June.13.2012 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Planet Fitness Nears Lawsuit Settlement
Bally CFO Resigns from Company
Illinois AG Sues ASF International, World Gym Franchisees
Art Curtis Joins Cybex Board of Directors
Technology Council Revives under New Leadership
Investment during the Recession Pays Off for Newtown Athletic Club
LA Boxing Picks Up Franchising Steam
CSI Software's Forum Draws Fitness Industry CIOs
Best of the Best Deadline Is Fast Approaching
The Importance of Developing a Mobile Presence for Your Health Club
The Exterior of Your Fitness Facility Provides a Window for a Better First Impression
Few Facility Leaders Achieve Success on Their Own
The Traveling Trade Show Comes Home
Facility News
Supplier News
Online Story Comments
LinkedIn Discussions


News
Planet Fitness Nears Lawsuit Settlement
The owners of Planet Fitness, Newington, NH, are close to reaching a settlement in their lawsuit with their New York franchisee partners in PFNY LLC.
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Bally CFO Resigns from Company
Steven Barnhart, the senior vice president and CFO of Bally Total Fitness, Chicago, has resigned, the company confirmed.
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Illinois AG Sues ASF International, World Gym Franchisees
ASF International, Highlands Ranch, CO, says it is surprised that it was recently named in a lawsuit filed by the Illinois Attorney General, a suit that also names World Gym franchisees as defendants.
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Art Curtis Joins Cybex Board of Directors
Art Curtis, the former CEO of Millennium Partners Sports Club Management, was elected to Cybex International's board of directors, the Medway, MA-based company announced.
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Technology Council Revives under New Leadership
The Fitness Industry Technology Council, an idea that began two years ago to bring together health club and manufacturing companies to create a set of industry measurement standards, has new leadership.
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Investment during the Recession Pays Off for Newtown Athletic Club
For many health club operators, expansion during the recession might seem impossible, but not for Jim Worthington, president and owner of the Newtown Athletic Club (the NAC), Newtown, PA, whose dedication to his long-term business plan despite the recession has paid off.
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LA Boxing Picks Up Franchising Steam
Of the boxing franchises, LA Boxing is one of the oldest and largest with 70 open clubs. And its growth is continuing into new markets with 60 more clubs under development.
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CSI Software's Forum Draws Fitness Industry CIOs
CSI Software, Houston, hosted the first-ever CIO Forum for health and fitness IT professionals last month in Las Vegas, the company announced.
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Best of the Best Deadline Is Fast Approaching
The window to enter Club Industry's 10th Annual Best of the Best Contest is closing. Highlighting excellence in seven programming categories, Best of the Best Awards are your opportunity to talk about your best programs and gain industry recognition. Fill out the online application today so you don't miss the June 22 deadline.
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The Importance of Developing a Mobile Presence for Your Health Club
Whether your fitness business has one location or is national, having a mobile presence is essential to making access to information about your facility convenient to members and prospects. To create this convenience in mobile form, you must first decide whether you want to create a mobile website or a mobile application, David Buzo writes.
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The Exterior of Your Fitness Facility Provides a Window for a Better First Impression
The first impression people have of your club is based on its exterior. Whether that impression is good or bad, it affects your marketing and sales, writes Bruce Carter.
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Few Facility Leaders Achieve Success on Their Own
The recession affected everyone in the fitness industry, many for the worse, but some for the better. Those who came out on the better side likely did so because of a team effort, Pamela Kufahl writes.
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From the Blog
The Traveling Trade Show Comes Home
Last week, after leaping from trade show to trade show, I got a chance to do something I hadn't done before—attend a trade show in my hometown of Kansas City, MO.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • Anytime Fitness, Hastings, MN, has signed a master franchise agreement for India with New Delhi-based House of Fitness Pvt. Ltd., which will develop its own Anytime Fitness gyms, sell sub-franchises and provide ongoing support to franchisees. It also will promote and market the brand in India. Anytime Fitness will, in turn, provide exclusive rights to House of Fitness for the use of the brand's trademarks, systems and intellectual property during the term of the agreement. Four Anytime Fitness clubs had opened in India under a prior master franchise agreement with a different company, but that relationship terminated after that master franchisee did not comply with the terms of its master franchise agreement, according to Anytime Fitness.
  • Supplier News
  • The American Council on Exercise (ACE), San Diego, and Town Sports International (TSI), New York, which operates New York, Boston, Washington and Philadelphia Sports Clubs, have created a new personal training instructional program called Xercise International. The program is a three-month course that builds students' knowledge and skills in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, nutrition, personal training, and business and marketing skills. The training program will be facilitated at select TSI locations, rolling out initially in Connecticut and Virginia and led by TSI fitness professionals who will be trained by ACE. Upon completion of the course, top graduates will be considered for employment at TSI clubs.
  • The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), Chandler, AZ, and the National Personal Training Institute (NPTI), Huntingdon Valley, PA, are joining forces to create a new personal trainer program. The two companies will combine to generate a hands-on course for individuals who want to become certified in the fitness industry.
  • Technogym, Gambetolla, Italy, is set to supply fitness equipment to the 2012 London Summer Olympics. Technogym, which has assisted with four previous Summer Olympics, will equip and maintain the main gym in the Olympic Village. Along with supplying and providing more than 750 pieces of equipment, Technogym also will provide a team of more than 100 personal trainers to help assist competing Olympians.
  • Software developer Serif has launched a new website design program, WebPlus X6, which targets club owners and charity leaders. This new design software makes creating a website simpler and gives owners a variety of options when it comes to websites, online stores and ways to engage their members.
  • Shape.Net Software, Colts Neck, NJ, has been selected by World Gym Taiwan to be its software provider. World Gym Taiwan is expected to open 21 new fitness facilities in Taiwan and has plans to develop 100 more clubs in China within the next five years. Larry King, owner and founder of Shape.Net Software, says the company is making the system available in Chinese to assist World Gym Taiwan. Shape.Net software allows fitness facilities to operate using cloud-based software, making scheduling, booking and billing easier for members.
  • Fitness trainer and author Chazz Weaver is slated to speak at 12:25 p.m. on July 7 at the 2012 IDEA World Fitness Convention, held July 5-8 in San Diego. His presentation is on "Youthfulness from the Inside Out." Weaver is a spokesperson for REBOOTizer, a natural antioxidant/detox supplement. He conducts health and fitness seminars on the fundamentals of wellness and he is author of the book “The OC Diet Revolution.”
  • A replay of Motionsoft's free webinar, "Becoming a Multi-club, Multi-market Company," led by Art Curtis, president of Curtis Club Advisors LLC, can be accessed by clicking here. Curtis has 30 years of experience in the fitness industry, including time at Wellbridge and Millennium Partners Sports Club Management. During the webinar, Curtis discusses how to create and implement a strategy to help you develop your business into a multi-club opportunity, including how to find the right people, how to market and brand your business, and how to develop your real estate and infrastructure.
  • Mindbody, a San Luis Obispo, CA-based online business management software company to health, wellness and beauty industries, and Mad Dogg Athletics, an equipment-based education company based in Venice, CA, have created a new business conference for fitness and wellness professionals called Mindbody FitPro, which is scheduled for Sept. 8-9 in Marina del Rey, CA. The conference will feature business education seminars, instructor training courses, fitness classes and networking events. Registration can be found on the conference's website.
  • 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
    Sustainable Fitness Equipment Receives Mixed Reviews

    When comparing energy-generating fitness equipment, the differences in technology vastly outnumber the similarities. The first part of your article explains how many facilities found "green equipment" to be inefficient and unproductive…

    Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing Offer a New Business Opportunity

    Champion Boxing is the real deal in this niche market.

    Coalition to Increase City's Fitness Ranking Seems More Sincere

    These community organizations could be the key to turning around our nation and even developing healthy habits that will last much longer. Their dedication and commitment to each other is really the start of something more that could be a means to curtail the obesity epidemic.

    Bonita Springs YMCA Grand Opening Nets 796 Members

    Not that impressive of a grand opening. Ive witness grand openings with close to 50k in eft were started…

    Study Projects Obesity Levels through 2030

    Healthy living choices are lead by example and it all starts with the parents and guardians. At Ultimate Bootcamp, we often get phone calls from parents who want their children to get fit…

    Club Owners Should Be in Compliance With Labor Laws to Prevent Litigation

    Most of the firms are not following new FLSA labor law rules. Why government not taking any action?

    Five Reasons Fitness Facility Operators Should Hire a Cleaning Professional

    Your 5 points are all severly misguided. Have you ever hired a cleaning agency? If so you would know that they are just hourly employees that are outsourced to clubs at increased rates…

    LinkedIn Discussions
    Athletic trainers eyed for infantry battalions

    Sprained ankles, busted knees, torn ligaments and backaches are no strangers to infantrymen, whether they're downrange or training in garrison. Long humps hauling heavy gear over rough terrain can tax and sideline…

    Regular and moderate exercise most beneficial for cardiovascular health

    The article proves one fact that anything in excess is always bad. Every activity has its purpose. When you are training for competitive sports you are trying to push the limits. This type of training is bound to cause some injuries…

    Obesity: A Big Fat Problem For America's Future

    Want to become a multi-club, multi-market company? Then join Dr. Art Curtis for a FREE WEBINAR as he walks through the fundamentals of creating and implementing a strategy to do so. Click to register

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