In mid-August, when it feels as though it's hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk (and in some states it actually is toasty enough to make an omelet on your health club's pool deck), it's easy to begin daydreaming about fall's cool, crisp, fresh air. While comfortably cozying up in jeans and sweatshirts is still a few months off, you can ensure an autumn getaway retreat by booking your travel and registration to the Club Industry Conference and Exposition for Health and Fitness Facility Management, Oct. 4-7 in Chicago.

This year's show has more than gorgeous* fall weather to offer. Reflecting trends in the fitness industry, the show will feature two new showcase pavilions. The Healthy Aging Pavilion will help club owners reach out to the Baby Boomer market and offer new programming ideas for senior members. On the other side of the age spectrum, the Kid's Fitness Pavilion will showcase the latest innovations in children's fitness and ways to better educate children about the importance of exercise.

Other must-see events include the inspiring Lifetime Achievement Award and keynote address. Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro editor Pamela Kufahl will present Rick Caro, president of Management Vision Inc. and industry consultant, with the fourth annual Lifetime Achievement Award at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5. The magazine selected Caro for his contributions to the industry throughout the last 30 years as club owner, advisor, consultant, speaker, author and founder of the industry's trade association. After the award ceremony, Gale Sayers, owner of Sayers Computer Source, will deliver the keynote address. Best known for his successful football career with the Chicago Bears, Sayers will discuss how the same principles that helped him on the football field have also helped him with his business career. Sayers, who owns one of Chicago's top minority-owned firms, was also inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame.

You'll want to be on hand for the free franchising seminar, “Should You or Shouldn't You?” from 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5. Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro columnist Michael Scott Scudder will speak on the ins and outs of franchising in the fitness industry. Scudder, owner of MSS FitBiz Connection, will address both attendees seeking to become franchisees of existing club chains and those wanting information about starting their own fitness franchise.

Don't miss the free panel discussion, “Identifying the Issues: the Biggest Challenges Facing the Club Industry Today and Tomorrow,” from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6. Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Caro will moderate the panel of industry leaders who will discuss key issues facing clubs today and offer insights into the future of the fitness industry.

To see more trends in action, check out the trade show floor. Roughly 225 companies will exhibit from 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5; from 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6; and from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7.

Never miss a workout while you're away from the club either by participating in the early morning workouts on the show floor from 7 a.m.-9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 6 and Saturday, Oct. 7. If you're looking to pick up new Pilates moves and sneak in a good workout on Thursday morning, check out the early morning Pilates class led by Leslee Bender, owner of The Pilates Coach, from 7 a.m.-7:45 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5.

Are you looking to increase your client base, learn more about the industry or manage your staff more effectively? Club Industry is the place for that, too. More than 100 seminars are on tap for the show, ranging in topics from business management and development; sales, marketing and retention; creative programming; personal training; wellness/medical integration; and staff/self-management and customer service. Seminars not only provide a wealth of information, but they also are approved as continuing education credits by more than 13 organizations. On Tuesday, Oct. 3, numerous certifying agencies will also hold certification exams in the north building at McCormick Place.

Start the event right by stopping by the annual welcome reception, “A Taste of Chicago” from 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5. Enjoy foods from Little Italy, Mexico, Wrigleyville/World Champion Sox Park, China Town, Greek Town and the Chicago stockyards all while networking with industry colleagues.

So go ahead, pack your suitcases chock full of sweaters and jeans, and make your travel plans now. The Club Industry show is sure to be an informative, career-boosting and very cool time.

*Note: Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro does not guarantee beautiful, clear and 65 degree weather in Chicago during the show.

Schedule of Events

Conference: Oct. 4-7 • Exhibits: Oct. 5-7

Location: McCormick Place, Chicago

Web site: www.clubindustryshow.com

Exhibit Hall Hours

Thursday, Oct. 5 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 6 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 7 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Early Morning Workouts

Friday, Oct. 6 7 a.m.-9 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 7 7 a.m.-9 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 4

Exhibit Hall Closed

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration
9 a.m.-4 p.m. All-Day Sessions (A-1, A-2)
Noon-1:30 p.m. B Sessions
2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. C Sessions
4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. D Sessions

Thursday, Oct. 5

7 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration Open
8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. E Sessions
9 a.m.-4 p.m. All-Day Sessions (A-3, A-4)
10:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
F Sessions

Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation to Rick Caro, President, Management Vision

Free Keynote Address: Gale Sayers, NFL Hall of Famer

2 p.m.-4 p.m.
2:30 p.m.-4 p.m.
G Sessions (Executive Roundtables)

Free Franchising Seminar: Franchising: Should You or Shouldn't You?

12:30 p.m.-5 p.m.
4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open

“A Taste of Chicago”
Welcome Reception, Exhibit Hall

Friday, Oct. 6

7 a.m.-9 a.m. Early Morning Workouts, Exhibit Hall
7 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration Open
8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. H Sessions
9 a.m.-4 p.m. All-Day Sessions (A-5, A-6)
10:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
J Sessions

Free Panel Discussion: Identifying the Issues: The Biggest Challenges Facing the Club Industry Today & Tomorrow

11:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
2 p.m.-4 p.m. K Sessions (Executive Roundtables)

Saturday, Oct. 7

7 a.m.-9 a.m. Early Morning Workouts, Exhibit Hall
7 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration Open
9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. L Sessions
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. M Sessions

Exhibitor List

Organization Booth #
2XL Corporation (Gym Wipes) 142
5 Hour Energy 858
ABC Financial Services Inc. 449
ABC Financial Services provides the comprehensive club management support solution to your business and is designed to enhance club operations.
Accusplit 560
ActiveXL 116
AESON Flooring Systems, a division of Stage Step Inc. 1037
AFAA 760
AFAA, the world's largest fitness and Telefitness® educator, issued more than 200,000 certifications and annually hosts 2,500 education workshops worldwide.
Affiliated Acceptance 337
Affiliated Acceptance Corp. is an experienced billing software and collections company with more than 17 years in the industry.
AGM Group 1433
American Council on Exercise 1443
American Specialty Health 235
Armasport Mat/DuoMed Inc. 325
ASF International 927
ASF's 30 years of experience means proven billing systems backed by customer service all working for you. For more information, please call 800-227-3859 or visit www.asfinternational.com.
Aspen Information Systems 556
Association Insurance Group Inc. 438
Athletic Business 559
Athletix Products 339
AV Now Inc. 1425
Axess/North America LLC 765
Axia Health Management 126
B&D Specialty Concepts 1355
Balanced Body 935
Balanced Body is a resource for Pilates equipment, information and education. We produce Pilates equipment in collaboration with respected Pilates professionals.
Biometrics Nutrition & Fitness 763
Blue Fish Activewear 1249
Body Wedge 21 1235
Bodyblade / Hymanson Inc. 1419
Body-Solid 1407
BroadcastVision (BVE) 241
Burdenko Water Walker 436
CG Industries Ltd 561
California Blimps 1248
Cardiac Science Corp. 663
Cateye Fitness/Source Dist. 725
Cateye Fitness Products and GameBike lead the way in couch potato conversions by making indoor aerobic fitness fun and exciting.
CDM Sport/MR Systems 149
Centaur Floor Systems 551
CheckFree 849
Aphelion is now part of CheckFree. CheckFree offers a comprehensive and scalable solution that combines club management software, managed member data services and payment services.
City Blends Café 1065
Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro Registration Area
Club Insider News 135
Club Solutions Magazine 1427
Concept2 240
Concept2 promotes and encourages the growth of rowing, indoors and outdoors, by designing, selling and servicing rowing products.
Conexion 1149
Connor Sport Court 666
Coral Springs Software 762
Creative Fitness Marketing 1358
Creative Health Products 361
CRS Products International 549
CSI Software 331
CSI Software is a provider of software for health and fitness clubs, campus recreation centers, wellness centers, JCC/YMCA/YWCA organizations, and parks and recreation departments.
CYBEX International Inc. 501
CycleOps 119
D! Performance 141
Dartfish USA 459
Digilock 1054
Dinoflex Manufacturing 1348
DirecTV 359
Dr. Smoothie Enterprises 756
EAS 862
EFI Sports Medicine 1327
The EFT Group 1353
Entre Prises Climbing Walls 352
EVERLAST Performance Flooring 959
Made from 100 percent recycled rubber, EVERLAST Performance Flooring delivers stamina and style at an economical price for today's athletic club.
Expresso Fitness Corp 1155
E-Z Facility.com 1357
Fabiano Designs International 336
Fit Rewards/New Paradigm Partners 1405
Greenmaple Wellness Communications 865
FitLinxx 555
Fitness & Wellness Insurance 139
Specialty insurance program providing liability, property and workers' compensation for health clubs, fitness centers, martial arts, day spas and yoga studios. Quick and easy quoting process through our Web site and live agents.
Fitness Industry Experts Inc. 140
Fitness Insurance.com/Jewell Insurance Assoc. 457
Fitness Management/Athletic Business 458
FoodPharmacy Diet Therapy Software 248
FreeMotion Fitness Inc. 1219
FreeMotion Fitness offers wall-to-wall solutions with FreeMotion functional equipment, FreeMotion Cardio, FreeMotion EPIC and studio solutions with Studios Made Simple.
Fundamental Fitness Products 1061
GAMETIME 570
Gerstung 648
Glenview Health Systems 971
Gojo Industries 860
Government Recreation & Fitness 1361
Hampton Fitness Products 1041
Every piece of Hampton equipment features distinctive styling and a durable design to satisfy all your free-weight needs.
Haro Sports (Architectual Floor Systems) 1066
HydroMassage 1064
IDEAL Products 358
IHRSA. 237
Intek Strength 1402
When you make products available that are equal to or better than that which is available, do so below the competitions' pricing and make a commitment to service, people are going to notice. Intek, the future in strength.
IntelaMetrix Inc. 350
Intercept EFT 461
International Tanning Equipment 238
Iron Grip Barbell Co 1135
Ivanko Barbell Co 857
Juice Plus 967
K & K Insurance Group Inc. 965
Keiser Corp 539
Kettler USA 108
Kidzpace Interactive 658
Laundry Loops 102
Laundry Loop with sock snare, an efficient way to manage group laundry. Garments stay sorted, get cleaner, less wrinkled and dry twice as fast as with laundry bags. Fourteen colors available.
Legacy Lockers 871
Life Fitness 901
Magnum Fitness Systems 419
Matrix Fitness Systems 101
Merigen Medical 366
MET-Rx / Worldwide Sports Nutrition 1048
MicroFit Inc. 964
National Academy of Sports Medicine 131
National Council on Strength & Fitness 759
National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT) 1411
Nautilus 770
Manufactures health and fitness products through direct, commercial, retail, specialty and international channels with a brand portfolio that includes Nautilus®, Bowflex®, Schwinn® Fitness, StairMaster® and Pearl iZUMi®.
NESTA 1158
New Leaf Health & Fitness Products 1241
Nicros Climbing Walls 238
NSCA Certification Commission 1250
Octane Fitness 1049
Optimal Design Systems International 870
Orthometrix Inc. 125
Panasonic 1253
Paramount Acceptance 1059
Paramount Fitness Corp. 917
A leader in the design and manufacturing of strength products for more than 50 years. Visit our booth and see the new SP Circuit.
PaviGym USA 1259
Club Success/Peak Performance 748
Peak Pilates 924
Peak Pilates, founded in 1996, provides single-source Pilates solutions including equipment designs, expert consulting services and instructor training.
Perform Better M-F Athletics Co 750
Performance Food Centers 465
Personal Fitness Professionals 1437
Personal Training on the Net 662
Pharmanex 246
Phi Pilates 970
Pilates Coach, The 1449
Pneumex Inc. 665
Polar Electro 1265
Polar Business Solutions, which incorporate Polar heart rate monitors and the BodyAge System, provides a turnkey system to deliver new revenue streams from multiple member touch points.
Polestar Pilates Education 1415
Power Plate North America 749
Power Systems Inc. 349
Precor Inc. 301
Promaxima Fitness Mfg. 1161
PureFit Inc. 861
Quantum Fitness Corp. 655
RB Rubber 120
Renosys Corp 1160
Retention Management 960
The Royal Smoothie Co. 7710
RSN Promotionals 354
Sales Makers 334
SCIFIT New Club Products 217
SCIFIT Medical Fitness 321
SCIFIT produces a full line of treadmills, ellipticals, upright and recumbent bikes, upper body and all body rotary exercisers, climbers, recumbent steppers and REX, our new orbi-linear trainer.
Shape.net Software 766
Sissel Inc. 148
Speed Queen 267
Sports Art America Inc. 1101
SportsArt Fitness' multiple innovations provide a full line of award-winning cardio fitness products and a new strength line.
Sports Beat 356
Sports Display 348
Sports & Fitness Insurance Corp 1439
SPRI Products 1121
Sprint Aquatics/Rohammer International 100
Stamina Products 1401
Star Trac 701
STL International Teeter Hang Ups 130
Stott Pilates 1312
Strive Smart Strength 652 and 739
The STRIVE Smart Strength solution creates an impact on revenue, utilization, retention, personal training and member satisfaction — backed by a 100 percent money-back guarantee.
Stroops 1071
The Cooper Institute 234
The Strength Builder 764
Thin & Healthy Inc. 558
TrainerReady/ClubReady 563
Treeforms Lockers 767
Troy Barbell & Fitness 1129
TROY Barbell, founded in 1985. A manufacturer of free-weights and fitness equipment, TROY has provided excellence in quality, service and customer satisfaction ever since.
True Fitness Technology 521
TruForm Fitness 562
Twin Oaks Software Development 565
Twin Oaks makes it easy for you. Powerful, full-featured, easy-to-use software; affordable, integrated billing and collections; and unlimited, free technical support.
United Leasing 1360
Universal Nutrition 363
VersaClimber 949
VersaClimber products have been made in the United States for 25 years consisting of VersaClimbers, VersaPulley, 1-2-3 Heart Rate Monitors and now total body vibration technology — ExerVibe.
Vitabot 649
WAVE Manufacturing 1341
WaterRower Inc 1349
Woodway USA 229
Workout Advantage 651
X Vest Inc. 953
X-Sport Fitness 1300
Youth Fitness Solutions Inc. 657
Zumba Fitness 1431
Note: Companies highlighted in yellow are advertisers in the August and September issues of Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro magazine.