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Genesis Health Clubs Partners with Tobacco Free Wichita and City of Wichita Parks & Recreation
Posted: April 22, 2018 in Chains

Genesis Health ClubsWICHITA, KS - Rodney Steven II, influential local entrepreneur and Owner/President of Genesis Health Clubs, announced “Play Healthy ICT” in partnership with Tobacco Free Wichita. The free event took place April 21st at OJ Watson Park, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The partnership with Genesis Health Clubs’ KidFit program, Wichita Parks & Recreation and Tobacco Free Wichita featured fun, active programming for all ages, including “Around the World – Sports of All Sorts,” free kids’ bikes and helmets (limited), yoga, healthy snacks, games, jump ropes, hula hoops, tobacco litter cleanup, special guests and more. Read More...

More than 700 Capitol Hill Staffers from 64 Offices Set New Participation Record in ACE Congressional Fitness Challenge
Posted: April 19, 2018 in Suppliers

ACEWASHINGTON, D.C. - ACE’s 3rd Annual Congressional Fitness Challenge, a competition that tracks steps and other selected forms of physical activity for six weeks, drew a record number of competitors with more than 700 individuals from 64 offices, a more than 200% increase from last year. The competition spanned from February 5 to March 18, 2018. The challenge provided members of Congress, their full-time staff and interns the opportunity to get more physically active in a congenially competitive way, to build camaraderie while doing so and to inspire their constituents to embrace physical activity as part of a healthy lifestyle. The friendly competition drew almost equal numbers of teams from both sides of the political aisle. Read More...

Anytime Fitness Firms Up Hiring Strategy to Compete for Quality Personal Trainers
Posted: April 18, 2018 in Chains

Anytime FitnessWOODBURY, MN - Between managers, trainers and other staff, Anytime Fitness, and its franchisees, keep more than 20,000 positions filled across its constantly growing franchise system. With constant growth, time is of the essence in filling positions. Quarter over quarter, Hireology's platform lowered each Anytime Fitness gym owner's time to hire by 23%. The reduction was achieved primarily by allowing owners to spend less time reviewing unqualified and unfit applicants, and instead, focusing only on top talent. In turn, the decreased time spent on hiring has allowed the locations utilizing Hireology to focus more on empowering its employees and serving members. Read More...

ClubSport, Renaissance ClubSport, and The Studio Fitness Clubs Launch Colin’s Crew Fundraising Effort to Support Children with Bleeding Disorders
Posted: April 17, 2018 in Chains

Leisure Sports HospitalityPLEASANTON, CA - Leisure Sports has announced that Colin’s Crew is the focus of its annual fundraising efforts. Each year, the company selects a local or national charitable organization to support and this year has chosen to support the National Hemophilia Foundation and Camp Hemotion through Colin’s Crew. The fundraiser will bring awareness and support to a rare condition that has hit close to home for the company and community: Hemophilia, a bleeding disorder that presently has no cure. Read More...

Longfellow Clubs Top $97,000 in March Personal Training Sales With Pro Fitness Program
Posted: April 16, 2018 in Suppliers

Pro Fitness ProgramTORONTO, CANADA - The Longfellow Health Clubs (Natick & Wayland, MA) have been servicing Boston area tennis and fitness enthusiasts for decades with a focus on mind, body, wellbeing and community. Because they are co-owned by tennis legend, Laury Hammel, the perception might be that the club's focus is exclusively on that one sport. Because conditioning is a key component of tennis, and because the club has a robust fitness membership, ownership decided to implement the Pro Fitness Program (6 years ago) and has never looked back. In March, the personal training department produced $97,000 in 1 to 1 personal training revenue! Read More...

What Really Motivates People? 24 Hour Fitness and University of Pennsylvania’s Behavior Change for Good Initiative to Launch Groundbreaking Science-Based StepUp Program
Posted: April 16, 2018 in Chains

24 Hour FitnessSAN RAMON, CA - 24 Hour Fitness and the University of Pennsylvania’s Behavior Change for Good Initiative (BCFG) announce a science-based partnership and research study to explore what really motivates gym-goers with the goal of creating lasting habits. The StepUp Program, launching in April, 2018, is a science-based interactive digital program developed to encourage more visits to the gym and, ultimately, better health and fitness for life. Read More...

Luxury Athletic Destination Life Time Expands into Pacific Northwest
Posted: April 13, 2018 in Chains

Life Time  - The Healthy Way Of Life CompanySEATTLE, WA - In a company first, Life Time, the nation's only Healthy Way of Life brand, has brought its luxury health and wellness experience to the Seattle market with the opening of Life Time Athletic Bellevue. Representing the ultimate in healthy living, healthy aging and healthy entertainment offerings, the new destination will deliver unmatched amenities to those who have been seeking a destination well-beyond a traditional club or gym, a 'quickie' workout or a variety-lacking boutique. Read More...

Wounded Warrior Reaches New Heights in Colorado Springs
Posted: April 12, 2018 in Suppliers

Wounded Warrior ProjectCOLORADO SPRINGS, CO - Indoor rock climbing is becoming a popular exercise among injured veterans due to the complexities of the enormous rock walls and the reward felt when reaching new heights, or even, peaking the top. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) recently gave warriors the opportunity to experience this empowering method of exercise in a group setting. A typical bouldering gym uses no ropes, and the walls are usually 10 to 14 feet tall, which can increase anxiety in anyone ready to attempt the wall. For wounded warriors, the increased anxiety affords an opportunity to incorporate stress-reducing techniques and peer support lessons learned through WWP programs and services. Read More...

USPTA and PTR Reach Agreements with Universal Tennis to Expand Resources for Tennis Teaching Professionals
Posted: April 11, 2018 in Suppliers

UTR Powered by OracleSAN FRANCISCO, CA - Both the United States Professional Tennis Association and Professional Tennis Registry announced partnerships with Universal Tennis to grow and enhance professional development resources for tennis teaching professionals and coaches. Read More...

Youfit Health Clubs Celebrates a Decade of YOU
Posted: April 10, 2018 in Chains

Youfit Health ClubsDEERFIELD BEACH, FL - Ten years, 113 locations, and thousands of members later, Youfit Health Clubs continues to keep its focus on what matters most, member health and wellbeing. With a new flare and look, Youfit celebrates a decade of being the most welcoming gym in the nation. Read More...

Universal Tennis Partners With Professional Tennis Registry to Expand Resources For Tennis Teaching Professionals
Posted: April 10, 2018 in Suppliers

Professional Tennis RegistrySAN FRANCISCO, CA - Universal Tennis and Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) announced a long-term, official partnership to grow and enhance professional development resources for tennis teaching professionals and coaches. Under the agreement, Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) Powered by Oracle will become the official tennis rating of PTR, the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals and coaches. Universal Tennis will enable all PTR teaching professionals to use its technology for free, providing the tools and products to fundamentally change the way tennis is played at clubs and municipalities worldwide. Read More...

Planet Fitness and HydroMassage Offer Free Massages During Tax Week
Posted: April 9, 2018 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. and CLEARWATER, FL - Planet Fitness, Inc., one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the United States, invites everyone, whether a member of the Judgement Free Zone or not, to recover from tax season tension by treating themselves to a free HydroMassage at any of the more than 1,500 Planet Fitness locations nationwide. The limited-time offer is available from April 14 – 21. Read More...

Pro Fitness Program Consultants Attend IHRSA 2018
Posted: April 9, 2018 in Suppliers

Pro Fitness ProgramTORONTO, CANADA - Pro Fitness Program Consultants were sharpening their skills at the 2018 IHRSA Conference in San Diego. The Pro Fitness Program is the the only consulting company and system in the fitness industry that focuses exclusively on 1-to-1 personal training. Clubs throughout North America that utilize this program drastically increase PT revenue, improve member retention, and because of the structured sales and service system, easily recruit and retain quality fitness professionals for the facilities. Read More...

Tempe School District Receives $180,000 Grant To Bring Healthy School Meals To Students
Posted: April 9, 2018 in Chains

Life Time FoundationTEMPE, AZ - Nearly 11,500 students in the Tempe Elementary School District will benefit from a recent $180,000 grant to help all students receive fresh, scratch-cooked, healthy meals at school by transforming school food operations in Tempe. The three-year grant, part of the School Food Support Initiative (SFSI), is funded by the Life Time Foundation and in partnership with the Chef Ann Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation. It will provide the Tempe Elementary School District with direct support from Chefs Ann Cooper and Beth Collins, as well as fellow school food service experts, to ensure all ingredients offered on Tempe's school menu are of the highest quality standards. Read More...

Club Pilates to Offer Continuing Education Opportunities to Aspiring Pilates Instructors with $70,000+ in Scholarship Giveaways
Posted: April 6, 2018 in Suppliers

Club PilatesCOSTA MESA, CA - Following the re-launch of its Teacher Training program and the unveiling of a new state-of-the-art instructor training facility in Atlanta earlier this year, Club Pilates is continuing its advocacy for fitness education by awarding more than $70,000 in scholarships for its Teacher Training program in 2018. Club Pilates will attend five SCW Fitness Education conventions throughout the year in which fifteen scholarships will be awarded to aspiring Pilates instructors. At the end of the year, Club Pilates will also give away a Balanced Body IQ traveling reformer to one of the scholarship recipients. Read More...

Guns N’ Roses’ ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ Named Best Workout Song Of 2018 In March Music Madness
Posted: April 4, 2018 in Chains

Gold's GymDALLAS, TX - March Madness is over, but there's still one more champion to announce: "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns N' Roses has bested the field in Gold's Gym's March Music Madness competition to be named Best Workout Song of 2018. March Music Madness was an interactive bracket-based competition made up of 16 songs nominated by celebrities such as Flo Rida, Steve Aoki and Robert Irvine, along with athletes, trainers and Gold's Gym members and fans. Throughout March, songs advanced through four rounds based on votes, with final voting for the championship held March 30-April 2. Read More...

Join the Augie’s Quest MYZONE Challenge Today
Posted: April 3, 2018 in Other News

Augie's QuestMANASQUAN, N.J. - The Augie’s Quest MYZONE Challenge, to be held May 1 - June 17, has just reached 100 clubs. But, the initiative needs more as we raise the funds to get AT-1501 into Human trials for all those living with ALS! The Challenge is simple, and there is no charge to your clubs. Here is a step-by-step guide to join today... Read More...

Gold’s Gym Opens New Location in Glendale, California
Posted: April 3, 2018 in Chains

Gold's GymDALLAS, TX - Gold’s Gym, a trusted fitness authority, opened its newest facility in Glendale, California on April 2nd. The gym is a 40,000 square-foot fitness paradise with beautiful views of the San Gabriel mountain range and downtown Glendale. The Glendale location will showcase the new Gold’s Gym experience, which will revolutionize the way people get results. Members can choose from personal training, group exercise classes, and GOLD’S FIT & GOLD’S BURN studio group training classes that allows members to enjoy studio type classes without the studio price. This is the 17th Gold’s Gym location that multi-unit franchisees Willy and Angel Banos have opened in Southern California. Read More...

Cycle for Survival Raises A Record-Breaking $39 Million In 2018 For Rare Cancer Research
Posted: April 2, 2018 in Chains

Cycle For SurvivalNEW YORK, N.Y. - Cycle for Survival, the movement to beat rare cancers, raised $39 million in 2018 through its signature indoor team cycling events, leading to a history-making year. A total of $180 million has been raised since Cycle for Survival began in 2007, with $150 million raised in the last five years. 100% of every dollar funds groundbreaking rare cancer research and clinical trials led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, which owns and operates Cycle for Survival. Expert instructors from Equinox, Cycle for Survival's founding partner, led high-energy rides at the inspirational annual events in 16 cities across the country. Read More...

MINDBODY Completes Acquisition of Booker Software
Posted: April 2, 2018 in Suppliers

MINDBODYSAN LUIS OBISPO, CA - MINDBODY, Inc. (NASDAQ: MB), a leading technology platform for the wellness services industry, announced that it has completed the acquisition of Booker Software, a leading cloud-based business management platform for salons and spas, and the provider of Frederick, a fast-growing, automated marketing software for wellness businesses. Originally announced on March 12, 2018, MINDBODY acquired Booker Software for approximately $150 million and the assumption of unvested option awards. Read More...

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