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Bill McBride was promoted to chief operating officer of Club One Inc. He was most recently the vice president of commercial clubs at the company. McBride will oversee the company's operational standards and build brand equity with a specific focus on member relations. McBride will also try to bring greater alignment to the company's three channels of service — commercial clubs, community centers, and worksite health and fitness.

The U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission is suing Bally Total Fitness for religious discrimination for allegedly asking a job candidate at a Fresno, CA, Bally club about his religion. The lawsuit seeks damages up to $300,000 and a change in Bally's hiring practices.

Life Fitness unveiled its $3.7-million renovated research and development lab at its Franklin Park, IL, facility. The 38,000-square-foot lab includes space and equipment dedicated to biomechanical, electromagnetic, environmental and mechanical research and development. The lab was designed and engineered by A. Epstein and Sons International Inc. and Interior Space International, Epstein's in-house interior design subsidiary.

Last month, more than 150 Build-A-Pool Conference participants learned how to build a cost-effective aquatic facility.

The YMCA is building a $5 million facility in Fort Worth, TX, to accommodate rapid population growth in the area and opened a $6 million wellness center in Kansas City, KS.

The Independent Pool and Spa Service Association Inc. (IPSSA) and the National Swimming Pool Foundation® agreed to partner to expand IPSSA's educational offerings to its membership.

Retention Management's 2005 sales increased 316 percent from 2004. The company attributed the growth to referrals from existing clients.

Life Fitness' 95Xi elliptical cross-trainer earned a 2005 Good Design Award from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.

CheckFree Corp. was recognized by the Medical Fitness Association (MFA) with the MFA Sponsor Award at the MFA 11th Annual Conference.

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