Take a look back at the 12 most popular news stories that Club Industry covered in 2016 based on the number of page views the stories received. Most of the stories had to do with club acquisitions, lawsuits, settlements and fitness studies.
In July, the National Collegiate Fitness Index released its ranking of collegiate and university campuses for physical and programmatic resources that promote active living and healthy lifestyles.
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In February, Club Industry reported about allegations from several health club owners that National Fitness Financial Systems, a third-party billing company, has failed to pay them their share of their members' dues.
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is no more effective than steady-state cardio exercise for sedentary people new to exercise and may actually turn these people off of exercise, according to a study commissioned by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), San Diego, and released in January.
In June, Orangetheory Fitness CEO Dave Long shared with Club Industry plans to move to a larger headquarters building as the company continues to grow its footprint in the United States and international markets.
In March, a former Equinox member and his wife were awarded $10.875 million in a lawsuit against Equinox and one of its trainers alleging the man was injured during a personal training session.
Bikram Choudhury, who founded Bikram Yoga and who faces multiple allegations of sexual assault, was the focus of an episode of "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" in late October. The HBO program's correspondent Andrea Kremer interviewed Choudhury in India where he continues with Bikram Yoga teacher trainings.
In April, Camp Gladiator instructor Terri "Missy" Bevers was found dead inside a Midlothian, Texas, church where she was to have led a boot camp class. As of the posting of this gallery, no one has been arrested for the murder despite video of a suspect dressed in police tactical gear inside the church at the time of the murder.
In early January, Gold's Gym President Aaron Watkins and Executive Vice President of Operations David Fowler left the company, and Gold's Gym appointed Brandon Bean as CEO.
In January, a man filed a class action lawsuit against LA Fitness and its parent company Fitness International LLC for allegedly misrepresenting one-month membership purchases.
In June, Rodney Steven, owner of Genesis Health Clubs, made a deal with 24 Hour Fitness for its Midwest clubs and deals with Gold’s Gym International to purchase six clubs while selling four of the recently purchased 24 Hour facilities in St. Louis, Missouri, to Gold's Gym.
In January, Brunswick Corp., the parent company of Life Fitness, purchased Cybex International, adding it to its Life Fitness Division's portfolio of brands, but Brunswick executives said the Cybex brand name would remain.
In June, 24 Hour Fitness sold its 19 Midwest clubs to Genesis Health Clubs, saying the Midwest markets it was in did not have the population density required to sustain the 24 Hour Fitness business model.
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