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August.20.2010 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM

Marc Grondahl Named Chairman of Planet Fitness
Announcing the Best of the Best Winners
24 Hour Introduces Fingerprint Check-In
Trainer Charged with Hiding iPhone in Restroom
Johnson Health Tech Has Strong 2Q
Flood Closes ISU Rec Center
Army Examines Fitness App
College, Y Partner on Student Rates
Paul Ireland to Power Plate
Gold’s Offers JetBlue Flight Attendant Free Membership
August Issue Online Now
Club Industry and Midwest Mania
Facility News
Supplier News


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Marc Grondahl Named Chairman of Planet Fitness
NEWINGTON, NH -- Planet Fitness co-founder Marc Grondahl has been named chairman of the company’s board of directors.
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Announcing the Best of the Best Winners
OVERLAND PARK, KS -- The final tallies are in, and our expert judges selected the winners in the eighth annual Club Industry Best of the Best contest. The competition recognizes some of the best programming at fitness facilities in the United States and provides concrete examples of programs that have proven, successful results.
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24 Hour Introduces Fingerprint Check-In
SAN RAMON, CA -- 24 Hour Fitness has launched a Cardless Check-In program that uses fingerprints to identify club members.
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Trainer Charged with Hiding iPhone in Restroom
WALL TOWNSHIP, NJ -- A trainer at a New Jersey club was arrested after an iPhone was found hidden in a coed restroom at the club.
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Johnson Health Tech Has Strong 2Q
COTTAGE GROVE, WI -- Johnson Health Tech Inc. (JHT), the manufacturer of Matrix Fitness, posted an increase in sales in the second quarter.
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Flood Closes ISU Rec Center
AMES, IA -- The Lied Recreation Center at Iowa State University (ISU) is closed until further notice after 18 to 24 inches of flood water breached the facility last week. Three nights of heavy rain caused extensive flooding in Ames, IA, where the university is located, and in other parts of the state.
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Army Examines Fitness App
TAMPA, FL -- Smartphone apps soon may be the new personal trainers for Army soldiers in the field. The winner of the Apps for the Army contest was a Physical Training Program app designed to help troops develop their own physical training programs.
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College, Y Partner on Student Rates
LAFAYETTE, IN -- Students at Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette will be able to work out at the Lafayette Family YMCA at a reduced rate as a result of a partnership between the two entities.
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From the Blog
Paul Ireland to Power Plate
We’ve got confirmation that Paul Ireland, late of Star Trac, has landed at Power Plate. Ireland was vice president of sales with Star Trac and had been with that company for more than 15 years before he was part of Star Trac’s layoffs earlier this summer.
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Gold’s Offers JetBlue Flight Attendant Free Membership
Gold’s Gym has taken a page out of the Town Sports International playbook by offering JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater a free membership.
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In Brief
August Issue Online Now
The August issue of Club Industry magazine features a story about clubs with unique design elements that help owners boost retention and attract new members. The issue also includes a story about how green machines help attract members and an article about how EFT payments can increase club effectiveness.
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Club Industry and Midwest Mania
Club Industry and SCW Fitness Education are teaming up this October at the Club Industry Conference and Trade Show and Midwest Mania in Chicago. When you register for Midwest Mania for Saturday, Oct. 9, and Sunday, Oct. 10 only, you receive a free pass to the Club Industry show, held Oct. 6-8 at McCormick Place. Midwest Mania is Oct. 8-10 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, IL. For more information, visit www.clubindustryshow.com or www.scwfitness.com/midwest.
Facility News
  • LA Fitness, Irvine, CA, has opened a new club in Mesa, AZ. The club features a full array of cardio and strength equipment, full-court basketball, a three-lane lap pool, racquetball courts, a whirlpool spa and locker rooms, as well as a separate group exercise studio and a multi-tiered indoor cycling room. “We are pleased to add our fourth club to the Mesa community,” LA Fitness CEO Louis Welch said in a statement. LA Fitness has more than 340 locations in 22 states.
  • Crunch, New York, will open its third new franchise club in October. The 17,000-square-foot club in Rocklin, CA, will offer membership rates varying from $9.95 to $19.95 per month. The first Crunch franchise club is scheduled to open today in Lake Forest, CA. That club is owned by Steve Clinefelter, the former president of 24 Hour Fitness’ Asian subsidiary, California Fitness. Another Crunch franchise club will open this fall in Portland, OR.
  • The roof of a Life Time Fitness in Austin, TX, and the ceiling of an Anytime Fitness in Lafayette, CO, suffered damages this week. The Life Time club reopened Wednesday after strong winds tore part of the club’s roof off on Monday. Chunks of insulation from the roof were scattered in the parking lot, according to a local media report. Ceiling tiles in the weight room of the Anytime Fitness club collapsed after a rainstorm, causing an evacuation. The club’s owner closed the club overnight to dry out the building, a local newspaper reported.
  • Fort Carson, Colorado Springs, CO, broke ground on a $31 million physical fitness center this week. Construction is expected to be finished in January 2012. The center will have a gymnasium with basketball courts, an indoor running track, racquetball courts, swimming pools, fitness and exercise areas, climbing walls, locker rooms with showers and administration offices.
  • The Rush Fitness Complex, Knoxville, TN, is holding a grand opening Sept. 3-5 for its newest facility in Winston-Salem, NC. The club is the company’s 20th location and will employ more than 50 full-time and part-time staff. The company is providing door prizes and a chance to win a free one-year membership to the facility.
  • Supplier News
  • Baird, Milwaukee, completed its third fitness industry transaction in eight months when it helped with the reorganization of equipment manufacturer Star Trac, which was completed in July, the company recently announced. Baird, an employee-owned, international investment banking, private equity, wealth and asset management firm, served as the exclusive financial advisor to Star Trac in this transaction. Baird also sold Nautilus Inc.’s commercial strength and cardio lines, as well as its manufacturing plant in Independence, VA, to Med-Fit Systems Inc. in February. The firm also sold Nautilus’ StairMaster and certain assets of Schwinn Fitness to Land America Health and Fitness Co. Ltd., Michael Bruno’s organization, in December. Bruno also is the new owner of Star Trac.
  • ABC Financial, Little Rock, AR, added Steve Ayers to its team as vice president of sales. He will manage and direct the execution of sales plans and initiatives in new markets as well as supervise and train ABC’s sales team. Previously, Ayers served as chief financial officer and equity partner for a regional Gold’s Gym franchise in Florida and held CEO and CFO positions with Ormond Investment Group.
  • Technogym, Gambettola, Italy, is the official supplier of the first edition of the Youth Olympic Games, which began on Aug. 14 and continue through Aug. 26 in Singapore. The company says it was chosen not only for the quality of its products and services but for the experience it has accumulated in the previous four Olympic Games. Youth Olympics is a multi-discipline sports event inspired by the Olympic Games and dedicated to young athletes from 14 to 18 years old. In Singapore, more than 3,500 young athletes from 170 countries will train with Technogym.
  • Advantage Fitness Products (AFP), a provider of fitness facility design, supply and service, completed two fitness centers at The Eventi—a Kimpton Hotel and Beatrice Luxury Residences located in New York’s fashion district. AFP has designed two separate gyms that will serve the wellness needs of both short-term hotel guests and long-term residents, respectively.
  • The American Council on Exercise, (ACE), San Diego, announced a partnership with Henkel to support the company’s Henkel Helps Get Kids Fit campaign by launching new educational tools on the Youth Fitness section of the ACE Get Fit website. The campaign was recently launched to address—and help bring more attention to—the growing health and fitness concerns among the nation’s youth. “We continuously strive to educate parents, teachers and ACE-certified fitness professionals on safe and effective physical activities for children, but we also believe it’s important to support initiatives such as Henkel Helps Get Kids Fit to further motivate people and encourage them to inspire change in their communities,” Scott Goudeseune, ACE president and CEO, said in a statement.
  • MYE Entertainment announced that Adirondack LLC has installed more than 7,000 MYE wireless entertainment systems for Planet Fitness clubs. The systems include MYE Eclipse Series TV receivers and MYE TV transmitters. “We are very pleased with the product quality and customer service provided by MYE Entertainment,” Adirondack President Steve Joanis said in a statement. “Product durability is top priority for Planet Fitness, and MYE Entertainment products have met our stringent quality standards. We look forward to our continued partnership.”
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