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Jazzercise is 50 Years Strong in 2019
Posted: December 4, 2018 in Chains

JazzerciseCARLSBAD, CA - In 2019 Jazzercise, Inc., the company that catapulted "aerobic dance" to notoriety in the 1980s, becomes the first ever dance fitness brand to celebrate the 50-year mark. The always-evolving program was created in the Chicagoland area in 1969 by Founder and CEO, Judi Sheppard Missett, with a single aerobic dance class based on classical jazz dance. Read More...

EXOS Acquires Boost Physical Therapy and Sports Performance
Posted: December 4, 2018 in Chains

EXOSPHOENIX, AZ - EXOS, a leader in human performance, announced their acquisition of Boost Physical Therapy and Sports Performance, a leading physical therapy organization in the Kansas City area. By combining EXOS methodology with the Boost Physical Therapy and Sports Performance practices, these eight locations will be able to provide more services and continue to improve the lives of their patients. Read More...

Youfit Health Clubs Partners With Advanced Genomic Solutions
Posted: December 4, 2018 in Chains

Youfit Health ClubsDEERFIELD BEACH, FL - Continuing its mission to be a leader in health club innovation, Youfit Health Clubs has announced its latest partnership with Advanced Genomic Solutions, bringing members in Arizona and Tampa, Florida access to genetic testing offered through the YouCoach personal training program. AGS is an international leader in genomic testing offering a Health & Wellness DNA Test. This assessment will provide Youfit members with an individualized report to help them understand how their genetics affect their diet, exercise, and nutrition. Read More...

USPTA and ThanksUSA Announce 2018-2019 Scholarship Recipients
Posted: December 3, 2018 in Suppliers

USPTALAKE NONA, FL - The United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and ThanksUSA announced the recipients of the 2018-2019 USPTA/ThanksUSA scholarship program. Through the Tennis Thanks the Troops campaign, USPTA and ThanksUSA encourage USPTA professionals to raise money for scholarships awarded to the families of U.S. military personnel. Each recipient will receive a $3,000 scholarship towards their undergraduate studies. Read More...

Columbia Athletic Club Reopens After Extensive Seven-month Renovation Project
Posted: November 30, 2018 in Independents

Columbia Association COLUMBIA, MD - Columbia Association’s (CA) oldest fitness club is now ready to serve members and guests well into the future. That’s because Columbia Athletic Club has reopened after an extensive seven-month renovation, transforming the club into a state-of-the-art facility that meets trends and needs, and which provides the experience that CA’s members and guests are seeking with each visit. Read More...

Blink Fitness Celebrates Newest New Jersey Location In Irvington With Holiday Donations To Local Nonprofit
Posted: November 30, 2018 in Chains

Blink FitnessIRVINGTON, N.J. - Blink Fitness, the premium quality, affordable fitness brand, is excited to announce the grand opening of its 78th location, in Irvington. As a part of the Grand Opening celebration, Blink Fitness will donate 50 one-year memberships, worth over $10,000 to Turning Point Community Services, an Irvington-based nonprofit organization that is committed to helping those in need to become self-sufficient by breaking the cycles of habits that have permeated their lives and leave them at risk. Blink Fitness will also make a $1,000 donation to help Turning Point to provide gifts, meals and more to nearly 100 women and children of Irvington for the holidays. Read More...

United PF Partners Celebrates 100 Club Milestone
Posted: November 29, 2018 in Chains

Planet Fitness AUSTIN, TX - United PF Partners (United PF), the largest Planet Fitness (NYSE: PLNT) franchisee, recently reached a key milestone as they officially became the first franchisee in the system to own and operate more than 100 Planet Fitness clubs. Additionally, this month United PF Partners celebrated its second anniversary. United PF was formed two years ago, in November 2016, by JLM Financial Partners (JLM) and Eagle Merchant Partners (Eagle) with the merger of several leading Planet Fitness franchisees and the overall goal of accelerating growth and further providing access to non-intimidating fitness environments where members can build active lifestyles for an affordable price. Today, United PF has grown to 110+ clubs across 10 states, employs over 1,500, and serves over 850,000 members. Read More...

Augie’s Quest Reports First Subject Successfully Enrolled in AT-1501 Phase 1 Study, a First-of-its-Kind, Promising Treatment for ALS
Posted: November 28, 2018 in Other News

Augie's QuestORANGE COUNTY, CA - The ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI), the world's foremost nonprofit biotech focused solely on ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), in partnership with Anelixis Therapeutics, LLC., and via targeted funding from Augie's Quest to Cure ALS, announced the first human was successfully given a dose of AT-1501, a promising investigative drug to treat the neurodegenerative disease. Not only does this critical step signal the continuation of the phase 1 human safety trial and the first achieved milestone for AT-1501, it is the first time a nonprofit drug discovery center has successfully brought a new molecular entity, this type of experimental treatment for ALS, from inception through to the clinical trial phase. Read More...

ClubCorp Announces the Addition of The Ridge Club on Cape Cod
Posted: November 28, 2018 in Chains

ClubCorp - The World Leader In Private ClubsDALLAS, TX - ClubCorp – The World Leader in Private Clubs – announces the acquisition of The Ridge Club, a premier, family oriented golf and lifestyle club located in Sandwich, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. Plans for capital improvements are currently being developed. ClubCorp acquired Brookstone Golf & Country Club near Atlanta this past July and opened The Collective, a new private club concept in Seattle in May. In recent weeks, ClubCorp also announced the launch of ClubLife Management, a comprehensive management services division for private clubs, destination resorts and premier daily-fee golf courses. Read More...

Crunch Franchise Announces Its Newest Location in Charlotte, North Carolina and Bakersfield, California
Posted: November 27, 2018 in Chains

Crunch FranchiseCHARLOTTE, N.C. and BAKERSFIELD, CA - Crunch Franchise announced the January 2019 opening of a new 30,000-square-foot fitness center with state-of-the art equipment and amenities in Charlotte, North Carolina. Crunch Franchise also announced the December 1, 2018, opening of a new fitness center with state-of-the art equipment and amenities in Bakersfield, California. Crunch, known for its innovative group fitness programming, will offer a wide range of classes every week, including BodyWeb with TRX, Zumba, Cardio Tai Box and Yoga Body Sculpt. Additionally, a dedicated Ride studio will feature Crunch's signature indoor cycling classes. Members looking for more guidance or motivation can utilize the HIITZone, a proprietary high-intensity interval group training program. Read More...

FIBO USA Brings The Future of Fitness to Orlando Next Week
Posted: November 27, 2018 in Suppliers

FIBO USANORWALK, CT - There is still time to register for one of the world’s leading event for fitness, health and wellness: FIBO’s inaugural U.S. event, December 5 - 8 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. FIBO USA is backed by the long-running success of FIBO Global events in Germany, China and South Africa. Its U.S. debut will assemble fitness professionals and enthusiasts in Orlando for an immersive exhibit of the most groundbreaking people, products and ideas propelling the global fitness industry forward. Read More...

Life Time Expands Chicagoland Presence With $42 Million Northbrook Club Opening; Convention-Busting Experience Life Magazine Expands National and Local Acclaim
Posted: November 27, 2018 in Chains

Life Time  - The Healthy Way Of Life CompanyNORTHBROOK, IL and CHANHASSEN, MN - Life Time, the premier healthy lifestyle brand, is set to open its newest luxury athletic club in Chicagoland in more than ten years. The new 86,000-square-foot club employs nearly 300 team members and is the company's tenth location in the Chicago market and one of four additional Life Time destinations planned, including Oakbrook, Lake Zurich and at One Chicago Square respectively. And, on the heels of receiving four awards at FOLIO: in October, Experience Life, the whole-life health and fitness magazine, was awarded top honors in six categories at the Minnesota Media and Publishing Association (MMPA) Excellence Awards, which celebrates exceptional media and publishing work in the upper Midwest. Read More...

Curves NA & Oceania, Inc. Name Krishea Holloway as President
Posted: November 22, 2018 in Chains

CurvesWOODWAY, TX - Curves NA & Oceania, Inc., leaders in the fitness and wellness industry and one of the largest fitness center chains globally for women, announced that Krishea Holloway has been named President. With over 21 years of Curves operational experience and expertise, Holloway will lead all decisions for Curves across marketing, sales, and operations for North America. Read More...

Planet Fitness Ranked #1 For Fitness Centers In Newsweek’s Inaugural List of America’s Best Companies for Customer Service
Posted: November 21, 2018 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc. (NYSE: PLNT) (the "Company"), announced they have been named to Newsweek's inaugural 2019 list of America's Best Companies for Customer Service as the number one customer service provider for fitness centers. The America's Best Customer Service 2019 ranking was identified in an independent survey from a sample of more than 20,000 U.S. customers who were asked whether they would recommend brands to friends or family, and assessed brands in quality of communications, technical competence, range of services, customer focus and accessibility. Read More...

Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Bill Signed into Law
Posted: November 21, 2018 in Suppliers

American College of Sports MedicineINDIANAPOLIS, IN - President Donald Trump has signed into law HR 302/S. 808, which includes the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act that now paves the way for sports medicine practitioners to work across state lines with liability protections. The new law extends the liability insurance coverage of a state-licensed medical professional while on travel to another state when the professional provides medical services to an athlete, athletic team or team staff member. Previously, clinicians that traveled with teams across state lines could have faced allegations that they were practicing medicine without malpractice protection. The new law sufficiently remedies this problem. Read More...

Bonita Bay Club’s Buzza and Padua Named Golf Digest “Best Young Teachers in America”
Posted: November 21, 2018 in Independents

Bontia Bay ClubBONITA SPRINGS, FL - Bonita Bay Club’s Steve Buzza, PGA Golf Professional and Megan Padua, PGA, LPGA Teaching Professional, have been named to the “Best Young Teachers in America” list in Golf Digest Magazine’s November issue. Buzza and Padua are also among Bonita Bay Club’s more than 20 TPI-certified golf and fitness instructors who are specially trained by the Titleist Performance Institute to help players improve their skills, strength and power. Read More...

Crunch Fitness Selects Socialbakers to Accelerate and Optimize Social Media Marketing; Announces Its Newest Locations in Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina
Posted: November 20, 2018 in Chains

Crunch FranchiseNEW YORK, N.Y. and NORTH CAROLINA - Socialbakers, the leading AI-powered social media marketing platform, announced that Crunch Fitness has selected its platform to improve the effectiveness of its social media marketing campaigns. Socialbakers gives Crunch Fitness the capability to schedule and publish posts across more than 250 social media profiles on Facebook and other sites faster than ever. Crunch Fitness has also gained new visibility into its social media campaigns with dashboards and reporting that visually display which posts perform best and which ones can be further optimized. Crunch Franchise also announced its newest locations in Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina. Read More...

Town Sports International Locations in Philadelphia Join the Silver&Fit Network
Posted: November 19, 2018 in Chains

Town Sports InternationalPHILADELPHIA, PA - Town Sports International Holdings, Inc. (TSI), one of the largest gym networks in the Northeast, is pleased to announce that its five Philadelphia locations are now participating in the Silver&Fit program's network of fitness facilities. This allows them to provide no-cost or low-cost club access to Silver&Fit members who work out at these fitness centers. The Silver&Fit program is one of the nation's leading exercise and healthy aging programs for Medicare members. Read More...

MINDBODY Named to Deloitte’s 2018 Technology Fast 500
Posted: November 15, 2018 in Suppliers

MINDBODYSAN LUIS OBISPO, CA - MINDBODY, Inc. (NASDAQ: MB), a leading technology platform for the fitness, beauty and wellness services industries, is included in Deloitte's Technology 2018 Fast 500, ranking 463 among the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and energy tech companies in North America. 2018 is the seventh time MINDBODY has appeared on the Fast 500 list since 2010. Read More...

Planet Fitness, Inc. Announces Accelerated Share Repurchase Program
Posted: November 14, 2018 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc. (NYSE: PLNT) (the "Company"), announced that it has entered into a $300 million accelerated share repurchase agreement (the "ASR Agreement") with Citibank, N.A. ("Citibank"). The Company will acquire shares under the ASR Agreement as part of its $500 million share repurchase authorization previously announced on August 9, 2018 (the "Share Repurchase Authorization"). As of November 12, 2018, before giving effect to the ASR Agreement, approximately $458 million remained available for share repurchases pursuant to the Share Repurchase Authorization. Read More...

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