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October 1, 2010 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM

Planet Fitness Gets $40 Million Loan from GE
Anytime Partners with Fabiano Designs
Reports: Woman Dies in Equinox Club
24 Hour Fitness Supports Young and Old
Life Time Partners with NBA Team
Club Industry Unveils CI 2010 Website
Man Dies after Collapsing in Y Sauna
International Fitness Day Promotes Health and Fitness
Casey Wants to Give You Money
Curt Beusman and the Oscars
How Health Clubs Can Win the Marketing Battle
Club Industry 2010 VIP Pass
Facility News
Supplier News


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Planet Fitness Gets $40 Million Loan from GE
NEWINGTON, NH -- Planet Fitness has received new financing from GE Capital, Corporate Finance to the tune of a $40 million revolving credit facility.
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Anytime Partners with Fabiano Designs
HASTINGS, MN -- Anytime Fitness clubs are remodeling with the help of design firm Fabiano Designs.
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Reports: Woman Dies in Equinox Club
LOS ANGELES -- A woman collapsed and died on Wednesday night inside an Equinox club in Los Angeles, according to multiple reports.
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24 Hour Fitness Supports Young and Old
SAN RAMON, CA -- 24 Hour Fitness has had a strong relationship with youths in California. Now the company has a new relationship to benefit the young at heart.
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Life Time Partners with NBA Team
CHANHASSEN, MN -- Life Time Fitness has a naming rights partnership with the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves.
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Club Industry Unveils CI 2010 Website
OVERLAND PARK, KS -- Club Industry has a brand new website for the upcoming Club Industry Conference and Trade Show in Chicago.
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Man Dies after Collapsing in Y Sauna
FRAMINGHAM, MA -- A 45-year-old man died after being found unconscious and burned in the sauna of a YMCA in suburban Boston.
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International Fitness Day Promotes Health and Fitness
LEESBURG, VA -- For many people, holidays mean overeating and vegging out in front of the TV. That’s just the kind of tradition Dina Skulte, founder and owner of Fit for Kids' Sake! LLC, wanted to avoid when she created International Fitness Day in 2009.
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From the Blog
Casey Wants to Give You Money
Casey Conrad, industry consultant, is leading some Internet marketing seminars at the Club Industry show next week. She says that by attending these seminars, you could get paid to come to the Club Industry show. Find out how by watching her video on YouTube.
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Curt Beusman and the Oscars
Here’s an interesting nugget: Our Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Curt Beusman, has an Academy Award in his house.
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In Brief
How Health Clubs Can Win the Marketing Battle
Learn how wellness businesses can win the Groupon/daily deal marketing battle in October’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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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, next Wednesday through Friday in Chicago. Register now. To save resources, paper tickets have been eliminated, but you also can print out this ticket and bring it to the show for your free admission or pass it along to a friend.
Facility News
  • RetroFitness, Colts Neck, NJ, is expanding beyond its Mid-Atlantic roots into four new major metropolitan areas nationwide. Only five years after it first offered franchising opportunities, the company says more than 100 clubs are already in development in the Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta and Washington, DC, markets. It plans to bring that number up to 300 clubs over the next three years.
  • Equinox, New York, is teaming up with New York-based family lifestyle brand Citibabes to provide child care and children’s classes at some of its clubs. Citibabes at Equinox will offer educational and interactive programs for children aged 3 months to 9 years, allowing their parents time to work out.
  • YogaFit, Beverly Hills, CA, will offer seven new workshops for yoga and fitness professionals through its teacher training program in 2011. The workshops include YogaFit Sweat (instruction in a warm studio), YogaFit Lean (designed for weight loss), YogaFit Plus (for full-figured participants) and YogaFit Back (for those with back problems). Other new training programs focus on props, therapeutic benefits and breathing techniques.
  • Supplier News
  • Fitness Anywhere Inc., San Francisco, makers of TRX Suspension Training, recently named Ethan Sernoff its new senior vice president of marketing and product. Sernoff previously held marketing positions with Nike and Disney. “Ethan’s extensive experience in sports, brand and product marketing will be invaluable to keeping Fitness Anywhere at the forefront of the fitness industry and helping us to get to the next level,” Fitness Anywhere CEO and Founder Randy Hetrick said in a statement.
  • GlobalFit, Philadelphia, a provider of corporate health and wellness programs to employers and insurers nationwide, is partnering with Power Pilates to offer reduced-rate access to its 110 affiliated studios. Employees can attend sessions at the Pilates-dedicated studios on a pay-as-you-go basis at a 25 percent discount. GlobalFit says the partnership will benefit employees who would like to improve their fitness but do not feel comfortable in a traditional gym setting.
  • Endless Pools, Aston, PA, is working with “The Biggest Loser” TV show to provide this season’s contestants with access to a custom-built pool that features adjustable-speed swimming lanes and underwater treadmills. The company also partnered with the popular NBC series, now in its 11th installment, during the show’s second season.
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