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August.31.2011 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Several Fitness Clubs, Suppliers Make 2011 Inc. 5,000 List
Ex-Life Time Fitness Employee Charged with Two More Counts of Aggravated Sexual Battery
Tennis Pro Accused of Videotaping Naked Man in Locker Room
Personal Trainer Summit Set for Club Industry 2011
Exclusive Newsbeat Offer: CI2011 Early Bird Conference Registration Pricing Extended
ACE's Training Model Incorporates Behavioral Science with Exercise Science
Ohio Y Awarded City Recreation Services Contract
UTEP Opens New Student Rec Center
Step By Step: Three Ways to Boost Health Club Profitability
Become a Leader in the Fitness Industry by Reaching Out to the Obese
Facility News
Supplier News
LinkedIn Discussions
Online Story Comments


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Several Fitness Clubs, Suppliers Make 2011 Inc. 5,000 List
Club companies and industry manufacturers and suppliers appear this year on Inc. magazine's Inc. 5,000 list, which ranks companies based on their greatest percentage revenue growth from 2007 to 2010.
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Ex-Life Time Fitness Employee Charged with Two More Counts of Aggravated Sexual Battery
A former Life Time Fitness employee of the company's club in Collierville, TN, was charged last week with two additional counts of aggravated sexual battery, and local police detectives have obtained surveillance video of one of the alleged incidents.
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Tennis Pro Accused of Videotaping Naked Man in Locker Room
A tennis pro is due back in court next week after being charged with secretly videotaping a naked man in the men's locker room of a club, according to multiple media reports.
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Personal Trainer Summit Set for Club Industry 2011
Club operators, personal trainers and certifying agencies are being urged to participate in a new campaign, Unite into One Standard, for the continuing education and training of personal trainers. The campaign is the focus of the First Annual Personal Trainer Summit on Oct. 12 at the Club Industry show in Chicago.
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Exclusive Newsbeat Offer: CI2011 Early Bird Conference Registration Pricing Extended
Newsbeat subscribers can save up to $50 on CI2011 conference registration fees by following this exclusive link. Exhibit hall registration is free and also includes access to the show's kickoff party and the keynote presentations. Visit Club Industry's YouTube page to watch a video invitation from one of the show's keynote speakers, TV fitness expert Chris Powell.
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ACE's Training Model Incorporates Behavioral Science with Exercise Science
The American Council on Exercise's (ACE) new training model incorporates behavioral science with exercise science, according to the San Diego-based certification company.
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Ohio Y Awarded City Recreation Services Contract
The YMCA of Central Ohio has taken over management of the municipal parks and recreation program in the city of Delaware, OH.
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UTEP Opens New Student Rec Center
The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) opened its student recreation center this week, following a two-year, $32 million expansion project.
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Step By Step: Three Ways to Boost Health Club Profitability
Encouraging your members to visit your club on a more regular basis is a great way to boost profits, says Nalisha Patel.
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From the Blog
Become a Leader in the Fitness Industry by Reaching Out to the Obese
If obesity levels continue to rise at their current rate, half of all adults in the United States will be obese—yes, obese, not overweight—by 2030, according to a report recently published in The Lancet. That news is shocking to me, although I don't know why, considering one-third of American adults are overweight today—a number that should be shocking as well, except I think I have gotten used to it.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • LA Fitness, Irvine, CA, has announced three new club openings in Atlanta; Mission Viejo, CA; and the Pittsburgh suburb of North Hills, PA. All three clubs will hold grand openings on Sept. 17. Today, LA Fitness announced the launch of Zumba classes at its clubs nationwide.
  • Millennium Partners Sports Club Management LLC, Boston, announced that The Sports Club/LA and Reebok Sports Club/NY are introducing new classes, Aspen Ascent and ZenCore, in late September. Aspen Ascent, created in a partnership with Aspen/Snowmass, prepares members for skiing and boarding. ZenCore follows the principals of the club's Zenergy class by combining yoga, strength, cardio and restorative postures in each sequence.
  • Anytime Fitness, Hastings, MN, has signed "The Biggest Loser" finalist Tara Costa as an official spokesperson. During her appearance on Season 7 of the NBC TV series, Costa won eight challenges, the most of any contestant in the show's history, and lost 155 pounds. "We believe that Tara is a perfect fit for us," Anytime Fitness CEO Chuck Runyon said. "Our mission is: 'To improve the self-esteem of the world.' Tara has proven through hard work and determination that anything is possible."

  • Supplier News
  • The Ab Coaster Co. has become a sponsor of the Jessica's Hope Project, and Sean Gagnon, vice president of Ab Coaster, will sit on the board of directors. Jessica's Hope Project is a non-profit organization that focuses on sending fitness-oriented care packages overseas to all branches of the military. The average deployed military individual loses 50 pounds of body weight per deployment. To prevent this unhealthy weight loss, Jessica's Hope sends care packages including protein bars, Muscle Milk and vitamin supplements to military personnel to maintain their physical well-being and mental sharpness.
  • Western Athletic Clubs, San Francisco, has selected Spectrum NG by CSI Software, Houston, as its new enterprise software. With Spectrum NG, the company can consolidate its six operating systems into one. "In one solution, we will get club management, scheduler, spa management, retail POS, prospect management, event management and contract management," says Dave Nadeau, CFO, Western Athletic Clubs. The company will be one of the first customers to use the new CSI Software Cloud service.
  • Industry software and billing services provider ABC Financial Services Inc. is expanding its Sherwood, AR, headquarters and adding 100 jobs. The Arkansas Economic Development Commission has granted ABC several financial incentives to encourage the expansion, including a five-year 1 percent tax credit for creating new jobs and sales tax refunds on building material purchases, according to an agency spokesman. The expansion will bring the 30-year-old company's total number of employees to 400.
  • 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. 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.
  • Industry Buzz
    We appreciate readers' comments and discussions on our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages and online stories. See what other people in the fitness business community are saying and join the conversation.
    LinkedIn Discussions
    How important is your indoor cycling program for new member acquisition and/or retention?

    Spin has become very popular. We recently went from 19 spin bikes to 29 to meet demand during the winter months…

    Spin classes are a great retention tool to help connect members to other members as well as connect members to their instructor/ coach…

    We have 3 classes that are way more popular than any of the other 30 that we offer, and Spin is one of them…

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    Online Story Comments
    ACE's Training Model Incorporates Behavioral Science with Exercise Science

    This is a great idea. I use something similar in my online class which covers a lot of different ages and fitness levels…

    Dance Fitness Classes Continue Popularity at Health Clubs

    Sh'Bam by Les Mills has been crushing all other dance attendance numbers at our facility since we started offering it last year - dance is hot…

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