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February.1.2011 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Life Fitness Sales Look Up in Q4 2010
Lifestyle Trainer Arrested after Steroid Bust
The 15 Lessons the Recession Taught Club Owners
ZX Fitness Closes One Club, Plans to Open Another
Mississippi Club Owner Missing
Life Fitness Names LifeCycle in Honor of Augie Nieto
Cybex Must Improve Stock Price or Risk Delisting
efi Sports Medicine Rebrands as Total Gym
Has Winter Weather Affected Your January Club Numbers?
A Tribute to Jack LaLanne from the Family of Rudy Smith
Your Members Are Probably Lying to You
How Clubs Can Reach Out to Doctors
Ten Tech Tools that Save You Time, Money and Misery
Facility News
Supplier News


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Life Fitness Sales Look Up in Q4 2010
Life Fitness had an 11 percent increase in net sales in fourth quarter 2010 and a 9 percent increase in net sales in 2010, compared to the same periods a year ago, according to financials released by Brunswick Corp., Lake Forest, IL.
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Lifestyle Trainer Arrested after Steroid Bust
In the wake of an arrest of one of its trainers, Lifestyle Family Fitness says it is cooperating with authorities who say he had $20,000 worth of steroids at his home.
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The 15 Lessons the Recession Taught Club Owners
The recession that began affecting the fitness industry in 2008 and causing the weakest period in our recent history cost the country more than 7 million jobs, and it is not clear that they will be re-created. But this recession has taught the club industry some lessons that we shouldn’t forget.
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ZX Fitness Closes One Club, Plans to Open Another
ZX Fitness recently closed one of its clubs but has plans to open a new club in the spring in the Charlotte, NC, area.
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Mississippi Club Owner Missing
The owner of a fitness club in Kosciusko, MS, a town in central Mississippi, is still missing five days after she was last seen.
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Life Fitness Names LifeCycle in Honor of Augie Nieto
Life Fitness will introduce a limited edition Augie’s Quest LifeCycle exercise bike on March 17 at the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) show in San Francisco.
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Cybex Must Improve Stock Price or Risk Delisting
Cybex has 180 days to improve its stock price or risk being delisted on the NASDAQ Stock Market, according to a letter from NASDAQ received by Cybex on Jan. 21.
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efi Sports Medicine Rebrands as Total Gym
Total Gym, the San Diego-based manufacturer of functional and resistance training equipment, reaches another milestone while coming full circle by rebranding as—Total Gym.
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From the Blog
Has Winter Weather Affected Your January Club Numbers?
The majority of the country is bracing for yet another big storm over the next few days. For many club operators in the Northeast, this is just another in a long string of winter storms that affected new club member sign-ups in what is traditionally the biggest month of the year for fitness facilities.
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A Tribute to Jack LaLanne from the Family of Rudy Smith
Among the several responses we received in the days after the passing of Jack LaLanne, few were as poignant and as thoroughly well-written as a letter from the family of Rudy Smith.
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Your Members Are Probably Lying to You
People lie about their health and fitness habits. That may not come as a surprise to you or your trainers. How many times have your trainers been told by their clients that they are following their set exercise and healthy eating plan between sessions, but your trainer is seeing lackluster results?
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In Brief
How Clubs Can Reach Out to Doctors
Partnerships with the medical community are becoming more important to some club operators. In this week’s Step by Step, Wendy Williamson shares some ideas about how you can make initial contact with doctors and follow up with them to develop a partnership.
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Ten Tech Tools that Save You Time, Money and Misery
Check out our list of tools that make blogging, marketing, backups, security and all those other must-do’s easier, cheaper and less frustrating in February’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
  • Anytime Fitness released its “Weight of the Union” report, which examined the fitness and nutritional habits of its members. The study found that financial incentives were a significant motivating factor in recurring gym visits. Anytime Fitness members received nearly $3 million in reimbursements from their insurance companies for working out 12 times a month or more. The full report is at www.anytimehealth.com.
  • Supplier News
  • Technogym has introduced mywellnesskey, a portable device that measures a person’s physical activity to help motivate them. Using the product, club staff can follow clients and motivate them outside the gym through the assignment of a daily activity target, according to Technogym. Inside the club, mywellnesskey allows clients to activate the Technogym machines on their personal training program and save the results that will contribute to achieving their daily target. mywellnesskey also is fitted with a USB support to upload the lifestyle data on www.mywellness.com.
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