July.18.2012 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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24 Hour Fitness Parent Company Receives Extension of Fund
Life Time Faces Lawsuits in Sexual Assault Case
The Rush Hires Two New Executives
YMCA of South Alabama to Hold Board Election in Response to Member Lawsuit
South Dakota School Proposes $7 million Recreation Center
Personal Trainers Integrate Pilates and Yoga into Sessions
Increased Popularity of Functional and Small Group Training Spurs Uptick in Fitness Flooring Purchases
Automate Your Health Club Sales Process to Better Contact Prospects
Earn Additional Health Club Revenue by Offering Training for Obstacle Races
Cramer vs. Cramer: CNBC Analyst Pits Life Time Fitness Against TSI
Facility News
Supplier News
Online Story Comments


News
24 Hour Fitness Parent Company Receives Extension of Fund
Forstmann Little, the private-equity firm that owns 24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, CA, received an extension of its fund, according to 24 Hour Fitness President and CEO Carl Liebert.
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Life Time Faces Lawsuits in Sexual Assault Case
Life Time Fitness, Chanhassen, MN, is expected to file answers to lawsuits filed by the families of three girls who allegedly were sexually assaulted in a Memphis-area club by a former employee.
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The Rush Hires Two New Executives
Beginning Aug. 1, Steve Saxton will be the new president of The Rush Fitness Complex, and Dave Carney will be the chief operating officer of the Knoxville, TN-based company.
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YMCA of South Alabama to Hold Board Election in Response to Member Lawsuit
In response to a lawsuit between its members and regional YMCA board, the YMCA of South Alabama plans to hold elections this week for a new board.
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South Dakota School Proposes $7 million Recreation Center
Administrators at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology are considering spending $7 million for a new student recreation center, saying that its 64,500-square-foot rec center is too small.
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Personal Trainers Integrate Pilates and Yoga into Sessions
Pilates and yoga are finding their way into more personal training sessions as trainers incorporate some of the core techniques of each modality to round out their clients’ workouts. But doing so requires these trainers have the right training themselves.
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Increased Popularity of Functional and Small Group Training Spurs Uptick in Fitness Flooring Purchases
Sales of fitness flooring are experiencing a slight uptick for many flooring manufacturers as various trends and markets are playing their part in the increase as the move toward small group training, boot camps and functional training has led club operators to purchase new flooring to convert areas of their facilities for these uses.
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Automate Your Health Club Sales Process to Better Contact Prospects
An automated email system can help your sales team follow up with prospects and new members, plus it can secure referrals from those new members. Thomas Kulp shares that in today's club sales environment, competition abounds, so prospects want to learn quickly and without a lot of effort that you can deliver their desired results.
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Earn Additional Health Club Revenue by Offering Training for Obstacle Races
A recreational revolution is sweeping the nation in the form of obstacle course races, and these races provide an opportunity for revenue growth, writes Joe Vennare.
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From the Blog
Cramer vs. Cramer: CNBC Analyst Pits Life Time Fitness Against TSI
This week, Jim Cramer, host of CNBC's "Mad Money," put fitness clubs in the national spotlight by comparing the industry's two publicly traded companies, Life Time Fitness and Town Sports International (TSI), in what he called a "sports club throwdown."
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In Brief
Facility News
  • An LA Fitness club in Schaumburg, IL, that was converted from a Bally Total Fitness club last year will close on Aug. 1, according to the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago. The amount of competition in the area could be one reason for the closing, sources told the newspaper. LA Fitness acquired 171 Bally clubs last November. One of the Tampa, FL, Bally clubs acquired in the deal also will close in August, according to Tampa TV station FOX 13.
  • Carilion Clinic, the Roanoke, VA-based parent company of Roanoke Athletic Club and Botetourt Athletic Club, changed its membership guidelines after a gay man filed a lawsuit against Carilion Clinic for revoking a family membership that included his partner and their son. The company expanded its family membership into a new household membership that is for one primary member and up to one additional household member that permanently resides in the household, along with dependent children under the age of 22 who also reside in the household. The lawsuit was filed last month in Roanoke Circuit Court.
  • The Schenectady Jewish Community Center in Schenectady, NY, had to drain its pool when broken glass was found in the Niskayuna outdoor pool. The JCC spent $35,000 to drain, clean and refill the pool at a time when summer camp was occurring at the facility. The JCC is offering a reward to anyone with information about how the glass got in the pool.
  • Ground has been broken at East Tennessee State University for an expansion of the Wayne G. Basler Center for Physical Activity. The expansion, which includes an extended weight and cardio room, multi-use court for indoor sports, and studio spaces for yoga and Pilates, is projected to be finished in fall 2013.
  • The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois gave the YMCA of Rock River Valley, Rockford, IL, three grants to use for after-school programming, the Y announced. The after-school programming offers tutoring, recreation, health, fitness and nutrition services. The Y serves more than 28,000 people in the region through its before- and after-school programs, teen leadership, and health and wellness programs for adults and children.
  • The YMCA in Oswego, NY, has created a Commitment to Community Campaign to raise $3 million for renovations. The money would go to modifications to the pool, a new elevator and other building improvements. The renovations are scheduled to be completed by March 2013.

  • Supplier News
  • GroupEx PRO, Boulder, CO, a private, web-based communication portal designed to streamline group fitness program management, has doubled its revenue since January, according to the company. The website, which yields a 97 percent customer retention rate, is being used in more than 200 clubs in the United States and Canada, and it is projected to reach 500 clubs by the end of 2012. GroupEx PRO, created by Shannon and John Fable, provides fitness clubs with an affordable "one-stop-shop" for communicating with staff and members, coordinating substitutes and schedule changes, and tracking class performance data.
  • Anytime Fitness, Hastings, MN, and Interactive Fitness, Sunnyvale, CA, have entered into a preferred vendor agreement under which Interactive Fitness will provide its Expresso line of interactive and Internet-connected cardio equipment to more than 1,600 Anytime Fitness franchises worldwide. "Our owners are excited to offer the Interactive experience. This is an innovative product line, and many of our members find it very compelling," said Shelly Nikolou, director of partnerships at Anytime Fitness.

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    Online Story Comments
    How to Determine When Your Fitness Facility Needs a Consultant

    Hey Tony good read and on point. In my work at Wilkins Solutions we may have a good fit with you and your work... As everything I do before I every discuss products (which I have access to the best) is spend a majority of my time consulting to understand the status qou and the whys of all aspects of their business…

    Tony is spot on...I saw a "Food Channel" program in which a restaurant entreprenuer was rejecting the recommendations of a celebrated restaurantuer who was acting as a consultant…

    CrossFit’s Unconventional Workouts Attract Praise and Controversy

    Thank you Greg for NOT INVENTING the exercises, but mending them together to help us attain the best overall fitness we desire. The odd thing about the talk about injuries is that people get injured anywhere there is physical activity, but I guess if you have commercials and "no grunt zones" it doesn't matter…

    The simple fact that 'legal' is the fastest growing line item is evidence of the issues that surround the sustainability and safety of 'CrossFit' as a workout program…

    Let them keep burning it up until they burn it out! I'm getting plenty of referral and rehab business with beat up cross fitters.

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