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February.8.2011 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Augie Nieto: Halfway to a Hundred
WOW Opens First Club after Fire
Call for Speakers Open for Club Industry 2011
IHRSA Turns 30: Conference and Trade Show Preview
New Jersey Kroc Center Receives $1.6 Million Donation
Step by Step: How Mobile Devices Will Affect the Health Club Industry
Step by Step: Yoga Can Be a Profit Center for Your Club
Hangin’ with Augie Nieto
Government Offers Guidelines for Healthy Diet
Facility News
Supplier News


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Augie Nieto: Halfway to a Hundred
No wonder Augie Nieto is so happy these days. He gets to have beer, wine and medicinal marijuana.
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WOW Opens First Club after Fire
It’s been about 2 1/2 years since a fire erupted in the corporate club of Work Out World in Brick, NJ. The company has moved on since the fire, but it is still dealing with some repercussions.
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Call for Speakers Open for Club Industry 2011
Club Industry 2011 is accepting applications for its call for speakers. If you are interested in being a presenter, submit an online application prior to March 15.
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IHRSA Turns 30: Conference and Trade Show Preview
Has it really been 30 years since the first convention and trade show of the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association?
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New Jersey Kroc Center Receives $1.6 Million Donation
The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Camden, NJ, is $1.6 million closer to raising the capital needed to begin construction thanks to a donation from New Jersey American Water.
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Step by Step: How Mobile Devices Will Affect the Health Club Industry
As mobile devices and mobile apps become more popular, club operators must learn how to make the most of these devices. Bryan O’Rourke offers suggestions on how to use these devices for better marketing and sales.
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Step by Step: Yoga Can Be a Profit Center for Your Club
Howard VanEs shares several ways to turn yoga into a revenue-generating program in your facility.
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From the Blog
Hangin’ with Augie Nieto
In our story on Augie Nieto, we mentioned how Augie, on his vacation in Mexico, was left hanging in the air while still in his wheelchair as he was being transported from his boat onto the dock. Here's the photo to prove it.
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Government Offers Guidelines for Healthy Diet
First lady Michelle Obama has received the most attention in the battle against obesity—especially among youths—but President Obama’s cabinet also is staking its claim in the fight.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • Town Sports International (TSI), New York, has named Paul Barron its chief information officer. Barron will be responsible for developing and driving information strategy and innovation for the company. He will report directly to TSI CEO Robert Giardina. Prior to arriving at TSI, Barron was vice president of global accounts for Newmarket International and also served as vice president of IT solutions and property operations at Starwood Hotels and Resorts. “Paul’s experience running IT organizations will be a key enabler in positioning TSI as a more agile business and business partner, while further elevating the role of IT,” Giardina said in a statement. “I look forward to working with Paul and leveraging his technical expertise to improve the customer experience.”
  • A fire broke out Sunday night at a Bally Total Fitness in North Providence, RI, according to the Providence Journal. Fire officials told the newspaper that the fire may have started in the women’s sauna. “Firefighters found heavy smoke conditions on arrival and had some difficulty trying to find the fire,” Battalion Chief Gerald Capaldi told the newspaper. “There was extensive damage to the ladies’ locker room.” The fire was extinguished in about an hour, said Capaldi, who added that one firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion. A Bally spokesperson said today the company is still gathering information and is awaiting the inspection report.
  • Crunch, New York, will host its second annual nationwide fundraising event to support the MDA’s Augie’s Quest to help find a cure for ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. The initiative will run throughout the month of February. On Feb. 26, Crunch will host Train for Charity, a one-day event at Crunch clubs nationwide consisting of 30- and 60-minute personal training sessions and specialty group fitness classes.
  • Cooper Fitness Center, Dallas, has launched CooperPT Mentorship, a new program designed for working professional fitness trainers to take traditional classroom education and one-on-one training to the next level. Cooper PT Mentorship is designed for personal trainers who have at least one national certification and experience working one-on-one with clients. “Personal trainers have the power to impact and improve the lives of countless people,” says Kenneth Cooper, founder and chairman of Cooper Aerobics. “With Cooper PT Mentorship, personal trainers will have the best, research-based knowledge and skills to help clients achieve their goals and better their health.” Program dates in Dallas are April 4-8, June 20-24, Aug. 22-26 and Oct. 31-Nov. 4.
  • Lady of America, Fort Lauderdale, FL, is holding its fourth annual Ab Crunch Challenge on March 26 in association with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The challenge will be held at Lady of America, Ladies Workout Express and Workout Express locations nationwide. Nearly 10,000 women in 67 cities have performed an average of 2,500 ab crunches in one hour during the event over the past three years, raising more than $400,000 in the process.
  • Sport & Health, McLean, VA, has added three senior personnel to its company: Adam Wharton, director of personal training; Mindy Pierce, director of programming; and Marta Wallace, corporate wellness manager. “Identifying and recruiting top-level team players is a vital component to helping any growth-oriented company successfully move forward, but ensuring they fit the corporate culture and work ethic is a rare treat in business,” Mark Fisher, Sport & Health’s president and COO, said in a statement. “I have every confidence that Adam Wharton, Mindy Pierce and Marta Wallace will more than exceed our expectations at Sport & Health.”
  • Ali Vincent, the first female winner of “The Biggest Loser,” visited the Sparrow Michigan Athletic Club, East Lansing, MI, on Feb. 4. Vincent led a spinning class and shared her story in a meet-and-greet for members.
  • A serviceman died last Wednesday after collapsing at a fitness center at Nellis Air Force Base, NV. According to the base’s public affairs office, Tech. Sgt. Robert V. Hetrick Jr., 36, was pronounced dead from cardiac arrest.
  • The last piece of structural steel was put in place on the Salvation Army’s $24 million Kroc Community Center in Green Bay, WI, last Thursday morning. The facility will feature a fitness/wellness center and an aquatic center and is expected to open by late summer, with full programming beginning in early 2012.
  • The YWCA of Minneapolis has named Colleen Wigg its new vice president of health and wellness. Wigg will lead the management and operations of YWCA health and fitness facilities and oversee women’s wellness programming. Wigg has 28 years of fitness industry experience, including her most recent role as vice president at Lakeshore Medical Fitness in Chicago.
  • The Salvation Army has hired Quenton Tompkins as executive director of the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Greenville, SC, which is scheduled to open this summer. Tompkins previously served as senior vice president of the United Way of Anderson County, SC.

  • Supplier News
  • Cybex International, Medway, MA, has announced two new partnerships. Cybex has been named the preferred fitness equipment provider of the National Hockey League (NHL), meaning its equipment will be used in every NHL arena. The company also is partnering with the winner of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” season 10, Patrick House. In his role as Cybex fitness ambassador, House will represent the company at public and industry events and will write a weekly blog. Cybex equipment was used for the first time in the show’s 10th season and is currently featured in season 11.
  • Precor, Woodinville, WA, will be a platinum sponsor of the 2011 Global Spa Summit May 15-18 in Bali, Indonesia. The equipment manufacturer also was a platinum-level supporter of last year’s summit in Istanbul.
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