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Bally Total Fitness - Pilates a Key Program Offering

Balanced Body® Selected as Exclusive Pilates Equipment & Training Partner

Sacramento, Calif. – March 4, 2008

Balanced Body®, the world's largest Pilates company, is partnering with Bally Total Fitness to upgrade and expand the Bally Total Pilates program. Balanced Body is providing instructor training sessions and workshops for approximately 150 Bally instructors across the country, plus supplying the fitness centers with Allegro Reformers®, EXO® Chairs and Pilates Arcs™.

“The breadth of our Pilates repertoire differentiates us from other fitness chains and we expect Pilates to be an important source of non-dues revenue,” said Norris Tomlinson, senior director of program development for Bally Total Fitness Corporation. “Pilates has been a key Bally program offering over the past 10 years, and it will play an even more important part of our future. Our goal is to offer complete Pilates programming for all of our member demographics. In that endeavor, Balanced Body is an invaluable partner. No other organization could supply us with the quality equipment and staff education on a national scale in such an accelerated timeline.”

Balanced Body provides scalable Pilates training and equipment programs worldwide to large and single-club fitness centers. This month, Balanced Body University® will provide Pilates mat, Reformer, EXO Chair and Pilates Arc training sessions and workshops for Bally instructors in 12 major US cities, along with installing the new Pilates equipment. Bally’s enhanced Total Pilates program, part of the organization’s New Better Bally initiative, launches nationwide on April 1.

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“We first partnered with Bally in 1999 when it became the first national fitness company to offer Pilates mat and Reformer classes,” said Brad Thorp, director of national sales for Balanced Body. “Today, we’re thrilled to help Bally continue its commitment to Pilates, and to once again become the first fitness chain to offer Pilates Chair and Arc programming.”

About Balanced Body

Balanced Body is the leading resource for Pilates equipment, information and education for fitness centers, studios, and home users. As the world‘s largest manufacturer of Pilates exercise equipment, Balanced Body leads the industry with its innovative designs. Founded in 1976, the company was the first to substantially update Joseph Pilates‘ equipment with state-of-the-art engineering, materials and technology. Ken Endelman, the company‘s founder and president, has been awarded 17 U.S. patents for his inventions. Headquartered in Sacramento, Calif., the company is the number one choice of clubs, spas and rehabilitation facilities worldwide, with an extensive line of equipment, training programs, accessories, books, and videos that meets the Pilates needs of any professional or home user. For more information, visit Balanced Body‘s Web site at or call 1-800-PILATES.

About Bally Total Fitness

Bally Total Fitness is the largest and only international commercial operator of fitness centers with approximately 400 clubs in the USA, the Caribbean, Mexico, South Korea and China under the Bally Total Fitness® and Bally Sports Clubs® brands. Bally offers a unique platform for distribution of a wide range of products and services targeted to active, fitness-conscious adult consumers. Visit for more information.

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