WIRELESS VERSION    WEB VERSION    Add to Safe Sender List
Newsbeat Newsbeat
November.1.2010 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM

Madonna, Mastrov Partner for Hard Candy Fitness
Life Time Has Another Strong Quarter
TSI’s Revenue Falls More Than 6 Percent
Political Contribution Fuels Ire of Gold’s Gym Franchisees
Woman Shot in Leg at Bally Club
Equinox Rolls Out New ‘Blink’ Model
Life Fitness Continues to Strengthen in Q3
Club One Makes Organizational Changes
Health Fitness Corp. Takes Over Former Life Time Club in St. Paul
Flooded Milwaukee-area Y Plans Renovation
University of California Police Arrest Locker Room Peeping Tom Suspect
Industry Veteran Defies 67 Million to One Odds
The 99ers and the Health Club Industry
Holiday Marketing for Wellness Businesses
Facility News
Supplier News


News
Madonna, Mastrov Partner for Hard Candy Fitness
LAFAYETTE, CA -- Mark Mastrov and his New Evolution Ventures company have created a new club with one of the biggest stars in the world: Madonna.
Read More
Life Time Has Another Strong Quarter
CHANHASSEN, MN -- Life Time Fitness reported another quarter of growth in revenue and net income during a conference call with analysts.
Read More

TSI’s Revenue Falls More Than 6 Percent
NEW YORK -- Revenue dropped by $7.3 million in third quarter 2010 for Town Sports International (TSI), New York, according to financials released last week.
Read More

Political Contribution Fuels Ire of Gold’s Gym Franchisees
IRVING, TX -- Two Gold’s Gym franchisees in the San Francisco Bay Area say they are leaving the brand after the CEO of Gold’s parent company, TRT Holdings, made a donation to a political group led by former George W. Bush advisor Karl Rove.
Read More

Woman Shot in Leg at Bally Club
WEST COVINA, CA -- Authorities say a man beat his estranged wife with a handgun and shot her in the leg at a Bally Total Fitness in California.
Read More

Equinox Rolls Out New ‘Blink’ Model
NEW YORK -- Equinox is getting in the low-cost model game with its new Blink clubs.
Read More

Life Fitness Continues to Strengthen in Q3
LAKE FOREST, IL -- Sales of Life Fitness and Hammer Strength brand equipment were up by 9 percent year-on-year, according to the third quarter financial report from Brunswick Corp., the parent company of the Life Fitness Division.
Read More

Club One Makes Organizational Changes
SAN FRANCISCO -- Club One has made personnel changes in its corporate health and fitness management division.
Read More
Health Fitness Corp. Takes Over Former Life Time Club in St. Paul
ST. PAUL, MN -- A former Life Time Fitness club in St. Paul, MN, will reopen in December under management by Health Fitness Corp.
Read More
Flooded Milwaukee-area Y Plans Renovation
MENOMENEE FALLS, WI -- Tri-Country YMCA, the third-largest Y in the greater Milwaukee area, is planning a $2 million project to remodel the club, which was damaged by flooding in July.
Read More
University of California Police Arrest Locker Room Peeping Tom Suspect
BERKELEY, CA -- University of California (UC) police have arrested a man who was using a cell phone camera to photograph women in the showers at UC Berkeley’s Recreational Sports Facility, according to several media outlets.
Read More
From the Blog
Industry Veteran Defies 67 Million to One Odds
For the safety of others, I don’t golf (my shots tend to stray into uncharted and populated territories), so I am truly in awe of the magnitude of Lindsay Merrithew’s accomplishment last week. The president and CEO of Merrithew Health & Fitness (Stott Pilates) got two holes-in-one in the first nine holes of Doral Red Course in Miami.
Read More
The 99ers and the Health Club Industry
I was getting the Sunday blues last night when I saw a report on “60 Minutes” about people who have the Sunday blues every night. This group is called the “99ers,” or people who have exhausted their 99 weeks of unemployment benefits.
Read More
In Brief
Holiday Marketing for Wellness Businesses
Learn about the five best holiday e-mail strategies for wellness businesses in November’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.
Read More
Facility News
  • Crunch, New York, will open its sixth franchise club in January in San Marcos, CA. Club owner Steve Clinefelter, formerly the president of California Fitness, also owns the Lake Forest, CA, Crunch club, which opened in August. Memberships for the 17,000-square-foot club in San Marcos will vary from $9.95 to $19.95 a month.
  • An employee at a Planet Fitness in Allentown, PA, was robbed at gunpoint last week in the club’s parking lot. Police told The Morning Call that the employee was sitting in his car talking on his cell phone at the time of the robbery. The victim gave up his phone and bank card, and the suspect fled on foot, the newspaper reported.
  • A former employee at a Life Time Fitness in Eagan, MN, was charged with stealing rings, including a wedding ring that has an estimated value of $10,000. The victim placed the rings on an elliptical machine and forgot them when she left, according to Minneapolis TV station WCCO. The ex-employee, Bradley Jerome Tracy, allegedly took the rings after the victim left, then pawned one of the rings at a pawn shop. If convicted, Tracy faces up to 10 years in prison. Life Time Fitness said it does not comment on pending legal matters.
  • An Oct. 24 fire destroyed the 50,000-square-foot Universal Fitness Center in Stanton, KY, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. Eddie Barnes, the chief of the Stanton Fire Department, told the newspaper that the fire stemmed from an electrical issue around 4:45 p.m. that day. He also said that no one was in the club and that it closed about a half-hour before the fire began. The fire took two hours to extinguish, and Barnes said the building was a “total loss.”
  • Supplier News
  • Med-Fit Systems Inc., Fallbrook, CA, manufacturer of Nautilus commercial fitness equipment, announced today it had its third consecutive profitable quarter. “Bringing the manufacturing of our cardio products back to the United States, introducing our new dual stack Freedom Trainer and Nautilus Nova single- and dual-function machines fed an uptick in new orders, resulting in our best recorded quarter since the [February] acquisition,” Dean Sbragia, CEO of Med-Fit Systems Inc., said in a press release. Med-Fit Systems will launch an additional strength line as well as feature a new fitness assessment and programming tool at the Athletic Business Conference and Expo on Dec. 2 in San Diego.
  • Octane Fitness, Brooklyn Park, MN, launched Cross Circuit Pro on its commercial Pro3700 and Pro4700 standing ellipticals at the Club Industry show last month. The program combines cardio intervals on Octane ellipticals with strength training sets for individual workouts or instructor-led one-on-one, small group or class sessions. The company shot a short video of a training session while at Club Industry.
  • The Natural Products Association (NPA) is offering a retailer’s staff education toolkit to educate anyone who sells supplements about what should and should not be discussed with customers. The toolkit is intended to help retailers stay within the legal limits of dietary supplement claims. Currently, it is available only to NPA members, but a version will eventually be released for all retailers.
  • Dr. John Spencer Ellis is introducing a new program to fitness facilities called TACTIX. The fitness program combines modern martial arts, fitness boot camp intensity, metabolic conditioning and dynamic flexibility. It also includes a complete business system that helps club operators bring in revenue using the system.
  • ABC Financial, Sherwood, AR, has promoted Anna Welsh to sales director of national accounts. Welsh had been a senior account executive with ABC since June 2010 and has been with the company since 2006. ABC also added two new business development managers, Andrea Cobbs, previously an ABC club marketing representative, and new recruit Jeanne Richardson, to its sales team.
  • Precor, Woodinville, WA, has been named the Anytime Fitness Vendor of the Year. The distinction, which recognizes outstanding performance, support and client service, is awarded based on votes by Anytime Fitness franchisees. The fitness equipment brand has won the award twice before, in 2005 and 2006.
  • Hoist Fitness, San Diego, has signed an agreement to be a strength fitness equipment supplier for World Gym International franchises. Hoist’s full line of commercial strength products, including the Roc-It Plate Loaded, Roc-It Selectorized, and KL Youth Circuit models, is approved for World Gym clubs.
  • This Issue Brought to you By

    advertisement     

    advertisement     

    advertisement     

    advertisement     

    advertisement     

    advertisement     

    SUBSCRIBE
    Subscribe Now
    DIGITAL EDITION
    Preview a sample of the digital edition of our magazine and get a copy delivered to your inbox each month.
    Subscribe Now
    E NEWSLETTER
    Delivered three times per month, Newsbeat is a timely e-newsletter featuring breaking news, people on the move, mergers and acquisitions, supplier news, industry trends and more.
    Subscribe Now
    CLUB INDUSTRY SHOWS
    Club Industry trade shows are the most comprehensive events in the fitness industry. Learn more about these exciting conferences and expositions.
    View the Site