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April.20.2011 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Urban Active Faces Lawsuit, Responds to BBB Rating
LA Fitness Receives Acquisition Loan
North Carolina AG Cracking Down on Health Clubs
FDA Warns Philips about Problems with AEDs
In-Shape Health Clubs Acquires Club, Begins New Build
Mountainside Fitness Plans Growth in Arizona
Army Events Promote Youth Fitness
Fusion Pilates Gains Acceptance at Health Clubs
AFP Acquired by Fitness Ventures International
Business Builders: Good Communication Keeps Staff and Members Happy
Step by Step: Bringing Back Old-School Aerobics Classes
New Study Reveals That Kids Are Not Active
It Was a Red Letter Day in Louisiana
Facility News
Supplier News


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Urban Active Faces Lawsuit, Responds to BBB Rating
Urban Active says it cannot comment on a recent lawsuit, but it is attempting to resolve complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Central Ohio, which last week issued the Lexington, KY-based company an “F” rating.
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LA Fitness Receives Acquisition Loan
LA Fitness recently received a $300 million acquisition loan, according to a report, and sources indicate the Irvine, CA-based company is close to purchasing a club company.
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North Carolina AG Cracking Down on Health Clubs
The state of North Carolina’s litigation against former Peak Fitness owner Jeff Stec is still ongoing. That information came in a press release from the office of North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper, who recently announced that his state has stepped up its efforts to ensure that health clubs are prepared to refund members whose clubs have closed.
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FDA Warns Philips about Problems with AEDs
In late March, Philips Medical Systems Inc., Seattle, received a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration noting that the company had failed to rectify problems with some of its automated external defibrillators (AEDs), and those failures had led to deaths.
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In-Shape Health Clubs Acquires Club, Begins New Build
In-Shape Health Clubs, Stockton, CA, has acquired Ultimate Fitness, an 18,500-square-foot facility in American Canyon, CA, for an undisclosed sum. At the same time, the company has begun construction on a new facility in Suisun City, CA, just 15 miles away.
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Mountainside Fitness Plans Growth in Arizona
Mountainside Fitness, Tempe, AZ, plans for expansion in Scottsdale, AZ, with a new club and expansion of an existing club, the company announced.
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Army Events Promote Youth Fitness
Boot camp-style fitness classes have become popular over the past few years, but last week, students at a Wisconsin high school had a chance to have a more authentic military fitness experience.
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Fusion Pilates Gains Acceptance at Health Clubs
Since Pilates first popped up in the 1990s in group fitness programming at health clubs, it has developed a large following of dedicated students. Those dedicated students now want more from their Pilates classes, and Pilates has become so mainstream that its core strength elements are being used in small traditional group cardio classes.
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AFP Acquired by Fitness Ventures International
Fitness Ventures International LLC (FVI) recently acquired certain assets and rights held by Advantage Fitness Products (AFP), a commercial fitness equipment distributor.
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Business Builders: Good Communication Keeps Staff and Members Happy
Most club owners use a variety of communications tools to keep their members and employees informed. However, many still do not communicate well. Herb Lipsman shares how to develop a communication plan for staff and members.
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Step by Step: Bringing Back Old-School Aerobics Classes
Nostalgia about the group exercise classes of the 1980s and 1990s has led some club operators to add fee-based old-school aerobics classes to their schedule. Ann Gilbert offers tips on how to do this at your facility.
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From the Blog
New Study Reveals That Kids Are Not Active
It seems that adults aren’t the only ones not getting enough exercise. Lack of physical activity has spread to the youth.
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It Was a Red Letter Day in Louisiana
Like any other job, being an editor at Club Industry has its good days and its bad days. And then there are days like last Wednesday, when I had the chance to meet Red Lerille.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • Sean Henegan, Ismael Rosales and Rob Manchester have been promoted to tennis coordinator positions at the Midtown Athletic Club in Weston, FL. Henegan will be the junior development tennis coordinator, Rosales will serve as the adult tennis director and Manchester will take on the role of competitive junior tennis coordinator. All three have had experience directing, coaching or playing on upper level and national tennis teams.
  • Richard Shaw has been named an investor and director of fitness development for Blast900, which operates two interval training studios in the Atlanta area. “[Shaw] has connections in the fitness industry that would make your head spin, and just as he’s going to get us so far ahead of our competition by advancing the workout concept, he will also help us grow nationwide through our franchising model,” said Missi Wolf, who founded Blast900 in 2008 with her husband, Wolf Camera founder Chuck Wolf. Shaw left his position as director of the National Personal Trainer Institute (NPTI) to take the position at Blast900.
  • The National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) presented its annual awards at the association’s conference in New Orleans last week. Nine facilities received the Outstanding Sports Facility Award, which recognizes excellence in new or newly renovated recreational facilities at NIRSA member institutions. The winning facilities are The WELL at California State University, Sacramento; Drexel University Recreation Center; Florida Atlantic University Recreation & Fitness Center; Indiana State University Student Recreation Center; Portland State University Student Recreation Center; Barbara and David Gibbs Recreation and Wellness Center at Rice University; University of Arizona Student Recreation Center; University of South Alabama Student Recreation Center and McComas Hall Recreation Facility at Virginia Tech.
  • Eric Mann, the president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, is leaving that position on June 30 to take on the CEO role at the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast in Jacksonville, FL. A search committee has been formed to find Mann’s successor.

  • Supplier News
  • Mywellnesskey, a portable activity-tracking device created by Technogym, Gambettola, Italy, was awarded the Health Innovation Award at the 2011 FIBO fitness and wellness trade show, held last week in Essen, Germany. The USB-enabled product allows its wearer to upload his or her daily physical activity data online and assigns daily activity targets based on the user’s progress.
  • Stephen Williams, a former marketing executive at Cybex and Technogym, died last Wednesday at the age of 61. Williams, a Seattle native who struggled with kidney failure and diabetes in his later years, also was a fixture in the home electronics industry, according to his obituary in The Seattle Times.
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