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May.3.2011 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Planet Fitness, World Gym Destroyed in Tuscaloosa Tornado
Cybex Gets Temporary Stay on $66 Million Judgment
Revenue Improved for Health Clubs in 2010, IHRSA Says
2011 Best of the Best Competition Now Open
Life Fitness Q1 Revenues Increase 31 Percent
Precor's Q1 Sales Increase
The Sports Club Co. Reports Improved Q1 Revenue
Retention Edge: A Great Health Club Culture Can Build Loyalty
Step by Step: Ten Rules for Being an Effective Fitness Manager
Web Savvy: Top 10 Best Practices For Wellness Websites: What Works, What Doesn’t
Health Clubs, Personal Trainers Benefiting from NFL Lockout
Facility News
Supplier News


News
Planet Fitness, World Gym Destroyed in Tuscaloosa Tornado
The Planet Fitness and World Gym clubs in Tuscaloosa, AL, were destroyed Wednesday by one of several devastating tornadoes that ripped through the town, the state of Alabama and across the South.
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Cybex Gets Temporary Stay on $66 Million Judgment
Cybex International, Medway, MA, received a temporary stay of enforcement on the $66 million judgment in a product liability suit, and it is filing a request for a 180-day extension with the NASDAQ Stock Market to prevent being delisted, according to Cybex Chairman and CEO John Aglialoro.
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Revenue Improved for Health Clubs in 2010, IHRSA Says
Clubs participating in the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association's (IHRSA) annual financial index reported improved performance in revenue, membership dues revenue, non-dues revenue and EBITDAR for 2010, according to IHRSA.
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2011 Best of the Best Competition Now Open
Does your fitness facility have a program that sets it apart from the rest? Here's your chance to tell us about it. The winning facilities will be recognized during the 2011 Club Industry show in Chicago and will be featured in Club Industry magazine and on the Club Industry website. The deadline is June 24, so hurry and apply now.
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Life Fitness Q1 Revenues Increase 31 Percent
First quarter 2011 revenues increased 31 percent for Brunswick Corp.'s Life Fitness Division, according to financials released by the company. The Life Fitness Division consists of Life Fitness and Hammer Strength.
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Precor's Q1 Sales Increase
Precor, Woodinville, WA, had a 14 percent increase in net sales in first quarter 2011, growing to EUR56.6 million ($84.1 million) compared to EUR45.5 million ($67.6 million) in first quarter 2010, according to financials released by its parent company, Amer Sports, last week.
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The Sports Club Co. Reports Improved Q1 Revenue
The Sports Club Co., Los Angeles, reported first quarter 2011 revenue of $13.8 million, an increase of 4.7 percent from first quarter 2010.
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Retention Edge: A Great Health Club Culture Can Build Loyalty
Health club member and staff retention come from loyalty, and one way to build great loyalty is with a great company culture. Blair McHaney shares some tips on how to do so.
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Step by Step: Ten Rules for Being an Effective Fitness Manager
Ann Gilbert shares how fitness managers can stand out and grow within their company by following a few simple rules.
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Web Savvy: Top 10 Best Practices For Wellness Websites: What Works, What Doesn’t
Leslie Nolen shares her cheat sheet for the 10 best practices of health clubs, yoga studios, wellness centers and healthy lifestyle businesses.
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From the Blog
Health Clubs, Personal Trainers Benefiting from NFL Lockout
After a glimmer of hope, the on-again, off-again National Football League lockout went back on again last week, much to the dismay of NFL fans, players and coaches. Instead of training in their team's facility, players resumed working out wherever they could—perhaps even at your club.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • Sport & Health, McLean, VA, along with Vanguard Realty Group, announced the lease of a 42,000-square-foot facility at Market Square in Frederick, MD. The new build will be Sport & Health's second club in Frederick. In February, the company acquired a Gold's Gym in South Frederick, MD. Two new builds also are under way in Gainesville, VA, and Woodbridge, VA.
  • Town Sports International (TSI), New York, is offering lifetime discounted memberships for teachers in honor of National Teacher Appreciation Day. The $20-a-month memberships are available today through June 30 at the company's website. "Teachers are among the most powerful role models on our children's life. We want to do all we can to help our teachers set an example to maintain a healthy lifestyle and pass it on to students," said Robert Giardina, president and CEO of TSI. "Equally important, we want to say thank you to all teachers for dedicating their lives to such a noble profession, particularly at a time when teacher benefits are being diminished."
  • Roxanna Wood, owner of Max Fit24, Williamsburg, VA, is featured in the reality TV series "Steel Divas," which premiers at 11 p.m. tonight on the Lifetime network. The show focuses on national physique contestants leading up to competition. Wood lives in Gilbert, AZ, but returns to her gym and hometown every other month, according to the Newport News (VA) Daily Press.

  • Supplier News
  • A partnership between fitRewards, Princeton Junction, NJ, and ABC Financial, Little Rock, AR, has produced the fitRewards ABC Financial Web Service. "This makes implementing a rewards and loyalty program easier than ever," says Mike Clarke, executive director at fitRewards. "Now clubs can automatically reward members for behaviors that they are tracking inside their ABC Financial software." fitRewards offers health clubs an online member recognition program, which increases club revenue and builds customer loyalty by rewarding individual members for various behaviors they want to drive. In particular, the system allows a club's members to earn points toward name-brand gifts and products when they participate in club programs, provide membership referrals, purchase club services and merchandise, or simply visit the club for a workout. Members can log in online to see their points balance, refer friends to the club and redeem their points for prizes.
  • Med-Fit Systems Inc., Fallbrook, CA, manufacturer of Nautilus commercial products, has hired Mike Herlihy as its government sales manager. Herlihy has worked in the industry for the past 20 years at manufacturers such as Precor, LeMond Fitness and, most recently, Star Trac.
  • Ecore International, Lancaster, PA, has introduced a new program to enable customers to recycle old or remnant Ecore rubber and cork products at its manufacturing facility. Acceptable products include ECOsurfaces commercial flooring, Everlast sports surfacing with Nike Grind, Everlast Contender, TRU, QT Sound Insulation, PlayGuard safety surfacing and Pavesafe. To take part in the Redeux Material Take Back program, customers must submit an application to ensure their materials are free of foreign contaminates.

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