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January.25.2012 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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More Lawsuits Filed Against LA Fitness, Bally
Club Operators Expect Revenue to Increase in 2012, Survey Says
Snap Fitness Acquires Group Training Franchise
NIRSA Executive Director Steps Down
Employees Want a Fitness Center Discount, Survey Says
Nonprofit Gym Struggles to Serve Low-Income Members
JCC Trends in 2012 Include Wellness Programs, Customer Service
Diligence Is Key to Keeping Your Fitness Facility's Child Care Areas Clean
Focus Your Health Club's Sales Staff on Five Elements for Success
Step by Step: Increase Your Health Club's Revenue by Energizing Your Personal Trainers
A Health Club Husband, the NFL and Hollywood
Facility News
Supplier News
Industry Buzz
Online Story Comments


News
More Lawsuits Filed Against LA Fitness, Bally
In the midst of more lawsuits filed against both LA Fitness and Bally Total Fitness, LA Fitness has updated access provisions to its clubs for former Bally members.
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Club Operators Expect Revenue to Increase in 2012, Survey Says
The majority of fitness facility operators polled in the 2011 Club Industry State of the Industry survey anticipate an improved 2012, with moderate-to-high expectations of increased revenue, membership, renovations, additions and equipment purchasing.
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Snap Fitness Acquires Group Training Franchise
Snap Fitness, Chanhassen, MN, recently acquired Kosama Complete Body Transformation, a group training program franchise, Snap Fitness announced. The purchase price was not disclosed.
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NIRSA Executive Director Steps Down
Kent Blumenthal has stepped down as executive director of the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA).
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Employees Want a Fitness Center Discount, Survey Says
The top wellness benefit that workers want is a fitness center discount, but these discounts are not the top benefit offered by employers, according to the latest Principal Financial Well-Being Index.
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Nonprofit Gym Struggles to Serve Low-Income Members
A struggling for-profit health club that Darren Malachi and his wife, Virginia, opened last summer in Danbury, CT, is now a nonprofit facility that Malachi says can better serve its low-income members. But it isn't easy. Malachi is struggling to bring in donations so he can keep the Motivators Recreational Group club open.
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JCC Trends in 2012 Include Wellness Programs, Customer Service
As Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) continue to develop their own niches within their communities and with the continual changes in the fitness landscape, JCCs will continue to be more customer-service oriented and program directed, says Anthony Slayen, assistant vice president of health, wellness and membership services with the JCC Association, New York.
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Diligence Is Key to Keeping Your Fitness Facility's Child Care Areas Clean
Cleanliness in a fitness facility's child care area is a year-round concern, but combating cold and flu germs that can run rampant among children during the winter requires more diligence, time and attention.
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Focus Your Health Club's Sales Staff on Five Elements for Success
Karen Woodard-Chavez begins her six-part column this month on creating a basic training program for your sales staff, focusing on relationships, results, retention, referrals and revenue.
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Step by Step: Increase Your Health Club's Revenue by Energizing Your Personal Trainers
Jarod Cogswell shares nine things that club operators can do to energize their personal training teams and increase revenue in the process.
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From the Blog
A Health Club Husband, the NFL and Hollywood
With Academy Award nominations just announced and the Super Bowl less than two weeks away, I uncovered some fascinating facts about a health club operator's husband who not only played in the National Football League but appeared in one of my all-time favorite films.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • Vida Fitness opened its fifth location Tuesday in Washington, DC, according to Urban Adventures Companies Inc., the parent corporation for Vida Fitness, Washington, DC. The 25,000-square-foot facility, which opened after a two-month, $500,000 renovation of a space formerly occupied by another gym, is in a mixed-use residential complex in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood of the District of Columbia. By 2015, David von Storch, president of Urban Adventures Companies, plans to have eight Vida Fitness locations opened and operating throughout the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.
  • New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was on hand last week for the opening of Energy Fitness in Mexico City, according to a report. Also at the ceremony was Mark Mastrov, co-founder of New Evolution Ventures, Lafayette, CA, which operates Energy Fitness.
  • The Nashua (NH) Athletic Club and its sister club, Somerset Swim and Fitness, will be featured in a Best of New England episode in March on the Travel Channel, according to the Nashua Telegraph. Crews from the network were taping at the clubs last Thursday, the newspaper reported.
  • Managers at the Creve Coeur (MO) Racquet Club turned over to local police last week a hard drive that contained child pornography photos, St. Louis TV station KMOV reported. The 19-year-old suspect in the case already is under federal indictment for child pornography, according to the report.
  • The Ozarks Regional YMCA, Springfield, MO, is offering fitness programs for homeschooled children. The homeschool interaction program and the homeschool strength and conditioning program promote social and physical well-being, according to Ozarks.com. The interaction program offers physical education time, swimming and rock climbing for children ages 4 to 12. The strength and conditioning program is for kids 12 to 14 and focuses on strength and cardio equipment and group games. The program is available for both members and nonmembers.
  • The University of Arizona campus recreation center is opening a new studio and offering classes and a shuttle service starting this month. The expanded offerings are targeted specifically to encourage faculty and staff to use the student rec center, according to UANews. A working professional fitness pass will allow access to the schedule of 25 classes, which include Hatha and Vinyasa yoga, a cycle class, conditioning and weight training three times during the day.
  • Supplier News
  • Total Gym, San Diego, announced a number of leadership changes within the company. Jesse Campanaro, formerly vice president of sales, is now the president of the company. His father, Tom Campanaro, who founded the company more than 35 years ago, will continue to serve as the CEO. Also, Randy Bergstedt has been promoted from executive vice president to COO, overseeing marketing. Joy Campanaro, formerly the senior vice president of marketing, has been named senior vice president of licensing and brand management. Michael Steel, based in London, has been promoted from international business development to director of international business, leading the company's global operations.
  • Mad Dogg Athletics Inc., Venice, CA, has named John Kipper as its vice president of retail operations. Kipper, who most recently was the chief operating officer at BH North America, Foothill Ranch, CA, will be responsible for expanding and managing Mad Dogg Athletics' retail initiatives, including strategies, account setup and management, product development and distribution for each channel. "[Kipper] brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to MDA, and his expertise and insight into the retail market will help us seize the unlimited opportunities for our growing roster of products," Mad Dogg Athletics CEO John Baudhuin said in a statement.
  • Fitness On Request, Maple Grove, MN, has received financing from LFE Capital, a private equity firm. Fitness On Request manufactures and sells interactive, large-screen, high-definition, on-demand video technology for fitness facilities, including health clubs, corporate wellness centers, hotels and military bases. CEO Dave Kraai did not disclose the amount of the investment to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, but he did say the company plans to use the investment to expand its staff and marketing efforts.
  • Carver Fitness USA, Huntington Beach, CA, plans to debut its ski-inspired 3D lateral movement cardio equipment at the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association show March 14-17 in Los Angeles. The Carver 3D lateral motion allows more than 20 training options. The equipment is aimed at women who want to burn calories while targeting problem areas.
  • Fitness and dance professional Christine Gallagher has created Red Hot Dance Fitness, which has been named one of Philadelphia's sexiest workouts by Philadelphia magazine and PhillyFIT magazine. Gallagher drew from her dance training and her years in the fitness industry to create a program that combined easy-to-follow moves while layering more complicated steps so that people with more experience would be challenged. Instead of waiting weeks or months for new choreography, certified Red Hot Dance Fitness instructors get new choreographed routines weekly so that the song heard on the radio today could be in a Red Hot Dance Fitness class tomorrow.
  • CSI Software, Houston, is conducting a webinar from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Central time on Thursday, Feb. 23. The company will feature its Business Intelligence tool, which can be applied to a multipurpose club or a chain of clubs. Click here to register.
  • Industry Buzz
    Industry Buzz
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    Online Story Comments
    Members Sue Bally, LA Fitness over Lifetime Memberships

    When you buy cheap, you get lousy service. …

    Planet Fitness Opens 500th Club

    Funny how Planet Fitness pulled personal training out of it's clubs and now has trainers on the biggest loser…

    Cybex Files Intellectual Property Lawsuit Against Tuff Stuff

    Tough way to make back 44M.

    Please note, TuffStuff Fitness is actually located in Chino California, not Marino…

    Fitness Equipment Test Sites Benefit Health Clubs and Manufacturers

    Wow, a Precor test site. Did they do this for the AMT?

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