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LaLanne to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
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RetroFitness Heading South for Expansion
Muscle Beach Celebrates 75th Anniversary
Fresno YMCA Branch Closes Over Financial Concerns
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Texas Tech Unveils Aquatics Complex
Boot Camp
UFC Fighter Dedicates Shipboard Gym
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June.10.2009
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  • Hot News
    LaLanne to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
    OVERLAND PARK, KS -- Jack LaLanne will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from Club Industry’s Fitness Business Pro magazine on Oct. 15 at the Club Industry show in Chicago. He will also offer the keynote address at the conference. Read the full story.

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    Club Hopping
    RetroFitness Heading South for Expansion
    COLTS NECK, NJ -- RetroFitness, the 1980s-themed club chain, has plans to expand again, this time in the South. Eric Casaburi, the CEO of RetroFitness, says the company is solidifying leases in the Atlanta area and is exploring the Charlotte, NC, market. Read the full story.

    Muscle Beach Celebrates 75th Anniversary
    VENICE, CA -- Muscle Beach in Venice, CA, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, and a new club franchise is sponsoring events to help in the celebration. Read the full story.

    Fresno YMCA Branch Closes Over Financial Concerns
    FRESNO, CA -- After a failed fundraising effort designed to pay off its debts, the Central Valley YMCA board of directors voted to close the downtown Fresno, CA, YMCA branch as of May 31. Read the full story.

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    School Days
    Texas Tech Unveils Aquatics Complex
    LUBBOCK, TX -- Texas Tech University students kicked off summer on June 1 in the school’s newly opened $8.25 million outdoor aquatics complex. Read the full story.

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    Boot Camp
    UFC Fighter Dedicates Shipboard Gym
    SAN DIEGO -- James Wilks, of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fame, attended the June 1 dedication of a new shipboard gym on the Navy’s USNS Carl Brashear. Read the full story.

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    Industry Beat
    CEI Acquires BroadcastVision Entertainment
    THOUSAND OAKS, CA -- Cardio Entertainment Inc. (CEI) announced its acquisition of the BroadcastVision Entertainment (BVE) name and assets and said it has completed its first-year initiatives for BVE ahead of schedule. Read the full story.

    IDEA Offers Instructional Video Services
    SAN DIEGO -- IDEA Health & Fitness Association is offering two new video services for fitness professionals: a video exercise library and educational fitness video subscription services. Read the full story.

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    Fit to Print
    In Brief...
  • A woman known as the “gym bag bandit” who stole personal items from 24 Hour Fitness members in Sacramento County, CA, has been sentenced to six years in prison, The Sacramento Bee reports. Angela Martinez used a stolen 24 Hour membership card to enter several 24 Hour clubs. After breaking into lockers and taking the personal items, Martinez used the victims’ identification and credit cards to commit more thefts. Her getaway driver, Robert Martinez, was previously convicted and sentenced to 32 months in state prison.
  • Planet Fitness, Dover, NH, recently honored its franchise in Oneida, NY, for having the highest percentage of women members among the company’s 282 clubs, The Oneida Daily Dispatch reports. Women make up 66 percent of the membership at the Oneida club, which opened last October.
  • Colorado Athletic Clubs, operated by The Wellbridge Co., Denver, is planning to open a 40,000-square-foot facility at a mall in Boulder, CO, later this year. The company has four centers in the Denver area, with a fifth club under construction at the Tabor Center in downtown Denver.
  • One2One BodyScapes, Southborough, MA, had a 17 percent cumulative increase in sales in April compared to March at its 11 personal training studios across the country, according to founder Rob Shapiro. The company’s personal training sales in the first quarter of 2009 were up 9 percent over the fourth quarter of 2008, he adds.
  • The 2009 IDEA World Fitness Convention will be held Aug. 12-16 at the Anaheim (CA) Convention Center. The theme is “Inspire: Be the Change,” and the focus will be on creating success and positive change for club owners and their clients. This year’s convention offers more than 300 educational sessions, 135 presenters, nine pre-conference workshops and the chance to earn more than 23 continuing education credits. More than 5,000 attendees from 65 countries are expected to attend. For additional information or to register, visit the event’s Web site.


  • Inside Manufacturers...
  • Les Mills Midwest, Millennium Park and Lakeshore Athletic Club are sponsoring Les Mills group exercise classes at 10 a.m. in Millennium Park, Chicago, each Saturday this month. On June 6, attendees participated in a BodyCombat class. This Saturday, participants can experience BodyFlow. Exercisers will participate in BodyAttack on June 20 and BodyJam on June 27.


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    Speaking Out
    Best of the Best
    To enter Club Industry’s Fitness Business Pro’s seventh annual Best of the Best contest, fill out this form and e-mail it to Editor Pam Kufahl. The deadline is July 7.

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