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December.31.2009 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM

Top stories of 2009
PA Club Owner Acquitted of Arson
Police Recruit Dies After Fitness Test
Oregon Fitness Pioneer Dies at 95
Military to Expand Construction in 2010
Wii Fit Has Little Impact on Family Health, Study Finds
WebSavvy’s January Article Online Now
Facility News
Supplier News
Nash Bridges to Mastrov


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Top stories of 2009
These 12 stories represented the best and the worst news for the health club industry in 2009.

  • 1. Lessons Learned: LA Fitness shootings
  • 2. Bally Officially Emerges From Bankruptcy
  • 3. Let It Snow: Parent Company Changes Gold’s CEOs Again
  • 4. Recent Crunch Sale Has Familiar Ring to It
  • 5. 24 Hour Lawsuits Involve Payment Processing, Group Ex Instructors
  • 6. License to Train: Personal Trainer Bills
  • 7. Nautilus Sells Portion of Commercial Assets
  • 8. Jack the Giant: Jack LaLanne Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 9. Dawn of a Green Revolution: Energy efficiency projects
  • 10. Air Force Fitness Standards Delayed
  • 11. Group Attempting to Save JCC Building Told It Will Be Closed
  • 12. Recession Aids YMCA With Expansion Project

  • PA Club Owner Acquitted of Arson
    YORK, PA -- A fitness club owner accused of setting fire to her club’s building for money and revenge has been acquitted of the charges.
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    Police Recruit Dies After Fitness Test
    HOLLY HILL, FL -- A police recruit died earlier this month after taking a physical fitness test conducted by a local police department.
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    Oregon Fitness Pioneer Dies at 95
    PORTLAND, OR -- Fitness pioneer Joe Loprinzi, who was a contemporary and friend of Jack LaLanne’s, died this month at the age of 95.
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    Military to Expand Construction in 2010
    WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. government will spend $23.3 billion on military construction and family housing in fiscal year (FY) 2010, and some $11.8 billion of that amount will be used to build fitness centers, barracks, child care centers and chapels.
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    Wii Fit Has Little Impact on Family Health, Study Finds
    OXFORD, MS – The Nintendo Wii Fit has little impact on family fitness, per a recently released study by the University of Mississippi.
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    In Brief
    WebSavvy’s January Article Online Now
    Learn about the value of online survey tools in January’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
  • Equinox Fitness Clubs, New York, announced two recent openings. The company opened a club in Preston Hollow, TX, and introduced its second Pure Yoga studio in New York City. The 30,000-square-foot club in Preston Hollow features six fitness studios, a retail store, a café, a kids club, a Wi-Fi lounge and a full-service spa. The 20,000-square-foot yoga studio in New York includes lounges, locker rooms, a yoga boutique and eight practice rooms for Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Iyengar, hot yoga, private yoga, functional training and Pilates.
  • Robious Sports & Fitness, Richmond, VA, will become Midlothian Athletic Club (MAC) tomorrow, according to an announcement from Boxwood Partners, the company that purchased Robious this fall. The facility is located in the Midlothian neighborhood. Patrick Galleher, principal at Boxwood, says the company began making improvements to equipment, group exercise classes and the facility itself this month and will continue with those improvements through 2010.
  • Town Sports International (TSI), New York, appointed Scott Milford as senior vice president of human resources. In his new position within the executive committee, Milford will report directly to CEO Alex Alimanestianu and will oversee the development and implementation of TSI’s employee strategy. Milford joined TSI in November 2008 as vice president of human resources. Prior to joining TSI, Milford held human resources leadership positions within Starbucks Coffee Company, Condé Nast Publications and Universal Music Group.
  • Fitness Together Franchise Corp., Highlands Ranch, CO, awarded a master franchisee agreement to open Fitness Together studios in Brazil. It marks the sixth country for the franchise network. Entrepreneur Antonio Cassiano Ximenes, of Fortaleza, Brazil, purchased the master franchisee rights with plans to open as many as 60 Fitness Together studios throughout Brazil over the next five years. Ximenes already has sold five franchise agreements.
  • The YMCA of Reading and Berks County broke ground on a 7,000-square-foot Mifflin Area YMCA branch on Dec. 13 in Mohnton, PA. The facility will cost about $950,000 and will include a fitness center, gymnasium and an interactive game center for children and teens. The center should open by mid to late summer of 2010.
  • The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) recently announced changes to its board of directors. John Puetz, director of technology at Advantis Technologies, was elected president of the board. Bill Kent and Don Witte were re-elected. Kent will serve as board secretary and Witte as treasurer. Three new members also were selected for the board: Bruce Dunn, president of Mission Pools; Scot Hunsaker, president of Counsilman – Hunsaker; and Dan Johnson, president of Swim Inc. Phil Sperber and Joseph Hunsaker retired from the board in November 2009.
  • Supplier News
  • Go Figure Inc., Houston, recently promoted Bianca Boone to national sales manager for iGo Figure Membership & Business Management Software. Boone has knowledge of health club operations and software requirements in the United States and Europe, according to the company. She was a multi-club owner in the United Kingdom where she used the iGo Figure Software to manage her gyms for more than five years.
  • From the Blog
    Nash Bridges to Mastrov
    Mark Mastrov cheered on his hometown Golden State Warriors on Saturday night. He also had a rooting interest in the Warriors’ opponent—specifically, Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash.
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