Health and fitness clubs in the spotlight

v Detroit-area clubs that attracted members from Wayne Student University (WSU) have a new competitor: the university itself. WSU has opened a $15 million recreation and fitness center. The facility is 75,000 square feet, with 10,000 square feet dedicated to exercise equipment. The center also includes an indoor climbing wall, a pool, two basketball courts, a walking/running track, plus group exercise programs. The center is free for students, while alumni and WSU staff pay a reduced fee.

v Next spring, Elgin, Ill. will break ground on a $13 million, 186,000-square-foot recreation center with gyms, pools, a track, a climbing wall, and a variety of strength and cardio equipment. The center is scheduled to open in 2002.

v Quivira Sports and Health Club in Lenexa, Kan., has changed its name to Quivira Sportsclub of Shawnee, Lenexa and Desoto to coincide with the announcement of a planned second club, which is scheduled to open in Overland Park early next year. The 45,000-square-foot facility will feature a suspended running track and an indoor swimming pool.

The sports available at the club include tennis, basketball, volleyball and soccer. Furthermore, the club offers an aquatic center, a juice bar, nursery, wellness center, group exercise, and strength and cardio equipment. The facility also houses medical professionals and a beauty salon.

v For the second consecutive year, 24 Hour Fitness is joining forces with Macy's as a sponsor of Passport 2000, a multi-theatrical fashion show and fund-raiser that raises millions of dollars for HIV/AIDS research, prevention, treatment and care. Cindy Crawford, 24 Hour Fitness spokesperson and event co-chair, will host the opening night galas with event chair Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Passport founding chair, Elizabeth Taylor.