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"Norm Cates' Club Insider News was launched this month to provide a new and unbiased view of the happenings in the club industry. The Club Insider News promises to be an objective, tell-it-like-it-is monthly publication which has as its target audience the owners, general managers and department heads of for-profit commercial clubs and corporate fitness centers worldwide."
Those were the first words ever printed in Club Insider, and they still ring true for our publication to this day. Now, 200 editions later, Club Insider has proven its worth to the industry as an invaluable and differentiated resource. It has shared the stories of many extremely successful and incredible health and fitness club owners and operators in the industry, published informative articles authored by experts across every segment of the industry, reported industry news month-in and month-out, and on occasion, given topics that needed a voice a proper stage from which to be heard.
In preparation for this article to mark this occasion, every available edition of Club Insider has been reviewed in order to prepare a journey through time that we invite you to take with us (August 1996, December 1996 and July 2004 are the exceptions, so 196 editions were reviewed). Along the path of that journey, the roots of Club Insider will be revealed, early industry issues tackled by the publication will be revisited, the evolution of the publication as a service to the industry will be shown and a vision of the future for Club Insider will be shared. What other place to begin than by hearing from Norm Cates, Founder and Publisher of Club Insider.
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