Sarah Protzman Howlett, contributing writer

Sarah
Protzman Howlett, contributing writer
contributing writer
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Front Lines to Fitness: Military Veterans Come Home to the Health and Wellness Industry
More than two million Americans have served in the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In this gallery, we share the stories of five veterans who took what they learned in the military and brought it to the fitness industry.
Are Non-Compete Agreements Necessary in the Fitness Industry?
Attorneys say health club owners should evaluate the risk of losing employees through a non-compete agreement, even if the agreement stands to protect the club from real or perceived exposure.
Fair Personal Trainer Compensation Ideas Vary in the Fitness Industry
Although the average full-time personal trainer’s salary did not increase from 2010 to 2013, part-time personal trainers reported an average of 12 percent more income in those three years, according to the American Council on Exercise.
HealthSpring Fitness Center Opens as Part of Larger Hospital-Based Wellness Center
NorthBay Healthcare opened its newly renovated $58 million wellness center in late August after a July opening of the HealthSpring Fitness center, which is part of the wellness center.
ClubCorp Buys Heritage Golf Club
ClubCorp has added another golf club to its group of more than 200 clubs. This one does not have a fitness center in it, and the company does not plan to add one at this time.
Michelle Obama, Nick Offerman Star in 'History of Exercise' Video
First Lady Michelle Obama and former "Parks and Recreation" TV star Nick Offerman have teamed to promote the importance of daily physical activity and to honor the 60th anniversary of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.
Anytime Fitness Helps Four Franchisees after Floods Destroy Clubs
The owners of four Anytime Fitness clubs in Louisiana have been affected by the August flooding in the state, but Anytime Fitness co-founders are helping with personal donations and GoFundMe pages.
National Fitness Financial Systems Owner Bailey Hall Faces Freeze of Assets
The state of Utah has requested a temporary restraining order (TRO) with freeze of assets against Bailey Nolan Hall—owner of National Fitness Financial Systems—and a gym he owns, Performax.
Magic Valley YMCA Moving Forward after New Audits Show No Embezzlement
The Magic Valley YMCA in Twin Falls, Idaho, released a statement that it is back on track after being put on probation in May by the national YMCA and after charges that a former CEO misappropriated $700,000 in donations.
$35 Million Center for Integrated Wellness Opens in Bloomington, Illinois
The $35 million 105,000-square-foot Center for Integrated Wellness opened last week as a joint program among Signet Enterprises, McLean County Orthopedics, Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Method Sports Performance and Sequoia Wellness.
Workout Anytime Opens 100th Club
After 10 years in business, Workout Anytime has reached a 100 club milestone and has signed 20 new franchise partners since January.
University of Arkansas at Fort Smith Debuts Rec and Wellness Center
The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith opened its new $11 million, 47,000-square-foot rec and wellness center this week after students voted to pay a $100 per semester fee to get it built.
Arizona Health Club Owner Continues Eminent Domain Battle with City
The owner of Scottsdale Resort and Athletic Club is suing the city of Scottsdale for $100 million after it announced plans to forcibly purchase his property to build a fire station.
In-Shape to Pay Millions in Restitution, Fines as Settlement in Unfair Business Practice Case 1
In-Shape Health Clubs has agreed to pay $23 million in restitution and $3 million in fines to settle a civil case alleging it engaged in unfair business practices in its clubs in California.
2016 Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies List Includes Fitness Businesses
The 2016 Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies includes 16 health clubs or fitness-related companies.
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