LA Fitness announced it had entered into an agreement to purchase the assets of Lifestyle Family Fitness in June. By early July, LA Fitness completed its purchase of the remaining 32 Lifestyle Family Fitness clubs in the state of Florida. Last year, Lifestyle sold most of its northern clubs in Ohio, North Carolina and Indiana to Life Time Fitness.
News of Life Time's plans to open clubs in New York and California began to surface. The Orange County Register reported that a planning commission in Laguna Niguel, CA, had approved construction of a 128,000-square-foot Life Time club in a vacant site that was once home to the city's expo center. It would be the company's first club in the state of California. In Harrison, NY, Life Time said construction of a new club there would not be affected by the discovery of contamination on the property of the proposed $40 million project.
Chuck Runyon and Dave Mortensen, co-founders of Anytime Fitness, Hastings, MN, appeared on an episode of ABC's "Secret Millionaire." Runyon and Mortensen spent a week volunteering at local organizations in Oklahoma City, then surprised their colleagues with significant donations, including an Anytime Fitness franchise. The show aired one month after one Anytime Fitness franchisee in South Carolina donated a kidney to one of her club's members.
The Fitness Industry Technology Council (FIT-C) gained new leadership as Bryan O'Rourke, industry consultant and CEO of Integerus, took over as president. The council is comprised of organizations and professionals within the fitness industry who seek to develop standards around the measurement and transport of fitness performance data, such as calorie expenditure. The standards would apply to treadmills, ellipticals and stationary bikes, among other equipment.