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Paul Grzymkowski Passes Away at Age 72
Posted: April 13, 2021 in Other News

Paul GrzymkowskiFitness industry veteran and icon, Paul M. Grzymkowski passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on April 1, 2021 in Woodland Hills, California. He is survived by his devoted wife, Joanna Gunst Grzymkowski; brother Peter Grzymkowski; and sisters Margaret Halstead, Christine Grzymkowski and Karen Grzymkowski, as well as aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and his godchildren. Paul and his twin sister Christine were born on March 5, 1949 in Rochester, New York to Mary (Jacula) and Peter Grzymkowski. Read More...

UpSwell’s 2021 Fitness Survey Results: Consumers Want To Return To the Gym Lifestyle
Posted: April 13, 2021 in Suppliers

UpSwellDespite the fallback health clubs and fitness centers experienced from COVID-19 and the dip in gym attendance, consumers are still wanting a way to meet their fitness goals. In February, UpSwell conducted a survey to learn more about consumer behaviors, and surprisingly, more people than you might think are wanting to go back to the gym, in person. Here’s what we learned... Read More...

PF Growth Partners Making California Debut
Posted: April 12, 2021 in Chains

Planet FitnessTIMONIUM, MD - PF Growth Partners, LLC (PFGP), an award-winning franchise division of Planet Fitness, is going to “The Golden State.” In June, the Timonium, Maryland-based group is scheduled to open its first California gym in San Bruno, bringing its portfolio to 70 U.S. clubs and six Australian clubs. The 11,996-square-foot San Bruno club will offer state-of-the-art cardio machines and strength equipment, 30-Minute Express Circuit, fully equipped locker rooms with day lockers and showers, numerous flat screen televisions, HydroMassage beds, massage chairs, tanning beds, a Total Body Enhancement booth and more. Read More...

Ecore Helps Gyms and Fitness Facilities Re-open, and Stay Open, with New Floor Cleaning and Maintenance Resource Page
Posted: April 9, 2021 in Suppliers

ecoreLANCASTER, PA - As gyms, recreation facilities and other fitness spaces continue to reopen, it’s essential to implement proper cleaning and disinfecting techniques, especially with the largest piece of equipment, the flooring. To that end, Ecore, a manufacturer of safety, ergonomic and acoustic performance surfaces, is now offering a dedicated landing page that addresses the specific cleaning and maintenance needs and requirements for these high-touch, heavy-use spaces as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Read More...

ACSM Announces Kristin Traskie as Inaugural Certified Fitness Professional of the Year
Posted: April 9, 2021 in Suppliers

American College of Sports Medicine INDIANAPOLIS, IN - The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has announced Kristin A. Traskie, M.P.H., ACSM-CPT as the ACSM Certified Professional of the Year during ACSM’s 25th anniversary International Health & Fitness Summit. Traskie is the inaugural recipient of the award. ACSM’s Committee on Certification and Registry Boards (CCRB) selected this year’s winner for demonstrating exceptional leadership, motivation and instructional skills, as well as the ability to inspire clients to achieve health and wellness goals. Read More...

Gold’s Gym Crofton Debuts Mr. America Reality Show
Posted: April 8, 2021 in Chains

Gold's GymCROFTON, MD - As top athletes prepare to compete in the 2021 Mr. America competition, the reality show, "Mr. America's Gym. Eat. Repeat: The Road to Mr. America", provides an insider's look at the physical and emotional impacts and challenges that each experiences. Each 30-minute show is filmed in the hometowns of the six competitors, beginning on April 9 - 10, 2021 at Gold's Gym in Crofton, Maryland. Read More...

World Gym International & Champions + Legends Announce Strategic Partnership for CBD Sport Supplements
Posted: April 8, 2021 in Chains

World GymLOS ANGELES, CA - World Gym International, the iconic global fitness brand and Champions + Legends, a premium manufacturer of hemp-derived CBD-based sport supplements for preparation, performance and recovery, announce a new partnership for the supply, distribution and education of the Champions & Legends product line. The partnership with Champions + Legends is one of many new initiatives World Gym International has launched to provide its franchisees and their members with the best possible fitness programming, nutritional guidance, recovery tools and supplements in the gym, at home or on the go. Read More...

ABC Fitness Solutions Acquires Fitness BI, a Leading Data Warehouse-as-a-Service Platform Providing On-Demand Business Insights to Health Clubs
Posted: April 8, 2021 in Suppliers

ABC Fitness SolutionsLITTLE ROCK, AR and SAN FRANCISCO, CA - ABC Fitness Solutions, LLC (ABC), a leading provider of technology and related services for the fitness industry, announced it has acquired Fitness BI, a proven Data Warehouse-as-a-Service platform providing advanced business intelligence and reporting solutions that help more than 1100 clubs make smarter, more strategic business decisions. Read More...

Mindbody Recognizes Key Team Members with Executive Promotions
Posted: April 8, 2021 in Suppliers

Mindbody SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA - Mindbody, a leading experience technology platform for the wellness industry, has announced the promotion of five key team members. As the wellness industry begins to rebound, Mindbody wants to acknowledge its employees for their dedication and unwavering commitment to helping people lead happier, healthier lives. These tenured team members will be integral to the brand's ongoing growth during this year and beyond... Read More...

Matrix Fitness Partners with iFIT to Bring Unmatched Interactive Fitness Content to Health Clubs and Fitness Facilities
Posted: April 8, 2021 in Suppliers

Matrix: Strong, Smart, BeautifulCOTTAGE GROVE, WI - Matrix Fitness, one of the world’s fastest growing commercial fitness brands, has announced a strategic partnership with iFIT, a global leader in interactive connected fitness technology and content, to bring iFIT’s proprietary workout platform to the commercial Matrix connected, touchscreen fitness portfolio. The collaboration strengthens Matrix’s products and digital solutions. Read More...

IHRSA Welcomes Members to Board of Directors and Elects Officers
Posted: April 7, 2021 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - For the first time, IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, held its annual meeting virtually to elect new members to its Board of Directors and provide updates to the membership. During the meeting, the membership elected four industry professionals to serve on the IHRSA Board of Directors. Four-year terms will begin on July 1, 2021, for the newest Board Members: Luke Carlson, Aaron Moore, Jose Teixeira and Loni Wang. Read More...

New American Council on Exercise Campaign Seeks to take Physical Activity Outside
Posted: April 7, 2021 in Suppliers

ACESAN DIEGO, CA - The American Council on Exercise (ACE) launches a national advocacy campaign calling on local and state governments to expand access and reduce restrictions to using green spaces, parks and other community spaces. These typically under-utilized spaces can provide safe locations for structured, physical activity experiences led by well-qualified exercise professionals and community organizations. With the COVID-19 pandemic ever present, ACE envisions this campaign as a long-term benefit that can improve community health and reduce health inequities. Read More...

Three Lasting Post-COVID-19 Trends in the Fitness Industry
Posted: April 6, 2021 in Suppliers

VFPnextPandemics have a way of accelerating changes, and COVID-19 is no different. So, what are the three main changes that are so rapidly accelerating? 1. Digital Member Relationships 2. Connected Wellness; 3. Fitness Anywhere. Read on to learn more... Read More...

Retro Fitness Launches At-Home Workout Bike and First-Ever Dual Gym Membership
Posted: April 6, 2021 in Chains

Retro FitnessWEST PALM BEACH, FL - Retro Fitness, a leader in high-value, low price fitness, has announced the launch of Get Wheel, an at-home stationary bike with an in-gym dual membership. This marks the brand's entry into the at-home fitness arena and the first national gym to offer a membership that combines both at-home and in-gym fitness experiences. Read More...

Life Time Partners with GameFace Training to Offer Sports Performance Training for Athletes
Posted: April 6, 2021 in Chains

Life Time  - The Healthy Way Of Life CompanyCHANHASSEN, MN - At a time where young athletes are looking for more opportunities and spaces to train for their sport, Life Time, one of the nation's premier omnichannel healthy lifestyle brands, has announced a partnership with GameFace Training to offer sports performance training at Life Time Sport Winter Park in Eden Prairie and Life Time New Hope. Read More...

Ten Industry Veterans to Lead the National Health and Fitness Alliance
Posted: April 5, 2021 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - The arrival of COVID-19 in the United States revealed a devastating truth to fitness industry stakeholders: policymakers and public health professionals in many jurisdictions do not understand or appreciate the essential role that health clubs and fitness facilities play in communities across the nation. In response, IHRSA has resolved to unite industry stakeholders around initiatives that highlight the health and fitness industry’s distinctive value. A major new initiative is the National Health & Fitness Alliance (NHFA), which aims to unite the advocacy, public affairs, stakeholder engagement, fundraising and lobbying efforts of the national health and fitness industry to represent and protect the entire U.S. fitness industry. Read More...

ACE and the Special Olympics Launch New Continuing Education Course to Make Physical Activity More Inclusive
Posted: April 5, 2021 in Suppliers

ACESAN DIEGO, CA - The American Council on Exercise (ACE) and Special Olympics have collaborated on a new course to promote inclusion within the fitness industry. This new course, created and led by Special Olympics, is specifically designed to provide exercise professionals with the knowledge and guidance to successfully serve and support individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) in their physical activity journey. Read More...

FitnessOnDemand Welcomes Sports Legend to Fitness Family
Posted: April 5, 2021 in Suppliers

Fitness On DemandCHANHASSEN, MN - If you like pro sports, you know the Gronkowski family name. They’re a family sporting dynasty. But, you probably didn’t know they’re also behind one of the most successful fitness equipment retail brands in the country: G+G Fitness and Gronk Fitness. This month, Fitness On Demand (FOD) is delighted to say they’re also now part of the FOD family. Read More...

Peloton Completes Acquisition of Precor
Posted: April 1, 2021 in Suppliers

PelotonNEW YORK, N.Y. - Peloton (NASDAQ: PTON), a leading interactive fitness platform, announces it has officially closed the acquisition of Precor, one of the largest global commercial fitness equipment providers with a significant U.S. manufacturing presence. Peloton acquired Precor for $420 million in cash, subject to customary adjustments for working capital, transaction expenses, cash and indebtedness. The acquisition of Precor was announced on December 21, 2020. Read More...

World Gym International Introduces All-New World Gym Athletics
Posted: April 1, 2021 in Chains

All-New World Gym Athletics - Built for your lifeLOS ANGELES, CA - World Gym International, the iconic global fitness brand, announces the All-New World Gym Athletics, a complete health and fitness training solution built for the everyday athlete. The All-New World Gym Athletics is now available at World Gym locations across the United States, Brazil, Canada and Australia. Read More...

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