July.25.2012 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Curves Close to Equity Deal with North Castle Partners
Life Time Continues Growth in Second Quarter; More Growth Plans Ahead
Second Quarter 2012 Sales Decrease for Cybex
LA Fitness Renovates in San Diego, Expands in Upstate New York
Former 24 Hour Employee Convicted of Indecent Exposure
The Top 100 Health Clubs of 2011
Top 100 Health Clubs Five Year Report
Boston University Partners with City to Launch Wellness Program
YMCA of South Alabama Election Favors New Metro Board
Unique Cardio and Strength Products Stake Their Claim in Group Exercise
Executive Insights with Lynne Brick
All Stars of the Fitness Industry
How to Determine a Fair Compensation Package for Your Personal Trainers
Survivor of LA Fitness Shootings Offers Hope
Facility News
Supplier News
LinkedIn Discussions
Online Story Comments


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Curves Close to Equity Deal with North Castle Partners
Curves International, Waco, TX, says it is close to an equity deal agreement with private-equity firm North Castle Partners.
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Life Time Continues Growth in Second Quarter; More Growth Plans Ahead
Life Time Fitness enjoyed increases in revenue and net income during the second quarter and is on target to produce another billion-dollar year, according to financials released by the company.
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Second Quarter 2012 Sales Decrease for Cybex
Cybex International Inc., Medway, MA, had a 5 percent decrease in second quarter 2012 net sales compared to the same period last year, the company reported yesterday.
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LA Fitness Renovates in San Diego, Expands in Upstate New York
Fresh off the completion of its acquisition of Lifestyle Family Fitness, LA Fitness remains active in the building and remodeling of clubs across the country.
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Former 24 Hour Employee Convicted of Indecent Exposure
A former 24 Hour Fitness employee was convicted of indecent exposure following an incident involving a 5-year-old boy that occurred last year in the club’s child-care center.
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The Top 100 Health Clubs of 2011
Although revenue grew by a greater percentage for more companies and several major acquisitions occurred in 2011, the order of the top club companies remained the same.
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Top 100 Health Clubs Five Year Report
See who the fastest growing U.S. club companies are based on their revenue from 2007-2011 in this special report detailing the last five years of Club Industry’s Top 100 Health Clubs list. The report, which is delivered by email as a PDF, includes a chart comparing five years of revenue and club numbers for all companies that appeared on the list from 2008-2012. That chart is accompanied by analysis of the top performers and companies that experienced difficulties during the recession.
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Boston University Partners with City to Launch Wellness Program
Boston University is teaming with the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) and the Boston Centers for Youth & Family (BCYF) to launch the Boston University Health, Fitness and Wellness Program in the South End Blackstone Community Center.
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YMCA of South Alabama Election Favors New Metro Board
A membership meeting held Thursday night at the Moorer branch of the YMCA of South Alabama to elect the organization's board resulted in the passing of the Metro Board nominees by more than 80 percent of voting members.
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Unique Cardio and Strength Products Stake Their Claim in Group Exercise
Treadmills, ellipticals and dumbbells have staked their claim as traditional strength and cardio fitness staples, but some unique products on the market are trying to take a piece of that claim, often entering health clubs through the group exercise room.
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Executive Insights with Lynne Brick
Lynne Brick, co-owner of Brick Bodies, Lynne Brick’s Women’s Health and Fitness Clubs, and a franchisee of Planet Fitness clubs, shares details about the diversification of her business, the need for women-only clubs, women in management and more in this video.
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All Stars of the Fitness Industry
Editor-in-Chief Pamela Kufahl reviews the Top 100 Clubs list and names one all-star company that has continued to grow despite the recession.
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How to Determine a Fair Compensation Package for Your Personal Trainers
Salaries are the highest expense in the budget for most fitness facilities and can run 50 percent or more of total revenues. This does not leave much afterwards to pay business overhead and still generate a profit. That is why how you set up your compensation packages is so important, especially for your personal trainers, writes Sherri McMillan.
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From the Blog
Survivor of LA Fitness Shootings Offers Hope
The horrific shootings last week inside a movie theater in Aurora, CO, bring back memories of one of the darkest days in the fitness industry. It’s been almost three years since a gunman opened fire inside a Pittsburgh-area LA Fitness, killing three women and wounding nine others before taking his own life.
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In Brief
Facility News

  • The second annual Jack LaLanne Celebrity Golf Tournament will take place Aug. 4 at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena, CA. The tournament benefits The First Tee, a youth development organization that provides education through golf. Immediately after the day-long "Golfreation" event, an awards banquet will be held at the Brookside clubhouse featuring a surprise celebrity speaker as well as members of the LaLanne family.
  • Officials at the Mount Desert Island YMCA in Bar Harbor, ME, are in the early stages of planning an expansion that would add a warm water pool to the facility. "Our regular pool has a temperature required for more competitive swimming. Older people don't like it; younger people don't like it. It's really only pretty good if you're a really serious lap swimmer," stated Dean Read, board president.
  • Over the next five years, the Putnam Rotary in Putnam, CT, will distribute $15,000 to the Regional Community YMCA in Putnam, money that it granted to the Y. The money will go toward construction costs to help the facility expand.
  • Supplier News
  • Star Trac, Irvine, CA, announced that Kevin Farley has returned to the company as director of vertical markets and dealer sales. Farley, who previously worked at Star Trac for 14 years, left in 2010 to pursue his own consulting business. "The company helped me to grow a lot of longstanding relationships," Farley said in a statement. "I have kept most of those relationships intact for the past two years. I've known most of the leadership at Star Trac for more than a decade. It kind of felt like coming home."
  • Cybex International Inc., Medway, MA, has hired Kenneth Kuperstein as its director of marketing, planning and development. Kuperstein brings more than 20 years of experience in the advertising and marketing industries to the company. Kuperstein will assist with global marketing efforts and contribute to Cybex’s growth by developing brand strategy, consumer marketing, advertising development, business partnerships, media strategy and retail promotions. He will report to Lisa Juris, vice president of marketing.
  • Power Plate North America has launched its first comprehensive online video portal, powerTV, which includes workouts, exercises, education, testimonials and more. Designed to give Power Plate users and trainers access to official videos and information from Power Plate, powerTV debuted at the IDEA World Fitness Convention in July. PowerTV is accessible from any Internet-connected device, allowing users to view it while on the go or at the gym. New content will be added frequently, including a new full-length workout and a new training tip every week. All of the content is searchable.
  • SKLZ, a provider of sport and performance training products, is searching for its next brand ambassador. SKLZ and its partner Athletes’ Performance (AP), which provides integrated performance training for elite-level athletes, are giving one trainer the opportunity to join the ranks of SKLZ brand ambassadors like Albert Pujols and LaMichael James. Certified trainers are invited to videotape and share their unique exercises using SKLZ athletic performance products. The new ambassador will exemplify the SKLZ and AP training ethic, energy and performance knowledge, and will specifically represent the recently unveiled Trainers' Toolbox program. The winner will receive comprehensive training at AP’s Phoenix facility and will film a full training series as a SKLZ presenter with the video instruction being available on SKLZ.com and online video sites. Submissions are being accepted online and are due by Sept. 1.
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    YMCA of South Alabama Downsizes to Keep Branches Open, Leading to Member Lawsuit

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