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September.13.2010 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM

Crunch Expands in Miami
Ohio Owner Guilty of Failing to Pay Taxes
Prevention Is the Main Purpose for Supplements
Suppliers Make Inc. List
Motionsoft Gets Funds for Expansion
Who Is That Masked Man?
Best Calves in America
LeBron James Is Working Hard for the Heat
Boulder Clubs Holding Up
September Step by Step Articles Online Now
Special Conference Discount Offer for Newsbeat Readers
Facility News
Supplier News


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Crunch Expands in Miami
NEW YORK -- Crunch will expand its reach in Miami as well as its other primary markets around the country over the next several months.
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Ohio Owner Guilty of Failing to Pay Taxes
TOLEDO, OH -- The owner of women’s fitness clubs in Ohio pleaded no contest to one count of failure to remit sales taxes.
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Prevention Is the Main Purpose for Supplements
WASHINGTON, DC -- Most consumers use dietary supplements for prevention purposes, according to a new survey by the Nutrition Business Journal.
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Suppliers Make Inc. List
NEW YORK -- Six manufacturers and suppliers to the fitness industry made the Inc. 500 and 5000 lists this year. The lists, which also include eight health club companies, appear in the September issue of Inc.
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Motionsoft Gets Funds for Expansion
SILVER SPRING, MD -- Motionsoft Inc. received a $5.5 million investment from Edison Venture Fund, Lawrenceville, NJ, earlier this month. The money will go to expand sales, marketing and development, according to a release from Edison Venture Fund.
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From the Blog
Who Is That Masked Man?
Have you ever seen Anytime Fitness CEO Chuck Runyon and the company’s official mascot, Captain Running Man, in the same place at the same time? Check out these photos, and see for yourself.
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Best Calves in America
Think you have good-looking calves? Well, check these out! Pattie Mangone of Plum, PA, is the winner of the Life Fitness Search for America’s Best Looking Calves contest.
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LeBron James Is Working Hard for the Heat
It appears LeBron James has been busy taking his talents to the weight room. James, the NBA superstar who this season is “taking his talents to South Beach” to play for his new team, the Miami Heat, recently posted videos of his workouts on his King James Twitter page.
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Boulder Clubs Holding Up
I called around to a few fitness centers in the Boulder, CO, area last week to see if the fires in the canyon near the college town were affecting them. The owners of each club I spoke with said that their clubs were fine. The fire is in a rural enough area that no clubs are near them.
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In Brief
September Step by Step Articles Online Now
Club Industry’s online how-to section was updated to include columns on corporate fitness as a profit center, developing a 12-month marketing plan, how to bring your boot camp indoors, a look at loyalty programs in clubs and tips for putting prospective members at ease in your clubs. Visit our site to read past articles from industry experts.
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Special Conference Discount Offer for Newsbeat Readers
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Facility News
  • LA Fitness, Irvine, CA, opened a new club last week in the Chicago suburb of Broadview, IL. The 50,000-square-foot facility in the Broadview Village Square is in the building formerly occupied by Target. A grand opening party is scheduled for Oct. 16.
  • Anytime Fitness, Hastings, MN, has signed an area development agreement with Wayzata Poland, a subsidiary of Wayzata Capital, to operate clubs in Poland. Membership fees at the Polish clubs are expected to be in the $30- to $40-per-month range. Anytime Fitness previously announced plans to open clubs in the United Kingdom and Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Japan.
  • My Gym Entertainment is producing “The Activators,” an interactive series for preschoolers focused solely on physical fitness. Created by screenwriter Gregg Lichtenstein, the show is on The Activators.net, with new installments rolling out this fall.
  • Supplier News
  • Cybex International, Medway, MA, is the preferred fitness equipment supplier to Troon Golf, which operates more than 200 high-end private, resort and daily fee golf properties in 26 countries. Cybex Golf Fitness is designed to drive year-round revenue for golf properties by enhancing member retention and attracting new members.
  • iGo Figure, Houston, announced that the iGo Figure Membership and Business Management Software is now available in Mandarin and simplified Chinese. “We saw the growth of the Chinese fitness market and started receiving more requests to translate our software to Chinese,” iGo Figure CEO Kyle Zagrodzky says. “With the iGo Figure Software already available in 14 other languages, it only made sense to also make it available to the fastest growing economy in the world.”
  • The American Council on Exercise (ACE), San Diego, has named Janet Frenkel its executive vice president of sales and marketing, a newly created position. Frenkel brings more than 10 years of experience in the health care industry to the role, in which she will be responsible for developing and executing business strategies that will maximize ACE’s sales and marketing opportunities. Frenkel had served as CEO and founder of The Frenkel Group Inc., a management consulting firm focused on the health care sector.
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