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April.11.2012 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Bally to Sell 39 Clubs to Blast Fitness
RetroFitness Plans Expansion in California
LA Boxing to Open Franchises in Brooklyn
Louisiana Tech's $12 Million Expansion Focuses on Wellness
Air Quality Issues Concern Some Pool Operators
JCCs Focus on Wellness for Retention
JCC Nonprofit Status Not Hotly Contested
A Snapshot of Some JCCs Around the Country
Remember These Pre-sale Steps Before Your Health Club's Grand Opening
NIRSA Conference Touches on Strategy and Sustainability
Blast’s Borghi Brings Baggage to Bally
Facility News
Supplier News
Online Story Comments
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Bally to Sell 39 Clubs to Blast Fitness
Bally Total Fitness Holding Corp., Chicago, announced that it has entered into an agreement with Blast Fitness Acquisition LLC, an affiliate of Blast Fitness Group LLC, Auburndale, MA, in which Bally will sell 39 clubs to Blast Fitness.
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RetroFitness Plans Expansion in California
RetroFitness, Colts Neck, NJ, which has positioned most of its clubs along the Eastern seaboard, is heading for the West Coast. More specifically, California.
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LA Boxing to Open Franchises in Brooklyn
LA Boxing, Santa Ana, CA, has signed a franchise agreement with entrepreneurs Dmitry Skvirskiy and Alex Maftsir to open the first LA Boxing gym in Brooklyn, the company announced.
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Louisiana Tech's $12 Million Expansion Focuses on Wellness
Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA, is preparing to unveil a new addition to its Lambright Intramural Sports Center on April 16.
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Air Quality Issues Concern Some Pool Operators
Studies linking chlorine-based pools with asthma issues have some pool operators looking at their ventilation systems and other pool disinfection systems.
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JCCs Focus on Wellness for Retention
The JCC Association is rolling out a wellness program that brings all Jewish Community Center programming under one umbrella to offer a holistic program for member retention.
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JCC Nonprofit Status Not Hotly Contested
As nonprofit facilities, Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) and YMCAs receive tax advantages that commercial club operators do not. Even though both JCCs and YMCAs provide services beyond fitness, some commercial club operators complain that these nonprofits are operating at an unfair advantage.
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A Snapshot of Some JCCs Around the Country
Even though the Discover @ the JCC initiative has not been implemented in many Jewish Community Centers (JCC), several JCCs are beefing up their fitness components.
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Remember These Pre-sale Steps Before Your Health Club's Grand Opening
Greg Marshall shares some of the steps you need to remember so you do not become overwhelmed as you open your new club.
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From the Blog
NIRSA Conference Touches on Strategy and Sustainability
After my visit to Tampa, FL, last month for the 2012 National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Conference and Recreational Sports Exposition, I found university recreation is pulling its weight on the sustainability front, and NIRSA is doing well after its recent change in executive directors.
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Blast’s Borghi Brings Baggage to Bally
If you haven't heard about Steve Borghi, the CEO of Blast Fitness, which is purchasing 39 Bally Total Fitness clubs, then you haven't been reading one of our colleagues in the industry.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • Town Sports International (TSI), New York, received a No. 1 rank (strong buy) from Zacks.com, an investment research firm that contributes to Forbes, after topping expectations in five of the last six quarters and getting higher estimates for 2012. "The fact that the company has guided for revenue growth is a big part of why the stock has moved from $9 to $12, but as the beats continue, more investors will be drawn to this small cap," Zacks.com reported. TSI recently received credit rating upgrades from Standard & Poor's and Moody's.
  • 24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, CA, announced the reopening of its Long Beach location at 3030 N. Bellflower Blvd. The 56,000-square-foot super club celebrated its grand opening last Saturday. The celebration included a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a congratulatory certificate presented by Long Beach Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske. The upgraded club features amenities such as new exercise equipment, a basketball court and TRX Suspension Training. "Promoting healthy lifestyles is a priority for our city," Schipske said. "We welcome opportunities for 5th District residents to have access to facilities like 24 Hour Fitness who champion exercise and physical fitness."
  • Charter Fitness, Orland Park, IL, is offering a free gym pass to members of the military who are on short-term leave from active duty. To receive the pass, eligible military members must present military IDs and leave papers. For locally based military, members of the police deparment, fire department and their families, Charter Fitness is waiving the joining fee. "We at Charter Fitness are very grateful to our service men and women for the sacrifices they make. We just want to show our thanks and make things a little easier and more comfortable for them and their families," said Dan Collins, director of sales for Charter Fitness.
  • Mid-Cape Racquet and Health Club, Cape Coral, FL, recently completed renovations to become home to Grace Baptist Church. Pastor Tom Ascol told WINK-TV that the church had outgrown its previous location and bought the foreclosed club in 2011 to renovate. The club's racquetball courts soon became a sanctuary. The church then formed a partnership with the club to keep the 10 clay tennis courts open. The rebirth of the facility was just in time for the church's first service on Easter Sunday.
  • The fitness center at the Burbank YMCA, Reading, MA, will be closed from April 13-20 to complete renovations that include new equipment, refurbished floors, new paint and added stretching and functional training space. The renovations stem from recent requirements in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to accommodate people with disabilities. "We believe it is important for all members, including those with disabilities, to have the proper tools to lead healthier lifestyles," Director of Health and Wellness Services Julie Slack said in a press release. "The Burbank Y understands the necessity for all members to have access to the fitness equipment so they can meet their personal health goals." The fitness center is scheduled to reopen on April 21, and a renovation celebration will be held May 5.
  • Supplier News
  • Shane Edmonds, chief technology officer for member management software and billing provider Motionsoft, Rockville, MD, was honored among top Washington, DC-area executives at the Washington SmartCXO awards dinner reception on March 28 at the University of Maryland's Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center. The awards recognize local executives who support their organization's initiatives by supplying fresh ideas, making tough decisions and building strong talent within their companies. Edmonds was the driving force behind Motionsoft's new member relationship and facility management software MoSo.
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