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September.1.2010 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM

Bally to Refund Ex-Members in Texas
Star Trac Reduces Sales Staff
Eight Fitness Companies Make Inc. List
Med-Fit Buys Virginia Plant From Nautilus
Crunch Elevates COO Worts to President
Childhood Obesity May Be Underreported
Anytime Fitness Challenges Parents with New Campaign
Cleveland Residents Lose 27,500 Pounds
Airmen Failing Fitness Test Doubles
CSUS Opens New Rec, Wellness Center
Hitting the Links, Social Media Style
Pardon Our Bragging
Seven Online Sales Tools
Special Conference Discount Offer for Newsbeat Readers
Facility News
Supplier News


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Bally to Refund Ex-Members in Texas
CHICAGO -- Bally Total Fitness will refund money to former members in Texas in an agreement it signed with the Texas Attorney General.
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Star Trac Reduces Sales Staff
IRVINE, CA -- Nearly three months after letting go about 100 employees, Star Trac recently underwent another round of layoffs.
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Eight Fitness Companies Make Inc. List
OVERLAND PARK, KS -- Eight health club companies made the Inc. 5000 list this year, but none made the Inc. 500 list. Three had been on the Inc. 500 list last year.
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Med-Fit Buys Virginia Plant From Nautilus
FALLBROOK, CA -- Less than two weeks before a deadline, Med-Fit Systems Inc. has purchased a Virginia manufacturing and warehouse facility from Nautilus Inc.
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Crunch Elevates COO Worts to President
NEW YORK -- Crunch Fitness has promoted Keith Worts from chief operating officer to president.
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Childhood Obesity May Be Underreported
INDIANAPOLIS -- As the United States launches its first-ever National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month today, scientists say the problem may be even more widespread than was thought.
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Anytime Fitness Challenges Parents with New Campaign
HASTINGS, MN -- Anytime Fitness launched a new campaign today that includes free 30-day memberships for adults. The campaign features an organization called the Coalition of Angry Kids that is “angry” because it thinks their parents are not doing enough to help them lead healthy lifestyles.
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Cleveland Residents Lose 27,500 Pounds
CLEVELAND -- People who participated in the Cleveland Clinic’s go!FIT Greater Cleveland Challenge lost a combined 27,500 pounds.
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Airmen Failing Fitness Test Doubles
KAISERSLAUTERN, GERMANY -- During the first month of using the new Air Force fitness standards, some 20 percent of airmen failed the revised physical fitness test in July—double the rate of airmen who failed the old test.
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CSUS Opens New Rec, Wellness Center
SACRAMENTO, CA – Officials at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) plan to dedicate a new 151,000-square-foot recreation and wellness center on Thursday.
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From the Blog
Hitting the Links, Social Media Style
We hope you’ve been following us on Twitter and Facebook. In addition to our own stories from our website, we’ve posted several good stories from other news sources over the last few days.
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Pardon Our Bragging
I really don’t like it when people brag, but we are a little proud of three awards that our publication just won, so please excuse me while I tell you about them.
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In Brief
Seven Online Sales Tools
Learn about seven online sales tools for every health and wellness business in September’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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Special Conference Discount Offer for Newsbeat Readers
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Facility News
  • Life Time Fitness, Chanhassen, MN, has added AMC Theatres to its list of partners who provide monthly discounts to Life Time members as part of the company’s Member Advantage program, which includes discounts at retailers, hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues. Under the agreement, Life Time members can purchase two or more movie tickets for $7.50 each, a savings of 25 percent to 35 percent off AMC box office ticket prices.
  • BodyScapes Fitness, Newton, MA, is raising funds for breast cancer research during National Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. The club company, which appeared on the Inc. 5000 list this month, will donate $1 for every mile logged on its Cybex 750T pink treadmills at its three locations in the Boston area. The money will go to Faulkner Hospital’s Sagoff Breast Imaging and Diagnostic Centre in Boston.
  • Merritt Athletic Clubs, Baltimore, is opening a 7,800-square-foot, 24-hour club later this year in Anne Arundel County in Maryland, according to the company. Merritt has opened a preview center for the Buckingham location at the site of the new facility. Two years ago, the company closed a 21,600-square-foot facility in the same county, citing declining membership, according to a report in The Capital, the Annapolis, MD, newspaper.
  • Mountainside Fitness Centers, Gilbert, AZ, closed its Arvada, CO, locations, citing issues with its landlord, according to a report on 9News.com in Colorado. The report did not specify the issues. This location had 3,500 members, all of whom now can work out at the Apex Rec Centers in the area. Mountainside Fitness Centers, which was listed on the Inc. 5000 list this month and now has nine locations, notified members of the closure in a letter and through flyers posted at the facility, according to the report.
  • Allentown Racquetball Club, Allentown, PA, will close on Friday after 31 years in business, according to a note from owner John Brinson on the company’s website. The company, which goes by 24-7 Fitness Clubs, has three other Pennsylvania locations in Bethlehem, West End and Trexlertown, all of which will remain open. Brinson said that the Allentown facility had just 5 percent of the company’s 9,540 members. Full-time employees at the Allentown club will move to the other locations.
  • Anytime Fitness, Hastings, MN, is partnering with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) for a joint promotion of ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine program. The promotion offers one month free with a 12-month membership at Anytime when prospects ask for the Exercise is Medicine special. It also offers a free seven-day pass to Anytime.
  • The Maryland Athletic Club & Wellness Center, Timonium, MD, has hired Mike Hines as its general manager at MAC at Harbor East in Baltimore. Hines previously worked at the Sport Connection Spectrum Club in Manhattan Beach, CA, and then moved to the Sports Club Co. as the director of membership and corporate sales. He played a key role in the launch of that company’s Reebok Sports Club in New York.
  • UFC Gym will hold a grand opening expo on Saturday, Sept. 18, in Rosemead, CA. UFC President Dana White and UFC fighters Chuck Liddell and BJ Penn will be on hand for autographs.
  • Supplier News
  • Mountainside Fitness, Gilbert, AZ, has selected Spectrum NG by CSI Software, Houston, as its new club management software. In addition to all of the core modules, Mountainside will be implementing Spectrum NG Scheduler to schedule all personal training appointments and Spectrum NG Online Services for online account management and scheduling. “They will be able to leverage a number of new tools that did not exist in their legacy system, which should result in a significant increase in employee efficiency and better customer service,” says Andy Wigderson, vice president of sales and marketing at CSI Software.
  • Jackson Hole Health and Fitness, Jackson Hole, WY, has chosen to implement Fiserv’s Compete club management software, among other Fiserv services. Jackson Hole Health and Fitness required a scalable and flexible technology product to grow its membership, which consists of locals and tourists of this mountain resort community. Compete is built on the latest Internet-based technologies, providing the club with functionality to support its specific business needs, such as check-in, point-of-sale, electronic membership agreement, online member self-service and simplified EFT billing processes with supporting reports and reconciliation.
  • The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and St. Paul (MN) Parks and Recreation selected The Active Network’s Web-based parks and recreation software to manage and automate their daily operations. The company’s Software as a Service model allows the two groups to consolidate all registration data history into a single database, enabling them to customize reports, access real-time activity information and scheduling, use e-commerce capabilities and offer point-of-sale purchasing.
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