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August.24.2011 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Chris Powell: Lend Emotional Support to Reach the Obese Population
Allstar Fitness to Pay $150,000 in Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Settlement
Bally to Close Longtime Club in Florida
24 Hour Ends Varsity Program for High School Athletes
Ohio Y Closings Spark Concern
Dance Fitness Classes Continue in Popularity at Health Clubs
Niche Clubs Offer Members a Unique Alternative
Recognizing and Recruiting Service Providers Who Can Sell
Step By Step: Building Loyalty to Your Health Club Requires Trust, Transparency and Thanks
Step By Step: Small Gestures May Lead to Big Rewards at Your Health Club
TSI Promotion for Sept. 11 First-Responders Raises Questions
Facility News
Supplier News
LinkedIn Discussions
Online Story Comments


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Chris Powell: Lend Emotional Support to Reach the Obese Population
Chris Powell's prominent role in the fight against the obesity epidemic takes place outside of the traditional health club environment, but the transformation specialist on ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition" still has ideas about how fitness facilities can reach out to overweight clients.
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Allstar Fitness to Pay $150,000 in Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Settlement
Allstar Fitness, Seattle, has agreed to pay $150,000 to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
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Bally to Close Longtime Club in Florida
A Bally Total Fitness club in Florida in operation for almost 24 years is closing.
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24 Hour Ends Varsity Program for High School Athletes
24 Hour Fitness says it is committed to continuing to promote youth fitness despite ending the after-school program for high school athletes that it has offered since 1992.
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Ohio Y Closings Spark Concern
Supporters of the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati are seeking answers after it closed a location on the east side of the city and announced plans to close another location in June 2012, citing financial issues.
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Dance Fitness Classes Continue in Popularity at Health Clubs
With the popularity of Zumba, Batuka and dance classes developed by high-profile choreographers and dancers, such as Louis Van Amstel's LaBlast classes for Crunch, pre-choreographed dance-based programs continue to offer group fitness options for health club operators.
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Niche Clubs Offer Members a Unique Alternative
In an industry where big-name companies own hundreds of clubs across the country, generate millions of dollars in revenue and offer low-cost memberships, some small health club owners have discovered offering something different may be the best way to thrive.
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Recognizing and Recruiting Service Providers Who Can Sell
One of the best ways to improve your peripheral sales is to hire service providers who already have a knack for selling, says Sales Strategies columnist Amanda Harris.
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Step By Step: Building Loyalty to Your Health Club Requires Trust, Transparency and Thanks
Rather than expecting customers to be loyal, Denise Lee Yohn says club owners must reward customers with their loyalty and actively show that they value their customers' business.
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Step By Step: Small Gestures May Lead to Big Rewards at Your Health Club
Club owners often can be so focused on the big picture that they forget about the little things and end up overlooking some important issues, says Nic DeCaire.
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From the Blog
TSI Promotion for Sept. 11 First-Responders Raises Questions
With the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaching, Town Sports International (TSI), New York, has offered a special promotion to first-responders to the 9/11 attacks on New York's World Trade Center. Not everyone agrees with the gesture, however.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • Life Time Fitness, Chanhassen, MN, and its board of directors have authorized a share repurchase program under which the company may repurchase up to $60 million of its outstanding common stock. Life Time Fitness had about 42.3 million shares of common stock issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2011. The program will last until the $60 million of stock is repurchased or Aug. 17, 2013, whichever comes earlier.
  • Gainesville Health and Fitness, Gainesville, FL, will hold a ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 11, to dedicate a new American flag and a monument in honor of the 10th anniversary of the attacks on U.S. soil. The ceremony will include representatives from all branches of the military and conclude with a motorcycle ride to remember the victims of 9/11.
  • The YMCA of Greater Erie (PA) will take over operations of the UPMC Hamot Wellness Center on Oct. 1, according to the Erie Times-News. The center announced it was closing in June, and a proposed deal with the owners of iRock Fitness fell through earlier this month.
  • Spectrum Athletic Clubs, El Segundo, CA, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Santa Monica club with a $250,000 remodel. The remodel is expected to be completed by Sept. 15 when the company plans a party. The renovations include an updated air conditioning system, dedicated TRX area, re-carpeted locker rooms and a new line of Life Fitness equipment.
  • Carnival Cruise Lines, Miami, selected Aquila, Miami Beach, FL, to manage its corporate health and fitness center in Miami and its national employee fitness initiatives in South Florida; Long Beach, CA; and Colorado Springs, CO. Aquila will provide Carnival employees with health and fitness programming, fitness management services, health and fitness web offerings and national program promotion.
  • 24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, CA, donated $10,000 to Augie's Quest and is hosting a donation drive to support Clubs for the Quest from Aug. 24 through Sept. 7. The company will encourage members and staff to donate money for the cause. Augie's Quest is an effort to raise money to find treatments and a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The effort was started by Augie Nieto, co-founder and former president of Life Fitness and chairman of Octane Fitness. Nieto was diagnosed with ALS in 2005.
  • The U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA, has announced that it must eliminate 56 positions due to Department of Defense budget cuts. According to a local news report, most of those positions will come from the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute.
  • Supplier News
  • TRX, San Francisco, introduced a new, eight-hour, hands-on professional education course geared specifically for trainers wanting to integrate Rip Trainer workouts into their training. The first two courses will be offered in August in San Francisco, with additional courses available in key U.S. markets, as well as internationally, beginning in September.
  • Motionsoft sponsored a webinar, "The Business of our Business: Insights on Commercial Real Estate for Gyms," earlier today, focusing on what health club operators need to know when selecting new club locations. The webinar featured Matthew Winn, senior managing director of U.S. retail services for Cushman & Wakefield Inc., a commercial real estate services firm. A broadcast of the webinar is available online.
  • Jerry Abbott Enterprises has introduced the TorsoBall as an alternative to the classic exercise ball. The TorsoBall is different because it has a rotating handle design, which allows users to hang on to it while leveraging their own body weight to create a full-body, non-impact workout, the company says. Members and personal training clients can perform a signature three-minute "one and done" core workout or full-body circuit workout. No assembly is required.
  • Resolute Physio Sport, Colorado Springs, CO, is in the process of naming a new manufacturing partner for its Simplicity strength training equipment. "Despite our early successes, our current manufacturing partnership hindered our ability to be competitive," says Roy Simonson, the company's founder and the designer of the Simplicity line. The company will announce its new partner in the next few weeks and plans to work with that partner to bring its product to market in the fall. In the interim, Resolute Physio Sport will continue to fill current orders and support all products in the field. Customers can reach the company at 855-777-7678.
  • Industry Buzz
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    LinkedIn Discussions
    Controversy over Town Sports International offering discounts to 9-11 first responders. What are your thoughts? Is this a good idea?

    Controversial, but getting plenty of ink. Why did they wait 10 years?

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    Online Story Comments
    Gold's Gym in Talks to Buy Bally, Sources Say

    Ballys needs to lay down and go to sleep. Someone please put them out of their misery…

    Bally Among Several Club Closings in the Industry

    Liars! I am an employee and I was never contacted about the closure…

    Bunch of baloney. Bally's knew they were losing the lease and continued to renew memberships AND get new members up to the time of closing…

    This dispute between the landlord and Bally's has been going on for quite some time…

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    Awesome list of ab exercises, nothing beats the hanging crunch though, that will develop your whole abdominal region.

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