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October.20.2010 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM

Bally Lawsuit Coming to Close after Six Years
Cybex Reports Third Quarter Loss
Florida Trainer Was on Most Wanted List
Ex-Club Owner Sentenced in MN Tax Case
Mad Dogg Buys Hart Wood
Ninth Salvation Army Kroc Center Opens
Who Has a Mirror?
Welcome, Lara, to Our World
October Issue Online Now
Facility News
Supplier News


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Bally Lawsuit Coming to Close after Six Years
CHICAGO -- A settlement in a class-action lawsuit first filed in 2004 against Bally Total Fitness is scheduled for approval next month.
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Cybex Reports Third Quarter Loss
MEDWAY, MA -- Cybex International reported a third quarter loss of $15,000 with a net sales increase of $0.2 million, according to financials released yesterday by the company.
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Florida Trainer Was on Most Wanted List
FORT MYERS, FL -- A personal trainer working at multiple clubs in Florida turned out to be one of Rhode Island’s most wanted fugitives.
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Ex-Club Owner Sentenced in MN Tax Case
MOORHEAD, MN -- A club owner who continued to do business after his sales tax permit was revoked will serve five years probation.
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Mad Dogg Buys Hart Wood
VENICE, CA -- Mad Dogg Athletics (MDA), the owner of Peak Pilates, has purchased Hart Wood Inc., creators of the Root line of Pilates equipment.
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Ninth Salvation Army Kroc Center Opens
PHILADELPHIA -- Last week, Philadelphians welcomed a $72 million, 130,000-square-foot fitness center thanks to the Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia. The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center included politicians and Salvation Army representatives.
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From the Blog
Who Has a Mirror?
A study by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas found that most people who are obese don’t see themselves as obese. And worse yet, they don’t think they are at increased risk for health issues.
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Welcome, Lara, to Our World
I’ve been remiss in identifying a new face on our staff. Lara Hale joined us in late September as our new senior associate editor. She will cover the military, nonprofit and university beats for us.
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In Brief
October Issue Online Now
The October issue of Club Industry magazine features profiles of Club Industry’s Best of the Best winners. The issue also includes a report on locker room ventilation systems, plus reports on ways clubs can increase revenue through training elite athletes as well as digital advertising inside their clubs.
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Facility News
  • Crunch, New York, will open its fifth franchise club next January in Sacramento, CA. Franchisee Mark Polli also owns the Crunch club in Rocklin, CA, which opened last week. “I couldn’t be happier to open a second Crunch location in the Sacramento area,” Polli says. Monthly memberships for the 17,000-square-foot club will vary from $9.95 to $19.95 a month.
  • Sara McLarty of the United States and Filip Osplay of the Czech Republic were the winners of the 2010 Life Time Fitness Triathlon Series Race to the Toyota Cup. The series ended Oct. 10 with the Toyota U.S. Open Triathlon in Dallas. McLarty edged fellow American Rebecca Wassner in the women’s professional division. Both finished with 43,000 points, but McLarty won on a tiebreaker. Osplay won the men’s professional division with 45,000 points. American Matt Reed finished second with 39,000 points.
  • Global Fitness Holdings LLC, the parent company of Urban Active, Lexington, KY, has named Coby DeVary its new chief operating officer. DeVary was most recently the company’s director of finance. As the COO, DeVary will oversee Global Fitness Holdings’ finance, marketing, human resources, customer service, operations, sales and strategic planning initiatives. Urban Active has 34 clubs in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.
  • Supplier News
  • Curves, Waco, TX, has chosen Engage121 Inc., a software company with expertise in social media and franchise communications, to help Curves monitor brand sentiment, leverage its news content and develop relationships with online audience through multiple social media networks and blogs.
  • RetroFitness, Colts Neck, NJ, has signed a three-year preferred beverage agreement with The Coca-Cola Co. Some of the products supplied in RetroFitness clubs include Vitaminwater, Vitaminwater Zero, Dasani, PowerAde and PowerAde Zero.
  • Iron Grip Barbell Co., Santa Ana, CA, recently outfitted NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” with its signature urethane Olympic weight plates, urethane dumbbells and Olympic bars. The show’s contestants will train with Iron Grip free weights in the show’s gym. Iron Grip also will provide equipment to the new Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge Malibu, CA.
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