May 2005 News Archive

Navy Physical Readiness Program Not “Making the Grade”

SANTA RITA, GUAM—Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Terry Scott stressed the importance of physical readiness for all sailors, and announced the development of a revision to the Physical Readiness Program instruction during an all-hands call aboard Naval Base Guam in early April.

Phoenix and ASU West Break Ground for Community Park

PHOENIX—The city of Phoenix and Arizona State University West (ASU West) started construction in April on a $3 million, 40-acre community park that will benefit both area residents and ASU West students.

Club Members Lose 12 Tons

BOSTON – In its inaugural year, I Lost It at the Club!, a fitness industry weight loss initiative coordinated by the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) and sponsored by equipment manufacturer Life Fitness, helped more than 6,500 participating health club members lose 12 tons (25,587 pounds) of excess weight. Six hundred and fifty IHRSA member health clubs participated in the eight-week program, which began on Jan. 10, 2005.

PEP Funds May Run Dry by 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C.— As President Bush threatens to cut the entire Carol M. White Physical Education for Progress (PEP) bill by 2008, PE activists are gearing up with lobbying efforts to promote and encourage funding for children’s physical activity.

24 Hour Fitness Sold

24 Hour Fitness Worldwide, Inc. and Forstmann Little & Co., a New York private investment firm, have signed a definitive agreement for Forstmann Little to acquire 24 Hour Fitness. The value of the transaction is approximately $1.6 billion.

Research: Obesity Not As Risky

CHICAGO -- Obesity is dangerous, but it may not be as life threatening as health professionals once thought. Compared with normal weight, a person who is overweight or underweight has an increased risk of death, although that risk appears to have decreased in recent years for obesity, according to a study by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health.

Bally Offers Up Crunch Fitness

CHICAGO--Bally Total Fitness Holding Corp. has begun a sale process for its Crunch Fitness clubs to be conducted by The Blackstone Group L.P.

UMD Breaks Ground on Rec Center

DULTUH, MN—Earlier this week, the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) broke ground on a $13 million Sports and Health Center addition to benefit the school’s 10,000 students and to draw in more recruits.

Air Force's Youth Fitness Program Gains Popularity

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, CO—Airmen have been plugging away at the new fitness test for more than a year now, but they are not alone in the quest to increase their activity level on a regular basis – Air Force Space Command children are also upping their fitness levels.

Only 3 Percent Follow Health Guidelines

EAST LANSING, MI-- Very few Americans are doing all they can to maintain a healthy life. Researchers found that only 3 percent undertook four basic steps that define a healthy lifestyle – not smoking, holding weight down, eating right and exercising.

NSCA Recognizes Four Coaches

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO-- The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) recently inducted four coaches into its Coach Practitioner Distinction Program recognizing their hard work and dedication to the profession of strength training and athletic conditioning.

Sailors Advised to Exercise with Caution

BETHESDA, MD—National Naval Medical Center’s health experts recently advised sailors of the risks associated with strenuous exercise in the summer heat, according to a Navy report.

Weight Watchers Named Top Popular Diet

YONKERS, NY— If you want to lose weight and stay on track, Weight Watchers might be the program for you—that’s what the latest issue of Consumer Reports (CR) found when it tracked the nine most popular diets.

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Planet Fitness has reopened 800 locations since May 1, reporting overall average membership levels have remained relatively consistent.

Club Pilates is set to open 21 new locations in June and has studios in five other locations set to open in states mandating gyms remain closed.

The 24 Hour Fitness executive team has been busy on two fronts: implementing new operating protocols to reopen clubs and reportedly looking at how bes