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The Club Insider Archives: June 2017

Brooklyn Boulders
Building Community One Climb at a Time

By: Justin Cates

Justin CatesJustin CatesIt's a sport that has been around for years, and in 2020, it will make its debut in the Olympic Games, to be held in Tokyo. Coinciding with the sport's growth, facilities dedicated to the discipline are entering the mainstream instead of being relegated to empty, unused corners of multipurpose clubs. Among the leaders in this segment is this month's Club Insider Cover Story Subject, Brooklyn Boulders. Read More...

The Claremont Club
Inspiring a Community of Healthy Living

By: Tracy Stepp

Tracy SteppTracy SteppAs The Claremont Club's Director of Human Possibilities, I am proud and honored to be a small part of the life-changing events that are happening everyday at The Claremont Club. In addition to myself, our staff will tell you that there isn't anything more powerful than being part of such purposeful and meaningful work. Read More...

Why Working at The Claremont Club is More Than a Job
By: Mike Boos

Mike BoosMike BoosI have worked at The Claremont Club for 23 years now, and there are many reasons why. Let me tell you about one. I am associated with people who volunteer their time in an interfaith group in our community of Claremont. This group has been working to place and integrate refugees from the war-torn Middle East. One such family is from Syria. Their teenage daughter was shot and paralyzed by a sniper three years ago, and she arrived with her family in the United States several months ago. Read More...

What Is Your Company Culture?
By: Melissa Knowles

Melissa KnowlesMelissa KnowlesCulture is something we talk about quite frequently here at GYM HQ. When we founded the company, it was very important to us that we always remain a place our employees looked forward to working, a place where they felt appreciated, supported and invested in. We wanted them to see our vision and care about the mission we were on as much as we did. Over the last several years, as our client portfolio has expanded, we've seen our team grow from five to 40 (with new team members being added monthly)! The growth has been exciting and challenging. Read More...

When A Health Club's Dress Code Conflicts With A Member's Religious Beliefs
By: Paul R. Bedard, Esquire

Paul R. Bedard, EsquirePaul R. Bedard, EsquireMost health club owners and operators have had to decline or terminate someone's membership against that person's will for any number of reasons. Theft, threatening conduct, inappropriate attire and unsafe use of equipment are just some of the reasons that immediately come to mind. Yet, when does denying someone membership constitute illegal discrimination? It depends. Some instances of such discrimination are blatant, while others require individual analysis of the facts at issue and the federal, state and local laws that apply within the jurisdiction. Read More...

Innovation - Disruption - Progression
By: Bill McBride

Bill McBrideBill McBrideI love listening to all of the discussion about "disruption" in our industry. In my opinion, much of it is conjecture, but I also believe there are many disruptive forces that are affecting our industry. We need to adopt new technologies to better serve our clients and remain a sustainable and viable option for our consumers. We must also be careful not to mistake change for growth. We all know the history of innovation creating obsolescence: the horse and buggy, travel agencies, video stores, pay phones and the list goes on and on. Read More...

The Life Cycle of an Organization
The Growing Phases

By: Dr. Gerry Faust

Dr. Gerry FaustDr. Gerry FaustAll organizations go through predictable phases of growth and decline. At each phase of this life cycle, organizations have predictable problems, strengths and weaknesses. In order to succeed over time, an organization must change and adapt. It must overcome the challenges of one phase and make the changes needed to move into the next phase. These phases are similar, no matter what the industry or the type of organization. In fact, this model has been applied to understand the growth and development and decline of organizations of all kinds, including churches, non-profit organizations, industries and businesses, government agencies, states and countries. Read More...

The Bay Club Company Expands Southern California Presence With Acquisition of Manhattan Country Club
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The Bay Club Company ("Bay Club"), a California-based hospitality company, announced the acquisition of Manhattan Country Club ("MCC"), continuing its growth of luxury properties in the California marketplace. Manhattan Country Club will complement the current offerings that Bay Club is recognized for and further expand their Four Points of Focus: fitness, sports, hospitality and family. Read More...

Life Fitness Launches New Integrity Series Cardio Line
ROSEMONT, IL - Life Fitness, a global leader in commercial fitness equipment, announced its new Integrity Series cardio line, including a Treadmill, Elliptical Cross-Trainer, and Upright and Recumbent Lifecycle Exercise Bikes. Read More...

Norm's Notes for June 2017
By: Norm Cates

Norm CatesNorm CatesHello Everybody! This is your CLUB INSIDER Publisher and Tribal Leader Since 1993 checking in with our 282nd monthly edition! Do you want to hear something amazing? Check this out... Club Insider's Online Archive Library now has over 9,000 archived pages going back to our first edition which was a little 12-page edition with our friend, RED LERILLE, on the cover! Check it out today. Read More...

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