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Mastrov Keynote to Highlight Second Day of Club Industry
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Owner of Peak Fitness Files for Bankruptcy
Sport & Health Clubs Plans to Expand with Financing
Former Club Owner Subpoenaed in Clemens Case
Recession Aids YMCA with Expansion Project
School Days
Indiana State University Dedicates New Rec Center
Boot Camp
The Warrior Tours Promotes Fitness to Soldiers in the Middle East
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New HHS Assistant Secretary Addresses Conference
Les Mills Leads Summer Fun in Chicago
Fit Kids Perform Better on Academic Tests, Study Finds
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July.20.2009
July Issue Online Now
The July issue of Club Industry’s Fitness Business Pro features this year’s Top 100 clubs list. The issue also examines how mixed martial arts training can be added to health clubs, and includes stories about how competitors are dealing with the closings of Bally clubs around the country and Peak Fitness clubs in North Carolina. Be sure to check out some of the latest entries on our blog, including a question from one club operator about how to handle member odor.

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  • Hot News
    Mastrov Keynote to Highlight Second Day of Club Industry
    OVERLAND PARK, KS -- Mark Mastrov will be the second-day keynote speaker at the Club Industry conference and trade show in October. Read the full story.

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    Club Hopping
    Owner of Peak Fitness Files for Bankruptcy
    CHARLOTTE, NC -- Fitness Management Group Inc., parent company of Charlotte, NC-based Peak Fitness, has filed for bankruptcy. Read the full story.

    Sport & Health Clubs Plans to Expand with Financing
    McLEAN, VA -- Sport & Health Clubs, which has 23 clubs in the Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC, areas, has received $25 million in financing through Pittsburgh-based PNC Mezzanine Capital and Wynnewood, PA-based CMS Mezzanine Fund. Read the full story.

    Former Club Owner Subpoenaed in Clemens Case
    NEW YORK -- A former fitness club owner linked to the Roger Clemens steroids case has reportedly been issued a subpoena to appear before a Washington, DC, grand jury. Read the full story.

    Recession Aids YMCA with Expansion Project
    STAUNTON, VA -- The Staunton-Augusta YMCA broke ground on a 25,000-square-foot expansion project earlier this month. Read the full story.

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    School Days
    Indiana State University Dedicates New Rec Center
    TERRE HAUTE, IN -- A $21.7 million student recreation center was dedicated July 10 at Indiana State University (ISU) in Terre Haute, IN. Read the full story.

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    Boot Camp
    The Warrior Tours Promotes Fitness to Soldiers in the Middle East
    TAJI, IRAQ -- As part of its week-long tour to promote running and physical fitness during the semi-annual Armed Forces Physical Fitness Test, The Warrior Tours visited the 615th Aviation Support Brigade, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad on July 11. Read the full story.

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    Industry Beat
    New HHS Assistant Secretary Addresses Conference
    WASHINGTON, DC -- Howard Koh, the newly appointed assistant secretary for health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), made his first public speech earlier this month at a conference that was originally called for by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Read the full story.

    Les Mills Leads Summer Fun in Chicago
    CHICAGO -- More than 1,000 people kicked off their summer by joining free open-air Les Mills group exercise classes at Chicago’s Millennium Park. The classes, presented by Les Mills Midwest, were held on four successive Saturdays in June. Read the full story.

    Fit Kids Perform Better on Academic Tests, Study Finds
    NEW YORK -- A newly released study finds that kids who are in shape do better on academic tests. Read the full story.

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    Fit to Print
    In Brief...
  • Retro Fitness, a 1980s-themed chain based in Colts Neck, NJ, has bought the rights to the phone number 867-5309, made famous in a 1980s hit song by Tommy Tutone. The number had been auctioned off in February on eBay for a bid of more than $350,000, but the deal was not consummated. Terms of the acquisition, completed last month, were not disclosed. Retro Fitness uses the phone number, with a 201 area code, as a connection to its franchising department.


  • Inside Manufacturers...
  • Polar just released the Cardio GX system, a group exercise system that displays participants’ individual heart rate data onscreen to motivate members to exercise at the right intensity and get the most out of their workouts. Class members can quickly enter their fitness information and an onscreen nickname before class starts. The live onscreen data includes beats per minute, percentage of heart rate maximum and intensity zones.
  • LifelineUSA, a functional fitness products and accessories company, has hired Rick Pawlak as vice president of sales and Scott Logan as medical rehab product manager. Pawlak will work closely with Bill Sotis, president and chief executive officer for LifelineUSA, to identify growth opportunities while overseeing the company’s complete day-to-day sales activity. Prior to joining LifelineUSA, Pawlak served as director of retail sales for Fitness Quest. Throughout his career, Logan has held a number of senior level sales, marketing and product development roles. Logan was one of the first mainstream fitness company executives to help develop products that were widely considered a crossover success in the rehabilitation and physical therapy markets.
  • Apogee Life Style LLC, owners of Apogee Pilates & Wellness Centers, has acquired Power Pilates, a classical Pilates teacher training and certification company with more than 100 affiliated studios around the world. Howard Sichel, Power Pilates founder, will continue as president and CEO of Power Pilates. Apogee Pilates & Wellness Centers opened its flagship location in White Plains, NY, in March 2009, followed by its second center in Bedford Hills, NY.

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