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November.9.2011 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Ohio Steroids Bust Affects YMCA, LA Fitness, Urban Active
Expansion Is Under Way for elements
Florida Y Files for Bankruptcy
Where the Magic Happens: Athletic Business Conference 2011 Bound for Orlando
Health Club Operators and Personal Trainers Turn to Portable Devices
The Member Experience in Your Health Club Can Affect Retention
Step by Step: Get Your Health Club Members Involved in Helping the Community
A Clarification about Cardinal Fitness
Facility News
Supplier News
Online Story Comments
Facebook Discussions


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Ohio Steroids Bust Affects YMCA, LA Fitness, Urban Active
Several fitness facilities in Ohio have been thrown into the spotlight as a result of steroid-related arrests, and one Ohio YMCA is trying to repair its reputation after a series of miscommunications about the extent of its involvement in the steroid sales investigation.
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Expansion Is Under Way for elements
The women-only fitness club chain elements is expanding in South Florida and beyond. The Miami Beach, FL-based company is opening a total of five South Florida locations over the next 12 months as well as adding clubs in the New York, Atlanta, Boston and Los Angeles areas.
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Florida Y Files for Bankruptcy
The North Central Florida YMCA, which operates three facilities in Gainesville, FL, has filed for Chapter 11 reorganization.
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Where the Magic Happens: Athletic Business Conference 2011 Bound for Orlando
The city is home to some of the country's most popular family-friendly attractions, but this December, Orlando, FL, also will attract thousands of athletics, recreation and fitness professionals during the annual Athletic Business Conference and Expo.
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Health Club Operators and Personal Trainers Turn to Portable Devices
With the rise of smartphone use and the mobile application market continuing to grow, some consumers have taken their workouts digital, and that is prompting fitness facility operators to take personal training digital too.
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The Member Experience in Your Health Club Can Affect Retention
Getting the member experience right cannot be a "sometimes" thing, says Blair McHaney. You must be acutely aware that all interactions between customer and company will merge into a single belief about your company.
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Step by Step: Get Your Health Club Members Involved in Helping the Community
Nic DeCaire shares why choosing a charity to support and getting your members involved in that charity is important to retention and to your community.
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From the Blog
A Clarification about Cardinal Fitness
You may have been wondering about the connection between the Cardinal Fitness clubs that closed in Indianapolis and the Cardinal Fitness clubs that were converted to Charter Fitness in Chicago. We’ll try to explain.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • Anytime Fitness, Hastings, MN, is scheduled to open a club on Friday in Qatar, the company's first club in the Middle East. Anytime Fitness signed an area development agreement with the Qatar-based Almuftah Group earlier this year.
  • ClubWorx, Fuquay-Varina, NC, is undergoing a $500,000 expansion, the company announced. The expansion, which starts this week, will add a second floor that will include a multipurpose room that can host group exercise classes and programs for tweens. Tweens will also get a separate area in the expanded children's center, featuring Xbox and Wii stations, and TV and computer stations. A separate birthday party room will be added off the indoor pool area. Also included will be a new juice bar, a new elevator, new paint for the pool deck, a heater for the breezeway between the pools and an expansion of the physical therapy area. The expansion is expected to be completed within five months.
  • The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) has launched its 2012 Campaign for the Industry Defense Fund to Promote and Protect the Health Club Industry. IHRSA's goal is to receive $100 from every North American health club, which it hopes would raise $1.3 million for the fund, which was established 11 years ago to help IHRSA lobby Congress on issues related to the fitness industry. IHRSA's public policy team has lobbyists in Washington, DC, and 10 states. Club operators can visit IHRSA's website to contribute online and to see a list of the clubs that have contributed.
  • Sport & Health, McLean, VA, is hosting its second annual Sweat for a Vet event on Saturday to raise funds for wounded warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Johnny G., inventor of Spinning and the Krankcycle, will be on hand for the event at the Tysons Sport & Health club in McLean. The company's other 23 locations in the Washington, DC, area also will host Sweat-a-Thons. The three-hour cardio event will have members and guests competing on rowing machines, Krankcycles and indoor bikes.
  • 24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, CA, is recognizing servicemen and servicewomen this week by inviting the military community and their dependents for complimentary workouts at its clubs. The promotion lasts through Sunday.
  • The Club at Mission Hills in Fremont, CA, which was established more than 30 years ago, has been closed indefinitely, the Contra Costa (CA) Times reported. A notice to members indicated the club was closing for renovations but did not specify when it would reopen. Sheena Chang owns both the club and the surrounding 13 wooded acres of land. Chang, who has proposed to build houses on the land, is reportedly at odds with community leaders and the city planning commission, which last month voted against designating the land for housing.
  • The Severn Valley Tennis & Fitness Club in Gambrills, MD, which opened 32 years ago, has been leased to Athletic Performance Inc., and the club will be known as the API Club, according to the Annapolis Capital. API plans to convert some of the indoor courts for multi-sport and fitness training, according to the newspaper.
  • The Salvation Army has said it would not accept a proposed donation of $10,000 from the Biloxi (MS) City Council for the nonprofit's Biloxi Kroc Center. Members of the city council proposed using a portion of the monies it receives through a federal grant for community development in order to provide scholarships for those who could not afford the Kroc's membership fees. A representative of the nonprofit said it could not accept the donation of federal funds because it could restrict its actions as a Christian organization, according to local media reports.
  • The Bristol (TN) Family YMCA had to close for several hours last week after a malfunctioning light fixture caused a small fire in the facility's sauna and women's locker room. There were no injuries because no one was in the area at the time, but the fire caused an estimated $5,000 worth of damage, according to local media reports.

  • Supplier News
  • Motionsoft, Rockville, MD, is hosting a two-part webinar on creating sales scripts for your staff as part of its The Business of Our Business webinar series. Presenter Karen Woodard-Chavez, president of Premium Performance Training, will discuss how to create scripts for your reception, sales, personal training and spa staff that will graciously and effectively shorten any sales or service cycle. The first part will be broadcast live today at 1:15 p.m. EST. Click here to register or visit the Motionsoft website later for the replay of this webinar as well as previous ones from the series.
  • CSI Software, Houston, has introduced online member enrollment as part of its Spectrum NG 4.5 software, which was released last month. The online enrollment option takes just four steps. It can be customized to fit the look of the brand and the membership options of that brand, including online-only membership enrollment prices.
  • Med-Fit Systems Inc., the Fallbrook, CA-based manufacturer of Nautilus commercial products, has reached an agreement to acquire SportKAT LLC, Vista, CA, a 20-year-old FDA-regulated computerized balance assessment and training equipment company. "Purchasing of the SportKAT Co. provides us with a platform to fulfill our mission statement: providing products and programming to serve the entire wellness continuum," Dean Sbragia, CEO of Med-Fit Systems, said in a statement. Med-Fit Systems plans to add the production of the new products it will offer to its Independence, VA, manufacturing facility and will add the Southern California-based employees to its Fallbrook office. The acquisition is expected to be finalized on Dec. 1.
  • Lakeshore Sports & Fitness, Chicago, has installed synthetic grass from SynLawn, Dalton, GA, on 10,000 square feet of The Oasis, a 20,000-square-foot rooftop space, constructed by Chicago RoofDeck & Garden. The Oasis includes a restaurant, outdoor fitness areas, and kid- and adult-only zones. The SynLawn surface is designed to resemble natural rye grass. The turf will help save on water costs, keep fertilizers and pesticides off the premises, and reduce carbon emissions and fuel consumption from lawn equipment, according to SynLawn. SynLawn products have replaced petroleum-based polyurethane with soybean oils in the manufacturing process and are 100 percent recyclable.

  • Industry Buzz
    We appreciate readers' comments and discussions on our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages and online stories. Take a look at what people in the fitness business community are saying and join the conversation.

    Online Story Comments
    Bally Introduces First BFit Club

    LoL - Bally will be selling out by mid-year 2012. Already tried to sell to LA and Gold's with no luck. Board needs to dump Sheehan…

    Six Steps to Doubling Health Club Revenue through Personal Training

    Why not use a clipboard to track workouts?

    I thinking that toting one around from one exercise to another is a distraction. Tracking is key, but after maybe 2-3 exercises, noting sets/reps, then refocusing on your client, is key.

    Low-Priced Health Clubs Become a Bigger Trend in 2010

    Poliseno is dead wrong that Planet has to up sell. We sell the member the membership which is right for him or her…

    You may be looking for ways to charge your members less, but maybe you should be looking for ways to give your member more…

    Facebook Discussions
    How far would you go to help your personal training clients get in shape?

    I'm not into begging anyone to lose weight. I provide the plan, motivation, and support the rest is up to them.

    Have you ever had an unruly member in your club? What did you do?

    Notice they said steroids AND OTHER DRUGS. The man was clearly not acting appropriately and was a danger to himself and others…

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