August.1.2012 FROM CLUBINDUSTRY.COM
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Suitors for 24 Hour Fitness Not Likely to Include LA Fitness, Life Time Fitness
TSI Shows Revenue Increase in Second Quarter
Life Fitness Has Slight Increase in Second Quarter
William Staub, Developer of the Treadmill, Dies
Yoga Studios Exempt from New York Sales Tax
24 Hour Fitness Sees Membership Increase from Olympic Exposure
Wellness Initiative Part of Technogym Partnership at London Olympics
Refresh Your Wellness or Fitness Website: 15 Fast Fixes
Club Industry Gets the Gold and Silver at Azbee Awards
Facility News
Supplier News


Suitors for 24 Hour Fitness Not Likely to Include LA Fitness, Life Time Fitness
LA Fitness and Life Time Fitness have shot down a report that mentions they are potential buyers of 24 Hour Fitness, which is up for sale.
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TSI Shows Revenue Increase in Second Quarter
Town Sports International (TSI), New York, showed an increase in revenue in second quarter 2012 compared to the same period last year, according to financial results released last week.
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Life Fitness Has Slight Increase in Second Quarter
The fitness segment of Brunswick Corp., Lake Forest, IL, which is comprised of Life Fitness and Hammer Strength equipment, had a slight increase in sales in the second quarter compared to the same period a year ago, according to financials the company released last week.
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William Staub, Developer of the Treadmill, Dies
William Staub, who developed the treadmill for use in homes and fitness clubs, has died at the age of 96.
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Yoga Studios Exempt from New York Sales Tax
Yoga studios in New York City are not subject to a local sales tax, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance announced last week.
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24 Hour Fitness Sees Membership Increase from Olympic Exposure
The exposure that the Olympics provide 24 Hour Fitness through its sponsorships provides a boost to the company, says President and CEO Carl Liebert. Although he did not give specific figures, Liebert says membership numbers at his clubs ramp up in the 100 days leading up to the Olympics and also during the 100 days after the Games.
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Wellness Initiative Part of Technogym Partnership at London Olympics
Not only is Technogym the exclusive equipment supplier for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, but the Gambettola, Italy-based company also partnered with the city of London and the British government for a wellness-based initiative to attract the citizens of Great Britain to regular physical activity.
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Refresh Your Wellness or Fitness Website: 15 Fast Fixes
These 15 tips keep your website's content crisp and up to date, Leslie Nolen writes.
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From the Blog
Club Industry Gets the Gold and Silver at Azbee Awards
With the Summer Olympics well underway in London, we want to let you know about our own gold and silver honors. Last week at the Azbee Awards West Region luncheon for the ASBPE, Club Industry took home two Azbees for our work last year.
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In Brief
Facility News
  • Town Sports International, New York, is offering a limited edition class, UXF: London Calling Edition, in honor of the Summer Olympics. The class will combine popular Olympic sports such as rowing, boxing, gymnastics, track and weightlifting, which will be condensed into a 50-minute high-intensity circuit class. The classes, which are free to members and nonmembers, began this week in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington Sports Clubs. "With all of the excitement mounting for the 2012 Summer Games, we wanted to inspire the public to get off the couch and hit the gym for a real-life sampling of five Olympic sports in one workout," Melissa Morin, senior director of group exercise programming for TSI, said in a statement.
  • Total Woman Gym and Day Spa, Westlake Village, CA, has opened a new 12,000-square-foot club in Valencia, CA's River Oaks Shopping Center and will host its grand opening events on Sept. 17. The all-women gym and spa has hired 50 women to join the staff and will be partnering with women's organizations in the community to help raise money for local charities. "Total Woman is not just about physical wellness but the overall wellness of every woman in each of our communities," said Carol Steen, Valencia's general manager.

  • Supplier News
  • Johnson Health Tech (JHT), the parent company of Cottage Grove, WI-based fitness brands such as Matrix, Vision, AFG and Horizon, has acquired Magnum Fitness, a manufacturer and marketer of strength equipment based in South Milwaukee, WI. Over the next 12 months, JHT will evaluate how to best integrate the existing Magnum team, product lines, distributors and facilities into its existing operations. Ron Carringi, who had served as a director of engineering at JHT for nine years, will serve as general manager of the manufacturing facility. "With the acquisition of Magnum, JHT now has a comprehensive commercial strength product portfolio that greatly increases the competitiveness of our product offering in adjacent channels of the commercial market," Mark Zabel, vice president of global product development and marketing for JHT, said in a statement.
  • Netpulse, a San Francisco-based media and data services company, has raised $15.6 million in funding led by August Capital, with participation from current investors Javelin Venture Partners, DFJ Frontier and Parkview Ventures. David Marquardt, co-founder of August Capital, will join the company's board of directors. Netpulse has partnerships with eight of the leading commercial fitness equipment manufacturers, which account for more than 75 percent of global fitness equipment sales to health clubs, according to the company. "We are excited to have August Capital and Dave Marquardt joining the Netpulse team," Bryan Arp, Netpulse co-founder and CEO, said in a statement. "Dave has helped build some of the most well-known brands in technology, which makes him a great addition to the Netpulse team for our next phase of growth."
  • The Green Fitness Equipment Co., Del Mar, CA, has hired Tina Pauley as its national sales director. Pauley has 15 years of experience providing fitness equipment to gyms, hospitality, corporate, multi-housing, and senior and medical facilities for vendors such as BH, Les Mills and Star Trac. "The Green Fit Co. team has a leading-edge technology with the energy and drive to make a difference," Pauley said in a statement. "I am proud and enthusiastic to join Green Fit Co."
  • Jim Thomas' Fitness Management, Dallas, is offering a gym start-up program designed to assist new gym owners with all aspects of starting a fitness facility without the franchise fees, royalties and long-term contracts of a franchise agreement. The program is designed to help with financing assistance, real estate and site selection, build out and design, pre-opening, grand opening, ongoing training and support, gym equipment and accessories, website and social media, billing and collection.

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