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Four States Reach 30 Percent Adult Obesity Rate
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Crunch Announces Film Contest
Gold's Raises $350,000 to Fight Diabetes
Y President Resigns Amidst Child Rape Scandal
School Days
University of Kansas Students Generate Energy for Green Movement
Boot Camp
Military Examines Yoga for PTSD Relief
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Motionsoft Acquires Conexion
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July.10.2009
July Step by Step Articles Online Now
Club Industry’s Fitness Business Pro’s online how-to section has been updated to include columns on clubs, sales, programming, retention and personal training. Visit www.fitnessbusinesspro.com/stepbystep to read articles from industry experts.

Summer Sales Strategies
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  • Hot News
    Four States Reach 30 Percent Adult Obesity Rate
    WASHINGTON, DC -- Tennessee has joined Mississippi, Alabama and West Virginia as four states that have an adult obesity rate of 30 percent or higher, according to the “F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies Are Failing in America 2009” report, which was released earlier this month. Read the full story.

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    Club Hopping
    Crunch Announces Film Contest
    NEW YORK -- Crunch, New York, may have filed for bankruptcy in May, but that hasn’t stopped the company from going forward with new ideas. This week, Crunch launched its first-ever film contest called Gym Shorts. The grand prize is $10,000 and a one-year Crunch membership. Read the full story.

    Gold's Raises $350,000 to Fight Diabetes
    IRVING, TX -- Gold’s Gym International, Irving, TX, is the top national fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure, a series of cycling events held in 40 states that raise money to benefit the association and other programs designed to prevent, cure and manage diabetes.

    Gold’s, along with its franchisees, employees, members and local communities, raised more than $350,000 this year. More than 83 teams and 2,000 riders represented Gold’s in this year’s events.

    Y President Resigns Amidst Child Rape Scandal
    MELROSE, MA -- Following the arrest of a former YMCA after-school program coordinator at the Melrose (MA) Family YMCA on multiple child rape counts, a citizen’s group has called for and received the resignation of the Y’s president. Read the full story.

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    School Days
    University of Kansas Students Generate Energy for Green Movement
    LAWRENCE, KS -- The University of Kansas (KU) is the latest school to harness green, user-generated energy by retrofitting ellipticals in its fitness center. Read the full story.

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    Boot Camp
    Military Examines Yoga for PTSD Relief
    WESTMINISTER, CO -- To combat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among war veterans, the U.S. military is exploring alternative methods, such as yoga nidra, for treating the condition. Read the full story.

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    Industry Beat
    Motionsoft Acquires Conexion
    SILVER SPRING, MD -- Motionsoft, a club management solutions provider based in Silver Spring, MD, has acquired Baltimore-based Conexion and Conexion Tan, companies that specialize in club management software, accounts receivables and financial services programs. Read the full story.

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    Fit to Print
    In Brief...

  • Brad Wilkens, director of fitness management and development for Cooper Fitness Center in Dallas, is the recipient of the fourth annual John McCarthy Institute Merit Scholarship, which provides full tuition and a $500 travel stipend to the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association’s (IHRSA) Institute for Professional Club Management. The education program will be held Aug. 2-5 at the Resort at Squaw Creek in Lake Tahoe, CA.
  • The Planet Fitness Discovery Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, at HoteLumière in downtown St. Louis. The Discovery Day will feature more than 30 pre-approved Planet Fitness sites in St. Louis, Kansas City, MO, and Springfield, MO. Planet Fitness corporate staff and franchisees as well as lenders and real estate brokers will be on hand to answer any questions. The event is free and open to the public, but because of space limitations, registration must be taken at www.DiscoverPlanetFitness.com.
  • On June 6, people in all 50 states and Puerto Rico celebrated the American Hiking Society’s 17th National Trails Day. There were more than 1,600 events total, a 47 percent increase from the number of events held in 2008, the association said. The next National Trails Day is slated for June 5, 2010.


  • Inside Manufacturers...
  • Lincoln Equipment Inc., a national distributor of commercial swimming pool equipment, chemicals and supplies, has released its newly updated 184-page Consumer Swimming Pool Equipment Catalog.
  • Iron Grip Barbell Co., has joined the Medical Fitness Association (MFA) as a corporate vendor member. “We’re very excited to support the MFA,” says Donna McCallum, vice president of sales for Iron Grip. “Not only do medical fitness centers help educate the population at-large about the health benefits of regular exercise, but they also help to legitimize the idea of exercise as medicine.”
  • The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) is offering its Introduction to Personal Fitness Training (IPFT) course at no charge through July 31. Students who enroll in the IPFT course, which normally costs $149, will receive instruction on the fundamentals of fitness training and cover core concepts in flexibility, stabilization, resistance, cardio-respiratory and overall wellness. Upon completion of the course, students can test their knowledge with a 100-question exam.
  • Fitness Anywhere and Surf Stronger are releasing a new surf-specific training video that couples suspension training with surfing. The new video includes a 30-minute full-body workout that targets the muscles and movements that are critical to surfing performance and injury prevention. The video is the third in the Surf Stronger series and features professional surfer Holly Beck. The follow-along, real-time video will be sold as a Web download and requires the use of the TRX Suspension Trainer.


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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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