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February.15.2012 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Gold's Gym Acquires Spectrum Clubs in San Antonio
Mastrov, New Evolution Ventures Strike Deal with Galiani Brothers
Curves President Steps Down
The Salvation Army's Kroc Centers Continue Expansion Across Nation
Money Matters for Kroc Centers
Precor's Sales Increased 17 Percent in 2011
Cardinal Fitness Could Face Fine after Credit Card Information Found in Dumpster
Urban Active's Get Active Challenge Wraps Up 10-City Tour
First Lady Michelle Obama Introduces Pentagon Obesity Awareness Campaign
McKinley YMCA Building Owner Plans New Fitness Facility in Its Place
Step by Step: Workout Spaces Should Entertain and Engage the Health Club Member
'Linsanity' Hits 24 Hour Fitness
Motivation Is the Key to Getting Off the Couch and to the Gym
Facility News
Supplier News
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Gold's Gym Acquires Spectrum Clubs in San Antonio
Gold's Gym International, Irving, TX, has acquired all 11 Spectrum Athletic Clubs in San Antonio, the company announced Tuesday. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close by the end of the month, were not disclosed.
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Mastrov, New Evolution Ventures Strike Deal with Galiani Brothers
Mark Mastrov and the brother tandem of Kirk and John Galiani have formed a partnership to develop and operate a collection of health clubs in the Mid-Atlantic region.
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Curves President Steps Down
Mike Raymond, who had been the president of Curves International, Waco, TX, since 2005, resigned in December. Raymond is now a senior advisor to the company and continues to serve on the Curves board of directors.
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The Salvation Army's Kroc Centers Continue Expansion Across Nation
Kroc Centers are growing in numbers and in the feelings they stir in the fitness industry.
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Money Matters for Kroc Centers
The most controversial subjects surrounding Kroc Centers nationwide are those of financing and financial operations.
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Precor's Sales Increased 17 Percent in 2011
The net sales for Amer Sports' fitness division, which is comprised of Precor, Woodinville, WA, increased 17 percent to EUR 232.2 million ($308 million) compared to 2010, the Helsinki, Finland-based parent company of Precor recently announced.
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Cardinal Fitness Could Face Fine after Credit Card Information Found in Dumpster
An investigation into how members' personal and credit card information landed in the dumpster behind a closed Cardinal Fitness club in Indianapolis is ongoing, according to the Indiana Attorney General's office.
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Urban Active's Get Active Challenge Wraps Up 10-City Tour
Urban Active, Lexington, KY, recently welcomed nearly 1,000 participants to a 10-city Get Active Challenge tour, which offered them a free boot camp as well as an educational session and tips to stay motivated.
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First Lady Michelle Obama Introduces Pentagon Obesity Awareness Campaign
United States Department of Defense officials and first lady Michelle Obama introduced a new obesity and nutrition awareness campaign on Thursday at Little Rock (AR) Air Force Base.
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McKinley YMCA Building Owner Plans New Fitness Facility in Its Place
When the McKinley Family YMCA in Champaign County (IL) relocates to its newly built facility in southwest Champaign, the building will not remain empty long. Leon Jeske, the owner of the building, plans to open the McKinley Fitness Center in its place.
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Step by Step: Workout Spaces Should Entertain and Engage the Health Club Member
Christa Plaza explains why having an exciting workout space is important to keeping members engaged, and she shares some design elements that help make for a more invigorating fitness facility.
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From the Blog
'Linsanity' Hits 24 Hour Fitness
Thanks to tweets from 24 Hour Fitness CEO Carl Liebert and 24 Hour CMO Tony Wells, we now know that one of the company's clubs and trainers has a direct link to NBA sensation Jeremy Lin.
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Motivation Is the Key to Getting Off the Couch and to the Gym
Associate Editor Brittany Keithley hits the gym to discover that fitness facilities need to offer much more than just equipment.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • The brother of the Planet Fitness employee who was killed last month in the parking lot of the San Antonio club is holding a fundraiser for the other shooting victim and her family, according to San Antonio TV station WOAI. Julio Escamilla, whose 31-year-old brother, Juan, was killed, is using his Sole Boutique business to hold the Sneaker Palooza event on March 11 at the San Antonio Shrine Auditorium. The event will showcase various artists and their work. Proceeds will go to Juan's friend Maggie McCombs and her family, the TV station reports. McCombs suffered severe injuries in the shooting and is paralyzed.
  • Western Athletic Clubs (WAC), San Francisco, announced plans to open its 11th club, Bay Club Silicon Valley, in July. The new 70,000-square-foot facility in Cupertino, CA, will not only feature the same amenities associated with the high-end fitness centers but also will offer a Starbucks cafe and an extensive wet treatment space for offerings such as whirlpool spas, steam rooms and saunas in locker rooms. "The evolution of the lifestyle resort, to the concept we have with Bay Club Silicon Valley, is the future of our industry. The services we will offer for the whole family will simplify life and allow for more time to be spent together,” Matthew Stevens, president and CEO of Western Athletic Clubs, said in a news release. With the introduction of the new facility, WAC also is unveiling its new executive club south bay package, which will offer access to five lifestyle clubs in northern California.
  • Members of Ladies First Fitness, Lynchburg, VA, have until April 15 to file a claim for a refund with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, WSET-TV reports. The club, which closed last December, does not have another facility and cancelled all of its contracts, according to the report.
  • The Delta County, MI, YMCA lowered its age limit for using the fitness equipment from age 14 to 12. The previous policy had been in effect since 2000. Younger children will have to attend an orientation and take a test to familiarize themselves with the equipment. The newly admitted 12-year-olds and 13-year-olds will be able to utilize the center with parental supervision, but they will be able to exercise on their own from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. According to Delta County YMCA officials, they made the change to reach out to these younger children and offer them a healthy environment.
  • The YMCA of El Paso, TX, and LiveStrong, the brand name of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, have partnered to offer LiveStrong, a free 12-week program designed to help adult cancer survivors reclaim their physical and mental health, at the YMCA. Survivors work with trained YMCA staff members to build muscle mass and strength, increase flexibility and endurance, and improve functional ability. The program also blends cardio and flexibility exercises, and it helps participants establish their own physical fitness programs for the future. In addition to physical benefits, the program is focused on the emotional well-being of survivors and their families by providing a supportive community where people affected by cancer can connect during treatment.
  • Supplier News
  • The American Council on Exercise (ACE), San Diego. introduced fitness industry experts Natalie Digate Muth, Michael Mantell and Chris McGrath as senior fitness consultants to the organization. Muth is a pediatrics resident at UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, a registered dietitian and board-certified specialist in sports dietetics. She will focus on nutrition and weight management as an ACE-certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Mantell, who has coached world-class athletes and fitness enthusiasts for performance enhancement, will focus on behavioral sciences as he provides counsel on the latest findings in health behavioral psychology to optimize overall well-being. McGrath, founder and operator of Movement First, will specialize in sports performance, injury prevention, post-rehabilitation and lifestyle and wellness coaching. He will assist ACE in the education of personal trainers, group fitness instructors and other fitness professionals on the proper movement patterns for safe and effective training.
  • Custom Fitness Concepts (CFC) is opening a studio in which it will offer its fitness boot camp programs. One of the largest providers of outdoor fitness boot camp programs in the country, CFC is expanding to a new 4,500-square-foot studio in Sterling, VA, to cater to their more than 500 clients who find the Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC, weather too cold during the winter months. Tom Kalka, CEO of Custom Fitness Concepts, said the new facility will allow them to offer the same types of exercises using the same gear as in the outdoor program, but now, they can offer additional fitness tools such as BOSU balls, medicine balls and TRX suspension trainers. CFC has routinely expanded its operation since its founding in 2003, Kalka said. With more regular workouts outside the previous morning and evening hours, the new facility will draw even more business, he said.
  • Industry Buzz
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    Online Story Comments
    Workout Spaces Should Entertain and Engage the Health Club Member

    If my gym looked like this I don't think I'd ever miss a workout.

    Courage in Business Opens Doors and the Future

    Interesting timing. I just opened a new studio this week. Breaking away from a proven concept that I've been using for the last 9 years.

    Meridian Receives $10 Million Investment

    WH Bodies in motion is closed and the northridge gym isn't any better

    Three Steps to Incorporate Mobile Marketing into Your Fitness Facility

    What a solid story - have been trying to convince Gym business about text messaging for years, well done - David Bulletin.Net

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