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TSI’s Revenue and Membership Fall in Second Quarter
Club Hopping
Life Time's 2Q Results Generate Favorable Response
Woman Sues LA Fitness After Contracting Legionnaires' Disease
YMCA Looks to Federal Stimulus Funds for Cogeneration System
School Days
Coastal Carolina University to Build Student Rec Center
Boot Camp
Wounded Warriors Use Wii Fit for Rehabilitation
Industry Beat
Tanning Beds Increase Risk for Cancer, Study Says
"Bathroom Bill" Sparks Locker Room Accessibility Debate
IDEA Survey Highlights Diverse Programming, Equipment
ACE Announces New Board Members
Fit to Print
In Brief...
Inside Manufacturers...
Speaking Out
Tuning Up Sales
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July.31.2009
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  • Hot News
    TSI’s Revenue and Membership Fall in Second Quarter
    NEW YORK -- Revenue and membership fell in the second quarter for New York-based Town Sports International (TSI), according to financials released Wednesday by the public company. Net income fell even further. Read the full story.

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    Club Hopping
    Life Time's 2Q Results Generate Favorable Response
    CHANHASSEN, MN -- Things are looking up for Life Time Fitness after the company released its second quarter 2009 financial results. Read the full story.

    Woman Sues LA Fitness After Contracting Legionnaires' Disease
    ORLANDO, FL -- A woman filed suit last week against LA Fitness, Irvine, CA, after she and two other women contracted Legionnaires’ disease last year at an LA Fitness club in Orlando, FL. Alessia Johnson, 33, is seeking more than $15,000 in damages. Read the full story.

    YMCA Looks to Federal Stimulus Funds for Cogeneration System
    BEVERLY, MA -- The Sterling Center YMCA in Beverly, MA, is hoping to go green with the help of U.S. Department of Energy federal stimulus funding. The Y is one of 31 organizations in Massachusetts that applied for $100 million in federal funding through the state’s Department of Energy Resources. Read the full story.

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    School Days
    Coastal Carolina University to Build Student Rec Center
    CONWAY, SC -- Coastal Carolina University (CCU) received approval from the South Carolina Budget and Control Board to build a $35 million student recreation center on the site of the school’s current intramural fields. Read the full story.

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    Wounded Warriors Use Wii Fit for Rehabilitation
    CHARLESTON, SC -- A new physical therapy treatment program at The Naval Health Clinic in Charleston, SC, includes activities on the Nintendo Wii Fit. Read the full story.

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    Industry Beat
    Tanning Beds Increase Risk for Cancer, Study Says
    LONDON -- Tanning bed use is just as hazardous to your health as smoking cigarettes, according to a study released today by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a World Health Organization agency. Read the full story.

    "Bathroom Bill" Sparks Locker Room Accessibility Debate
    BOSTON -- A state judiciary committee recently heard testimony on a bill supporting transgender anti-discrimination rights in Massachusetts, including comments from an International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) representative. Read the full story.

    IDEA Survey Highlights Diverse Programming, Equipment
    SAN DIEGO -- Fitness program directors and facilities managers report that while the fitness market may not be booming, it is stable, according to the IDEA Health & Fitness Association, which released results from its 14th annual IDEA Fitness Programs & Equipment Trends Report this week. Read the full story.

    ACE Announces New Board Members
    SAN DIEGO -- The American Council on Exercise (ACE) recently announced new executive officers plus the addition of two general members to its board of directors. Read the full story.

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    Fit to Print
    In Brief...
  • A Peak Fitness employee in Durham, NC, was arrested last week after he was accused of stealing 500 pounds of weights and attempting to sell them for $300 to a local used sporting goods store, according to the Raleigh (NC) News & Observer. Durham police charged Rey Warren Sanchez Hardi with larceny by an employee and obtaining property under false pretenses. Peak Fitness’ parent company, Fitness Management Group Inc., filed for bankruptcy earlier this month.
  • The Melrose YMCA in Melrose, MA, announced that Nancy Madden, the Y’s vice president, will step down Oct. 1. A community group started an online petition calling for Madden’s resignation following the arrest of the Y’s former after-school program coordinator on multiple child rape counts. The group also called for the resignation of the Y’s president Richard Whitworth, who has said he will step down Sept. 1.
  • The JCC at Milken in West Hills, CA, recently reopened its junior-sized Olympic swimming pool and spa. The JCC held a ribbon cutting ceremony and invited community members to tour the renovated facility. Four-time Olympic gold medalist Lenny Krayzelburg attended the reopening of the pool and said he will resume operation of his popular Lenny K. Swim Academy at the site.
  • A town hall meeting on personal trainer legislation will take place Aug. 8 as part of the DCAC 2009 International Fitness Education Conference and Trade Show, slated for Aug. 5-9 in Alexandria, VA. Presenters include Sara Meir, executive director of the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET); Deborah Warin, executive director for the American Council on Education; Amy Hyams, IACET commissioner and educational consultant; and Jay Del Vecchio, moderator and president of operations for World Instructor Training Schools.


  • Inside Manufacturers...
  • Octane Fitness LLC recently began fulfilling two large commercial orders for its products by installing 72 units at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and 62 units for the Kentucky Fire Commission. When the MCV Campus Recreation & Aquatic Center in the Jonah L. Larrick Student Center at VCU in Richmond, VA, reopens in August, students will be using 15 Octane Fitness Pro3700 traditional elliptical cross trainers and five xR6000 xRide seated ellipticals. The Cary Street Recreation Complex at VCU, which also is being renovated, will offer 41 Octane Pro3700 ellipticals and 11 xR6000 seated ellipticals later this year. The Kentucky Fire Commission is taking delivery of 62 Octane Pro3700 ellipticals to specified departments after having used 36 Pro3500XL models since 2007.
  • ASF International released a new business support tool called Dashboard. It was designed to give up-to-the-minute reports on a health club and its profit centers to allow club owners to easily pinpoint strengths and challenges, then quickly take action and correct issues that need to be addressed. The new business assessment tool is now available to any client using ASF’s billing services and software, the company said.
  • ABC Financial, a club management software and billing company based in Sherwood, AR, has named Randy Ivey as its new director of marketing. Ivey, a 12-year veteran of the fitness club industry, has held similar positions with Aphelion, CheckFree and Fiserv. “I’m excited to be with the team,” Ivey said. “ABC Financial has a tradition of excellence, and I’m very much looking forward to building on that tradition in a time that ABC is expanding its presence.”


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