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February.8.2012 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Cybex Settles Barnhard Product Liability Lawsuit for $19.5 Million
Life Time Fitness Acquires Atlanta's Racquet Club of the South
Planet Fitness Franchisees Form Independent Association
Appeals Court Upholds Ruling on 24 Hour Fitness Employee Contracts
LA Fitness, Gold's Gym Moving Headquarters
Health Clubs Count on Ancillary Revenue More Than You Think
University of Louisville Commissions Cannon Design to Develop $37.5 Million Rec Center
Iowa State University Celebrates Grand Opening of Rec Center Expansion
University of Florida RecSports Turns Away Students after Computer Malfunction
Web Savvy: Optimize Your Wellness Business with These Online Tools
Larger Health Clubs Have Unique Challenges When Expanding or Renovating
Step by Step: A Template for How to Close or Sell a Health Club
Celebrating Five Years at Club Industry with Old Places, New Faces
Facility News
Supplier News
Online Story Comments


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Cybex Settles Barnhard Product Liability Lawsuit for $19.5 Million
Cybex International Inc., Medway, MA, reached a $19.5 million settlement in the Barnhard v. Cybex International Inc. product liability lawsuit, the company announced Monday.
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Life Time Fitness Acquires Atlanta's Racquet Club of the South
Life Time Fitness, Chanhassen, MN, continued its expansion efforts with Tuesday's announcement that it has acquired Atlanta-based Racquet Club of the South (RCS).
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Planet Fitness Franchisees Form Independent Association
Franchisees of Planet Fitness announced they have formed an independent association. Meanwhile, Planet Fitness corporate headquarters says it will form a second franchisee association.
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Appeals Court Upholds Ruling on 24 Hour Fitness Employee Contracts
The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Dallas, has upheld a ruling from a district court that stated that binding arbitration provisions in 24 Hour Fitness employee contracts are deceptive and do not bind employees.
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LA Fitness, Gold's Gym Moving Headquarters
Two club companies, LA Fitness International and Gold's Gym International, are moving their corporate headquarters.
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Health Clubs Count on Ancillary Revenue More Than You Think
Several clubs emphasize the need to generate revenue from streams other than membership, according to results in the 2011 Club Industry State of the Industry survey.
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University of Louisville Commissions Cannon Design to Develop $37.5 Million Rec Center
The recently approved $37.5 million, 128,000-square-foot University of Louisville Student Recreation Center is moving forward with the commission of Cannon Design to design the facility.
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Iowa State University Celebrates Grand Opening of Rec Center Expansion
On Saturday, Iowa State University celebrated the grand opening of its newly refurbished student recreation center, Iowa State Gym. The rec center opened for business when students returned to classes on Jan. 9.
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University of Florida RecSports Turns Away Students after Computer Malfunction
On Jan. 25, approximately 200 University of Florida students were turned away at campus recreation centers after the university's registrar office incorrectly listed the students as ineligible for membership to the university RecSports center.
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Web Savvy: Optimize Your Wellness Business with These Online Tools
Leslie Nolen writes about how the Internet is full of possibilities for your business, but only some of them are worth your time, money and effort.
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Larger Health Clubs Have Unique Challenges When Expanding or Renovating
As owners of large health clubs contemplate improvement plans as a way of holding onto or gaining market share, they should focus on these large club challenges, Hervey Lavoie writes.
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Step by Step: A Template for How to Close or Sell a Health Club
Steve Tharrett shares tips about how to prepare for the possible sale or closing of your club so that all the people involved walk away with a sense of closure and a belief that the business considered their needs and interests.
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From the Blog
Celebrating Five Years at Club Industry with Old Places, New Faces
Managing Editor Stuart Goldman marks five years at Club Industry with a look back and a look forward to our new associate editor.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • Anytime Fitness, Hastings, MN, has sold its 300th franchise territory in Australia. The master franchisees for Australia are the brother-and-sister team of Justin McDonnell and Jacinta McDonnell-Jimenez. Last week, Anytime Fitness announced that it has entered into an agreement to become the official fitness club of Warrior Dash, an extreme 5K run that includes mud crawling and fire leaping, according to race organizers Red Frog Events.
  • 24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, CA, will celebrate the grand opening of its new club in Rohnert Park, CA, on Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The 42,000-square-foot super-sport club will open at 6 a.m. for workouts and VIP tours, followed by a proclamation from the vice mayor. The club is part of several reinvestments 24 Hour has made in the Bay Area.
  • In-Shape Health Clubs, Stockton, CA, purchased a former Fitness 19 location in Tracy, CA, which brings the number of In-Shape locations in the city to three. The company now has 52 clubs in California. In-Shape plans to make improvements to equipment, add new interior paint and upgrade fixtures and decor, according to a release from the company.
  • Boost Fitness, Northboro, MA, is moving its Northboro club and corporate offices to a 9,000-square-foot space this month to better meet the needs of its growing number of members, according to owner and founder Mark Federico. The new facility will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Members will receive key cards for after-hours access. The new facility will have a large, well-lit parking lot and full-size locker rooms. The space is designed to provide private personal training, a group cycle loft and an enclosed group fitness room with a stage. Boost Fitness offers individualized, group and semi-private fitness training at centers in Northboro, Hudson and Westford, all in Massachusetts.
  • Aspen Athletic Club will open a new club this spring in downtown Syracuse, NY, the Syracuse Post-Standard reports. The club will be located in the Onondaga Tower, formerly known as the HSBC Tower. The building is undergoing an $8 million renovation.
  • Supplier News
  • Star Trac, Irvine, CA, has promoted Terry Woods to the new role of vice president of global sales and Jeff Dilts to the role of senior director of marketing and product management. Woods has been with Star Trac for 17 years, serving as the vice president of customer service prior to his promotion. Dilts has spent the past seven years with Star Trac. Last week, Star Trac announced it has partnered with Energy Fitness in Mexico City to install the latest free weights, Spinner bikes and selectorized machines. Energy Fitness is owned and operated by New Evolution Ventures, Lafayette, CA.
  • Fiserv, Brookfield, WI, announced the availability of two new modules for its Compete club management software, Join Online and Employee Self Service. Through these new modules, health and fitness clubs using Compete from Fiserv will have access to two customizable, Fiserv-hosted websites, one that enables prospective members to join the club remotely and another that gives club employees the ability to better manage their schedules. Both websites will appear in a mobile-friendly format on an iPhone, iPad or any Android device.
  • ABC Financial, Little Rock, AR, has partnered with Fantastic Fan Sites, creators of custom Facebook pages and business applications, to provide ABC clients with custom membership sales apps designed exclusively for the Facebook platform. The app features a club-branded Facebook page that enables clubs to fully integrate sales, prospecting and referrals using social media.
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    Online Story Comments
    Two Maryland Health Clubs Charged with Failure to Register

    Once again this publication only reports on how local governments go after bad health club owners…

    Pool Operators Prepare for March 15 ADA Deadline

    We already have one lift on our 50 meter pool. Of our 8000 members, we have only a few that use the lift regularly…

    Fitness Pioneer Jimmie Payne Dies at 85

    WOW this guy & Jack were & still are the MAN!!

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