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January.11.2012 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Members Sue Bally, LA Fitness over Lifetime Memberships
Planet Fitness Employee Killed in Shootings
Bally to Appeal Ruling Requiring AED Use
Cybex Receives Extensions on NASDAQ Deadlines
Ex-24 Hour Employee and Convicted Sex Offender Arrested after Returning to Club as a Member
State of the Health Club Industry Looks Bright for Larger Clubs in 2012
Top 10 Reasons Why the Health Club Industry Has Not Matured
Resolving Problems in the Fitness Industry Often Requires Going Deep
Step by Step: Why Social Media Should Be Part of Your Health Club’s Marketing Plan
Is Yoga Too Dangerous to Be Taught in Your Fitness Facility?
Facility News
Supplier News
Industry Buzz


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Members Sue Bally, LA Fitness over Lifetime Memberships
Two Bally Total Fitness members have filed a lawsuit in federal court against both Bally and LA Fitness seeking class-action status on behalf of Bally members who have lifetime memberships.
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Planet Fitness Employee Killed in Shootings
Planet Fitness confirmed that a man who was killed in shootings Sunday night outside a Planet Fitness in San Antonio was one of its employees. A woman who was severely wounded in the shootings and remains hospitalized was a Planet Fitness member, according to the Newington, NH-based company.
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Bally to Appeal Ruling Requiring AED Use
Bally Total Fitness, Chicago, will appeal a New York appeals court decision that says health clubs have a duty to use automated external defibrillators (AEDs) if a member is experiencing a heart attack at the facility.
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Cybex Receives Extensions on NASDAQ Deadlines
In late December, Cybex International, Medway, MA, received extensions from the NASDAQ Stock Market to comply with two conditions for continued listing on NASDAQ, the company announced.
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Ex-24 Hour Employee and Convicted Sex Offender Arrested after Returning to Club as a Member
A former 24 Hour Fitness employee who received an 11-year prison sentence after he was convicted of sexually abusing four young girls at the club where he worked was arrested again on Monday after he returned to the club as a member.
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State of the Health Club Industry Looks Bright for Larger Clubs in 2012
Some companies are expanding their portfolios while others are shrinking. Which ones have the resources and support to climb to the top in 2012?
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Top 10 Reasons Why the Health Club Industry Has Not Matured
Some observers say that with the recent acquisition activity and involvement of private equity firms, the health club industry is maturing. One analyst, Rick Caro, says that is not the case.
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Resolving Problems in the Fitness Industry Often Requires Going Deep
Four steps are required when creating organizational change, and some of those steps require looking a little deeper than some fitness facility operators have done in the past, writes Ed Tock.
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Step by Step: Why Social Media Should Be Part of Your Health Club’s Marketing Plan
Bill McBride shares why fitness facility operators need to pay more attention to social media and begin integrating it into their marketing plans.
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From the Blog
Is Yoga Too Dangerous to Be Taught in Your Fitness Facility?
A recent New York Times article, “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body,” has been getting a lot of attention lately for its look at how people can be injured doing yoga. This form of exercise that so many have been preaching as a way to relax, reduce stress and even rehabilitate is now being placed in another light.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • Life Time Fitness, Chanhassen, MN, announced that the Life Time Tri Chicago triathlon will be celebrating its 30th year this year. The field for the general entry international distance course will be limited to 3,500 participants, and the field for the sprint distance will be limited to 3,000 participants. The Life Time Tri Chicago will take place Aug. 26 along the Downtown Chicago Lakefront.
  • A grand jury in Tennessee has indicted Anthony Webster, accused of molesting three young girls last year at a Life Time Fitness in Collierville, TN, on four counts of aggravated sexual battery, the Memphis Commercial-Appeal reported Tuesday. Webster was first arrested on July 14, and further charges were added on Aug. 25. Life Time fired Webster, who is jailed, after his first arrest.
  • A 100-year-old YMCA that opened in downtown Reno, NV, in 1911 closed Dec. 30 because of declining membership and competition from private fitness centers, according to the YMCA. In 2003, a $1.7 million youth center was built with donations. However, in 2006, the YMCA sold the property because of debt and maintenance costs. Fundraisers collected $3.4 million to buy back the property, which the city of Reno now owns. The adjacent E.L. Weigand Youth Center run by the Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows remains open.
  • The Stuart C. Gildred Family YMCA in Santa Ynez, CA, is celebrating 125 years with its expansion project, which is nearly complete. The 7,000-square-foot addition to the 22,000-square-foot YMCA is about 80 percent complete. An open house on Jan. 7 celebrated the opening of several areas of the expansion, including The Dean and Carol Anders Teen Center, a health center, a free-weight room and a group cycling studio. A 3,755-square-foot James and Jeannie Dodson Family Gymnasium and two family specialized restrooms are expected to open in March with a re-grand opening of the facility. These expansion projects were part of the Y's original master plan for the building in 2002, but construction was scaled back to get the building started more affordably.
  • The Gahanna YMCA in Ohio has a new name. The facility is now the Gahanna John E. Bickley YMCA in honor of a local YMCA leader. Bickley retired at the end of last year after spending the past 12 years as CEO of the YMCA of Central Ohio. He was instrumental in bringing the YMCA to Gahanna and other nearby cities through a large-scale fundraising campaign.
  • Illinois State University's (ISU) $50 million Student Recreation and Fitness Center has attracted more than 500,000 visitors since it opened a year ago, according to Campus Recreation Director Dawn Sanner. Nearly 95 percent of the rec center users are students, and the rest are faculty and staff. The rec center hosts health and fitness classes as well as team-building exercises for students across the ISU curriculum, incorporating the climbing wall and the swimming pool. All ISU students have automatic membership through student fees to the center, which is not open to the general public.
  • A $286,270 grant from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi will go toward upgrading equipment and building a one-mile walking track at the 10,000-square-foot Pearl River Community College's (PRCC) Poplarville campus, according to Blue Cross & Blue Shield Mississippi Foundation Executive Director Sheila Grogan. The foundation provides targeted grants to improve the health of Mississippians, and this is the first time the foundation has given money to a community college. The grant agreement calls for the track, which will be located behind the Wellness Center, to be completed in nine months. PRCC will replace the exercise equipment over the summer. PRCC opened its wellness center in 1996 as part of the nursing facility and provides service to students, faculty and staff and community members.
  • The Alper Jewish Community Center in Miami is offering Team Fit for children. The new weight-loss program will target 8-year olds to 12-year olds who are obese or at risk and teach children and their parents how to live a healthier lifestyle through a sensible diet and exercise. The three-month program will cost $75 and includes a three-month fitness center membership for the participant, siblings and parents. Program funding was made possible in part by the United Way of Miami-Dade. Dieticians from Baptist Health Systems will teach the nutrition classes.

  • Supplier News
  • Participants in Concept2's 12th Annual Holiday Challenge helped raise more than $31,000 for disaster relief organizations. Every year, Concept2, a Morrisville, VT-based manufacturer of rowing machines, hosts a Holiday Challenge, asking its customers worldwide to row or ski either 100,000 or 200,000 meters between Thanksgiving and Christmas. More than 5,900 individuals participated in the challenge in December 2011, completing nearly 1.3 billion meters. For every person who completed 100,000 meters, Concept2 donated 2 cents for every kilometer (1,000 meters) to one of the following organizations: Vermont Disaster Relief Fund, American Red Cross Disaster Relief-International and Unicef-Emergency Relief Programs. For participants who rowed or skied more than 100,000 meters, Concept2 donated an additional 4 cents per kilometer.
  • ABC Financial, Little Rock, AR, announced DataTrak integration enhancements with InTouch Technology, Visual Fitness Planner and Retention Management, which allow ABC customers the ease of program implementation directed toward prospecting, sales growth and member retention.
  • Georgette Pann, owner of Nutrifitness LLC, has developed the Fitness Business Apps, which are smartphone apps for the fitness industry. The apps allow fitness business owners to sell memberships, provide customers with GPS directions to their facilities and connect with customers directly through their mobile app with push notification messages that go directly to the customer’s phone. The apps also keep customers aware of class changes and new offerings, give customers special information, and offer Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and podcast integration. A customized mobile app can be developed to fit each fitness entrepreneur’s business so it is unique to that company.
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