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July.1.2010 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM

Crunch Adds Clubs on West Coast
Club Performance Improved in First Quarter
Army Opens Its Largest Fitness Facility
Rec Center Staff Mobilizes During Flood
JCC Association Partners with Club One
Twenty-five Interesting Things to Say Online
Club Industry Features Richard Simmons and Bill Rancic
Facility News
Supplier News
Keeping Up with the Obamas
Tanning Tax Confusion


News
Crunch Adds Clubs on West Coast
NEW YORK -- A year after filing for bankruptcy and changing ownership, Crunch is making waves with the addition of new clubs.
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Club Performance Improved in First Quarter
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.
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Army Opens Its Largest Fitness Facility
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, Texas.
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Rec Center Staff Mobilizes During Flood
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.
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JCC Association Partners with Club One
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.
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In Brief
Twenty-five Interesting Things to Say Online
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.
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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 seminars, an exhibit hall and a group exercise competition.
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Facility News
  • Gold’s Gym 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.
  • The 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.
  • Trump Village 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.
  • Supplier News
  • ABC Financial, 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, CA.
  • From the Blog
    Keeping Up with the Obamas
    President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have been busy creating awareness for better fitness and better fitness club benefits for all.
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    Tanning Tax Confusion
    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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