Industry Outtakes

  • eFit Financial has introduced the Club Advantage 2.0, an Oracle-powered super-secure interactive system, which enables health club owners and their staff to access and control member databases and business finances from any location, announced John Chalk, eFit president.

  • Gaiam Inc., a multichannel lifestyle company catering to customers who value personal development, healthy living and renewable energy, expects its results for the quarter ended June 30, 2002, to be in line with analyst estimates of approximately $0.07 in earnings per share and approximately $24 million in revenues.

  • Everlast Worldwide Inc., manufacturer, marketer and licenser of sporting goods and apparel under the Everlast brand name, has signed on Ruby International as a licensee in Canada. Under the terms of the agreement, Montreal-based Ruby will produce and market Everlast men's and boys' active wear and hats.

  • Precor has introduced the EFX546 elliptical fitness cross-trainer, the only self-powered elliptical trainer offering a varied stride motion that cross-trains different muscle groups. Chris Torggler, Precor vice president of commercial sales, says the new model makes an even more attractive choice for health facility managers. “There's tremendous user demand for Precor ellipticals, and in many facilities, managers wanted to add Precor units, but were limited from doing so by the availability of power,” Torggler says. “Now, clubs can offer the unmatched low-impact workout of Precor elliptical trainers anywhere in the fitness center.”

  • Attendees at the Colorado Club Success seminar, conducted by Karen Woodard, president of Premium Performance Training and sponsored by Nautilus, expressed high praise for the learning experience and strong business value they gained as a result of the seminar, according to the company…Thousands of athletes and spectators will converge in Minneapolis for Saturday's 2002 Life Time Fitness Triathlon…This summer, The Sports Club/LA announces the launch of the cutting-edge private training program, Integrated Flexibility Training. According to the company, private trainers who have completed extensive study for Integrated Flexibility Training based on protocol from the National Academy of Sports Medicine will assess muscular balances and imbalances, target members' needs, and determine what type of stretching is most effective…Fueled by growing demand for health and wellness products, GNC is anticipating considerable growth in its Canadian franchising business. To respond, the company has increased its online presence with the first in a series of online franchise information symposiums and a Canadian-content web site for Canadian entrepreneurs…Bally Total Fitness announced that it is launching an addition to its current offerings of group fitness programming with the debut of BOSU Bootcamp, a new workout class that combines cardiovascular, strength training, improved core stability and flexibility. BOSU Bootcamp is available in more than 300 Bally Total Fitness facilities throughout the United States and Canada…According to SHAPE readers, you're still no match for Madonna, at least when it comes to fitness. The 43-year-old superstar, long known for her passion for eating healthy and staying in tip-top shape, was named most popular fitness role model in the SHAPE Readers' Choice Awards 2002, featured in the August issue.

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