If you haven't made it a part of your routine to check out our Web site (www.fitnessbusinesspro.com), then you could be missing out on industry news of importance to you.
We were the first industry publication's Web site to cover Mark Mastrov's departure from 24 Hour Fitness (http://fitnessbusinesspro.com/news/mastrov-resigns-24-hour-1501/), the floods in the Midwest and how they affected club owners (http://fitnessbusinesspro.com/forprofits/iowa-clubs-flooding-1106/), the 24 Hour Fitness lawsuit against Bally Total Fitness for hiring former 24 Hour executive Michael Sheehan (http://fitnessbusinesspro.com/news/24-hour-sues-bally-1607/) and Planet Fitness' pursuit of a buyer for World Gym (http://fitnessbusinesspro.com/news/planet-fitness-world-gym-sale-1507/).
A monthly magazine can only be so timely. That's why we provide you with industry news on our Web site as quickly and accurately as possible. Then you don't have to wait for a month to read about what's happening in your industry.
I invite you to visit our Web site on a regular basis so that you can stay informed. As a bonus, we include online-only content, such as our Step by Step columns (http://fitnessbusinesspro.com/stepbystep/), which offer how-to tips from industry experts, and our Ask the Experts section (http://expert.fitnessbusinesspro.com/software/), which allows you to submit questions related to club software concerns.
Our online audience is growing. If you're not part of that audience, you're missing out.
That's why we spend a lot of time This was the first year we included franchisors on the list — although they were only able to offer the revenue from corporate-owned clubs and franchising/licensing fees paid to them by their franchisees/licensees. This meant the inclusion of several new companies on the list, including Anytime Fitness, Powerhouse Gyms International and Snap Fitness. However, some large franchisors, such as Gold's Gym International and Curves, did not submit their forms.
Club owners of some other club companies that probably deserve to be on the list also chose not to submit their forms this year. We've included a sidebar of those companies within the story. We hope that next year they will change their minds and submit their forms so that the list is as complete and thorough as possible. You can check out the 2008 Top 100 list on page 36.
The Best of the Best awards program deadline has been extended to July 25. If you haven't submitted your club's best programs in this contest, go to http://fitnessbusinesspro.com/images/bobEntryForm08.pdf for the entry form. The cost to enter is $40 per entry.
Winners will be featured in an issue of the magazine and will receive an award at the Club Industry show on Oct. 17 in Chicago. Each winner will receive up to three free registrations to the Club Industry show.