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May.20.2010 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM

House Introduces Healthy Choices Act
Oregon Gold’s Gyms File for Bankruptcy
Ohio Owner Pleads Not Guilty to Sales Tax Charge
Planet Fitness Raises $213,000 for Breast Cancer Research
TSI Implements Sustainability Program
Police, Fire Recruits Less Physically Fit
Clubs Sue Over Pool Bidding Process
Students Pass Rec Center Operations Fee
May Issue Online Now
Best of the Best – Deadline in Two Weeks
Resource Center
Facility News
Supplier News
Some Loyalties Run Deeper than Skin Deep
Group X Files at CI East
Maggie Was Good to Us


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House Introduces Healthy Choices Act
WASHINGTON, DC -- Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) recently introduced the Healthy Choices Act in the U.S. House of Representatives as H.R. 5209. The act includes both the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act and the Workforce Health Improvement Program (WHIP) Act, two exercise promotion bills that provide tax benefits for certain fitness expenses.
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Oregon Gold’s Gyms File for Bankruptcy
SALEM, OR -- Companies operating Oregon Gold’s Gyms that had been ordered to post a bond or be forced to shut down have filed for bankruptcy.
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Ohio Owner Pleads Not Guilty to Sales Tax Charge
TOLEDO, OH -- The owner of clubs in Toledo, OH, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to failing to pay state sales tax for his businesses.
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Planet Fitness Raises $213,000 for Breast Cancer Research
NEWINGTON, NH -- As a result of a Mother’s Day promotion, Planet Fitness donated more than $213,000 to breast cancer research.
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TSI Implements Sustainability Program
NEW YORK -- Town Sports International Holdings Inc. (TSI) has launched at all of its facilities an EcoSteps initiative, a fully integrated sustainability program, the company announced.
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Police, Fire Recruits Less Physically Fit
JACKSON, MS -- Not only is the military grappling with decreased fitness levels among new recruits, but local police and fire departments also are having trouble finding applicants who can pass the initial physical training test.
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Clubs Sue Over Pool Bidding Process
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA -- A group of for-profit fitness clubs filed suit against the City of Charlottesville, VA, and Albemarle County (VA), claiming the entities failed to follow state law during the bidding process for construction of a new pool.
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Students Pass Rec Center Operations Fee
THIBODAUX, LA -- Students at Nicholls State University recently approved a fee to fund operations at their new recreation center. The $78-per-semester student fee will be used to pay operational costs for the new rec center, including staff and student salaries, supplies and utility costs.
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In Brief
May Issue Online Now
The May issue of Club Industry magazine features the health benefits of water workouts. The issue also includes a report on some YMCAs that are banning sex offenders, a report on personnel changes at Life Fitness and a look at how club operators are creating more options for online service.
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Best of the Best – Deadline in Two Weeks
Show off your club’s programs by entering them in the eighth annual Club Industry Best of the Best competition. Winners will be featured in the magazine, will receive free registrations to the Club Industry Conference and will receive their awards at the October show in Chicago. Entries are due June 7, so download a PDF entry form today to get started.
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Resource Center
ClubIndustry.com has a new cardio and strength resource center, sponsored by Life Fitness. Be sure to check out fit tips for your members as well as videos, white papers and past articles from Club Industry magazine about cardio and strength trends.
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Facility News
  • The Rush Fitness Complex, Knoxville, TN, will open its 20th and 21st clubs on June 1 in Dalton, GA, and Winston-Salem, NC. Each club will employ about 50 full- and part-time staff members. The company’s other locations are in Tennessee and North Carolina.
  • A 21-year-old driver was killed on May 11 after his car hit a road curb, went airborne and landed on the roof of the Ultra Bodies personal training studio in The Woodlands, TX. It took paramedics hours to get to Shaun Michael Finley, the son of a local sheriff’s deputy. Finley died at the scene.
  • A club near Jackson, MO, had an outbreak of E. coli that has sickened at least 14 people since April 28. Five confirmed cases were linked to Class Act Family Fitness. Nine other people were likely infected, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Four people were hospitalized. Health officials found bacteria in water from a drinking fountain and a faucet. The owner told local media that the well behind the fitness center may have been infected during heavy rainstorms last month. He has since added chlorine to the well and installed a chlorinator.
  • Sterling Center YMCA, a branch of the North Shore YMCA, Beverly, MA, announced that it will soon buy a portion of its energy from a 75-kilowatt combined heat and power (or cogeneration) system. The Sterling Y will receive a discount on the energy produced by the system and reduce its carbon emissions by up to 330 tons per year. The small-scale, combined heat and power equipment will be located at the property site but will be owned and operated by American DG Energy.
  • Supplier News
  • New York Health and Racquet Club (NYHRC) has selected ABC Financial, Little Rock, AR, to provide billing and electronic funds transfer (EFT) services, as well as club management software, online membership software and credit card merchant services. The software and services will be implemented next month. The new partnership will provide NYHRC with the ability to streamline data management and supply up-to-the-minute access to member information via ABC’s club management software. The clubs will be able to collect, update and store member data in real time, manage corporate accounts, automate repetitive tasks and create an interaction among all NYHRC facilities.
  • Star Trac, Irvine, CA, added Mike Herlihy as government sales manager and Jeff Hoke as the new eastern vertical and dealer sales manager. Herlihy has been in the fitness industry for the past 22 years, dating back to when, as a commercial banker, he started a leasing company for a fitness equipment business. Hoke, a former competitive bodybuilder, has 11 years of experience selling fitness equipment and six years of experience owning clubs and personal training.
  • A recent study by Coverall Health-Based Cleaning System, Boca Raton, FL, determined the standard rates of production (cleaning times) for hard-surface areas required to achieve aseptic cleaning in a fitness facility. The study also determined high-germ transmission points for surfaces in the fitness center as measured through Adenosine Tri-Phosphate readings. E-mail Coverall to receive a copy of the report.
  • The Ab Coaster Co., Chester, NJ, has released two new products, the trackless Ab Coaster CTL and the redesigned CS3000. Both products feature a “bottom up” motion that isolates the upper abs, side obliques and lower abs while avoiding discomfort and strain to the upper body. The products are intended for health clubs, fitness programs and rehab centers.
  • First Financial, Fort Lauderdale, FL, recently promoted Paul Bosley to executive vice president. Bosley served as national marketing director of First Financial for four years, and during that time, the company’s sales grew significantly. He has also served as a speaker at several Club Industry shows.
  • Lifestyle Family Fitness, St. Petersburg, FL, has added HydroMassage beds to six more of its clubs. HydroMassage, Clearwater, FL, was first introduced in Lifestyle clubs in 2008. “We’re adding more HydroMassage beds because they’ve proven to be an integral part of our unique selling proposition,” Lifestyle CEO John Simmons says. “After seeing solid results over the last year and a half, we’re confident HydroMassage will continue to be part of our clubs.”
  • Ultimate Sports Inc., Lafayette, IN, a manufacturer and supplier to the recreational vehicle industry, has completed a letter of intent to acquire exercise equipment maker Extreme Fitness Inc. Ultimate Sports plans to close the deal during the second quarter.
  • From the Blog
    Some Loyalties Run Deeper than Skin Deep
    I have a crazy story for you that might make you envious. How loyal are your members to your company’s brand? Are they loyal enough to wear your T-shirts around town? Maybe. But are they loyal enough to tattoo themselves with your logo? Probably not.
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    Group X Files at CI East
    We tried something different at Club Industry East in New York—a group exercise competition in our Club Studio area. We have presented group fitness activities before, but this time, the format was new, with several large and small clubs invited to demonstrate one of the original programs offered in their facilities.
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    Maggie Was Good to Us
    In the publishing world, getting a Maggie is a nice little feat. But since you’re not from the publishing world, let me explain what I mean by “getting a Maggie,” in case you think it’s akin to getting a wedgie or something. We won a Western Publishing Association award (called a Maggie) for most improved trade publication.
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