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April.9.2010 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM

Son of Powerhouse Founder Arraigned
Gold’s Gym Expanding into Arab World
Life Time Fitness Member Arrested for Sexual Assault
LA Fitness Club Reopens after Vandalism
Maryland YMCA Bans Sex Offenders
Wooster Approves New Rec Center
Fort Jackson Starts PT Program
April Step by Step Articles Online Now
Top 100
Facility News
Supplier News
Facts Questioned in Powerhouse Story
Stock Up at Life Time Fitness
It's Best of the Best Time Again


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Son of Powerhouse Founder Arraigned
DETROIT -- The son of one of the founders of Powerhouse Gyms International was arraigned Thursday on first-degree murder and torture charges stemming from the death of a woman last month.
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Gold’s Gym Expanding into Arab World
IRVING, TX -- Gold’s Gym International announced a deal that will expand its brand into four Arab Gulf states.
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Life Time Fitness Member Arrested for Sexual Assault
WOODSTOCK, GA -- A man was arrested Tuesday for an alleged sexual assault of a 13-year-old boy in the shower at a Life Time Fitness.
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LA Fitness Club Reopens after Vandalism
HOUSTON -- An LA Fitness club that had an estimated $200,000 in damages from a recent break-in reopened Tuesday evening.
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Maryland YMCA Bans Sex Offenders
SALISBURY, MD -- The Mid-Delmarva Family YMCA in Salisbury, MD, is the latest Y to deny membership to registered sex offenders—a practice that appears to be gaining momentum nationwide.
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Wooster Approves New Rec Center
WOOSTER, OH -- Plans for a new 123,000-square-foot student recreation center were recently approved by the board of trustees at The College of Wooster and by the city’s planning commission.
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Fort Jackson Starts PT Program
FORT JACKSON, SC -- In an effort to improve adherence to fitness goals, the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department at Fort Jackson, SC, recently started a personal training program at the Andy’s Fitness Center on post.
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In Brief
April Step by Step Articles Online Now
Club Industry’s online how-to section was updated to include columns on giving back to the community, the impact of going green, managing employees and social media, new trainer internships and educating sales staff. Visit our site to read past articles from industry experts.
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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. The deadline is April 30.
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Facility News
  • Anytime Fitness, Hastings, MN, announced it has opened its 1,300th club and recently signed its 900,000th member. Anytime Fitness plans to add additional clubs in India, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
  • 24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, CA, will hold a grand opening Wednesday for its newest club, the Southglenn Super Sport club in Centennial, CO. The 46,873-square-foot club includes amenities such as a sauna, a steam room, a whirlpool, a kids club and a pro shop. 24 Hour also announced that its Sport Club in Taylorsville, UT, has been named the official training center for the Arena Football League’s Utah Blaze.
  • Portland State University held the official grand opening for its Academic and Student Recreation Center on April 1 and 2. The event was celebrated with speeches, concerts and games. The center was recently awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for its incorporation of sustainable design and construction practices and strategies. The mixed-use building houses the schools of outdoor recreation and social work, classrooms, parking and transportation, a bike hub, Portland city archives, the chancellor’s office and assorted retail outlets.
  • The Mandell Jewish Community Center, West Hartford, CT, inaugurated its new 150-kilowatt combined heat and power cogeneration plant (CHP) on Thursday. CHP systems use natural gas to produce energy and heat water. The project includes a 15-year discount on gas transmission through the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control. JCC officials said it will save them $100,000 per year on energy expenses and has an estimated payback of four years. It is the third JCC in Connecticut to install a CHP system.
  • Employees of the Cape Coral (FL) Police Department lost a combined 627 pounds during its annual fitness challenge that began Jan. 9 and ended Sunday, according to the News-Press of Fort Myers, FL. The department had 40 participants competing for team and individual honors in overall weight and fat loss.
  • Supplier News
  • Cybex International Inc., Medway, MA, announced that the Aria Resort and Casino and the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas both installed a broad range of the company’s cardio and strength-training equipment. “Today more than ever, hotel and resort guests have extremely sophisticated tastes in health and wellness services,” says John Aglialoro, Cybex chairman and CEO. The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino includes two new towers with 860 additional rooms and the Reliquary Spa. The recently opened Aria Resort and Casino features 150,000 square feet of gaming and an 80,000-square-foot spa and salon.
  • 24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, CA, released bodybugg mobile, a mobile-enabled Web site that allows bodybugg calorie management system users who have iPhone and iPod Touch devices a way to log their daily food intake and check their progress of reaching their fitness goals. 24 Hour introduced the My24 iPhone application last December.
  • The American Council on Exercise (ACE) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month by enhancing its offerings to fitness professionals through its new Get Fit portal. At its show last month in San Diego, the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association gave ACE its Future Shape of the Fitness Profession award in recognition of ACE’s 25 years of service to the industry.
  • Eldorado Climbing Walls, Boulder, CO, just completed a climbing wall at the Campbell County Recreation Center in Gillette, WY, designed to resemble the Devils Tower National Monument. The climbing structure has a circumference of 74 feet and a height of 42 feet. It is a combination of Eldorado’s SHOTRock and High Performance texture that allowed the company to recreate Devils Tower on the most visible side of the climbing wall while providing advanced climbing terrain on the rest of the structure.
  • Advantage Fitness Products (AFP), Los Angeles, has completed the Club Espiritu, an exclusive five-star fitness facility at Espiritu Del Mar in Los Cabos, Mexico. AFP is a provider of fitness facility consultation, design, supply and service. AFP and Del Mar Development worked together to create a fitness experience that would be like no other in Los Cabos and bring a significant element of added service, care and value to the facility, according to AFP.
  • From the Blog
    Facts Questioned in Powerhouse Story
    When a story involves a death and a murder charge, a lot of people tend to jump to conclusions. Such was the case Thursday when news spread of the arrest and eventual arraignment of 24-year-old Peter Dabish, the son of one of the founders of Powerhouse Gyms International.
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    Stock Up at Life Time Fitness
    For those wanting to see some good news about Life Time Fitness, we found an item about the company’s rising stock.
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    It's Best of the Best Time Again
    For all you club owners out there who think your club is the best, now is your time to prove it. Entries for the Club Industry Best of the Best competition are due June 7, so download a PDF entry form today to get started.
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