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MYE Wireless CableSAT Channel Changer Now on New Star Trac and StairMaster TVs

The new line of Star Trac and StairMaster cardio TVs feature the built-in option of the patent pending MYE Wireless CableSAT Channel Changer, announced Tony Garcia, MYE founder and president.

Both the Star Trac and StairMaster 15.6 cardio machine TVs feature a custom enclosure compartment to house and connect the MYE Wireless CableSAT Channel Changer transmitter. The MYE Wireless CableSAT Channel Changer receiver is placed at the cable, satellite or IPTV box and instantly changes the channel when exercisers select the channel on the Star Trac or StairMaster cardio machine console.

“Our product development team has lead the fitness industry since 1994 creating innovative wireless and LCD TV technology,” Garcia stated. “Operators are frustrated with the hassle and expense of placing remote controls on machines and dealing with antiquated hard-wired systems. All of those problems are resolved with the advanced MYE Wireless CableSAT Channel Changer system.”

“The heart of our new OpenHub cardio platform is flexibility,” said Travis Vaughan, director of cardio and technology at Core Health & Fitness. “We have designed our product so that we can work seamlessly with expert partners to provide solutions our customers need. The MYE Wireless CableSAT system is a fantastic solution that addresses one of the real growing issues for our customers in the changing TV landscape.”

To receive basic programming cable or satellite companies often require a box for each cardio machine TV. Facility operators are forced to have exercisers use the cable or satellite box remote control to change the channel or install unsightly, hard-wired products from the cardio machines to the cable or satellite boxes.

The MYE Wireless CableSAT Channel Changer is the first and only solution for the commercial fitness industry that allows the change of channels on any cable, satellite or IPTV box up to 1,000 feet away. The patent pending MYE design combines RF and IR technology for the highest quality wireless transmission without interruption and is pre-programmed to work with all major brand boxes including AT&T®, Bright House®, Charter®, Comcast®, Cox®, DirecTV®, Dish®, Time Warner®, Verizon® and WOW®.

There are virtually hundreds of different brand boxes and IR remote controls. Another exclusive proprietary feature of the MYE Wireless CableSAT Channel Changer is the ability to learn the channel commands from any brand IR remote control on-site and instantly clone the program to every other CableSAT Receiver. This saves cost and considerable installation time while ensuring compatibility with practically any cable, satellite or IPTV box regardless of the model or brand.

About Core Health & Fitness

Core Health and Fitness is the world’s fifth largest marketer and distributor of commercial fitness products to health clubs, community recreational centers, hotels, government, educational facilities and more.

Core markets its products under the Star Trac®, StairMaster®, Schwinn® and Nautilus® brands. Headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, we employ over 400 people worldwide and serve a global customer base. Core maintains sales, engineering service offices throughout the United States (Vancouver, WA; Irvine, CA; Independence, VA as well as in the United Kingdom (High Wycombe); Germany (Munich); Spain (Barcelona) and Brazil (Sao Paulo). We operate our primary warehouse locations in the United States, the Netherlands and China.

Visit us at Startrac.com and StairMaster.com

About MYE Entertainment

MYE Entertainment Inc. is an electronics design and manufacturing company based in Southern California with state-of-the art production facilities in the USA and abroad. MYE develops and markets innovative advanced entertainment and service technology fitness products including WorkoutScan, CardioCare, AppAudio, MYE Digital Signage, Eclipse wireless audio transmitters and receivers, integrated TV audio receivers, LED TVs and mobile applications for leading commercial fitness brands. Visit MYEinc.com or call 800-779-6759 or 661-964-0217. 


Technogym Announces Strategic Partnership with NSCA

The leading producer of design and technology-driven wellness and fitness equipment and solutions, today announced a new strategic partnership with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the worldwide authority on strength and conditioning research and education.

This partnership marks an industry first with the two leaders joining forces to create educational content for the fitness industry. The collaboration between Technogym and NSCA will result in a series of valuable health and wellness resources that will be distributed through the Technogym platform beginning in June 2016. This educational content will be available to Technogym customers and master trainers, as well as to the industry overall, and will incorporate the NSCA’s peer-reviewed scientific research and principles. 

“Technogym is proud to partner with the NSCA making an impact on strength and conditioning as a practice and a profession,” said Nerio Alessandri, President and Founder of Technogym. “Our goal is to support our customers and drive the industry through invaluable education, content and solutions. Core to this is enabling the Personal Trainer network that is on the frontlines training end-users on equipment. It is crucial trainers are educated and certified to provide professional and optimal training experiences”

The content produced by this partnership will further enrich the NSCA’s collection of strength and conditioning resources.  These will be utilized within its efforts to support members with high-level continuing education options, career support services and diverse certifications for personal trainers, fitness specialists and strength coaches.

”We are extremely pleased to announce this innovative partnership with Technogym” said NSCA Executive Director Michael Massik. “Technogym’s endorsement of NSCA certifications underscores their mission to create the industry’s most educated network of professional trainers. In addition, NSCA members and certificants will greatly benefit from this partnership and we look forward to a bright future of collaboration.”

For more information, visit www.Technogym.com


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Two Worthy Recipients Awarded Scholarships to the IHRSA Institute

IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association announced the recipients of two scholarships to attend the IHRSA Institute August 2-5 at The University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School in Chapel Hill.  

This year’s scholarship recipients are Azeza Tessereau, General Manager at Wellbridge Athletic Club and Spa located in Town and Country, Missouri and Brent Gallagher, Owner of Avenu Fitness & Lifestyle located in Houston, Texas.

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Motionsoft Launches MoSoClub™

June 1, 2016, Rockville, MDMotionsoft, the leader in software and payment solutions for consumer based businesses, including gyms, fitness clubs, corporate fitness facilities and, hospital and universities today announced the launch of MoSoClub, a club management software solution for small and mid- sized clubs.

A demonstration webinar will be held on Tuesday, June 9 th at 2:00pm EDT lighlighting the power, reporting flexibility and ease of use of MoSoClub. Registration is required. MoSoClub is a tab-based software solution. What does that mean? MoSoClub gives you and your staff a complete 360-degree view of your member’s entire account information from demographics to financial information all on one screen. MoSoClub makes going digital a breeze with easy uploading of documents with no file size restrictions. Electronic contracts and other agreements will make believers out of anyone while tidying up your club experience.
Your club needs fast, robust and responsive software. Fast software when your staff has lots of members checking in for your most popular Tuesday 6:30 pm cycling class. That’s why MoSoClub runs on an enterprise-grade tier 4 data center.
What will really convince club owners and operators to use MoSoClub? The best Check-in tool in the industry.
Designed exclusively for gyms, MoSoClub Front Desk Check-in allows front desk staff to redeem PT packages as well as being able to tracking members' purchases such as towel service or daycare. Front Desk Check-in works with the most sophisticated entry systems in the marketplace from key-tags, card readers and RFID (radio-frequency identification) and it can activate turnstiles or magnetically lock doors in under a second. 
What makes MoSoClub standout from other club management solutions is our new member management software is a superior staff-facing solution and, an innovative member-facing platform.
MoSoClub is easy to use too. Your staff can login to your software from a browser on a computer terminal at the club or you can access your software while the beach from your computer to see who punched into work and, when. You won’t have to download any software. Your software is digital: everything is in the cloud including member agreements, waivers, PT contracts – everything!
What our customers really like is the slick data-driven reporting you can create with MoSoClub. Use your member data to drive deeper into more meaningful insights and engagement opportunities. MoSoClub will give your facility the power to know your members so that you can create great club experiences every member expects.
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Global Fitness Industry Records Another Year of Growth 

151.5 Million Members Get Active At More Than 186,000 Health Clubs

May 25, 2016 – Boston, MA – Today, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) announced the release of The 2016 IHRSA Global Report: The State of the Health Club Industry. An IHRSA bestseller, the report provides a comprehensive overview of the health club industry worldwide. In 2015, global health club industry revenue totaled $81 billion, as 151.5 million members visited nearly 187,000 clubs.

“As the most up-to-date resource on the state of the global health club industry, The IHRSA Global Report is a must-have reference for all stakeholders in the health club industry, including club operators, developers, investors, and analysts,” said Jay Ablondi, IHRSA's executive vice president of global products. “This year’s report shows collective growth in markets worldwide, with mature markets leading the way.”

The top 10 markets account for roughly two out of three health clubs and three out of four members worldwide. While the U.S. leads all markets in club count and memberships at 55 million and 36,180, respectively, Brazil is second in club count at 31,809, Germany second in number of members at 9.5 million. All three markets are also among the top 10 worldwide in revenue with the U.S. ranking first ($25.8 billion), Germany second ($5.4 billion), and Brazil seventh ($2.4 billion).

Health club performance is also strong in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East. In the Asia-Pacific, 13 markets in the region attract 17 million members at more than 31,000 health clubs. While there is room for growth in the Middle East and North Africa, 10 countries in this region have a combined total of roughly 5,600 health clubs and approximately 3.4 million members.

“A new enhancement to the report this year for the U.S. market is a graphic illustration of health club utilization trends over the past seven years,” noted Ablondi. “For example, total health club visits annually in the United States increased by 25% since 2009.” 

The report is divided into four sections:

■          The "Industry Overview" section details the industry's performance in 2015, along with analysis and insights from industry experts and leading club operators.

■          The "Industry Research" section includes data on revenue, number of facilities and number of club members for nearly 70 markets. New this year are key statistics for 10 markets in the Middle East and North Africa. For the U.S. market, there is a breakdown of data for the number of health clubs by state, and infographic insights for consumer growth and member visits.

■          The "Company Profiles" section highlights more than 300 leading health club companies from around the world.

■          The "Supplier Profiles" section features fitness equipment manufacturers and suppliers, whose innovative products and services help club operators to be more profitable.

The 2016 IHRSA Global Report is available at ihrsa.org/ihrsa-global-report in print or as a PDF to IHRSA members ($74.95) and non-members ($149.95).

Related research: Additional comprehensive analysis of 16 markets in the Asia-Pacific region can be found in The IHRSA Asia-Pacific Health Club Report, available as a PDF at ihrsa.org/asia-pacific-report to IHRSA members ($299) and non-members ($599). The IHRSA Latin American Report contains market data and analyses on 15 Latin American markets and is available at ihrsa.org/latin-american-report as a PDF in English, Portuguese or Spanish language editions to IHRSA members ($74.95) and non-members ($149.95). A wealth of additional health club operational and consumer reports may be found at ihrsa.org/research-reports.



IHRSA is a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs and suppliers worldwide. Its mission is to grow, promote, and protect the health and fitness industry. As one of the world's leading authorities on the commercial health club industry, IHRSA is the source of the world's only primary consumer research and industry economic and operating studies. For more information on IHRSA research, visit ihrsa.org/research.