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February.1.2012 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Life Fitness Sales Rose for Fourth Quarter and Year in 2011
Anytime Fitness Releases Second Annual Weight of the Union Report
Matrix Parent Company Reports 23 Percent Sales Increase
Fitness Pioneer Jimmie Payne Dies at 85
Pool Operators Prepare for March 15 ADA Deadline
Two Maryland Health Clubs Charged with Failure to Register
Kroc Center Hawaii Opens Doors This Week
ACE Study Evaluates P90X
Give Your Staff the 'LAST' Word As a Way to Help Save Memberships
Step by Step: Restructuring at the Gym: Not Just Bodies but Debt, Too
Opportunity May Be Knocking at Your Local Place of Worship
Facility News
Supplier News
Industry Buzz


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Life Fitness Sales Rose for Fourth Quarter and Year in 2011
Brunswick Corp.'s fitness segment, which is comprised of Life Fitness and Hammer Strength, had fourth quarter 2011 revenue of $180 million and year 2011 revenue of $635.2 million, the company announced.
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Anytime Fitness Releases Second Annual Weight of the Union Report
More Anytime Fitness members worked out late at night, cashed in on health insurance reimbursements and made March the busiest workout month in 2011, according to statistics in the Hastings, MN-based company's second annual Weight of the Union report.
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Matrix Parent Company Reports 23 Percent Sales Increase
The parent company of Matrix Fitness, Cottage Grove, WI, had a 23 percent increase in sales in North America and a 26 percent increase worldwide for 2011 compared to 2010, the company announced.
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Fitness Pioneer Jimmie Payne Dies at 85
Jimmie Payne, a former Mr. America and a longtime contemporary and friend of Jack LaLanne's who also operated gyms and designed equipment, died Friday. He was 85.
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Pool Operators Prepare for March 15 ADA Deadline
The March 15 deadline is looming to meet compliance standards for the Department of Justice's (DoJ) revised regulations of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design and pool accessibility requirements.
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Two Maryland Health Clubs Charged with Failure to Register
Body Talk LLC, Laurel, MD, and Kassama's Okinawan Karate Studio, Baltimore, have been hit with administrative charges for not registering with the Maryland Office of the Attorney General, Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced.
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Kroc Center Hawaii Opens Doors This Week
The Salvation Army introduced a new Kroc Center on Saturday in Hawaii, the largest community center of its kind in the state.
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ACE Study Evaluates P90X
The American Council on Exercise (ACE) has released the results of a study that looked at the effectiveness of the P90X. The 90-day, interval boot camp-style home exercise program was identified by ACE as one of the top fitness trends to watch in 2012.
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Give Your Staff the 'LAST' Word As a Way to Help Save Memberships
If you were to focus on only one aspect of your club's training to increase retention, Christine Thalwitz suggests focusing on improving communication and service skills.
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Step by Step: Restructuring at the Gym: Not Just Bodies but Debt, Too
Jessica Grossarth shares what club owners who choose to regroup through a Chapter 11 reorganization must keep in mind during the process.
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From the Blog
Opportunity May Be Knocking at Your Local Place of Worship
The number of fitness centers located in facilities with some sort of religious affiliation—from YMCAs to Jewish Community Centers to Kroc Centers—have for many years been joined by fitness programs located in actual places of worship. But have fitness facility operators truly looked at this market for growth opportunity like they should?
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In Brief
Facility News
  • Urban Active, Lexington, KY, has named Keith Trawick as its chief information officer (CIO). Trawick previously served as senior vice president of ABC Financial, Little Rock, AR, where he implemented a comprehensive CRM and SFA system across all departments. Trawick also has held the CIO position at New York Health and Racquet Club and at Crunch Fitness. "Keith brings over 16 years of corporate and entrepreneurial business expertise in top health and fitness industries," Urban Active CEO Royce Pulliam said in a statement. "We feel Keith's knowledge and experience will allow us to move at a much faster pace. Our team is ready for the next phase."
  • Club Industry inadvertently left CKO Kickboxing, Hoboken, NJ, off the print version of our January story about fitness franchises that appeared on the Entrepreneur magazine Franchise 500 list. CKO Kickboxing ranked No. 360 on the overall list and No. 35 on the Top New Ranking list. We apologize for the oversight. You can read where other fitness companies were ranked by reviewing the online version of the story.
  • Life Time Fitness, Chanhassen, MN, will attempt to break its Guinness World Record for the largest static cycling class with a Ride of a Lifetime event on March 17 at AT&T Plaza at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The two-hour cycle studio class will be led by Life Time CEO Bahram Akradi and top Life Time cycle instructors, with music spun by Roberto Costa, an internationally renowned DJ. The current record of 1,052 riders was set on March 7, 2010, in Minneapolis.
  • A man was arrested after he allegedly took photos in the women's locker room of a Seattle-area LA Fitness, multiple media outlets reported. A woman called 911 at 8 a.m. Monday to report the incident. The suspect was arrested shortly after he checked into another LA Fitness club in the Seattle area. He was booked for investigation of voyeurism. Police are trying to contact other victims and witnesses.
  • The Jewish Community Center of Dallas is hosting a six-week training program leading up to its Feb. 19 Ride to Change the Future event, according to Jon Mize, director of fitness and wellness at the JCC. The Ride to Change the Future is a six-hour indoor cycling event to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and to raise funds for research into a cure. The event will be led by a team of group cycle instructors and will feature a DJ and an emcee. The original goal was to have 100 riders raise $100,000. So far, the JCC has raised more than $150,000, Mize says, with a new goal to raise another $50,000. More than 200 riders have signed up to participate so far.
  • Supplier News
  • Affiliated Acceptance Corp., Sunrise Beach, MO, has named Bruce Kennedy as its director of sales. Kennedy, who will be responsible for sales team development and national sales, has more than 25 years in professional sales. He most recently served as director of sales with Core Fitness Online, where he helped that company expand into new markets and implement a new product upgrade. "The addition of Bruce to the AAC team is a critical step in our growth plans as we continue to expand our product offerings and enter new markets," Alan Downey, CEO of Affiliated Acceptance Corp., said in a statement. "His experience and passion for the fitness business will help him hit the ground running and integrate into the fantastic team we already have in place."
  • YogaFit, Torrance, CA, now offers a program for personal trainers. With the class, trainers can use yoga postures as their primary training method or incorporate it into the beginning and/or end of their weight-training session, says Beth Shaw, founder of YogaFit. The training costs $249 for a one-day course. The class teaches foundational alignment principles for yoga, precise alignment for the most effective and widely used 38 basic postures of yoga, and how to assess clients' need for postures based on range of motion, postural assessment and muscle balance, using the Asana Practice Screen technique, among other principles.
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