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Revenue Up Slightly in TSI’s First Quarter
Club Hopping
Life Time President, COO Gerend to Exit Company
Life Time Earnings Fall in First Quarter 2009
Spectrum Names New CEO
Gold's Gym Joins Forces with Franchisee Association
New St. Louis JCC Slated to Open This Week
Pueblo YMCA Completes First Phase of Construction
School Days
University of Arizona Will Use Solar Power to Heat Pools
Boot Camp
Military Fitness Habits Stick with Veterans, Study Finds
Industry Beat
Cybex Experiences 27 Percent Net Sales Decrease
Life Fitness Sales Down in First Quarter 2009
Club Workout Participants Increased in 2008
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  • Hot News
    Revenue Up Slightly in TSI’s First Quarter
    NEW YORK -- First quarter revenue for Town Sports International (TSI), New York, increased 0.3 percent to $126.7 million, but net income for the quarter dropped to $639,000 compared to $4.8 million in the first quarter of 2008, according to TSI’s financial statement for the quarter. Read the full story.

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    Club Hopping
    Life Time President, COO Gerend to Exit Company
    CHANHASSEN, MN -- Life Time Fitness, Chanhassen, MN, announced that President and Chief Operating Officer Michael J. Gerend will leave the company effective today. Read the full story.

    Life Time Earnings Fall in First Quarter 2009
    CHANHASSEN, MN -- As he has in recent financial results calls, Life Time Fitness CEO Bahram Akradi remained confident about his company’s future despite a 13.2 percent decrease in net income, which was announced last week during the company’s first quarter 2009 call with investor analysts. Read the full story.

    Spectrum Names New CEO
    EL SEGUNDO, CA -- Spectrum Athletic Clubs once again hired a CEO with roots in The Wellbridge Co. Bud Rockhill was recently announced as Spectrum’s president and CEO. Read the full story.

    Gold's Gym Joins Forces with Franchisee Association
    IRVING, TX -- Gold’s Gym International (GGI) and the Gold’s Gym Franchisee Association (GGFA) announced last week they have formed a task force to create a group purchasing program that will replace the current national vendor program. Both organizations also are working together to plan and host the 2009 Gold’s Gym Convention this summer in Las Vegas. Read the full story.

    New St. Louis JCC Slated to Open This Week
    ST. LOUIS, MO -- The new Staenberg Family Complex Jewish Community Center (JCC) is hosting its grand opening on Sunday. The new facility nearly doubles the size of the JCC’s original fitness center to 16,126 square feet. It features six fitness studios, state-of-the-art exercise equipment, flat-screen TVs, a spa with private massage rooms, a children’s fitness area and new locker rooms with steam rooms, saunas, whirlpools and family changing areas.

    There also will be a new two-court basketball gym, new racquetball and squash courts, an onsite restaurant and a new indoor aquatics center. Wi-Fi also will be available throughout the entire JCC campus. The JCC is inviting the community to try the facility out for free during the week of May 10-17.

    Pueblo YMCA Completes First Phase of Construction
    PUEBLO, CO -- An open house to celebrate completion of Phase I construction of the $17 million YMCA Community Campus in Pueblo, CO, was held April 18. The first phase consisted of a climbing and bouldering wall and two large gymnasiums. Additionally, the new aquatic center features three pools: a zero entry toddler pool with a pirate ship, a warm-water therapy pool and an activity pool with two 150-foot water slides, a rolling river and an instructional area with two 15-yard lap swimming lanes.

    The second and third phases of the new campus are slated for completion in two or three years, depending on further funding. About $3 million of the $7 million price tag for Phase II has been raised, and fundraising for the final phase will continue through the ongoing construction of the second phase.

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    School Days
    University of Arizona Will Use Solar Power to Heat Pools
    TUCSON, AZ -- The University of Arizona (UA) will begin adding solar photovoltaic panels and solar water heaters to rooftops of its student rec center, aquatics center, parking garage and two other university buildings beginning this month. Read the full story.

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    Military Fitness Habits Stick with Veterans, Study Finds
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Military veterans are 8 percent more likely to meet federal physical activity recommendations than non-veterans, a recent study finds. Read the full story.

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    Industry Beat
    Cybex Experiences 27 Percent Net Sales Decrease
    MEDWAY, MA -- Cybex International Inc. had $28.9 million in net sales in the first quarter of 2009, a 27 percent decrease compared to the $39.8 million it had in the corresponding 2008 period, according to the company’s recently released financials. Cybex also reported a net loss for the first quarter of 2009 of $1.4 million compared to net income for the first quarter of 2008 of $1.3 million. Read the full story.

    Life Fitness Sales Down in First Quarter 2009
    LAKE FOREST, IL -- Brunswick Corp.’s fitness segment, comprised of the Life Fitness division that manufactures and sells Life Fitness and Hammer Strength fitness equipment, had a 21 percent decrease in sales in first quarter 2009. Read the full story.

    Club Workout Participants Increased in 2008
    MOUNT PROSPECT, IL -- In 2008, the number of people who worked out at a club increased to 39.3 million people, according to the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA). That made working out at a club the No. 8 participant activity in NSGA’s annual “Sports Participation – Series I and II” reports. In 2007, the survey ranked working out at a club at No. 10 with 33.8 million participants. Read the full story.

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    Fit to Print
    In Brief...

  • L&T Health and Fitness is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a 25,000/25-Day On the Move Challenge to get 25,000 people to commit to physical activity for 25 days during June. The challenge will take place June 1-25, but registration begins today. For everyone who participates in the challenge, L&T will donate money to Augie’s Quest, the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s research initiative to find treatments and a cure for ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Also, all participants who log in daily are eligible for a $25 daily prize. To sign up for the free challenge as a Club Industry’s Fitness Business Pro reader, go here and type in the code FB25.
  • IDEA Health & Fitness Association has launched its educational fitness video subscription initiative. For $28 per month ($34 for non-IDEA members), IDEA is opening its proprietary library of fitness videos as a streaming on-demand service. By paying a monthly subscriber rate, subscribers will have unlimited 24/7 access to IDEA’s initial collection of 75 online exercise videos, to which IDEA will add 12 new releases each month.


  • Inside Manufacturers...
  • Sportsmith urges users of its brand of “anti-burst” stability balls to keep in mind the maximum weight limit of the ball when using dumbbells or additional weighted items while exercising on the ball. The 55-centimeter ball is for users who are 5 feet tall to 5 feet, 6 inches tall. The 65-centimeter ball is for users 5 feet, 7 inches to 5 feet, 11 inches tall, and the 75-centimeter ball is for users 6 feet tall and taller. Sportsmith fitness balls will support up to 350 pounds. For more information, visit the Sportsmith Web site or call 1-800-713-2880.


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