Acquisitions in the manufacturing space dominated fitness industry news in January 2016, but those stories were not the only ones to grab the attention of Club Industry's readers. See the most-read stories for the month, ranked in descending order in this gallery.
The Cybex International name and brand will remain intact after its purchase by Brunswick Corp., according to Brunswick executives who shared more details about the acquisition. The company will differentiate the brands around platform strategy to the commercial business, including health clubs, education, hospitality and military.
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A man has filed a class action lawsuit against LA Fitness and its parent company Fitness International LLC for allegedly misrepresenting one-month membership purchases. The man alleges that representatives of LA Fitness pressure people to sign agreements for yearlong memberships by "misleading consumers into believing that they were only obtaining and obligated to pay for one month membership."
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Nautilus Inc. purchased Octane Fitness LLC from North Castle Partners on Dec. 31 for $115 million. Nautilus purchased 100 percent of the capital stock of OF Holdings Inc., Octane’s parent corporation, from private equity firm North Castle Partners and other stockholders. Tim Porth (left) and Dennis Lee (right) co-founded Octane Fitness in 2001. The two remain with the company.
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January is the best month for group fitness, according to the American Council of Exercise. How can you build on the momentum in January and find ways to help keep the crowds until spring break? Here are three tips to up your game with newbies and keep your rooms packed all year long.
The club exchange between LA Fitness and 24 Hour Fitness announced in November 2015 continues to be a popular read. The club exchange means 24 Hour Fitness will not have a presence in Arizona now but will enter the Oklahoma market while LA Fitness exits the Oklahoma and Nebraska markets.
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Each year, Club Industry compiles a list of the Top 100 Clubs in the country based on revenue. This gallery, originally published last year, includes the 22 companies on that list with revenue increases of 10 percent or more. The 22 clubs are ranked from the least increase to the greatest increase.
Many people were still interested in taking a look back at the 15 most popular news stories that Club Industry covered in 2015 based on the number of page views the stories received. Most of the stories had to do with club acquisitions, lawsuits, settlements and rebranding. The most popular story focused on an unusual deal between two of the top club companies in the country.
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In 2016, the fitness industry will see consumer trends affect the industry in several ways. Stephen Tharrett and Mark Williamson of ClubIntel have released the company's 10 fitness industry predictions for 2016. The white paper, "An Enlightened Prophesy for the Health/Fitness Industry in 2016," shares these predictions with the intent of helping the industry better understand how today's consumer trends will affect the fitness industry.
For a quick overview of the 10 predictions, click through this photo gallery.
Brunswick Corp., the parent company of Life Fitness, acquired Cybex International Inc., for $195 million, Brunswick announced on Dec. 31, 2015. Take a look back at the history of the two companies in this story.
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Each year, Club Industry compiles a list of the Top 100 Clubs in the country based on revenue. The list for 2015 (based on 2014 revenue) is included in this gallery, which remains popular more than six months after being published.
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