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Vertical World, America’s First Climbing Gym, Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary
Posted: May 24, 2018 in Independents

Vertical WorldSEATTLE, WA - Thirty years ago, in a rundown warehouse in Seattle, two ordinary climbers made history when they glued chunks of rock onto sheets of plywood. With not much more than a vague concept and a shoestring budget, Richard Johnston and Dan Cauthorn laid the foundation for what is now the indoor climbing gym industry, and opened Vertical World, the first indoor climbing gym in America. Read More...

Upcoming IHRSA Board Chair, Jim Worthington, Instrumental in Passage of the Right to Try Bill
Posted: May 23, 2018 in Independents, Other News

Jim Worthington and Senator Ron JohnsonNEWTOWN, PA - On May 22, 2018, the Right to Try Bill was passed by the House of Representatives in Washington, DC. This bill was first passed in the Senate (S 204) in August 2017. It finally passed the House and will now proceed to the President’s desk for signature, which he has indicated he will sign. Jim Worthington has put all his resources and connections behind supporting this bill because of his connection to Matt Bellina, who suffers from ALS, a terminal illness giving him 2 – 5 years to live. Jim first met Matt in 2015 when he joined the Newtown Athletic Club, and they began raising money for Matt’s Mission to support Augie’s Quest and ALS TDI research. Read More...

The Atlantic Club’s Country Concert for ALS a Huge Success
Posted: May 7, 2018 in Independents

The Atlantic ClubMANASQUAN, N.J. - The Country Concert for ALS at The Atlantic Club in Manasquan on Friday, April 27th proved to be a great success. The event brought together both members and the community to raise awareness for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. A total amount of $7,500 was raised for the ALS Therapy Development Institute, in an effort to get AT-1501, the most promising drug to date in the treatment of ALS, into human trials this year. Read More...

NAC Owner and IHRSA Chair-elect, Jim Worthington, Appointed to Presidents’ Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition
Posted: May 4, 2018 in Independents

Jim WorthingtonNEWTOWN, PA - On May 4, 2018, the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition (PCSFN) announced that it appointed 40-year industry veteran, newly-elected Chairman of the IHRSA Board of Directors, Owner of the Newtown Athletic Club (NAC) and physical activity champion, Jim Worthington, to serve. Mr. Worthington will be serving with other newly appointed individuals including: Herschel Walker, Mariano Rivera, Bill Belichick, Dr. Oz, Lou Ferrigno and Misty-May Traenor. The President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition was formed in 1956, and since then, has worked to create and promote programs that allow Americans to adopt healthy lifestyles that stress the importance of regular physical activity and good nutrition. Read More...

Jim Worthington, Newtown Athletic Club Owner, Elected Chairman of IHRSA
Posted: March 28, 2018 in Independents

Jim WorthingtonNEWTOWN, PA - Jim Worthington, owner of the Newtown Athletic Club (NAC) was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the IHRSA (International Health Racquet and Sportsclub Association) on Friday, March 24, 2018 in San Diego, CA. The election took place at the 2018 IHRSA International Conference where education, networking and the largest fitness equipment trade show in the world are provided for 10,000 clubs representing 90 countries. During his tenure as Chairman of the Board, Mr. Worthington will be responsible for leading the largest fitness trade association in the world to become the solution for the global obesity crisis as well as to protect, promote and grow the fitness industry. Read More...

Cincinnati Sports Club Announces Club Vision 2025 (Version 2.0), a Long-Term, Multiple Phased Plan Of Capital Improvements To Better Serve Members
Posted: March 15, 2018 in Independents

Cincinnati Sports Club CINCINNATI, OH - In 1998, Cincinnati Sports Club (CSC) developed a long-term, multiple phased master plan to grow with its members’ ever evolving lifestyles and enhance their overall Club experience. CSC is a “for profit” business and its local and private investors choose to reinvest in the club each year without assessing their members. In 2013, this multi-year plan evolved into Club Vision 2025, a plan focused on the re-programming of existing space to better serve the members while taking advantage of available technology within the club industry without dehumanizing the member experience. Club Vision 2025 has continued to evolve, and in February 2018, CSC refined and added some additional components for consideration, reintroducing the plan as Club Vision 2025 v. 2.0. Read More...

The Atlantic Club in Manasquan and Red Bank Earn Prestigious Medical Fitness Certification; Becomes Safest Place to Exercise in New Jersey
Posted: March 14, 2018 in Independents

The Atlantic Club MANASQUAN, N.J. - The Atlantic Club is proud to announce that it has earned the medical fitness facility certification from the Medical Fitness Association, a global leader in medical fitness standards. The prestigious certification applies to both The Atlantic Club’s Manasquan and Red Bank locations. To earn this certification, the Atlantic Club underwent a year of compliance testing and evaluation and a rigorous two-day, 209-point inspection. Read More...

Lake Toxaway Country Club Receives National Award After $7.1 Million Clubhouse Renovation
Posted: February 19, 2018 in Independents

Lake Toxaway Country Club LAKE TOXAWAY, N.C. - Lake Toxaway Country Club announced that it has been awarded with a prestigious 2018 Golden Fork Club Award from Golf Inc. Magazine. Lake Toxaway was recognized nationally in the Most Improved Private Club Restaurant category. The accolade is the result of a recently completed $7.1 million clubhouse renovation. The facility modernization is the latest development in a line of Lake Toxaway Country Club upgrades including more than $10 million dollars of golf course improvements since 2007. Read More...

River Valley Club: $2.4 Million in 1 to 1 Training Sales
Posted: January 22, 2018 in Independents, Suppliers

Pro Fitness ProgramTORONTO, CANADA - Like most clubs, the River Valley Club (Lebanon, NH) could never figure out how to make significant revenue from their 1 to 1 training program. Their highest yearly total was just $69,000 but that was before they heard about a relatively new consulting company based out of Toronto, Ontario that focused on one thing: 1 to 1 personal training. The year was 2000, and the consulting company they discovered was founded in 1998 by respected industry veteran Jeff Russo. The club took a leap of faith with Russo's Pro Fitness Program and PT sales have skyrocketed ever since. In 2017 the River Valley Club produced an outrageous $2.4 million in 1 to 1 training sales and remains the signature club that all facilities in the Pro Fitness Program network try to emulate. The club, which recently underwent an extensive renovation has over 2,500 members, 35 full-time Trainers and boosts a PT member penetration rate of over 35%. Read More...

Lyle Schuler Passes Away at Home In Hurley, New York
Posted: September 26, 2017 in Independents

Lyle SchulerHURLEY, N.Y. - Lyle Schuler passed away at home on Saturday, September 23rd in the presence of his wife, Holly Snow Schuler. The cause of death was not disclosed. Lyle Schuler was born in Bayshore, New York and resided in Hurley, New York. His funeral visitation will be at the Simpson-Gause Funeral Home at 411 Albany Avenue, Kingston, New York on Friday, September 29th from 1 to 8 PM. Lyle Schuler was a Cortland State Exercise Science Graduate who always had a passion for health and fitness and helping others realize their goals. With humble beginnings as an aerobics instructor, then personal trainer, he moved onto membership sales and General Management, and he eventually achieved Partnership status in the Gold’s Gym Hudson Valley group. Read More...

Clubhouse at Lake Toxaway Country Club Now Open After $7.1 Million Renovation
Posted: September 15, 2017 in Independents

Lake Toxaway Country ClubLAKE TOXAWAY, N.C. - The new clubhouse at Lake Toxaway Country Club is now open following a $7.1 million renovation. The renovation, originally announced in October 2016, is the latest development in a line of property updates including more than $10 million dollars of golf course improvements since 2007. “The renovation project began and ended with one goal in mind: enhancing the Lake Toxaway community and the member and guest experience,” said Reg Heinitsh, Owner of Lake Toxaway Country Club. Read More...

ROAM Fitness Opens First Airport Gym Behind Security
Posted: February 14, 2017 in Independents

ROAM Fitness - Free to MoveBALTIMORE, MD - Today's travelers are more aware than ever about the stress that traveling puts on their bodies and the importance of maintaining a fitness routine while away from home. This is the inspiration behind ROAM Fitness, a first of its kind airport gym and shower facility located behind security, which has opened at BWI (Baltimore–Washington International Airport). ROAM was founded by Cynthia Sandall and Ty Manegold, two active individuals who are also frequent fliers. Frustrated with the lack of healthy options available at airports, they were inspired to create a space where people can escape busy terminals and care for their bodies. Read More...

Gainesville Health & Fitness Announces Renovated Women’s Center Featuring The Largest Queenax Studio In The U.S.
Posted: October 24, 2016 in Independents

Gainesville Health and FitnessGAINESVILLE, FL - After investing more than $1 million for renovations to its Women’s Center, Gainesville Health & Fitness has announced that the facility will reopen on November 2, as GHFWomen, an ultra-modern fitness center and the only center in Gainesville exclusively for women. GHFWomen features the industry’s most innovative programs including StudioQ - the largest Queenax system in the US - along with an array of offerings from small group training classes to barre, yoga, Zumba and more, all facilitated by a female-only staff. Read More...

The Academy of Dance at the NAC Performs at the Harlem Globetrotters
Posted: March 6, 2016 in Independents

Newtown Athletic ClubNEWTOWN, PA - On Saturday, March 5, dancers from the Academy of Dance at the NAC performed during the pre-show at the Harlem Globetrotters. The performance took place at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton, New Jersey, which includes 8,600 seats. Three classes were selected for the performance: Monday night’s Pom/Dance Team class, Wednesday night’s Advanced Hip Hop class, and Wednesday night’s Street Jazz class. Read More...

HealthQuest’s Fit for Heart Health Raises Over $7,000 for the Cause
Posted: February 28, 2016 in Independents

HealthQuestFLEMINGTON, N.J. - HealthQuest hosted Fit for Heart Health on Sunday, February 21st with the community teaming together with an Indoor Cycling, Lifting and Kids Running Challenge to raise over $7,000 for the Heart and Vascular programs at the Hunterdon Medical Center. HealthQuest hosted this special event during Heart Health Month in memory of longtime employee, Tony Tierno, who passed away suddenly in 2015 due to complications with his heart. Read More...

Newtown Gymnastics Club Gymnast to Perform in The Russian Nutcracker
Posted: December 3, 2015 in Independents

Newtown Athletic ClubNEWTOWN, PA - December has finally arrived and holiday preparations and celebrations have begun. However, for Sophia and Bennett Harrell, preparations started weeks ago when their rehearsals for The Russian Nutcracker began. The siblings, who also participate in youth programs at the Newtown Athletic Club, will be dancing in the classic Christmas performance with the Moscow Ballet through their Dance with Us program. Read More...

Toluca Lake Tennis & Fitness Club Voted 2015 Best Health and Fitness Club In Los Angeles By Readers Choice Awards for the Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: August 31, 2015 in Independents

Toluca Lake Tennis & Fitness ClubLOS ANGELES, CA - Founded in 1974, early members included Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, and Farrah Fawcett. Located next to Warner Brothers and Universal Studios, the club specializes in providing superior tennis and fitness services to Hollywood's entertainment professionals and everyone in the greater Los Angeles area. Read More...

The 4th Annual Kid’s TRI at Newtown Athletic Club
Posted: August 3, 2015 in Independents

Newtown Athletic ClubNEWTOWN, PA - Early in the morning on Sunday, August 2, hundreds of children and parents lined up at the registration table to check in for the 4th Annual Kid’s TRI at Newtown Athletic Club (NAC). This year’s kid’s triathlon was better than ever, with a redesigned course, post race after party and awards for the top finishers in each age group. Read More...

Los Angeles Athletic Club Partners With Noted Designer, Timothy Oulton, To Recreate Historic Fourth Floor Blue Room
Posted: June 18, 2015 in Independents

Los Angeles Athletic ClubLOS ANGELES, CA - Adding glamour and a note of intrigue to the largest renovation in its recent history, Los Angeles Athletic Club (LAAC) has partnered with internationally-renowned designer, Timothy Oulton, to recreate the historic Blue Room on the building's fourth floor. Read More...

Newtown Athletic Club & Camp NAC Make a Lasting Impact On Local Family
Posted: April 9, 2015 in Independents

Newtown Athletic ClubNEWTOWN, PA - While summer may only last three months of the year, Camp NAC works hard to maintain the feeling of community strong throughout the entire year. The Dwyers are one family that can attest to Camp NAC’s dedication to creating lifelong memories and special bonds for their campers. Read More...

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