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June.10.2010 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM

Members and Clubs Increase, Revenue Decreases Worldwide
No Goode: Planet Fitness Deal Nixed
Bally Charged with Deceit in Texas
Star Trac Downsizes, Plans Consolidation
Virtual Reality Bridges Healthy Lifestyle Gap at Club One
Newest Kroc Center Opens in Dayton
Navy May Use Wii Fit with New Recruits
Life Fitness Introduces Equipment Layout Concept
Texas Tech Facility Gets a Facelift
June Step by Step Articles Online Now
Club Industry Features Richard Simmons and Bill Rancic
Best of the Best Deadline Extended
Facility News
Supplier News
Gym World
Bill Rancic: You're Hired ... by Club Industry
Got (Chocolate) Milk?


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Members and Clubs Increase, Revenue Decreases Worldwide
BOSTON -- The global health club industry increased clubs and members worldwide but generated about $1 billion less revenue than it did the previous year, according to the 2010 International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) Global Report.
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No Goode: Planet Fitness Deal Nixed
NEWINGTON, NH -- The proposed Planet Fitness minority sale to private equity firm Goode Partners LLC will not happen.
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Bally Charged with Deceit in Texas
AUSTIN, TX -- Bally Total Fitness says is it is working with the Texas Attorney General after his office charged the company with attempting to mislead former members into paying past due memberships that they do not owe.
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Star Trac Downsizes, Plans Consolidation
IRVINE, CA -- One week after it announced the resignation of its president, Star Trac continued to change the structure of its company.
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Virtual Reality Bridges Healthy Lifestyle Gap at Club One
BOSTON -- Club One’s virtual weight-loss pilot program has helped participants lose weight and has increased memberships for the club company.
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Newest Kroc Center Opens in Dayton
DAYTON, OH -- Just a week after The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center opened last month in Dayton, OH, it had nearly 600 members.
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Navy May Use Wii Fit with New Recruits
WASHINGTON, DC -- To help get new sedentary recruits in shape, the Navy may add exercise-based video games to its boot camp physical training program.
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Life Fitness Introduces Equipment Layout Concept
SCHILLER PARK, IL -- At last month’s first-ever Life Fitness Global Summit, Life Fitness, Schiller Park, IL, introduced a new concept in how to lay out equipment at a health club.
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Texas Tech Facility Gets a Facelift
LUBBOCK, TX -- The student rec center at Texas Tech University is getting a makeover this summer that includes new cardio and strength equipment, as well as updated flooring.
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In Brief
June Step by Step Articles Online Now
Club Industry’s online how-to section was updated to include columns on the recent passing of the Health Reform Act, promoting personal training, making health club marketing viral, creating a hotel-like experience in your club and deciding whether or not to fire your trainers. Visit our site to read past articles from industry experts.
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Club Industry Features Richard Simmons and Bill Rancic
Don’t miss out on October’s Club Industry Conference and Trade Show in Chicago. Keynoters for this year’s conference are Richard Simmons and Bill Rancic, the first winner of “The Apprentice” TV show. The conference also will feature some of the best seminars around and an exhibit hall floor filled with products.
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Best of the Best Deadline Extended
Due to popular demand, the deadline for entries was extended to June 14 for the 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. Download a PDF entry form today to get started.
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Facility News
  • 24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, CA, had no comment on a lawsuit filed in Utah by a man who claims an exercise ball exploded while he was standing on it in 2008. The man fell as a result, and one of the 90-pound weights he had held over his head hit his face, according to The Deseret News. According to court documents obtained by The Deseret News, 24 Hour replaced all the exercise balls in the club. 24 Hour does not comment on pending litigation, according to a spokesperson.
  • Life Time Fitness, Chanhassen, MN, recently purchased QLS Family Fitness, Humble, TX. After June 30, QLS members will need to transfer their memberships to Life Time Fitness.
  • Ameristar Casinos Inc., Las Vegas, plans to add a fitness center and 100 rooms to Ameristar Casino Kansas City’s luxury hotel. The expansion is set for completion in fourth quarter 2011 at a cost of approximately $14 million.
  • July is Park and Recreation Month, and the theme for 2010 is Celebrate, Advocate, Recreate. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is supporting two initiatives to celebrate the occasion. The first is Visit a Park with Your Legislator Day, where agencies are asked to invite legislators to their facilities to highlight the services parks and rec agencies provide to their communities. The second initiative is a Social Media Project, in which people are encouraged to take photos with NRPA’s official “This is how we recreate!” social media sign, and post the photos to their favorite social media sites. A tool kit is available online.
  • Supplier News
  • Sportsmith, Tulsa, OK, launched its Official Authorized Product Support Center on June 1, sourcing all non-warranty replacement parts and providing technical support worldwide for legacy StairMaster and Schwinn Fitness models. An additional 20,000 square feet of warehouse space accommodates the expanded parts selection. StairMaster and Schwinn Fitness non-warranty equipment owners will now receive around-the-clock service, according to Sportsmith, through the new StairMaster Product Support Center. Using this web portal, owners may purchase replacement parts, view parts diagrams and watch repair tutorial videos.
  • From the Blog
    Gym World
    Our June cover story focuses on clubs outside the United States. In the article, we profile two Americans who are enjoying success with their World Gym Taiwan clubs.
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    Bill Rancic: You're Hired ... by Club Industry
    By the time Bill Rancic speaks at the Club Industry show on Oct. 8 in Chicago, he will have a new book out, and his TV show will be in its third season. Those are the scoops I got from Rancic in our interview.
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    Got (Chocolate) Milk?
    I love chocolate milk! OK, love is a strong word, but my feelings toward chocolate milk approximate love. So I was extra excited to see the American College of Sports Medicine’s recent release noting two studies that show fat-free chocolate milk might be a good post-exercise recovery drink.
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