FIitness Giant and Club Industry Come Together in Chicago


Joe Weider, insightful seminars and the latest products in the industry. All three will converge at the Club Industry show Oct. 8-11 at the McCormick Place (Lakeside Center) in Chicago. What more could you ask for? How about a reception, early morning workouts and the opportunity to network with others in the industry?

This year's show is set to be a special one due to the presence of Joe Weider — fitness guru, training principle developer and Mr. Olympia founder. Club Industry magazine will be handing Weider its first Lifetime Achievement Award in a ceremony on Thursday morning after the Keynote Address kicks off the day. After the award presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to whisk their way to the show floor to see some of the hottest products on the market as the trade show floor opens for the show.

And there will be plenty to see as more than 200 exhibitors will occupy the trade show floor at the McCormick Center.

Vendors offering everything from nutritional products to high-tech entertainment and back-end software to locker room ammenities and cardio and strength equipment will be there — and many will be offering money-saving show discounts. No matter what is on your shopping list this year, you're bound to find it on the show floor.

Some of the new products set to debut at the show include the newest strength and cardio equipment, technologies to help you enroll new people and set up programs, pro shop items, nutritional supplements and software to help you manage better. Biometrics Nutrition & Fitness will show off its online weight management product. At the Dr. Smoothie booth, you can sample the company's new line of 100 percent fruit, no sugar added smoothie concentrate. Hollman has the key to a new lock that is keyless and cardless and is unlocked using a user-selected four-digit code. Makoto USA offers a new sport arena system to help improve mental processing speed and reaction time. SciFit Systems will let you try out its recumbent steppers.

But shopping for products and programming isn't the thing that sets Club Industry 2003 apart from the local mall. It is the cutting-edge education delivered in the seminars and educational tracks.

Dr. Kelly Brownell, director of the Yale University Center for Eating & Weight Disorders and author of Food Fight: The Inside Story of the Food Industry, America's Obesity Crisis and What We Can Do About It, will offer the keynote presentation on Thursday, Oct. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. prior to the award ceremony.

But that's not all. Attendees can participate in more than 125 seminars. CEUs will be available from 11 organizations as well as certification exams from six of the associations.

Two special seminars, New News in Tennis Programming: Getting the Most Out of the 50+ Market and Dealing with Difficult People or How to Avoid Punching That Jerk Next to You, also will be offered. In the tennis seminar you can learn about new opportunities that exist for recruiting and retaining the 50+ players at your tennis facility. As a special opportunity, clubs that adapt new programming can gain added funding. Up to $5,000 in matching grants will be awarded.

This year's show also offers six paid conference sessions in the weight loss/weight management/nutrition area: Delivering Weight-Control Guidelines that Your Clients/Members Will Listen To; The New Science of Weight Management; A Proven Program for Weight Loss and Cellulite Reduction; Gaining Profits by Losing Pounds: Making Money in the Weight-Loss Business; Weight Management Strategies That Work; Revving Up A Dead Engine: Nutrition Guidelines for Your Members.

Get a feel for the spa experience on the show floor where you can see the treatment and ambience that can help make your day spa work for your facility. Listen to Melinda Minton, president of the Spa Association, talk about spa research and studies on profitability during a Friday afternoon session: Spotlight on Spas: A State of the Industry Overview of How They Work in the Health Club Environment.

Not all education happens in the conference rooms at Club Industry 2003.

You can see demonstrations of group exercise programs by visiting Club Studio for 45-minute sessions during show hours. Participants at press time include: Iron Grip; Body Wedge; Real Women, Real Fitness; Powerhouse Pilates; Ladeshore Athletic Clubs; and SPRI Products Inc.

An early morning Pilates workout on Thursday (7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.) at the Palmer House Hilton will allow you to see a special floor Pilates program that you can adapt for your facility. Early morning workouts in the exhibit hall (7 a.m. — 9 a.m. on Friday and Saturday) allow you to try out the hottest new equipment on the floor and then ask manufacturers about the equipment afterwards. Don't worry about missing breakfast — free continental breakfast will be served on the floor.

Sure early morning workouts and sitting in conference rooms sounds like fun and a great way to network, but you won't have to wait long to relax and meet your peers. The Wednesday evening reception, held at the Palmer House Hilton, will include food, music, beverages and the opportunity to meet old and new friends as you gear up for another exciting show.

So, whether Chicago is your kind of town or not, this year's Club Industry show is your kind of show.

If you haven't registered yet, it's not too late. Go to http://national.clubindustry and sign up to attend.

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, October 8

Exhibit Hall Closed

7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Registration Opens
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. All-Day Seminars
12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. B Sessions
2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. C Sessions
4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. D Sessions
6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Welcome Reception, Grand Ballroom, Palmer House Hilton

Thursday, October 9

7:00 a.m.-7:45 a.m.: Early Morning Pilates, Palmer House Hilton
7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.: Registration Opens
8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.: E Seminars
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: All Day Sessions
10:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: F Sessions
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Keynote Address: Dr. Kelly
Brownell: Winning the Food Fight: Making a Difference in America's Obesity Crisis
12:30 p.m. : Lifetime Achievement Award presentation to Joe Weider
12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.: Exhibit Hall Open
2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: Seminar: New News In Tennis Programming: Getting the Most Out of the 50+ Market
2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.: G Sessions
3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.: Presentation: Dealing with Difficult People or How to Avoid Punching That Jerk Next to You!

Friday, October 10

7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.: Early Morning Workouts, Exhibit Hall
7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.: Registration
8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.: H Sessions
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: All-Day Sessions
10:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: J Sessions
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Panel Discussion: Realities of Retention: Learn from the Masters
11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.: Exhibit Hall Open
2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.: K Sessions
2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.: Spa Development Address: A State of the Industry Overview of Day Spas Can Enhance Results in the Health Club Environment

Saturday, October 11

7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.: Early Morning Workouts, Exhibit Hall
7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.: Registration
9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: L Sessions
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.: Exhibit Hall Open
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: M Sessions

(As of Sept.5, 2003)

3 D Gym Studio 373
9 X Inc. 1365
A & J Wholesale Mirrors 777
Aerobics & Fitness Association of America (AFAA) 563
ABC Financial Services Inc. 261
ActivTrax 1458
Adirondack Rubber Products, LLC 1431
Advecor Inc. 126
AESON Flooring Systems, a division of Stage Step Inc. 1435
Affiliated Acceptance 448
AGM Group 1457
Amenities Co., The 1165
American Council on Exercise (ACE) 154
American Specialty Health 774
American Weights & Measures 671
Anti-Oxidant Laser Scanners 248
Apex Fitness Group 135
Aphelion 759
Aqua Massage International 1066
ASF International 431

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Connect the major elements of your business with the ASF SmartLink system and achieve greater control and success within your club. SmartLink is a comprehensive network of products and services designed to help clubs run more efficiently through increased payment collections, prospect generation, increased market share and digital integration. ASF provides payment processing, billing, ClubPRO 3000 management software, online business management tools, interactive marketing programs and more. Stop by the ASF booth for more information and demonstrations of our products!

Aspen Information 965
Athletic Business 864
Balanced Body 1349
BH Fitness/BH Exercycle de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. 225
Bio Ex Systems Inc. 765
Biodex Medical Systems 156
BIOMETRICS Nutrition & Fitness 870

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Visit BIOMETRICS Nutrition & Fitness for information regarding proven weight management programs that combine nutrition and fitness to promote positive lifestyle changes. The six-, 12- or 18-week programs combine customized meal plans (complete with shopping lists and recipes) with strength training designed to increase lean muscle tissue and decrease body fat. Biometrics programs conform to the standards of AHA, ADA and ACSM and yield substantial profitability, high client satisfaction, membership retention and new membership sales. The programs are turn-key, complete with all marketing materials, training and promotional items, and yield proven results for your clients and significant revenue to your business.

Blue Fish Activewear 1070
Body Bar Systems 1166
Body Cycle & Millenium Fitness Int'l 1141
Body Masters 921
Body Wedge 21 771
Bodyblade/Hymanson Inc. 260
Booking Plus 859
Bosu/Fitness Quest 471
BroadcastVision 235
BSDI 1261
Card Integrators 772
Cardiobells Inc. 476
CardioVision 276
Centaur Floor Systems 557
Checkfree Corp. 1135
City Blends 876
Classic Woodworking 470
Club Industry 1255
Club Insider News 361
Club Marketing & Management Service 100
Club Resource Group 365
ClubCom/Cardio Theater 749
Coco Consulting Inc. 151
Computer Outfitters 1259
Computerized Screening Inc. 1276
Concept2 327
Concepts2000 Inc. 576
Conexion 441
Core Kids LLC 1177
Core Strength 366
Corepole Inc. 455
Creative Health Products 161
CRS Products Int'l 559
CSI Software 321
CSSI 231
CYBEX International Inc. 701
DietMaster Pro by Lifestyles Technologies Inc. 872
Digilock 676
Dinoflex Mfg. 565
DirecTV 353
Dr. Smoothie Enterprises 450
EAS-Corporate Office 123
Edwards Medical Supply 160
efi Sports Medicine 1049
ETS Inc. 1149
EVERLAST Performance Flooring 764
Extreme Degree Fitness 217
Fabiano Designs Int'l 454
Fair Finance 1263
Fit Youth Systems 230
Fitdv 266
FitLinxx Inc. 150
Fitness Equipment Depot 328
Fitness /Jewell Insurance Assoc. 967
Fitness Management 866
Fitnus Chart Series 359
Fitter International 677
Flex Equipment 731
Freemotion Fitness Inc. 1219
Full Swing Golf Inc. 1271
Futrex 1170
Gerstung 1265
Great Products Service Inc. 460
GSTRAP Inc. 1172
Gym Pro Shop Inc. 877
Gym Systems 270
Hampton Fitness Products 1063
Health Restore 370
Hoist Fitness Systems 316
Hollman Inc. 670
Human Kinetics/Active Living Partners 1061
Human Solutions 271
Hydro Massage 437
Hypoxico 970
I.F.P.A (International Fitness Professional Association) 1234
I.H.R.S.A. 116
Icarian - Fitness Products Int'l 948
Ideal Products 1358
Intek Strength 1427
International Sports Sciences Association 972
International Tanning Equipment 959
Iron Grip Barbell 1123
Island Oasis Frozen Beverage Co. 673
ISS Research 1059
Ivanko Barbell Co. 656
K & K Insurance Group Inc. 862
Kahala Corp. 1074
Keiser Corp. 417
KI eSolutions 577
Kidzpace Interactive 458
Kiefer Specialty Flooring 138
Koala Playgroup 662
Korr Medical Technologies 874
LABRADA Bodybuilding Nutrition 1409
Legacy Lockers 871
Life Fitness 501
Lifeline International Inc. 1455
Longe Life Libraries 163
Magnum Fitness Systems 517
Makoto USA, Inc. 1439
Marshall Erdmann & Associates 148
Matrix Fitness Systems 1235
Maui Wowi 1272
Max Rack 1249
Maytag 351
MedX 1101
MET-Rx 536
M-F Athletics Co. 964
MFA 165
Micro Touch Inc. 1366
MicroFit Inc. 330
Muscle Marketing 657
MuscleTech Research & Development Inc. 140
Mustang Co. 867
Muze Inc. 571
National Academy of Sports Medicine 1429
Nature's Best 134
NDEP c/o Masimax Resources Inc. 162
Newleaf Health & Fitness Products 1240

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Nicros Inc. 770
No Slack 776
Northwest Rubber Mats 775
NSCA Certification Commission 570
Nustep 221
NutriScan 112
Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative 149
Optimum Nutrition & American Body Building 311
Orenda International 1441
OSCODA Plastics 1158
Paramount Corp. 401
Pawling Corp. 1171
Peak Altitude 477
Peak Performance 349
Penco Products Inc. 371
Personal Fitness Professionals Magazine 1437
Personal Training on the Net 1064
PETRA Hygienic Systems 1367
Philips Medical Systems 767
Phillips Swager Associates 155
Pilates Coach, The 1354
Polar Electro 117
Power Plate North America 465
Power Systems Inc. 665
Powerhouse Pilates 1449
Precor Inc. 101
Promote It International 1270
QCA Spas Inc. 464
Rapidtron 649
RB Rubber 1413
RenoSys Corp. 1405
Resist-A-Ball, Inc. (SPRI Products) 449
Retention Management 1359
REVGEAR Sports Co./ FITGEAR Inc. 1357
Road Runner Upholstery 130
Sales Makers 355
Sani-Mist Ltd. 264
Sasaki Associates 1071
Shuttle System by Contemporary Design 124
Spa Management 1360
Speed Queen 267
Sports & Fitness Insurance Corp. 1403
Sports Art America Inc. 929
Sports Display 1139
Stalker Flooring 132
Star Trac Unisen 935
Steam Sauna 466
Stott Pilates 335
Strive Enterprises 737
Summit Cycles 564
Susan K. Bailey Advertising 367
Swim Shape Inc. 873
TechnoGym USA Corp. 529
Teeter Hang Ups 1356
The Idea House 157
The Nautilus Health & Fitness Group 901
The Physicians Resource For Medical Equipment Inc. 1164
The Ramp Co. 255
Thin & Healthy 1453
TKO Sports Group Inc. 1419
Total-e-Fit Inc. 136
Trainer Biz 560
Troy Barbell & Fitness 858
True Fitness Technology 1201
Tuff Stuff 1111
Twin Oaks Software Development 1160
Under Armour 1058
Unique Mats 1238
Universal Nutrition 865
Versa Climber 324
Visual Fitness Planner 102
Vita Mix Corp. 971
Walk4Life Inc. 363
WaterRower 254
Woodway USA 301
X Vest Inc. 1264
Zenith Rubber 459
Zoll Medical Corp. 229

Make the Club Industry Career Connection

Check out exciting openings with leading fitness organizations at the Club Industry Career Connection, a special area of the exhibit hall set aside to help match the right professionals with the right jobs. There'll be a wide selection of career possibilities and all information will remain strictly confidential.Clubs scheduled to be there include:
Bally Total Fitness
JCC Association
Lakeshore Athletic Club

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