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SEC Investigating TSI
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Clubs Report Steady to Improved Performance in July
TSI Tabs Pepsi Executive as New VP
Man Steals $142,000 from Metropolitan Washington YMCA
School Days
University of South Alabama Builds New Rec Center
Boot Camp
Renovation Contract Approved for NAS Meridian Fitness Center
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National Health and Fitness Events Set
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September.21.2009
September Issue Online Now
The September issue of Club Industry’s Fitness Business Pro looks at the lessons learned from last month’s LA Fitness shootings in Pittsburgh. The issue also features a preview of next month’s Club Industry Conference and Exhibition in Chicago as well as stories on privacy in locker rooms and the latest colors in fitness club design. Also, be sure to check out the latest entries on our blog.

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  • Hot News
    SEC Investigating TSI
    NEW YORK -- Town Sports International (TSI) said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is formally investigating the New York-based company’s deferral of certain payroll costs related to membership sales. Read the full story.

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    Club Hopping
    Clubs Report Steady to Improved Performance in July
    BOSTON -- Member clubs of the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) reported steady to improved performance in July. The results were part of a new Monthly Trends Survey from IHRSA. Read the full story.

    TSI Tabs Pepsi Executive as New VP
    NEW YORK -- Town Sports International (TSI) announced it has named former PepsiCo executive J. Russell Findlay to its new position of vice president, sales and marketing. Read the full story.

    Man Steals $142,000 from Metropolitan Washington YMCA
    WASHINGTON, DC -- A former accounting clerk from the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington pleaded guilty last week to stealing $142,000 from the organization. Read the full story.

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    School Days
    University of South Alabama Builds New Rec Center
    MOBILE, AL -- Construction of a new $32 million student recreation center is under way at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL. The 116,000-square-foot facility is slated for completion in the summer of 2010. Read the full story.

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    Boot Camp
    Renovation Contract Approved for NAS Meridian Fitness Center
    JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Naval Air Station (NAS) Meridian in Mississippi gained approval to have its fitness center renovated by Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast, headquartered in Jacksonville, FL. In addition to upgrading the existing facility, a new aquatics center is planned for the station. Read the full story.

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    Industry Beat
    National Health and Fitness Events Set
    LIBERTYVILLE, IL -- Two national health and fitness events aimed at families and women will be held later this month. The Family Health & Fitness Day is slated for Saturday, Sept. 26, and the National Women’s Health & Fitness Day is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 30. Read the full story.

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    Fit to Print
    In Brief...
  • The Merritt Athletic Clubs, Baltimore, now owns the building in which its Canton, MD, club is located. An entity owned by the Merritt Family Trust, an affiliate of Leroy Merritt, founder and chairman of Merritt Properties, recently purchased the building from the former landlord. The 55,000-square-foot building features a full-service health club, indoor/outdoor pool, basketball court, three squash courts, physical therapy office and full-service day spa.
  • The Gold’s Gym at the Shoppes in Old Bridge (NJ) celebrated its grand opening on Sept. 12 complete with fitness demonstrations, hors d’oeuvres and a fountain flowing with sangria. Club owner Mark Steinfield also owns Gold’s Gyms in Long Branch, Point Pleasant Beach and Howell, NJ. Ross Franklin serves as the general manager of the Gold’s in Old Bridge.


  • Inside Manufacturers...
  • The Cybex Arc Trainer received its 10th utility patent, the company recently announced. The patent relates to the “unique function” of the Arc Trainer. It demonstrates how the Arc Trainer is creating a completely new equipment category that independent studies have shown offer a significantly superior workout, according to a statement from Cybex. The Arc Trainer is the only fitness equipment to feature an adaptive power training mode, which means the faster a user goes, the more resistance is encountered. The product also offers patent-pending, same-side forward technology, a motion in which the arm and leg on the same side move together.
  • City Blends Smoothie Café Ltd. introduced a new modified system called the City MiNi program. This new system is a compact, hand-pour program that uses a powerful tabletop blender, in lieu of the original BD-8 Blender Dispenser. The program lets club owners offer the same City Blends smoothie menu to their customers where space and finances are limited. The City MiNi program is a more economical option for customers looking to add a smoothie bar at a lower buy-in cost.
  • efi Sports Medicine, creator of Total Gym and the GRAVITY System, hired Fiona Tanous as senior account manager for its rehab and wellness division. Tanous has 14 years of experience in marketing, business development and management, most recently working in strategic marketing for HD Supply, developing business strategies for the health care market.
  • ABC Financial, Little Rock, AR, will attend the Gold’s Gym Franchisee Association Owners Conference, which will be held Oct. 4-6 in New York. ABC Financial also sponsored the Anytime Fitness national trade show held this past weekend in Braselton, GA.


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    Speaking Out
    For 25 years, Club Industry has been the authoritative, independent voice of professional fitness. We’ve tracked industry progress, providing both for-profit and nonprofit facilities with business guidance in our print and digital magazines, on our Web site and at Club Industry trade shows. Now, all facets of the Club Industry franchise will work together to build a strong community. What does this mean to you? More of the most vital developments, the most provocative opinions and the most practical solutions will be delivered in print and electronically. More best practices and targeted strategies will be presented by leading experts at dynamic live events. Join us when we unveil our new look at Club Industry 2009 on Oct. 14-17 at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. The gala reception is on Oct. 14. Register now.

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