Next month, Club Industry 2008 rolls into Chicago, bringing an array of seminars, special events and products to more than 6,000 fitness professionals from a variety of backgrounds.

Club Industry 2008: The Conference and Exposition for Health and Fitness Facility Management is the one show for all fitness professionals, including those operating or working in for-profits, nonprofits, universities, country clubs, military fitness centers, personal training studios, hotels, spas, dance studios, martial arts facilities and swim clubs. The annual event is being held Oct. 15-18 at McCormick Place West in Chicago.

Recently added to the show's diverse offerings is an Inclusive Fitness Zone, which is a partnership between the Inclusive Fitness Initiative and the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability. The two groups have a long-standing partnership to offer disabled people opportunities to work out and access U.S. fitness facilities. The zone will highlight fitness equipment with inclusive features or options and will be staffed with someone knowledgeable in inclusive fitness equipment who can answer attendees' questions.

Details about the CI 2008 welcome reception were also recently announced. This year's reception, which features hors d'oeuvres, music and networking opportunities, will be in honor of Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro magazine's 25th anniversary.

Other must-attend events include hearing the father of aerobics, Dr. Kenneth Cooper, chairman and CEO of the Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas, speak from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16. The keynote is free to attendees and will feature the presentation of Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro's Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Cooper.

From 11:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, Best of the Best winners will be presented with their awards by Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro. Facilities with the most deserving programs in the areas of best new member integration program, best community/nonmember program, best children's program and best behavior modification program will be recognized.

After the Best of the Best awards presentation, Rick Caro, president of Management Vision Inc. in New York, will moderate the panel discussion “Fitness Business at a Crossroad: How to Hold on in Today's Economy and Prosper in the Future.” The panel will include a group of respected industry leaders as they examine business survival, opportunities, membership economics and fund allocation in today's challenging economic climate.

About 225 top companies are expected to exhibit at the show, filling McCormick Place West with 900 booths of fitness-related products and services. The floor will be open from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16; 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18. Attendees can also try out products at early morning workouts from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 17, and Saturday, Oct. 18.

For more on Club Industry 2008, read the full preview at www.fitnessbusinesspro.com/forprofits/making_new_tracks. Next year's show will be held Oct. 14-17, 2009, in Chicago.

Club Industry 2008 Schedule of Events

Wednesday, October 15

9 a.m. - 4 p.m. A all-day educational sessions
Noon - 1:30 p.m. B educational sessions
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. C educational sessions
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. D educational sessions

5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Welcome reception

Thursday, October 16

8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. E educational sessions
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. A all-day educational sessions
10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. F educational sessions

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Keynote and Lifetime Achievement Award Winner: Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper, founder, chairman and CEO of the Cooper Aerobics Center

12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Exhibit hall open
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. G educational sessions

Friday, October 17

7 a.m. - 9 a.m. Early morning workouts
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. H educational sessions
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. A all-day educational sessions
10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. J educational sessions
11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Exhibit hall open

11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Best of the Best Awards Presentation

11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Panel Discussion: “Fitness Business at a Crossroad: How to Hold on in Today's Economy and Prosper in the Future,” moderated by Rick Caro, president, Management Vision Inc.

2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. K educational sessions

Saturday, October 18

7 a.m. - 9 a.m. Early morning workouts
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. L educational sessions
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Exhibit hall open
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. M educational sessions

Club Industry 2008 Exhibitors' List (as of August 21, 2008)

Advertisers from the September issue are bolded.
Company Name Booth Number
2XL Corp. (Gym Wipes) 362
AFAA 265
Ab Coaster 139
ABC Financial Services Inc. 539
Abcore Fitness Inc. 338
ABSOLO Inc. 1109
ActiveCommunities, part of Active Network 672
Affiliated Acceptance Corp. 1062
AGM Group 1219
American Council On Exercise 1050
American Specialty Health 776
Am-Finn Sauna & Steam 206
Apex Fitness 976
Armpocket 670
ASF International 847
Aspen Information Systems 446
Athletix Products by Contec Inc. 570
AV Now Inc. 875
Axess/North America LLC 772
Ball Dynamics International 154
BioEx Systems Software 364
Biometrics Nutrition & Fitness 347
Blue Fish Corp. 1209
Body Bar Systems 471
Body Well Nutrition 459
Bodyblade/Hymanson Inc. 470
BodyPlex 342
Brewer's Ledge Inc. 208
Burn Machine LLC 975
California University Of Pennsylvania 970
Card Scanning Solutions 1059
Centaur Floor Systems 753
CheckFree is now part of Fiserv 739
Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro registration area
Club Insider 1063
Club Resource Group 848
Club Solutions Magazine 675
Clublogix.com 674
Conexion 344
Coral Springs Software 859
Core Products International 367
Creative Agency Group 1064
Creative Fitness Marketing 371
Creative Health Products Inc. 673
CSI Software 319
Cybex International Inc. 901
Digilock 848
Dr. Smoothie Brands 577
Egg Whites International 238
Everlast Performance Flooring 1115
Exergame Fitness 483
Expresso Fitness Corp. 853
EZFacility.Com 965
Fabiano Designs International 947
Fitness Anywhere Inc. 233
Fitness Fit Active Wear 1215
Fitness Insurance 869
Fitness Management 660
Fitness Master 210
Freemotion Fitness Inc. 1129
Fundamental Fitness Products 483
Geneva Capital LLC 1056
Glenview Health Systems 571
Go Figure Inc. 953
Gojo Industries Inc. 1061
Gymstick International 273
GymValet/B&D Specialty Concepts Inc. 370
Hampton Fitness Products 818
Health Club Panel Network 1065
Healthways 368
Hoist Fitness Systems 153
HUR Health & Fitness Equipment 243
Hydromassage 1068
Ideal Products Inc. 963
IHRSA 854
Intek Strength 1101
IntelaMetrix Inc. 247
HEX Tanning 239
IYCA 1073
Iron Grip Barbell Co. 639
iTech Fitness-XRKADE 160
iTech Fitness-XRKADE 156
Ivanko Barbell Company 657
Iwate International Development Co. Ltd 1052
Juice Plus+ 958
K & K Insurance Group Inc. 658
Keiser Corp. 339
Laundry Loops 561
Legacy Lockers 340
Les Mills International 269
Life Fitness 701
Magnum Fitness Systems 211
Magnum Fitness Systems 225
Marpo Kinetics 249
Matrix Fitness Systems 921
McArthur Towel & Sports 448
Microfit Inc. 747
MINDBODY Inc. Universal Business Management 1053
Motionsoft Inc. 573
National Federation Of Professional Trainers 949
National Fitness Financial 462
Nautilus 352
New Leaf Health & Fitness Products 1201
NSCA Certification Commission 363
Octane Fitness 447
Oka B 751
Optimal Designs Systems International 871
Oreck Commercial Sales 1207
Paramount Acceptance 765
Paramount Fitness Corp. 523
Peaksware 267
Perform Better/M-F Athletics Co. 838
Performance Food Centers 475
Personal Training On The Net 346
PFP-Personal Fitness Professional 876
Philadelphia Insurance Companies 1055
Pneumex Inc. 872
Polar Electro 839
Power Systems Inc. 329
PowerBlock Inc. 366
Precor Inc. 301
Progressive Products Inc. 474
RB Rubber Products 763
Renosys Corp. 943
Retention Management 862
The Royale Smoothie Co. 969
RT Fitness 1217
Scazu Inc. 955
SCIFIT 144
Shape.Net Software 1051
SofSurfaces Inc. 777
Speed Queen 846
SPINNING/SPIN FITNESS 647
Sports & Fitness Insurance Corp. 1225
Sports Art America Inc. 461
SPRI Products 719
Star Trac 501
STOTT PILATES 1121
STRIVE 419
Suunto 132
Treeforms Lockers 858
Troy Barbell & Fitness 863
True Fitness Technology 727
Twin Oaks Software Development 957
Ultra Fitness Equipment 767
Umax Strength 177
United Leasing 1205
Universal Nutrition 873
Valeo Inc. 866
HealthClubCampaign.com 968
Versa Climber 939
Visual Fitness Planner 686
Vitabot 559
Vita-Mix Corp. 263
VPXSports/Redline 951
Water Rower Inc. 1046
Wellness Health Education Network 1038
West Bend 575
Woodway USA 133
Worldwide Sport Nutrition/MET-Rx 755
XSport Fitness 663
Yoga Stick-e Socks 676
Zumba Fitness LLC 1211

Can't make it to the show?

If you can't make it to Chicago this fall, you can still get a taste of the show by going online to Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro's blog, Behind the Scenes, at www.blog.fitnessbusinesspro.com/fitnessbusinessproblog. There, the editors will share their thoughts and observations about the keynote, panel presentation, and many of the sessions and products at the show.

To register or learn more about Club Industry 2008, including detailed information about educational sessions, events and exhibitors, go to http://national.clubindustryshow.com/National2008/public/enter.aspx.