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July.9.2010 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM

Land America Owner Acquires Star Trac
Club One Gets New CEO
States with 30 Percent Obesity Rate Double
Man with Guns Arrested at LA Fitness
Ex-Club Employee Sentenced to 20 Years
Club Owners Seek Members Through Incentive Program
Tea Party Protests YMCA, County Deal
Army Looks to Yoga for Pain Relief
GCU Expands Campus, Builds Rec Center
July Step by Step Articles Online Now
Top Cardio and Strength Trends
Richard Simmons and Bill Rancic Headline Club Industry
Facility News
Supplier News
Gregg Hammann: CEO/Football Coach
Apple Worms Its Way Deeper into Fitness


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Land America Owner Acquires Star Trac
IRVINE, CA -- Star Trac has signed a purchasing agreement with Michael Bruno, who acquired a controlling interest in the Irvine, CA-based manufacturer’s parent company, Unisen Inc. Bruno is the owner and founder of manufacturer Land America Health and Fitness Co., Xiamen, China.
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Club One Gets New CEO
SAN FRANCISCO – Club One, San Francisco, has a new CEO. Robin Klaus took over the CEO role on July 1 after Jim Mizes, who had been with Club One for eight years, left.
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States with 30 Percent Obesity Rate Double
WASHINGTON, DC -- The number of states with an adult obesity rate of at least 30 percent doubled from four to eight in the past year, and several states are not too far behind.
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Man with Guns Arrested at LA Fitness
COLLIER TOWNSHIP, PA -- A man who had guns in the trunk of his car was arrested last week at the same LA Fitness where tragedy struck a year ago.
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Ex-Club Employee Sentenced to 20 Years
NEWARK, NJ -- A former club employee in New Jersey was sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting three boys.
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Club Owners Seek Members Through Incentive Program
OVERLAND PARK, KS -- A growing number of health club owners are using an online financial incentive program for weight loss to bring in new members.
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Tea Party Protests YMCA, County Deal
CURRITUCK COUNTY, NC -- A newly formed group of Tea Party supporters is protesting a plan between Currituck County, NC, and the YMCA of South Hampton Roads to share construction costs for a new community recreation center.
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Army Looks to Yoga for Pain Relief
WASHINGTON, DC -- To better address the chronic pain issues many former combat soldiers experience, a recently released Army Surgeon General report recommends using alternative practices, such as yoga, acupuncture and biofeedback.
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GCU Expands Campus, Builds Rec Center
PHOENIX -- After narrowly escaping bankruptcy in 2004, Grand Canyon University (GCU) recently broke ground on a $60 million campus expansion that includes a 55,000-square-foot recreation and fitness center.
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In Brief
July Step by Step Articles Online Now
Club Industry’s online how-to section was updated to include columns on establishing a culture of service excellence, investing in your personal trainers, 10 programs for female members, gaining member referrals and designing around new technology. Visit our site to read past articles from industry experts.
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Top Cardio and Strength Trends
Get fit tip sheets for your members, view videos, learn about liability issues and read some of the most popular stories on cardio and strength trends featured in the past few years in Club Industry magazine by going to the Life Fitness-sponsored content page.
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Richard Simmons and Bill Rancic Headline Club Industry
This October, you won’t want to miss the Club Industry Conference and Trade Show in Chicago. Richard Simmons will offer the first-day keynote, and Curt Beusman, founder of the Saw Mill Club, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. The second-day keynoter is Bill Rancic, the first winner of “The Apprentice” TV show. (Listen to what Rancic has to say about Donald Trump, TV and fitness on our recent podcast.) The conference also will feature a group exercise competition, great seminars and an exhibit hall floor filled with products.
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Facility News
  • In August, Crunch, New York, will open its second announced franchise club. The 23,000-square-foot club in Lake Forest, CA, will occupy a former Bally Total Fitness. Last month, Crunch announced its first franchise club opening, scheduled for September in a suburb of Portland, OR.
  • Anytime Fitness, Hastings, MN, will open as many as 150 clubs in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg over the next 10 years. Petro Hameleers of the Netherlands, who signed the master franchise agreement, says his first club could open as early as January 2011. Last month, Anytime Fitness announced it had attained a master franchise agreement in Japan.
  • In a ceremony last week, the U.S. Army dedicated the new Monti Physical Fitness Center at Fort Drum, NY. Formerly the Pine Plains Fitness Center, the center was renamed to honor Sgt. First Class Jared Monti, who died in 2006. Monti, who served in the 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 2009 for his honorable and heroic actions in Afghanistan. His team was reportedly occupying a surveillance position where they were attacked by enemy forces. Monti rushed under heavy fire to assist two wounded comrades. Only two soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division have ever received a Medal of Honor.
  • The YMCA of McKeesport Wellness Center recently held a grand opening in its new location. Thanks to a $25,000 grant from the McKeesport Hospital Foundation and a partnership with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the Y was able to upgrade equipment and rent space across from the medical center for a nominal fee. The Y was formerly housed in a 90-year-old building in need of repair. The YMCA of McKeesport plans to merge with the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh by late August or early September.
  • Supplier News
  • Life Fitness, Schiller Park, IL, recently donated $7,500 to Back On My Feet, a nonprofit organization that presents a structured training program for the homeless to encourage self-sufficiency and confidence. With chapters currently in Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and soon Chicago, Back On My Feet promotes running as a way to help the homeless lead better lives. In addition to its donation, Life Fitness employees also will volunteer as running mentors when the Chicago chapter opens later this year.
  • ABC Financial, Little Rock, AR, launched a new electronic kiosk designed to provide a self-service option to fitness club members. The kiosk, which features ABC’s MYiCLUBonline, is available to ABC Financial customers nationwide and arrives preconfigured and ready to use. It does not require a dedicated connection and runs off of existing wired or wireless Internet service. The complete system costs $1,499. ABC Financial also will unveil its updated software, DataTrak 2.8, on Monday at the Gold’s Gym convention in Las Vegas. The software will be available to ABC customers on July 25.
  • efi Sports Medicine, San Diego, has launched its GravityClubhouse Blog, an online community created for fitness and wellness professionals and facilities offering efi’s Gravity on Total Gym small group, personal training, Pilates or post-rehab programming. The blog complements efi’s GravityClubhouse.com online education program, which offers ongoing workout programs, DVDs and executive incentives at no cost to members.
  • PPG Industries Inc., maker of the Accu-Tab Chlorination System, recently released an informational advisory called “Being Green, Staying Clean: Protecting the Environment and Your Patrons.” It provides actionable information on greenhouse gas emissions and best practices for swimming pool owners and operators on how to manage their carbon footprint without sacrificing water quality. The advisory also provides practical ideas for implementing green practices at recreational water facilities, lists potential questions that pool owners and operators should ask themselves and suggests third-party resources.
  • From the Blog
    Gregg Hammann: CEO/Football Coach
    The CEO of Power Plate International, who used to be the CEO of Nautilus, had an interesting side gig last fall. While doing research for another story, I came across an item about Gregg Hammann and his job as a high school football coach in Iowa.
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    Apple Worms Its Way Deeper into Fitness
    Could the iPhone become the most important companion to your members in the future? Apple certainly seems to be gearing its iPhone to go beyond a luxury item and become a necessity for almost every area of a person’s life, including fitness and nutrition.
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