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acac Fitness & Wellness Center to Open New Germantown Location

GERMANTOWN acac Fitness & Wellness Centers announced today the acquisition of a new facility in Germantown, MD. The new club is located inside of the Johns Hopkins Health Care and Wellness Center at 25000 Seneca Meadows Parkway. acac will begin operations in the facility, which currently operates as Healthtrax, in December 2016.

“We are thrilled to become part of the Johns Hopkins Health Care and Wellness Center,” said acac owner Phil Wendel. “The center is an exciting concept in total health for individuals and families. It is a one-stop shop for health with traditional medical services, community health education, physical/occupational health services and a full- service fitness center all under one roof.

The new Germantown location offers indoor aquatics, racquetball, basketball, Kids Zone childcare, cardio, free weights, stretching, group exercise, and group cycle classes. In addition, acac will offer wellness programs in partnership with Suburban Hospital, and acac’s award-winning Physician Referred Exercise Program (p.r.e.p.) will feature prominently in the club.

“At acac, we create a comfortable environment where everyone, regardless of age or fitness level, feels welcome and supported,” said Wendel. “We want to create a sanctuary for our members and be the best part of their day. Our goal is to help each member ‘live their best’ by engaging them in programs and activities they can enjoy for life. That is the key to better health and well-being.”

The Germantown location will be acac’s fourth club in Maryland. acac first entered the Maryland market in 2015, when the company took over two Maryland Athletic Club (MAC) locations in Timonium and Hunt Valley. In June, acac opened a third Green Spring location in the Green Spring Racquet Club.

acac plans to hold informational meetings for current club members in December. To receive regular club updates, subscribe to the acac Germantown newsletter at http:// acac.com/newsletter-germantown/.

About acac Fitness & Wellness Centers

acac Fitness & Wellness Centers, ranked in the top 25 club companies nationally according to Club Industry's "Top 100 Clubs," have been providing quality fitness and wellness services since 1984. With clubs in West Chester, PA; Timonium, Hunt Valley & Lutherville, MD; and Charlottesville & Richmond, VA, acac features comprehensive fitness facilities complemented by aquatics programs, personal training, café services, youth programs, corporate wellness, and fitness & wellness programming for older adults. Often referred to in national and international trade publications as an industry leader, acac continues to break new ground in the development of fitness and wellness. For more information about acac, visit www.acac.com.


Scott Burgess To Be Named President of Jonas Fitness

WEBSTER, TX December 1, 2016— Jonas Fitness®, the leading provider in enterprise club management software and payment solutions, today announces that Scott Burgess is to be named President of the organization, effective January 1, 2017. Burgess, who has held the role of Chief Operating Officer at Jonas Fitness since 2014, will assume official responsibility for the company’s overall leadership and direction.  He will also continue to work closely with the executive team to formulate and implement ongoing strategic plans.

Burgess, a 20-year veteran of Jonas Fitness, has spent over 11 years in an executive leadership role.  Before joining Jonas Fitness, Scott was Director, Client Services for the CheckFree banking electronic commerce division.  Scott’s background includes 15 years’ experience in operational support and implementation of software and services in the health/fitness and electronic commerce industries. In addition to Scott’s professional experience, his academic background includes a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University.

I’m really excited for Scott Burgess and for our employees and customers. Scott has been crucial to making Jonas Fitness the business it is today, and we’re excited to formalize his role as President of the business as of January 1, 2017,” said Scott Saklad, Jonas Fitness CEO. “He and the senior team at JFI have over 40 years of experience in this business, and we will continue with our mission to be champions for our customers and admired for our products and our people.”

About Jonas Fitness:

Jonas Fitness’ integrated software and payments platform helps health club operators solve business challenges and improve cash flow with their profitability in mind.

Jonas Fitness, a subsidiary of the 70 company Jonas Software family, benefits from an association of 20+ additional brands serving the club, fitness and sports markets, and today, leverages that deep industry expertise with these offerings.


Media Invite for IHRSA 2017

Trade Media, Consumer Press and Fitness Bloggers are invited to join IHRSA and the most innovative people and companies in the fitness industry as we celebrate 36 years of bringing the best of the industry together.

Members of the media are invited attend and report on IHRSA 2017 with a complimentary PRESS Registration.

The IHRSA Trade Show will once again showcase new fitness technology, products, and programs, with over 350 exhibiting companies at one of the largest trade shows in IHRSA's history.

Your complimentary PRESS pass also gives you access to early morning workouts and innovative group exercise classes taught by leading instructors.

The IHRSA 2017 International Convention & Trade Show will take place in Los Angeles, California at the Los Angeles Convention Center, March 8-11, 2017. The full Convention is four days, March 8-11, and the Trade Show is once again the middle two days, Thursday, March 9 and Friday, March 10. Please see ihrsa.org/convention for more information on the premier U.S. event for the gym, fitness, and wellness industries.  

To register for your press pass, please send proof of credentials to Shannon Vogler at pr@ihrsa.org. We look forward to seeing you in Los Angeles in March!


MYZONE Signs on as ClubConnect Education Partner

(November 30, 2016) San Diego, CA ClubConnect (http://www.clubconnect.com) is proud to announce that MYZONE (http://www.myzone.org/) signed onto its education platform today, solidifying its commitment to health club education. Through ClubConnect’s advanced learning management system, MYZONE will create educational courses for fitness professionals to learn how to effectively measure their clients’ effort and help them reach their goals with the MYZONE versatile chest strap monitoring system. 

Starting today, the MYZONE courses will be accessible for free to ClubConnect health clubs. Fitness professionals working at over 4,500 health clubs around the world are now able to tap into this critical education directly from their ClubConnect dashboards. In addition to MYZONE, other world-class education companies including EXOS, Gray Institute, ACSM, and TRX use the ClubConnect proprietary learning management system to deliver their industry-leading education.

“We needed a partner who was best in class. LMS is about more than online hosting of education; it is about accessibility, convenience, accountability and reach. For us, ClubConnect was the obvious choice," said Emmett Williams, President of MYZONE.

Jason Davis, President of ClubConnect (an Inspire360 company), said, “ClubConnect is the education hub for the world’s largest and most successful health clubs. I’m thrilled that MYZONE has put their education at the center of that hub. By including their education on ClubConnect, fitness professionals at over 4,500 locations will have 24/7 access to their best in class content.”

About Inspire360

Inspire360 is dedicated to providing inspired software that is fanatically focused on helping health clubs and organizations in the fitness and wellness industry achieve remarkable success. Originally developed under IDEA Health & Fitness Association, the company builds on decades of experience in the health and fitness industry to deliver world-class software to educate fitness professionals and enhance profits for health clubs. Its two flagship products, ClubConnect and CoursePlus, are used by some of the most respected names in fitness, like the American College of Sports Medicine, EXOS, Lifetime Fitness, and Gold's Gym. For more information, visithttp://www.clubconnect.com.


Carlson-Rezidor and SportsArt Partnership in EMEA

We are excited to announce that SportsArt is now a preferred partner of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. Carlson Rezidor is one of the most dynamic hotel companies worldwide. Its core brands include Radisson Blu, Park Inn by Radisson, PrizeOtel, as well as the Quorvus Collection and Radisson RED. It features an industry-leading Responsible Business program that strongly promotes corporate social responsibility and is based on the principles Think Planet, Think People, and Think Together.

Steps towards this partnership began earlier this year when SportsArt delivered several of their ECO-POWR products to the brand new Radisson RED hotel in Brussels, Belgium. ECO-POWR cardio equipment allows users to generate and return utility-grade electricity to their facility’s power grid with every workout, which cuts costs for gyms and empowers users with the knowledge that they are helping the environment. This concept aligned with Raddison RED’s own eco-friendly initiatives.

“We’re excited to offer Carlson Rezidor’s hotel guests the ability to contribute to the world’s sustainability by working out on our ECO-POWR equipment, says Giorgio Gervasoni, SportsArt’s EMEA Managing Director.

The Rezidor Hotel Group chose SportsArt for its commitment to sustainable solutions that will contribute to its Responsible Business practices. We at SportsArt are proud to grant others with the ability to transform their workout into an environmentally-friendly solution that can impact the Earth.

“SportsArt ECO-POWR and RED are a perfect match,” comments Inge Huijbrechts, Vice President of the Responsible Business program at Carlson Rezidor. “Guests of RED have state-of-the art fitness equipment at their disposal and do their part for the environment at the same time, by producing electricity as they work out. The connection to technology is seamless and the energy is used to charge phones, mobile devices or goes directly back to the grid. This is our way of connecting Responsible Business with the guest experience and delivering Sustainable Brands to our guests.”

Moving forward, SportsArt equipment – specifically its ECO-POWR cardio equipment – will be available for all Hotel Brands like Quorvus Collection, Radisson BLU, Radisson RED, Park Inn by Radisson and PrizeOtel.

“Creating a better world requires teamwork, passion and partnership,” says Giovanni Berselli, EMEA Sales Director of the Hotel Channel at SportsArt. “I truly believe there isn’t a more ethical company than Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. Together, we will enhance guests’ experience by combining our eco-friendly fitness solutions and Carlson Rezidor’s Responsible business values. It’s time to give back to the world.”

The above partnership currently applies only to EMEA countries. For inquiries regarding ECO-POWR, contact Giovanni Berselli at g.berselli@gosportsart.ch (International inquiries) or  Ivo Grossi at igrossi@gosportsart.com (United States).

About SportsArt Fitness

Since 1977 SportsArt Fitness has been an industry innovator in the design and manufacture of high quality cardiovascular and strength equipment for commercial, medical and residential use. They retain control over every aspect of the design and manufacturing process to ensure proper integration, maximum performance and longer product life. SportsArt maintains TÜV certifications for ISO 9001 quality management ISO 14001 environmental management, demonstrating their strong commitment to sustainable manufacturing practices. With hundreds of patents worldwide for innovative fitness technologies, SportsArt Fitness is the leading green fitness partner, developing equipment that is instrumental in rebuilding and sustaining lives. For more information, visit http://us.gosportsart.com.