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Nautilus Puts Commercial Business on the Market
Club Hopping
Sport & Health Acquires Virginia World Gym
Bally, Life Time Announce Club Openings
New York Sports Clubs Staff Saves Life with AED
In-Shape Health Clubs Purchases Modesto YMCA
Soldier Dies After Collapsing on Treadmill
School Days
Biometric Machines Installed at University of Oregon Rec Center
Boot Camp
Fitness Program Between Indiana University, U.S. Navy Extended
Industry Beat
New iPod Nano Raises Privacy Concerns for Health Clubs
NASM Honors Jack LaLanne on 95th Birthday
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October.2.2009
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  • Hot News
    Nautilus Puts Commercial Business on the Market
    VANCOUVER, WA -- Nautilus Inc. is shopping around its commercial business after deciding to focus on its consumer businesses instead, the company announced this week. Read the full story.

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    Club Hopping
    Sport & Health Acquires Virginia World Gym
    McLEAN, VA -- Sport & Health Clubs recently acquired a former World Gym in Gainesville, VA. The McLean, VA-based company is continuing its growth in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. Read the full story.

    Bally, Life Time Announce Club Openings
    OVERLAND PARK, KS -- Two large club operators, Bally Total Fitness, Chicago, and Life Time Fitness, Chanhassen, MN, recently announced club openings. The Bally club already is in operation while the Life Time club is slated to open in early 2010. Read the full story.

    New York Sports Clubs Staff Saves Life with AED
    WESTCHESTER, NY -- Two trainers at New York Sports Clubs Somers in Westchester, NY, recently saved a member’s life with the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). Read the full story.

    In-Shape Health Clubs Purchases Modesto YMCA
    MODESTO, CA -- In-Shape Health Clubs purchased the indebted YMCA of Stanislaus County in Modesto, CA, for an undisclosed amount. The Y’s 47,518-square-foot facility closed in February because of financial concerns. Read the full story.

    Soldier Dies After Collapsing on Treadmill
    FAYETTEVILLE, NC -- Spc. Jay L. Sevier, a soldier stationed at U.S. Army Fort Bragg, collapsed on a treadmill at The Eutaw Spa in Fayetteville, NC, and later died. The Eutaw Spa is operated by The Spa Fitness & Wellness Center. Read the full story.

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    School Days
    Biometric Machines Installed at University of Oregon Rec Center
    EUGENE, OR -- Students at the University of Oregon’s rec center are giving its staff members a hand—literally. The facility recently installed biometric machines that scan students’ hands to grant them admission to the center. Read the full story.

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    Fitness Program Between Indiana University, U.S. Navy Extended
    BLOOMINGTON, IN -- A partnership between the U.S. Navy and Indiana University (IU) designed to increase physical fitness among sailors recently was extended for a second year. Read the full story.

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    Industry Beat
    New iPod Nano Raises Privacy Concerns for Health Clubs
    OVERLAND PARK, KS -- Although the new iPod Nano released last month has features such as a built-in pedometer designed for gym goers, the addition of a video camera to the music-based device is causing privacy concerns at some health clubs. Read the full story.

    NASM Honors Jack LaLanne on 95th Birthday
    CALABASAS, CA -- The National Academy of Sports Medicine presented legendary fitness figure Jack LaLanne with an honorary certified personal training certification last week at LaLanne’s 95th birthday celebration at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. Read the full story.

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    Fit to Print
    In Brief...
  • Anytime Fitness, Hastings, MN, announced a franchise agreement with entrepreneur Rodrigo Chavez to open 100 clubs in Mexico within the next five years. Chavez, a Mexico native who moved to Texas five years ago, says he’ll open the first Anytime Fitness club in Mexico within the next six months. His goal is to open five clubs within a year, 50 clubs within three years and more than 100 clubs by 2014. “We are thrilled about Mr. Chavez’s plans for Mexico,” Anytime Fitness Vice President of International Development John Kersh said. “He is a very savvy businessman with the skills and experience to help Anytime Fitness thrive internationally.”
  • Gold’s Gym International, Irving, TX, recently promoted Chris Finch to senior director of international franchising and Paul Summers to senior director of U.S. franchising. Both had served as regional field managers for Gold’s. Finch will oversee the day-to-day operations of the franchise business, and Summers will support the Gold’s field staff in the U.S. market.
  • The University of Arizona received a $15 million stimulus grant from the federal Recovery Act to build a solar research program that will investigate thin-film solar cells in conjunction with Global Solar, Tucson, AZ. The university also said it will construct all new buildings to be Silver LEED certified. In May, the school added solar photovoltaic panels and solar water heaters to the rooftop of its student rec center and said it planned to use solar power to heat its 600,000-gallon rec center swimming pool.
  • The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) board awarded $14,500 in scholarships and fellowships to 11 students for the 2009-2010 school year. The scholarship program celebrates the NSPF commitment to education by helping certified pool/spa operator certification graduates and their family members pursue higher education. The fellowship program was established to encourage and support graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who are performing risk reduction or health benefit research related to aquatic activities and/or venues, such as swimming pools, spas/hot tubs, therapy pools and water parks.
  • Four executives from Fitness Together Holdings, Inc., parent company of Fitness Together and elements therapeutic massage, inc., completed the Boulder Marathon Relay on Sept. 20 and ranked sixth among the 44 relay teams competing. Jeff Jervik, president and CEO of Fitness Together Holdings, Bob Haimes, executive vice president and chief growth officer of Fitness Together Holdings, Kevin Betts, chief operating officer and senior vice president of Fitness Together Franchise Corp., and Kyle Gjersee, senior vice president of operations and chief operating officer for elements therapeutic massage, formed a relay team and completed the 26.2 miles beginning and ending at the Boulder Reservoir.


  • Inside Manufacturers...
  • Zogics introduced an alcohol-based gel hand sanitizer that the company says kills 99.99 percent of germs and bacteria. The gel hand sanitizer contains a vegetable thickener instead of a synthetic polymer, making it biodegradable. The product contains 62 percent alcohol and includes aloe vera, Vitamin E and green tea extract.
  • Life Fitness kicked off its annual “I Live It!” contest to reward people whose commitment and motivation to working out has created a life-changing experience. All participants who share their stories on www.lifefitness.com/iliveit will receive a free T-shirt, and the first-place winner gets a choice of $6,000 worth of Life Fitness equipment, or a trip for two to the JW Marriot Desert Springs Resort and Spa in Palm Springs, CA. The second-place winner will receive a $500 shopping spree, and the top 10 success stories get Life Fitness gear. Entries must be received by March 31, 2010.
  • UNICUS Fitness Services said 34 employees of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) taking part in its Corporate Fitness Challenge lost a total of 343 pounds in four months. The challenge is a six-month wellness campaign designed to improve a company's physical and financial health. The Des Plaines, IL-based FAA employees met with UNICUS professionals for personalized fitness coaching and counseling.


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