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University of Oregon Taps Student Power for Electricity
Boot Camp
Army Sponsors Civilian Employee Fitness Program at Fort Lewis
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Workout Buddies Increase Retention
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May.20.2009
May Issue Online Now
The May issue of Club Industry’s Fitness Business Pro examines the debate over whether personal trainers should be licensed. The issue also includes a report on aquatic facility risks that can leave clubs vulnerable to lawsuits and underlines the importance for clubs to have a solid risk management plan in place.

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  • Hot News
    Franchisee Sues Planet Fitness, Brick Bodies
    ELLICOTT CITY, MD -- A Planet Fitness franchisee has filed a lawsuit against Planet Fitness, Dover, NH, and Brick Bodies, Cockeysville, MD, for violations of the Maryland Franchise Registration and Disclosure Law and the Maryland Antitrust Act. Other alleged violations in the 12-count complaint include fraud and civil conspiracy. Read the full story.

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    Club Hopping
    Aspen Clubs Working Together in Lease Negotiations
    ASPEN, CO -- The Aspen Club & Spa is aiding the Aspen Athletic Club with its current lease and is helping in the Aspen Athletic Club’s negotiations for a long-term extension, the Aspen Times reports. Read the full story.

    Cleveland JCC Breaks Ground on $15 million Renovation Project
    CLEVELAND, OH -- The Mandel Jewish Community Center of Cleveland broke ground on a $15 million expansion and renovation last Friday. Read the full story.

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    School Days
    University of Oregon Taps Student Power for Electricity
    EUGENE, OR -- Students at the University of Oregon’s (UO) student recreation center will help power the school by working out on 20 retrofitted elliptical machines tied to the electrical grid. They were debuted on May 11. Read the full story.

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    Boot Camp
    Army Sponsors Civilian Employee Fitness Program at Fort Lewis
    FORT LEWIS, WA -- About 140 civilian employees at the Sheridan Sports and Fitness Center for Installation Management Command at Fort Lewis, WA, graduated in April from a six-month fitness program hosted by the Army. Read the full story.

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    Industry Beat
    Workout Buddies Increase Retention
    SAN RAMON, CA -- Eighty percent of people surveyed said that having an exercise partner would help them adhere to an exercise plan, according to a survey conducted by StrategyOne on behalf of 24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, CA. Read the full story.

    Joyce Leaves Nautilus
    VANCOUVER, WA -- Timothy Joyce, Nautilus Inc.’s general manager and senior vice president, left Nautilus last Friday, according to a one-sentence filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The filing gave no reason for Joyce’s departure or information about a possible replacement. Read the full story.

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    Fit to Print
    In Brief...
  • An 81-year-old man died early Tuesday after he was found unconscious and unresponsive in the steam room of a Bally Total Fitness in Fort Worth, TX, according to TV station KDFW FOX 4. The Tarrant County (TX) Medical Examiner was trying to determine the cause of death.
  • 24 Hour Fitness plans to open a new club in one of Hawaii’s two former CompUSA stores on Oahu, the Honolulu Advertiser reports. 24 Hour spokesperson Wendy Yellin told the newspaper the club will feature a pool, sauna and spa as well as a full-size basketball court, a cycling room and other amenities. Officials with the fitness chain have not determined whether a nearby 24 Hour will remain open, Yellin told the newspaper. This will be the first new 24 Hour built in Hawaii in about eight years, according to the report.
  • AquaHab LP has reached an agreement to merge its Aquatic & Fitness Center and AquaHab Cherry Hill (NJ) locations with Future Fitness’ Cherry Hill location to form a new club—Future Fitness Powered by AFC. Construction of the new club is expected to start in June at the current Future Fitness location in Cherry Hill and is scheduled to open early next year.
  • Sioux Empire Fitness in Sioux Falls, SD, reopened last Friday after its operators closed it earlier in the week, according to the Sioux Falls Augus Leader. The operators owe more than $800,000 in federal taxes, and the business is no longer licensed by the state, according to the newspaper. The building’s landlord will operate the club, which will keep its name.


  • Inside Manufacturers...
  • Fabiano Designs International announced that Andy Graham has joined the company as its new director of sales and business development. Graham has spent more than 20 years in the fitness industry, including stints at Cybex International and FreeMotion Fitness. As one of the original team members at FreeMotion Fitness, Graham helped introduce the functional training circuit to the marketplace.


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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 May 26. Fill out this entry form and e-mail it to Editor Pam Kufahl.

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