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December.07.2011 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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LA Fitness Addresses Bally Lifetime Memberships and Other Issues
Lifestyle Founder Returns to Club Operations
Life Time Fitness Expands as Lifestyle Exits Markets
Baby Boomers and Seniors Are Untapped Revenue Sources for Fitness and Wellness Facilities
Change in Patent Law Could Affect Fitness Equipment Innovations
Athletic Business Conference Celebrated 30 Years
Phoenix Recreation Center Cleared to Make Way for Salvation Army Kroc Center
Introductory Sessions Improve Health Club Member Retention
Maryland Athletic Club and Wellness Center Celebrates 15th Anniversary
Step by Step: Four Ways to Manage Your Fitness Business's Reputation on Facebook
Bally, LA Fitness Update Websites after Sale
Facility News
Supplier News
Online Story Comments
Facebook Comments


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LA Fitness Addresses Bally Lifetime Memberships and Other Issues
Of all the times for the phones to go dead at the LA Fitness corporate office in Irvine, CA, last Thursday was the absolute worst time for the company.
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Lifestyle Founder Returns to Club Operations
As part of the changes at Lifestyle Family Fitness, which recently agreed to sell some of its clubs in Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina to Life Time Fitness, Lifestyle Founder Geoff Dyer is getting back into club operations.
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Life Time Fitness Expands as Lifestyle Exits Markets
As of Dec. 1, Life Time Fitness has taken over operations of nine Lifestyle Family Fitness clubs, including five in North Carolina.
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Baby Boomers and Seniors Are Untapped Revenue Sources for Fitness and Wellness Facilities
Few businesses have truly tapped the revenue opportunities that exist in the Baby Boomer and senior markets, according to two speakers last week at the 10th annual International Council on Active Aging Conference in Orlando.
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Change in Patent Law Could Affect Fitness Equipment Innovations
Fitness equipment manufacturers are preparing for a change in the U.S. patent law that could affect future innovators and the speed of new patent approvals.
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Athletic Business Conference Celebrated 30 Years
The Athletic Business Conference celebrated its 30th show Dec. 1-3 in Orlando, FL, coming a long way from the Chicago Marriott ballroom in which the show was first held in December 1982.
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Phoenix Recreation Center Cleared to Make Way for Salvation Army Kroc Center
The Salvation Army has completed the demolition of its 1968-built community recreation center in south Phoenix to accomodate the next phase of construction of a new Kroc Center.
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Introductory Sessions Improve Health Club Member Retention
Thomas Kulp shares that typical strategies for integrating new members into a club often fall short, but a solution is as simple as an introduction.
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Maryland Athletic Club and Wellness Center Celebrates 15th Anniversary
Wellness is a word that gets bandied about a lot in the fitness industry, but for 15 years, wellness has been the basis of the business model for the Maryland Athletic Club and Wellness Center (MAC). Last month, the MAC's founders, Tim and Liz Rhode, celebrated their business's 15th anniversary with 1,000 of their closest friends and club members with a Hollywood-style party.
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Step by Step: Four Ways to Manage Your Fitness Business's Reputation on Facebook
David Buzo explains how to gain more "likes" on your club's Facebook page and how to use those likes to your advantage.
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From the Blog
Bally, LA Fitness Update Websites after Sale
The sale of 171 Bally clubs to LA Fitness that was completed last Wednesday has created new club location maps for each company.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • Town Sports International (TSI), New York, held a grand opening last Thursday for its new New York Sports Club in Bayonne, NJ. The 26,000-square-foot facility in the Bayonne Crossings shopping center features a swimming pool as well as cycling, aerobics and boxing studios, kids’ fitness programs and babysitting, among other amenities. "We are opening well ahead of expectations, which is due to the community’s overwhelming support for the club in this new retail complex," TSI CEO Bob Giardina said in a statement. TSI CFO Dan Gallagher presented Tuesday at the 12th annual Wedbush Morgan Securities California Dreamin' Consumer Conference in Santa Monica, CA.
  • Urban Active, Lexington, KY, raised more than $20,000 for the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Foundation during the club company's Breast Cancer Awareness Month fundraisers. Urban Active also collected more than 13,000 canned goods, which were donated to local food banks to help out those less fortunate during Thanksgiving.
  • Energy Interactive Fitness, St. James, NY, and Andrews Custom Building recently celebrated the opening of their new facility. The 10,000-square-foot facility is a green building that was constructed using recycled, earth-friendly materials, high-efficiency utilities and environmental building techniques. Energy Interactive Fitness now boasts a geothermal HVAC system, solar electric, recycled building materials and eco-friendly products such as bamboo flooring, recycled rubber flooring and chemical-free paints. The fitness center also includes top-of-the-line equipment and amenities, such as a hydrotherapy pool, an outdoor fitness pavilion, a stadium-style group cycling room and private yoga and Pilates studios. "Times are definitely tough right now for small businesses," says Michael Tucci, co-founder of Energy Fitness, which opened in 2003. "That's why this building is so much more than a gym. It is a monument to the idea that with hard work, innovation and the support of the community, a small, family-owned business can still achieve great things."
  • Elizabethtown (PA) Fitness Club recently added U-Haul truck and trailer rentals to the fitness center that has been in operation since 1994. "Many of the gym memberships we lose are due to moving out of the area and vice versa, so U-Haul equipment rentals are a natural fit for extended customer service," Elizabethtown Fitness Club owner Steve Gerhart said in a statement.

  • Supplier News
  • As part of its webinar series, The Business of Our Business, Motionsoft is offering a webinar today at 1:15 p.m. ET. The How to Plan It Forward webinar, led by Larry Tobin and Carey White of Sage Partners, focuses on how to create forecasting models, unified reports and how to merge reports to get immediate and on-demand information. The webinar can be accessed by clicking this link.
  • Dur-A-Flex, East Hartford, CT, has named David Hughes vice president of marketing, research and development. Hughes is a former business director of BASF Corp. and a business line vice president for Ciba Specialty Chemicals, according to the company. In his new role, Hughes will direct research and development with a focus on new innovative applications and product rollouts. He also will oversee Dur-A-Flex's marketing efforts, which include the trade show channel, lead generation program and product management.
  • iGo Figure Software, Houston, announced that the Canadian Department of National Defense selected the company to manage its fitness facility. Go Figure provides its customers with live and online technical support and training programs to assist with setting up and using the software.
  • Dustan McCoy, chairman and CEO of Brunswick Corp., Lake Forest, IL, parent company of Life Fitness, Schiller Park, IL, presented today at the 12th annual Wedbush Morgan Securities California Dreamin' Consumer Conference in Santa Monica, CA.
  • The National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association recently acquired the Optimal Performance Institute, a university offering a variety of health and fitness degree programs. The Optimal Performance Institute will now be known as Wexford University and will enroll new students next spring.
  • 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, LA Fitness Complete Sale of 171 Clubs

    LA Fitness has treated Bally employees and members extremely unprofessionally…

    171 clubs for 153 million is a joke. So obvious it's a fire sale…

    Actually La Fitness is talking out of both sides of their mouth. On their FAQ sheet the reps are given it states "no lifetime memberships" were bought …

    L.A Fitness is great! I'm loving my minimum wage, and no benefits…

    Acquisition Activity for Commercial Health Clubs Abounds throughout Industry

    More activity is likely next year as 24 hour fitness is evaluating an exit and other larger regional chains do as well.

    It Is Time for New Approaches to Health Club Membership Packaging and Pricing

    I agree with changing our perspective on membership sales to emotional sales and economic downturn …

    I couldn't agree with you more. As a club owner of 20 years, this is the only business where the consumer wants 1985 prices in the year 2011…

    Facebook Comments
    The LA Fitness/Bally deal was finalized today. Our managing editor did a little research on which clubs will be changing hands. Is one in your neighborhood?

    Do they sell used equipment since some of them are closing and some of them are putting new equipment?

    I worked for ballys I think some clubs they will leave as they are, at least that's what they told us.

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