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The July issue of Club Industry’s Fitness Business Pro
features this year’s Top
100 clubs list. The issue also examines how
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
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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.
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
& 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.
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.
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
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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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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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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.
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.
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.
Fit to Print
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.
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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