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February.15.2011 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Sport & Health Promotes Fisher to CEO
Ohio Owner Gets 90 Days in Jail
LA Fitness Trainer Charged with Harassment
Life Time Members Held at Gunpoint
Adding Wellness Services Could Boost Your Club’s Revenues
Call for Speakers Open for Club Industry 2011
Precor Sales Up for 2010
Matrix Parent Co. Reports Solid Sales for 2010
Rhode Island Club Closed for 30 Days
Kansas Y May Be Built with Tax-free Bond Issue
Hula Hooping as Effective as Boot Camp Workouts, ACE Study Finds
Step by Step: Profitable Personal Training Departments Begin with Centralization and Automation
East Bank Members Don’t Want to Be Left Alone
JCC’s Valentine’s Day Event Aims to Get Broken Hearts Pumping
Facility News
Supplier News


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Sport & Health Promotes Fisher to CEO
Sport & Health, McLean, VA, announced today it has promoted Mark Fisher to CEO. Fisher replaces Jonathan Adler, who will remain with the company as vice chairman.
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Ohio Owner Gets 90 Days in Jail
A club owner in Ohio was sentenced to 90 days in jail and five years of community control for not paying more than $600,000 in state sales tax.
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LA Fitness Trainer Charged with Harassment
A trainer at an LA Fitness in New Jersey who obtained his certification while in prison has been charged with harassing a female member of the club.
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Life Time Members Held at Gunpoint
Two members of a Life Time Fitness were held at gunpoint in the club’s parking lot but were unharmed, according to a media report.
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Adding Wellness Services Could Boost Your Club’s Revenues
Some forward-thinking clubs are providing their members with more than just a place to exercise. Could incorporating wellness services help your club get ahead?
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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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Precor Sales Up for 2010
Net sales at Precor increased in fourth quarter 2010 and for the year, according to financials released earlier this month by Amer Sports, which owns Precor, Woodinville, WA.
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Matrix Parent Co. Reports Solid Sales for 2010
Johnson Health Tech Inc., (JHT) the Cottage Grove, WI-based company that manufactures Matrix Fitness, among others, reported a 21 percent gain worldwide and a 25 percent gain in North America in its 2010 year-end results.
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Rhode Island Club Closed for 30 Days
The Rhode Island Attorney General suspended a club for 30 days for filing a false fire inspection certificate.
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Kansas Y May Be Built with Tax-free Bond Issue
A new YMCA may be built in downtown Wichita, KS, using funds raised by a public bond issued by the city.
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Hula Hooping as Effective as Boot Camp Workouts, ACE Study Finds
Although it may look like it's all fun and games, a new study has found that hula hooping can provide a serious workout.
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Step by Step: Profitable Personal Training Departments Begin with Centralization and Automation
Centralizing your personal training schedules requires a financial investment, but columnist Sherri McMillan says the initial outlay quickly will be returned in saved time and money.
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From the Blog
East Bank Members Don’t Want to Be Left Alone
As the East Bank Club, Chicago, celebrates its 30th anniversary, owner Daniel Levine took time to talk to the Chicago Tribune about changes at the club, some of its famous members and how it's keeping up with new technology.
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JCC’s Valentine’s Day Event Aims to Get Broken Hearts Pumping
I tend to ignore ads for Valentine’s events going on around town, like the overpriced, set-menu candlelit dinners every restaurant seems to offer nowadays. But this week there was one that did catch my eye.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • The Bowling Green (TN) Athletic Club is planning to add a new location, according to a local media report. Owners Lynn and Julie Olson are constructing a 36,000-square-foot building that will include 26,000 square feet for the fitness club and 10,000 square feet for leasing, the Bowling Green Daily News reported. The existing 3,000 members of the original club that opened four years ago will be able to use both facilities.
  • The Spa & Fitness Club in Costa Mesa, CA, closed on Jan. 24 after almost 20 years of operation. The spa owners gave members three days to pick up their personal belongings and clean out their lockers. In a letter posted on the club's website, the owners said: “Sadly, the challenge of maintaining a luxury spa has proved too much in these difficult economic times. With the recession now entering its fourth year, and still uncertainty ahead, we find that ultimately our business is unsustainable. This is a difficult and a sad time for everyone associated with The Spa & Fitness Club. We want to thank you for your business and support. Serving you has been a great privilege.”
  • A man pleaded guilty last Tuesday to stealing from a University of Maine locker room. Ryan Brann of Farmington, ME, admitted to taking cash and various items from the university’s fitness center in December 2010. Security cameras showed Brann at the scene and recorded him trying to use a credit card reported stolen from the lockers. The courts ordered him to serve two years of probation and pay restitution of $1,990. Brann was also banned from the fitness center.
  • A Canton, MA, high school has dedicated its new fitness center in memoriam of a 2009 graduate. Canton High School’s Scott Herr Fitness Center was named in honor of a student-athlete who was killed in a car accident on New Year’s Day 2010. Herr, who played baseball, soccer and hockey for the school, died at the age of 18.
  • Supplier News
  • Payment processing and software development firm ASF International, Highlands Ranch, CO, and InTouch Technology, Vancouver, BC, makers of communication software for health clubs, have merged. ASF’s clients can now communicate with leads and members through InTouch’s communication management system, Touchpoint, which automatically sends branded e-mails and text messages as well as schedules calls and activities to help increase staff productivity.
  • Sword Ciboodle, Chicago, is providing a new customer service platform for Bally Total Fitness, Chicago. The new contact center technology improves the efficiency and quality of Bally’s member service center by offering faster response times for member information, increasing call resolution and reducing idle time on calls.
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