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January.20.2010 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM

Obesity Rate Is Slowing
Ten Fitness Companies on Franchise 500
Snap Promotes Findley to COO
Another Online Scam Hits Equinox
AFIRM Gets First Members
Les Mills Examines 'Future of Fitness'
Y to Partner with Hospital on Wellness
Arizona Opens Green Rec Center Expansion
Renovated Navy Barracks Has Fitness Amenities
January Issue Online Now
Club Industry East
Facility News
Supplier News
Time for a Feel-Good Story
Are We in The New York Times Again?
Chris Berman Coming to IHRSA Show


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Obesity Rate Is Slowing
WASHINGTON, DC -- The obesity rate for U.S. adults slowed in 2007-2008, according to statistics from the National Center for Health Statistics at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Ten Fitness Companies on Franchise 500
IRVINE, CA -- Entrepreneur magazine recently released its 31st annual Franchise 500 list, which once again recognized 10 fitness companies.
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Snap Promotes Findley to COO
CHANHASSEN, MN -- Snap Fitness has promoted former Curves President Gary Findley to chief operating officer.
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Another Online Scam Hits Equinox
NEW YORK -- The fitness club industry is dealing with another online scam involving invalid memberships.
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AFIRM Gets First Members
SILVER SPRING, MD -- Seventeen fitness industry manufacturers and suppliers have joined AFIRM, the Association of Fitness Industry Retailers & Manufacturers, which launched last month.
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Les Mills Examines 'Future of Fitness'
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND -- A new study examines the future of the fitness industry, including the role that health clubs will play.
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Y to Partner with Hospital on Wellness
SILVERDALE, WA -- To enhance health and wellness opportunities at the new Haselwood Family YMCA in Silverdale, WA, the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties recently announced a partnership with Harrison Medical Center.
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Arizona Opens Green Rec Center Expansion
TUCSON, AZ -- The University of Arizona unveiled a 55,000-square-foot expansion to its student rec center last week that is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification.
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Renovated Navy Barracks Has Fitness Amenities
NEWPORT NEWS, VA -- Upgrades were unveiled last week to the Huntington Hall barracks in Newport News, VA, which house sailors from the USS Theodore Roosevelt and staff from Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding.
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In Brief
January Issue Online Now
The January issue of Club Industry magazine features a look ahead to 2010. The issue also includes a feature on how clubs are attracting and retaining Baby Boomers as members and a look at the benefits social networking can have for club operators.

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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
  • Equinox, New York, has launched a new advertising campaign called My Body, My Biography, which tells the stories of people who say working out at Equinox has helped them overcome adversity. The Web site includes profiles, photos and videos of select members as well as user-generated content where anyone can share their own story. Visitors can get to know Equinox members, such as an injured Olympic athlete, a struggling single mother of five and a plane crash survivor.
  • UFC Gym will hold its official grand opening at 10 a.m. PST Saturday in Concord, CA. Scheduled to attend the grand opening are New Evolution Fitness Co. Co-founders Mark Mastrov and Jim Rowley as well as UFC President Dana White and UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell.
  • VH1 will premiere its seventh season of “Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp” at 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8. Celebrities on this season’s show include Bobby Brown and Kevin Federline. U.S. Marine Corps Drill Instructor Harvey Walden IV returns to lead the eight-week boot camp.
  • The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina officially opened its Robin Hood Road YMCA on Monday in the former Peak Fitness facility in Winston-Salem, NC. Peak Fitness closed the location last August after the gym went into bankruptcy. The new Y already has about 500 members for the Robin Hood location.
  • Supplier News
  • Star Trac, Irvine, CA, has announced a three-year agreement to be the exclusive equipment supplier for Personal Training Institute. The agreement includes the introduction of Star Trac’s HumanSport cable-based strength machines and cardio products, featuring touch screens and integrated TVs.
  • Sportsmith, Tulsa, OK, has released its expanded winter edition catalog, which includes fitness equipment parts, strength and functional training products, and the latest eco-friendly yoga mats, blocks and straps. The company also has completed its expansion into an additional 20,000-square-foot office warehouse and has a new blog and user forum on its Web site as well.
  • NASA is using technology like that patented by Heart Rate Inc. (VersaClimber), Costa Mesa, CA, on the International Space Station. The astronauts are using a flywheel exercise device that relies on rotary inertia rather than weight stacks (making it ideal in weightless environments) to help with their strength training. Heart Rate founders Richard and Dan Charnitski had approached NASA 13 years ago with the idea for this technology. The Charnitskis have since patented the technology and use it in their VersaPulley product. NASA is using its own version of the technology.
  • Hammer Strength, Schiller Park, IL, announced its 2010 schedule of Hammer Strength Clinics. The clinics feature training tips and techniques presented by strength and conditioning coaches from professional, collegiate and high school programs. The schedule is as follows: Atlanta, Feb. 27; Chicago, March 19-20; Miami, March 13; Lawrenceville, NJ, March 26-27; San Antonio, April 9-10; and San Jose, CA, April 23-24.
  • KrankcycleRx, Birmingham, AL, donated two Krankcycles to the TRACK center in Jacksonville, FL, in conjunction with the Wounded Warrior Project. The equipment will provide the wounded warriors in the program with a new way to train and stay fit. “The Johnny G Krankcycle by Matrix is fully wheelchair accessible and allows the wounded warriors, as well as other physically disabled individuals, to stay fit with a fun, engaging and challenging workout,” Forrest Ward, president and CEO of KrankcycleRx, said in a statement.
  • From the Blog
    Time for a Feel-Good Story
    I love a good feel-good story, and this one sure qualifies. Roberta Kruse-Fordham, general manager at Sports Fitness & Fun, Florida, NY, contacted me the other day to let me know about how her team pulled together to save a life on Dec. 2.
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    Are We in The New York Times Again?
    The writer of this recent New York Times column contacted Club Industry a couple of weeks ago to get some scoop, or background, about Bally.
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    Chris Berman Coming to IHRSA Show
    ESPN’s Chris Berman will be one of the featured speakers at the IHRSA show in March in San Diego, or as Berman will call it, the “Hotel California.”
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