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December.1.2010 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM

Star Trac Enters into ABC
SEC Won’t Fine TSI
XSport to Open Four New Clubs
Coach Charged with Stealing from Indiana Y
Missouri Y Partners with Local Hospital
Half of Americans Could Have Diabetes by 2020, Study Says
Fire Destroys Clubhouse but Not Club Spirit
An Historic Season for Coach Hammann
Andrea Metcalf Highlights Products at Club Industry
WebSavvy Mailbag: Reader Q&A
Facility News
Supplier News


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Star Trac Enters into ABC
IRVINE, CA -- Star Trac, which earlier this month said it would not file for bankruptcy, announced that it has entered into an Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors (ABC) in accordance with California law.
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SEC Won’t Fine TSI
NEW YORK -- The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) won’t pursue enforcement action against Town Sports International (TSI), New York, after completing a yearlong investigation into accounting issues, TSI announced.
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XSport to Open Four New Clubs
CHICAGO -- XSport Fitness has plans to open four new clubs, which will bring its total to 29 in 2011.
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Coach Charged with Stealing from Indiana Y
FISHERS, IN -- A former high school swim coach has been charged with stealing nearly $17,000 from an Indiana Y over the course of four years, according to several media outlets.
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Missouri Y Partners with Local Hospital
FULTON, MO -- A Missouri Y has teamed up with an area hospital to create a fitness-focused annex on hospital grounds for members of the community.
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Half of Americans Could Have Diabetes by 2020, Study Says
WASHINGTON, DC -- More than 50 percent of Americans could have diabetes or pre-diabetes by 2010 at a cost of $3.35 trillion during the next decade if current trends continue, according to analysis by UnitedHealth Group’s Center for Health Reform & Modernization.
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From the Blog
Fire Destroys Clubhouse but Not Club Spirit
You could see and smell the smoke in the air last night as I left work, but I didn’t know until I got home and switched on the local news that it was coming from a fire at an historic country club a few miles away from our offices in Overland Park, KS.
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An Historic Season for Coach Hammann
While chatting with Power Plate International CEO Gregg Hammann about Star Trac’s announcement that it has entered into an ABC, I got a couple of other bits of news.
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Andrea Metcalf Highlights Products at Club Industry
Andrea Metcalf, an industry consultant and a regular speaker at Club Industry shows, put together a video highlighting some of the products she liked at this year’s Club Industry show. Included in her highlights are treadmills with iPod connections, stabilized climbing walls, foam rollers, exercise watches, sports drinks, adaptive motion trainers and exercise shoes.
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In Brief
WebSavvy Mailbag: Reader Q&A
You asked, we answered. Check out the replies to questions sent in to the WebSavvy reader mailbag in December’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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Facility News
  • Life Time Fitness, Chanhassen, MN, announced today that it will open a new club in May 2011 in Colorado Springs, CO. This will be Life Time’s fourth club in Colorado, joining clubs in Aurora, Westminster and Centennial. The two-story, 129,000-square-foot club will have 24-hour access to group exercise, Pilates and LifePower Yoga studios, a cycle theater, a mixed martial arts room and more than 400 pieces of equipment, as well as tennis facilities with eight indoor courts. The club also will include indoor and outdoor aquatics centers.
  • TCA Holdings LLC, Chicago, the parent company of Midtown Athletic Clubs, announced the promotion of Michael Mahoney to senior vice president and general manager. Mahoney, who has served with the company for 32 years, will oversee operations for nine Midtown Athletic Clubs in the United States and Canada. He will retain his role as general manager of Midtown’s flagship location in Chicago. “Michael is a terrific TCA success story and one of the most knowledgeable and successful tennis managers ever to work in the industry,” TCA President Steven Schwartz said in a statement.
  • Sport & Health Clubs, McLean, VA, and Project VisAbility, a nonprofit organization helping to create jobs in health and fitness for individuals with physical disabilities, raised $70,000 with their Sweat for a Vet event on Veterans Day. The event was hosted by all 24 Sport & Health locations, as well as other U.S. and international locations, and featured rowing machine and indoor cycling competitions, high-energy music, and celebrity instructors. The money raised will help provide fitness equipment to Walter Reed Army Hospital and Bethesda National Naval Hospital.
  • Supplier News
  • World Instructor Training Schools (WITS) is now offering a hybrid personal training certification in partnership with St. Petersburg (FL) College that allows students to complete 15 hours of instructor-led foundation theoretical education at home and on their own schedule before moving on to live, hands-on training and internship at one of the more than 300 WITS-affiliated colleges and universities across the country. The program is approved for CEUS by the Board of Certification (BOC) for Athletic Trainers, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), and the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
  • efi Sports Medicine, San Diego, makers of Total Gym and the GravitySystem, held the Total Gym Global Summit Oct. 27-31 in Paestum, Italy, south of Naples. More than 100 of the company’s distributors, Gravity master trainers and Gravity instructors from around the world attended the event, in which efi Sports Medicine founders Tom and Joy Campanaro announced the company’s 2010 service award winners. Check efi’s blog for a list of the winners and photos from the event.
  • Fundamental Fitness Products, Denver, has appointed Brent Metzger as president. Metzger has served the club industry in a variety of roles, including fitness director, training director, and membership and marketing director for YMCAs and for-profit facilities in Pennsylvania and Colorado. Fundamental Fitness Products is an Internet-based manufacturer and retailer of more than 1,500 commercial-grade fitness products and is a preferred vendor for Anytime Fitness.
  • Big Ass Fans, Lexington, KY, is now a preferred vendor for the RetroFitness chain, which has more than 70 franchise locations and plans to expand to more than 300 clubs during the next three years. One Big Ass Fan covers more area than dozens of small ceiling fans at a fraction of the operating cost, reducing the load on HVAC equipment, according to Big Ass Fans. The fans also have a patented electronic motor and onboard controls to keep fan noise low.
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