May.02.2012 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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LA Fitness Sued Over Personal Training Contract
Bally Completes Sale of 39 Clubs to Blast Fitness
Star Trac Owner Planning to Take Company Public in China
24 Hour CMO Leaves for ADT
Doug Cash Named CEO of Pennsylvania Clubs
Third Annual Warrior Games Aid Recovery of Service Members
Recent Study Shows Decline in Youth Obesity in Higher-Income Children
Climbing Walls May Attract More Children to Health Clubs
Youth Fitness Offers a Profit Center Opportunity for Your Fitness Facility
Stop Whining and Start Resolving Problems to Strengthen Your Health Club Staff
QR Codes: A Useful Wellness Marketing Tool
What Are You Doing to Help Your Community Fight Obesity?
Facility News
Supplier News
Online Story Comments
Blog Comments


News
LA Fitness Sued Over Personal Training Contract
An Arizona man has filed suit against LA Fitness, Irvine, CA, claiming he unwillingly entered into a contract for personal training services.
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Bally Completes Sale of 39 Clubs to Blast Fitness
Bally Total Fitness, Chicago, announced Monday that it has completed the sale of 39 clubs to Blast Fitness Acquisition LLC, an affiliate of Blast Fitness Group LLC. The companies initially announced the deal on April 10.
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Star Trac Owner Planning to Take Company Public in China
Michael Bruno, the owner and CEO of Land America Health and Fitness Co., which operates Star Trac, StairMaster and Schwinn, is preparing to take the company public in China with an initial public offering (IPO).
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24 Hour CMO Leaves for ADT
Tony Wells, the chief marketing officer at 24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, CA, announced last week that he is leaving the company.
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Doug Cash Named CEO of Pennsylvania Clubs
Fitness industry veteran Doug Cash understands the challenge he faces as the new CEO of the 24-7 Fitness Clubs in Pennsylvania that recently emerged from bankruptcy.
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Third Annual Warrior Games Aid Recovery of Service Members
Wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans from the Army, Marines, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and Special Operations Command are heading outside military recreation centers to reach their physical goals this week as they compete in the third annual Warrior Games, hosted by the U.S. Olympic Committee.
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Recent Study Shows Decline in Youth Obesity in Higher-Income Children
Recent studies have shown that after decades of rising youth obesity rates, the numbers seem to be leveling off or declining, according to a report in the journal Pediatrics. However, the slight decline may depend on the income level of a child's household.
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Climbing Walls May Attract More Children to Health Clubs
Club owners may find that climbing walls, whether 3 feet high or 30 feet high, can be a great way to tie youth fitness to their facilities.
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Youth Fitness Offers a Profit Center Opportunity for Your Fitness Facility
Parents will do anything within reason to insure the health and well-being of their children, and our industry has an opportunity to fill an important role within the solution by offering fitness and nutritional programs for children, Paul Bosley writes.
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Stop Whining and Start Resolving Problems to Strengthen Your Health Club Staff
Take some time to evaluate how you and your staff handle grievances at work and consider how any whiners might shift from being a whiner to being a problem-solver, Herb Lipsman writes.
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QR Codes: A Useful Wellness Marketing Tool
Leslie Nolen examines how QR codes work and where they could fit into your wellness business marketing strategy.
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From the Blog
What Are You Doing to Help Your Community Fight Obesity?
No one in the fitness industry needs to be reminded that the country is in the midst of an obesity crisis. One-third of the country is overweight, and one-third is obese.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • Club Industry's 10th Annual Best of the Best contest is the opportunity to tell us about your best programs and gain industry recognition. The Club Industry Best of the Best Awards highlight excellence in seven programming categories: New Member Integration, Member Retention, New Member Sales, Community-based Program, Nonmember Program, Children's Program and Behavior Modification. Winners will be honored at the Club Industry show in Las Vegas on Oct. 11, reimbursed for up to three Club Industry conference registration fees and will be featured in Club Industry magazine and on Club Industry's website. Fill out the online application by the June 22 deadline.
  • Life Time Fitness, Chanhassen, MN, will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday for a new club in Vestavia Hills, AL, the company's first club in the state of Alabama. The 103,000-square-foot club, which will be located just south of Birmingham, will consist of 400 pieces of equipment, group exercise studios, indoor and outdoor aquatics centers, 10 outdoor clay and surface tennis courts, and two full-sized indoor basketball courts, among other amenities.
  • GymIt, Brookline, MA, is celebrating its first anniversary today with a bash featuring free food, drinks and live music from a local band consisting of GymIt members. GymIt is the low-price coed club owned by Healthworks Fitness Centers for Women, Boston, and offers memberships of $20 a month. "By giving people the right experience at the right price, we have been able to carve out a successful niche and help people achieve their fitness goals," GymIt President Matt Harrington said in a statement. "We couldn't be happier with our first year."
  • The Rush Fitness Complex, Knoxville, TN, and the Revolution 3 Adventure Race Series will hold the Rev 3 Urban Adventure Challenge on Saturday at World's Fair Park in Knoxville. Teams of two or three people will navigate through the city landscape finding various checkpoints and clues. All racers will have 2 1/2 hours to get to their 12 checkpoints and get back to the finish line. There also will be a family adventure for parents and kids ages 6-16.
  • YMCAs across the country hosted Healthy Kids Day events last week as part of their commitment to strengthening communities. The 1,900 participating YMCAs encouraged more than 500,000 kids and parents to commit to activity to keep their minds and bodies active during the summer months. Some participating YMCAs included Montclair (NJ) YMCA, which held a carnival event that featured hula hoop fitness, Zumba, fitness contests and Conga lines. The Cleveland Family YMCA featured a one-mile run, 1.5-mile bike ride, 100-yard swim in the indoor pool, circuit training classes and a climbing wall.
  • Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA, unveiled its 88-acre sports and recreation park Monday. The park features five synthetic-turf fields, two natural-turf fields, one intramural field, two warm-up fields and four sand volleyball courts. The first phase of the park opened in October 2009 and included two synthetic-turf fields and a 16,000-square-foot indoor training facility. The second phase opened in May 2010 and featured an 8,300-seat soccer stadium. University officials said participation in intramural and club sports has increased by 30 percent since the additions.
  • Last week, fundraising for the Regional Community YMCA, Putnam, CT, received a boost from an anonymous donor. Having raised more than $9 million in local, state and private donations to build a proposed 40,000-square-foot Y complex, the campaign received an anonymous grant that will match up to $250,000 in funds raised between now and June 30, which could contribute up to $500,000 more toward the effort. Once the $10 million mark is met, the YMCA will make a $2.5 million corporate contribution that will allow construction to begin.
  • Luke Air Force Base, AZ, renamed its fitness center in honor of Lt. Col. Frank Bryant Jr., a 56th Fighter Wing Airman who was killed last year in Afghanistan, according to a press release. Bryant and eight other airmen were killed one year ago when a shooter opened fire at a command center inside North Kabul International Airport. Bryant served on the base as an instructor pilot.
  • Supplier News
  • TRX, San Francisco, the training company and creators of the suspension training bodyweight exercise, is sponsoring Olympic gold medalist and world champion swimmer Natalie Coughlin as well as U.S. women's soccer players Lauren Cheney, Heather Mitts and Heather O'Reilly. Coughlin is training with TRX as she prepares for Grand Prix meets this spring and the 2012 London Olympic Games this summer. "I really love using the TRX Suspension Trainer because of the core workout I get from it," Coughlin said. "A strong core is important for me because anytime that I can connect my arms to my legs via my core, I'm improving my swimming, which ultimately helps me perform better during competitions." Cheney, Mitts and O'Reilly are preparing to defend their gold medals at the London Games. The team won Olympic gold medals in 2004 and 2008 and finished second in the FIFA World Cup last year.


  • The Les Mills SmartBar is a new barbell weights system with a patented design that uses a new "gator" fastening mechanism with retractable teeth for speedy weight transitions in group exercise classes. The SmartBar holds as many as three 22-pound weight plates in place at each end, and the ergonomic handles on the SmartBar plates allow users to work their target muscles harder for longer before their wrist and finger muscles reach fatigue. Since the plate handles allow users to hold two plates in one hand, they can increase weight sooner in smaller steps and get stronger faster. The SmartBar has undergone testing based on typical usage at some of the busiest group exercise studios in the world. The metal bar is made of carbon steel, and each gator is engineered from Zytel, a 33 percent glassfiber-reinforced nylon for maximum strength.


  • Big Ass Fans, Lexington, KY, has introduced the Haiku fan, a smaller fan from the company known for its large fans. The Haiku fan uses the patented Sensorless Drive Technology to deliver an 80 percent improvement in efficiency over conventional ceiling fan motors and exceeds Energy Star requirements for CFM per watt by 450 percent to 750 percent, according to the company. In a typical year, the Haiku fan would require 50 kWh for a cost of about $5. Haiku's airfoils, made of Moso bamboo, feature an aerodynamic profile, resulting in smooth, silent airflow with optimal efficiency, the company says.
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    Online Story Comments
    The Characteristics and Tools Your Personal Trainers Should Possess

    Scott, I agree with your comments. I have been in the fitness field for 25 years and have seen many changes. As a former director of employee wellness for Westinghouse corp., I remember when everything started to change in the corporate fitness area…

    Blog Comments
    Where Have All the Towels Gone?

    24 Hour Fitness sells little workout towels to members who don't have their own, for $2. Often, I found these towels abandoned around the gym or the locker room later, after the buyer finishes his or her workout…

    Our operation manager posted a picture of a towel with a big sign that said something like: Missing…1,248 towels If you have seen this towel, please return immediately…

    Thank you for posting this article on towel theft. Yes. We have towel theft and it drives me nuts. Not to the tune of $500,000 but in our privately owned fitness center, towel theft can feel like $500,000 when we have to replace towels on a regular basis…

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