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December.10.2010 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM

$66 Million Verdict Rendered in Cybex Case
Planet Fitness Ends Personal Training
24 Hour Sued by Man with Lifetime Membership
Frog’s Long Beach Location to Close
Indiana Nonprofit Closes Suddenly
Texas Hospital’s Fitness Services Move to Y
Omaha Kroc Receives $10K from Pro QB
Americans Feel Healthy Despite Obesity Numbers
Augie, Ditka and the AB Show
Athletic Business Show Recap, Part II
Madonna Club Opening an Open-and-Shut Case
Obesity Increases Chance of Earlier Death
December Step by Step Articles Online Now
Facility News
Supplier News


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$66 Million Verdict Rendered in Cybex Case
MEDWAY, MA -- Cybex International Inc. lost a product liability suit with the jury rendering a $66 million verdict.
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Planet Fitness Ends Personal Training
NEWINGTON, NH -- Planet Fitness is discontinuing personal training at its clubs, according to CEO Mike Grondahl.
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24 Hour Sued by Man with Lifetime Membership
TYLER, TX -- 24 Hour Fitness and its parent company, Forstmann, Little and Co., have been sued by a Texas man who alleges the club refused to honor his lifetime membership while he was an active-duty member of the U.S. Navy.
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Frog’s Long Beach Location to Close
LONG BEACH, CA -- Frog’s Fitness has announced it will close its location on the California State University Long Beach (CSULB) campus at the end of the year.
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Indiana Nonprofit Closes Suddenly
TERRE HAUTE, IN -- Riverbank Family & Fitness, a nonprofit fitness center that previously operated as the Terre Haute Family Y, closed suddenly, according to multiple media sources.
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Texas Hospital’s Fitness Services Move to Y
SAN ANGELO, TX -- A Texas hospital is partnering with a nearby Y to outsource its recreational fitness services.
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Omaha Kroc Receives $10K from Pro QB
OMAHA, NE -- The Omaha Kroc Center has received a $10,000 donation from the city’s United Football League (UFL) team quarterback, according to a press statement.
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Americans Feel Healthy Despite Obesity Numbers
BOSTON -- Ninety-one percent of Americans say they “feel well” and 76 percent “consider themselves healthy,” according to a recent survey.
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From the Blog
Augie, Ditka and the AB Show
There were many highlights to last week’s Athletic Business show in San Diego. Two of the biggest highlights involved Augie Nieto and Mike Ditka.
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Athletic Business Show Recap, Part II
The show floor at the Athletic Business conference in San Diego was loaded with products related to sports surfaces, from court surfaces to fields to field coverings.
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Madonna Club Opening an Open-and-Shut Case
Building a club may have been like a virgin territory for Madonna, but what was all the fuss about regarding her Hard Candy Fitness club opening in Mexico City?
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Obesity Increases Chance of Earlier Death
So, after a few years in which some studies showed that being a little overweight might be healthier than having a normal weight, a new study shows that being overweight—and in particular, obese—can increase the chances of dying earlier.
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In Brief
December Step by Step Articles Online Now
Club Industry’s online how-to section was updated to include columns on the reasons people buy personal training, holiday programming, boosting member retention, using member data to boost profits and what makes a great membership sales presentation. Visit our site to read past articles from industry experts.
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Facility News
  • Life Time Fitness, Chanhassen, MN, announced that it will open a new club in April 2011 in the Las Vegas suburb of Summerlin, NV. This will be Life Time’s first club in Nevada. The three-story, 144,000-square-foot athletic 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. The club also will include indoor and outdoor aquatics centers.
  • LA Fitness, Irvine, CA, has opened a new club in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, IL, the company’s 20th club in the Chicago area. A grand opening party is scheduled for Dec. 18.
  • 24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, CA, has hired Allison Lewin as its vice president of marketing. Lewin will oversee the company’s marketing communications group, including advertising, brand strategy, customer relationship management, field marketing, marketing services and online marketing development. Lewin previously worked in category marketing for Walmart.com in Brisbane, CA, and also has worked for Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, Johnson & Johnson and Playtex Products.
  • Boston Sports Clubs, which is owned by Town Sports International, New York, has provided personal training and coaching for Brendan Donovan, a contestant on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” in preparation for the show’s season finale airing next Tuesday. Donovan has worked with Boston Sports Clubs master trainer Earl Strong since Donovan left “The Biggest Loser” ranch in September.
  • Gold’s Gym is opening two new clubs, one in downtown Milwaukee and one in Monterey, CA, according to published reports. The club in Monterey, which was previously the Garden Health and Fitness club, is part of a franchise that includes gyms in four other California cities. The Milwaukee club is set to open Thursday.
  • The Sparrow Michigan Athletic Club, East Lansing, MI, the only mid-Michigan club affiliated with a hospital, recently completed renovations and enhancements. The renovations to the 276,000-square-foot club include the launch of free Ask the Trainer sessions to increase access to trainers, upgrading personal monitors on all cardio machines, the addition of more treadmills and abdominal core machines, the remodeling of all four locker rooms and new paint throughout the club.
  • Supplier News
  • The American Council on Exercise (ACE) is collaborating with the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) to offer professional development for staff members who provide fitness and wellness programs in senior living and community-based senior centers throughout the United States. As an extension of the existing partnership between ACE and the ICAA formed in March 2009, the dedicated education tracks are designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of rehabilitation, nursing, recreation and fitness professionals who provide fitness and wellness programs to mature adults.
  • ABC Financial Services, Little Rock, AR, has joined the PCI Security Standards Council as a new participating organization. ABC will work with the council to evolve the PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) and other payment card data protection standards. The PCI DSS requires merchants and service providers that store, process or transmit customer payment card data to adhere to information security controls and processes that ensure data integrity.
  • Technogym, Gambettola, Italy, has been chosen as the official fitness supplier for the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, and will provide athlete training technology and equipment to all competitors in the games. The company will also be the official supplier for the London 2012 Olympics, as it has been for the past four Olympics.
  • Netpulse, San Francisco, is partnering with Virtual Active, San Francisco, to bring its virtual reality running, cycling and hiking media experience to Netpulse’s interactive media platform for consumers and fitness centers. The Virtual Active program allows club members to virtually run, cycle and hike in locations that include the Grand Canyon, the Las Vegas Strip, and the Swiss and Italian Alps. Customers can choose to exercise solo or work with an on-screen trainer. The new programming will be available through Netpulse starting in 2011.
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