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April.1.2010 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM

Industry Figures Remained Steady in 2009
Pilates, Ellipticals Have Highest Growth
Mastrov Interested in Owning NBA Team
Club Owner Expected to Plead Guilty to Health Care Fraud
Life Time Club Reopens after Chlorine Leak Sends Three to Hospital
Revenues Down for The Sports Club Co.
Bills Preventing NY Yoga Licensing Signed
FIU Remembers Slain Football Player Kendall Berry
Navy Previews New Fitness Program
Y Partners with Verizon for Active Gaming Center
Precor LEED-Certified Plant Opens
WebSavvy's April Article Online Now
Top 100
Facility News
Supplier News
Salary Figures for Bahram Akradi
Yogi Oki Doki


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Industry Figures Remained Steady in 2009
BOSTON -- Revenue and membership numbers in the U.S. health club industry remained about the same in 2009 as they were in 2008 while the number of clubs decreased slightly, according to statistics released by the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA).
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Pilates, Ellipticals Have Highest Growth
SILVER SPRING, MD -- Participation in many fitness activities has grown during the past 10 years, but none more so than Pilates training and the use of elliptical machines, according to the “Sports, Fitness, and Recreation Participation Overview” (2010 edition), recently released by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA).
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Mastrov Interested in Owning NBA Team
OAKLAND, CA -- 24 Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov is interested in buying the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.
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Club Owner Expected to Plead Guilty to Health Care Fraud
HATFIELD, PA -- The attorney for the owner of a Philadelphia-area health club said his client expects to plead guilty to charges of health care fraud.
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Life Time Club Reopens after Chlorine Leak Sends Three to Hospital
GOODYEAR, AZ -- A Life Time Fitness club in Arizona has reopened after a chlorine gas leak caused an evacuation of the club.
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Revenues Down for The Sports Club Co.
LOS ANGELES -- The Sports Club Co. reported losses in revenue in its fourth quarter 2009 and year-end results, which were announced this week.
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Bills Preventing NY Yoga Licensing Signed
NEW YORK -- A move to license yogis was nipped in the bud last week when New York Gov. David Paterson signed two bills into law that exempted yoga teacher training programs from state regulations overseeing vocational training.
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FIU Remembers Slain Football Player Kendall Berry
MIAMI -- More than 1,000 people gathered Monday in U.S. Century Bank Arena at Florida International University (FIU) to celebrate the life of football player Kendall Berry, who was stabbed to death outside the front doors of the campus recreation center last Thursday. Berry, 22, was a junior from Haines City, FL, who played running back on the school’s football team.
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Navy Previews New Fitness Program
HAMPTON, VA -- The Navy offered a sneak peek of its new Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling Series (NOFFS) program last week at the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Conference in Hampton, VA.
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Y Partners with Verizon for Active Gaming Center
FAIRLESS HILLS, PA -- The Lower Bucks County YMCA, Fairless Hills, PA, celebrated the grand opening Monday of its new Verizon Interactive Zone, an active gaming center designed to attract teens and children to the Y.
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Precor LEED-Certified Plant Opens
WOODINVILLE, WA -- Precor held the official grand opening of its new manufacturing plant in Whitsett, NC. The facility recently received a Leadership in Energy and Efficient Design (LEED) Commercial Interiors (CI) Gold Certification for the office space area of the plant.
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In Brief
WebSavvy's April Article Online Now
Read about generating Web leads in April’s WebSavvy column, provided by Club Industry and Leslie Nolen, CEO of the Radial Group and a Step by Step columnist. Get more from your Web site by reading past WebSavvy articles on how to get more e-newsletter subscribers, analyze Web traffic and make your site more useful.
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Top 100
Don’t be left out of this year’s Top 100 clubs list. If you are a club owner, CEO, CFO or general manager, fill out the annual Top 100 clubs entry form online and submit it to see how your club stacks up against other club companies. You could be featured in our Top 100 clubs story in the July issue.
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Facility News
  • Jane Fonda will host the first World Fitness Day on May 1 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Fonda, Richard Simmons, Billy Blanks and Denise Austin will lead participants for one hour in exercise sessions catered to the participants’ fitness levels. More than 3,000 participants are expected at the Georgia Dome. People in other cities and countries can participate through a live Web stream on UStream.tv. To register, go to the Web site of the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention nonprofit organization, which serves as the beneficiary of the event.
  • The owner of the Athletic Club of Madison (WI) was ordered to pay more than $74,000 after settling a lawsuit with the Wisconsin Department of Justice that was filed in September 2009. Club owner Mario Chmiel must pay almost $33,000 in restitution to members and fines of more than $38,000. He also must reimburse the state $3,000 to cover the expenses in bringing the action. The Athletic Club of Madison began operations in late 2008 but abruptly closed in July 2009. Many members who had prepaid memberships initially received no refund. The club also did not obtain a $25,000 security bond as required by state law.
  • The owner and members of Club Yuma (AZ) Fitness Center recently saved the life of a 71-year-old man after he collapsed while playing racquetball. The members, including a paramedic from a local fire department, revived the man with the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). The man was seen walking around and talking after he was administered the AED. Once paramedics arrived, he was taken to a local hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.
  • The Sporting Club, San Diego, announced discounted rates for area companies interested in corporate memberships. “We will custom fit a program to our client’s company needs and offer different options based on the company’s desired participation,” says Teri Pickett, general manager of The Sporting Club. “By creating individualized wellness programs, companies of all shapes and sizes can improve their own well-being and reduce their health risks.”
  • Brian Evans, president of American Family Fitness, Richmond, VA, received the Virginia H. Foster Winning Spirit Award from Special Olympics Virginia. Evans, a member of the Special Olympics Virginia’s board of directors, donates his club company’s facilities as practice venues for the nonprofit organization’s local programs and initiatives. Evans also provides membership benefits to Special Olympics Virginia staff members and their families, according to Special Olympics Virginia President Rick Jeffrey.
  • Supplier News
  • Cybex International Inc., Medway, MA, announced a partnership with the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund on the Miles4Kay initiative. Using custom-made pink Cybex treadmills, the national program will raise funds for scientific research focused on women’s cancers. The program is slated to officially launch at the 2010 NCAA Women’s Final Four and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association National Convention, which begins Friday and continues through next Tuesday in San Antonio. Cybex committed to donate $500 to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund, in partnership with The V Foundation, for each pink treadmill purchased by members of the women’s basketball community.
  • Go Figure Inc., makers of iGo Figure Member & Business Management Software, has received Gold Certified Partner status in the Microsoft Partner Program. Gold Certified Partner status is the highest level of Microsoft’s Partner Certification program. To become a Gold Certified Partner, Microsoft requires companies to meet rigorous standards and demonstrate expertise in their field and with Microsoft products. “Go Figure has reached the status of Gold Certified Partner by demonstrating increased levels of software testing and certification, extensive real-world experience and proven ongoing customer satisfaction independently verified by Microsoft,” says Go Figure CEO Kyle Zagrodzky.
  • Motionsoft Inc., Silver Spring, MD, announced that Urban Active, Lexington, KY, has chosen the software company as its club management and payment processing technology provider. Urban Active, which expects to be located in more than 30 communities in six states by the end of this year, will integrate Motionsoft’s fitness software across its full-service clubs.
  • Zogics, which manufactures pre-moistened gym wipes and hand sanitizers, is now offering Philips automated external defibrillators (AEDs). The Philips HeartStart OnSite AED has a list price of $1,504, but Zogics, based in Richmond, MA, is offering the product for $1,267.99. Additional discounts are available for existing Zogics customers.
  • My Gym Children’s Fitness Center, Sherman Oaks, CA, and Mogreet Inc., Venice, CA, are helping to combat childhood obesity and promote kids fitness with the launch of a customized mobile phone video content campaign featuring The Activators, a new children’s entertainment group whose mission is to make fitness fun. To experience the campaign, text “MyGym” or “Activators” to 21534.
  • From the Blog
    Salary Figures for Bahram Akradi
    Have you ever wanted to know what the CEO of a health club company makes? Well, when you’re the CEO of a publicly traded company like Life Time Fitness’ Bahram Akradi is, those figures are made public.
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    Yogi Oki Doki
    I got a press release from the mommy blog site Mom Logic that poked fun at this yoga instruction video for kids by Yogi Oki Doki. Granted, he’s an easy target. Oki Doki is teaching yoga on a farm with a Rastafarian Rooster.
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