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March.19.2010 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM

TSI Loses Revenue in 2009, Gains Giardina
Planet Fitness Completing Minority Sale
Fitness Formula Clubs Faces Lawsuit
Insurance Money at Issue in LA Fitness Shootings Case
McCain Withdraws Support for Supplement Bill
Community Protests Closing of Downtown Y
Army Updates Basic Training
Adelphi Adds Fitness Center to Historic Hall
March Issue Online Now
Club Industry East
Facility News
Supplier News
Catch Pieces of IHRSA 2010


News
TSI Loses Revenue in 2009, Gains Giardina
NEW YORK -- The same day that Town Sports International (TSI), New York, announced revenue losses for the fourth quarter 2009 and the year, its board of directors replaced its CEO with a familiar face.
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Planet Fitness Completing Minority Sale
NEWINGTON, NH -- Planet Fitness is in the process of completing a minority sale of the company, according to sources.
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Fitness Formula Clubs Faces Lawsuit
CHICAGO -- Fitness Formula Clubs owner Gale Landers says his company will defend a recent lawsuit brought by two of its members.
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Insurance Money at Issue in LA Fitness Shootings Case
PITTSBURGH -- An insurance company is suing to keep victims of last year’s shootings at an LA Fitness club from collecting on the gunman’s policy.
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McCain Withdraws Support for Supplement Bill
WASHINGTON, DC -- Sen. John McCain officially withdrew his support for the Dietary Supplement Safety Act of 2010, legislation that members of the supplement industry feared would negatively affect sales.
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Community Protests Closing of Downtown Y
ALBANY, NY -- More than 100 people rallied in front of the downtown Albany YMCA branch to protest the Capital District YMCA’s decision to close the facility on April 1.
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Army Updates Basic Training
FORT JACKSON, SC -- The Army is revamping basic training for the first time in 30 years to incorporate lessons learned in the field and cater to a younger generation of soldiers that is more sedentary than past recruits.
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Adelphi Adds Fitness Center to Historic Hall
GARDEN CITY, NY -- Adelphi University recently unveiled a new recreation fitness center in its historic Woodruff Hall building. The renovation is part of a $117 million, 25-acre campus enhancement project.
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In Brief
March Issue Online Now
The March issue of Club Industry magazine features the success of for-profit kids fitness clubs. The issue also includes a look at how universities are opening up to the community and partnering with local governments. There’s also a preview of next month’s NIRSA annual conference.
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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
  • Total Fitness Clubs, Swansea, MA, raised nearly $12,000 for the American Cancer Society at a three-hour indoor cycling event on March 7 at its Bristol, RI, location, Bristol Total Fitness. Fifty Spinners took part in the event, called Spin For Hope. Bristol Total Fitness has raised more than $60,000 over the last five years.
  • Visitors at the 33rd annual half marathon in New Bedford, MA, on March 21 will receive free pedometers courtesy of the YMCA SouthCoast and the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. The groups teamed up to provide the free pedometers as part of their “History and Health Walks” initiative, which also includes free maps detailing historic walking routes in downtown New Bedford. Last year, the groups received an ACHIEVE grant from the YMCA of the USA and the National Recreation and Park Association designed to promote community health and partnerships.
  • Supplier News
  • Life Fitness received a global 2009 Good Design Award for its Elevation Series Recumbent Lifecycle Exercise Bicycle. The award is given by the Chicago Athenaeum/Europe: Museum of Architecture and Design, recognizing the annual achievements of the most innovative and cutting-edge industrial, product and graphic design work across the globe. The bike was singled out for its breakthrough design and its easy-to-use functionality. It offers iPod compatibility and arm rests that provide extra stability for the active aging and those new to fitness. A step-through design also lets users easily get on and off the machine. This award remains the oldest and most recognized program for design excellence worldwide. Life Fitness was the only equipment manufacturer in the fitness industry to receive a 2009 Good Design Award.
  • efi Sports Medicine recently launched a new version of its PlyoRebounder, which is now available for sale to health clubs, rehabilitation clinics and wellness facilities. efi unveiled the newly redesigned double-ring PlyoRebounder at the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association’s trade show last week. The PlyoRebounder is a multifaceted and versatile training apparatus for slow or quick response plyometrics, developing proprioception, and upper and lower body agility training. Able to adjust to 11 positions (from flat to 50 degrees tilt), PlyoRebounder’s mini-trampoline surface offers true “rebounding,” requiring users to work against gravity to enhance power, core stability and coordination.
  • Advantage Fitness Products has been recognized as the largest commercial distribution partner for Precor for an eighth consecutive year. Precor products are the preferred specification for such companies as Princess Cruises, Ritz Carlton Hotels, Apple Inc. and Hilton.
  • The Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) now offers a personal trainer certification online course. Composed of 14 video lectures, the course allows for independent self study. The course includes an online, third-party monitored multiple-choice exam, as well as an online practical exam given by an AFAA instructor using AFAA’s proprietary, secure Multitraining Live Web conferencing system. The online course will not replace AFAA’s staple three-day Personal Fitness Trainer Certification workshop.
  • The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) developed three iPhone applications to make pool water calculations easier and quicker. The app calculations match those used in NSPF’s Pool & Spa Operator Handbook and the Pool Math Workbook. The apps were developed in conjunction with Q Mobile Apps LLC.
  • UFC Gym added TRX Suspension Training to its Concord, CA, location and plans to add it to its second gym opening this summer in the Los Angeles market. “It’s not every day you come across a tool born in the Navy SEALs and proven tried and true by top UFC fighters. We’re proud to include the TRX into our arsenal of training modalities,” Adam Sedlack, senior vice president of UFC Gym, said in a statement. “Our members are looking to us for a truly cutting-edge training experience, and Suspension Training with the TRX will go far in our ability to meet and exceed these expectations.”
  • From the Blog
    Catch Pieces of IHRSA 2010
    If you didn’t get a chance to attend the IHRSA conference this year, you can get a peek at some of the events, products and seminars at the show by reading through our blog entries.
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