Although the annual Best of the Best competition is a nationwide battle to be named “the best” in various types of programming, this year's winners all have one thing in common. Coincidentally, they're all based in the Lone Star state.

Bodyworks Family Sports Center in Lubbock, TX, won two top honors in best community-based/nonmember program and best children's program. Best behavior modification program went to Texins Activity Centers in Dallas, and best new member integration program went to the Cooper Aerobics Center at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX.

Besides having their programs featured on the following pages, the winners will also be given their awards at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, as part of the Club Industry Show, Oct. 10-13 in Chicago. During the free, 90-minute awards ceremony, the winners will offer presentations about their winning programs.

All Best of the Best entries were rated on a scale of 1 to 10 based on their innovation, goal attainment, budgeting, participation, marketing and follow-up efforts. This year, the Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro editors even judged a few entries themselves, along with the help of a panel of judges (listed on the facing page) who were chosen for their expertise in certain categories. Each judge's totals were tallied, resulting in a total score for each club. The facility with the highest score in each category was awarded the Best of the Best title.

We'd like to congratulate all of this year's winners and thank all facilities that entered the competition. Now, turn the pages to read more about the winning programs and what makes them the Best of the Best.