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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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& 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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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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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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.
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
Fit to Print
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
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.
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
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.
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
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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