24 Hour Fitness Selects Team Members to Serve as Fitness Ambassadors at U.S. Training Center During Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

San Ramon, California (EastBayDaily) — 24 Hour Fitness, the largest privately-owned U.S. fitness chain and the Official Fitness Center Sponsor of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, announced that 21 team members will serve as “Fitness Ambassadors” and staff the United States Olympic Committee’s (USOC) High Performance Training Center (HPTC) in Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games.

Fitness managers and master trainers from the 24 Hour Fitness network participated in a rigorous selection process by submitting an application detailing how they changed people’s lives by helping them achieve their fitness goals, along with inspiring member testimonials. The selected staff attended a three-day training at the USOC headquarters to prepare them for their assignment at the HPTC.

“24 Hour Fitness is proud to continue its support of the U.S. Olympic Team by providing this unique opportunity to its own team members,” said Carl Liebert, Chief Executive Officer, 24 Hour Fitness. “No other fitness company in the country can offer the chance to be the ‘team behind the team.’ Our trainers have proven their ability to change lives within the walls of our clubs, now they have their minds set on helping our Olympians bring home the gold.”

As the Official Fitness Center Sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Team, 24 Hour Fitness worked closely with the USOC to plan, develop and implement the HPTC, which will be a base for the USOC during the Games. The Fitness Ambassadors will manage the operations of the facility, ensuring that the U.S. athletes have functional, state-of-the-art equipment and the on-site support needed for an optimal workout.

“The team of trainers assembled to support U.S. athletes at the Beijing Games represents the best of 24 Hour Fitness,” said Derek Gallup, Vice President of Fitness Operations, 24 Hour Fitness. “I’m confident that our trainers will do a fantastic job supporting Team USA in their quest for gold and serve as a true inspiration to their clients upon returning from Beijing.”

From a fitness staff of more than 4,000, 21 team members were selected to go to Beijing in three waves throughout the Games. The staff includes: Jennifer Avelino, San Ramon Super Sport, San Ramon, CA; Jenn Burke, Chesterfield Sport, Chesterfield, MO; Rob Gibson, Folsom Super Sport, Folsom, CA; Israel Allen, Southlake Sport, Southlake, TX; Justin Chin, North Point Active, San Francisco, CA; Jason Speck, Chandler Sport, Chandler, AZ; Rick Baird, Summerlin Agassi Super Sport, Las Vegas, NV; Mahnaz Barhaghi, Fremont Active, Fremont, CA; Janel Bilal, Carson Magic Johnson Sport, Carson, CA; Will Campbell, Summerlin Agassi Super Sport, Las Vegas, NV; Mike Case, Columbia Tech Sport, Vancouver, WA; John Faczak, Tiffany Plaza Sport, Denver, CO; Danny Fisher, UTC Active, San Diego, CA; Omar Holl, Broomfield Sport, Broomfield, CO; Lisa Martin, Windward Active, Kaneohe, HI; Brandon Moriki, Honolulu Sport, Honolulu, HI; Denise Sarver, Ward Parkway Sport, Kansas City, MO; Courtney Shelby, Colorado/Alameda Sport, Glendale, CO; Angela Stovall, Chino Active, Chino, CA; Luis M. Torres, Rancho Cucamonga Sport, Rancho Cucamonga, CA; and Kurt Weinreich Jr., Denver DTC Active, Denver, CO.

To help Team USA train, 24 Hour Fitness provided state-of-the-art equipment and expertise to U.S. Olympic Training Centers in Colorado Springs, Colo., Chula Vista, Calif. and Lake Placid, N.Y.

As part of its partnership with the USOC, which launched in 2003, 24 Hour Fitness also offers eligible U.S. Olympic athletes and hopefuls free and reduced rate club memberships to support them as they train in their hometowns. Additionally, 24 Hour Fitness is proud to support the U.S. Olympic Movement by sponsoring nine National Governing Bodies (NGBs): USA Cycling, USA Gymnastics, USA Judo, USA Softball, USA Track & Field, USA Volleyball, USA Water Polo, USA Weightlifting and USA Wrestling.

About 24 Hour Fitness: Headquartered in San Ramon, Calif., 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide, an innovative leader in the health and fitness industry, serves more than 3 million members in over 400 clubs worldwide. Founded in 1983 as a one-club operation, 24 Hour Fitness pioneered the concept of making fitness accessible, affordable and a way of life for everyone. 24 Hour Fitness has partnered with superstar athletes and celebrities like Magic Johnson, Andre Agassi, Lance Armstrong, Shaquille O’Neal, Jackie Chan, Yao Ming and Derek Jeter to open co-branded clubs around the world. The company demonstrates its leadership through sponsorships like that of the U.S. Olympic Team and a commitment to the community through various charitable and in-kind donations. In addition, 24 Hour Fitness enjoys strategic partnerships with major consumer brands like Coca-Cola and Nike, and for five seasons has partnered with NBC’s popular reality TV show, The Biggest Loser.

Please call 1-800-224-0240 or visit http://www.24HourFitness.com for more information and to find the location nearest you.

Media Contacts: Wendy Yellin/media hotline                             24 Hour Fitness                                  866-819-7414                                      wyellin @ 24hourfit.com


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