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>> Martin L.B. Walter has retired after more than 23 years with New Balance. Walter, who previously held sales and marketing positions in the company's domestic U.S. operations, was most recently vice president international – Pacific/Asia, traveling extensively throughout the world to develop New Balance's business. Following his official retirement, he will serve as a member of New Balance's Advisory Board

>> Iron Grip Barbell Company recently donated Iron Grip free weight equipment to outfit a newly constructed fitness center in Target House, a housing facility for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital patients and their families. St. Jude, located in Memphis, Tenn., is the nation's largest center for children undergoing treatment for pediatric cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Iron Grip was invited to participate in the fitness center project through Life Time Fitness, which also donated equipment.

>> Tanita is lowering the price of its entry model, the UltimateScale, to $39.99 from $49.99, effective April 1.

>> The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) has selected TechnoGym as its Associate Member of the Year. TechnoGym will be honored on Feb. 27 at the annual convention and trade show, this year in San Francisco. Founded in 1983 by its current President, Nerio Alessandri, TechnoGym has been an associate member of IHRSA since 1993. The Italy-based company has more than 800 employees worldwide and subsidiaries around the globe.

>> The current Newsweek magazine issue that hit the stands today covers the debate over the USA Food Guide Pyramid and its 1992 claim that broadly says all fats are bad and all carbs are good. Many researchers consider it flawed, and advocate more of an emphasis on so-called "good fats" to leave people feeling more satisfied and more successful at long-term weight loss. The issue is dated Jan. 20, 2003, with the cover title of "The Perfect Diet."


Fitness: Did you hear?…

For the week Oct. 26 to Nov. 1 >> Have you seen the Tom Hanks movie, "The Terminal," where a visitor from a make-believe Eastern country gets held in the JFK airport because his country had a military coup while he was in the air and it basically doesn't exist? In the opening more

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>> PowerBar is at the 107th running of the Boston Marathon in a big and colorful way. A new feature is its "PowerGel Zone" at the base of "Heartbreak Hill" starting just before mile 17 of the 26.2 mile run from Hopkinton to downtown Boston. No, handing out the gels to runners more

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For the week of June 21-27 >> Since RBC Capital had worked with Nautilus on the acquisition of Pearl Izumi, it wasn't allowed to do a report at that time about the purchase. Now, a week later, it's come out with what it called a "Q2 earnings preview," titled, "A good month more

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>> Iron Grip Barbell Company has entered into a licensing relationship with Nautilus Group Inc. Iron Grip has granted Nautilus the right to sell certain weight plates with three handgrips under its U.S. Patent 6,436,015. Iron Grip also recently entered into a similar license with more

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>> For the second consecutive year, the Club Industry show shared McCormick Place with the Chicago Marathon Expo, held the day after CI closed on Sunday, Oct. 12. SNEWS cruised that expo too and found two fitness industry exhibitors taking a stab at the marathon group, apparently more

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>> In its annual now-much-anticipated report on who's the fattest of them all, Detroit has risen to top "honors" in the Men's Fitness magazine's Fattest Cities report. Detroit jumped from third place to first overall, partly because it has the lowest per capita number of gyms and more

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>> Ilan Katz, former vice president at Fitness Headquarters, has left the company as of Oct. 31 and moved to the Miami area. His goal, he told SNEWS, is to open his own specialty fitness store in the area and to do it his way. We're sure we'll hear more soon from Katz, who more

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>> Dave Taylor leaves Muscle Dynamics July 3 to start at Bodyguard in a newly created position of eastern regional manager of commercial sales. He tells SNEWS he will not only work to expand the network for commercial sales, but will also develop strength products for Bodyguard. more

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>> A northern New York woman has filed a $1.1 million lawsuit against a hotel where she broke her ankle while exercising on a treadmill. Angela Ormond of Potsdam said she slid backward off a treadmill at Embassy Suites Hotel in East Syracuse about 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 30, 2002. She more