Health clubs were the third most requested amenity for commercial tenants, according to a national survey from Black's Guide, a commercial real estate source. Fitness facilities came in behind WiFi and food services.
World Gym East Fort Lauderdale once again was named team winner in bench press and deadlift at the 2005 Tropical Games of the Palm Beaches. World Gym owner Bob Tavadia, team coach Dan Matthews and the entire power-lifting team accepted the award from International Power Lifting Federation representative Robert Keller. Team president Gregory Wright was once again the overall winner and was named as the outstanding lifter at the event.
The 426-room Seaport Hotel in Boston has opened Wave Health & Fitness, its renovated and expanded 12,000-square-foot health club. The club, open to hotel guests and locals, has a larger fitness floor, more spacious locker rooms and a new group fitness studio.
ActiveXL, provider of branding products, has added Donna Riley to its sales team. Riley will serve as national sales director of the Fitness Division for the company's line of customized fitness products. Riley has been an industry veteran for more than 20 years, most recently in the capacity of corporate wellness sales executive for LA Fitness. Riley is expected to play a key role in further building ActiveXL's customer base and will focus on multi-club chains, corporate and hospitality facilities.
ASF International, a provider of one-source club support programs, partnered with Critical Motion, the development partner and exclusive distributor of the Phone Tree® Fitness Messaging System, to create automated communication options to the fitness market through mutual product integration.
Bruce Purdy, a retired industrialist, and his wife, Barbara, donated $7.6 million to the YMCA to build the Apple Creek YMCA Program Center and a 104-acre nature preserve in Appleton, WI. The construction of the new Y will begin next spring and will be completed by January 2008. In other Y news, the YMCA of Edwardsville, IL, opened its doors to the public on Aug. 29. The 116,000-square-foot, $10 million facility will feature a 23,000-square-foot skating center and rock climbing wall.