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The Club Insider Archives: November 2011

The Life and Times of Rick Holder, Owner of Hampshire Hills Sports and Fitness
Growing One of the World's Top Sports and Fitness Clubs to Award Winning Status

By: Norm Cates

Norm CatesNorm CatesNorman "Rick" Holder, Jr., age 67, has raised seven children with his wife Laurie. They have been the owners of Hampshire Hills Sports and Fitness in Milford, New Hampshire since 1993. His life and times with the club have been a truly remarkable journey for Holder, a young man who took his dreams and created a world class health and fitness complex that just gets better and better over the years. Read More...

The "Insider Speaks"
Think Steve!

By: Derek Barton

Derek BartonDerek BartonHere's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify them or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward. Read More...

The Secret to Achieving Any Goal
By: Donna Krech

Donna KrechDonna KrechYou know the Albert Einstein quote, "The definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again expecting a different result." What you may not know, however, is that quote holds within it the key to your future wealth in the club business and your life success. This article will not only give you the key, but also provide the steps to follow to take advantage of that key in your own life and career. Read More...

Learn How To "Get Out Of The Box, Set It On Fire and Roast Potatoes On It"
Double Digit Club Growth - Part I

By: Will Phillips

Will PhillipsWill PhillipsWe all know that when you keep doing the same thing over and over and expect a different answer, you are insane. If your health club has had slack growth over the last two or three years, you have explored different ways of solving this and you have not moved into double digit growth, you may be insane! Read More...

Turn Yourself Into A Trusted Brand In Your Health Club
By: Jim Thomas

Jim ThomasJim ThomasHealth Club salespeople who still view themselves as an employee are in trouble in the new world of health clubs. Unless you have actual ownership in the health club you represent, you no longer have a "job" or a "career." You are now a business and the health club you represent is the platform on which you sell and market. Now, if all you want is a job, read no further. Read More...

Why Should Anyone Listen To You?
By: Misti Burmeister

Misti BurmeisterMisti BurmeisterIt's not news to anyone that today's job market is a tough one, but this challenging business environment is also a great opportunity for motivated employees to shine while everyone else wastes time complaining. Read More...

Paying Attention to Mr. Jones
By: Tony Torre

Tony TorreTony TorreIt's a typical Monday morning, and Mr. Jones just joined your club over the weekend. He walks into the club at 6:00 AM looking to workout. He is eager to start his week, his new life! Read More...

Programming Tip of the Month
On A Scale From 1 To 5

By: Sandy Coffman

Sandy CoffmanSandy CoffmanOn Thursday, December 1st, I'll be delivering a seminar at the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) in Orlando, Florida, titled Fun and Fitness for the Aging Population. The seminars and the trade show will offer an infinite number of programs and marketing strategies for all the attendees to take home and add to their 2012 curriculum. Read More...

LifeTime Fitness Acquires 9 Lifestyle Family Fitness Clubs!
LifeTime Fitness, the Chanhassen, Minnesota-based upscale club company will acquire nine Lifestyle Family Fitness Centers in Ohio, North Carolina and Indiana. Lifetime Family Fitness, a St. Petersburg, Florida-based, 55-club chain, has entered an acquisition agreement in which LifeTime Fitness will acquire nine Lifestyle Family Fitness Centers and nine Lifestyle Fitness Centers in the same markets will close. Read More...

ACAC Breaks Ground On New Richmond, Virginia Club
RICHMOND, VA - ACAC Fitness & Wellness Center broke ground on its new health club in West Broad Village in Richmond, Virginia. ACAC owner Phil Wendel welcomed Governor Robert F. McDonnell, Henrico County Supervisors David A. Kaechele and Frank J. Thornton and many West Broad Village neighbors to the ceremony. Read More...

IHRSA Launches 2012 Campaign for the Industry Defense Fund
BOSTON, MA - The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) has launched the 2012 Campaign for the Industry Defense Fund to Promote and Protect the Health Club Industry. The goal is to receive at least a $100 contribution from every North American health club. Read More...

Millennium Partners Announce Art Curtis Resignation
Veteran To Open a Health Club Consulting Business

NEW YORK, NY - Millennium Partners, a nationally recognized developer of luxury mixed-use properties and owner of five Sports Club/LA locations in Boston, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC, as well as Reebok Sports Club/NY, announced that Art Curtis has left to start a health club consulting business. Read More...

In Recognition of Veterans Day, Fitness Clubs Provide Free Health Club Memberships To Military Families as Part of Joining Forces and Let's Move! Initiatives
BOSTON, MA - This Veterans Day, a day in which all Americans celebrated and remembered the men and women who have protected and defended our nation through military service, IHRSA, the International Health Racquet & Sportsclub Association announced that over 1,000 health, fitness and sports clubs across the United States are providing complimentary 6-month memberships to military families through the IHRSA Joining Forces Network. Read More...

The Sports Club/LA Partners With Fila
BOSTON, MA - The Sports Club/LA, announced a partnership with Fila, a leading athletic apparel and footwear brand. The unique partnership was launched at five Sports Club/LA locations in Boston, Miami, New York-Upper East Side, San Francisco and Washington D.C in early October. Read More...

Norm's Notes for November 2011
By: Norm Cates

Norm CatesNorm CatesHello Everybody! This is your Club Insider Publisher and Tribal Leader Since 1993 checking in on the 19th Anniversary of Club Insider! The very fact that we're now starting our 19th year of publication is, to me, clear proof that there is a God. Read More...

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