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December.21.2011 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Rewind: Top Fitness Stories of 2011
Art Curtis Leaves Millennium Partners to Start Consulting Company
Bonnie Prudden, Fitness Advocate, Dies
Snap Fitness Reaches Out to New Market of 4 Million Potential Members with Travel Center Partnership
Clubs for the Quest and Zumba Call on Fitness Industry to Help with ALS Fundraisers
Soldiers Who Smoke Have Reduced Muscle Endurance
DVD Promotes Les Mills Brand in United States
A Well-Designed Indoor Walking Track Can Attract New Members to Your Fitness Facility
Step by Step: Five Tips for Retaining Health Club Members Beyond the January Rush
Big News from Augie's Quest
Facility News
Supplier News
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Rewind: Top Fitness Stories of 2011
The year 2011 was one of transition. Join us as we take a look back at some of the stories that shaped the year.
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Art Curtis Leaves Millennium Partners to Start Consulting Company
Art Curtis, the former CEO of Millennium Partners Sports Club Management LLC, is forming his own consulting company.
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Bonnie Prudden, Fitness Advocate, Dies
Bonnie Prudden, a fitness champion whose efforts helped inspire President Dwight D. Eisenhower to create the President's Council on Youth Fitness (now the President's Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition), died on Dec. 11 at her home in Tucson, AZ. She was 97.
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Snap Fitness Reaches Out to New Market of 4 Million Potential Members with Travel Center Partnership
As many health club operators try to determine how to reach the deconditioned market, Snap Fitness, Chanhassen, MN, is trying something new in that area. The company is opening 960-square-foot modular fitness centers at Pilot Flying J travel centers. The Snap Fitness Rolling Strong clubs will target the 4 million Americans who make their living as professional truck drivers.
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Clubs for the Quest and Zumba Call on Fitness Industry to Help with ALS Fundraisers
Clubs for the Quest, formerly Clubs for the Cure, is partnering with Zumba Fitness and clubs around the United States to help raise money to find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease.
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Soldiers Who Smoke Have Reduced Muscle Endurance
It is a known fact that smoking over time can cause lung damage and emphysema, but it can also have adverse effects on muscle endurance, increase the risk of injury and diminish physical performance. Those facts are particularly important to the U.S. military.
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DVD Promotes Les Mills Brand in United States
Les Mills is entering the home fitness market for the first time in its 30-year history with a DVD workout that it says could help grow its in-club group programming audience.
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A Well-Designed Indoor Walking Track Can Attract New Members to Your Fitness Facility
Hervey Lavoie shares his thoughts on what makes a superior indoor experience for the walkers in your membership.
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Step by Step: Five Tips for Retaining Health Club Members Beyond the January Rush
Read the five tips that Christine Thalwitz advocates for increasing new member satisfaction so they become long-term members rather than one-month members.
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Big News from Augie's Quest
Because of Augie Nieto, founder of Life Fitness, many people in the fitness industry follow what is happening in the world of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research more closely than perhaps they would otherwise. Nieto has ALS, and he established Augie's Quest several years ago to raise money for ALS research. We recently received good news on the ALS front.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • Life Time Fitness, Chanhassen, MN, announced today the opening of a new club in the Atlanta suburb of Sandy Springs, GA. The Life Time Athletic Sandy Springs club, which will open next spring, will be a three-story, 117,000-square-foot facility that will feature multiple dedicated group exercise, Pilates and LifePower Yoga studios, a state-of-the-art cycle theater and more than 400 pieces of cardio and resistance training equipment. The club also will have both indoor and outdoor aquatics centers. "We are excited about our expansion in the Atlanta market and the opportunity to bring our unique, family-oriented healthy way of life destination to the Sandy Springs community," Jeff Zwiefel, executive vice president and chief of operations for Life Time, said in a statement. Last week, Life Time announced it will open a new club next spring in Tulsa, OK.
  • 24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, CA, has launched its Holiday Fitness Center, an online resource that offers tips, recipes, prizes and more. The virtual center identifies common winter weight gain challenges and provides tools to help people stay on track with year-round health and fitness goals. For more information, go to www.24hourfitness.com/holidayfitness.
  • UFC Gym announced its newest 24-hour club will open for workouts on Thursday in Torrance, CA. The 40,000-square-foot club features the 32-foot Octagon, a bag room, a grappling room, the latest cardio equipment and high-tech weight machines. "We're excited to open our latest UFC Gym in Torrance and truly give residents here the chance to train like never before," UFC Gym Senior Vice President Adam Sedlack said in a statement.
  • Genesis Health Clubs, Wichita, KS, will add a fitness center on the second floor of the Wichita Ice Center, which Genesis manages, according to a local media report. The Wichita City Council approved the plan this week. Genesis owner Rodney Steven told TV station KAKE that the ice center has seen a profit for the first time in years. The fitness center is expected to be completed next month.
  • FIT Brands, Columbus, GA, recently converted Horn Lake Gym in Horn Lake, MS, to a Max Fitness club. The conversion is part of a launch of a Max Fitness growth phase throughout DeSoto County, MS, and all of the Memphis, TN, metro area. FIT Brands plans to add multiple Max Fitness clubs throughout the region in the next 12 to 24 months. Rates for the Horn Lake club, which has been in operation for five years, begin at $9.95 per month.
  • The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC) celebrated a milestone with its one millionth user passing through the doors of the award-winning facility that opened in 2007. The heavy use of the center in the four years it has been opened is significant to the SRWC in that it shows the return on investment students have received for their decision to fund the center. The rec center staff could not pinpoint the actual millionth patron, but the registration data for users and entrance turnstile tallies suggest the facility was going to eclipse the one-million mark around Dec. 16.
  • A $15.5 million, 50,000-square-foot aquatic center will be built next to the Sgt. Joshua W. Soto Physical Fitness Center at Fort Bliss, TX, and will be the final piece of the main part of the East Bliss Town Center. The aquatic center is designed to be flexible and support as many programs as possible so as new training and fitness trends develop, the pools can be adapted to meet those needs. The aquatics center will include an Olympic-size pool, a deep-water diving pool and a multipurpose pool. The pools will be used to provide training for soldiers, as well as recreation for soldiers, their families, military retirees and civilian employees at the post. Ground was broken in November and construction will begin in January. The aquatic center should be completed by February or March 2013.

  • Supplier News
  • The American Council on Exercise (ACE) has added Anthony J. Wall as director of professional education and Dr. Adam Bordes as senior health strategist to the organization's team. Wall and Bordes will aid in expanding ACE's professional education course offerings, and they will develop new tools and programs to bring fitness information to the public as part of ACE's long-term goal to reverse the obesity epidemic by enriching quality of life through fitness. Wall has more than a decade of experience in developing programming and continuing education courses for fitness organizations across the globe. Bordes, a fitness industry speaker, author and educator, has created and delivered programming to corporations, universities and colleges nationwide and has been a practicing personal trainer and wellness coach, both independently and through the health coaching company he founded, for more than a decade.
  • Med-Fit Systems Inc., the Fallbrook, CA-based manufacturer of Nautilus commercial products, says its acquisition of SportKAT LLC, which it first announced in November, has been finalized. SportKAT is a 20-year-old FDA-regulated computerized balance assessment and training equipment company based in Vista, CA. Also, Med-Fit Systems has added Regina West as marketing coordinator. West has had a variety of professional roles, including newspaper writer, English teacher, TV news director and marketing for a film production company. She will help the company launch a newly designed website.
  • Association Insurance Group, a division of Thompson Insurance Enterprises LLC, has announced the acquisition of Thomco by Markel effective January 2012. "Markel is an incredibly strong insurance company with an A.M. best rating of A Excellent with a long history of providing insurance for specialty markets, including the health and fitness industry," Ken Reinig, founder of Association Insurance Group, said in a statement. "The merger is good news for our clients as we transfer policies to Markel over the next 12 months."
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