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TSI Pays Massachusetts $40,000 in Child Labor Law Fines
Club Hopping
LA Fitness, Chris Brown Sued by Photographer
Club Members Protest Proposed Sale to LA Fitness
Former Club Owner Pleads Guilty to Credit Card Fraud
Florida Gov. Commends Gainesville's Free Teen Membership Program
Muscle Beach Launched as Fitness Brand
School Days
University of New Mexico Plans New Rec Center
Boot Camp
Marine to Compete in International Games
Industry Beat
AFP Designs Fitness Center for Florida Apartments
Fit to Print
In Brief...
Inside Manufacturers...
Speaking Out
Best of the Best Deadline Extended
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July.1.2009
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  • Hot News
    TSI Pays Massachusetts $40,000 in Child Labor Law Fines
    BOSTON -- Town Sports International (TSI), New York, paid fines totaling $40,000 in Massachusetts for violating that state’s child labor laws. Read the full story.

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    Club Hopping
    LA Fitness, Chris Brown Sued by Photographer
    LOS ANGELES -- LA Fitness was named as a co-defendant in a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, along with co-defendant Chris Brown, an R&B singer. Plaintiff Robert Rosen claims he was assaulted by Brown’s bodyguard after snapping photos of the singer in LA Fitness’ Universal City facility in May. Read the full story.

    Club Members Protest Proposed Sale to LA Fitness
    SILVER SPRING, MD -- Members of a Crunch-owned gym in Silver Spring, MD, opposed the club’s proposed acquisition by LA Fitness, citing a lost sense of community among their complaints, and won. Read the full story.

    Former Club Owner Pleads Guilty to Credit Card Fraud
    NASHUA, NH -- A New Hampshire club owner pleaded guilty to violations of the state’s consumer protection act after cutting a deal with the state’s attorney general. Sean Corriveau, former manager and president of Elite Fitness Inc., is required to pay $14,000 of restitution for fraudulent credit card use and must serve a 30-day jail sentence. Read the full story.

    Florida Gov. Commends Gainesville's Free Teen Membership Program
    GAINESVILLE, FL -- Gainesville Health & Fitness Centers’ Free Summer Teen Membership program has received some attention from Florida Gov. Charlie Crist. The governor sent a thank-you letter to the club for offering the program, which began June 15 and ends Aug. 15. Read the full story.

    Muscle Beach Launched as Fitness Brand
    WILBRAHAM, MA -- Multinational Brands, Wilbraham, MA, is launching a new franchise called Muscle Beach, which encompasses tanning salons, massage studios, sports beverage bars, sandwich shops, a sports nutrition center, fitness equipment stores and fitness clubs, according to founder Daniel Tschirret, who started up Fitness Forum in Worcester, MA, and Chic Physique in Brookline, MA, in the 1980s. Read the full story.

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    School Days
    University of New Mexico Plans New Rec Center
    ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- The University of New Mexico (UNM) announced plans to build a new student recreation center to replace its currently outdated facility and be more competitive with its peer institutions, according to the school’s student affairs committee. Read the full story.

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    Boot Camp
    Marine to Compete in International Games
    OKINAWA CITY, JAPAN -- By incorporating sprint interval training into his regular exercise regimen, 1st Lt. Rob Gerdes of the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion has earned a spot to compete in the CrossFit Games slated for July 10-12 in Aromas, CA. Read the full story.

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    Industry Beat
    AFP Designs Fitness Center for Florida Apartments
    ORLANDO, FL -- Advantage Fitness Products (AFP) recently completed a fitness center project for the Apartment Investment and Management Co. (AIMCO), as part of an extensive remodeling of the 600-unit Sun Lake Apartment facility in southern Florida. AFP handled the planning, design and supply buying for the new fitness center.

    “Providing a high-quality fitness environment can pay significant dividends in the multi-dwelling business from several standpoints, including tenant satisfaction, reducing churn and even revenue generation,” says Bryan Green, president and CEO of AFP. The company incorporated equipment from Precor and Paramount for the project, as well as an array of dumbbells and accessories, such as resistance bands and stretching mats.

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    Fit to Print
    In Brief...

  • The YMCA of Southern Illinois received a $206,150 grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant may be used to expand the Y’s physical education programs, including after-school programs, to help students meet the state physical education standards.
  • The 2009 Life Time Fitness Triathlon Series Race to the Toyota Cup begins July 11 with the Life Time Fitness Triathlon in Minneapolis. Other events in the series are the Nautica New York City Triathlon on July 26, the Chicago Triathlon on Aug. 30, the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Triathlon on Oct. 4 and the Toyota U.S. Open Triathlon Championship Event on Oct. 11 in Dallas.
  • Fitness Together Franchise Corp. has launched its redesigned Web site. The site features a new opt-in e-mail marketing campaign for consumers and an online application process for franchise prospects. The site also is equipped with video, sharing features and easy-to-navigate functions aimed to handle increased site traffic and assist with growing consumer and franchise sales.


  • Inside Manufacturers...
  • Fiserv Inc. launched the next release of its Compete software. The updated software includes an electronic contract management feature that supports multiple contracts and multiple forms of payment for each club member, including checks, debit and credit cards. Compete also allows multiple service agreements, different billing cycles and different due dates. Compete also now includes the ability to capture electronic signatures and sell personal training visits as dues-related revenue with configurable expiration dates for flexibility.
  • Motus USA was recently selected to outfit the Lancaster (PA) Family YMCA cardio deck for the Lampeter-Strasburg YMCA branch. Motus treadmills, exercise bikes and cross-trainer ellipticals were installed at the 38,000-square-foot facility. Motus also recently sold M-Racing indoor cycling NRG and Fusion models for the Ellicott City (MD) YMCA location of the Y of Central Maryland. A second fleet of the M-Racing Series of indoor cycling bikes also was installed at the YMCA in Perry Hall, MD.
  • Polar announced a partnership with America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and plans to offer AHIP’s health plan members its heart rate tracking technology for integration into their wellness offerings.
  • The Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) is again offering its personal trainer certifications at lower prices, this time during APEX, which will be held Sept. 11-13 in health clubs around the country. The goal of APEX is to make certifications affordable through $99-a-day-per-program workshops. AFAA certifies in personal training, group exercise, step aerobics and kickboxing. The organization also educates and trains people within other specialties that include Pilates, yoga, indoor cycling, injury prevention and more.
  • Mark de Gorter has been appointed president of Power Plate North America. He will work closely with parent company Power Plate International, London, on global product and marketing initiatives. De Gorter most recently had been COO for Velocity Sports Performance. He also has worked for J. Walter Thompson/USA on the Health & Tennis Corporation of America advertising account and helped lead its transition to the company currently known as Bally Total Fitness, which he later joined to manage its advertising and marketing.


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    Speaking Out
    Best of the Best Deadline Extended
    To enter Club Industry’s Fitness Business Pro’s seventh annual Best of the Best contest, go online to print out the entry form and either e-mail it to Editor Pam Kufahl or mail it to her at the address provided on the form. The deadline has been extended to July 15.

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