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July.6.2011 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Titan Fitness Leaves Gold's, Plans to Go National
Urban Active Opens in Atlanta
Newtown Athletic Club Begins Expansion
Enter the Social Media Best Practices Contest
Fitness Equipment Manufacturing Stays Global, But China's Luster May Fade
Best of the Best Awards 2011: It's On
ACSM Releases New Exercise Guidelines
Step by Step: Build a Profitable Aquatics Program in Your Fitness Facility without a Pool
Awareness Is Not Enough; the Childhood Obesity Problem Needs Action
Facility News
Supplier News


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Titan Fitness Leaves Gold's, Plans to Go National
After four years as a Gold's Gym franchisee, Titan Fitness, McLean, VA, is leaving the Gold's Gym International franchisee fold to develop clubs under the Fitness Connection brand.
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Urban Active Opens in Atlanta
Urban Active, Lexington, KY, attracted a star-studded crowd to the grand opening of its new Buckhead location in Atlanta last month.
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Newtown Athletic Club Begins Expansion
Newtown Athletic Club, Bucks County, PA, has broken ground on a two-year, $12 million expansion project, which will include a new baseball academy, an indoor athletic field house and an outdoor recreational pool complex.
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Enter the Social Media Best Practices Contest
If your fitness facility has used social media as part of its marketing, then submit an application to our Social Media Best Practices contest by August 1. The four winners will get seats on the social media panel discussion at the Club Industry show and be featured in the magazine.

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Fitness Equipment Manufacturing Stays Global, But China's Luster May Fade
As Star Trac moves its manufacturing from California to China, the spotlight has shown even brighter on that country as a location for fitness equipment manufacturing. But as China's labor costs continue to rise, that advantage may be dwindling. Does that mean that the U.S. manufacturing market will see growth?
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Best of the Best Awards 2011: It's On
The deadline to nominate your club's programs for our annual Best of the Best competition has passed and the entries for all categories soon will be on their way to the judges. Confirmations have been sent to the contact person listed on each entry form. If you submitted an entry but have not received an email confirming its acceptance, please contact us as soon as possible.
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ACSM Releases New Exercise Guidelines
The American College of Sports Medicine has released new recommendations about how much and what types of exercise adults should get based on current scientific evidence.
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Step by Step: Build a Profitable Aquatics Program in Your Fitness Facility without a Pool
Sara Kooperman explains how to build a profitable aquatics program even if the cost of building and maintaining a pool is too much for your health club.
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From the Blog
Awareness Is Not Enough; the Childhood Obesity Problem Needs Action
This week has been named National Childhood Obesity Week as part of an awareness campaign, but as obesity continues to grow as a threat to American children's health, states and municipalities across the country are making physical fitness programs less accessible by cutting them as non-essential.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • Les Mills International, Auckland, New Zealand, announced the winners of its Ultimate Studio Search competition as Fitness Studio ONE in Dornstetten, Germany, and First Coast Fitness in St. Johns, FL. The winning clubs will receive a trip for two to Auckland and the Ultimate Studio title.
  • All Sport Health and Fitness, Fishkill, NY, celebrated its 10th anniversary as the host of Relay for Life, an event to raise money for cancer survivors. The All Sport Angels, a team made up of club employees and members, held two fundraisers and raised $19,000 for the American Cancer Society.
  • A municipal recreation center employee in Ohio has been arrested on drugs charges. Travis Murphy, 28, was arrested last week at the Frank Chester Recreation Center in Columbus. According to local media reports, Columbus Police obtained a warrant for Murphy's arrest after an undercover officer purchased drugs from the accused at his workplace, which is operated by the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department. Murphy was charged with selling marijuana, possession with the intent to distribute, possession with the intent to distribute within 1,000 yards of a recreation center and possession with the intent to distribute within 1,000 yards of a school.
  • A personal trainer in Florida has been arrested on charges of sexual battery following allegations from one of his clients. The woman claims James Elbert Williams, 39, fondled her during a workout at Club Tone, the fitness studio he owns in Tampa. Williams also was charged with sexual battery in 2005, but was not convicted, according to local media reports. The trainer, who has been the subject of various complaints on consumer watchdog websites, was earlier this year confronted on a Tampa television news station after several women accused him of using deceptive tactics to get them to take out memberships at a different Tampa fitness club, which they said he lured them to from an online dating site.

  • Supplier News
  • Motionsoft, Silver Spring, MD, has introduced MoSo, a new program that integrates cloud technology with online member services, social media and advanced business intelligence. MoSo is a scalable member management software-as-a-service product that is suitable for small, medium and enterprise-level clients. Motionsoft is hosting a live online demonstration of MoSo's features and capabilities on July 13. Follow this link to register for the webinar.
  • Xdream bikes by Trixter made their West Coast debut last month at California Family Fitness, Orangeville, CA. The bikes have rotating handlebars to engage the upper body and have already been introduced on the East Coast and in Europe.
  • ClubSport Pleasanton, Pleasanton, CA, will be hosting TRX professional education courses in July, September and November. Taught by TRX qualified instructors, each class is eligible for continuing education credit and involves a full day of hands on training. Registration information is available on the TRX website.
  • BH Fitness, Foothill Ranch, CA, has added an elliptical trainer that runs on user-generated power to its line of commercial fitness equipment. The SK 9100 elliptical trainer features the manufacturer's own Genesia III self-generating technology system, which allows users to produce the energy required to operate the machine. An optional TV screen uses a 110-V plug for power. The SK 9100 also features heart-rate monitoring, oversized soft grips, non-slip pedals, an electromagnetic brake and 40 training programs.
  • The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) has launched a free online training course to help pool operators understand and comply with the requirements of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, which became federal law in 2008. The interactive course features narration, images, video and practice exercises. It allows participants to work at their own pace. To register for the free course, visit the NSPF website.
  • EZFacility, Bethpage, NY, introduced integrated full-service club billing and collections for all customers. The service allows health clubs to use the company's software application and outsource all payment processing, billing and receivable collections.
  • Med-Fit Systems Inc., Independence, VA, manufacturer of Nautilus products, is now a preferred vendor for Gold's Gym International, Irving, TX. Med-Fit Systems will be exhibiting at Gold's Gym International's global conference in Las Vegas, NV, July 18-20.

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