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The Club Insider Archives: October 2012

Jeff Skeen
One Class Act!

By: Norm Cates

Norm CatesNorm CatesOne Class Act are the best words this wordsmith could come up with to describe Jeff Skeen, President and CEO of Titan Fitness and Fitness Connection, a chain of 15 locations. Read More...

Planet Fitness Under Contract to Be Sold!
By: Norm Cates

Norm CatesNorm CatesDuring the past year, Planet Fitness has been in the news quite a bit. First, early in the year, there was news that Planet Fitness was working on an Initial Public Offering (IPO). This development was kept very quiet by Planet Fitness' Founder, Mike Grondahl, and was put aside a few months ago when the next big Planet Fitness news item hit. Read More...

Steve Borghi, et.al Defendants in Class Action Lawsuit Brought By His Members
By: Norm Cates

Norm CatesNorm CatesLong before this Class Action Lawsuit, the writing was already on the wall about Steve Borghi, the owner of a chain of clubs he operates under a licensed name, "WOW! Work Out World." The parent company name is Blast Fitness, and guess what, Borghi does not even OWN legal rights to the name! Guess who does? Read More...

What Your Club Can Learn From a Grocery Store
By: Will Phillips

Will PhillipsWill PhillipsRecently, an REX Roundtable visited one of Wegman's grocery stores for several hours. You may ask, "What does a grocery store have to do with a health club?" This article will help you understand the power of learning from outside your industry. Read More...

Tuning Up Your Sales Team this Fall
By: Casey Conrad

Casey ConradCasey ConradAs the leaves begin to fall across much of North America, clubs are returning to normal traffic patterns with both members and guests. Soon, the New Year will be upon us and the flood gates will open. This makes fall the perfect time to evaluate your sales team's performance and sharpen your skills. Read More...

3 Things Managers Should Stop Doing
And What To Do Instead...

By: Brenda Abdilla

Brenda AbdillaBrenda AbdillaManaging a team can be a tremendous amount of pressure. Face it, if most managers and leaders knew how much pressure it would be to manage others while still getting results, they may not have taken the job. Read More...

A Legacy of Healthy Wealth
Part III

By: Donna Krech

Donna KrechDonna KrechThis is Part III of a 3-part series in which I shared my experience and learning from my Mom who passed away last Summer. Mom was a Stanley Home Products Representative for over 50 years, and I learned a great deal about business from her over the years. Read More...

Grow Group Fitness With 5 Easy Metrics
By: Laurie Cingle

Laurie CingleLaurie CingleIn facilities that offer group fitness to members, it is one of the most important departments from a retention and new member acquisition perspective. Based on two important industry facts: (1) retention is a consequence of facility usage, and (2) 60% of people rate Group Fitness classes as the most important factor for choosing to join a fitness center*. Read More...

A Letter From IHRSA's Helen Durkin
On Monday, January 21, 2013, a President will be sworn in with the oath of office. While we don't know who will be sworn in, we know that every four years is a time of change and opportunity in Washington. IHRSA wants to make sure that the club industry is prepared for the opportunity either Presidential candidate would bring to the office. Read More...

ABC Financial Releases Software Enhancements
LITTLE ROCK, AR - ABC Financial, one of the leading software and payment processing providers to the health and fitness industry, announced new software enhancements. Read More...

Cybex Promotes Women's Fitness, Raises Funds for Breast Cancer Research in 4th Annual Pink Ribbon Run
MEDWAY, MA - Cybex International, Inc. (NASDAQ: CYBI), a manufacturer of premium exercise equipment, proudly announced that it will hold its Fourth Annual Cybex Pink Ribbon Run throughout the month of October. The initiative is designed to promote breast cancer awareness and highlight the important role exercise plays in reducing the risks associated with breast cancer. Read More...

World Health Club's Edmonton Clubs Acquired
EDMONTON, CANADA - Franvest Capital Partners' portfolio company Edmonton Fitness Holdings Inc. (the "Company") announced that it, along with a group of Edmonton based co-investors, has acquired the Edmonton assets of World Health Club Inc. ("World Health"). The investment includes ten fitness clubs in the city of Edmonton and one under construction in Sherwood Park. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Read More...

Mission Possible
IHRSA 2013 International Convention & Trade Show Business Leading Headliners & Schedule of Events Announced!

BOSTON, MA - The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) has announced the schedule of events for IHRSA 2013, the Association's 32nd Annual International Convention & Trade Show, which begins on Tuesday morning, March 19, and concludes Friday afternoon, March 22. Read More...

Scott Dennis Passes Away
Scott Dennis, 42, passed away on October 9, 2012. Scott is survived by his wife, Dawn; son, Max; daughter, Tatum; his parents, George and Shareld Dennis; and several brothers and sisters. Scott's Funeral was on October 12th in Wichita, Kansas. Read More...

Club Industry 2012 Slideshow
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Norm's Notes for October 2012
By: Norm Cates

Norm CatesNorm CatesHello Everybody! This is your Club Insider Publisher and Tribal Leader Since 1993 checking in! Read More...

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