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June.8.2011 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Synergy Fitness Clubs Owner Convicted of Two Murders
Personal Trainer Sues Life Time Fitness for Sexual Harassment
Industry Mourns Passing of Steve Williams
California Grand Jury Criticizes College over Fitness Center Funding
Tips for Creating a Winning Best of the Best Awards Entry
Practicing Yoga Has Long-Term Benefits, Study Finds
Fit Doctors More Likely to Recommend Exercise, Research Says
Core Training Equipment Goes Mainstream in Health Clubs
Use Sales Standards to Increase Health Club Membership Sales
Step by Step: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Fitness Center
Get Your Doctor Off the Couch and into Your Club
Facility News
Supplier News


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Synergy Fitness Clubs Owner Convicted of Two Murders
Christian Tarantino, co-owner of Synergy Fitness Clubs, New York, has been convicted by a federal jury of two 1994 murders.
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Personal Trainer Sues Life Time Fitness for Sexual Harassment
A former Life Time Fitness trainer is suing the Chanhassen, MN-based company on the grounds of sexual harassment and retaliation.
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Industry Mourns Passing of Steve Williams
Friends and family of Steve Williams gathered last month to remember the man who affected the industry at Cybex International and Technogym.
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California Grand Jury Criticizes College over Fitness Center Funding
A civil grand jury in San Mateo County, CA, has found that a local college's use of state funds to build a new fitness center was not inappropriate, but it also criticized the school for not clearly communicating to the public its intention to operate the center, in part, as a private enterprise.
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Tips for Creating a Winning Best of the Best Awards Entry
Want some advice on putting together your entry for Club Industry's ninth-annual Best of the Best Awards? Editor Pam Kufahl spoke to past judges to ask what they look for in a winning program. Watch this short video to find out what they said. The deadline for entries is June 24.
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Practicing Yoga Has Long-Term Benefits, Study Finds
Long-term yoga practitioners experience less joint pain and fewer headaches, according to a new George Washington University study.
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Fit Doctors More Likely to Recommend Exercise, Research Says
Fit doctors are more likely to recommend physical activity to their patients, according to new research presented last week at the American College of Sports Medicine's 58th Annual Meeting and Second World Congress on Exercise is Medicine.
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Core Training Equipment Goes Mainstream in Health Clubs
Once viewed by some operators as merely a passing trend, functional core training has quickly become a revenue-boosting fitness movement at many fitness facilities, especially since it most often is provided through personal training, small group training or larger-scale group exercise classes.
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Use Sales Standards to Increase Health Club Membership Sales
The more competitive nature of the health and fitness business these days means that everyone must constantly reassess how competitive they are, says Karen Woodard-Chavez.
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Step by Step: Improving Indoor Air Quality in Your Fitness Center
Kurt Broadhag explains the dangers of volatile organic compounds and how to decrease them in your health club while improving air quality.
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From the Blog
Get Your Doctor Off the Couch and into Your Club
A recent report noting that doctors who exercise are more likely to recommend exercise to their patients really shouldn't surprise anyone.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • A Gold's Gym franchisee is turning his four clubs (two in Omaha, NE, and one each in Lincoln, NE, and Battle Creek, MI) into Blue Moon Fitness over the next month, according to the Omaha World-Herald. Joel Potter told the newspaper that his clubs will be geared toward "average Americans who exercise once in a blue moon." Membership at Blue Moon Fitness will start at $10 a month, the newspaper reported.
  • Planet Fitness, Newington, NH, is opening a new club in Wichita Falls, TX, according to media reports. The Planet Fitness franchisee, Brian Hooker, also owns dry cleaners and tanning centers in the area. The club is scheduled to open in October.
  • In-Shape Health Clubs, Stockton, CA, has opened two new In-Shape Sport facilities in California. The 39,000-square-foot Vacaville location features group exercise classes and a heated indoor pool. The Monte Vista location has new cardio and weight equipment, racquetball courts and a Kids Club.
  • The Rush Fitness Complex, Nashville, TN, will hold a grand opening the weekend of June 17 for its new club in Greenville, SC. The 35,000-square-foot club is the company's 23rd location and includes amenities such as a cardio theater, a spinning room, a member lounge, certified fit coaches, individual nutrition programs, kid fit classes and free child care. It also will include the Ring of Fire, a six-station, octagon-shaped circuit training center elevated 15 feet off the main floor.
  • Two Aquabilities fitness clubs in Reading, PA, will close on July 16, according to the Reading Eagle. Owner Kevin Basile told the newspaper that customers have been spending less on swimming lessons, physical therapy and memberships during the past four years. Also, increased co-payments for Medicare and insurance programs cut into the members' discretionary income, Basile told the newspaper. The two clubs had 2,000 members and 75 to 90 full-time and part-time workers.
  • The New York Health Department and the New York Department of Parks and Recreation have launched a campaign called Make NYC Your Gym to highlight fitness opportunities in the city. New Yorkers can use the search engine on the city's BeFitNYC microsite to find free or low-cost fitness activities at public recreation centers, pools and parks throughout the city. The site also has a link to a Facebook app that lets users create their own fitness events that they can invite friends or the general public to attend. The weeklong campaign concludes Sunday, June 12, with a fitness festival that will include free hourly classes led by instructors from the New York-based Equinox club chain.

  • Supplier News
  • Harbinger Fitness, Napa, CA, has issued a voluntary recall of the company's Ab Strap after two injuries were reported from the use of the product. The majority of Ab Straps were sold through Internet retailers from 2006 through 2010. In April, Harbinger Fitness contacted retailers that sold the Ab Strap to alert them about the recall and its free replacement program, in which affected consumers can receive a Deluxe Ab Strap in exchange for the recalled Ab Strap. This is the first recall in Harbinger's 22-year history, according to the company.
  • Scott Goudeseune, the CEO of the American Council on Exercise (ACE), has been appointed president-elect of the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity's (NCPPA) board of directors. Goudeseune, formerly the NCPPA's treasurer, will continue to serve as the chair of the coalition's membership committee.
  • Chuck Leve is no longer the executive director of the Association of Fitness Industry Retailers and Manufacturers (AFIRM), whose parent organization is the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA). Leve and the SGMA parted ways last Friday, according to a press release. An AFIRM Showcase Tour event scheduled for this week in suburban Washington, DC, was cancelled due to low pre-registered attendance.
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