June.27.2012 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Lifestyle Family Fitness to Lay Off 94 Employees
24 Hour Announces Executive Promotions
Life Time Gets Approval on First California Club
24 Hour Fitness Forms Partnership with USA Basketball
Twin Cities Repeat as Fittest Metro Area
Athletic Director of the Year Announced
Locker Room Cleanliness Could Affect Member Retention
Accessories Add More Options for Clubs to Offer Members
CKO Kickboxing Kicks Up Efforts Outside New Jersey, New York
Maximize Your Follow-Up Efforts with Prospects after Their Tour of the Club
How to Determine When Your Fitness Facility Needs a Consultant
Is Colorado Not on a Top Fitness Clubs List? Boulder-dash!
Last Chance to Enter the Best of the Best Contest
Facility News
Supplier News
LinkedIn Discussions


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Lifestyle Family Fitness to Lay Off 94 Employees
Lifestyle Family Fitness, St. Petersburg, FL, will be laying off 94 employees from Aug. 16 through Dec. 31 of this year.
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24 Hour Announces Executive Promotions
24 Hour Fitness CEO Carl Liebert has added president to his title, one of several promotions the San Ramon, CA-based company announced today.
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Life Time Gets Approval on First California Club
Life Time Fitness, Chanhassen, MN, is in the planning stages to open its first club in California, according to a report.
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24 Hour Fitness Forms Partnership with USA Basketball
Just a month before the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in London, 24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, CA, announced that it is an official partner of the USA Basketball men’s and women’s national teams.
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Twin Cities Repeat as Fittest Metro Area
Minneapolis-St. Paul is the fittest metropolitan area in the United States for the second year in a row, according to a report released by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
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Athletic Director of the Year Announced
The North American Association of Club Athletic Directors has given its Athletic Director of the Year award to Ed Stoner, the athletic director at the Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC), Portland, OR.
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Locker Room Cleanliness Could Affect Member Retention
As an integral part of the overall fitness club experience, the locker room can differentiate a facility from its competition in many ways, perhaps most importantly by its cleanliness.
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Accessories Add More Options for Clubs to Offer Members
The growth of personal training and functional training, plus a concerted effort on the part of club operators to reach out to the senior citizen market, has caused an increase in the space allotted for accessory use.
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CKO Kickboxing Kicks Up Efforts Outside New Jersey, New York
CKO Kickboxing may have started as one man’s dream in Hoboken, NJ, in 1997, but that man, Joe Andreula, has started making a name for himself with his franchised concept.
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Maximize Your Follow-Up Efforts with Prospects after Their Tour of the Club
Closing a sale on the day of the tour is not always possible, but by having an action plan in place before the prospect leaves the club, your reps can still be successful in closing the sale, Karen Woodard-Chavez writes.
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How to Determine When Your Fitness Facility Needs a Consultant
New club owners will discover challenges on their own, but when things get too difficult, there is a resource to help them. Hiring a consultant or advisor is essential at any stage of your club’s development, Tony Santomauro writes.
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From the Blog
Is Colorado Not on a Top Fitness Clubs List? Boulder-dash!
A couple of weeks ago, we posted this Huffington Post list on Twitter listing the U.S. cities with the most gyms and fitness centers. We received a retweet from a company that was surprised that Denver and Boulder were not on the list. We were surprised, too.
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Last Chance to Enter the Best of the Best Contest
The deadline to enter Club Industry’s 10th Annual Best of the Best Contest is this week. We want to hear all about your best programs so be sure to watch our video for tips on creating a winning entry or check out Club Industry Editor-in-Chief Pam Kufahl's blog about what the judges look for in an entry.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • Crunch, New York, has announced the opening of its newest franchise location in Bonita, CA. This new location will be the third franchise to open in the greater San Diego area. "Since opening Crunch El Cajon in July 2011, the community has fully embraced the Crunch philosophy of 'No Judgments,'" franchise owner John Romeo said in a statement. Crunch Bonita will be located in the Plaza Bonita Mall and is set to open in July.
  • YogaWorks, Santa Monica, CA, announced it will open a new studio in Pasadena, CA, in the fall. The studio will offer two practice rooms varying in class schedule and yoga styles. Fitness classes, such as BarWorks and Pilates Mat, also will be offered. Membership will open to the public prior to the location's grand opening.
  • Supplier News
  • ECORE International, Lancaster, PA, will donate equipment to the new Anytime Fitness health club in Bethany, OK. The company's interest in the facility was sparked after watching Anytime Fitness co-founders Chuck Runyon and Dave Mortensen give away a franchise on the TV show "Secret Millionaire" to two men who run a program to keep children off the streets. "The dedication and passion displayed by those in the community, as well as by Anytime Fitness, shines a spotlight on what it takes to make an impact," ECORE International Chairman and CEO Arthur Dodge III said in a statement.
  • The American College of Sports Medicine is inviting fitness professionals to share their thoughts on fitness trends to watch in 2013. To offer your opinion, fill out the online survey here. The survey is open through July 2.
  • Healthclubexperts.com is offering Champions Kids Fitness System, a new line of cardio equipment for children. This system includes a variety of equipment created for children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old. The machines, along with health programs and nutritional education, are designed to help increase children's involvement with fitness activities. "We are proud to introduce this unique fitness system for pre-teens since there is nothing like this available in the United States," Paul Bosley, owner of Healthclubexperts.com, said in a statement.
  • Med‐Fit Systems Inc., the Fallbrook, CA-based manufacturer of Nautilus commercial fitness equipment, has announced Eric Hall as the new national sales manager for the medical division. Hall has worked with companies in the health care industry for more than 20 years.
  • Industry Buzz
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