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December.28.2011 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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NSF Joint Committee Passes Standard for Fitness Facility Certification
Former Healthworks Trainer Sues Club, Owner
Gold's Gym to Open More Express Clubs in 2012
Planet Fitness Employee Charged with Child Endangerment
Health Club Operators Focus on Basic Green Initiatives, Survey Says
Take the Best of the Fitness Industry from 2011 into 2012
Step by Step: Six Ways for Club Owners to Ensure They Are Hiring the Best Personal Trainers
Set a Guinness World Record for the ALS Cause
Facility News
Supplier News
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NSF Joint Committee Passes Standard for Fitness Facility Certification
The NSF International joint committee on health and fitness facilities has passed the ballot for a standard for fitness facility certification, and it does not include a provision for unstaffed, 24-hour key-card clubs.
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Former Healthworks Trainer Sues Club, Owner
Mark Harrington, owner of Healthworks Fitness Centers Inc., Boston, says the allegations in a lawsuit filed against him and the company by a former personal trainer are "entirely without merit."
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Gold's Gym to Open More Express Clubs in 2012
Gold's Gym International, Irving, TX, is scheduled to open three Gold's Gym Express clubs in the first half of 2012.
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Planet Fitness Employee Charged with Child Endangerment
A Planet Fitness employee is free on bail after she allegedly groped and made inappropriate and unwanted advances to a teenage boy.
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Health Club Operators Focus on Basic Green Initiatives, Survey Says
Most commercial health club operators have a positive outlook on green practices and are focusing on basic initiatives within their clubs, according to the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association's (IHRSA) Third Annual Green Survey.
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Take the Best of the Fitness Industry from 2011 into 2012
During the past year, certain events have occurred in the fitness industry that give me hope that we will see more growth next year. The dark cloud that has hung over the industry for the past two or three years seems to be lifting.
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Step by Step: Six Ways for Club Owners to Ensure They Are Hiring the Best Personal Trainers
Greg Marshall shares six things club owners should do in the hiring process to ensure they hire trainers who become their club's greatest assets.
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From the Blog
Set a Guinness World Record for the ALS Cause
As we noted in a recent news story, Clubs for the Quest is asking fitness facilities to host a Zumbathon event at their facilities by March 15, 2012, to raise money for research of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • 24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, CA, is reopening 24 Hour Active clubs on Thursday in Oakland, CA, and Petaluma, CA. "The Bay Area has been the home to 24 Hour Fitness for nearly 30 years, and we are proud to make continued investments in our home markets," Jim McPhail, executive vice president of real estate and chief development officer of 24 Hour Fitness, said in a statement. Each of the clubs is 30,000 square feet. Also on Thursday, 24 Hour is reopening a 37,000-square-foot Sport club in Costa Mesa, CA.
  • Madonna's new Hard Candy Fitness Moscow is now open, according to New Evolution Ventures (NeV), Lafayette, CA. The club is owned in partnership with Madonna's manager, Guy Oseary and NeV Chairman Mark Mastrov and is operated by Irina Razumova, founder of Russian chain Planet Fitness. The four-floor, 35,000-square-foot club near the Red Square plans to host Madonna for a visit in 2012. The Hard Candy Fitness club in Mexico City opened one year ago. A third location is expected to open next spring in St. Petersburg, Russia, and another club will open next year in Toronto.
  • The YMCA of Metropolitan Little Rock in Arkansas will close the doors on its last remaining facility on Saturday due to decreased membership and competition from nearby fitness clubs. YMCA Chapter Director Tedd Maxfield said in a company statement that the sluggish economy and aging facility also contributed to the decision to sell West Little Rock's 23,000-square-foot Westside Family Center. Closure of the Westside center means the Little Rock YMCA will be without a building for the first time since the early 1900s. The chapter will lease office space to continue operations of its fitness programs, youth soccer leagues and senior wellness classes. The chapter plans to offer a new exercise and community service class for students at McClellan High School in January.
  • More than 27,000 YMCAs are adopting new guidelines during the next four years that focus on increasing physical activity, drinking more water and encouraging the consumption of more fruits and vegetables. Ys in the Oklahoma City area have already adopted strict health standards, according to Angela Jones, director of health and wellness initiatives for the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City. The wellness policy governs everything from summer camp snacks to party food and vending machines that offer healthy, organic foods and not allowing sugary snacks at youth sports events. One successful pilot project to encourage healthier eating has been the youth garden at the Edmond (OK) YMCA, where a variety of produce is grown and sold.
  • LifeCenter Plus Health and Fitness Club, Hudson, OH, has launched the 2012 Pedal for Heroes event. Northeast Ohio fitness centers can participate in the Feb. 26 event to honor the military by cycling on stationary bikes for 262 minutes, which represents the number of military personnel from Ohio who have lost their lives since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. Proceeds for each event will be donated to a local veteran's charitable organization selected by each local fitness center. Suggested charities include Wheels 4 Change, Warriors Journey Home, Freedom House and the Andy Nowacki Foundation Inc. LifeCenter Plus will provide participating fitness centers with planning materials as well as an educational presentation to show during the event. The deadline for fitness centers to sign up for the event is Feb. 1. Call 330-655-2377 ext. 138 for more information.

  • Supplier News
  • The American College of Sports Medicine has released a strength and conditioning textbook, "Foundations of Strength Training and Conditioning." The book bridges the gap between scientific study and professional practice, and it is aimed at coaches, athletes, personal trainers, fitness instructors and students preparing for a career in strength training and conditioning, according to Nicholas Ratamess Jr., author of the textbook. Based on the latest research in the field, the textbook offers an introduction to the foundations, physiological responses and adaptations, program design, and assessment in strength training and conditioning. Chapters cover everything from stretching to plyometric training.
  • Balanced Body, Sacramento, CA, has introduced the Allegro 2 Reformer, which incorporates the EasySet Footbar and SoftTouch Rope System. The EasySet Footbar allows users of any body type and size to adjust the footbar with one hand or their feet while lying on the carriage. The SoftTouch Rope System lets users remain in position on the carriage for one-touch rope adjustments, enhancing the flow of the workout, and features soft attachment points, with no metal clips to create noise. The Allegro 2 System Reformer starts at $2,695. Users also can purchase accessories for more programming options, including a tower, a mat conversion, a sitting box and reformer legs, among other options. For more information, visit www.pilates.com/allegro2.

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