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September.20.2010 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM

LA Fitness Adds Two More Clubs
Equinox Names New CMO
ACAC to Expand in Virginia
Seized Drug Money Used for Fitness Center
Ohio Owner Indicted for Trafficking Steroids, Marijuana
Oregon Owner Pleads Guilty to Sexual Harassment
Newest 24 Hour Star Is Just Down the Hall
How Safe Is Pole Dancing?
Why Didn’t They Have Rec Centers Like This 20 Years Ago?
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Club Industry 2010 VIP Pass
Facility News
Supplier News


News
LA Fitness Adds Two More Clubs
IRVINE, CA -- LA Fitness has added two new clubs to its portfolio this month. The Irvine, CA-based company is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony today for its newest club in Stuart, FL.
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Equinox Names New CMO
NEW YORK -- Equinox recently named Cynthia (Cie) Nicholson its new executive vice president and chief marketing officer.
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ACAC to Expand in Virginia
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA -- ACAC Fitness & Wellness Center is adding a new club in Richmond, VA, its second facility in that city. The club company also has one club in West Chester, PA, and four in Charlottesville, VA, where the company is headquartered.
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Seized Drug Money Used for Fitness Center
BRANDON, MS -- The sheriff of a county in Mississippi is using seized drug money to renovate a fitness center for the county.
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Ohio Owner Indicted for Trafficking Steroids, Marijuana
BATAVIA, OH -- An Ohio club owner has been indicted on multiple drug charges, including manufacturing and trafficking steroids and marijuana.
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Oregon Owner Pleads Guilty to Sexual Harassment
CLACKAMAS, OR -- A club owner in Oregon who was accused of sexually abusing an 18-year-old woman whom he invited to the club has pleaded guilty to sexual harassment.
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From the Blog
Newest 24 Hour Star Is Just Down the Hall
One of the newest stars of 24 Hour Fitness’ Real Members campaign is very familiar to us here at Club Industry. Not only does Mishunda Mathis work for our company (Penton Media), and not only does she work in our building in Overland Park, KS, but she also works on our floor!
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How Safe Is Pole Dancing?
I recently saw the umpteenth article about the pole dancing craze and noticed the subject of the story was photographed upside down on the pole. After seeing the photo of the North Carolina dance studio owner, I thought to myself, “That really looks kind of dangerous.”
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Why Didn’t They Have Rec Centers Like This 20 Years Ago?
California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State) recently posted a video of its new rec center, The Well, which opened Sept. 2. It gives you a really good picture of all that the facility has to offer, especially the rock climbing wall, which is the centerpiece.
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In Brief
September Issue Online Now
The September issue of Club Industry magazine features a profile of Club Industry Lifetime Achievement Award winner Curt Beusman. The issue also includes a Club Industry 2010 show preview, plus features on keynote speakers Richard Simmons and Bill Rancic.
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Club Industry 2010 VIP Pass
Here’s your VIP pass for complimentary show admission—a $35 value—to the Club Industry Conference and Trade Show, Oct. 6-8 in Chicago. Register now. To save resources, paper tickets have been eliminated, but you also can print out this ticket and bring it along to the show for your free admission or pass it along to a friend.
Facility News
  • Three Fitness Factory clubs in Arizona have closed, according to a report by Phoenix TV station ABC 15. The clubs had operated in Gilbert, Chandler and Tolleson, AZ, for less than a year. An electric bill of $27,000 for one of the clubs remains unpaid, and two of the clubs’ property managers say the clubs would have had to pay 50 percent of the rent starting Sept. 1 after enjoying periods of free rent, according to the report. The clubs’ owners are facing lawsuits involving two Anytime Fitness clubs they owned in Las Vegas.
  • Club Fit, Briarcliff Manor, NY, has named Bill Beck its president and Ellen Koelsch its vice president. Owner Beth Beck, the mother of Bill Beck and Ellen Koelsch, will remain active in the company, as will co-owner David Swope, founder and chairman of Club Fit. Founded in 1973, Club Fit operates clubs in Briarcliff Manor and Jefferson Valley, NY, and serves more than 10,000 members.
  • Supplier News
  • Med-Fit Systems, Fallbrook, CA, donated fitness equipment to a New Orleans high school that will be featured in the ESPN documentary “RISE UP: New Orleans,” which will air at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday. McMain High School was the first high school to open in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. At ESPN’s request, Med-Fit Systems provided all the strength equipment to the school’s athletic facility, including the Nautilus Xpload plate-loaded line, Nautilus F3 free weights and racks, dumbbells and weight plates. The documentary will be promoted tonight during the Monday Night Football game between the New Orleans Saints and the San Francisco 49ers.
  • GlobalFit, Philadelphia, a provider of corporate health and wellness programs to employers and insurers nationwide, has a new partnership with Anytime Fitness, Hastings, MN, and its more than 1,300 clubs. “Anytime Fitness’ 24/7/365 model gives our members even more options,” says Matthew Laffer, GlobalFit’s vice president of sales. “Workers with schedules that don’t fit into standard gym hours can now exercise when it’s convenient for them.” Through GlobalFit, eligible employees can join more than 12,000 participating fitness centers at reduced rates.
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