May.09.2012 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Eleven Gold's Gyms in Wisconsin, Minnesota Convert to Xperience Fitness
Fitness First Expands in Maryland
Study Projects Obesity Levels through 2030
Texas Man Sues Bally, Brunswick Corp.
Precor Sales Flat in First Quarter 2012
New Orleans YMCA Development Continues at Former Naval Base Despite Litigation
American Council on Exercise Launches Fitness Challenge Program
Club Industry Accepting Applications for 10th Annual Best of the Best Contest
Planet Fitness Has Had Discussions about Going Public
Eliminate Fear in Your Fitness Facility to Better Serve Your Members and Staff
Fee Plus Free Equals Successful Group Exercise Programming
Do You Want to Be a Public Company? (And Should You Be?)
Facility News
Supplier News
Online Story Comments
LinkedIn Discussions


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Eleven Gold's Gyms in Wisconsin, Minnesota Convert to Xperience Fitness
Vertical Fitness Group, Appleton, WI, is converting 11 Gold's Gyms in Wisconsin and Minnesota to a new brand called Xperience Fitness.
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Fitness First Expands in Maryland
Fitness First, Frederick, MD, has acquired two clubs in the state of Maryland. The company acquired the former Frederick Athletic Club that has more than 23,000 square feet and another property in Gaithersburg, MD, that is 17,670 square feet.
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Study Projects Obesity Levels through 2030
If obesity rates remain at 2010 levels, savings in projected medical expenditures would be $549.5 billion, according to a study released Monday.
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Texas Man Sues Bally, Brunswick Corp.
A man who claims he was injured at a Bally Total Fitness club in the Houston area is suing the company and Brunswick Corp., the manufacturer of the equipment, on the grounds of negligence.
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Precor Sales Flat in First Quarter 2012
Net sales for Precor, Woodinville, WA, were flat in first quarter 2012 at EUR59.7 million ($77.2 million) compared to first quarter 2011 when they were EUR56.6 million ($73.2 million), according to a financial statement released by Amer Sports, the Helsinki, Finland-based parent company of Precor.
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New Orleans YMCA Development Continues at Former Naval Base Despite Litigation
The YMCA of Greater New Orleans is planning a dedication ceremony on May 16 after the completion of a state-funded $2.4 million first phase of development of a fitness center that is being converted from a former naval base in the Federal City complex in Algiers, LA.
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American Council on Exercise Launches Fitness Challenge Program
American Council on Exercise (ACE) has launched the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA+) Challenge to help individuals achieve the requirements for PALA+.
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Club Industry Accepting Applications for 10th Annual Best of the Best Contest
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. 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.
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Planet Fitness Has Had Discussions about Going Public
A lawsuit and counterclaim between Planet Fitness owners and three New York-based franchisees brought to light the fact that executives at the Newington, NH-based company had discussed taking Planet Fitness public.
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Eliminate Fear in Your Fitness Facility to Better Serve Your Members and Staff
As a big believer in organizations using their staff to create change, build new policy and envision what might be possible, Blair McHaney challenges you to do something radical that will build your staff's strength and stamina for seeing what is possible and finding new ways to get things right for your customers.
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Fee Plus Free Equals Successful Group Exercise Programming
Here are five great ways to use your free and fee-based programming to build all the departments into revenue-generating areas that inspire member loyalty, Lori Patterson writes.
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From the Blog
Do You Want to Be a Public Company? (And Should You Be?)
Is taking a company public the next big trend in the industry? Analysts weigh in on the topic.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • Millennium Partners Sports Club Management LLC, Boston, is developing a new Sports Club/LA club scheduled to open in December in Chestnut Hill, MA, just outside of Boston. The 33,000-square-foot club is part of a new Jewel Box club concept that is smaller than the company's six other large-scale clubs in Boston, New York, San Francisco, Miami and Washington, DC. The company says the essence and amenities of the larger clubs are integrated into the new eco-friendly, technologically advanced Jewel Box concept. The company also is developing a new club in Burlingame, CA, that also will be a Jewel Box concept but slightly larger than the Chestnut Hill club.


  • BalanceDiet, a Miami-based chain of diet and wellness centers, appointed Candy Tree as its chief marketing officer. Tree had served as the director of marketing and creative director at Crunch Fitness for eight years. She will be developing consumer product lines, client experience, retail products and services at BalanceDiet, as well as spearheading relationships with related brands.


  • The Club Family Sports Complex in Gulf Breeze, FL, is scheduled to close today, according to a report in the Pensacola News Journal. A California bank that holds a $4.1 million note on the property notified the club's owners of the closing last month, the newspaper reported. The bank foreclosed last December but had told the owners to continue operations until a buyer could be found.


  • To help raise awareness for arthritis this month, which is National Arthritis Month, Midtown Athletic Club will host a two-hour Zumbathon benefit for the Arthritis Foundation at its Overland Park, KS, club on Saturday. Arthritis does not just affect the elderly. It also affects 300,000 children, including some as young as 6 months old, according to Patty Dick, executive director of special events for the Arthritis Foundation's Topeka, KS, office. Dick helped coordinate the event along with Midtown's fitness director, Nancy Hannan.


  • The Marquette YMCA in downtown St. Louis will close at the end of the month. The closing stemmed from the branch's loss of 40 percent of its membership after it closed for a six-month renovation in 2005. All 400 memberships to the YMCA will be honored at the YMCA's second downtown location on Locust Street. Executives told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the closure of the Marquette branch will allow YMCA staff to provide more off-site health and wellness programming at downtown businesses.


  • Purdue University's miscalculation of a fitness and wellness fee, meant to pay off the renovations of the Recreational Sports Center, led to the development of a Student Fee Advisory Board. The $260,000 surplus was allocated as a student activities fee to different organizations on campus, but in the future, the board will provide students with an opportunity to evaluate the distribution of tuition fees in order to allow more transparency, the school says.


  • Westport Weston YMCA in Westport, CT, continues fundraising efforts to raise the remaining $3 million of its original goal of $6.2 million by Friday to help finance the facility's construction plans. The YMCA plans to use $15.5 million from the sale of its former center to finance construction, $5 million in debt financing and $3 million from an investment fund. If funding stays on track, groundbreaking is set for October for the $36 million first phase of the $56 million project. The 54,000-square-foot main building will include a lap pool, family pool, wellness center, gym, three fitness studios, kid's gym area and five locker rooms. If construction is on schedule, the new facility will open in 2014.


  • Children of deployed or wounded military personnel can participate in recreation programs at the Fairfield Community Resources Department in Fairfield, CA, with the help of grants from a group called Our Military Kids. Funded by corporations, private donors, and government grants, Our Military Kids provides $500 grants for activities such as sports, swimming, fine arts and tutoring programs for children while a parent is serving overseas or if a parent returns from deployment wounded.
  • Supplier News
  • Ivanko Barbell, San Pedro, CA, has moved production of its extra long EZ-Curl bar from overseas to the United States. The company plans to introduce a final EZ-Curl bar product this year after it completes testing of prototypes.


  • Ken Wozniak, owner of The Energize Zone, Waukesha, WI, is launching the Boot Camp Challenge at his facility. Wozniak says he brought in the program to offer innovative programming to his members and to reach out to his local community and businesses with a full wellness program. The Boot Camp Challenge is a program from VicteliB, St. Louis.


  • Interactive Fitness Holdings, the Sunnyvale, CA-based producer of Expresso brand cardio bikes, has launched the CyberCycle, an interactive bike that combines physical activity with virtual environments and motivational features. Virginia Kappler has joined the company to help carry out the launch of the CyberCycle, which is aimed at the senior population. The company also announced that Bill Stensrud is the new CEO, and George Pardo has been appointed to the roles of COO and CFO. John Fisher (chief program officer), Ross Stensrud (chief marketing officer), Candis Blair (director of operations), Chris Massey (vice president of business development and customer support), Dan Toigo (vice president of sales) and Chris Weiss (director of software) round out the executive team.


  • BH North America, Foothill Ranch, CA, is partnering with BH Bikes at the ITU World Triathlon, which will be held Thursday through Saturday in San Diego. BH Fitness equipment and BH Bikes are part of the training regimen of Portugal's Fernando Alazra and Joao Silva and Spain's Mario Mola. All three riders are Olympians.
  • 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
    Planet Fitness Addresses PFNY Lawsuit, Puts Public Plans on Hold

    Just what was the type of business activity that was taking place between "Gino" and real-estate companies and contractors that was so objectionable…

    LA Fitness Sued Over Personal Training Contract

    I don't think club industry needs to report on every lawsuit like this. It's detrimental to a club's image, and we know these days that anyone can file a lawsuit whether it has any validity or not…

    Recent Study Shows Decline in Youth Obesity in Higher-Income Children

    Honestly...do we really need to take years and thousands of dollars to do further studies on the relationship between low income and obesity!? Is common sense really not so common…

    Star Trac Owner Planning to Take Company Public in China

    How about taking a shot at helping rebuild the country you live in?The one that gives you the tax breaks, the one that houses your business offices…

    LinkedIn Discussions
    Has anyone started a fitness program for wounded veterans? I am wondering how we can assist our brave vets in getting back to optimal physical and mental well-being. Any ideas would be appreciated.

    What are the groups thoughts on direct mail pieces? Are they successful? What are the metrics you use to determine success?

    What Do You Think? Is Aquatics Out of Economics Woods?

    What you believe is better offering month to month memberships or 1 year contracts when opening a new club?
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