NEW YORK -- A year after filing for bankruptcy and changing
ownership, Crunch is making waves with the addition of new
BOSTON -- The International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub
Association (IHRSA) says U.S. health club performance improved during
the first quarter of this year compared to first quarter 2009.
FORT BLISS, TX -- The Army is preparing to dedicate its
largest physical fitness facility on July 7—the 96,000-square-foot
Joshua W. Soto Physical Fitness Facility at Fort Bliss, El Paso,
LAWRENCE, KS -- Quick-thinking staff members at the
University of Kansas recreation center helped prevent extensive damage
recently when heavy rains and nearby construction caused two feet of
water to flood the facility’s basement.
NEW YORK -- The national JCC Association announced a deal
with Club One Inc., San Francisco, in which the club company will help
launch a wellness program at JCCs across the country.
Learn about 25 interesting things you can say or do with your
club’s e-newsletter and Facebook or Twitter accounts in July’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 about
how to get more e-newsletter subscribers, analyze Web traffic and make
your site more useful.
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
seminars, an exhibit hall and a group exercise competition.
International, Irving, TX, and the Gold’s Gym Franchisee Association
recently announced the winners of this year’s $45,000 Gold’s Gym
Know Your Own Strength Challenge. The list includes 10 category winners,
two grand champions chosen from the group of 10 and five team
achievements. Bryan Darnell of Wenatchee, WA, was the overall male
winner, and Mary Beth Lloyd of Albany, NY, was the overall female
winner. Darnell lost 60 pounds, 21 percent body fat and 12 inches from
his waist in 12 weeks. Lloyd lost 40 pounds, 10 percent body fat and 13
inches from her waist in 12 weeks. The Gold's Gym Wenatchee team also
was the top Gold’s Gym team. The $45,000 prize pool is in honor of
Gold’s Gym’s 45th anniversary.|
Gold’s Gym of St. Cloud (MN) hosted the Northern Section
qualifying rounds for the U.S. Open tennis tournament June 14-20. The
St. Cloud qualifier was one of 16 being held in facilities around the
country from April 1 to July 5 before qualifying men and women advance
to the U.S. Open National Playoffs in Atlanta and Stanford, CA. This is
the first time that the U.S. Tennis Association has held section
qualifier rounds. The association did so with the goal of connecting
more people to the U.S. Open and expanding its reach to communities
across the United States. The Gold’s facility beat out 175 bigger
facilities, including the University of Minnesota, to host the event.
Mark Muntifering, director of tennis at Gold’s Gym St. Cloud, took
part in the event as an official.
Investigators say a June 21 fire at Paradise Fitness Center in
Millbrook, AL, was sparked by an electrical problem in the attic of the
building, according to local TV reports. Most of the damage was in the
office area of the building that houses the club’s tanning beds and
pool house, reports WSFA-12 News in Montgomery, AL. No injuries were
reported, but a few club members suffered from dehydration. The tanning
center, offices and pool remained closed after the fire, but the rest of
the club was open. “We just started a whole new plan here,” Dusty
DeVaughn, the club’s owner, told WNCF-TV, Montgomery. “We purchased
the place in mid-April, and we were going through some renovations and
making some changes and trying to upgrade this place, so this definitely
puts a bump in the road.”
The YMCA of Greater New
York, recently recruited four New York Mets players and volunteers
from Con Edison to paint a white
coating on two Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA roofs in Brooklyn. Jason Bay, Ike
Davis, Jonathon Niese and Ryota Igarashi of the Mets joined 15
volunteers, soaking paint rollers and spreading the reflective coating
across the 14,300-square-foot roof. Con Edison sponsored the coating as
a partner in the NYC
Cool Roofs program, which promotes roofing that conserves energy,
curbs global warming and lowers urban air temperatures.
The YMCA and JCC of Greater
Toledo Board of Trustees voted unanimously to demolish the South
Toledo YMCA building, which was closed in December after a failed
membership drive to boost revenues. The building will be transformed
into green space as part of a park. Local media reported that at least
two interested parties offered to buy the 55-year-old building, but the
board’s announcement of the demolition cited a lack of “viable
interest” in the property as the reason for the demolition.
Apartments, managed by Apartment Management Associates LLC and owned
by Rubin Schron, founder of Cammeby’s International Group, is adding a
fitness center at Trump Village Apartments II in Brighton Beach,
Brooklyn, NY. The fitness center will be available to residents at Trump
Village Apartments I and II.
Corporate wellness engagement managers at Preventure, Coventry, RI, recently
became certified by the Wellness
Council of America (WELCOA). Preventure’s wellness engagement
managers completed a four-part course to achieve WELCOA certification
and will continue Levels 2 through 4 in the near future.
Little Rock, AR, has a new logo, a redesigned website and a
multi-channel marketing campaign that features testimonials from current
ABC Financial customers and their personal experiences with the company.
“Our new branding efforts give us a platform to talk about the breadth
and depth of our products and our ongoing commitment to providing the
most robust software and services to our clients,” says Jim Bottin,
founder and CEO. ABC Financial also announced the return of Anna Welsh
to its sales team. Welsh was with the company from September 2006 to
March 2010 before moving to Motionsoft.|
Star Trac, Irvine, CA,
recently hired Sal Pellegrino to its sales team as the director of
business development, key accounts. Pellegrino has more than 30 years
experience in the fitness industry. He has served as the national sales
director at Les Mills International, the national account manager at
Precor and the East Coast sales manager at Stairmaster. “Sal’s pride
at giving a world-class customer experience, his passion for learning
and his goal of helping his teammates get better make him a great
addition to Star Trac,” says Larry Domingo, Star Trac’s executive
vice president of global sales.
World Gym International, Los
Angeles, has chosen InTouch
Technology Ltd. as one of its approved vendors to help its clubs
improve their sales and prospecting. InTouch’s other clients include
Gold’s Gym and Anytime Fitness.
Cybex International Inc.,
Medway, MA, has been named fitness equipment partner to the NBC TV show
“The Biggest Loser.” Through the multi-year agreement, Cybex
equipment and signage will be prominently featured on the show in
episodes to begin airing in September. The company also will introduce
The Biggest Loser Arc Trainer, a consumer version of its cardio device.
Cybex also was selected to be the fitness equipment supplier for The
Biggest Loser Resorts, including a location opening this year in Malibu,
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have been busy
creating awareness for better fitness and better fitness club benefits
I’ve received a few phone calls and e-mails about the
tanning tax that goes into effect today. It seems that a lot of club
operators who offer tanning services have not been contacted by the IRS
about the tax.
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