NEW YORK -- Bucky Dent, former New York Yankees shortstop,
kicked off the second day of the Club Industry East 2010 conference and
trade show last Thursday with his keynote presentation, “A Game of
Moments: Leveraging Your Advantages for Long-Term Success.”
INDIANAPOLIS -- A former gym owner who has been accused of
bilking business partners as well as gym members admits he has made
mistakes. Shane Franklin is now the general manager at a Gold’s Gym in
Indianapolis, but he previously operated clubs in San Diego and Reno,
NV, under the Powerhouse Gym brand.
WASHINGTON, DC -- Certification and continuing education
programs for fitness instructors and personal trainers are some of the
recommendations in a multifaceted plan to increase physical activity
among Americans that was introduced to members of Congress last
CHICAGO -- Lakeshore Athletic Clubs faces a $26.9 million
foreclosure lawsuit on one of its Chicago clubs.
ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- A member of a New Mexico health club was
arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl at the
BELLEVUE, TN -- Some 250 flood victims from the Nashville,
TN, area found shelter at the Gordon Jewish Community Center (JCC) in
Bellevue, TN, after torrential rains and flooding caused thousands of
residents to flee their homes.
WASHINGTON, DC -- In honor of Air Force Fitness Month this
May, fitness facilities at bases around the world planned healthy
activities for troops and their families.
KINGSVILLE, TX -- Campus administrators held a soft opening
for the new $12 million rec center at Texas A&M University-Kingsville
last week. A formal grand opening will take place during the fall
semester, officials said, when the community also will be invited to
view the center.
MEDWAY, MA -- Cybex International Inc. has responded to
infringements of its intellectual property rights related to its
patented plate-loaded leg press and the company’s pending patent
applications for the Bravo Functional Trainer.
COTTAGE GROVE, WI -- Johnson Health Tech Inc., manufacturer
of Matrix Fitness equipment, enjoyed increases in sales during the first
Do you think your club has winning programs? If so, put them
up against programs from other clubs by entering the eighth annual
Club Industry Best of the Best competition. Winners will be
featured in the magazine and will receive their awards at the Club
Industry show in October. Entries are due June 7, so download a
PDF entry form today to get started.
Fitness, San Ramon, CA, invited moms and other guests to work out
free of charge this past weekend in celebration of Mother’s Day. More
than 400 locations opened their doors to all members and nonmembers on
Saturday and Sunday. One 24 Hour location that was not opened was the
Rainbow Super Sport club in Las Vegas that is undergoing renovations and
is scheduled to reopen July 16. That club’s members were invited to
use the Andre Agassi Super Sport or West Sahara Sport clubs in Las
The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries has ordered the operator
of Gold’s Gyms in Salem, Eugene
and Springfield in that state to post a bond of $187,200 by May 15 or
shut down, according to local media reports. Synergy Fitness LLC and
Synergy Joint Venture LLC operate the clubs. The companies “have a
documented pattern of late payment of wages and the issuance of
insufficient fund checks to employees,” labor officials said. The
$187,200 bond represents six months of payroll for the gyms.
Sport & Health, McLean,
VA, will unveil the $1.5 million renovation of its 75,000-square-foot
facility in Bethesda, MD, with a ceremony on May 13.
Retrofitness, Colts Neck,
NJ, secured 10 franchise agreements in the first quarter of 2010. The
company plans to open 45 clubs by the end of this year.
Prairie Life Fitness,
Omaha, NE, closed its club in Collierville, TN, on April 30, the
Memphis Commercial Appeal reports. The club was less than a mile
from a Life Time
Fitness, which opened there last year and is twice the size of the
Prairie Life club, according to the newspaper. Prairie Life has nine
locations—five in Nebraska, two in Kansas and one each in Iowa and
Newtown (PA) Athletic
Club owner Jim Worthington has pledged $10,000 to the township’s
skate park committee, according to The Intelligencer of
Philadelphia. Worthington says he has not decided if the money will come
from his business or a personal donation, the newspaper reports. He also
says he would like to be involved in the naming of the skate park. The
name could be associated with the club or with Worthington’s
Brookfield, WI, has partnered with First Credit Services Inc.
(FCS), Woodbridge, NJ, a provider of customer service-driven
accounts receivable management and collection programs for the health
and fitness industry. This collaboration will provide an enhanced
offering to Fiserv customers that will enable them to leverage
Fiserv’s current outsourced billing services, which include free
automated collection tools during the early delinquency stage, and will
add the option of personal phone calls by FCS collectors during the
intermediate and advanced delinquency stages. The service is now
available to Fiserv clients using club management software (ASP
versions) with multiple locations.|
FL, is offering a free massage in honor of Mother’s Day. Mothers can
download a free massage
coupon and schedule a free massage at any participating Hydromassage
location through May 15.
Asahel “Ash” E. Hayes, a member of the American Council on Exercise board
of directors, recently received the President’s Council on Physical
Fitness and Sports 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award. Hayes was selected
for his contributions to the promotion and improvement of physical
fitness and activity nationwide for more than six decades.
Institute (ATI), Stilwell, KS, recently acquired the National Academy of Sports Medicine
(NASM), which will continue with the same leadership under the terms
of the new agreement, according to a company press release. ATI is a
provider of online testing, remediation and certification in the health
care and professional licensing industries.
Aqua Products, Cedar
Grove, NJ, announced the return of Matthew Naughton to the company’s
commercial products division as a commercial cleaner sales
representative. Naughton worked with Aqua Products from 1989 through
2005, then left to assist in his family’s business expansion. He will
work with Aqua Products’ commercial robotic cleaner
A recent study found that obese kids are more likely to be
bullied than thin kids, regardless of their gender, race, socioeconomic
status, social skills or academic achievement. And past studies found
that obese kids who are bullied are more susceptible to depression,
anxiety and loneliness. That’s really sad, especially since it’s
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