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October.19.2011 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Man Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit against 24 Hour Fitness
Cybex Faces Another Equipment Liability Lawsuit
CEOs at Largest Health Club Companies Attend Summit
Cybex Reports Another Quarter of Sales Growth
Top Personal Trainers Recognized at Club Industry 2011 Show
Clubs, Manufacturers Can Lessen Lawsuit Possibilities
Ohio State Named Fittest U.S. College
Get the Best Contractor to Build or Renovate Your Health Club
Step By Step: Six Steps to Doubling Health Club Revenue through Personal Training
Grondahl Steals the Show at Club Industry 2011 Panel Session
Quick Hits from Club Industry 2011
Facility News
Supplier News
Facebook Comments


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Man Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit against 24 Hour Fitness
24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, CA, has been sued by a male employee on claims of sexual harassment by a California club's female manager.
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Cybex Faces Another Equipment Liability Lawsuit
A lawsuit filed by the family of a girl who claims she was injured using Cybex equipment was moved last Friday from a circuit court to a United States District Court in Tennessee.
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CEOs at Largest Health Club Companies Attend Summit
Forty owners and CEOs from some of the most profitable commercial clubs, medical fitness centers and fitness management companies attended the first annual Club Industry CEO Summit on Thursday at the Club Industry 2011 show in Chicago.
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Cybex Reports Another Quarter of Sales Growth
Cybex International Inc., Medway, MA, reported net sales for third quarter 2011 of $33.5 million, a 15 percent increase compared to $29.2 million for the same period last year, according to financials released by the company.
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Top Personal Trainers Recognized at Club Industry 2011 Show
Eleven personal trainers were honored by Life Fitness and the American Council on Exercise in the top Personal Trainers to Watch awards, presented at the Club Industry 2011 show on Friday in Chicago.
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Clubs, Manufacturers Can Lessen Lawsuit Possibilities
Every club operator and fitness equipment manufacturer lives with the threat of liability lawsuits. Club operators in most states can protect their businesses with member waiver forms. But manufacturers are a bit more vulnerable.
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Ohio State Named Fittest U.S. College
Men's Fitness magazine has given The Ohio State University (OSU), Columbus, OH, the top spot for 2011 in its annual Fittest Colleges in America list.
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Get the Best Contractor to Build or Renovate Your Health Club
Bruce Carter lists the key points to consider in getting your project completed on time, for the best price and with quality work.
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Step By Step: Six Steps to Doubling Health Club Revenue through Personal Training
In order to be a source of revenue, personal training needs just as much attention as you give each member and your business in general, writes Michael Benso.
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From the Blog
Grondahl Steals the Show at Club Industry 2011 Panel Session
You didn’t know quite what to expect when Planet Fitness CEO Mike Grondahl spoke at a panel session last Wednesday at the Club Industry conference in Chicago. With that in mind, Grondahl delivered.
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Quick Hits from Club Industry 2011
We've had a great start to the Club Industry 2011 show in Chicago. We just heard from keynote speaker Chris Powell today, a B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. presentation, which followed Thursday's great presentation from John Moore on touchpoint marketing.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • Crunch, New York, plans to open 30 franchise clubs in northern New Jersey through franchisee Dennis Cieri. Cieri is the president and founder of SSP Nutrition Inc., a boutique performance nutrition company, and is the founding partner of The Fitness Factory Group, which owns and operates three health clubs in northern New Jersey. "I've been in the entrepreneurial and franchising industry for a very long time, but I've never been this excited about a brand," Cieri said in a statement. Crunch now has more than 100 franchise clubs set to open in the United States and worldwide.
  • Sport & Health, McLean, VA, held a media sneak preview on Tuesday for its new club in Gainesville, VA. The club has several features, including an indoor swimming pool and Trixter bikes, which are gaming bikes that allow you to race other members. A grand opening for the Gainesville Sport & Health club is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5.
  • Plus One Health Management Inc., New York, announced that Safeway Inc., for which Plus One serves as the operator of its employee fitness centers, was ranked as the third healthiest company in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times. The newspaper surveyed more than 100 companies about their employee wellness programs. Safeway was listed in the 2,000-plus employee category.
  • A man who worked on the cleaning crew of a 24 Hour Fitness in San Mateo, CA, was arrested last week for allegedly peeping at two women in the women's locker room, according to the San Jose (CA) Mercury News. Police said Jose Albert Soto-Cabrera hid behind a locker and looked at the two San Francisco women. Soto-Cabrera was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor peeping and booked into San Mateo County jail, the newspaper reported.
  • UFC Gym, Lafayette, CA, opened an enrollment center Tuesday and has begun selling memberships to its first club in Honolulu. UFC Gym has partnered with Hawaii native and two-division UFC champion BJ Penn on the new facility, which will open early next year. "It is such an honor to bring UFC Gym to my homeland of Hawaii and show our community how to not only train like an elite UFC athlete, but introduce them to an entirely new way to approach fitness," Penn said in a statement.
  • The Athletic Club at The Westin, Avon, CO, is undergoing a $1 million renovation and expansion, including 4,000 square feet of new exercise studio space, the Vail (CO) Daily reports. The project is scheduled to be completed by December, and the club will remain open during renovations.
  • Medina's Gym, Hayward, CA, which has been in operation for 29 years, is closing, according to the Contra Costa (CA) Times. Bob Medina, who started the gym with his brother, Carl, says he is retiring. A church will move into the downtown space on Nov. 1, the newspaper reported. Carl Medina died in 2008.
  • Lady Wellness, Rockford, IL, permanently closed last month after being in operation for 12 years, the Rockford Register Star reports. CEO Terry Vanyo told the newspaper that tough economic times and increased competition from lower-priced clubs factored into the decision to close the women-only club, which had been shut down since October 2010 as Vanyo searched for a buyer.
  • The Butte (MT) Family YMCA has named Greg Hergott as its new CEO. Hergott will take over the position on Nov. 7 after leaving his current role as director of education, wellness and recreation for the Montana State Prison system. He also has worked at several colleges, including Montana State University.
  • Supplier News
  • LA Fitness, Irvine, CA, announced a company-wide rollout of Microsoft Lync 2010 communications software to its 20,000 employees at its more than 370 clubs around the country. The goal of the new software is to help employees interact, share information and provide customer service. The company said its telephony solution became increasingly complex as it expanded across the country. George Bader, chief information officer at LA Fitness, says that by using Lync, the company has saved more than $650,000 annually.
  • Regupol America, Lebanon, PA, the manufacturer of recycled rubber flooring for sports and athletic facilities, has partnered with the Shane Victorino Foundation and other companies to renovate the Shane Victorino Nicetown Boys & Girls Club in Philadelphia. Regupol agreed to donate more than 9,100 square feet of Regupol Aktiv flooring for the facility and 2,300 square feet of Regupol Shock Padding for the cushioning under the gym floor. Victorino, who plays baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies, was on hand for the club's grand reopening on Sept. 22.
  • fitRewards, Princeton Junction, NJ, is now fully integrated with the club management software Club Ready. The fitRewards Club Ready integration will make the rewards program fully automatic for clubs using the Club Ready software.
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    Facebook Comments
    Great show in Chicago! Thank you to everyone who came!

    Very cool to be there - saw a lot of great speakers! See you next year!

    This was a great event this year. Both John Moore and Chris Powell did great jobs with their key notes…

    Yes, great show - Powerhouse Gym held their convention in conjunction with Club industry and it was well received.

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