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March.7.2012 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Troubles Mount for Virginia's SportsQuest
Joe Cirulli to Receive the Club Industry Lifetime Achievement Award
Club Industry 2012 Keynoter to Share How to Make Price Irrelevant at Your Fitness Facility
Mastrov Lures Galianis to Company's Growing Portfolio
Gold's Gym Continues to Expand with Spectrum Purchase
Sergeant Charged with Sexual Battery at Hill Air Force Base Gym
World Gym Taiwan Expanding into Mainland China
LaLanne to Receive Lifetime Honor from National Fitness Hall of Fame
University of Michigan's Million-Dollar Renovations Face Technical Glitch
Web Savvy: Top 10 Technical Mistakes Wellness Businesses Make
As IHRSA Show Approaches, Clubs Are Still Closing
Facility News
Supplier News


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Troubles Mount for Virginia's SportsQuest
SportsQuest, Richmond, VA, has been experiencing some difficulties that include missed rent payments, an end to a partnership, an eviction from its training facility and a lawsuit from the Virginia attorney general's office.
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Joe Cirulli to Receive the Club Industry Lifetime Achievement Award
Joe Cirulli will receive the Club Industry Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Club Industry Conference and Exposition Oct. 10-12 in Las Vegas, Club Industry magazine announced.
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Club Industry 2012 Keynoter to Share How to Make Price Irrelevant at Your Fitness Facility
John DiJulius, whose company's mantra is "making price irrelevant," will be the keynote speaker at the 2012 Club Industry Conference and Exposition, Oct. 10-12 in Las Vegas, Club Industry announced this week.
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Mastrov Lures Galianis to Company's Growing Portfolio
New Evolution Ventures (NeV) made another move to expand its portfolio by adding the brother tandem of Kirk and John Galiani to the fold. The Galianis are expected to add clubs in the mid-Atlantic region with their new entity, US Fitness.
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Gold's Gym Continues to Expand with Spectrum Purchase
Gold's Gym International, Irving, TX, continued with its growth strategy last month as it acquired 11 Spectrum Athletic Clubs in San Antonio.
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Sergeant Charged with Sexual Battery at Hill Air Force Base Gym
An Air Force Reserve technical sergeant has been charged in federal court for allegedly groping women's breasts at the Warrior Fitness Center on the Hill Air Force Base.
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World Gym Taiwan Expanding into Mainland China
World Gym Taiwan, which owns and operates 24 fitness clubs in Taiwan, plans to open its first club this year in mainland China and 100 clubs in China within the next five years.
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LaLanne to Receive Lifetime Honor from National Fitness Hall of Fame
Jack LaLanne will receive a posthumous lifetime achievement award next month as five new members will be inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame.
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University of Michigan's Million-Dollar Renovations Face Technical Glitch
The University of Michigan's $1.6 million renovations to its three fitness facilities last November are facing technical difficulties as the newly installed TV screens have yet to play any programming, according to The Michigan Daily.
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Web Savvy: Top 10 Technical Mistakes Wellness Businesses Make
Leslie Nolen shares the top technical errors that club operators make in email marketing.
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From the Blog
As IHRSA Show Approaches, Clubs Are Still Closing
With the economy improving ever so slowly, the IHRSA show seems to have a lot of momentum, but we still are seeing some club operators continue to struggle around the country.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • The franchisee of the three remaining Gold's Gyms in Tucson, AZ, has converted those gyms to Platinum Fitness, the Arizona Daily Star reports. A fourth Platinum Fitness, also owned by American Club Systems, Columbus, GA, opened last May, the newspaper reported. The Platinum Fitness clubs offer month-to-month memberships as low as $9.95 per month. Dave Reiseman, vice president of communications for Gold's Gym International, said the company mutually parted ways with the franchisee and that Gold's will be exploring new development opportunities in the area.
  • Sport & Health, McLean, VA, announced the promotion of Brian Smith to senior vice president. Smith previously served as vice president of operations. He also has held general manager and division director titles in his 19 years with the company. "Throughout his impressive career with Sport & Health, Brian Smith has proven time and time again that his talents and passions truly align and support the company's mission to help improve the lives of our members," Mark Fisher, president and CEO of Sport & Health, said in a statement. "I am excited to see the next chapter for Sport & Health as Brian steps into this new role for the company."
  • A new Planet Fitness club opened last month in Kansas City, MO, part of a development deal that is expected to add 13 clubs over the next several years to the Kansas City metro area. The Missouri-based franchise, PFKCMO, will open clubs in Clay, Jackson and Cass counties. The new club, which opened Feb. 17, features more than 80 pieces of cardio equipment, 20 55-inch high-definition TVs, strength machines, a 30-minute express circuit, a 12-minute ab circuit, tanning booths, massage chairs and full locker rooms. The only other Planet Fitness club currently in the Kansas City metro area is in Overland Park, KS.
  • Curves, Waco, TX, kicked off its 14th annual food drive on March 1. Participating clubs are asking their members to donate bags of non-perishable food or cash throughout the month of March to support area community food banks. In addition, Curves will waive the membership fee for new members who bring in a bag of non-perishable food or donate $30 to their local food bank from March 12-25.
  • The YMCA of Cleveland will move its downtown branch into a former mall in downtown Cleveland, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Building owner Werner Minshall plans to donate the space to the YMCA, which will undertake a $9 million renovation that is scheduled for completion in 2014. Officials say the downtown gym, which has 3,650 members and could surpass 5,500 members at the new location, could boost traffic in the parking garage, the food court and the neighborhood. Because the YMCA's corporate offices are not part of the deal, the organization still is looking for 10,000 square feet of downtown office space for corporate employees, the newspaper reported.
  • Supplier News
  • The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), Chandler, AZ, has hired Andrew Wyant as president and general manager. Before joining NASM, Wyant was vice president of marketing at LifeLock, an identity theft protection company. Prior to LifeLock, Wyant was president, CEO and owner of Direct Spotlight Media, a direct-response marketing services firm. The Ohio native also spent seven years as president, CEO and director of the Natural Golf Corp. "Andrew's vision, leadership and experience will help drive future growth at NASM," said Doug Krebs, president of allied health and international markets for Ascend Learning, NASM's parent company. "His background in the sports and fitness industries, his strong management skills and deep marketing expertise will help shape NASM as we continue to generate value in the fitness and wellness markets."
  • Life Fitness, Schiller Park, IL, will display its new Hammer Strength HD Elite rack line equipment at next week's International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association show in Los Angeles. This modular line of racks includes half-racks, single racks, power racks and multi-racks, as well as more than 30 combo rack configurations for coaches to use with their teams. Dan Wille, vice president of marketing, product development, engineering and business development for Life Fitness, says the new line of Hammer Strength equipment "brings coaches the strongest heavyweight racks available to the team in a personalized way."
  • Technogym, Woodinville, WA, and Advantage Fitness Products (AFP), Santa Monica, CA, have entered into a strategic partnership in which AFP will represent Technogym's products in the university, residential property development, country club and certain hospitality markets. AFP is a full-service consultancy that provides amenity-focused fitness facility planning, design and supply. AFP will work to extend the growth and exposure of Technogym in the United States. "AFP's expertise and discerning client base coupled with our highly differentiated product offering and global strength represents a special fit for us in the North American market," said Ivo Grossi, director of sales for Technogym USA.
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