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June.1.2011 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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More Americans Planning to Join or Rejoin Health Clubs
Pool Drain Covers Recalled Due to Safety Concerns
Public-Private Partnerships on Recreation Facilities Offer Advantages to Each Group
New ADA Standards Could Affect Health Club Locker Rooms
Cybex Gets Stay on Judgment Pending Collateral Payment
Joplin YMCA Finding New Ways to Serve Community
Anytime Fitness Terminates India Franchisee Agreement
UMaine Receives $5 Million from New Balance
Tell Us Why Your Club Is the Best of the Best
Sustainable Design Saves Health Clubs Money Even without LEED Certification
Step by Step: A 10-Point Social Media Strategy Tune-up for Health Clubs
Are Weight-Loss TV Shows Too Extreme?
Facility News
Supplier News


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More Americans Planning to Join or Rejoin Health Clubs
Consumers are ready to invest in their fitness again, according to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association's (SGMA) State of the Industry Report for 2011.
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Pool Drain Covers Recalled Due to Safety Concerns
Approximately one million pool and spa drain covers have been recalled because they were incorrectly certified and may not protect against entrapment, according to a recent statement from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
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Public-Private Partnerships on Recreation Facilities Offer Advantages to Each Group
In the last few years, reports of municipalities cutting funding for public recreation facilities have become common.
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New ADA Standards Could Affect Health Club Locker Rooms
Health clubs that do not comply with accessibility requirements not only shut out potential members, but they also risk being hit with a civil rights lawsuit.
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Cybex Gets Stay on Judgment Pending Collateral Payment
Cybex International Inc. has been granted a stay of enforcement on the $66 million judgment against it in the Barnhard v. Cybex International Inc. case, the company announced last week. The stay prohibits the plaintiff from attempting to enforce the judgment during the appellate process, but it is contingent upon Cybex posting $10 million in collateral. Cybex has stated it anticipates getting the collateral by the June 6 deadline.
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Joplin YMCA Finding New Ways to Serve Community
None of the three YMCA facilities in Joplin, MO, were damaged by the May 22 tornado, but their current situation could not be described as business as usual.
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Anytime Fitness Terminates India Franchisee Agreement
After Anytime Fitness clubs closed unexpectedly in India, the Hastings, MN-based company cut ties with the master franchisee in that country.
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UMaine Receives $5 Million from New Balance
The University of Maine has received a $5 million gift from athletic footwear manufacturer New Balance to be used for improvements to its recreation center and field house.
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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 applications is June 24, so get to work on yours today!
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Sustainable Design Saves Health Clubs Money Even without LEED Certification
Sustainability is more than a trendy addition to the vocabulary of responsible club design and operation. It is a must-have for our crowded planet and is here to stay, says Hervey Lavoie.
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Step by Step: A 10-Point Social Media Strategy Tune-up for Health Clubs
The conversation is shifting from if clubs should integrate social media into their marketing strategies to how to use these tools most effectively to increase exposure, sales and customer engagement, says Christine Thalwitz.
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From the Blog
Are Weight-Loss TV Shows Too Extreme?
On the heels of "The Biggest Loser" season finale, a new weight-loss reality TV show premiered Monday night: "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition." Do these shows paint the fitness industry in a positive light?
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In Brief
Facility News
  • Planet Fitness, Newington, NH, donated $370,200 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation after its Mother's Day promotion, which took place May 1-10. More than 200 Planet Fitness clubs participated in the promotion in which $10 was donated to the foundation for every new member who signed a membership.
  • Gold's Gym Milwaukee was awarded the 2011 Mayor's Design Award by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. The award is given to Milwaukee landmarks that exhibit design excellence, contribute to the character of its surroundings and add value to its neighborhood, according to the mayor. The award ceremony was held May 25 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The downtown Milwaukee Gold's was opened on Dec. 27, 2010, by franchisees Jeremy and Lori Lowell and their partners.
  • 24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, CA, is planning to hire 1,300 certified personal trainers in 2011. About 700 of those positions are in California, including the Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco areas. 24 Hour currently employs 3,500 certified personal trainers across the United States.
  • Leisure Sports Inc., Pleasanton, CA, owners and developers of ClubSport and Renaissance ClubSport hotels and fitness resorts, has teamed with Affinity Amp to launch its first mobile application. The free app allows members to view class schedules and descriptions, find clubs with information on amenities offered at each location and redeem exclusive mobile offers. The ClubSport app allows users to search for locations and group fitness classes near them via GPS. Members can check-in to their Facebook accounts to alert friends. Users also can take advantage of special discounts and offers.
  • Equinox, New York, will join in a strategic partnership with SoulCycle, an independent indoor cycling and lifestyle boutique, the two companies announced. SoulCycle will continue to build freestanding boutique fitness locations and will retain its pay-by-class enrollment model. The partnership is expected to help SoulCycle expand from its current eight locations to about 40 locations during the next five years, with additional studios in New York and multiple locations in Los Angeles, London and other major metropolitan areas. SoulCycle will continue to operate as an independent company, with co-founders Elizabeth Cutler and Julie Rice leading its operations.
  • Supplier News
  • Johnson Health Tech North America, Cottage Grove, WI, the manufacturer of Matrix Fitness, announced today the hiring of Andy Richters as vice president of national accounts. Richters, a 24-year industry veteran, comes to Matrix Fitness from Star Trac, where he served in the same capacity. "Richters brings years of solution selling strategies to the company and is a momentous gain for the Matrix brand," Kent Stevens, executive vice president of Matrix, said in a statement. "He is a perfect fit to the Matrix culture." Star Trac recently went through a round of layoffs at its Irvine, CA-based headquarters.
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