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May.17.2011 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Urban Active Improves BBB Rating, Faces another Lawsuit
24 Hour Fitness Member Dies after Stabbing in Parking Lot
Can Supplements Help Your Club Increase Its Revenues?
Matrix Fitness Sales Increase in Q1
Star Trac Shutting Down California Plant as More Production Moves to China
Nautilus Treadmill Production Returns to U.S.
Tell Us Why Your Club is the Best of the Best
Introduce Yourself!
One Florida Y Announces It Is Closing, Another Plans to Expand
Missouri Y Objects to Community Center Plans
Akron General Partners with City on Fourth Location
Americans Are in Denial about Their Weight
Step by Step: Keep Social Networking Alive in Your Health Club the Old-Fashioned Way
Smart Design: The Health Club Industry Needs Innovative Design and Programming Ideas
Is Arnold's Army Shrinking?
Fitness Plans Aren't One Size Fits All
Facility News
Supplier News


News
Urban Active Improves BBB Rating, Faces another Lawsuit
It was a good news, bad news type of week for embattled Urban Active, which upgraded its Better Business Bureau rating from an "F" to a "C" while dealing with another lawsuit.
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24 Hour Fitness Member Dies after Stabbing in Parking Lot
A man who was stabbed in the parking lot of a 24 Hour Fitness club in Buena Park, CA, has died.
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Can Supplements Help Your Club Increase Its Revenues?
During the past 13 years, sales of sports nutrition and weight loss supplements have had a compound growth rate of 10.2 percent. With such a large market, it's no wonder that an IHRSA survey found that 89 percent of health clubs sell them. And it's no wonder that some better-known club brands have taken to branding their own supplements to capture a larger piece of this pie.
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Matrix Fitness Sales Increase in Q1
Johnson Health Tech Inc. (JHT), the manufacturer of Matrix Fitness and other equipment brands, had a 22 percent increase in domestic sales in the first quarter of 2011 compared to first quarter 2010, the Cottage Grove, WI-based company announced.
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Star Trac Shutting Down California Plant as More Production Moves to China
In a continuing effort to shift more production to its plant in China, Star Trac is shutting down its factory in California, resulting in close to 50 layoffs.
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Nautilus Treadmill Production Returns to U.S.
Med-Fit Systems Inc., which manufactures Nautilus commercial products, has produced its first Nautilus treadmill in its Independence, VA, plant after bringing production back from China.
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Tell Us Why Your Club is the Best of the Best
Does your club have an innovative program that makes it stand out amongst its competition? Here's your chance to crow about it. We are now accepting entries for the ninth annual Club Industry Best of the Best competition. The winners will be recognized in print, online and at the 2011 Club Industry show in Chicago. The deadline for entries is June 24, so get to work on your application today!
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Introduce Yourself!
Want to do a bit of virtual schmoozing with your peers in the industry? Join our new Club Industry group on LinkedIn to make new contacts, get involved in discussions of the latest trends and issues and to find out more about what's going on at Club Industry HQ. If you don't already have a LinkedIn account, this is a good reason to join. Just click here to get to our page and join the group.

One Florida Y Announces It Is Closing, Another Plans to Expand
Residents of the southern Florida city of Bonita Springs are planning to protest the imminent closure of the Bonita YMCA at a city council meeting this week. YMCA of the Palms, which manages the branch, announced in early May that it would be closing the facility due to financial hardship.
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Missouri Y Objects to Community Center Plans
Officials at the Ozarks Regional YMCA, which operates seven branches in southern Missouri, are protesting the local park board's plans to build a new community center in close proximity to a Y.
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Akron General Partners with City on Fourth Location
Akron General Health System has signed a letter of intent to partner with the city of Broadview Heights, OH, on its fourth medical fitness center, according to the city and the hospital group. Akron General already has two medical fitness centers and just broke ground on a third one that is expected to be completed at the end of the year.
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Americans Are in Denial about Their Weight
Americans think the United States has a big problem with obesity—they just don't think they are part of that problem, according to a study by Catalyst Healthcare Research, Nashville, TN.
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Step by Step: Keep Social Networking Alive in Your Health Club the Old-Fashioned Way
Rick Bouza shares how to keep in touch with non-regular members on a regular basis.
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Smart Design: The Health Club Industry Needs Innovative Design and Programming Ideas
Very few people realize the extent to which programming helps dictate a club's design, says Rudy Fabiano. The architect and interior designer explains how the two are intertwined in this month's column.
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From the Blog
Is Arnold's Army Shrinking?
There's no denying that Arnold Schwarzenegger is a giant in the fitness industry. But will recent announcements about his personal life affect his legacy?
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Fitness Plans Aren't One Size Fits All
Earlier this spring, a weight management clinic in Las Vegas began offering its patients a new diet and exercise program based on their DNA. It may sound like just another weight-loss gimmick, but it is a legitimate idea.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • Life Time Fitness, Chanhassen, MN, opened its newest club on Friday in Las Vegas. Summerlin Life Time Athletic is the company's first club in the Las Vegas market. The three-story, 200,000-square-foot club has 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-per-week access and includes more than 100 group fitness classes, more than 400 pieces of cardio and strength equipment, a large rock-climbing cavern, full-sized basketball and volleyball courts, and indoor and outdoor aquatics areas.
  • 24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, CA, has formed a partnership with HealthCorps, a health movement with an in-school educational and mentoring program in 11 states. The program is piloted in two Sacramento, CA, schools, Luther Burbank High School and Sacramento Charter High School. Once a week, a 24 Hour personal trainer leads a 60-minute workout with students on campus and provides health and fitness tips that complement HealthCorps' curriculum on nutrition, fitness and mental strength. 24 Hour also is providing 100 free six-month memberships and 10 bodybugg personal calorie management systems to each of the high schools.
  • Crunch, New York, has opened its ninth franchise club and its first in Wayne, NJ. The 20,000-square-foot club is in a space previously occupied by a World Gym. The club's owners are Chris Pacifico, Maria Parrella-Turco and Greg Fuchs, who have more than 60 years of combined industry experience. The owners hope to open multiple Crunch franchise clubs in New Jersey in the future.
  • Chelsea Piers Management, managing partner of Chelsea Piers New York, is constructing a 400,000-square-foot club in Stamford, CT. Chelsea Piers Connecticut (CPCT) is scheduled to open in June 2012 and will include two NHL-regulation ice rinks, turf fields for soccer, lacrosse, football, field hockey, softball and baseball, a 20,000-square-foot gymnastics center, an aquatics center with an Olympic-sized pool and seven tennis courts. CPCT also will offer instruction in more than 26 sports.
  • A World Gym in Elgin, IL, closed earlier this month. Memberships were transferred to a World Gym in Montgomery, IL, about 25 miles away, according to a local media report. World Gym declined to comment on the reason for the closing.
  • The University System of Georgia's Board of Regents has approved a $36-per-semester increase in recreation and wellness fees for students at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. The regents' approval of the fee increase will allow the university to issue a bond intended to raise funds for the construction of a $57 million student recreation and activity center. A construction timeline for the new rec center has not yet been set.
  • Abilene Christian University (ACU) in Abilene, TX, announced that its new $21 million recreation center will be open by the time students return to classes this fall. The Royce and Pam Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center is expected to be operating by late August. The renovation of ACU's Gibson Health and Physical Education Center also will be completed by that time.
  • The new vice president of The Valley of the Sun YMCA is Kerri O'Brien. O'Brien has an extensive background in health and fitness, working with Arizona State University's Wellness Center and Sports Medicine departments to roles with Phoenix College, the Arizona Rattlers, DMB Sports Clubs, Arizona Peace Officers Association, Fitlinxx and Colorado Weigh Weight Management. Her role will be to build a healthier community in the Valley, Flagstaff and Yuma.
  • Supplier News
  • The community of Alexander City, AL, home of Fitness Equipment Outlets, a dealer for BH North America, Foothill Ranch, CA, was hit hard by last month's tornadoes. The storms damaged the neighborhood of Bill Hendrix, owner and operator of Fitness Equipment Outlets, and a nearby school. Fitness Equipment Outlets has an association with Children's Harbor, a local facility that serves seriously ill children and their families. That charity also took the brunt of the storms. BH North America is soliciting help for Children's Harbor. To help, contact the local American Red Cross chapter at (800) GIVE LIFE or contact Children's Harbor Director of Community Relations Tammy Jackson at (265) 749-4541.
  • Schedulicity, Bozeman, MT, a company that specializes in online appointment scheduling for small businesses, has added a class and workshop scheduling tool to its calendaring program. The feature, free to Schedulicity subscribers, can help fitness club owners and operators or personal trainers quickly schedule classes using weekly or monthly patterns and manage class and workshop rosters.
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