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November.22.2010 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM

24 Hour Cardless Fingerprint System in All Clubs
Galiani Brothers Join Forces with Crunch
Urban Active Closes Two Cincinnati Clubs
ACE Unveils Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2011
Member Perks Part of Growing Club Trend
Technogym Opens First U.S. Wellness Center, Retail Store
The Club Market Is Slower to Recover Than Others
Holidays Ahead
November Issue Online Now
Facility News
Supplier News


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24 Hour Cardless Fingerprint System in All Clubs
SAN RAMON, CA -- 24 Hour Fitness now has its cardless fingerprint check-in system in place at all its clubs throughout the United States.
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Galiani Brothers Join Forces with Crunch
NEW YORK -- One year after leaving the Gold’s Gym brand, Kirk and John Galiani have formed a partnership with Crunch.
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Urban Active Closes Two Cincinnati Clubs
LEXINGTON, KY -- Urban Active recently closed two of its clubs in the Cincinnati area. The Mount Washington and Eastgate locations closed due to a poor economic climate.
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ACE Unveils Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2011
SAN DIEGO -- The economy is on the rise, and that means more people will resume their personal training and gym memberships. At least that’s the thought of many of the 2,700 fitness industry professionals surveyed by the American Council on Exercise (ACE). The respondents chose an economic upswing as the top fitness trend for 2011.
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Member Perks Part of Growing Club Trend
OVERLAND PARK, KS -- Fit Athletic Club, San Diego, is an example of a growing trend in which clubs offer discounts to their members through business partnerships.
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Technogym Opens First U.S. Wellness Center, Retail Store
NEW YORK -- Technogym launched its first U.S. wellness center last week. The center, in the Soho neighborhood of New York City, is a one-stop education center, retail location and showroom, according to the company.
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From the Blog
The Club Market Is Slower to Recover Than Others
I spoke with Sharon Zackfia, an equity analyst with William Blair & Co., Chicago, about Town Sports International’s (TSI) third quarter performance. Her comments about TSI will appear in the December issue, but she had some interesting comments about the health club industry in general that I thought I’d share here.
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Holidays Ahead
Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s. That’s a lot of eating, drinking and being merry coming our way during the next month and a half. Each of these holidays will sneak up on us before we know it. What are you doing to celebrate with your members—and to keep them from derailing their fitness plans? Share with us some of your end-of-year promotions.
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In Brief
November Issue Online Now
The November issue of Club Industry magazine features a look at university rec center funding. The issue also includes a preview of the upcoming Athletic Business Conference and Expo in San Diego, plus a recap of the Club Industry show and news about a Bally lawsuit. In addition, our columnists discuss how to foster customer loyalty, set your club apart from its competitors and create a distinct color and design scheme for your brand.
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Facility News
  • Planet Fitness, Newington, NH, has a new iPhone app called the Planet Fitness “Lunkinator.” In addition to locating the nearest Planet Fitness club, viewing its hours and contact information, users can “lunk” their friends and family members by sending them a photo of their head on a selection of muscular bodies.
  • LA Fitness, Irvine, CA, has opened three new clubs in Lindenhurst, NY; Highland Park, IL; and Long Beach, CA. The Long Beach club was formerly a Circuit City store. LA Fitness also has signed a lease to open a new club in Irvine, CA, next summer.
  • Supplier News
  • ABC Financial, Little Rock, AR, has launched ABC Merchant Services (ABCMS), a subsidiary of ABC Financial Services Inc. ABCMS is a direct payment processor providing businesses both inside and outside of the fitness industry with the ability to accept most forms of electronic payments. Keith Trawick, senior vice president of ABC Financial, will become president of the new company. Trawick had owned Intrannuity LLC and served as chief information officer at New York Health and Racquet Club, Crunch and American Club Systems.
  • Med-Fit Systems Inc., Fallbrook, CA, manufacturer of Nautilus commercial fitness equipment, announced that Bruce Kaplan has joined the Nautilus commercial team as key accounts manager. Kaplan will be responsible for increasing exposure with several national accounts and cultivating dealer relationships in large market areas. Kaplan has more than 28 years of sales and management experience with three fitness equipment manufacturers.
  • Fitness Formula Clubs (FFC), Chicago, has selected Intacct, San Jose, CA, to manage its business. Intacct provides FFC with the ability to separately manage finances for all 15 of the company’s business entities in a single system. Intacct’s automated consolidation, streamlined workflows and reporting capabilities enable FFC to enhance its financial controls and improve financial insight.
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