May.23.2012 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Former Peak Fitness Owner Receives 12-Year Ban
ADA Compliance Deadline Extended to January 2013
Anytime Fitness Franchisee Donates Kidney to Member
Matrix Fitness Records 28 Percent Increase in First Quarter 2012
Club Industry Accepting Applications for 10th Annual Best of the Best Contest
Health Clubs Serve the Military through Joining Forces Initiative
Assessment Companies Help Bring Members into the Club
Make Your Health Club's Monumental Stair a Positive Experience for Members
Design Essentials for Creating a Successful Spa Business in Your Health Club
Lately, Anytime Fitness Is Newsworthy All the Time
Facility News
Supplier News
LinkedIn Discussions


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Former Peak Fitness Owner Receives 12-Year Ban
Jeff Stec, who at one time owned more than 20 Peak Fitness clubs in North Carolina, has been banned from operating health clubs in that state for 12 years.
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ADA Compliance Deadline Extended to January 2013
The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced last week that it has extended the deadline for pool operators to comply with certain sections of the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design to Jan. 31, 2013.
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Anytime Fitness Franchisee Donates Kidney to Member
Both the co-owner of an Anytime Fitness and one of the members of her club are recovering after successful kidney transplant surgery last week.
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Matrix Fitness Records 28 Percent Increase in First Quarter 2012
Johnson Health Tech Inc.'s North American commercial channel, which includes Matrix Fitness, had a 28 percent growth in revenue in first quarter 2012 compared to first quarter 2011, Johnson Health Tech Inc., reported.
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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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Health Clubs Serve the Military through Joining Forces Initiative
Although health clubs are eager to donate their time and facilities to the Joining Forces program, the initiative has a long way to go before hitting the one million personal training hours goal set by the American Council on Exercise.
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Assessment Companies Help Bring Members into the Club
Some companies bring a different approach to the assessment and monitoring of members, creating a better experience and providing an incentive for them to return.
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Make Your Health Club's Monumental Stair a Positive Experience for Members
In the planning of new fitness facilities and the renovation of existing health clubs, stairways are often overlooked as an opportunity for competitive differentiation and enrichment of the member experience, Hervey Lavoie writes.
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Design Essentials for Creating a Successful Spa Business in Your Health Club
When people visit one of your spas, their worries should be forgotten and relaxation should set in. Christa Plaza shares how your spa can create a lasting memory through design and superior service.
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From the Blog
Lately, Anytime Fitness Is Newsworthy All the Time
Is there a club company out there generating more attention these days than Anytime Fitness? It helps when the CEO of the company, in this case Chuck Runyon, is out front leading the charge.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • Franvest Capital Partners Inc., a private-equity firm based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, has acquired an interest in Ultimate Fitness Group LLC, franchisor of Orangetheory Fitness, which has 18 group training studios in Florida, New York, Minnesota, Colorado and Arizona and has 13 more studios scheduled to open in the next few months. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. "We are excited about the opportunity to invest and work with this amazing new concept in the fitness industry," Franvest President David Hardy said in a statement. "This investment allows us to work closely with a seasoned and experienced management team in building Orangetheory into a national and international brand." In March, Franvest purchased the master franchise to develop Orangetheory in Canada.
  • UFC Gym, Lafayette, CA, officially opened its newest gym Monday in Honolulu. The UFC Gym BJ Penn Hawaii is the company's first signature club, named for the Hawaii native and two-division UFC champion. The 37,000-square-foot facility has a variety of amenities, including high-tech cardio equipment and weight machines, a dedicated grappling room and a group fitness studio. This is the fifth UFC Gym in operation. The other four are in California (Concord, Rosemead, Corona and Torrance.)
  • Plus One Health Management Inc., New York, has appointed Jennifer Sargent as senior vice president of business development and marketing, Barbara Fulmer as vice president of business development and Philip Swayze as vice president of health promotion development. "These appointments speak to Plus One's commitment to employee well-being and the value of total wellness for clients," Plus One CEO Chris Ciatto said in a statement. "I am thrilled to have such talented professionals join our leadership team to support our rapidly growing corporate wellness services."
  • CKO Kickboxing, Hoboken, NJ, will open its first cardio kickboxing franchised gym in California on June 1 in San Diego, with a grand opening celebration slated for June 2, the company announced. The franchisees for this location are husband and wife Joe and Trisha Virga. The two also own and operate a CKO Kickboxing franchise in Brooklyn, NY, which they will keep despite relocating to San Diego. Joe Virga, a former trader on the New York Stock Exchange, says the couple plans to open multiple locations in San Diego.
  • Charter Fitness, Orland Park, IL, will open its newest club this summer in Mokena, IL. The 13,000-square-foot club will have more than 75 pieces of cardio equipment, strength machines, a private personal training studio, an expanded free-weight area and locker rooms.
  • Leisure Sports Inc., Pleasanton, CA, named Rob Glick as its regional group fitness creative director. Glick will oversee the company's eight fitness clubs under the ClubSport, Renaissance ClubSport and The Studio brands. Glick has presented at hundreds of fitness conferences in more than 35 countries. He is the co-creator of Global Fitness Solutions, an international consulting organization for health, fitness and wellness centers.

  • Supplier News
  • Oregon Athletic Clubs, Portland, OR, has selected CSI Software, Houston, as its club management software provider, CSI Software announced. The software will allow Oregon Athletic Clubs, which operates three multipurpose clubs and The Pointe Spa, to consolidate from using three separate platforms that did not "speak" to each other to just one platform. Janice Pestana, the clubs' president, says that the hope is the software will increase revenue by expanding accessibility to products and services for members.
  • Med-Fit Systems Inc., the Fallbrook, CA-based manufacturer of Nautilus commercial fitness products and SportsKAT balance assessment products, signed an agreement with Fitness World, a distributor in India. The multimillion dollar deal, in which Fitness World will become the exclusive distributor of Nautilus commercial equipment, was solidified at April's FIBO trade show in Germany. Last month, Med-Fit Systems struck a similar deal with Chinese distributor AeroTop.
  • KettleBell Concepts (KBC), New York, is partnering with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), Chandler, AZ, to offer a kettlebell program specifically designed for personal trainers. Beginning in June, NASM and KBC will offer six live sessions in various locations around the United States. The one-day, eight-hour training will provide trainers with basic skills needed to safely and effectively get clients started with kettlebell training.
  • WillPower & grace, a barefoot, full-body cardio fusion program, is being added to the programming at ASD The Original Pilates Studio in Bracciano, Italy, according to the Denver-based company. The owner of the Italian studio, Doriana De Pasquale, hosted the first Italian willPower & grace training at her studio. She now has seven instructors trained in the method on staff. Stacey Lei, the creator of willPower & grace, will return to the studio in the fall to teach a level two course and train more level one instructors.

  • 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.
    LinkedIn Discussions
    This study found that obesity rates among higher-income children have declined. Why do you think this is the case, and why do you think the rate among lower-income children has declined so little?

    Socio-economic factors are definitely one of the contributors but at the same time the socio-psychological factors also plays an important role. The concept of what is healthy and what is not decides what the people eat…

    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…

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

    It all depends what area you are opening in, how much your rent is, how many free months of rent you have from the landlord upon opening…

    Scary Obesity study makes you want to move!

    Astounding numbers! Scary truth that I relay to my students daily. Changes must be made society wide now (yesterday = better)…

    Waist To Height Ratio Better Than BMI

    Very good article in looking at a new technique for cardiac risk pre-screening. The exercise science field is evolving ever more so since the original height:weight charts were introduced…

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