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October.26.2011 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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TSI Reports Improved Results in Third Quarter
Life Time Revenue, Net Income Grow in Third Quarter 2011
The Sports Club Co. Reports Higher Revenue as Sale to Equinox Is Finalized
LA Fitness Faces Racial Discrimination Lawsuit
Lucille Roberts Seeks Growth in the South
Star Trac Parent Company Gets Nautilus TreadClimber
Yoga Helps with Chronic Low Back Pain, Study Says
Oregon Kroc Center Facing Financial Problems
Step By Step: Drive Health Club Profitability with Small Group Training
Chris Powell Goes to the Extremes at Club Industry 2011
John Moore Touches on Touchpoint Marketing at Club Industry 2011
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TSI Reports Improved Results in Third Quarter
Town Sports International (TSI), New York, had an increase in revenue in third quarter 2011 compared to the same period in 2010 as it released its financial results today.
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Life Time Revenue, Net Income Grow in Third Quarter 2011
Life Time Fitness showed continued growth as it released its third quarter 2011 financials.
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The Sports Club Co. Reports Higher Revenue as Sale to Equinox Is Finalized
Third quarter 2011 revenue for The Sports Club Co., Los Angeles, increased 7.2 percent compared to the same quarter last year, the company announced last Friday, just two days after Equinox announced it had completed its acquisition of the company.
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LA Fitness Faces Racial Discrimination Lawsuit
LA Fitness, Irvine, CA, is being sued by a VIP guest of a member in Florida on the grounds of racial discrimination.
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Lucille Roberts Seeks Growth in the South
Lucille Roberts, New York, is moving into the South with plans to open at least 50 franchised clubs. The company signed an agreement with Jerry Cohn and David Tannen to be area developers throughout Florida and Georgia, the company announced.
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Star Trac Parent Company Gets Nautilus TreadClimber
Core Health and Fitness LLC, the corporate holding group for the Star Trac and StairMaster brands, has signed a license with Nautilus Inc. to produce the TreadClimber for the commercial fitness market.
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Yoga Helps with Chronic Low Back Pain, Study Says
Individuals who suffer from chronic low back pain can get relief by doing yoga, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. However, the relief is no greater than that derived from doing conventional stretching exercises.
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Oregon Kroc Center Facing Financial Problems
The Kroc Center in Salem, OR, has stepped up its fundraising efforts and is investigating ways to cut operational costs after seeing its membership figures drop by nearly half since summer 2010.
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Step By Step: Drive Health Club Profitability with Small Group Training
In today's economy, health club members are being enticed by small group programs that allow them to get individualized trainer attention to meet their fitness goals at the right price. Jesse Campanaro shares five strategies for implementing a profitable and sustainable small group training program.
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From the Blog
Chris Powell Goes to the Extremes at Club Industry 2011
Chris Powell sure knows how to make an entrance. When he was introduced at Club Industry 2011 in Chicago, Powell came all the way from the back of the room, ran up the center aisle, and jumped with both feet onto the stage.
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John Moore Touches on Touchpoint Marketing at Club Industry 2011
In his keynote speech, John Moore, the former marketing whiz at Starbucks and Whole Foods, offered a packed room some examples of how companies can use touchpoint marketing to differentiate themselves from the competition.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • Vanguard Key Clubs (formerly Vision Fitness Centers) has nationally branded and is licensing its 24-hour, key-club brand. CEO Craig Annis started Vanguard Key Clubs 19 years ago as Vision Fitness Centers. The company has grown to five locations in three states: Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Most of the fully equipped facilities range from 7,000 to 10,000 square feet. Annis is offering national territories for individuals who want to start their own facility and to current gym owners who want to convert their existing locations.
  • The Sports Club/LA, owned and operated by Millennium Partners Sports Club Management, Boston, has signed a partnership with Fila, the athletic apparel and footwear brand. Highlights of the partnership include development of signature co-branded classes for multi-functional conditioning and for specific sports activities, creation of exclusive uniforms for the health club staff, promotional events held at the clubs to include product launches and athlete appearances and creation of health and fitness content for multiple mediums. In addition, the clubs' retail shops will sell Fila clothing, ranging from general fitness to attire specially designed for yoga, personal performance/toning and tennis. The Sports Club/LA fitness professionals will serve as resources for Fila in product testing development.
  • 24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, CA, was recently named one of the Top 20 Military Spouse Friendly Employers of 2012 by Military Spouse magazine after a recent survey of more than 5,000 companies. The magazine's list showcases organizations that are successful in hiring and recruiting the spouses of active United States servicemen and servicewomen.
  • FIT Brands, Columbus, GA, has appointed Paul Summers as director of franchise development and has formed a strategic alliance with design firm NAGELdesign and owner Jeff Nagel. Summers is responsible for developing the Max Fitness flagship brand as well as Max Fitness Express and Max Fitness Elite. Nagel is teaming with American Club Systems to head up architecture, engineering and design for newly built and renovated Max Fitness clubs. "Paul and Jeff are both proven successes," FIT Brands President Joel Tallman said in a statement. "They bring tremendous skill sets to FIT Brands, including widely recognized achievements in building brands and helping gym owners reach their goals."
  • A number of clubs have closed or are closing around the country, according to various media reports. An Xpress Fitness club in Pahrump Valley, NV, has closed after opening in February. A Fitness Experts club in Terre Haute, IN, will close on Sunday after being in operation for almost seven years. And Fitness USA, West Bloomfield, MI, will close its club in Delta Township, MI, next month. The club had been losing money for nearly a decade and was affected by a nearby construction project, according to the Lansing (MI) State Journal.
  • The City Council of Biloxi, MS, will meet next week to discuss a proposed increase in the financial support that it gives the Salvation Army's Mississippi Gulf Coast Kroc Center, which is located in Biloxi. Several city council members are recommending that a portion of the federally funded Community Development Block Grant that the city receives should be designated to provide scholarships to the Kroc Center for families who cannot afford its membership fees, according to a story in Mississippi's Sun Herald newspaper. The Salvation Army already receives an annual donation of $22,400, which is not tied to scholarships, from the city's general fund.
  • Supplier News
  • Motionsoft, Rockville, MD, is offering a new webinar on how to get members to sign up with your gym using text messages and QR codes on the company's website. The presentation, part of its The Business of Our Business webinar series, is hosted by Jon Butts of MuscleUp Marketing. Motionsoft also is ranked No. 160 of Deloitte's Technology Fast 500 ranking of the 500 fastest-growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America. Motionsoft grew 627 percent during the evaluation period.
  • Charter Fitness, Orland Park, IL, announced it is using ABC Financial, Little Rock, AR, as its membership database and billing software provider. Charter Fitness recently converted 38 Cardinal Fitness clubs to the Charter Fitness brand, increasing the number of clubs to 46 in six states. Charter Fitness expects to hire 200 employees over the next 12 months.
  • Coverall Health-Based Cleaning System, a Boca Raton, FL-based franchisor of commercial cleaning businesses, has signed a preferred vendor agreement with Anytime Fitness, Hastings, MN.
  • SPRI Products Inc., Libertyville, IL, a distributor of rubberized resistance products and fitness accessories, has introduced its new Step360 Pro, which is comprised of a flat, 25-inch platform that sits atop two inflatable air chambers. The Step360 Pro can be used for individual workouts, small or large group training, one-on-one personal training, athletic conditioning, physical therapy and rehabilitation. The Step360 Pro comes with a DVD, a training wall chart and a hand pump, and it is available for $149.98.
  • Med-Fit Systems Inc., manufacturer of Nautilus commercial products, has been awarded a GSA contract to offer its heavy-duty commercial fitness, wellness and rehabilitation products to the U.S. federal government. "We are very excited to receive our GSA contract," said Mike Herlihy, federal government sales director of Med-Fit Systems. "Being on a GSA schedule allows us to make our products available directly to federal agencies at very competitive prices. Through our new, innovative products and our reputation for excellence in customer service, we look forward to making a positive impact on the quality of life of federal personnel worldwide. Our women and men in uniform deserve nothing less."
  • SciFit recently introduced the Function C3, a multi-plane resistance trainer with an optional visual feedback and balance system. The Function C3 provides three compound movements commonly found in rehabilitation, exercise and sports training: terminal knee extension, compound core flexion and compound trunk extension. SciFit uses multi-plane resistance to emphasize these movements and maximize the benefits for the patient and the prehabilitation athlete. The slow, controlled movements provide a better quality of work at a lower level of resistance for safer exercise and better results, according to the Tulsa, OK-based company. The optional HUMAC360 by CSMI is a visual feedback device measuring velocity and distance of the patients' movements.
  • Octane Fitness LLC, Brooklyn Park, MN, has launched its embedded touchscreen, which infuses workouts with a variety of entertainment options and exercise feedback for enhanced motivation and performance. Equipped with the Intel Atom processor and an integrated 15.6-inch-wide LCD screen powered by Netpulse, the embedded touchscreen provides a multitude of entertainment features in addition to live TV and iPhone and iPod compatibility. Netpulse entertainment includes a library of thousands of on-demand TV shows and music videos, movie trailers, news and sports content and Virtual Active. Exercisers also can create custom playlists on the spot.
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    Blog Comments
    Grondahl Steals the Show at Club Industry 2011 Panel Session

    I was surprised at the pure number of people that showed up on Wednesday morning for this session, being the first day and exhibit hall not open until Thursday…

    Grondahl must have been beat up as a child. The ONLY reason he makes money is because his target demographic is the first time gym user who simply doesn't know any better…

    Whether you like Grondahl or not, his business principle seems sound. Allow customers to pay what they can afford and provide them a great place to exercise…

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    Life Time Fitness had reason to celebrate in the third quarter. Did your club company's revenue increase, too?

    Well, the wife belongs to Lifetime (never goes lol) and i go to XSport (every day) and have been for over 8 years and they're still going strong for being started by one man :) So i wouldn't be surprised if their revenue increased.

    Life Time was started by "one man" also...Big difference though. Bahram is a visionary and not a follower…

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