse, the weight room includes a variety of
high-end cardio, strength training and flexibility training tools. 24
Hour has served as the official fitness center sponsor of the New York
Yankees since 2007.
Inc.’s Herontile anti-slip anti-bacterial wet area matting is now
available with an optional edging ramp. The 13-inch Herontiles click
together to make slip-resistant flooring around pools. The edging ramp
can be attached where the tiles meet to create an anti-trip transition
from the floor surface to the Herontile surface. Both the ramp and
Herontiles drain away large quantities of water and are made from soft
EVA for barefoot comfort.
ActiveXL Promotions recently
added Adam Parker as a major accounts representative. Parker will
develop partnerships with various multi-club chains and franchise
companies implementing ActiveXL’s Company Store concept.
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Top 100 Time
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Q: Any tips on how I can strengthen my
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According to a recent study conducted by the department of consumer
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Ask Michael Scott Scudder, Club Management Expert
Q: Hi, my name is Tera and I am a personal
trainer. My question is when I get a potential client, how in the world
do I close the deal? I get really uncomfortable at the end of my
consultation appointments for some reason and I know that they know.
A: Sounds like you are uncomfortable asking for money.
First off, it's not a "deal" you're seeking, it's the "building of a
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