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July.20.2010 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM

24 Hour Faces Discrimination Lawsuit in California
Mastrov Will Not Own NBA’s Warriors
Two Lives Saved from Near Drownings
Questions Arise after Boys Drown at Iowa Aquatics Center
YMCA Rebrands, Changes Name to ‘the Y’
Colleges Spending More on Recreation
AFSPC Upgrades Fitness Centers
July Issue Online Now
$100 Off Best Deal at Club Industry Conference through July 30
Facility News
Supplier News
Oregon Owner Makes the Right Call in Child Care Case
Down the Road at Midtown
A Touch of Cute for the Military
Mrs. Obama: Let’s Move! on Obesity


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24 Hour Faces Discrimination Lawsuit in California
LOS ANGELES -- 24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, CA, denies allegations of discrimination made in a class-action lawsuit filed last week.
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Mastrov Will Not Own NBA’s Warriors
OAKLAND, CA -- As it turns out, 24 Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov will not be the next owner of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.
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Two Lives Saved from Near Drownings
OVERLAND PARK, KS -- Staff at two clubs in the industry recently saved the lives of two members after each nearly drowned.
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Questions Arise after Boys Drown at Iowa Aquatics Center
PELLA, IA -- An Iowa aquatics center where two boys drowned last week is in the midst of a lawsuit in which the city claims a company improperly installed one of the pool’s underwater lights, which have been shut off for about four years.
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YMCA Rebrands, Changes Name to ‘the Y’
WASHINGTON, DC -- It’s official—the YMCA is now just called the Y. The YMCA of the USA announced its new brand strategy in an effort to modernize its image and draw attention to its core areas of focus.
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Colleges Spending More on Recreation
WASHINGTON, DC -- The share of spending on recreation facilities at American colleges is rising faster than the share of spending on instruction, according to a report released last week by the Delta Cost Project.
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AFSPC Upgrades Fitness Centers
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, CO -- In preparation for the new Air Force physical fitness standards, fitness centers in the Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) received $4 million for facility upgrades, including $600,000 for new equipment.
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In Brief
July Issue Online Now
The July issue of Club Industry magazine features the annual Top 100 Clubs list and an expanded version of the story accompanying the list, including comments from executives from some of the top clubs. The issue also includes a report on the confusion over the new 10 percent tanning tax, a feature on how flooring choices can affect indoor air quality, and a look at how strength equipment companies are packaging deals with other strength vendors.
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$100 Off Best Deal at Club Industry Conference through July 30
You have until the end of this month to take advantage of $100 off the regular price of $525 for the all-access pass to the Club Industry Conference and Trade Show, Oct. 6-8 in Chicago. The all-access pass enables you to attend any of the 110-plus seminars in 13 tracks and gives you admission to the luncheon roundtables on Oct. 6 and the business breakthrough brunch on Oct. 8. All of these options purchased separately would cost $980, so the all-access pass is a savings of 60 percent. And, as always, the keynote addresses (Richard Simmons and Bill Rancic, winner of “The Apprentice”) are free to everyone.
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Facility News
  • Thieves have broken into at least 70 lockers and cars at two clubs, Bally Total Fitness and LA Fitness, in Wayne, NJ, since January, according to The Bergen (NJ) Record. Investigators do not know if one or more persons are responsible for the thefts, the newspaper reports. Similar crimes in nearby counties are also being investigated.
  • By Thanksgiving, Steve Lumpee expects to open the $1.3 million, 11,000-square-foot addition to his Aggieland Fitness Dome, College Station, TX. The facility opened in January 2004 as the world’s first monolithic dome fitness center. The addition will house group fitness, group cycling, a mind/body room for yoga and Pilates, and a full-sized gymnasium for basketball, volleyball and indoor boot camps. The addition was designed by the original architect for the dome, Robert Payne of R.L. Payne and Associates, a local full-service commercial architectural firm. Lumpee says he’s adding new amenities to increase the fitness choices for current members, and he hopes to attract new members to what will be the only indoor basketball/volleyball court at a private facility in College Station. Membership pricing for the facility will remain unchanged.
  • Supplier News
  • Technogym, Gambettola, Italy, will be the exclusive supplier for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Technogym expects to supply more than 750 pieces of equipment, including equipment for the main gymnasium in the Olympic Village. The company also has supplied equipment for Olympic Games in Beijing (2008), Turin, Italy (2006), Athens (2004) and Sydney (2000).
  • Oprah Winfrey’s personal trainer, Bob Greene, recently gave his The Best Life seal of approval to elliptical cross trainers produced by Octane Fitness, Brooklyn Park, MN. Greene has awarded the seal to 25 brands thus far to help consumers easily identify products that fit into a healthy lifestyle. Octane is the first brand of fitness equipment to be awarded Greene’s seal.
  • Emerson Bearing, a Boston-based bearing company catering to original equipment manufacturers and maintenance, repair and operations markets, now has a recreation division that caters to fitness centers, among other markets. The division caters to the fitness industry with ball bearings, taper roller bearings, spherical roller bearings, oil seals, hydraulic cylinders and pumps.
  • RenoSys Corp., Indianapolis, a pool renovation company, has developed SoftSide, a foam-padded flooring system that is combined with RenoSys PVC Pool Shell technology. The slip-resistant SoftSide flooring is intended for use at water playgrounds/spraygrounds and waterslides. It is available in light blue, medium blue and off-white and as a textured or non-textured surface.
  • From the Blog
    Oregon Owner Makes the Right Call in Child Care Case
    The case of the missing boy in Oregon has a tie to a fitness club, and by the looks of things, the club owner made a very wise decision.
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    Down the Road at Midtown
    I had my second field trip of the week during a tour of the recently renovated Midtown Athletic Club, which is just down the street from our building in Overland Park, KS.
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    A Touch of Cute for the Military
    When most people think of the U.S. military, the word “cute” doesn’t often come to mind. That’s why I had to share this super cute photo essay from The Washington Post. Apparently, soldiers in Afghanistan rescued a litter of tiger-striped kittens that they found on base last summer.
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    Mrs. Obama: Let’s Move! on Obesity
    I just returned from listening to first lady Michelle Obama speak about childhood obesity–not just childhood obesity in general, but more specifically how this epidemic is hitting the African-American community. She was in Kansas City, MO, to speak at the NAACP national convention.
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