July.3.2012 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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LA Fitness Completes the Purchase of 32 Lifestyle Family Fitness Clubs
Lifestyle Family Fitness Fading Away in Florida
YMCA of South Alabama Downsizes to Keep Branches Open, Leading to Member Lawsuit
Vancouver YMCA Real Estate Partnership Nets $14.6 Million
University of Colorado Cuts Amenities after Renovation Estimates Go Over Budget
Nicholls State University Recreation Center Nears Completion
How to Set Up Pay for Real Performance for Your Health Club Staff
Facebook Best Practices for Health and Wellness Businesses
More Technology Enters the Workout Space
University Recreation Centers Beat the Summer Heat, Decreased Attendance with Increased Programming
Facility News
Supplier News
LinkedIn Discussions


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LA Fitness Completes the Purchase of 32 Lifestyle Family Fitness Clubs
LA Fitness, Irvine, CA, has completed the purchase of 32 of 33 Lifestyle Family Fitness clubs, the two companies announced. One of those 32 clubs will close. The deal on the remaining club, which is in Tampa, is expected to be closed in the near future.
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Lifestyle Family Fitness Fading Away in Florida
On June 18, LA Fitness, Irvine, CA, announced that it had come to an agreement to buy the assets of the remaining Lifestyle Family Fitness clubs. The sale likely would mean the end of the Lifestyle company, which was founded in 1982.
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YMCA of South Alabama Downsizes to Keep Branches Open, Leading to Member Lawsuit
Hoping to relieve the organization’s $5 million debt, the Metro Board of the YMCA of South Alabama began a strategic planning process to develop smaller “healthy living center” models for three of its five branches. The plan hit a snag when members of the Moorer YMCA filed a lawsuit against the Metro Board regional management arguing that the plan should be put to a member vote.
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Vancouver YMCA Real Estate Partnership Nets $14.6 Million
A profit-sharing partnership between the YMCA of Greater Vancouver and Concert Properties Ltd. netted the Y $14.6 million, according to a story in the Vancouver Sun. The Y inked a deal with Concert Properties, a real estate development company, to build a 256-unit, 42-story condominium high-rise on the Y's property along with a six-story 92,000-square-foot addition to the Y.
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University of Colorado Cuts Amenities after Renovation Estimates Go Over Budget
The University of Colorado-Boulder pulled a sauna, simulated golfing area and exterior renovations from its $63.5 million remodel of the recreation center after the project's estimates came back 18 percent over budget.
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Nicholls State University Recreation Center Nears Completion
The new 63,000-square-foot recreation center at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA, is nearing completion, and officials expect it to be operational by August or September.
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How to Set Up Pay for Real Performance for Your Health Club Staff
The health club industry has been slowly adapting a performance-based compensation system. Rick Caro shares how to implement this system at your fitness facility.
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Facebook Best Practices for Health and Wellness Businesses
These marketing best practices help your health and wellness business make the most of the time it invests in Facebook, Leslie Nolen writes.
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From the Blog
More Technology Enters the Workout Space
It seems as though more people today connect with friends, neighbors and family via social media sites than call or connect with them in person. Even in your fitness facility, you likely see more people walking around with headphones in their ears or their eyes glued to the screen of their iPhones than you had in the past. With the increase in technology that is spreading into the fitness world, it doesn’t seem as though that will be changing anytime soon, either.
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University Recreation Centers Beat the Summer Heat, Decreased Attendance with Increased Programming
As students head home for the summer and temperatures continue to rise, university recreation centers often face lower attendance numbers, even though some students and faculty stick around for the summer trimester. So, as campus life slows, I wondered if some university rec centers were overcoming the summer slump and keeping their facilities thriving. A review of some news stories showed that some university rec centers are doing just that.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • The South Montgomery County YMCA, The Woodlands, Texas celebrated the conclusion of its Partners Giving Campaign where more than $550,000 was pledged to keep the YMCA open. The funds will enable the YMCA to award more than 5,000 scholarships to local children and families all year so they may participate in YMCA values-based programs, such as swim lessons, summer camp, youth sports and child care.


  • After construction was completed on the natatorium at the Hays Communities YMCA in Buda, TX, the aquatics program has increased in popularity, last year reaching a total membership number of 9,523. The addition of swimming safety classes and youth sports has helped increase membership at the YMCA.


  • The YMCA of Greater Kansas City has signed a contract with facility management company Copaken Brooks, Kansas City, MO, to manage its 22 facilities, the Y announced. This contract represents new ground for the Y, as it marks the first time that any YMCA chapter in the country with a multi-unit portfolio such as this has outsourced 100 percent of its facilities management, according to a release from Copaken Brooks. “Outsourcing the facilities management would allow us to continue to focus on our mission in the community and get the strategic help we need in making sure our facilities are clean, well-maintained and efficient,” stated Mark Hulet, the Y’s COO.

  • Supplier News
  • Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX, has purchased Treadmill Savers from The Green Fitness Equipment Co., according to the Del Mar, CA-based developer of preventative maintenance systems for fitness equipment. The glowing lights on the Treadmill Saver tell operators which machines are operating at peak performance (green), need service (yellow) or need repair (red). “The Treadmill Saver is the key to employing preventative maintenance protocol, maximizing the life cycle and saving hundreds of dollars in electricity usage each year,” says Ken Hack, fitness director at Fort Sam Houston.
  • Octane Fitness, Brooklyn Park, MN, has promoted Mark Lowder to vice president of international sales and has hired Daniel Codling as director of commercial sales for the Asia Pacific region. Lowder joined Octane in 2007 as director of sales in Asia Pacific and Latin America, later adding sales in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Based in Hong Kong, Codling comes to Octane after serving as the managing director of Seasons Fitness/Season Day Spa in Hong Kong and as the group general manager of Fitness First Hong Kong Ltd., a health club chain. “As our international sales have continued their aggressive growth, we are expanding and adapting our team to best meet the needs of commercial customers worldwide,” said Dennis Lee, president and CEO of Octane Fitness.
  • ABC Financial, Little Rock, AR, has introduced its new MYiCLUBonline app for the iPhone. The app allows members of fitness facilities to interact with clubs. Options include purchasing services, viewing schedules, booking and cancelling personal training appointments, and enrolling in classes. They can also scan the barcode on their phone screen to check into a club.
  • MyZone has added the MyZone MZ50 Watch to its range of heart rate-based products, the company announced. The MZ50 Watch receives a coded signal from the MyZone Physical Activity Belt. The watch displays percent of maximum heart rate, calories burned, points earned, beats per minute and heart rate zone. It also has a time mode, personal information, stop watch, countdown timer and interval timer.
  • TAG Fitness, Mundelein, IL, has been awarded the status of GSA Contract Holder. This means that TAG Fitness, which distributes Nexersys, can sell Nexersys to the military and all government agencies. “Achieving GSA Contract Holder status is an important milestone for Nexersys,” stated Tim Bowen, president and COO of TAG Fitness.
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