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March.30.2011 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Life Time Faces Possible $460,400 Contract Loss
Masseur Charged with Criminal Sexual Contact
Technogym Introduces New Ways for Clubs to Connect to Members
For-profit Clubs Take Fitness Off-site
The Future of Cardio Equipment Lies in the Consoles
NIRSA Returns to Its New Orleans Roots for 2011 Conference
Navy Fitness Center Proposal Criticized by Senate Committee
Personal Trainer to Watch Contest Announced
Step by Step: Technology’s Increasing Impact on the Health Club Business
IHRSA Trio: Trixter, FitView, Blast900
Keeping Up with Patrick Lencioni at IHRSA
Facility News
Supplier News


News
Life Time Faces Possible $460,400 Contract Loss
The city of Minneapolis may pull a $460,400-per-year fitness contract from Life Time Fitness, Chanhassen, MN, because the health club chain does not offer benefits to its employees’ domestic partners. The city council will vote on Friday whether to renew the contract.
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Masseur Charged with Criminal Sexual Contact
A masseur at a club in Jersey City, NJ, was arrested and charged with criminal sexual contact after he allegedly told a female member he was homosexual and proceeded to massage her breasts and buttocks.
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Technogym Introduces New Ways for Clubs to Connect to Members
Technogym is best known within the U.S. club industry as a manufacturer of fitness equipment, but the launch of two new products could help more operators see them in a new light.
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For-profit Clubs Take Fitness Off-site
Outdoor programming is on the rise at university recreation centers, but according to the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), helping members get active off-site also is a growing trend at for-profit fitness facilities.
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The Future of Cardio Equipment Lies in the Consoles
Console technology is at the heart of many of the changes in cardio equipment these days. It’s where many manufactures have focused their research and development attention, as witnessed by the product introductions at the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association trade show last month.
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NIRSA Returns to Its New Orleans Roots for 2011 Conference
It’s hailed worldwide as the birthplace of jazz, but the city of New Orleans is where the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) got its start, too.
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Navy Fitness Center Proposal Criticized by Senate Committee
The U.S. Navy’s plan to build a $50 million fitness center at a San Diego base was the subject of criticism during a Senate hearing on military spending last week.
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Personal Trainer to Watch Contest Announced
Life Fitness and the American Council on Exercise (ACE) have partnered on a contest to search for America’s Top Personal Trainers to Watch.
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Step by Step: Technology’s Increasing Impact on the Health Club Business
Bryan O’Rourke offers five trends to understand and participate in as technology increasingly affects the fitness business and the way people look at health clubs.
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From the Blog
IHRSA Trio: Trixter, FitView, Blast900
This year’s IHRSA show was as much about the meetings that went on away from the trade show floor as it was about what took place on the floor.
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Keeping Up with Patrick Lencioni at IHRSA
One of the more entertaining keynote speakers at the IHRSA show in San Francisco was Patrick Lencioni, who presented “The Four Disciplines of a Healthy Organization.”
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In Brief
Facility News
  • 24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, CA, celebrated two grand openings on Saturday in Texas, one in Houston and the other in Pflugerville, TX. The Houston Super Sport club marks 24 Hour’s 33rd club in the Houston area. The mayor of Pflugerville, Jeff Coleman, proclaimed Saturday as Healthy Pflugerville Day in honor of the unveiling of that town’s Super Sport club.
  • The Gold’s Gym Franchisee Association, Sugar Hill, GA, has received the 2010 All Star Award from marketing firm Constant Contact Inc. The award is given to a small group of Constant Contact users who meet a list of criteria related to successful e-mail communication, including high open and click rates and low bounce rates.
  • Club Fitness, Rome, GA, has filed for bankruptcy and closed, according to the Rome (GA) News-Tribune. The club reportedly was still enrolling new members the day before it closed on March 23. The closing left about 40 employees out of a job, the newspaper reported. The company’s other locations in Carrollton, GA, and Jacksonville, AL, remain open.
  • 509 Fitness, Kennewick, WA, has closed, according to local media reports. The club left an outgoing message on its answering machine saying the club closed due to a decline in memberships and a rise in expenses and competition. Several of the club’s employees learned about the closing through a Facebook post, according to a report.
  • Researchers in Michigan published a study in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health that says owning a dog can lead to a healthier lifestyle. According to the report, individuals who walk their dogs on a regular basis have a 34 percent higher chance of reaching their physical activity targets. Less than half of the American population meets physical activity standards, but the study found that owning a dog encourages people to walk more, and people who own dogs become more active overall.
  • Supplier News
  • The Al Ahli Holding Group, based in the United Arab Emirates, signed equipment deals with Star Trac and Johnson Health Tech North America under its Matrix Fitness brand. Al Ahli CEO Mohammed Khammas met with executives from Star Trac and Matrix at the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association show earlier this month in San Francisco. Last year, Al Ahli announced a master franchise agreement with Gold’s Gym International.
  • The Merrithew Health and Fitness Group, Toronto, has appointed Marina Glogovac to executive vice president of marketing and sales. Glogovac brings 20 years of experience in sales, brand marketing and strategy development. President Lindsay G. Merrithew says, “We look forward to taking the company to the next level with Marina helping lead the charge in terms of business growth, productivity and effectiveness to reach new international markets worldwide.”
  • The 10th Annual National Drowning Prevention Symposium will take place April 14-15 in Colorado Springs, CO. “Symposium attendees exchange best practices, engage in international networking and participate in hands-on activities,” says Sue Nelson, event chairperson. Drowning is the second-highest cause of childhood deaths in the nation, and the symposium provides educational programs to promote child safety.
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