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January.18.2011 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM

Instructors File Sexual Harassment Suit against David Barton Gym
Important Note from the Editors
Consumers Plan to Spend More on Fitness in 2011
Cybex Liability Case Could Lead to Bankruptcy
The State of the Health Club Industry in 2011
Club Industry Executive Summit Rolled into Club Industry
Sport & Health Employee Assaulted Outside Club
Club Owner Shoots Wife, Commits Suicide
Salvation Army Plans New Fitness Facility in California
Baltimore Police Applicant Dies during Run
Step by Step: How to Turn Around a Failing Health Club
Cybex Verdict May Have Been an Issue of Bad Timing
Your Members Will Talk about That New Club Down the Street
Facility News
Supplier News


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Instructors File Sexual Harassment Suit against David Barton Gym
Two fitness instructors are suing New York-based David Barton Gym on the grounds of a hostile work environment based on sexual orientation and gender discrimination.
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Important Note from the Editors
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Consumers Plan to Spend More on Fitness in 2011
A majority of consumers plan to spend more or the same on health club memberships, personal training and speciality classes in 2011, according to a recent survey.
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Cybex Liability Case Could Lead to Bankruptcy
If Cybex loses its appeal of a recent $66 million product liability suit, it could mean bankruptcy for the company.
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The State of the Health Club Industry in 2011
Although patience will again be a virtue in 2011, the time is now for club operators to decide how best to run their business.
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Club Industry Executive Summit Rolled into Club Industry
After a recent survey of the fitness industry, Club Industry management has decided to cancel the Club Industry Executive Summit that was planned for this May and roll much of the planned content into the Club Industry 2011 show.
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Sport & Health Employee Assaulted Outside Club
A woman who works for a Sport & Health club in Gaithersburg, MD, was sexually assaulted and robbed when she left the club shortly after midnight.
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Club Owner Shoots Wife, Commits Suicide
The owner of Body Elite Fitness in Houma, LA, shot his wife before taking his own life, according to media outlets.
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Salvation Army Plans New Fitness Facility in California
The Salvation Army has announced plans to build a $22 million Joan Kroc Community Center with fitness facilities in Suisun City, CA.
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Baltimore Police Applicant Dies during Run
An applicant for the Baltimore Police Department collapsed and died while completing a 1.5-mile fitness run.
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Step by Step: How to Turn Around a Failing Health Club
Find out how to reverse decline and restore stability to your business with expert advice from Jim Thomas, president of Fitness Management USA Inc.
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From the Blog
Cybex Verdict May Have Been an Issue of Bad Timing
When Cybex was found liable in a product liability suit last month, many people in the industry expressed shock about the verdict amount—$66 million—and concern about the welfare of the company if Cybex’s planned appeal isn’t successful. A story by Margaret Cronin Fisk in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, suggests that Cybex may have been a victim of bad timing.
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Your Members Will Talk about That New Club Down the Street
It’s probably happened in all of your clubs at some time. You or your employees hear a member talking to other members about the new club that opened down the street. They may be touting how new and pretty the place is, how great the new equipment is or how clean the locker rooms are. You find that not only must you compete with this new club’s advertising and the excitement that always accompanies a new club, but now your own members are doing the advertising for the new club.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • Anytime Fitness, Hastings, MN, will give away $1 million in prizes and free access to its wellness website, AnytimeHealth.com, during its Feel Like a Million campaign, which begins today and runs the rest of the year. Also beginning today and continuing through March 1, the general public can get free, premium access to www.anytimehealth.com for one year, a $50 value, by entering the code “million” during the sign-up process. The company is anticipating adding its 1 millionth member in the coming weeks.
  • Crunch, New York, has launched the club’s first mobile app, available to both iPhone and Android users. The free app allows members to check in to the club, retrieve location and class information, set preferences and stay connected to the Crunch community.
  • Joseph Lerner, the owner of Horsham (PA) Fitness Club, was sentenced to three years in jail for a scheme to defraud eight insurance companies, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced. Lerner, a chiropractor who was charged last June, hired masseuses and personal trainers to provide massages and personal training at the club to members whose health insurance Lerner would bill fraudulently for chiropractic services that he never provided. The insurance companies paid nearly $2 million as a result of the charges.
  • Merritt Athletic Clubs, Baltimore, held a grand opening Saturday for its newest club in Hanover, MD. The Buckingham club is only the second in the United States designed with the Life Fitness Journey concept, which groups equipment based on exercise goals and incorporates equipment, layout and visuals. The walls inside the club are covered with murals of bikers in the woods, scuba divers on the beach and mountainsides. Merritt CEO Terry Dezzutti and club general manager Danny Tyler were on hand for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Merritt operates nine clubs in the Baltimore area.
  • The Rush Fitness Complex, Knoxville, TN, is scheduled to open a new club this summer in Greenville, SC. The 40,000-square-foot club will be the company’s 23rd location.
  • Sport & Health, McLean, VA, will construct a new club in Gainesville, VA. The 46,500-square-foot club will be the company’s 26th location.
  • Supplier News
  • Club owners could receive $10,000 if one of their members wins the MET-Rx Warrior Workout Video Contest, a partnership between MET-RX and Starz entertainment network. Consumers are to create a one-minute video that portrays their inner warrior for a chance to win a walk-on role on a Starz Originals series, a five-day/four-night trip for two to the major city nearest the filming location and a one-year supply of MET-RX. Nine runner-up prizes of a MET-Rx gym bag filled with MET-Rx selected products also will be awarded. MET-Rx has posters available for club owners to use to promote the contest. Owners should remind their members to include the club name and address in their entries. The deadline is March 15. For more contest information and for official rules, visit www.metrx.com.
  • Les Mills International, Auckland, New Zealand, has announced a competition to find the most inspirational group fitness studios in the world. The company’s chief executive, Phillip Mills, says he hopes the contest will highlight facilities that others can aspire to emulate. The nominators of the judge’s two favorite facilities will win a week’s trip for two to Auckland, including a tour of the Les Mills facilities and a vineyard excursion to Waiheke Island. Club managers, owners, instructors and members are asked to submit nominations and photos at www.lesmills.com/studiosearch by April 15. The group fitness studio does not have to use Les Mills programming to be eligible to win.
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