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May.10.2010 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM

CI East Features Bucky Dent, Ali Vincent
Embattled Club Operator Lands as Gold’s Manager
National Physical Activity Plan Introduced
Lakeshore Faces Foreclosure Lawsuit
Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting 6-Year-Old Girl in New Mexico Club
JCC Assists Flood Victims in Tennessee
Air Force Observes Fitness Month
Texas A&M Opens New Rec Center
Cybex Halts Infringements on Products
Matrix Manufacturer Increases Sales
May Step by Step Articles Online Now
Best of the Best -- Time is Running Out
Facility News
Supplier News
Just Say No To Bullies


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CI East Features Bucky Dent, Ali Vincent
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.”
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Embattled Club Operator Lands as Gold’s Manager
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.
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National Physical Activity Plan Introduced
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 Monday.
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Lakeshore Faces Foreclosure Lawsuit
CHICAGO -- Lakeshore Athletic Clubs faces a $26.9 million foreclosure lawsuit on one of its Chicago clubs.
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Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting 6-Year-Old Girl in New Mexico Club
ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- A member of a New Mexico health club was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl at the club.
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JCC Assists Flood Victims in Tennessee
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.
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Air Force Observes Fitness Month
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.
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Texas A&M Opens New Rec Center
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.
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Cybex Halts Infringements on Products
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.
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Matrix Manufacturer Increases Sales
COTTAGE GROVE, WI -- Johnson Health Tech Inc., manufacturer of Matrix Fitness equipment, enjoyed increases in sales during the first quarter.
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In Brief
May Step by Step Articles Online Now
Club Industry’s online how-to section was updated to include columns on growing sales and ancillary revenues, sales-based retention programs, attracting women to dietary services, adopting a customer-centric business model and staging successful community events. Visit our site to read past articles from industry experts.
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Best of the Best -- Time is Running Out
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.
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Facility News
  • 24 Hour 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 Vegas.
  • 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 Tennessee.
  • 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 family.
  • Supplier News
  • Fiserv Inc., 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.
  • Hydromassage, Clearwater, 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.
  • Assessment Technologies 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 lines.
  • From the Blog
    Just Say No To Bullies
    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 mostly preventable.
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