News en acac Fitness & Wellness Center Adds Fourth Club in Maryland <div class="node-body article-body">acac Fitness & Wellness has purchased its fourth club in Maryland in less than two years with the acquisition of a former Healthtrax club inside Johns Hopkins Health Care and Wellness Center. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> For-profits Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:07:00 +0000 59841 at <p>acac Fitness &amp; Wellness will add its Physician Referred Exercise&nbsp;Program into the recently purchased&nbsp;Healthtrax club in Johns Hopkins Health Care and Wellness Center. (Photo courtesy acac Fitness &amp; Wellness.)</p> PHIT America: U.S. National Security at Risk Due to Potential Unfit Recruits <div class="node-body article-body">The fact that at least 70 percent of 17-24 year olds in 45 states are not fit to serve in the military, partly due to being out of shape, could cause a potential problem for any plans by President-elect Donald Trump to expand the U.S. military, according to PHIT America. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Military Wed, 07 Dec 2016 02:23:00 +0000 59831 at <p>PHIT America puts part of the blame for the high obesity rate among U.S. teens on the lack of physical education in schools. (Photo by Thinkstock.)</p> Octane Fitness Receives Eight Best Buy Awards <div class="node-body article-body">Two commercial products from Octane Fitness received Best Buy awards from Fitness Professor Review, as did six of the company's consumer products. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Manufacturers Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:53:00 +0000 59821 at <p>The redesigned Schwinn Airdyne Pro received&nbsp;the Best&nbsp;Crosstrainer&nbsp;under $1,500 award, based on &ldquo;category-leading features&rdquo; such as its 26-blade performance fan, durable and quiet single-stage belt drive and&nbsp;MultiGrip&nbsp;handlebars, according to Fitness Professor Review. (Photo courtesy Octane Fitness.)</p> Texas Tech Embraces Functional Fitness with Raider Escape Room <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Texas Tech University has partnered with Escape Fitness and Marathon Fitness to transform two dormant racquetball courts into a functional fitness training facility on its Lubbock campus&mdash;the first of its kind among Lone Star state universities.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Manufacturers Universities Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:15:00 +0000 59811 at <p>The 1,600-square-foot Raider Escape Room features functional training equipment from Escape Fitness and Marathon Fitness. (Photo courtesy Texas Tech University.)</p> Gold’s Gym Franchisee Settles Overtime Wages Case for $625,000 <div class="node-body article-body">U.S. District Judge David Ezra concluded Gold's Texas Holdings Group did not offer a “bona fide commission” system to its trainers, and hours worked must ultimately determine compensation.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Gold's Gym Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:29:00 +0000 59801 at <p>Plaintiffs in this case first alleged in December 2013 that Gold&rsquo;s Texas Holdings Group, a franchisee group of Gold&#39;s Gym International,&nbsp;misclassified&nbsp;personal trainers as exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act&nbsp;of&nbsp;1938. This photo is not of one of the Gold&#39;s Texas locations.&nbsp;(Photo courtesy of Gold&#39;s Gym International.)</p> 6 Fitness Trend Insights Every Club Owner Should Heed in 2017 <div class="node-body gallery-body">With the help of ClubIntel, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) recently issued its annual 2016 Health Club Consumer Report. Click through this photo gallery for the report's six key insights about trends in the fitness industry.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> For-profits Studies Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:14:00 +0000 59771 at Property Briefs: $17.5 Million YMCA to Open in Shreveport; Life Time Expands to Folsom <div class="node-body article-body">Several YMCA projects come to fruition in Louisiana, Washington and Florida, while Life Time Fitness expands in California and 24 Hour Fitness expands in Texas.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> 24 hour fitness For-profits Nonprofits lifetime fitness Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:35:00 +0000 59751 at <p>The YMCA of Northwest Louisiana is slated to open its latest $17.5 million facility in Shreveport<span style="font-size: 12.8px;">&nbsp;</span>on Jan. 21. (Photo by Thinkstock.)</p> Retro Fitness to Expand in Florida with 30 New Clubs, Second Headquarters <div class="node-body article-body">Retro Fitness plans to open 30 franchised clubs during the next three years in the growing Florida markets of Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami, Naples, Orlando and West Palm Beach.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> For-profits Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:35:00 +0000 59741 at <p>Retro Fitness is seeking franchisees to help it expand its business in Florida. (Photo courtesy Retro Fitness.)</p> Life Time Fitness Must Pay $976,000 in Back Wages after Settlement with Department of Labor <div class="node-body article-body">A former Life Time Fitness policy that dictated that uniform costs be subtracted from employees’ first paychecks led to an alleged violation of minimum wage rules, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> lifetime fitness Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:48:00 +0000 59631 at <p><span style="font-size: 12.8px;">Life Time Fitness is now required to administer special training for all managers who supervise company employees. (Photo by Jen&nbsp;Ray.)</span></p> Federal Judge Halts Nationwide Overtime Pay Increase with Injunction <div class="node-body article-body">The rule, initially scheduled to go into effect Dec. 1, would guarantee overtime wages for workers earning less than $47,892 or $913 weekly. This would effectively double the current threshold.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> For-profits Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:26:00 +0000 59601 at <p>If enacted, the new overtime pay rule has been estimated to cost businesses $12 billion per year over the next decade. (Photo by Thinkstock.)</p>