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November.16.2011 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Life Time Acquisition of Lifestyle Family Fitness Could Reach Up to Nine Clubs
Maryland AG Reaches Settlement with Baltimore Club Owner
Greenwood Athletic's $3.3 Million Expansion Adds Space for Mind/Body and Martial Arts
Johnson Health Tech Commercial Sales Increase 53 Percent in Third Quarter
Obesity Awareness Tops ACE List of Fitness Trends for 2012
YMCA Takes Over Florida City Rec Center
Smart Design: Building a Great-Looking Health Club on a Budget Requires Creativity
Web Savvy: Wellness Webinars
Step by Step: Teach Your Trainers How to Get Back to Basic Prospecting
Anytime Fitness CEO Thinks 'Working Out Sucks'
Facility News
Supplier News
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Life Time Acquisition of Lifestyle Family Fitness Could Reach Up to Nine Clubs
Life Time Fitness, Chanhassen, MN, has acquired four clubs from Lifestyle Family Fitness, St. Petersburg, FL, which is closing most of its other clubs in Indiana and Ohio. The deal could involve as many as nine clubs.
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Maryland AG Reaches Settlement with Baltimore Club Owner
Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler reached a settlement with a Baltimore health club owner who agreed to stop unlawful billing practices and pay restitution to members.
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Greenwood Athletic's $3.3 Million Expansion Adds Space for Mind/Body and Martial Arts
The newly opened $3.3 million, 11,000-square-foot expansion at Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club, Greenwood Village, CO, has expanded the club's mind/body and martial arts programming.
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Johnson Health Tech Commercial Sales Increase 53 Percent in Third Quarter
Johnson Health Tech Inc. (JHT) had a 53 percent growth worldwide in commercial equipment sales in third quarter 2011 compared to the same period last year, the company announced. JHT is the Cottage Grove, WI-based manufacturer of Matrix Fitness, Vision Fitness, Horizon Fitness and Livestrong Fitness equipment.
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Obesity Awareness Tops ACE List of Fitness Trends for 2012
The American Council on Exercise (ACE) has released its annual fitness trends forecast for the coming year, with obesity awareness topping the list.
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YMCA Takes Over Florida City Rec Center
The YMCA of Broward County (FL) has opened a new location in Pembroke Pines, FL, in a recreation facility that was formerly managed by the city.
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Smart Design: Building a Great-Looking Health Club on a Budget Requires Creativity
Rudy Fabiano shares some tricks of the trade on how to build a new club or renovate an existing one on a budget and still get a good-looking club design.
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Web Savvy: Wellness Webinars
Leslie Nolen shares how webinars can enhance your image, help close sales, retain customers and build your network.
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Step by Step: Teach Your Trainers How to Get Back to Basic Prospecting
Prospecting is an important part of your personal trainers' jobs, but knowing how to prospect subtly is an art that you may need to teach them. Ann Gilbert offers tips on how to do just that.
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From the Blog
Anytime Fitness CEO Thinks 'Working Out Sucks'
Chuck Runyon is a busy man these days. He's got a book coming out with a title that's sure to get your attention, he's going to be profiled in a major business magazine (bigger than ours, if you can imagine) and he'll be starring in a network TV show.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • Planet Fitness, Newington, NH, will reopen a club that was destroyed by a tornado on April 27 in Tuscaloosa, AL, the Tuscaloosa News reports. The club will open by early February in a new location in a shopping center above a Japanese restaurant, according to the newspaper. In a separate announcement, Planet Fitness said more than 10,000 nonmembers have used shower facilities at Planet Fitness clubs in New England during the power outages caused by the October snowstorm. The company also opened its doors to nonmembers in late August after Hurricane Irene knocked out power in several states.
  • The Maryland Athletic Club, Timonium, MD, celebrated its 15th anniversary last week with a Hollywood-themed party replete with red carpet and awards. The fitness and wellness company, founded by Tim and Liz Rhode, now has three facilities, including an express club. More than 1,000 people attended the celebration. The club handed out 15 awards, including First MAC Check-In (as in the first member ever to use the key-card check-in 15 years ago), PT Enthusiast, Treadmill Junkie and Pool Shark. Each recipient took home an award and a $100 gift certificate to a local restaurant.
  • A man was arrested Monday after allegedly attacking a woman inside a Snap Fitness in Layton, UT, according to numerous media reports in Utah. According to local police, the man allegedly tried to drag the woman into a bathroom, but she fought him off, hid between two free-standing tanning beds and later escaped. They were the only two people in the club early Monday morning at the time of the incident, which was caught on surveillance video inside the club. Randy Inman was arrested, booked into jail and was charged with first-degree felony kidnapping. The woman sustained only minor injuries.
  • 24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, CA, said a fire on Nov. 8 temporarily closed one of its clubs in Sacramento, CA. The Sacramento Fire Department estimates that minimal damages to the building's exterior will cost less than $5,000, according to the company. The fire did not make its way inside the club, and no injuries were reported.
  • A former fitness club owner in Salinas, CA, who was convicted of stealing from members in 2008 was arrested and jailed Tuesday for failing to pay about $100,000 in restitution, according to the Monterey County (CA) Herald. Terry Fasy, owner of Terry's Fitness, violated his three-year probation, which required that he pay $170,000 in restitution, the newspaper reported. Fasy, who was remanded on $250,000 bail, claims he is broke. He faces up to three years in prison if he is found in violation of his probation.
  • The former bookkeeper of Body & Soul Boot Camp, East Aurora, NY, was arrested on grand larceny charges last week after she allegedly embezzled $13,000 from the company, The Buffalo News reports. Owner Trevor Buccieri conducted an audit after finding inaccuracies in his accounting ledgers and contacted police, the newspaper reported. Cassie Poppenberg told police that she took the money to "pay bills and buy some appliances," according to the report.
  • The University of Virginia Board of Visitors is considering a proposed expansion and renovation of the school's North Grounds Recreation Center, according to a story in Virginia's The Daily Progress newspaper. The project, which is expected to cost between $15.2 million and $17.2 million, would add 29,000 square feet to the facility, nearly doubling its current size. The plan includes a 25-meter by 25-yard pool spa, racquet courts, group exercise studios, two locker rooms and would increase the current cardio and weightlifting area by approximately 1,200 square feet. The board will vote on the plans in February.
  • The Department of General Services in Washington, DC, has broken ground on a new recreation facility that will be attached to a public elementary school. The facility, which is expected to open in a year's time, will include an indoor gymnasium, fitness center, playground, game room and computer room, according to The Washington Informer. The center will be used by community members as well as Raymond Elementary School students.
  • The city council of Fremont, OH, has approved an appropriation of $50,000 to be used for new fitness equipment for the city's recreation center, according to a local news outlet.

  • Supplier News
  • Club One, San Francisco, has chosen the new cloud-based business management suite from Motionsoft, Rockville, MD, to manage its facility and member operations. The technologies from Motionsoft that will be used by Club One include MoSo MRM for member relationship management, the myClub online member portal and scheduler, and the Data Warehouse advanced reporting business intelligence tool.
  • YogaWorks has partnered with the National Academy of Sports Medicine to offer an accredited yoga program designed specifically for personal trainers. The workshop, taught by certified YogaWorks instructors, will teach participants how to incorporate the benefits of yoga and mindful fitness into their personal training techniques. Workshops will begin in January.
  • Dustan McCoy, the chairman and CEO of Brunswick Corp., Lake Forest, IL, the parent company of Life Fitness, will attend the Raymond James Boston Fall Investors Conference on Thursday in Boston. That day, Brunswick Corp. will post its investor relations presentation that it will use at the conference on its website, www.brunswick.com.
  • Industry Buzz
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    Online Story Comments
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    With those membership rates, Bally is conceding that there is no perceived value in their services. Bally is in trouble because …

    Missouri YMCA Objects to Community Center Plans

    That is a bunch of BS . I voted in favor of the tax because we were supposed to get a community center at the site. It was widely discussed prior to the election that we would get a family center there …

    The Member Experience in Your Health Club Can Affect Retention

    Well done, Blair. Words come easy, action does not. Too often excellent member experiences are written in the in the books/ …

    Get Your Health Club Members Involved in Helping the Community

    This is so true and great advice! Fitness facilities have the ability to create community through charitable events such as …

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