June.20.2012 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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LA Fitness Enters Agreement to Acquire Lifestyle Family Fitness
LA Fitness Offers Glimpse into Plans for Lifestyle Family Fitness
Life Time Fitness Continues with Project Despite Contamination Findings
Greenwich YMCA to Continue Renovations Under New CEO
Lead Generation Software Evolves to Incorporate Social Media, Structure, Automation to Better Serve Health Clubs
Millennium Partners Unveils Smaller Jewel Box Club Concept
Title Boxing Club Reaches Beyond Midwest Roots
Sustainable Fitness Equipment Receives Mixed Reviews
Best of the Best Contest Deadline Extended to June 29
Health Club Owners Should Instill Five Habits of Quality Execution in Organizations
How to Bring Fee-Based Programming into your Group Exercise Room
'Train This Clown' Video Goes Viral
Facility News
Supplier News
Online Story Comments
LinkedIn Discussions


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LA Fitness Enters Agreement to Acquire Lifestyle Family Fitness
LA Fitness, Irvine, CA, announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets for the remaining Lifestyle Family Fitness clubs in Florida. The acquisition, if and when it closes, will result in the extinction of Lifestyle Family Fitness, which last year sold nine clubs to Life Time Fitness, Chanhassen, MN, and closed several other clubs.
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LA Fitness Offers Glimpse into Plans for Lifestyle Family Fitness
LA Fitness has preliminary plans for some of the Lifestyle Family Fitness clubs that it will purchase, an executive from LA Fitness tells Club Industry.
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Life Time Fitness Continues with Project Despite Contamination Findings
The construction of a new Life Time Fitness club in West Harrison, NY, will not be impacted by the discovery of contamination on the property of the proposed $40 million project, Life Time tells Club Industry.
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Greenwich YMCA to Continue Renovations Under New CEO
The YMCA in Greenwich, CT, will continue its renovations under the direction of a new chief executive officer, Edward Philipp, who was hired after the Y board interviewed 20 candidates.
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Lead Generation Software Evolves to Incorporate Social Media, Structure, Automation to Better Serve Health Clubs
Some lead generation programs lack a strategic member referral system that accurately captures prospects’ information. However, software companies are developing systems that can add more structure to the process, automatically follow up with leads and monetize social media to generate more referrals.
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Millennium Partners Unveils Smaller Jewel Box Club Concept
Millennium Partners Sports Club Management is creating a smaller version of its larger, upscale The Sports Club/LA facilities that will feature similar luxurious amenities.
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Title Boxing Club Reaches Beyond Midwest Roots
Title Boxing Club has quickly spread beyond its Overland Park, KS, location to encompass what will soon be 22 states.
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Sustainable Fitness Equipment Receives Mixed Reviews
Some fitness clubs are finding it isn’t always easy being green. At least two large university rec centers in the Midwest recently pulled retrofitted systems that attach to ellipticals and cycles to harness the energy of a workout and turn it into electrical power that is fed back into the club’s electric grid. But other users sing their praises.
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Best of the Best Contest Deadline Extended to June 29
The deadline to enter Club Industry's 10th Annual Best of the Best Contest has been extended to June 29. Highlighting excellence in seven programming categories, the 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 29 deadline.
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Health Club Owners Should Instill Five Habits of Quality Execution in Organizations
Superior execution is often at the heart of small business success, but the cultures of many health clubs are not suited for successfully executing systems that help overcome challenges. To be successful, a company has to develop habits that instill a passion for quality in all corners of the club organization, Ed Tock writes.
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How to Bring Fee-Based Programming into your Group Exercise Room
By bringing your fee-based programming into your group exercise department, the extra revenue generated can help purchase group exercise equipment and be used for employee raises and continuing education for instructors, Lori Patterson writes.
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From the Blog
'Train This Clown' Video Goes Viral
The man behind the video "Train This Clown," a parody of the Jay-Z video "Run This Town" featuring Rihanna and Kanye West, is fitness industry veteran and author Craig Pepin-Donat, who is brave enough to play the role of Jay-Z in the video.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • Crunch Fitness, New York, is opening a new franchise in Sarasota, FL. This facility is set to open in October and is the second club to open up in the state. "Crunch's positive gym atmosphere and 'No Judgments' mantra has had an overwhelmingly positive response from the community since the opening of Crunch Naples in January 2012," said Vince Julien, Crunch franchisee.
  • Merritt Athletic Clubs, Baltimore, has announced the launching of its new service, Merritt Club Management. The company hopes to expand to other businesses and provide them with integrated managed solutions. Lisa Roulette will be the director of business development for Merritt Club Management.
  • The Fort Collins (CO) Club fitness center has been a refuge to those affected by the fires in northern Colorado in recent days. The Fort Collins Club fitness center opened its shower facilities and offered free Zumba classes for those affected by the High Park fire. Residents have been seeking shelter in churches and camps.
  • Plus One Health Management Inc., New York, and Irvine Company Office Properties have combined to create a new luxury health club in Southern California. Broadway Athletic and Swim Club is set to open this month in San Diego, CA. The club offers cardio equipment and is incorporating group exercise classes both inside and outside of the facility. It also will have an outdoor three-lane pool.
  • The manager at a Vida Fitness club in Washington, DC, used a unique method to catch a thief at his health club. After members' wallets were stolen in the gym, the manager put up signs warning that surveillance cameras had been put into place. Chris Kopp, manager of the Vida Fitness club, decided to take it one step further, according to numerous media reports. Kopp placed flour inside of some of the lockers so that it would spill on anyone opening the lockers. A man did break into one of those lockers and was covered with flour. The club has a photocopy of the man, who they suspect is the thief. They say they will ensure he is not allowed back inside the club.
  • Koko FitClub in Coral Springs, FL, offers a new type of workout program for people with disabilities. It is a program called a Smartrainer, which can help people perform more than 100 exercises. The club is calling it the world's first automated personal training studio and says the Smartrainer makes it more accessible for people with disabilities. Club staff also are available to help people with disabilities.
  • Atwood Consulting Group, a health consulting firm, has announced that Bobby Verdon will be joining the staff as a senior partner. The firm, which focuses primarily on gyms and health clubs, is looking to expand even further to nonprofit fitness centers with the help of the new senior partner. "Bobby Verdon will bring strong management skills to the firm while also being a high performer on the business development side," John Atwood, managing partner, said in a statement.
  • Supplier News
  • ABC Financial, Little Rock, AR, teamed with Anytime Fitness on the show "Secret Millionaire." The show aired on June 10 on ABC with the co-founders of Anytime Fitness giving away a franchise to locals in the Oklahoma City area. ABC Financial, as well as other companies, helped sponsor the new facility and will offer software and provide a free year of payment processing service to the club.
  • Members of the community in Chelmsford, MA, will have the opportunity to test TRX Suspension Training equipment. Best Fitness will hold an event on Saturday that will contribute to the Wounded Warrior Project and give back to military men and women, according to the Lowell (MA) Sun. TRX Suspension Training, created by Navy Seals, has a range of exercises from mobility and endurance to balance and flexibility.
  • CrossCore Training and Education Programs are now available directly to the military. CrossCore RBT is a bodyweight training program that allows users to integrate natural and rotational movement while performing specific exercises without causing injuries.
  • Octane Fitness LLC, Brooklyn Park, MN, has been named one of the Best 100 Companies to Work For by Minnesota Business magazine, Octane Fitness announced. This is the first year for the awards, which recognize small, mid-sized and large businesses in the state of Minnesota. Winning companies were honored for leadership, benefits, work environment, innovative training programs and most satisfied employees. Octane Fitness has 52 employees in Brooklyn Park and international offices in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong, plus an international subsidiary in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The awards were presented at a banquet on June 4 in Minneapolis.
  • The Ab Coaster Co., Chester, NJ, has donated an additional $10,000 from its Coast for the Quest campaign to Augie's Quest. Ab Coaster raised the money through the sale of its limited edition Augie's Quest Ab Coaster. For every Ab Coaster sold, the company is donating $100. The $10,000 now raises the company's contribution to Augie's Quest to $20,000. Augie's Quest is the Muscular Dystrophy Association's ALS research initiative that was founded by Augie Nieto, founder of Life Fitness, after he was diagnosed with ALS.
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    Online Story Comments
    Art Curtis Joins Cybex Board of Directors

    Congratulations, Curt. Another great accomplishment. Thank you for your contribution to IHRSA.

    The Importance of Developing a Mobile Presence for Your Health Club

    Nothing beats good old SMS as a quick an easy way to communicate and people read them.

    David's comments make a ton of sense as a club takes its first steps into mobile, but I would like to assert that mobile will increasingly become the first screen for interactive development within the industry…

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