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Officially Emerges From Bankruptcy
CHICAGO -- Bally Total Fitness, Chicago, announced its emergence
from bankruptcy last week, one day after Crunch formally announced its
emergence from bankruptcy. Read the full story.
Gym Making Waves After Convention
IRVING, TX -- Gold’s Gym International (GGI), Irving, TX, has made
some key announcements since the company held its annual convention in
July. Read the full story.
Results for Second Quarter Club Performance
BOSTON -- The majority of participating clubs in the International
Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association’s (IHRSA) 2009 Second
Quarter Index report showed improved performance in that quarter over
first quarter, but performance was still worse than second quarter 2008,
according to IHRSA. Read the full story.
Atlantic Club Invites Clubs to Join Its ALS Efforts
MANASQUAN, NJ -- The Atlantic Club is inviting other club companies
to participate in a program to help raise money to find a cure for
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The program, launched by the
Manasquan, NJ-based club’s Clubs for the Cure team, is 12 Days of
Fitness, scheduled to coincide with the winter holiday season. Read the
Fail to Show at Connecticut Work Out World Clubs
HARTFORD, CT -- Personal trainers have stopped working at four
Connecticut Work Out World locations that have filed for bankruptcy in
the past year. Read the full story.
Y to Focus on Intergenerational Programming
PRIOR LAKE, MN -- The 50,000-square-foot River Valley YMCA is slated
to open Saturday, with an open house for charter members scheduled for
Friday. Read the full story.
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of Houston adds Wii Class to Fall Schedule
HOUSTON -- To draw in students who may not be interested in
traditional exercise classes, the University of Houston is offering a
new Wii Performance class for the fall semester in its department of
health and human performance. Read the full story.
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is Good for Pregnant Women, Navy Study Finds
PORTSMOUTH, VA -- When performed properly, aerobics, resistance
training and swimming may be beneficial for pregnant women, according to
a recently released study by researchers at Naval Medical Center
Portsmouth (NMCP), VA. Read the full story.
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Trainers the Latest to Face Licensing Regulations
NEW YORK -- The movement to license personal trainers is expanding
to yoga instructors, and it recently heated up in New York. Read the
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Fit to Print
Peak Fitness has
closed its club in Clemmons, NC, the Winston-Salem Journal
reports. Peak Fitness, which closed a club in Winston-Salem last month,
made arrangements to transfer memberships to two nearby clubs. The YMCA
of Northwest North Carolina is looking at the former Peak Fitness in
Winston-Salem as a possible location to open a new YMCA, the newspaper
reported. The parent company of Peak Fitness, Fitness Management Group
Inc., filed for bankruptcy in July.
The Tartan Athletic Club in the Corazon Club & Spa in Dublin, OH,
closed last Sunday, the second time the club has closed in less than a
year, according to Columbus Business First. One-third of the
58,000-square-foot Corazon complex was devoted to the athletic club. The
complex closed last October after it was in business for only 18 months,
the newspaper reported, but creditors reopened the athletic club two
months later while a court-appointed receiver looked for a buyer.
An employee of an LA Fitness
in New Hyde Park, Long Island, NY, was arrested last month along with
two other men after they allegedly broke into the club’s lockers,
Newsday reported. Local police said that two of the men stole
cash, cell phones, jewelry and other valuables belonging to gym members
from the lockers while the third man stood on lookout, the newspaper
A former employee of a Life Time Fitness in Commerce
Township, MI, pleaded guilty last month to spying on a woman taking a
shower at the club while her baby was nearby in a car seat, according to
a local media report. William Ruiz used his cell phone to take photos of
the woman in the shower. Life Time fired Ruiz after the incident
occurred earlier this year. He is expected to be sentenced Sept.
The St. Paul JCC held its
own version of the federal Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS), a.k.a.
Cash for Clunkers program, by offering a “community upgrade” that
gives people who are unhappy with their current health clubs a 20
percent discount off their first year’s membership at the JCC. During
the JCC’s community upgrade program, which began Sept. 1 and runs
through Oct. 15, people must show their membership card from other clubs
at the JCC office to earn the discount. The JCC said the offer will be
honored through May 2010 but will require further documentation showing
a membership expiration date.
Fiserv, a provider
of financial services technology solutions, recently introduced ClubIQ,
a business intelligence tool specifically built for the health and
fitness industry. ClubIQ is a Web-based application that provides
insight into sales, dues and membership information. The tool contains
an executive dashboard, detailed revenue reporting, monthly projections,
dues analysis and attrition calculations. Also, ClubIQ provides the
ability to set monthly goals for the club, sales staff and personal
trainers as well as track their progress on a near real-time basis.
ABC Financial, a club
management software and billing company based in Little Rock, AR,
recently promoted Stephanie Johnson to vice president of business
development for the company’s newly named Club Support Division.
Johnson, who has spent 15 years at the company, has experience in
operations, reporting and systems customization.
Motus USA CEO and President
Roy Greenberg received the Club Marketing and Management Services (CMS)
Vendor of the Year award during a CMS session conducted in conjunction
with the National Fitness Trade Show held last month in Reno, NV. The
award recognizes and acknowledges its recipients for its contributions
to the CMS Worldwide Club Group.
Les Mills International
reached a milestone recently by signing its 13,000th health club to
deliver its group exercise programs. In the past five years, Les Mills
has grown from a licensee base of 9,000 clubs to 13,000 clubs worldwide.
Attendance in its group fitness programs has more than doubled from less
than 3 million to an estimated 6 million people per week, according to
the company. Approximately 90 percent of all licensed clubs offer
BodyPump, Les Mills International’s most popular group fitness
program. BodyPump, a barbell class that strengthens the whole body,
accounts for approximately 25 percent of total Les Mills program
SPRI Products was named the
top-selling brand of fitness accessories for the fifth consecutive year
in the 2009
Specialty News Fitness Retailer Survey. The results were released in
conjunction with the start of the annual Health & Fitness Business Expo
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