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April.18.2012 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Planet Fitness, New York Franchisees Engaged in Legal Battle
XSport Fitness to Open Three More Illinois Health Clubs
Greenwich YMCA Restructures Debt to Continue Construction
Ruth Hyman JCC Closes Fitness Center, Gyms
Spartanburg YMCA Opens $13 Million Facility
Degrees and Certifications Enhance Revenue Potential for Personal Trainers and Improve Safety
Avoid Shortcomings in Design and Enhance the Customer Experience
Ten Commandments of Exceptional Customer Service in the Fitness Industry
Robert Kennedy Made a Name for Himself in the Fitness Industry
Dan Block Remembered at Memorial
Some Lawyers Turn Up the Pressure with ADA Lawsuits
Club Industry Accepting Applications for 10th Annual Best of the Best Contest
The 25 Healthiest Colleges Measured by More than Rec Centers
Facility News
Supplier News
Online Story Comments


News
Planet Fitness, New York Franchisees Engaged in Legal Battle
The owners of Planet Fitness, Newington, NH, and a franchisee group that co-owns PFNY LLC, which operates Planet Fitness clubs in New York and New Jersey, have filed lawsuits against each other.
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XSport Fitness to Open Three More Illinois Health Clubs
XSport Fitness, Chicago, plans to open three new fitness centers in Illinois this year, bringing its open store count to 33. The company has increased its locations by 32 percent in the past two years.
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Greenwich YMCA Restructures Debt to Continue Construction
The YMCA of Greenwich, CT, announced a major debt restructuring and bank bailout last Friday that will allow the facility to complete renovations, the Greenwich Time reported.
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Ruth Hyman JCC Closes Fitness Center, Gyms
The Ruth Hyman Jewish Community Center of Monmouth County in Ocean Township, NJ, closed its fitness area and the two gyms at the facility due to insufficient funds to operate the facility.
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Spartanburg YMCA Opens $13 Million Facility
The $13 million, 78,000-square-foot Thomas E. Hannah Family YMCA, Spartanburg, SC, has opened. Rick Callebs, chief executive officer of the Greater Spartanburg YMCA, told the Spartanburg Herald-Journal that the project met construction deadlines and came in on budget.
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Degrees and Certifications Enhance Revenue Potential for Personal Trainers and Improve Safety
Personal trainers have a variety of backgrounds, from those with a single certification to those with multiple certifications and university degrees. Fitness facility operators have to decide which level of personal trainer best fits their needs and their members' needs.
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Avoid Shortcomings in Design and Enhance the Customer Experience
Although most club owners are keenly aware of their fitness facility's shortcomings, Ruby Fabiano writes that many of them have become immune to how those shortcomings may appear to members.
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Ten Commandments of Exceptional Customer Service in the Fitness Industry
One of the largest obstacles for health club staffs is selling their product to people who may not like to exercise. This obstacle can be overcome by paying close attention to your customer service and making sure you make your members' exercise experience as enjoyable as possible, Sherri McMillan writes.
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From the Blog
Robert Kennedy Made a Name for Himself in the Fitness Industry
Friends remember the life of Robert Kennedy, a publisher of fitness magazines and books, who died last Thursday at his home in Canada.
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Dan Block Remembered at Memorial
As we reported two weeks ago, Dan Block, former president of Flex Equipment Co. and Intek Strength, died in March. About 200 people attended his memorial service this past Sunday, according to Mark Nalley, former owner of Flex Equipment Co. and the organizer of the memorial.
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Some Lawyers Turn Up the Pressure with ADA Lawsuits
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has drawn a lot of attention lately, mostly due to new regulations that went into effect March 15, 2012. A New York Times article is adding to that attention by focusing on efforts by some lawyers to sue businesses that do not comply with the ADA.
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Club Industry Accepting Applications for 10th Annual Best of the Best Contest
It's that time of year again. The Club Industry staff wants to know about the programs at your club. Here is your chance to tell us about them and gain industry recognition for your achievements by entering Club Industry's 10th Annual Best of the Best contest.
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The 25 Healthiest Colleges Measured by More than Rec Centers
Greatist.com released its 25 healthiest colleges in the U.S. list this month after a rigorous process that looked beyond the size of universities' recreation centers and more closely at their food, health services, health programming and overall happiness of their students.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • 24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, CA, announced a partnership with the Harlem Globetrotters to host 120 10-week summer youth clinics across the country. Clinic participants will learn about eating healthy and staying active and will get an inside look at the Globetrotters' skills. The clinics will be held at approximately 40 clubs in nine states this summer. "We are excited to be able to offer these unique and entertaining basketball clinics to our members and partner with the iconic Globetrotters," said Randy Drake, senior vice president of fitness and business development at 24 Hour Fitness.
  • Planet Fitness, Newington, NH, donated $607,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). The donation, made through a promotion that was held March 26-April 4, included $10 for every new membership at Planet Fitness. This is the third year that Planet Fitness has held a promotion to benefit the foundation. In the three years, Planet Fitness has donated almost $1.2 million to the BCRF. "We're happy to do our part to help in the fight against a disease that affects so many people," said Chris Rondeau, chief operating officer of Planet Fitness. "Our franchisees and our members have once again stepped up and done something special."
  • Fitness Revolution, Elizabethtown, KY, has benefitted from a recent ad campaign released by 24 Hour Fitness, according to Nick Berry, co-owner of Fitness Revolution. The 24 Hour Fitness campaign, which instructs people to "Join the Fitness Revolution," has inadvertently brought prospective members to numerous Fitness Revolution locations. Fitness Revolution, a personal training franchise, is grateful for the increased customer flow, Berry says. "While we are a fast-growing franchise, help in marketing is always appreciated, even if it's accidental," he said.
  • Soldiers in various battalions throughout the Army are competing for the chance to win the U.S. Army reserve Best Warrior Competition. This weekend, reservists at the 364th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, which has units in seven western states, held their competition. The soldiers participated in a two-mile morning run and carried packs of equipment weighing 35 to 50 pounds on their backs during a five-mile road march as a part of the physical fitness test. They also were judged on their appearance and land navigation exercises and on how well they answered questions about military subjects, plus they rebuilt weapons that were broken into parts. The soldier who earns the highest overall score will receive an Army commendation medal and advance to the next stage of events scheduled for April 22-27 in Los Alamitos, CA. The winner then advances to the U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior competition in July at Fort McCoy, WI.
  • Supplier News
  • Med-Fit Systems Inc., the Fallbrook, CA-based manufacturer of Nautilus commercial fitness and SportKat balance assessment products, has hired Henry Chang as director of procurement. Chang, who has more than 16 years of procurement experience, was recruited by Med-Fit Systems' COO Sean Smith, who worked with Chang at both Toyota and 24 Hour Fitness. "His very strong track record of implementing the appropriate processes and risk avoidance speaks for itself," Smith said in a statement. "At 24 Hour Fitness, he achieved in excess of $100 million in savings over a decade."
  • Zoom Media and Marketing, New York, a digital place-based media company whose clients include fitness clubs, has appointed media agency veteran Catherine Warburton to the newly created position of senior vice president, business development. Warburton will leverage her more than 20 years of agency and client management experience to help advertisers take advantage of Zoom Media's advertising and marketing services.
  • Russell Program Managers, Westminster, MD, announced that it plans to expand its PoolPro insurance program to serve community pools, private swim clubs and pool management companies across the country. The program is currently available in seven states, and additional states will be added in the coming months. PoolPro's coverage protects pool facilities, boards of directors, pool managers, staff and patrons from the risks associated with pools.
  • Industry Buzz
    We appreciate readers' comments and discussions on our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages and online stories. Take a look at what people in the fitness business community are saying and join the conversation.
    Online Story Comments
    The Characteristics and Tools Your Personal Trainers Should Possess

    Some good comments...as a strength machine design engineer and developer would also like to point out that the fitness industry has been getting more and confused over the years about what it means…

    Americans Are in Denial about Their Weight

    Great article. Seems that some people will rationalize just about anything to stay in the comfort zone they have created, no matter what it is costing them…

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