April.25.2012 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Planet Fitness Addresses PFNY Lawsuit, Puts Public Plans on Hold
Life Time's Revenue, Net Income, Attrition Increase in First Quarter
TSI Sees Revenue, Net Income Increase in First Quarter
Cybex Reports 20 Percent Sales Increase in First Quarter
University of Maine Rec Center Hosts Green Festival
JCC Proposed to Serve Growing Jewish Population
Harlem YMCA Receives American Dreamer Award
Clubs Fuse Cycling, Pilates to Retain Members
Experts Say Smaller Fitness Facilities Should Invest in a Mobile Application
Clubs Must Act on Member Feedback to Avoid Service Delivery Blind Spots
What Compels a Member to Purchase Personal Training
Where Have All the Towels Gone?
Facility News
Supplier News


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Planet Fitness Addresses PFNY Lawsuit, Puts Public Plans on Hold
A status conference is scheduled for Thursday in New Hampshire District Court before a judge in a case involving the owners of Planet Fitness, Newington, NH, and their New York franchisee partners in PFNY LLC.
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Life Time's Revenue, Net Income, Attrition Increase in First Quarter
Life Time Fitness officials were pleased with the company's first quarter 2012 results despite analysts' concerns about a slight increase in attrition and projected earnings falling short of estimates.
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TSI Sees Revenue, Net Income Increase in First Quarter
Town Sports International (TSI), New York, enjoyed increases in revenue and net income in the first quarter, according to financial results the company released Tuesday.
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Cybex Reports 20 Percent Sales Increase in First Quarter
Cybex International Inc., Medway, MA, had improved sales in first quarter 2012, but second quarter sales are sluggish so far, according to Chairman and CEO John Aglialoro.
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University of Maine Rec Center Hosts Green Festival
The University of Maine's New Balance Student Recreation Center added to its already green reputation by hosting the 18th annual Help Organize Peace Earthwide (HOPE) Festival last Saturday.
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JCC Proposed to Serve Growing Jewish Population
A proposal for a $30 million one-story, 56,000-square-foot Jewish Community Center and Jewish Academy in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, is scheduled to go before the city council on May 3, The Palm Beach Post reported.
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Harlem YMCA Receives American Dreamer Award
The Harlem YMCA in New York received the American Dreamer Award for excellence in serving Harlem's growing immigrant communities through innovative programs and services from the New York City Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs.
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Clubs Fuse Cycling, Pilates to Retain Members
Group cycling and Pilates share more similarities than meet the eye, and as club operators fuse the two programs into one class, they are finding that the combination sells itself.
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Experts Say Smaller Fitness Facilities Should Invest in a Mobile Application
As larger club operators such as Crunch Fitness and Gold's Gym roll out mobile applications for their members, many smaller club owners may be contemplating whether to invest in one, too.
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Clubs Must Act on Member Feedback to Avoid Service Delivery Blind Spots
If your club receives little in the way of member complaints, you may have reason to pat yourself on the back. On the other hand, it may indicate that your customer feedback systems are inadequate, Christine Thalwitz writes.
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What Compels a Member to Purchase Personal Training
The keys to seeing an increase in personal training revenue this year are in understanding your members' motive and emotional reasoning to purchase personal training. Fitness managers and personal training managers need to look and listen to their members' needs and how trainers are responding to them, Ann Gilbert explains.
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From the Blog
Where Have All the Towels Gone?
Towel theft got you down? If so, join the club. A Wall Street Journal article details the woes of YMCAs and commercial clubs that have been generous enough to offer towel service to members, only to have that generosity repaid with towel thefts.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • 24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, CA, is a sponsor of the 2012 United States Olympic Committee (USOC). The company has designed a program to support Team USA, which includes donations of equipment and expertise. Twenty-eight 24 Hour employees also have been selected to attend the games as Fitness Ambassadors, helping the team with sports performance training. "Our sponsorship of the USOC is a natural partnership, given our similar commitments in helping people toward reaching their performance goals, whether they are U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls or working out for the very first time," 24 Hour CEO Carl Liebert said in a statement.
  • Patricia Laus, founder and CEO of The Atlantic Club, Manasquan, NJ, has been named one of New Jersey's 2012 Best 50 Women in Business. The award program, produced by NJBIZ, a New Jersey business news publication, is sponsored by Wells Fargo, WithumSmith+Brown PC and Wolff & Samson PC. The program honors businesswomen in New Jersey who have been making headlines in their field. To qualify, a nominee had to meet selection criteria that included living or working in New Jersey and holding significant authority for decision-making in a for-profit company. An independent panel of judges selected the top 50 winners based on their dedication to business growth, professional and personal accomplishments, community involvement and advocacy for women.
  • Lucille Roberts, New York, has signed a franchise agreement to expand in the Northeastern region of the country with the mother-daughter team of Marybeth and Gina Rosati. This agreement represents the women-only club company's third franchise deal in just a few short months of franchising. The facilities will be either in the New Jersey or Philadelphia area this year. Gina Rosati began her career with Lucille Roberts at the age of 16 working in the child care division of a club in Delran, NJ, then working the front desk before becoming assistant manager. Lucille Roberts has nearly 50 company-owned clubs.
  • The Rutherford County Family YMCA, Murfreesboro, TN, reopened its facility last week after a four-month, $1.2 million renovation, according to the Daily News Journal. Renovations overhauled the facility's racquetball courts to develop wellness rooms, added a teaching kitchen that promotes healthy cooking and expanded the cycling studio. They also added Tennessee Valley Authority-approved, environmentally friendly lighting in the entire facility.
  • Supplier News
  • Polar, Lake Success, NY, has appointed Herb Baer as president of Polar USA. Baer will be responsible for the overall direction and day-to-day operations of the heart rate training technology company, overseeing all segments of the business, including running, cycling, physical education, club solutions and team sports. Baer had been executive vice president, North America, at Water-Jel Technologies. Prior to that, he spent two decades with Fujifilm USA, eventually becoming vice president and general manager for Fujifilm's consumer products division. During this time, he led Fuji to hold the majority share in several photo-related consumer product categories in the United States. Before Fujifilm USA, Baer worked in the world of sports, where he held positions with the New York Cosmos soccer team and the NFL's World League of American Football, later named NFL Europe.


  • Dinoflex Group, Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Canada, has completed the ClimateSmart program. To complete the program, Dinoflex, a recycled rubber surfaces manufacturer, was required to complete a greenhouse gas emissions inventory as well as submit a list of reductions strategies. "Taking leadership in climate change is not only important for our company and our staff, we believe that change begins with choice, and here at Dinoflex, we are constantly looking for innovative ways to foster the transition to a prosperous, low-carbon future with environmental protection and social equity," Dinoflex production manager Kevin Manke said. "This commitment in turn looks after people, profits and our planet."


  • Iron Grip Barbell Co., Santa Ana, CA, a manufacturer of free-weight equipment, has been selected by RetroFitness, Colts Neck, NJ, as the preferred supplier of dumbbells, barbells and Olympic plates to its franchise locations. "As we've continued our aggressive national expansion, we realized that choosing the right equipment partner was critical in every category, and with Iron Grip's long-standing reputation for quality, reliability and outstanding customer service, they were the logical choice," said Matthew Schultz, vice president of operations for RetroFitness.


  • Body Training Systems (BTS), Marietta, GA, has partnered with Netsertive, an online ad technology company, to provide its customers with online marketing services. BTS, a group fitness class supplier, will now provide its clients with locally targeted marketing campaigns. "In my 45 years in business, this is the first credible system to measure the effectiveness of advertising," BTS CEO Rich Boggs said in a statement. "This partnership will provide our customers with a decided edge against their competition by improving the effectiveness of their advertising expenditures."


  • TurboRoster, Smithtown, NY, a registration and social media marketing system, has partnered with KettleBell Concepts to offer state-of-the-art integrated service. Partnering with KettleBell Concepts, a leader in kettlebell education for fitness professionals, will enable TurboRoster to track attendance, attract members through social media and manage programs.


  • Merrithew Health & Fitness, Toronto, announced that its Split Pedal Stability Chair has been selected as About.com's 2012 Readers' Choice Award Best Pilates Chair. This is the fifth year of the About.com Readers' Choice Awards, and the winners were selected from two rounds of voting. "We are very excited and proud that the Split Pedal Stability Chair is a strong favorite amongst a majority of voters," Lindsay Merrithew, president and CEO of Merrithew Health & Fitness, said in a statement. "These awards are a great way to keep a pulse on what our community thinks of our products."


  • American DG Energy (ADGE), Waltham, MA, was recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency for reducing 28,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions in ADGE's systems installed in hotels, multi-unit housing complexes, health care facilities, fitness clubs and industrial settings worldwide.


  • ASF International, Denver, was recognized by The Denver Post as one of the top workplaces for 2012. The newspaper's top workplaces are selected by a survey of their employees in the following categories: direction and leadership, company communication and efficiency, training and career progression, work environment and atmosphere, manager quality and skills, and pay and benefits.
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