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Sale to Close Soon; Miller Out as CEO
NEW YORK -- Crunch, New York, formally announced Monday that its
sale to an investor group led by New Evolution Fitness Co. (NEFC) and
Angelo, Gordon & Co. has been approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for
the Southern District of New York. The sale is expected to close by
mid-September. Read the full story.
for LA Fitness Shooting Victims Subpoenas Club, Authorities for
PITTSBURGH -- The lawyer for three shooting victims of the LA
Fitness tragedy on Aug. 4 in Collier, PA, has subpoenaed information
from LA Fitness as well as several area police departments and a medical
examiner’s office. Read the full story.
Still Closing Around the Country
OVERLAND PARK, KS -- Despite some hope for the economy in recent
months, clubs are still shutting down around the country. Two casualties
are clubs owned by Bally Total Fitness and Peak Fitness, both of which
are involved in bankruptcy proceedings. Read the full story.
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of Florida Breaks Ground on Rec Center Expansion
GAINESVILLE, FL -- The University of Florida broke ground on a
40,000-square-foot expansion to its Southwest Recreation Center on Aug.
25. The project is expected to earn Gold LEED certification. Read the
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SEALs Team Competes in Commodore’s Cup Fitness Competition
LITTLE CREEK, VA -- A soon-to-be-deployed Navy SEAL team from the
East Coast participated in a Commodore's Cup Fitness Competition on Aug.
21 at the Naval Amphibious Base in Little Creek, VA. Read the full story.
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Fitness Sales Down in Second Quarter
LAKE FOREST, IL -- Sales were down 33 percent in the second quarter
of 2009 for the fitness division of Brunswick Corp., according to
recently released financial earnings. The Brunswick fitness division
manufactures and sells Life Fitness and Hammer Strength fitness
equipment. Read the full story.
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Fit to Print
Augie Nieto, the Life
Fitness founder who is battling ALS, will appear twice on the Jerry
Lewis MDA Telethon this weekend. Nieto is scheduled to appear at 10:10
p.m. Pacific time on Sunday night with Bally Total Fitness CEO Michael
Sheehan and again at 10:10 a.m. Pacific time on Monday morning with his
wife, Lynne. Host Nancy O’Dell will interview Augie and Lynne Nieto on
Monday morning, and singer John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting will sing
a song he wrote about Augie.
Retro Fitness, Colts
Neck, NJ, has signed a franchise development agreement to open two new
locations in East Norriton, PA, and King of Prussia, PA, bringing the
total number of Retro Fitness clubs in the Philadelphia area to six. The
company plans to add 14 more clubs in that region during the next three
The Jack & Lee
Rosen Southwest Orlando Jewish Community Campus held its grand
opening last weekend. The $5 million, 34,000-square-foot center features
a state-of-the-art fitness center, an air-conditioned gymnasium, a group
exercise/dance studio, locker room facilities, plus 10 newly furnished
preschool classrooms, two new playgrounds, a multipurpose lounge, and
ball fields for outdoor leagues and sports. It was built with donations,
including more than $3.5 million from Orlando hotelier Harris
Howard Ravis, former conference program manager for the Club
Industry trade shows, was honored by the National Strength and Conditioning
Association (NSCA) at its national conference in July with the 2009
NSCA Award of Appreciation at the Bronze Level. Ravis earned this honor
in recognition of his contributions to the association as a host for
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Boogie Box Fitness is
opening a new Hollywood, CA, flagship location by bringing in Paco
Evangelista, international dance champion and Boogie Box assistant
creative director, to launch Boogie Box at the International Dance
Academy on Sept. 13. Boogie Box is a high-intensity workout that fuses
hip hop and Latin dance, mixed with kickboxing, plyometric exercises and
military drills. Boogie Box started in Southern California and has
spread to more than 25 locations, including Chicago, Las Vegas and New
Jersey, since November 2008.
Cybex International Inc.
has rebranded its research arm as the Cybex Institute for Exercise
Science with the continued mission of disseminating scientifically
accurate information applicable to the disciplines of general fitness,
sports performance and clinical medicine. Under the guidance of
Executive Director Paul M. Juris, the entity formerly known as the Cybex
Institute will continue to partner with exercise research-oriented
universities, hospitals and sports performance organizations nationwide,
exploring areas such as cardiac health, obesity, orthopedic impact, and
sports and human performance.
Iron Grip Barbell Co. has
entered into partnerships with Macrolease, Franchise Financial and Jules
& Associates. All three companies specialize in providing financing for
fitness facilities. Each company focuses on a specific type of customer.
“Leasing can provide our customers with flexible options and
affordable payments,” says Donna McCallum, vice president of sales for
Iron Grip. “We are happy to be able to facilitate this opportunity for
David Grenewetzki has been named CEO and president of Expresso Fitness, which has recently
closed an equity investment of more than $6 million from Sierra
Ventures, Physic Ventures and Enterprise Partners Venture Capital. The
new funding will enable Expresso Fitness to enhance and accelerate new
features and functionality to its cardio fitness systems as well as
expand sales efforts and support marketing initiatives. Grenewetzki will
be responsible for maintaining Expresso’s growth and improving
eFit Financial has
introduced the new eFit Member Access Portal and eCommerce application
as the latest value-added extensions of its Club Advantage management
software program. The new applications empower club operators to offer
their members the convenience and security of 24/7 online access,
scheduling and sales.
California State University at San Bernardino is the latest school
to add green exercise equipment to its student rec center. The college
installed 20 Precor ellipticals
equipped with ReRev technology to
harness user-generated energy from exercising students. Each machine
generates about 100 watts of power per hour. The school also installed
solar panels on some of its buildings to further its green efforts.
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