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January.11.2010 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM

Klinger Leaves Anytime Fitness
Bally Names New CFO
Ex-24 Hour VP Gets Prison Term
Nautilus Completes Commercial Sale
Crunch Sued Over Pole-Dancing Incident
O2 Buys Second Peak Fitness Club
Man Found Dead in Richmond Pool
USOC to Host Warrior Games
Portland State Opens Rec Center
Cleveland Responds to Free Gym Offer
Seventh-Graders Get Free Y Memberships
January Step by Step Articles Online Now
Club Industry East
Facility News
Supplier News
Ride for the Troops
We're Everywhere


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Klinger Leaves Anytime Fitness
HASTINGS, MN -- Anytime Fitness CEO and Co-Founder Jeff Klinger has sold his interests in Anytime Fitness and its affiliates and has left the company.
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Bally Names New CFO
CHICAGO -- Bally Total Fitness, Chicago, announced today that it has appointed Steven Barnhart as its senior vice president and chief financial officer. Barnhart will report to Bally CEO Mike Sheehan.
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Ex-24 Hour VP Gets Prison Term
SAN JOSE, CA -- A former vice president of 24 Hour Fitness and an advertising executive were sentenced to federal prison last week.
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Nautilus Completes Commercial Sale
VANCOUVER, WA -- In the completion of the sale that was announced last week, Nautilus said that it had relinquished the licensing of certain assets of its commercial business to Xiamen World Gear Sports Goods Co. Ltd.
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Crunch Sued Over Pole-Dancing Incident
NEW YORK -- Crunch Chairman Mark Mastrov says a recent lawsuit against the company prior to his involvement with Crunch is likely frivolous.
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O2 Buys Second Peak Fitness Club
RALEIGH, NC -- Last month, O2 Fitness purchased its second Peak Fitness club, this one in Fuquay Varina, NC. The company now has seven clubs, all in North Carolina.
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Man Found Dead in Richmond Pool
RICHMOND, VA -- A man was found dead last week in a swimming pool at an American Family Fitness center in Richmond, VA.
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USOC to Host Warrior Games
WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) will host the inaugural Warrior Games May 10-14 in Colorado Springs, CO, Department of Defense officials said.
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Portland State Opens Rec Center
PORTLAND, OR -- Portland State University opened its new Academic and Student Recreation Center on Jan. 3.
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Cleveland Responds to Free Gym Offer
CLEVELAND -- More than 15,500 people have registered for a free three-month membership program in the Cleveland area.
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Seventh-Graders Get Free Y Memberships
PHILADELPHIA -- To promote students’ well-being as they start making their own choices about healthy lifestyles, the YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity is offering free one-year memberships to seventh-grade students in 2010.
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In Brief
January Step by Step Articles Online Now
Club Industry’s online how-to section was updated to include columns on social networking, launching a press release campaign, components of a fitness assessment, retaining trainers and instructors, and personal trainer licensing. Visit our site to read past articles from industry experts.
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Club Industry East
Don’t miss out on the Club Industry East show this May in New York, featuring keynote presentations from former New York Yankees shortstop Bucky Dent and Ali Vincent, winner of “The Biggest Loser.” For more details, visit the show site or view the pre-show brochure (PDF).
Facility News
  • 24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, CA, is once again playing a role in TV’s “The Biggest Loser,” which kicked off its ninth season last week. In the season premiere, all contestants received the bodybugg calorie management system, exclusive to 24 Hour Fitness. In the Feb. 9 episode, Rockne Brubaker, a U.S. Olympic hopeful in pairs skating and a Team 24 Hour Fitness member, will lead contestants through an Olympic-training-inspired boot camp at the 24 Hour-sponsored U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO.
  • The New York City Fire Department, in a partnership with Town Sports International’s New York Sports Clubs and a program called NYC Service, is offering free CPR classes at all New York Sports Clubs in the city’s five boroughs. The service is part of a new program called FDNY CPR to Go, which began earlier this month.
  • The 180 Sports and Fitness club in Knoxville, TN, will not reopen, according to a local media report. The club closed in December after a bank foreclosed on the property. In an e-mail sent to WVLT-TV, club co-owner David Johnson said that the decision against reopening was based on the economic climate and the competition in the Knoxville market, which had already absorbed several of his former members and prospective members.
  • The Marines Corps’ Training and Education Command (TEC) announced plans to develop new online courses to standardize training for the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) and the Combat Fitness Test (CFT), as well as for the Marine Body Composition Program (BCP) and Military Appearance Program (MAP). The classes will be required for command physical training representatives who monitor the PFT and CFT, and for those who manage the BCP and MAP. The computer-based classes will be offered on MarineNet, an online learning management system run by TEC’s college of continuing education.
  • Officials at the Jewish Community Center of the North Shore, Marblehead, MA, recently invested $85,000 on new cardiovascular fitness equipment as part of the JCC’s plan to update its facilities. The new equipment includes 10 treadmills with TVs, two seated ellipticals with TVs, one stationary upright bike, one stepmill/stairclimber, one elliptical, two rowing machines and a set of kettlebells. Over the past six months, JCC officials also added parking spaces, extended operating hours, enhanced programs and improved customer service.
  • Supplier News
  • Peak Pilates, Boulder, CO, has named Kevin Bowen as director of education. Bowen co-founded the Pilates Method Alliance, a not-for-profit professional organization for the Pilates method. Bowen will work to deliver educational programs to a new generation while overseeing development for the company in all forms of media. In addition, he will manage Peak’s expansive external network of teacher trainers and education partners while driving the company’s global expansion by creating new strategic alliances and enhancing existing partnerships. Bowen has held positions with Equinox Fitness Clubs, David Barton Gyms and Pinnacle Health Clubs.
  • Retention Management, Charlotte, NC, has launched an enhancement of its Marketing Blast e-mail program for customers. This new component, part of its automated member communication program, provides clients with a large new library of marketing templates and additional creative tools to produce customized, professional-looking HTML marketing e-mails. The enhancements include complete editing tools to easily customize e-mail text formatting, access to an extensive image library that is continuously updated, options to upload images and the capability to send a sample to any e-mail address before delivering it to members or prospects.
  • Fitness Anywhere, which created TRX Suspension Training, announced that New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is now a spokesperson, partner and investor in the company. Brees, one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL, credits TRX Suspension Training for helping him rehabilitate his shoulder from a 2005 injury and also credits the product for his ongoing conditioning. “I don’t put my name behind anything unless I believe in it 100 percent,” Brees said. “So for me to endorse the company’s products and also invest in it should say a lot about how excited I am about what Fitness Anywhere is doing.”
  • Life Time Fitness has selected the employee scheduling program from Kronos Inc. to control labor costs and achieve its operational objectives. Life Time, which had previously incorporated the Kronos time and attendance processes, aims to enhance member experience and retention.
  • From the Blog
    Ride for the Troops
    Do you have an enthusiastic indoor cycling group at your club? Do you want to help the men and women who are serving our company in the military? If you can say yes to both of those questions, then you should check out this year’s Spinning Nation charity event, which is set for Feb. 27. The proceeds from this year’s event will go to Ride 2 Recovery, a charity that benefits mental and physical rehabilitation of people in the armed forces.
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    We're Everywhere
    It’s January, and you know that this is the biggest month for health club owners. The media seem to know this as well, and they’ll often ask us for our views of the industry.
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