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Health and fitness clubs in the spotlight.

* AthleticCo Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy Center recently opened at The Bannockburn Club, which is managed by Chicago-based Tennis Corp. of America (TCA). The 2,400-square-foot center is involved in treating a broad range of injuries.

* The Health & Fitness Connection (HFC; Fort Worth, Texas) recently acquired benefitness. HFC is owned and operated by the Osteopathic Health System of Texas.

* PowerZone Volleyball Center in Denville, N.J., is the first facility of its kind in New Jersey to cater exclusively to volleyball, the company reported. The 30,000-square-foot facility also features a fitness center and pro shop. PowerZone offers volleyball leagues for all levels.

* B.T.J. Health & Fitness (Sunrise, Fla.) plans to build a 25,000-square-foot Gold's Gym in the southwestern section of the city. It will reportedly be the second Gold's in Sunrise.

* Clarksville Athletic Club (Clarksville, Tenn.) recently converted its outdoor sand volleyball court to 6,000 square feet of extra space for free weight and circuit training equipment. With that additional space, the current circuit training area will be used for more cardio equipment. The space vacated by the free weight equipment will be used for rehab.

* FOX-TV recently launched The Health Network, which will use RDV Sportsplex (Orlando) as the backdrop for several segments in its new series The Beat Goes On. The network conducted interviews with RDV staff experts, including a nutritionist, physician, rehab specialist and personal trainer.

* Sport & Health Clubs (McLean, Va.) reports that it is the first club company in the Mid-Atlantic region to install the Netpulse Network, a national network of Internet-connected exercise machines.

* Boston-based Fitcorp recently purchased the Boston Racquet Club, a fitness and squash club located in the city's financial district. Fitcorp will continue to operate the squash courts and is planning a renovation of the facility. Its plans include an expansion of the fitness center at the site.

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