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January.18.2012 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Cybex Files Intellectual Property Lawsuit Against TuffStuff
Planet Fitness Opens 500th Club
IHRSA Announces Health Club Trends for 2012
The Recession Finally Catches Up to University Rec Centers
Fitness Equipment Test Sites Benefit Health Clubs and Manufacturers
Study Reveals Combination of Exercise and Education Can Reduce Low Back Pain
Consider Current and Future Trends for Good Health Club Design
Step by Step: Six Steps That Will Help Your Personal Training Staff Sell
Equinox Is at It Again with Racy Ads
Facility News
Supplier News
Industry Buzz
Online Story Comments
Blog Comments


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Cybex Files Intellectual Property Lawsuit Against TuffStuff
Cybex International, Medway, MA, filed a lawsuit against TuffStuff Fitness Equipment, Marino, CA, in late December claiming that TuffStuff infringed on its intellectual property and reputation.
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Planet Fitness Opens 500th Club
Planet Fitness, Newington, NH, opened its 500th club on Monday in Morton Grove, IL, and plans to open more than 100 new facilities in 2012.
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IHRSA Announces Health Club Trends for 2012
An increase in the number of people working out in health clubs is among the trends highlighted by the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) in its annual list.
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The Recession Finally Catches Up to University Rec Centers
In 2012, the recession may finally have caught up with the university rec center market. Universities continued to buy and build during the recession because budgets for most capital projects are planned years in advance, says Bill Crockett, director of university recreation and fitness at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. However, 2012 will be different, he says.
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Fitness Equipment Test Sites Benefit Health Clubs and Manufacturers
Fitness equipment manufacturers have plenty of ways to test a new product in the factory as it is designed, built and tweaked. But in the end, only real-world testing offers insights into just how well a product will stand up to the competition—not to mention the club and the end-users' expectations.
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Study Reveals Combination of Exercise and Education Can Reduce Low Back Pain
Core-strengthening exercises did not prevent back pain in soldiers any better than traditional sit-ups, according to a study conducted by the University of Florida.
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Consider Current and Future Trends for Good Health Club Design
One key to a well-executed building design is in the identification and anticipation of what trends exist and what trends are to come. Rudy Fabiano writes about design trends that fitness facility owners and operators must be aware of before embarking on a renovation or new build.
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Step by Step: Six Steps That Will Help Your Personal Training Staff Sell
Even though selling is not something most personal trainers enjoy doing, it is an important part of their jobs, Greg Marshall writes. He shares six steps that will help them improve their selling skills.
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From the Blog
Equinox Is at It Again with Racy Ads
Every four years, we look forward to presidential elections, the Summer Olympics and objections to a provocative, highly questionable ad campaign from Equinox.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • Town Sports International (TSI), New York, introduced a class this week called Lighten Up to help gym-goers get over their winter blues. Designed by New York Sports Clubs fitness instructor, exercise physiologist and nutritionist Martica Heaner, the first 30 minutes of Lighten Up consists of a weights-free, high-intensity cardio workout. The class concludes with a 20-minute bright light therapy meditation session specifically designed to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). The class will be offered free of charge to both members and nonmembers into February.
  • The city of Chattanooga, TN, will have a new $4.1 million health and wellness center for city employees by October, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. In addition to a fitness center, the facility will include a pharmacy and doctors' offices, the newspaper reported. The facility will move one block from its current location. Donna Kelley, administrator of personnel for Chattanooga, told the newspaper that the city has seen savings of more than $10 million in health care costs over the past five years thanks in part to usage at the wellness center.
  • Fitness Connection, which is managed by Titan Fitness, McLean, VA, donated a full line of strength equipment from its six North Carolina clubs to the North Carolina Highway Patrol State Auxiliary. The equipment, which arrived Christmas Eve, will be an integral part of the rookie officers' training regimen, auxiliary officers said. "In the spirit of the Christmas season, the six North Carolina Fitness Connection gyms have teamed together to give a gift to the men and women of the Highway Patrol who work so hard to keep our highways safe," Bill Piper, regional facilities manager for Titan Fitness, said in a statement.
  • IDEA Health and Fitness Association, San Diego, will celebrate its 30th anniversary at the 2012 IDEA World Fitness Convention, which will be held July 5-8 in San Diego. Jane Fonda will accept the second annual Jack LaLanne Award for her contributions to the fitness industry. Pamela Peeke, a food addiction specialist, and Tara Costa from NBC's "The Biggest Loser" will provide keynote presentations. For more information or registration, go to www.ideafit.com/world.
  • Police in San Antonio have arrested a man who was accused of flashing in the parking lot of the Spectrum Athletic Club-Medical Center at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, according to San Antonio TV station KENS. Michael Vera, 24, was arrested Friday after he allegedly exposed himself to a woman who was inside her parked car on Jan. 6. Police credit surveillance cameras for helping them find Vera, who was charged with indecent exposure and public lewdness, the TV station reported.
  • A Duluth, MN, man received a stayed sentence of 27 months after pleading guilty to third-degree burglary for breaking into a fitness center and slashing exercise balls, an action that was described as a sexual fetish, according to media reports. Christopher Bjerkness will be placed in a group home and will be under supervised probation for four years. He had several prior convictions for breaking into fitness facilities and slashing exercise balls.
  • The JCC Getzville facility in Getzville, NY, is celebrating the completion of a two-year major renovation this week with a grand reopening and free open house that continues through Friday, the JCC announced. The facility's $5 million upgrade includes a new fitness area with state-of-the-art equipment and an early childhood center.
  • The Marion County YMCA in Ocala, FL, has created a special workout area for people new to exercising at a fitness center. The Y reorganized its fitness center into two distinct areas with a private workout area for fitness beginners. "The Y added about $150,000 worth of new equipment to the center," Nicole Orr, the Marion County YMCA's wellness director, told Ocala.com. The beginners' area features selectorized free weight machines in addition to 50 beginner exercise classes.
  • The Miller Family YMCA in Newbury Park, CA, announced it is offering a 12-week fitness program designed for adult cancer survivors. The Cancer Survivor Exercise Program offers patients who have recently finished their cancer treatment a group setting to enrich their physical health and fitness. Cancer survivors often become deconditioned or chronically fatigued from the disease and the treatment. According to the Y's website, the goal of the program is to help patients build muscle mass and muscle strength, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve overall functional ability.
  • The Oak Square YMCA in Boston, MA, has added 22,000 square feet to its fitness area, the Y announced. The open studio addition features areas for functional training, personal training and exercise classes. New equipment includes a 20-foot-long TRX Suspension Training mounting system, wheelchair access, training rope and more medicine, stability and medicine balls and dumbbells.
  • The $30 million, 123,000-square-foot recreation and fitness center at the College of Wooster in Wooster, OH, had its grand opening Sunday night. The Scot Center was built primarily from donations, not from student tuition dollars, according to The-Daily-Record.com. More than $22 million came from the board of trustees and other significant donors. The new fitness center offers state-of-the-art fitness equipment, athletic department offices and conference rooms, as well as a regulation 200-meter indoor running track and four intramural courts for basketball, tennis and volleyball. It is part of a long-term master plan for the campus center.

  • Supplier News
  • SPRI Products Inc., Libertyville, IL, has hired Dean Young as national account manager, working in the company's commercial division. He will call on all vertical markets, including hospitality, municipalities, corporate wellness, schools/universities, and parks and recreation centers. A veteran in the fitness industry, Young held several positions over eight years at Life Fitness, Schiller Park, IL, including sales manager of certified pre-owned equipment, account representative for commercial dealer sales and national account representative. Young also has worked as a certified personal trainer at East Bank Club and First Fitness, both in Chicago.
  • BH North America Corp., Foothill Ranch, CA, has hired Tina Pauley as its business development manager. In this newly created position, Pauley is expected to help the fitness equipment manufacturer drive growth in the vertical/commercial markets. Pauley has 14 years of industry experience that includes stints with Star Trac and Les Mills. "Tina is a great asset to our corporation. She is well respected in the fitness industry and has a keen understanding of how the dealer distribution channel and national accounts work together," BH North America CEO Steve Wilkins said in a statement.

  • Industry Buzz
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    Online Story Comments
    Members Sue Bally, LA Fitness over Lifetime Memberships

    The members need to get over it. Bally’s has been failing for decades. Their memberships are void.

    This is complete BS. The Lifetime membership was a bad idea to start off with…

    Blog Comments
    Is Yoga Too Dangerous to Be Taught in Your Fitness Facility?

    Two words, Personal Responsibility. Yes, trainers are there to push you, and I push my clients all the time, but you are still responsible for your own health and well being. …

    There is no substitute for full range of motion, weight resistance exercise in isolated overload for strengthening muscle and connective tissue. Weight resistance exercise should be the foundation for all other exercise regimes, including yoga. …

    Yes personal responsibility but I would disagree with the notion that personal trainers are there to “push” people. I think this is a very small part of the equation. …

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