News en Federal Hiring Freeze Forces Fort Bragg to Close 3 Gyms Due to Staff Shortages <div class="node-body article-body">In a March 9 Facebook post, Fort Bragg representatives confirmed its Blackjack, Hosking and Funk gyms would close indefinitely, due to the federal government hiring freeze implemented by President Trump. Staff regularly assigned to the closed gyms will be temporarily reassigned to fill vacancies at other facilities.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:32:00 +0000 62661 at <p>Since President Trump&#39;s 90-day federal hiring freeze went into effect on Jan. 23, Fort Bragg facilities have been affected by a &quot;natural attrition of employees,&quot; a Fort Bragg garrison commander told local media. (Photo by Thinkstock.)</p> Indianapolis Planet Fitness Franchise Group Gets 'Significant' Investment for Expansion <div class="node-body article-body">Atlantic Street Capital is investing in Planet Fit Indy, the Indianapolis, Indiana, franchise group for Planet Fitness, and will work alongside Planet Fit Indy CEO Mike Campagnolo to grow the franchisee's footprint in the Indianapolis area and beyond. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commercial Clubs Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:17:00 +0000 62651 at <p>Atlantic Street Capital targets middle-market companies with $4 million to $12 million in EBITDA. Planet Fit Indy is the firm&rsquo;s first platform investment since it raised its Fund III with more than $210 million in capital commitments in 2016. (Photo courtesy Planet Fitness.)</p> PHIT Act Re-introduced to Congress, Would Cut Taxes on Fitness Purchases <div class="node-body article-body">If passed, the PHIT Act would allow consumers to use pre-tax medical accounts to mitigate fitness-related expenses such as health club memberships and equipment purchases. The act currently has nine sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives and and three sponsors in the U.S. Senate. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:27:00 +0000 62641 at <p>Supporters liken the PHIT Act&#39;s physical activity-related financial incentives to those used to encourage home ownership, retirement savings and college education. (Photo by Thinkstock.)</p> 2017 AFS Report Shares Buying Habits of Studio Owners <div class="node-body gallery-body">One-third of studio operators spend $1,000 to $5,000 annually on fitness equipment while just under 17 percent spend $5,000 to $10,000, according to a new report from Association of Fitness Studios (AFS), which shares more details on buying habits of studio owners. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commercial Clubs Studies Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:59:00 +0000 62631 at Flywheel Sports Appoints Former Nike, Equinox Exec as CCO <div class="node-body article-body">Flywheel Sports Inc. adds another former Equinox executive to its ranks by hiring Geralyn Coopersmith just one month after appointing Sarah Robb O'Hagan as CEO. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commercial Clubs Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:03:00 +0000 62491 at <p>Geralyn Coopersmith joins Flywheel Sports, which has 40 Flywheel and 22 FlyBarre studios in the United States, after stints at Equinox and Nike. (Photo courtesy Flywheel Sports Inc.)</p> Equinox Names Niki Leondakis as CEO, Promotes Harvey Spevak <div class="node-body article-body">Niki Leondakis will assume the role of Equinox's CEO in April where she will use her 30 years of hospitality experience to develop Equinox’s hotel concept, the first of which is slated for a 2019 open, as well as to lead the executive team. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commercial Clubs Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:56:00 +0000 62481 at <p>New CEO Niki Leondakis will bring decades of hospitality industry experience to Equinox, as the company begins to branch into the hotel business.&nbsp;Since 2012, she has managed 95 hotels and resorts in North America and Asia for&nbsp;Two Roads Hospitality.&nbsp;Previously, she was president and CEO of&nbsp;<span data-scayt-lang="en_US" data-scayt-word="Kimpton">Kimpton</span>&nbsp;Hotels and Restaurants for 19 years. (Photo by Stuart Goldman.)</p> Mark Smith Leaves 24 Hour Fitness; Frank Napolitano Named Acting CEO <div class="node-body article-body">Mark Smith and the 24 Hour Fitness Board of Directors came to a mutual agreement for Smith to leave his role as CEO effective immediately. He had been appointed CEO in 2014 when Forstmann Little and Co. sold the company. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commercial Clubs Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:42:00 +0000 62461 at <p>Frank Napolitano has been appointed as acting CEO of 24 Hour Fitness after the departure of Mark Smith. Napolitano joined the company in 2014 after its current owners purchased it from Forstmann Little and Co. (Photo courtesy 24 Hour Fitness.)&nbsp;</p> Crawling on the Floor Might Be Key to Your Health Club's Success <div class="node-body article-body">Small data is more powerful than big data. And arriving at that small data often requires getting a view of your company from the perspective of your customer as well as observing your customer instead of just asking questions, according to futurist and author Martin Lindstrom. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commercial Clubs Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:22:00 +0000 62371 at <p>Martin Lindstrom, author and futurist, spoke at the IHRSA&nbsp;conference last week, sharing insights he has gained through working with brands such as IKEA, The Walt Disney Company, Nestle, LEGO Company and more. (Photo courtesy IHRSA.)</p> 25 Top Social Media Moments from IHRSA 2017 in Los Angeles <div class="node-body article-body">The Club Industry staff captured highlights from last week's 36th annual International Convention and Trade Show of the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) in Los Angeles. Scroll down to view the staff's 25 favorite posts from Twitter and Instagram.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commercial Clubs Vendors Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:21:00 +0000 62331 at <p>Attendees at the 36th annual International Convention and Trade Show of the International Health, Racquet &amp; Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) participate in a Precor training demo on March 9 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Anthony Dominic.)</p> 24 Hour Fitness Renews Olympic Partnership Through 2020 <div class="node-body article-body">Through a partnership with the United States Olympic Committee, 24 Hour personal trainers will be eligible to complete the U.S. Olympic Committee Certification Program, while continuing to provide on-site consulting during Olympic games.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commercial Clubs Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:39:00 +0000 62361 at <p>Team USA Athlete Lex Gillette exercises inside a 24 Hour Fitness facility. Since 2004, the fitness company has partnered with U.S. Olympic teams in developing High Performance Training Centers in Olympic host cities. (Photo courtesy 24 Hour Fitness.)</p>