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March.10.2010 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM

IHRSA Keeping Close Tabs on Licensing Bills
World Gym Comments about Shooting
New Life Time Members Pay Added Tax
Chicago Bulls Open Kids Fitness Centers
YMCA Sells Naming Rights, Corporate Sponsorships
Precor Opens Manufacturing Facility
Naval Station Newport to Replace WWII-Era Gym
Students Celebrate NIRSA Day
March Step by Step Articles Online Now
Club Industry East
Facility News
Supplier News
We're All A-Twitter at IHRSA
Wellbridge Gives Boulder the Treatment
Exercise as Medicine


News
IHRSA Keeping Close Tabs on Licensing Bills
OVERLAND PARK, KS -- More bills on personal trainer licensure popped up last month in state legislatures across the country.
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World Gym Comments about Shooting
PHILADELPHIA -- A World Gym International official has expressed remorse over last week’s shooting at one of the company's clubs.
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New Life Time Members Pay Added Tax
BEACHWOOD, OH -- Members of the new Life Time Fitness in Beachwood, OH, are paying an additional 3 percent on their monthly dues for that city’s admissions tax.
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Chicago Bulls Open Kids Fitness Centers
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls unveiled the first of 25 new fitness centers for children at a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week.
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YMCA Sells Naming Rights, Corporate Sponsorships
PITTSBURGH -- To help cover construction costs for a new $4.2 million downtown location, the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh sold corporate sponsorship and naming rights for the 42,000-square-foot facility, slated for a soft opening on March 29 and a grand opening on April 24.
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Precor Opens Manufacturing Facility
WOODINVILLE, WA -- Precor has opened and begun operations at a new facility in Guilford County, NC, near Greensboro. The plant, which will produce Precor strength products, replaces a smaller facility in Valencia, CA.
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Naval Station Newport to Replace WWII-Era Gym
NEWPORT, RI -- Officials at Naval Station Newport held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new $19.2 million fitness center last week. A congressional delegation from Rhode Island attended the event.
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Students Celebrate NIRSA Day
CORVALLIS, OR -- Students around the country celebrated the 60th annual National Recreational Sports & Fitness (NRSF) Day on Feb. 22 to honor the founding of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA).
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In Brief
March Step by Step Articles Online Now
Club Industry’s online how-to section was updated to include columns on the top 10 fitness trends for 2010, do’s and don’ts of group training, membership retention strategies, increasing aquatics usage and getting your Web site in shape. 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 complete conference program/show brochure (PDF).
Facility News
  • Life Time Fitness, Chanhassen, MN, broke its own Guinness World Record on Sunday by having 1,052 members and guests participate in a static cycling class at the Target Center in Minneapolis. Life Time CEO Bahram Akradi led the class, which included music spun by internationally renowned DJ Roberto Costa. The previous record was 600 participants set in January in Houston.
  • World Gym International, Los Angeles, has added Jim Teatum and George Jackson to handle the company’s international development and franchise growth. Teatum is the former president of Nautilus’ commercial division and senior market development director for Reebok International. Jackson is a club developer/owner and financial consultant previously with KPMG International.
  • A soldier at Fort Hood, Killeen, TX, died last week after collapsing during a morning physical fitness training exercise. 1st Lt. Michael Jue of Warren, OH, died March 2. The 37-year-old soldier joined the military in July 2004. He was assigned to the First Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Calvary Division.
  • The board of directors at the Beaumont Metropolitan YMCA, Beaumont, TX, announced plans last week to keep one of its locations open and try to continue construction on its new $4 million facility. Last month, the Y announced plans to close all of its facilities, citing financial concerns. Now the board says it will work with the YMCA of the USA to discuss completing construction on the new facility in hopes of opening it. The board also voted to keep open its facility at Parkdale Mall but to cease operations at its L.L. Melton facility.
  • The new 55,000-square-foot expansion to the University of Arizona’s rec center closed for 24 hours just one week after its Feb. 22 grand opening because of a flood in the basement. The mechanical room in the basement flooded after water flowed into a utility tunnel from a trench at a construction site for a new residence hall, school officials said. The rec center opened at noon the following day but crews were still working on air handling equipment for the building. School officials hope to have everything repaired within two to three weeks. Damages will be paid by the contractor’s insurance.
  • Supplier News
  • Crunch and Johnny G., who invented Spinning, will introduce the Gunning Ride workout March 15 at the Crunch club in West Hollywood, CA. Gunning Ride is a new group fitness class that utilizes the Spin bike and the Johnny G. Krankcycle by Matrix in a 45-minute class. The launch will raise money for Project VisAbility, which works to provide jobs in the areas of health and fitness for those with physical challenges.
  • Johnson Health Tech North America Inc., Cottage Grove, WI, has partnered with the LIVESTRONG Foundation to launch LIVESTRONG Indoor Cycling by Matrix, a collection which includes three cycles and ICE Education, a comprehensive education platform. Johnson Health Tech also will introduce its LIVESTRONG by Matrix commercial line at the IHRSA show this week in San Diego. Endorsed by seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, the cardio line includes two treadmills, an elliptical trainer, a recumbent bike, an upright bike and two indoor cycles.
  • ABC Financial, Little Rock AR, announced its new software product, MYiCLUBonline, which features an online membership enrollment function. MYiCLUBonline, which will be unveiled this week at the IHRSA show in San Diego, is fully integrated with ABC Financial’s DataTrak Club Management Software. The online enrollment option allows clubs to offer 24/7 remote recruitment of prospective members.
  • Power Plate International, Irvine, CA, will introduce the new pro6 at the IHRSA show this week in San Diego. It is the first-ever combination of Power Plate exercise with upper body cable-resistance training and is designed to give users a total-body workout in a half-hour. The Power Plate pro6 features an all-new fitness system called proMOTION, which uses high-strength Vectran cables to transfer vibration to the upper body at high-speed frequency rates between 20 and 40 times per second, which expands the benefits of acceleration training, the company says.
  • The Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), an accrediting organization for distance learning institutions, recently accredited the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. The DETC Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency, and it is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
  • Jay Delvecchio, CEO and president of World Instructor Training Schools (WITS), and Amy Hyams, director of program development for WITS and a commissioner for the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET), testified last month before the Health and Government Occupations Committee of the Maryland General Assembly in support of the Personal Trainer Act HB 747.
  • From the Blog
    We're All A-Twitter at IHRSA
    With today’s opening of the International, Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (you know it better as IHRSA) show in San Diego, Club Industry will be there covering all the latest (equipment) and greatest (events) through Saturday.
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    Wellbridge Gives Boulder the Treatment
    I was in Boulder, CO, and had the pleasure of taking a tour of the new Colorado Athletic Club, managed by Wellbridge. It’s actually one of two new facilities in Colorado for Wellbridge. (The other is in Denver.) The interior design fits right into the Boulder “outdoorsy” feel, using natural stone and earth tone colors.
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    Exercise as Medicine
    An article in USA Today got me thinking. It talks about a military investigation into why commanders sent soldiers from Fort Wainwright, AK, back to Iraq after doctors recommended that they lay low and recuperate from existing wounds. It cites Army statistics that found 16 percent of soldiers are non-deployable this year, many of those because of health problems.
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