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November.2.2011 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Bally Introduces First BFit Club
Rampage at Gold's Gym Leads to Tasering, Death
Cardinal Fitness Closes Six Clubs in Indianapolis
Akron General Opens Wellness Center Development Business
ACAC Fitness & Wellness to Build Seventh Facility
In-Shape Health Clubs to Invest in Upgrades and Two New Clubs
Life Fitness Reports Continued Sales Increases
Precor Sees Growth in Commercial Fitness Equipment Sales
Leaving for Las Vegas: Club Industry Marks End of an Era at Chicago Show
The 10 Essential Questions that Smart Health Club Operators Should Ask
Step By Step: Six Steps to Doubling Health Club Revenue through Personal Training
Personal Trainer Goes from Fit to Fat to Help Clients
Curt Beusman and Stuart Goldman Are Our Winners...Again!
Facility News
Supplier News
Online Story Comments
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Bally Introduces First BFit Club
Bally Total Fitness, Chicago, has entered the high-volume/low-price arena with its new BFit model.
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Rampage at Gold's Gym Leads to Tasering, Death
A man has died of cardiac arrest after police officers used a Taser to subdue him following his rampage at a Gold's Gym in Latham, NY.
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Cardinal Fitness Closes Six Clubs in Indianapolis
Cardinal Fitness closed six of its clubs in the Indianapolis area on Tuesday, several media outlets reported.
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Akron General Opens Wellness Center Development Business
Akron General Health System is leveraging its 15 years in the health and wellness business to develop an additional revenue stream and to help health systems, universities and municipalities to create or update their health and wellness programs and centers.
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ACAC Fitness & Wellness to Build Seventh Facility
ACAC Fitness & Wellness Center, Richmond, VA, broke ground last week on its new health club in West Broad Village in Richmond. ACAC owner Phil Wendel welcomed Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, Henrico County Supervisors David A. Kaechele and Frank J. Thornton, and many West Broad Village neighbors to the ceremony.
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In-Shape Health Clubs to Invest in Upgrades and Two New Clubs
Executives at In-Shape Health Clubs, Stockton, CA, plan to remodel most of the company's clubs throughout California during the next year as it also begins construction on two new locations, the 30-year-old company announced.
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Life Fitness Reports Continued Sales Increases
Sales of Life Fitness and Hammer Strength fitness equipment grew 14 percent year-on-year in third quarter 2011, according to financials released by the brands' parent company Brunswick Corp., Lake Forest, IL.
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Precor Sees Growth in Commercial Fitness Equipment Sales
Fitness equipment manufacturer Precor, Woodinville, WA, has reported improved sales figures for third quarter 2011 compared to the same period last year.
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Leaving for Las Vegas: Club Industry Marks End of an Era at Chicago Show
Against the backdrop of new events and a new look for the exhibit hall, the buzz at Club Industry 2011 centered on the show's move to Las Vegas next year. Last month’s show at McCormick Place laid the groundwork for what lies ahead at next year's new venue.
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The 10 Essential Questions that Smart Health Club Operators Should Ask
Success doesn't come from complacency; true leaders constantly challenge themselves. Ed Tock lists the questions that forward-thinking health club operators should ask themselves.
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Step By Step: Six Steps to Doubling Health Club Revenue through Personal Training
Personal training can be a great source of revenue, but to realize any real profit, it needs as much attention as you give each member and your business in general, says Michael Benso.
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From the Blog
Personal Trainer Goes from Fit to Fat to Help Clients
A personal trainer based in Salt Lake City has been making the news for the extreme effort he has gone through to understand the emotional issues that accompany obesity. Drew Manning, an NASM-certified trainer, says he packed on more than 75 pounds of fat on purpose in order to empathize with his overweight clients' struggles.
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Curt Beusman and Stuart Goldman Are Our Winners...Again!
Curt Beusman, founder of Saw Mill Club in Mount Kisco, NY, is on a winning streak. Well, that may not be quite accurate. Stuart Goldman, managing editor for Club Industry, is really the one on the winning streak.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • A Gold's Gym Express opened on Monday in Normal, IL, according to the Pantagraph of Central Illinois. The 17,000-square-foot club is located in a shopping mall at the site of a former grocery story, the newspaper reported. Co-owners John Morgan and David Horine also own a traditional Gold's Gym in Bloomington, IL, that will remain open, according to the newspaper.
  • Sky Fitness and Wellbeing, Tulsa, OK, is moving into a former Mervyn's department store that has been closed for more than five years, according to the Tulsa World. The company is spending $3.8 million on the new facility, including renovations and equipment, the newspaper reported. The club is expected to open in December in Promenade Mall.
  • Fuel Fitness, Cedar Lake, IN, opened two new locations Tuesday in clubs formerly known as Gator's Fitness Centers, according to the Northwest (Indiana) Times. The club, which also held a grand opening for another location last Friday, now has six clubs in operation, five in Indiana and one in Illinois. Fuel Fitness, which was founded in 2007, is owned by former NFL player Jared Tomich and his wife, Michaline.
  • A rock-climbing instructor employed by Eastridge Recreational Center, operated by Highlands Ranch (CO) Community Association, was arrested last week and charged with obscenity and unlawful sexual contact. Morgan Huston, 29, is accused of fondling a female student under the age of 18, according to local media reports. He was released on a $2,000 bond.
  • The Salvation Army held a ceremonial groundbreaking event on Monday for its Norfolk, VA, Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. A spokesman for the nonprofit organization told The Virginian-Pilot that, although it is still in negations with the city over the land and is $6 million shy of the $28 million it must raise from the community, the facility will open in spring 2013 as planned.
  • U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort (SC) has broken ground on a new fitness center, which is expected to open by May 2013.
  • Benedictine University, Lisle, IL, celebrated the grand opening of its new fitness center this week. The $6.7 million Benedictine Fitness Center is located within the school's Dan and Ada Rice Center, a recreation and athletics facility built in 1977, and features a 7,500-square-foot cardio and circuit training area, a 4,200-square-foot strength training floor, a group exercise/dance studio and a sports medicine training facility.
  • Supplier News
  • Mad Dogg Athletics, Venice, CA, held the 10th Annual Spinning Experience Oct. 22-23 in Schiedam, The Netherlands. The event began with workshops led by a combination of global Spinning master instructors, including Hans Hobbel, Josh Taylor and Eva Garcia. On the second day, participants embarked on a six-hour Spinning marathon. "Since 2002, Spinning Experience has been bringing together an incredible group of instructors and enthusiasts, and the global impact of the Spinning program is reflected in each and every participant," John Baudhuin, president and CEO of Mad Dogg Athletics, said in a statement. "The MDA Europe office does an amazing job orchestrating this event, and it gets better and stronger with every year."
  • Med-Fit Systems Inc., the Fallbrook, CA-based manufacturer of Nautilus commercial products, has hired EK Navan as its new southeast regional sales manager. Navan was a former employee of FreeMotion Fitness and Technogym. "EK brings a wealth of experience to both dealer and direct sales," Bruce Kaplan, sales director at Med-Fit Systems, said in a statement. "He was extremely impressed with our manufacturing capabilities, products, staff and culture, as well as the direction our company is headed in the near future."
  • Jonathan Ross and Lawrence Biscontini have joined the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the personal trainer certification organization announced. In Ross' role as senior consultant of personal training, he will work with ACE's Integrated Fitness Training Model, which helps trainers provide comprehensive training for clients of every fitness level. Biscontini, who was the IDEA Group Fitness Instructor of the Year in 2004 and the ACE Group Fitness Instructor of the Year in 2001, will serve as senior consultant of group fitness. In that role, Biscontini will develop and expand ACE's group fitness instructor certification and support continuing education.
  • SPRI Products Inc., Libertyville, IL, has promoted Lizz Erickson to commercial sales manager, where she will oversee all commercial sales in the United States. At SPRI since 2007, Erickson previously was the national account manager, where she called on many commercial markets as well as fitness specialty retail outlets in the eastern United States. Prior to coming to SPRI, Erickson was a sales manager for COSMED USA, where she sold fitness assessment tools. Formerly, she spent 10 years as a sales manager with QT Inc.
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    Have you ever had an unruly member in your club? What did you do?

    I had one while working at my gym years ago. The front desk didn't notice anything wrong with the person but someone made a complaint that he was stumbling around and when i confronted him it was clear he was intoxicated…

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