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Topgolf and ClubCorp Team Up to Accelerate Innovation for Golf Industry
Posted: June 20, 2017 in Chains

ClubCorp - The World Leader In Private ClubsDALLAS, TX - Topgolf, a global leader in sports entertainment with the world's largest digital golf audience, is teaming with ClubCorp – The World Leader in Private Clubs (NYSE: MYCC) to grow interest and participation in golf among Topgolf's 10.5 million players and ClubCorp's 430,000 members. The strategic alliance will result in Topgolf providing new technology and benefits for ClubCorp members and ClubCorp providing special offers and experiences at ClubCorp clubs. Read More...

Blink Fitness Introduces Mood Above Muscle to Philadelphia with Two Gym Openings
Posted: June 19, 2017 in Chains

Blink FitnessNEW YORK, N.Y. - Blink Fitness, a premium-quality, value-based gym has announced that the company is opening its first two locations in Philadelphia this week. The first gym is located in South Philly at Whitman Plaza and opened on Monday, June 19; the second is in North Philly at Academy Road and will be opening on Thursday, June 22. Blink Fitness is bringing Philadelphia residents its groundbreaking model and unique brand philosophy, Mood Above Muscle, which celebrates the emotional benefits of exercise in addition to the physical results. Read More...

Mike Mansbach Named President of MINDBODY
Posted: June 19, 2017 in Suppliers

MINDBODYSAN LUIS OBISPO, CA - MINDBODY (NASDAQ: MB), a leading technology platform for the wellness services industry, announced that veteran SaaS executive, Mike Mansbach, has been named President of MINDBODY. Mansbach will report directly to MINDBODY CEO and Co-Founder, Rick Stollmeyer, and will work alongside MINDBODY CFO and COO, Brett White. Read More...

ClassPass Raises $70 Million in Series C Funding Led by Temasek Following Its Strongest Quarter to Date
Posted: June 19, 2017 in Other News

ClassPassNEW YORK, N.Y. - ClassPass, the leading membership to the world's largest fitness network, announced its largest funding to date, raising $70 million in a Series C round of financing led by Temasek, along with current ClassPass investors Acequia Capital, CRV, General Catalyst, GV, M13 and Thrive. ClassPass will use the financing to fuel growth, invest in product innovation and expand operations. Read More...

2017 IHRSA Institute Scholarship Recipients Announced
Posted: June 13, 2017 in IHRSA

The IHRSA InstituteBOSTON, MA - The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) announced the recipients of two scholarships to attend The IHRSA Institute, August 1-4, 2017, at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. The John McCarthy Merit Scholarship has been awarded to Melinda Tempest, Owner of Ballarat Body & Soul Health & Fitness Studio in Ballarat, Australia. The Curt & Jane Beusman Scholarship has been awarded to Matthew Wright, Senior Director of Fitness for Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness in Glastonbury, CT. Read More...

Gold’s Gym Announces 2017 Gold’s Gym Challenge Winners
Posted: June 13, 2017 in Chains

Gold's GymDALLAS, TX - Gold's Gym, a leading fitness authority, has selected 30 winners from age categories ranging 18 - 60+ in the Gold's Gym Challenge, the company's signature 12-week body transformation competition. Starting in January, more than 20,000 members from across the U.S. challenged themselves to improve their physical fitness, boost their overall health and get in the best shape of their lives. Twelve weeks later, the contest has produced incredible success stories that are not only inspiring but redefine the meaning of strength. Read More...

Equinox Unveils New Brickell Heights Location In Miami
Posted: June 13, 2017 in Chains

EquinoxMIAMI, FL - Equinox, the high-performance lifestyle leader, opened the doors of its fifth location in the Miami area. Equinox Brickell Heights combines the unparalleled service Equinox offers at each of its 89 global locations with its own glamourous Miami experience. Equinox Brickell Heights embodies the best of modern-day Miami, with elements that make it the ultimate destination for strengthening the body and the community. Design details include a panoramic yoga studio, wraparound pool deck and cabanas, floor-to-ceiling windows, over 8,000 square feet of strength and cardio equipment, luxurious locker rooms, steam rooms, a full-service spa, juice bar and café and more. Read More...

New Anytime Fitness Mobile App Empowers Members With a New Workout Every Day
Posted: June 13, 2017 in Chains

Anytime Fitness WOODBURY, MN - Solving the universal problems of lack of time to hit the gym and uncertainty of how to work out solo, Anytime Fitness has launched a new mobile app that helps members stay prepared and motivated with a new workout every day. The Anytime Fitness App, now available for free download on iOS and Android devices, provides access to more than 1,100 workouts, the largest library of workout programs available on a fitness app. Read More...

Rapid Life Time Expansion Continues in Philadelphia with King of Prussia Opening
Posted: June 8, 2017 in Chains

Life Time  - The Healthy Way Of Life CompanyPHILADELPHIA, PA - Life Time, Healthy Way of Life lifestyle company and brand, is marking its third Philadelphia-area opening in 2017 at Life Time Athletic King of Prussia. The nearly 200,000-square-foot Life Time Athletic King of Prussia destination features everything members of any age could dream of in the areas of healthy living, healthy aging and healthy entertainment. Highlights of the three-story, 135,000-square-foot building include an indoor aquatic center, two basketball courts, four squash courts with a viewing and bar area and a third-floor Alpha functional and strength training space and outdoor deck area. In addition to the building, the 63,000-square-foot outdoor aquatic oasis features leisure, lap and whirlpools, water slides, an outdoor bistro, lounge seating and full resort experience. Read More...

Landice Announces New Management Structure
Posted: June 8, 2017 in Suppliers

LandiceRANDOLPH, N.J. - Landice, a top-rated treadmill, elliptical and bike manufacturer, announced a significant change to its current management structure. Greg Savettiere, whose engineering leadership helped establish Landice's foremost quality brand and grew the company over the past 20 years, will step down as the President. Dave Rainis will assume the position of President and CEO. He will serve to further enhance Landice's legacy as a manufacturer of the finest fitness equipment on the market. He was previously Vice President of Landice and has been with the company since 1999. Read More...

Planet Fitness Honored For Excellence In Corporate Social Impact
Posted: June 7, 2017 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc., (NYSE: PLNT), one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the United States, announced that the company has been honored with Engage for Good's 2017 Gold Halo Award in the social services category. The award recognizes the Company's impact with its pro-kindness, anti-bullying initiative, The Judgement Free Generation, and was announced at the 15th Annual Engage for Good (formerly Cause Marketing Forum) Conference in Chicago on June 1, 2017. The Halo Awards are North America's highest honor in recognition of organizations that have taken action and positively affected their communities with effective social and cause marketing initiatives. Read More...

24 Hour Fitness Opens New Location in Newark, CA
Posted: June 7, 2017 in Chains

24 Hour FitnessNEWARK, CA - 24 Hour Fitness is expanding its Bay Area presence with a new club in the conveniently located and recently renovated NewPark Mall that also includes 150 stores, a 12-screen theater, an Entertainment Promenade and Restaurant Pavilion. The NewPark Mall features over 1 million square feet of shopping options for residents, with the new 24 Hour Fitness club offering a health and wellness component that was previously missing within the complex. Read More...

Merrithew Surpasses 50,000 Trained
Posted: June 7, 2017 in Suppliers

Merrithew Health & FitnessTORONTO, ONTARIO - Merrithew, a global leader in mind-body exercise, has recently surpassed 50,000 trained, a significant milestone in the company’s 30-year history. Merrithew first began training Instructors in the early 1990s. By 2005, the company had trained over 10,000, and by 2010, that number was over 25,000. In 2017, Merrithew achieved an incredible 50,000 trained in over 135 countries around the world. Read More...

Matrix Fitness to Launch Two-way Compatibility With Apple Watch
Posted: June 7, 2017 in Suppliers

Matrix: Strong, Smart, BeautifulCOTTAGE GROVE, WI - Matrix Fitness announces that they will be among the equipment manufacturers that will help launch GymKit to the market later this fall. GymKit, announced at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, will allow Apple Watch to seamlessly connect in real time to select fitness equipment. Read More...

The MFA Industry Benchmark Survey is Underway
Posted: June 7, 2017 in Suppliers

Medical Fitness AssociationPINEHURST, N.C. - The MFA Industry Benchmark Survey, conducted every three (3) years is currently underway. It is open and available for participation from May 24, 2017 – July 31, 2017. This year, the survey has three parts. In response to previous comments from members, you will be able to save your work and return to the survey if you are unable to complete it in one sitting. Also, breaking the survey up into three components will allow you to get your information together more efficiently. Read More...

June 2017 Cover Story Preview: Brooklyn Boulders – Building Community One Climb at a Time
Posted: June 6, 2017 in Other News

Brooklyn BouldersIt’s a sport that has been around for years, and in 2020, it will make its debut in the Olympic Games, to be held in Tokyo. Coinciding with the sport’s growth, facilities dedicated to the discipline are entering the mainstream instead of being relegated to an empty, unused corner of a multipurpose club. Among the leaders in this segment is this month’s Club Insider Cover Story Subject, Brooklyn Boulders. Read More...

The Bay Club Company Expands Southern California Presence With Acquisition of Manhattan Country Club
Posted: June 6, 2017 in Chains

The Bay ClubSAN FRANCISCO, CA - The Bay Club Company (“Bay Club”), a California-based hospitality company, announced the acquisition of Manhattan Country Club (“MCC”), continuing its growth of luxury properties in the California marketplace. Manhattan Country Club will complement the current offerings that Bay Club is recognized for and further expand their Four Points of Focus: fitness, sports, hospitality and family. Read More...

Second Annual Ride For A Reason Raises More Than $750,000 For St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital And Life Time Foundation
Posted: June 6, 2017 in Chains

Life Time FoundationCHANHASSEN, MN - Ride for a Reason, the indoor cycling movement to help find a cure for childhood cancer and improve children's nutrition, has raised more than $750,000 during the second annual event hosted at more than 100 Life Time destinations across the country. Fundraising for the event remained open through May 22, allowing participants additional time to raise funds for two charity partners, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Life Time Foundation. Read More...

Life Fitness Launches New Integrity Series Cardio Line; LFconnect to Pair Seamlessly With Apple Watch
Posted: June 5, 2017 in Suppliers

Life FitnessROSEMONT, IL - Life Fitness, a global leader in commercial fitness equipment, announced its new Integrity Series cardio line, including a Treadmill, Elliptical Cross-Trainer, and Upright and Recumbent Lifecycle Exercise Bikes. Life Fitness also announced that its cardio equipment will pair wirelessly and seamlessly with Apple Watch so exercisers can track the most accurate measurements possible. Read More...

Technogym Introduces Apple Watch Compatibility
Posted: June 5, 2017 in Suppliers

Technogym: The Wellness CompanyCESENA, ITALY - Within the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference keynote speech, Apple announced Technogym connected cardio equipment will be compatible with Apple watch. Exercisers using their favorite Technogym cardio equipment will soon be able to simply tap their Apple Watch to seamlessly pair to treadmills, ellipticals, indoor bikes or stair steppers. With this innovation, data not previously communicated will sync seamlessly, including calories, distance, speed, floors climbed, incline and pace, resulting in the most accurate measurements possible. Read More...

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