July.11.2012 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Crunch Acquires Two Facilities in New York City
CrossFit's Unconventional Workouts Attract Praise and Controversy
CrossFit Makes Affiliates of Trainers
Blink Fitness Looks for Sites in Northern New Jersey
Cooper Fitness Center Begins $6.5 Million Renovation
Snap Fitness Completes Weight-loss Challenge
Grayslake YMCA Sets Date for Closure
Lebanon YMCA Kicks Off $3 Million Renovation
Consider Smart New Interior Products to Liven Up Your Club's Next Remodel
Six Fundamentals of Good Locker Room Design
Capitalize on the Olympic Excitement at Your Fitness Facility
Facility News
Supplier News
Online Story Comments


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Crunch Acquires Two Facilities in New York City
Crunch Fitness recently acquired two facilities in New York City. The New York-based company acquired a Club H facility in April, and in June, it acquired a Gold's Gym facility.
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CrossFit's Unconventional Workouts Attract Praise and Controversy
Even though the CrossFit brand has grown quickly and is viewed by members as a fast way to get fit, the high-intensity workouts also have raised safety concerns, sparking some injury lawsuits and controversy in the fitness industry.
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CrossFit Makes Affiliates of Trainers
Instead of personal trainers working for an hourly rate or percentages of what their clients pay for sessions, many personal trainers are becoming owners of CrossFit gyms.
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Blink Fitness Looks for Sites in Northern New Jersey
Executives at Blink Fitness, New York, are seeking sites for new clubs in New Jersey's five northern counties, according to Sabre Real Estate Group LLC, a Garden City, NY-based broker hired by the budget fitness chain.
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Cooper Fitness Center Begins $6.5 Million Renovation
Cooper Aerobics Center, Dallas, will begin a $6.5 million renovation to its Cooper Fitness Center in Dallas, the company announced.
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Snap Fitness Completes Weight-loss Challenge
About 20,000 Snap Fitness members took part earlier this year in the Chanhassen, MN-based company's $10,000 Lose Weight, Feel Great Challenge.
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Grayslake YMCA Sets Date for Closure
The YMCA in Grayslake, IL, will close on Sept. 1 due to space and expansion issues, according to Y officials.
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Lebanon YMCA Kicks Off $3 Million Renovation
Renovations have begun on the Lebanon Valley Family YMCA in Lebanon, PA, despite the organization having raised just $850,000 of the $3 million needed for the project.
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Consider Smart New Interior Products to Liven Up Your Club's Next Remodel
The use of technology in interior design finishes is a major trend that health club operators should pay attention to, and that technology is spearheading advancements in design and re-thinking of the materials used, writes Rudy Fabiano.
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Six Fundamentals of Good Locker Room Design
Designing locker rooms that are inviting yet functional can help create a better experience for health club members. Christa Plaza shares some key components to creating a better locker room environment.
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From the Blog
Capitalize on the Olympic Excitement at Your Fitness Facility
The 2012 Summer Olympics start July 27 in London, and I feel the excitement starting to build, but at least two companies in our industry have been feeling the excitement for quite some time.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa completed an $85 million refinancing, according to HFF, a provider of commercial real estate and capital markets services that arranged the refinancing for the 18.34-acre urban resort in Houston. HFF secured a fixed-rate loan for The Redstone Companies LP, which owns The Houstonian. Capital was provided by AXA Equitable Life Insurance Co. through its advisor, Quadrant Real Estate Advisors.
  • Gold's Gym International, Irving, TX, awarded $75,000 to 10 winners in its 12-week Gold's Gym Challenge. Thousands of members enrolled in the competition, losing 117,000 pounds and 81,000 inches with the help of Gold's trainers and on their own. One male and one female participant in five age categories were recognized for their transformations and inspirational stories. Of those 10 individuals, two were chosen as grand champions. The female grand champion was Nancy Tancredi of Beacon, NY, who lost 20 1/2 pounds, 7.8 percent body fat and almost 14 inches. The male grand champion was Luis Collazo from Selma, TX, who lost 57 pounds, almost 28 percent body fat and more than 16 inches.
  • IN2IT Franchising, La Jolla, CA, has granted a master franchise for Australia, according to Carl Kosnar, an independent franchise development consultant to IN2IT Franchising. Kosnar also is the CEO/managing director of IN2IT Nutrition & Fitness Ltd., the master franchisee in Australia, along with John Bohringer, director of IN2IT Nutrition & Fitness, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia. The first Australian IN2IT club is expected to open in January 2013 and will be owned by IN2IT Nutrition. Kosnar and Bohringer plan to sell 25 to 30 franchises across Australia by the end of 2014 in addition to opening more company-owned stores, Kosnar says. IN2IT offers two franchise models, Express (500 square feet) and Standard (3,000 square feet or more). The larger facilities can offer personal training, cardio boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts training along with the traditional cardio and strength areas. They also offer nutrition products and nutritional counseling.
  • Plans for a $36 million rec center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis were approved at the end of last month. Students voted to fund the project through student fees. The new 94,000-square-foot facility will include a six-lane swimming pool, three basketball courts, an elevated running track, weight and cardio centers, and a juice bar.
  • Stone Creek Club and Spa, Covington, LA, has raised more than $130,000 for non-profit charities in the last four months. The events held by the club included tennis tournaments, road races, blood drives and concerts. General Manager Larry Conner says that the events have not only made an impact on the community, but they also have drawn members to get involved.
  • The Tri-County YMCA, Wentzville, MO, is moving out of its existing building on Aug. 31, due to an expiring lease. Beginning on Sept. 1, the Y will operate temporarily out of the United Methodist Church in Wentzville until a new location is found. Y officials say the move will enable the Y to reach more people in the community and offer both indoor and outdoor programs. "We are grateful for the support of our members and are excited to enhance our ability to serve them through this improved location," said Gary Schlansker, president of the YMCA of Greater St. Louis.

  • Supplier News
  • Effective Sept. 1, Technogym is moving its U.S. headquarters from Seattle to Fairfield, NJ, the company announced. The Seattle office will remain open, but the East Coast location situates the U.S. headquarters closer to Technogym's main logistic hub, which is in York, PA. The company, which has its worldwide headquarters in Gambettola, Italy, plans to make other moves in the next two years that will shrink time to market and increase localization in the United States, but no further details were offered by the company.
  • Life Fitness, Schiller Park, IL, and educational resource company FitPro North America, Denver, have announced the final call for entries in the 2012 global Personal Trainers to Watch competition. The deadline to enter is July 31. Designed to reward personal trainers who demonstrate a passion for helping clients achieve a healthy lifestyle, the Personal Trainers to Watch program has been expanded for the first time to accept entries nominating personal trainers from around the world. The top prize is $5,000 toward a personal training business, a select piece of Life Fitness equipment, a one-year membership and continuing education course package from PTontheNet, and media recognition. The winner will be announced in November.
  • Natural Foods Merchandiser will share how the sports nutrition market has performed during the last five years in a webinar at 2 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 19. The webinar will zero in on the trends, companies, products and ingredients that have been most influential for the sports performance market. Register here for the live webinar that will also discuss the most important emerging opportunities for the sports nutrition market.
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