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December.1.2009 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM

Planet Fitness Settles with Maryland Franchisee
New Jersey Bill Would Certify, Not License, Trainers and Instructors
World Gym Member, 67, Suffers Beating
Planet Fitness to Reimburse Deceased Member's Dues
Air Force Fitness Standards Delayed
BMI Mandate Controversial at Lincoln University
ASYMCA Brings Marines 'Home' for Thanksgiving
WebSavvy's December Article Online Now
Facility News
Supplier News
Should Universities Have Fitness Class Requirements?


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Planet Fitness Settles with Maryland Franchisee
ELLICOTT CITY, MD -- Planet Fitness, Dover, NH, has reached a settlement with a Maryland franchisee who sued the company for violating Maryland franchise and antitrust laws.
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New Jersey Bill Would Certify, Not License, Trainers and Instructors
TRENTON, NJ -- The New Jersey bill that would certify personal trainers and group exercise instructors in that state is currently in committee.
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World Gym Member, 67, Suffers Beating
CHICAGO -- A World Gym owner says a 67-year-old man who was beaten up in his Chicago club last month is fine now.
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Planet Fitness to Reimburse Deceased Member's Dues
STAMFORD, CT -- Planet Fitness will refund dues of a member of its Stamford, CT, club who was killed in a 2007 shooting.
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Air Force Fitness Standards Delayed
WASHINGTON, DC -- The Air Force said that its new fitness standards will be implemented on July 1, 2010, rather than on Jan. 1, 2010, as originally planned.
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BMI Mandate Controversial at Lincoln University
PHILADELPHIA -- Pennsylvania’s Lincoln University garnered national attention recently by requiring students with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or above to take a fitness course prior to graduating in May.
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ASYMCA Brings Marines 'Home' for Thanksgiving
CAMP PENDLETON, CA -- More than 1,000 Marines stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA, enjoyed a homemade Thanksgiving dinner through a program with the Camp Pendleton Armed Services Young Men's Christian Association (ASYMCA).
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In Brief
WebSavvy's December Article Online Now
Learn the importance of online customer reviews in December’s WebSavvy column, provided by Club Industry and Leslie Nolen, CEO of the Radial Group and a Step by Step columnist. Get more from your Web site by reading past WebSavvy articles on how to get more e-newsletter subscribers, analyze Web traffic and make your site more useful.
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Facility News
  • Town Sports International (TSI), New York, today announced that all of its New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington Sports Clubs will host a fundraiser on Dec. 9 for Augie’s Quest, an organization dedicated to treating and curing ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Members, non-members and guests can participate by taking designated fitness classes on Dec. 9 for a suggested $20 donation. For non-members, that donation also grants them full access to the club for the day. TSI hopes to raise $150,000 for the event.
  • The Maryland Athletic Club & Wellness Center (MAC), Baltimore, hired Jay Shiner as general manager at its Harbor East location. Shiner joins MAC management with more than 20 years of experience in the fitness industry. He was most recently the head strength and conditioning coach for the Baltimore Orioles baseball organization. Prior to his term with the Orioles, Shiner was the general manager of the Capital Club in Rhode Island and of the Global Wellness and Employee Fitness Program for Bausch & Lomb.
  • Tony’s Gym, Albany, NY, received the Air Force Recruiting Services Salute Award. The award is presented to a civilian or civilian organization that provides important support to the Air Force recruiting mission. For more than three years, Tony’s Gym allowed Air Force recruits to work out for free every Saturday morning to prepare for basic training.
  • Supplier News
  • World Gym International, Los Angeles, has named Precor, Woodinville, WA, as its premier equipment provider. Precor will provide World Gym with Precor cardio and strength equipment as well as integrated Cardio Theater personal viewing screens. “Our vision for the future included working with a company that would grow with us. Precor is that company,” says Bill Windscheif, World Gym International vice president of gym development.
  • 24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, CA, and dreamGEAR, Torrance, CA, announced a partnership for fitness-related video and computer game accessories. With the purchase of dreamGEAR’s 24 Hour Fitness-branded accessories and workout kits for the Nintendo Wii Fit, consumers will receive a free 30-day membership to any 24 Hour club. Products including this offer will be available in stores early next year.
  • Cybex International, Medway, MA, announced today that two luxury hotels in midtown Manhattan, Ace Hotel and the Strand Hotel, have installed a range of the company’s cardio and strength equipment. The installations include Cybex’s patented Arc Trainer. The Strand Hotel also installed the company’s Bravo Functional Trainer.
  • Iron Grip Barbell Co., Santa Ana, CA, joined the Gold’s Gym Franchisee Association (GGFA) Supplier’s Partnership Network. As a GGFA supplier, Iron Grip will work closely with GGFA member facilities to provide them with American-made free weight equipment at a competitive price.
  • From the Blog
    Should Universities Have Fitness Class Requirements?
    When I read about Lincoln University’s requirement that students with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher must take a fitness course, I initially thought this was a good idea. However, upon thinking about the situation a bit further, I’m not sure that singling out these students is such a good idea.
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