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November.10.2009 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM

Expresso Acquired by Interactive Fitness Holdings
Nautilus Revenues Down Again in Q3
Bally Terminates Membership to Disabled Person
24 Hour Sponsors Six Olympic Hopefuls
Health Fitness Revenue Increases in Third Quarter
Man Charged in Fitness Magazine Scam
Grants Offered for Digital Game Research
Dallas YMCA Gets Boost from Oil Tycoon
Americans Too Fat to Serve Country, Report Finds
Louisville Hopes to Curb Freshman 15
ACSM Releases Top Trends for 2010
November Step by Step Articles Online Now
Facility News
Supplier News
Club Industry Quiz Contest
Hitting the Links


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Expresso Acquired by Interactive Fitness Holdings
SUNNYVALE, CA -- Interactive Fitness Holdings (IFH) announced that it has acquired the assets and intellectual property of Expresso Fitness.
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Nautilus Revenues Down Again in Q3
VANCOUVER, WA -- Nautilus, Inc. has strong indications of interest from potential buyers of its discontinued commercial gym equipment operation and hopes to sell one or more pieces of that business segment in the near future.
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Bally Terminates Membership to Disabled Person
CHICAGO -- A Bally Total Fitness membership that had been signed by a developmentally disabled person in Indianapolis has been terminated, a Bally public relations official said.
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24 Hour Sponsors Six Olympic Hopefuls
SAN RAMON, CA -- With less than 100 days before the start of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C., 24 Hour Fitness announced its partnership with six U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls.
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Health Fitness Revenue Increases in Third Quarter
MINNEAPOLIS -- Health Fitness Corp. grew its third quarter 2009 revenue by 6.9 percent, according to financials released by the company.
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Man Charged in Fitness Magazine Scam
NEW YORK -- A man was charged last week in a scam that involved funding a fake online fitness magazine.
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Grants Offered for Digital Game Research
PRINCETON, NJ -- The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced more than $1.85 million in grants for research that will offer insight into how digital games can improve players’ health behaviors and outcomes.
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Dallas YMCA Gets Boost from Oil Tycoon
DALLAS -- T. Boone Pickens, the Texas oilman-turned-wind-power-advocate, was on hand to dedicate the newly renovated T. Boone Pickens YMCA in Dallas.
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Americans Too Fat to Serve Country, Report Finds
WASHINGTON, DC -- Some 27 percent of young people in the United States are too overweight to join the military, a report finds.
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Louisville Hopes to Curb Freshman 15
LOUISVILLE, KY -- In an effort to curb “freshman 15” weight gain, researchers at the University of Louisville are conducting a 10-week program with incoming students.
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ACSM Releases Top Trends for 2010
INDIANAPOLIS -- In 2010, consumers will seek out educated, experienced fitness professionals, according to the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) top fitness trends survey.
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In Brief
November Step by Step Articles Online Now
Club Industry’s online how-to section was updated to include columns on implementing children’s programming in an adult facility, five tired marketing phrases to avoid, motivating staff during difficult times, record-setting aquatics programming and keeping members healthy during flu season. Visit our site to read past articles from industry experts.
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Facility News
  • 24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, CA, held a grand opening last Friday for its new club in Pearl City, HI. The amenities for the 46,000-square-foot Pearl City Super Sport include a pro shop, sauna, indoor whirlpool, a circuit training area and a kids club. The new club is 24 Hour’s eighth in Oahu and ninth in the state of Hawaii.
  • Snap Fitness, Chanhassen, MN, is listed in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s “Fast 50.” Snap Fitness is among the fastest-growing private companies in Minnesota, claiming a growth rate of 638 percent since 2006 and revenue of almost $32 million in 2008.
  • The American Council on Exercise announced a partnership with the YMCA of the USA to enhance local YMCAs’ ability to serve health seekers across the country through increased access to materials, resources, certifications and continuing education credits. The YMCA and ACE will work together to promote training opportunities and continuing education programs to YMCA professionals through access to resource libraries and content, as well as consultation efforts.
  • The International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) released a new research report, the “2009 Health Club Equipment Benchmarking Report.” Findings indicate that many clubs will order the same amount of new equipment or less in the next year. Forty-five percent said they will spend less, and 36 percent said they will remain at the same level for the period. Additionally, 34 percent of the clubs indicated they plan to buy an elliptical within the next year, with the average club planning to purchase five units. Contact IHRSA for more report details and pricing.
  • Supplier News
  • Star Trac, Irvine, CA, announced that Larry Domingo has joined the company as its senior vice president of global sales. Domingo had been the vice president of sales at Precor, where he helped grow the company by 300 percent during his tenure there. “Star Trac is poised to have explosive growth over the next five years,” Domingo said in a statement. “After spending some time with the Star Trac team, I knew I had to be a part of their emerging success story.”
  • Iron Grip Barbell Co. released the newest version of its eWeight Planner facility planning software. The Planner was updated to include the most current free weight and plate-loaded lines from 13 commercial fitness equipment manufacturers. The program is a free online tool to help customers plan the proper amount of weight plates, bars, dumbbells and barbells for their fitness facilities.
  • Concept2 recently introduced the SkiErg. Similar to the Concept2 Indoor Rower, the SkiErg helps athletes, specifically skiers, build strength and endurance in a sport-specific motion. Every SkiErg includes a performance monitor that gives skiers accurate, comparable feedback. This allows the user to assess output, monitor progress and compare scores with others. The SkiErg is available either as a wall-mounted unit or with an optional floor stand.
  • Fitness Together Franchise Corp. expanded its franchise development team to include four new field sales directors who will support the company’s national expansion campaign and manage franchise leads. Lance Freeman will oversee franchise development efforts in the Western region, Michael Hall will oversee 14 states in the Midwest, Don Carpenter was awarded the Southeastern region and will oversee 15 states, and Scott Thompson, Fitness Together studio owner and former area director, will oversee the Northeast region, which includes 10 states.
  • From the Blog
    Club Industry Quiz Contest
    Time for a quiz! The first 10 people to correctly answer all three questions will receive a commemorative October 2009 cover of Club Industry magazine, featuring an autographed photo of Jack LaLanne.
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    Hitting the Links
    We found so many good stories this week that it would take us forever to put them all together in a reasonable amount of time. With that in mind, here are links to a few of those stories.
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