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December.21.2009 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM

Ex-Bally Firm Ernst & Young Pays $8.5M to SEC
Jack LaLanne Recovering After Heart Valve Surgery
Member Beaten, Stabbed to Death in Club
Texas Man Sentenced for Embezzlement
Feds, Les Mills Stop Piracy Ring
Navy Develops New Fitness Program
Texas State University Installs 30 Green Ellipticals
Canton JCC to Close Fitness Center
Sailors Satisfied with Fitness Program
SGMA Creates New Association for Fitness Manufacturers
NYC Mayor Asks for Fitness Volunteers
Motionsoft Completes PCI Compliance Certification
Life Fitness Partners with Royal Caribbean
Actors Use Power Plate for 'Invictus'
December Issue Online Now
Facility News
Supplier News
How Overweight People Feel About Your Staff
Are Your Fellow Businesses Noxious to Your Business?


News
Ex-Bally Firm Ernst & Young Pays $8.5M to SEC
CHICAGO -- Bally Total Fitness’ former accounting firm, Ernst & Young, agreed to pay the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) $8.5 million in a settlement stemming from Bally’s alleged accounting fraud from 2001 to 2003.
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Jack LaLanne Recovering After Heart Valve Surgery
LOS ANGELES -- Fitness legend Jack LaLanne, who received Club Industry’s Lifetime Achievement Award this year, is recovering from heart valve surgery.
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Member Beaten, Stabbed to Death in Club
NEW YORK -- A club member was beaten and stabbed to death in a dispute over an elliptical machine at the club, police say.
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Texas Man Sentenced for Embezzlement
LUBBOCK, TX -- A man was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for embezzling money from a fitness club chain.
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Feds, Les Mills Stop Piracy Ring
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND -- U.S. federal authorities, in cooperation with Les Mills International, broke up a North Carolina-based group that traded in counterfeit versions of Les Mills group fitness trademarks and resources, according to Les Mills, Auckland, New Zealand.
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Navy Develops New Fitness Program
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA -- A new Navy fitness system will include customized physical training programs tailored to sailors’ specific duty roles, as well as a nutritional component. The new Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling Series will be rolled out to the fleet during the summer of 2010.
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Texas State University Installs 30 Green Ellipticals
SAN MARCOS, TX -- Texas State University-San Marcos created the “largest human power plant in the world” recently when it debuted 30 ellipticals retrofitted with devices that convert user-generated energy into electricity.
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Canton JCC to Close Fitness Center
CANTON, OH -- Citing membership loss and the down economy, the Canton Jewish Community Center (JCC) plans to close its physical education wing, which includes a fitness center and a gymnasium, on Dec. 31.
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Sailors Satisfied with Fitness Program
MILLINGTON, TN -- The majority of Navy sailors are happy with their access to fitness facilities and equipment, according to a poll released yesterday by Navy Personal Readiness and Community Support (N135).
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SGMA Creates New Association for Fitness Manufacturers
SILVER SPRING, MD -- The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA) has created the Association of Fitness Industry Retailers & Manufacturers (AFIRM), a new trade association dedicated to developing benefits, products and services specifically for fitness industry manufacturers and retailers.
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NYC Mayor Asks for Fitness Volunteers
NEW YORK -- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently asked for fitness trainers to volunteer their time to make the city more fit. The call for volunteers came during a press conference about the New York City Service TV ad campaign Give Your BLANK, which promotes volunteer service in the city.
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Motionsoft Completes PCI Compliance Certification
SILVER SPRING, MD -- Motionsoft Inc. has been granted Level 1 Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards (DSS) certification, making it one of a handful of software vendors in the health and wellness space that has been granted PCI compliance.
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Life Fitness Partners with Royal Caribbean
SCHILLER PARK, IL -- Royal Caribbean International, Miami, chose Life Fitness, Schiller Park, IL, to supply equipment for its new Oasis of the Seas ship.
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Actors Use Power Plate for 'Invictus'
IRVINE, CA -- Actors playing rugby players in the new movie “Invictus” used Power Plate vibration technology machines to alleviate sore muscles on the set, the company said.
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In Brief
December Issue Online Now
The December issue of Club Industry magazine features a 2009 year in review article. The issue also includes information on the evolution of strength equipment and a look at revenue opportunities in sports nutrition product sales.
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Facility News
  • New Evolution Fitness Co. Founder Mark Mastrov, along with Steve Nash of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns, Fitness World Founder Henry Polessky and Angelo, Gordon & Co., today announced that Fitness World has become part of the Steve Nash Sports Club brand, making it the largest fitness brand in British Columbia, Canada. The 15 clubs will be known as Steve Nash Fitness World.
  • Anytime Fitness, Hastings, MN, announced that Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer, who recently won the American League Most Valuable Player Award, will be appearing in TV commercials for Anytime Fitness. Mauer also will record radio commercials, appear in print and Internet advertisements and write a monthly blog for the company’s Web site, AnytimeFitness.com, and its new Web site, AnytimeHealth.com.
  • Snap Fitness, Chanhassen, MN, announced the opening of its 1,000th club, in St. Paul, MN. “This is a tremendous milestone for us, as we launched our franchise in Minnesota and are now opening our 1,000th club where it all began,” Peter Taunton, Snap Fitness CEO and founder, said in a statement.
  • Defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp. celebrated the opening of its Innovation Institute on Dec. 11 in Linthicum, MD. The five-story, 156,000-square-foot building was designed to help foster a collaborative employee work environment, company officials said. It features a ground-floor fitness area and an Internet café. More than 7,600 employees work at the site.
  • After a membership drive to save the South Toledo YMCA failed to enroll enough new members, the facility will close, the board of directors announced. The campaign generated only 118 new memberships of the 500 needed for the Y to remain open. People who joined during the campaign will be allowed to cancel without penalty.
  • Elements, a Miami-based upscale club for women, recently opened a club in Toronto and another club in Fargo, ND. Although the brand is primarily considered to be an urban brand, the opening in the smaller city of Fargo proves that the elements message of health and vitality is universal and that the franchise offerings can be adapted for a wide and diverse audience, says brand founder Chris Palumbo.
  • Supplier News
  • Cybex International, Medway, MA, has added Robert E. Smyth to its board of directors. Smyth most recently served as president of Citizens Bank, Massachusetts, where he was responsible for leading the commercial banking business in four New England states. “I am honored and delighted to join Cybex’s distinguished board of directors,” Smyth said in a statement, “and I look forward to working with [CEO] John Aglialoro to accelerate the growth of Cybex and the growth of the global fitness industry.”
  • Cybex International also announced that golfing great Greg Norman will endorse its products as an official ambassador for Cybex Golf Fitness. As part of the multi-year agreement, Norman will serve as a Cybex spokesperson, participate in strategic marketing initiatives and appear on behalf of Cybex at the Golf Industry Show, Feb. 10-11, in San Diego.
  • Regupol America LLC, engineer of sustainable surfacing material, purchased 10 acres of land surrounding its Lebanon, PA, manufacturing facility, according to an announcement from the company. The company will use the land to expand the plant, starting with a planned groundbreaking in the first half of next year, says George Soukas, president, Regupol America. The company now has 25 acres encompassing the manufacturing facility.
  • Spinning, an indoor cycling brand from Mad Dogg Athletics Inc., is presenting the third annual Spinning Nation charity event on Feb. 27, 2010. Proceeds from the event will go to Ride 2 Recovery, a charity benefiting mental and physical rehabilitation of men and women in the armed forces. This year, more than 100 health clubs nationwide donated their indoor cycling facility for a few hours on the event day to host a ride, raising $250,000. Facility operators interested in participating in the 2010 event can visit www.spinningnation.org.
  • From the Blog
    How Overweight People Feel About Your Staff
    I came across a study in the January/February 2010 issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior about how overweight and normal weight people feel about exercise. We all know that few people like to exercise, and we think that overweight people would feel even more uncomfortable about exercising than normal weight people. Well, the study found that this is true.
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    Are Your Fellow Businesses Noxious to Your Business?
    I read this story recently, and it made me think about how you really have to watch for the other types of businesses operating in your building or strip mall when you are a club owner. The story is about a Gold’s Gym in Oaks, PA, operated by franchisee Bob LePage.
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