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June.2.2010 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM

Star Trac President Resigns
LA Fitness Faces Class Action Suit
Beusman to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
Gold’s Franchisee President Steps Down
Pool Entrapment Deaths Down in 2009
Tanning Beds Increase Cancer Risk, New Study Finds
Washington, DC, Fittest Metro Area Again
Owner Tied to Clemens Closes Center
Air Force Hiring Civilians for FACs
Fort Worth Closes Pools, Cites Shortfall
WebSavvy’s June Article Online Now
Best of the Best Deadline Approaching
Facility News
Supplier News
Recipe for Success
Members Need a Call


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Star Trac President Resigns
IRVINE, CA -- Star Trac announced that Steve Nero has resigned as the company’s president and chief operating officer and that the company replaced him with Mike Leveque (left).
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LA Fitness Faces Class Action Suit
PHILADELPHIA -- LA Fitness is the subject of a recently filed consumer class-action lawsuit involving cancellation policies with its monthly membership contracts.
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Beusman to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award
OVERLAND PARK, KS -- Curt Beusman, founder of Saw Mill Clubs, is the recipient of Club Industry’s 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Gold’s Franchisee President Steps Down
SUGAR HILL, GA -- Blair McHaney is stepping down as president of the Gold’s Gym Franchisee Association (GGFA).
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Pool Entrapment Deaths Down in 2009
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission received no reports of pool entrapment fatalities in 2009, although it received eight reports of entrapment incidents that injured seven people last year, according to a recently released report. By comparison, two entrapment deaths were reported to the CPSC in 2008.
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Tanning Beds Increase Cancer Risk, New Study Finds
MINNEAPOLIS -- A University of Minnesota study links indoor tanning beds to increased risk of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.
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Washington, DC, Fittest Metro Area Again
INDIANAPOLIS -- For the third year in a row, the Washington, DC, metropolitan area is the fittest in the United States.
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Owner Tied to Clemens Closes Center
HOUSTON -- Shaun Kelley, who has been linked to the Roger Clemens steroids case, has closed his Shaun Kelly Weight Control center in Houston.
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Air Force Hiring Civilians for FACs
WASHINGTON, DC -- In preparation for new Air Force fitness assessment standards slated to take effect July 1, the Air Force is increasing civilian employees at 60 bases throughout the country to staff newly created Fitness Assessment Cells (FACs). The FACs were designed to reduce administrative burdens on squadrons and create consistency for fitness testing.
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Fort Worth Closes Pools, Cites Shortfall
FORT WORTH, TX -- The City of Fort Worth plans to close six of its seven municipal swimming pools this summer because of a $45 million budget shortfall. City officials announced a plan with the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth to open pools at four Y locations for limited public use, beginning on June 5.
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In Brief
WebSavvy’s June Article Online Now
Read about the top 10 web design, content and marketing books in June’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 website 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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Best of the Best Deadline Approaching
Don’t be left out—send your entry in by June 7 to compete in the Club Industry Best of the Best competition. Get exposure for your programs if you win—and get three free registrations to the Club Industry conference in Chicago, including entry to the trade show floor and seminars and keynote addresses by Richard Simmons and Bill Rancic, the first winner of “The Apprentice.” Winners will be featured in the magazine and will receive their awards at the Club Industry show in October. Download a PDF entry form today to get started.
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Facility News
  • Members and friends of Club H Fitness, Hoboken, NJ, raised $13,548 for the American Cancer Society at the annual Spin For Life event. More than 200 spinners participated in this year’s event, which was held on May 23 in Hoboken, NJ. Club H Fitness has held the event for the past six years and has raised more than $100,000 for the American Cancer Society.
  • The Rush Fitness Complex, Knoxville, TN, is opening two new clubs today, one in Dalton, GA, and the other in Winston-Salem, NC. The Rush, owned by Larry Gurney, now has 19 locations. The clubs offer free supervised kids clubs, personal training, nutritional guidance, pro shops, juice bars and free guest privilege programs. The Rush merges exercise and entertainment with a rock-climbing wall and a Tornado Tube, a massive air-blast chamber designed to cool off heated exercisers.
  • Members of the team at a Fitness Together, Ponte Vedra, FL, recently appeared on the “Dr. Phil” show to reveal the success of Erin Stehl’s three-month fitness and weight-loss program. Wes Greer, franchise owner of three Fitness Together studios, and personal trainer Lori Eboli, guided Stehl through four workouts a week that helped her lose 25 pounds and 9 percent of her body fat. “We’re promoting healthy weight loss with diet and exercise,” Greer said in a statement. “Erin’s journey took time and serious dedication. But there are millions of women out there like Erin who are still searching for answers. We’re honored to show that Fitness Together can be part of the solution.”
  • 24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, CA, will be featured in the upcoming NBC TV series “Losing It With Jillian,” which premieres tonight at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The series stars trainer Jillian Michaels, who also is featured on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” 24 Hour provided families in the new series with one-year memberships and complimentary personal training. Each participant also received the bodybugg personal calorie management system.
  • Sport & Health, McLean, VA, will hold a June 12 grand opening for its multi-million-dollar, 38,000-square-foot club at Brambleton Town Center in Ashburn, VA. The new club features indoor and outdoor swimming pools and an open floor plan for more than 100 pieces of cardio equipment. Other features include a smoothie bar, a WiFi café, a basketball court, a kids club and studios for group exercise, virtual cycling, yoga and Pilates.
  • Boston Sports Clubs will host a free swim class for children and their parents on June 10 at its Wellesley, MA, location. Enza Youkalis, the wife of Boston Red Sox slugger Kevin Youkalis, will lead the class along with their 4-year-old son, Michael.
  • A fitness center at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA, was recently named in honor of Navy Reserve Cmdr. Duane Wolfe, who died in Iraq. Wolfe, 54, previously worked at Vandenberg for 24 years and was deputy commander of the 30th Mission Support Group at the time of his death. The 51,000-square-foot fitness center was completed a year ago and cost $16 million.
  • To relieve stress during finals, students at the University of California-Riverside will be treated to wellness and exercise therapies on Wednesday. Planned activities include healthy exercise options at the student recreation center and a Mental Health Day Spa. One unusual spa treatment will be the appearance of several certified therapy dogs that will be available for petting and play. Students who pet a pooch also will receive a stress ball and bookmark featuring stress-relieving tips. A similar program earlier this year drew 350 students to interact with the therapy dogs.
  • Supplier News
  • Cybex International Inc., Medway, MA, is holding its second annual Pink Ribbon Run, a national program benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Cybex donates 10 cents for each mile logged on its custom-made pink treadmills during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is in October. The pink treadmills will be sold to exercise facilities across the country. Information on participating clubs and purchasing details are available online. During its inaugural campaign, Pink Ribbon Run was recognized as one of 2009’s top cause-marketing initiatives, with exercisers logging more than 250,000 miles on the pink treadmills at more than 90 facilities in 38 states. Based on that success, for every pink treadmill purchased by a repeat participant this year, a donation will be made for that treadmill, as well as one purchased in 2009.
  • 24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, CA, is introducing the Les Mills Bodypump group ex class in its clubs during the next six months. “It is thrilling to partner with 24 Hour Fitness as it makes such a strong investment in its business,” Les Mills Chairman Phillip Mills said in a statement. “This partnership helps both of our companies achieve our missions of changing people’s lives for the better through fitness.”
  • Sara Kooperman of Les Mills Midwest, a division of SCW Fitness Education, will present a seminar titled “Group Fitness for Profit” on Friday at the Prairie Athletic Club in Sun Prairie, WI. Future seminars will be held June 16 at the Leaning Tower YMCA in Niles, IL; June 17 at the Mercy HealthPlex Center in Cincinnati; June 24 at Lifestyle Family Fitness in Indianapolis; and July 22 at the Lemont Park District in Lemont, IL. For more information, send an e-mail to info@mw.lesmillsusa.com.
  • Optimal Design Systems International (ODSI), Weston, FL, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. During that time, the club design firm has created more than $650 million worth of facilities in 45 states and 26 countries. Bruce Carter, founder of ODSI, is a Club Industry columnist and speaker at Club Industry shows.
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    Does your club have a unique design element that you’d like to show off to Club Industry readers? If so, your club could be included in an August feature story on cool club designs.
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    Members Need a Call
    A recent study shows that your members might be just a phone call or two away from getting back into your club. The study, conducted by Stanford University, showed that people who received one phone call about every three weeks exercised more than those who did not.
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