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November.20.2009 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM

Galianis Leave Gold's Gym
Obesity Rate Projected to Increase to 43 Percent
Life Time Downsizing in St. Paul
More Clubs Down Than Up in September
24 Hour Mourns Oregon Shooting Victim
Man Found Dead in Life Time Pool
Club Owner Arrested in Sex Abuse Case
Layoffs Force Hospital to Close Gym
Missouri Imposes Tax on Yoga Studios
New Air Force Fitness Program Controversial
Indiana YWCA Closes Gym, Pool
Seattle University Halts Personal Training
November Issue Online Now
Facility News
Supplier News
Soldier Stages Extreme Trail Run in Iraq
Heads Up on "The Biggest Loser" Episode


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Galianis Leave Gold's Gym
IRVING, TX -- Brothers Kirk and John Galiani, who once were part-owners of Gold’s Gym International (GGI) and have been Gold’s Gym franchisees since 1990, have left the Gold’s Gym brand.
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Obesity Rate Projected to Increase to 43 Percent
WASHINGTON, DC -- If trends continue, 43 percent of U.S. adults could be classified as obese by 2018, according to a new study. Currently, 31 percent of the adult population is considered obese.
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Life Time Downsizing in St. Paul
ST. PAUL, MN -- Life Time Fitness is closing group exercises classes at its club in downtown St. Paul, MN, as a result of declining membership and club usage.
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More Clubs Down Than Up in September
BOSTON -- Fifty-three percent of health club operators showed membership dues/fees revenue was down in September compared to September last year, according to a survey by the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA).
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24 Hour Mourns Oregon Shooting Victim
TUALATIN, OR -- The woman who was killed in an apparent murder-suicide last week in Oregon was a group exercise instructor for 24 Hour Fitness.
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Man Found Dead in Life Time Pool
COLLEYVILLE, TX -- Life Time Fitness confirmed that a man was found dead last week in one of its club’s pools.
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Club Owner Arrested in Sex Abuse Case
CLACKAMAS, OR -- An Oregon fitness club owner was arrested on charges of sexually abusing an 18-year-old woman whom he invited to the club for a free session.
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Layoffs Force Hospital to Close Gym
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL -- Layoffs at St. Lucie Medical Center have forced the closure of the fitness center at the Port St. Lucie (FL) Community Center.
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Missouri Imposes Tax on Yoga Studios
JEFFERSON CITY, MO -- Yoga studios in Missouri are now required to charge sales tax for their services, a move that has yogis statewide arguing that that their practices are a spiritual pursuit protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution.
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New Air Force Fitness Program Controversial
WASHINGTON, DC -- Even though guidelines for the new Air Force fitness program have yet to be officially approved and released, revisions to the physical training program already are causing controversy within the military community.
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Indiana YWCA Closes Gym, Pool
LAFAYETTE, IN -- The YWCA of Greater Lafayette (IN) announced that it will close its Health Services Program, which includes its fitness facilities and swimming pool, effective Nov. 27.
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Seattle University Halts Personal Training
SEATTLE -- Seattle University canceled its decade-long personal training rec center program because of declining student participation.
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In Brief
November Issue Online Now
The November issue of Club Industry magazine features an update on military fitness building projects. The issue also includes information on university fitness capital expenditure projects, as well as a preview of the Athletic Business Conference & Expo.
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Facility News
  • Gold’s Gym, Irving, TX, has partnered with PetEdge Dealer Services, a national distributor of pet care products, to launch a new toy and apparel line designed for pets. The new pet clothing line includes a Gold’s Gym-branded hoodie with a kangaroo pocket on the back, plus a pullover Gold’s Gym tank top. Toys for pets include Gold’s Gym-branded rubber balls, dumbbells and plush flyers with a squeaker. The products are sold at independent retail shops throughout the country.
  • During the month of November, YMCAs across the country are celebrating National Military Family Month by providing military families access to programs focusing on youth development, family strengthening, and health and well-being. Eligible military families can have their Y memberships underwritten by the Department of Defense in a program started in 2008 called the YMCA Military Outreach Initiative. During its first year, the initiative aided more than 22,000 YMCA family and individual memberships. President Barack Obama also proclaimed November as Military Family Month.
  • The Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) announced a strategic alliance to provide greater access to fitness education and certification to NIRSA members. “NIRSA is a strong proponent of professional development, and we are happy to be able to offer our members additional benefits through AFAA,” said NIRSA Executive Director Kent J. Blumenthal. NIRSA members can call 800-923-2346 to learn more about the AFAA discount.
  • The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, is now home to the Master Sgt. Sean Thomas Memorial Gym. Thomas was killed in Baghdad’s Green Zone Area while serving with the Pennsylvania National Guard in 2007. Thomas’ brother, Daniel Thomas Jr., told the Williamsport (PA) Sun-Gazette the honor probably was motivated by his brother’s love for recreation—especially football and ping-pong. “Other than the fact that he was very active in recreation over there ... I would just think it was a new building that they built and obviously felt that they should honor a fallen soldier,” Daniel Thomas said.
  • Supplier News
  • Motus USA, Los Angeles, has formed a partnership with the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) to become a preferred vendor of the organization. Motus says it will better serve and cater to the needs of the 50-plus market, which it says is expected to grow by 25 percent in the next 10 years.
  • Cybex International Inc., Medway, MA, announced that Thomas J. Gordhamer has joined Cybex Capital as vice president. Gordhamer, who had been with Icon Capital Corp. in New York, has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry and has produced more than $1 billion in financed transactions during his career. Cybex Capital offers leasing and financing services to the fitness industry as a wholly owned subsidiary of Cybex International.
  • Les Mills International, Auckland, New Zealand, recently purchased United States-based Les Mills Northeast (LMNE). The company said the purchase allows the current owners, Bill Austin, Mary Murphy, Don Murphy and Kim Kenyon, to focus on their core Gold’s Gym business. Austin will remain involved in the business as an advisor to Les Mills, while Don Murphy continues in his role as a trainer and presenter for the brand for the Northeast and other U.S agencies. Les Mills intends to retain the existing LMNE sales staff and club coaches.
  • Jamba Juice, Emeryville, CA, announced a three-year partnership with the national PTA designed to raise $1 million for school-based programs that encourage healthy lifestyle choices in schools nationwide. Jamba and national PTA created a school appreciation card to be used with purchases at participating Jamba Juice locations. Twelve percent of sales from the cards will be donated to PTAs (10 percent to local PTAs and 2 percent to the national PTA).
  • From the Blog
    Soldier Stages Extreme Trail Run in Iraq
    I received an e-mail last week about an interesting way one sergeant in Iraq boosted morale while encouraging fitness for his troops. First Sgt. Gavin McIlvenna organized a trail race called “Scramble in the Sand” on Nov. 9 to boost morale for soldiers stationed at Camp Victory, Baghdad, Iraq.
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    Heads Up on "The Biggest Loser" Episode
    Be sure to watch “The Biggest Loser” in the next few weeks. I got a note from Ian McGriff, head trainer and fitness director at Tipton Lakes Athletic Club (TLAC) in Columbus, IN, that says Allen Smith, a current contestant on the show, got the TV crew to come and check out its local “Battle of the Bulge” weight-loss competition.
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