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February.19.2010 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM

Med-Fit Purchases Nautilus' Commercial Assets
Retailers May be Responsible for Supplement Safety
Life Time Revenue, Net Income Grows
Man in Custody for Recording Images in Life Time Locker Room
Snowstorms Affect East Coast Facilities
Beaumont YMCA to Cease Operations
Juice Bar Under Investigation for Alleged Information Breach
Rec Center Increases Traffic by Easing Parking Restrictions
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Facility News
Supplier News
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Med-Fit Purchases Nautilus' Commercial Assets
FALLBROOK, CA -- Med-Fit Systems has reached an agreement to purchase the commercial company assets of Nautilus Inc., according to an announcement today from Dean Sbragia, president and CEO of Med-Fit Systems, Fallbrook, CA. The purchase price was not announced.
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Retailers May be Responsible for Supplement Safety
WASHINGTON, DC -- Proposed legislation recently introduced by Sen. John McCain could hold retailers and health club operators responsible for the safety of the sports supplements they sell.
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Life Time Revenue, Net Income Grows
CHANHASSEN, MN -- Life Time Fitness reported revenue growth for both fourth quarter 2009 and the entire year in its earnings call with analysts.
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Man in Custody for Recording Images in Life Time Locker Room
ALPHARETTA, GA -- A man has been arrested for recording men and boys in the locker room of a Life Time Fitness club.
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Snowstorms Affect East Coast Facilities
NEWTOWN, PA -- For 31 years, the Newtown Athletic Club in Newtown, PA, has not closed for a single day. And even after heavy snowstorms last week, that streak is still intact.
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Beaumont YMCA to Cease Operations
BEAUMONT, TX -- Last week, officials at the Beaumont Metropolitan YMCA said they plan to close both of their existing facilities in Beaumont, TX, on March 1 and discontinue all programs. Officials cited a decline in memberships and inability to secure operational funding as reasons for the decision.
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Juice Bar Under Investigation for Alleged Information Breach
SAN ANTONIO -- Juice bar operator Force Fitness is under investigation by military officials after several dozen bags of credit card receipts were discovered next to a self-storage facility dumpster in Converse, TX.
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Rec Center Increases Traffic by Easing Parking Restrictions
TUSCALOOSA, AL -- Easing parking restrictions in the lots nearest the University of Alabama’s student rec center helped increase traffic to the facility 5 percent to 8 percent in one month, according to George Brown, director of the student recreation center.
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In Brief
February Issue Online Now
The February issue of Club Industry magazine features how more university and military facilities are going green. The issue also includes a preview of next month’s IHRSA Convention and Trade Show and a look at how concerns about H1N1 are heating up in clubs.
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Do You Want to Be a Speaker at Club Industry?
Club Industry 2010 is accepting speaking proposals for its conference program, to take place Oct. 6-8, 2010, at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. If you have spoken in the past at a Club Industry event, you will need your password/ecode to sign in to input a proposal. If you have never submitted or spoken at a Club Industry event, please create a password/ecode to sign in. If you need your password/ecode or wish to submit your proposal via e-mail, please e-mail Cristina Cotto at cristina.cotto@penton.com. Deadline for submission is March 19.
Facility News
  • The manager of a Planet Fitness in Rochester, NY, is accused of stealing more than $5,500 from the club, according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. John Medrano is accused of falsifying business records between July and November of last year at the club. He was charged with third-degree grand larceny and three counts of first-degree falsifying business records, along with a misdemeanor count of petit larceny.
  • A case has been settled against a New Hampshire man who pleaded guilty to charges of unfair or deceptive trade practices for misappropriating health club membership deposits, according to The Citizen of Laconia (NH). In the lawsuit, the business partners of Steven Borghi charged that Borghi allegedly took more than $64,000—without authorization—from the accounts of a limited liability corporation formed to open a Work Out World franchise. Last year, Borghi agreed to return membership fees plus an additional 10 percent to about 240 people who joined a Work Out World club that never opened, the newspaper reported.
  • About 250 New Lady Fitness members in the St. Louis area received checks in the mail this week from the Missouri Attorney General’s Consumer Division after it negotiated a $29,785 settlement with the owners of the clubs, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Four New Lady Fitness clubs closed abruptly in November 2006. The company was sued by the Missouri Attorney General, accusing New Lady Fitness owners of accepting memberships after they knew the clubs were about to close. Members will get about 29 percent of what they were owed, according to the newspaper.
  • The Clallam County Family YMCA will take over operations of the public swimming pool in Port Angeles, WA, in June from the city’s metropolitan park district. The city agreed to contract management of the pool to the YMCA at a rate of $363,552 per year. The park district will pay the Y through a property tax of 14.8 cents per $1,000 assessed valuation. City commissioners said they chose to pay the Y to manage the pool because it would be more cost-effective. The YMCA was the only organization to submit a bid on the contract.
  • Supplier News
  • Iron Grip Barbell Co., Santa Ana, CA, has introduced a buyback program that allows facilities to return their old Iron Grip urethane dumbbells and weight plates in exchange for a credit towards the purchase of new Iron Grip equipment. As part of the program, Iron Grip will schedule the freight and handling of the used equipment at no cost to the facility. Whenever possible, new product will be scheduled to move in at the same time the old equipment is removed, to ensure as little equipment downtime as possible and minimal disruption to the facility. The company also recently entered into a license agreement with Les Mills International in which Iron Grip granted Les Mills the right to sell weight plates featuring two handgrips. The plates will be offered as a component of Les Mills’ BodyPump equipment sets. The release date for the Les Mills BodyPump plates is April 6.
  • Marpo Kinetics, Livermore, CA, recently released 50 new online interactive exercise guides for its rope trainers. Users can view workouts categorized by muscle group and read exercise descriptions. The exercises were designed to target all muscles in the body for strength and cardio training.
  • Eleven-time Olympic swimming medalist Natalie Coughlin will attend the 2010 IHRSA Convention and Trade Show on March 12 as Balanced Body’s Pilates Arc spokesperson. Coughlin will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Balanced Body booth, No. 1510, to sign autographs, answer questions and demonstrate how the Pilates Arc is an integral part of her overall training.
  • From the Blog
    Stuart Offers His Thoughts about Supplements
    Part of being an editor for a trade magazine results in getting calls from other journalists asking for our opinions on subjects related to the industry we cover. Our managing editor, Stuart Goldman, recently got that call from our sister publication, Functional Ingredients.
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    Get Green Tips Online
    We recently posted a new special report section on our Web site about going green. Your members are adding sustainable practices into their everyday lives, and they expect you to do the same in your business.
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