May.16.2012 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Google Taking over Lease of Gold's Gym 'Mecca'
Man Shot in 24 Hour Parking Lot in Stable Condition
Proactive Partners Becomes Midtown Health
Civilian Military Combine Set for Saturday
Executive Insights with Bill McBride, Club One
Club Industry Is Accepting Applications for Best of the Best Contest
The Business of Corporate Fitness
Employee Wellness Matters, Statistics Show
Programs Companies Are Using to Ensure Worker Wellness
Incentives and Disincentives Are Used for Results in Corporate Wellness Programs
Health Club Operators Should Use Their Expertise to Partner on Corporate Wellness Programs
Reward Your Best Personal Trainers with Industry Recognition and Prizes
Facility News
Supplier News
Online Story Comments
LinkedIn Comments


News
Google Taking over Lease of Gold's Gym 'Mecca'
Internet search-engine giant Google has acquired the lease for the iconic Gold's Gym in Venice, CA, considered the "Mecca" of bodybuilding.
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Man Shot in 24 Hour Parking Lot in Stable Condition
A man who was shot Monday night in the parking lot of a 24 Hour Fitness club in El Cajon, CA, was in stable condition on Tuesday, according to multiple San Diego media reports.
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Proactive Partners Becomes Midtown Health
Proactive Partners, a division of TCA Holdings LLC, Chicago, has changed its company name to Midtown Health. The move closely aligns the company with its sister division, Midtown Athletic Clubs.
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Civilian Military Combine Set for Saturday
Military athletes are coming together to compete against civilians for charity in the Civilian Military Combine (CMC) competition on Saturday in Camelback, PA.
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Executive Insights with Bill McBride, Club One
Bill McBride, president and COO of Club One, San Francisco, shares details about Club One and its future, insights about social media and mobile applications, how litigation and consolidation are affecting the fitness industry, and more.
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Club Industry Is Accepting Applications for 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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The Business of Corporate Fitness
The rest of the business world is discovering what those in the fitness industry have known for years: Healthy and fit individuals generally need fewer health care services, log fewer missed work days and are more productive when they are at work. That knowledge has led more businesses to partner with wellness companies.
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Employee Wellness Matters, Statistics Show
When encouraging companies in your geographic area to partner with your health club for their employee health and wellness needs, consider using these statistics to bolster your point.
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Programs Companies Are Using to Ensure Worker Wellness
With health care reform, a renewed focus on prevention and changes to insurance, business owners have learned that you can change people’s health by changing their lifestyles.
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Incentives and Disincentives Are Used for Results in Corporate Wellness Programs
Some organizations offer health care discounts to employees for participating in health-related assessments or programs. However, some companies have begun to use disincentives in which employees pay more for their health insurance premiums if they do not incorporate physical activity into their lives or participate in wellness programs that they need.
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Health Club Operators Should Use Their Expertise to Partner on Corporate Wellness Programs
Business leaders want wellness programs, but wellness is not their area of expertise. Lucky for them and you, it is your area of expertise, Pamela Kufahl writes.
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From the Blog
Reward Your Best Personal Trainers with Industry Recognition and Prizes
Even if you are a boss that is free with praise for your staff, few things perk up people more than winning an award. So why not reward your best personal trainers by nominating them for the PFP Trainer of the Year award?
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In Brief
Facility News
  • Snap Fitness, Chanhassen, MN, announced plans to open 75 to 100 clubs throughout the United Kingdom during the next five years, including 10 in Greater London by the end of the year. London's first two facilities will open in Kenton and Milton Keynes in June and July, respectively. "There is real opportunity for sector growth ahead, as more people see health and fitness as a necessity versus a luxury," Snap Fitness founder Peter Taunton said in a statement. Snap Fitness has expanded the brand throughout six other countries: the United States, Canada, Mexico, India, Australia and New Zealand.
  • CKO Kickboxing, which recently was named a 2012 military-friendly franchise by G.I. Jobs Magazine, opened a new franchise in Tottenville, NY, on Staten Island, the Hoboken, NJ-based company announced. Co-owners of the Tottenville franchise are Jimmy Selleck, Nick Orlando and Mark Radu. Selleck had been a member of the CKO franchise in Great Kills, NY, that Orlando and Radu also own. After joining the club in May 2011 and doing kickboxing almost every day, Selleck lost 35 pounds and became friends with Orlando and Radu before retiring in January from the New York Police Department. Orlando and Radu asked him to partner with them on this new location.
  • LA Boxing, Santa Ana, CA, has signed a franchise agreement with franchising group Huntro LLC, Seattle, to open three LA Boxing gyms in Seattle, LA Boxing announced. The company plans for six Seattle-area locations to open within the next 18 months. The brother of Huntro LLC Managing Director Terry Wynia is a member of the San Diego LA Boxing gym and recommended it to Wynia as a franchising opportunity. "After seeing the location and talking with company executives, I knew LA Boxing was the right franchise fit for not only my own lifestyle and professional goals but also for Seattle consumers," Wynia said in a release. "There are no other gyms like it in the market. I'm excited to bring LA Boxing to Seattle."
  • Casey Turner, the general manager of Club Fitness in University City, MO, was killed by a MetroLink train on May 5, according to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He was 26. Police told the newspaper that Turner apparently was walking on the train tracks at around 10 p.m. that night. Club Fitness pays tribute to Turner on its home page with a statement that reads: "Casey, you were a close friend and a great coworker to us all. We will miss you dearly."
  • South Florida Boxing, Miami Beach, FL, has launched a new fitness program called R.I.T.E. (Routine Is The Enemy) Fitness to give members more variety. The owner, Jolie Glassman, created the program, which is a surprise class with a surprise tempo, rhythm, speed and routine. Every class includes interval training, strength training, circuit training, balance and stability training, ply-metric training, power training and a warm-up, stretching and recovery.
  • The YMCA of Greater Birmingham, Alabaster, AL, will be adding a six-lane pool to its facility by early 2013 as part of an 18,000-square-foot addition. The Y raised nearly $1.7 million for the addition, which will more than double the size of the current building. The Y will add parking areas to accommodate the crowd. Expected to be completed by mid-to-late January 2013, the addition also will house the Y's child care programs and a half-court gym.
  • Supplier News
  • Power Systems, a Knoxville, TN-based fitness and sports accessory equipment company, was selected by Les Mills International, Auckland, New Zealand, as its exclusive U.S. distributor. Power Systems will market and distribute Les Mills products to fitness clubs and chains, college, university and high school athletic departments, personal trainers and fitness and sports training consumers. "This new distributor agreement is one of several growth initiatives currently underway at Power Systems," Julie Pauletto, president of Power Systems, said in a statement.
  • CSI Software, Houston, is sponsoring the first annual CIO forum for the health and fitness club industry on Thursday at the Aria Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The event will consist of formal talks and presentations in which attendees will share insight and expertise on launching new initiatives, fostering innovation and exploring best practices. Attendance at the conference is by invitation only and is exclusively limited to IT leaders from the Top 100 club companies in North America.
  • Striiv, Redwood City, CA, announced a partnership with 24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, CA, in which the Striiv Smart Pedometer, with its activity motivation system, will be available at more than 100 24 Hour clubs and on the 24 Hour website. The small, touchscreen device tracks steps, distance, calories, stairs and minutes of activity throughout the day. The pedometer also includes Striiv Connected, a built-in social component that lets users compete in activity-based challenges.
  • 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
    Gold’s Gym Milwaukee Offers Award-Winning Design in a Historic Building

    How do they make money at $9.99 a month for dues? What are some of the additional costs?

    American Council on Exercise Launches Fitness Challenge Program

    It is good to know that PALA+ is program specifically for Americans who want fitness and healthy body as well. I hope people would like this program and would get benefits by participating.

    LA Fitness Sued Over Personal Training Contract

    Hi, Steve. Thanks for your comment. This story was out there in the public domain, and if we did not report on it, some other publication would have picked it up…

    LinkedIn Comments
    What type of philanthropic activities is your fitness facility involved in? Do you think it is important for clubs to get involved in charities and giving back to their communities?

    We donate each year to low income families in our community through an organization called "The Friendly Center." They provide food, after-school tutoring, clothing and all sorts of things that most of us take for granted. It's the right thing to do!

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