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Former NFL Player Starts Nonprofit to Serve the Uninsured
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May.11.2009
May Step by Step Articles Online Now
Club Industry’s Fitness Business Pro’s online how-to section has been updated to include stories about clubs, marketing, personal training and sales, plus a vendor viewpoint. Visit www.fitnessbusinesspro.com/stepbystep to read articles from industry experts.

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  • Hot News
    Crunch Files for Bankruptcy, Seeks Sale
    NEW YORK -- U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Gerber approved Crunch’s request to fund operations with $1 million on an interim basis after the New York-based chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan. Read the full story.

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    Club Hopping
    Pennsylvania AG Sues Two Clubs
    HARRISBURG, PA -- Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett has filed consumer protection lawsuits against two Pennsylvania clubs, one of which closed last month after it was hailed by Allentown, PA, city leaders for its great deals. Read the full story.

    Club Owner Arrested for Stealing Money from Members
    VALDOSTA, GA -- A club owner was arrested in his own gym for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from the bank accounts of his members, including the town’s police captain. Read the full story.

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    School Days
    CSUB Opens New Student Rec Center
    BAKERSFIELD, CA -- A new $22 million student recreation center was unveiled at California State University Bakersfield (CSUB) in late April. Read the full story.

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    Boot Camp
    Fort Lewis Hosts Paralympics Military Camp
    FORT LEWIS, WA -- The Warrior Transition Battalion on Fort Lewis, WA, is hosting a Paralympics Military Regional Sports Camp to give wounded Army soldiers the opportunity to compete in sporting events while working on their rehabilitation. Read the full story.

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    Industry Beat
    Julie Main Dies after Battle with Cancer
    SANTA BARBARA, CA -- Julie Main, co-owner of West Coast Athletic Clubs, Santa Barbara, CA, passed away on May 4 of cancer. She was first diagnosed with cancer in 1993 and had been in remission until a few months ago. Read the full story.

    Former NFL Player Starts Nonprofit to Serve the Uninsured
    DETROIT -- You’re Up, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing physical therapy, personal training and spinal cord rehabilitation to people without insurance, was started earlier this year in the Detroit area by former NFL player Charlie Sanders Jr. and personal trainer Rossano Rea. Read the full story.

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    Fit to Print
    In Brief...
  • 180 Sports & Fitness, which opened as a gym/sports complex in 2006 in Knoxville, TN, after two former Court South employees acquired the club formerly run by Bally Total Fitness, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. The company listed assets and liabilities of $1 million to $10 million. Creditors with secured claims against the company totaling $1.3 million include Bear Stearns Commercial Mortgage Inc., the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Small Business Administration, the newspaper reports.
  • Elements is expanding its upscale women-only brand into Canada with a flagship Toronto location. The club is expected to open in early 2010. Miami-based elements currently has 12 U.S. locations with 55 franchised locations under planned development. The company has been adding health club locations in signature markets such as Chicago, Atlanta and New York since its inception in 2004.
  • The $15 million Valparaiso, IN, YMCA opened its doors May 4. The new 80,000-square-foot facility enables the YMCA to offer expanded health, wellness, educational and family enrichment programs. It features a state-of-the-art fitness and wellness center, a warm water therapy pool as well as a recreational pool and six-lane 25-meter lap pool, group fitness studios and an indoor walking/running track.


  • Inside Manufacturers
  • Les Mills International has appointed Simon Rickman as chief executive officer of Les Mills West Coast Inc. The agency, which is majority owned by Les Mills International, operates from downtown San Francisco and provides Les Mills programs, training and management systems in nine states on the West Coast. Rickman had been operations director at Les Mills International, where he led the company’s largest division—including responsibility for all aspects of developing, creating and producing the eight Les Mills group exercise programs as well as the merchandising businesses.
  • The Aerobics and Fitness Association of America is working with Bally Total Fitness and the YMCA chains in the Los Angeles and Miami areas to provide certification workshops for Spanish speakers on Sept. 18-20. APEX En Español 2009 was created to satisfy a demand for qualified personal trainers and group exercise instructors in cities with a high Spanish-speaking population. Both the Personal Trainer Certification and the Primary Group Exercise Certification exams are being offered in both cities. In combination with AFAA’s nationwide $99-a-day event, APEX En Español 2009 began taking registrations for its certification workshops on May 1. Registration details are at www.afaaapex.com or by calling 800-446-2322.


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    Speaking Out
    Top 100 Time
    The deadline to submit information for the annual Top 100 clubs list has been extended to Friday, May 15. Fill out this entry form and e-mail it to Editor Pam Kufahl.

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    Referral, Reward and Loyalty Programs?
    Ask Maria Parrella-Turco, Executive Director, fitRewards and Senior Partner, New Paradigm Partners

    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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    Q:
    I’m looking for club software that can be customized to meet my particular needs. Certain companies say they can, but no one has followed through with their promise. I have nine clubs in six states, so I need one central location to host membership data for all nine clubs. Can you recommend someone?
    A: Almost every club owner I have ever met thinks he has particular needs that no software company is offering in its standard package. Problem is, no owner wants to spend the additional money necessary to customize software. All that said, I think Conexion does a great job of customizing - I have seen several of their custom packages, really good - and if I am in your shoes I would contact them first...read more.

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