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Dr. Gerry Faust Passes Away – A Special Tribute and Expression of Appreciation to Gerry
Posted: November 5, 2019 in Other News

Dr. Gerry FaustPOWAY, CA - The late Dr. Gerry Faust, 77, was truly one of a kind... a true gentleman and a vastly experienced and extremely highly qualified man in his field who leaves huge footprints in the world of high-level management training and education for all who follow him. Some people journey through life and leave footprints wherever they go, footprints of kindness and love, courage and compassion, humor and inspiration, joy and faith. Dr. Gerry Faust was one of those very special people. Even when they’re gone, we can still look back and clearly see the trail of greatness they’ve left behind, a trail bright with hope that invites us to follow. Read More...

Planet Fitness Invites Veterans and Active Military Personnel to “Work Out And Relax” For Free November 8 – 15
Posted: November 4, 2019 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - In honor of Veterans Day, Planet Fitness, Inc., one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the U.S. and home of the Judgement Free Zone, invites all veterans and active military personnel to work out for free at any of Planet Fitness' more than 1,800 clubs throughout the United States from November 8 – 15. Read More...

Buyer Beware
Posted: November 4, 2019 in Suppliers

Concept2MORRISVILLE, VT - FRAUD ALERT from Concept2: "Big Bear Store" is listing Concept2 rowing machines for deeply discounted prices. This is not an authorized reseller for Concept2, and Concept2 believes products will not ship. As always, if it looks too good to be true, buyer beware! Read More...

Crunch Franchise Announces its Newest Location in Fairfield, California
Posted: November 1, 2019 in Chains

Crunch FranchiseFAIRFIELD, CA - Crunch Franchise has announced the February 2020 opening of a 21,000-square foot gym with state-of-the-art equipment and amenities in Fairfield, California. Crunch Fairfield will offer top-quality cardio and strength training equipment, half-hour circuit training, personal training, a functional training area with indoor turf, a 2,700 square-foot dedicated group fitness studio, HydroMassage beds and more. The Crunch Fairfield location is the fourth for Bay Area Crunchers LLC, led by Brian Calegari. Crunch Fairfield will be managed by Courtney Sprung. Read More...

HealthPartners Expands Wellbeing Program to Include Wellbeats
Posted: November 1, 2019 in Suppliers

WellbeatsMINNEAPOLIS, MN - HealthPartners is expanding its wellbeing programs by offering Wellbeats, on-demand, virtual fitness classes. Wellbeats will be available beginning January 1, 2020 to all HealthPartners fully-insured individual and small group plans in Minnesota and Wisconsin. It will also be available to fully and self-insured large companies who have HealthPartners Health and Wellbeing packages. Read More...

Fit Body Boot Camp Launches Nationwide Fundraiser to Benefit Toys for Tots
Posted: November 1, 2019 in Chains

Fit Body Boot CampCHINO HILLS, CA - After launching its year-long fundraising initiative last month, Fit Body Boot Camp, a fast-growing fitness boot camp franchise, is continuing to reach towards its goal of raising $250,000 for national and local charities by partnering with Toys for Tots this November. Through its Charity Check-In Initiative, the popular fitness franchise looks to raise $25,000 this month for the charity. Read More...

Wearable Tech Named ACSM’s Top Fitness Trend For 2020
Posted: October 31, 2019 in Suppliers

American College of Sports MedicineINDIANAPOLIS, IN - Do you use your smartwatch or fitness tracker to track your exercise, heart rate, calorie consumption or sleep quality? If you answered yes, you're among the millions of adults who use a wearable device at least monthly and part of the growing movement of individuals taking control of their health. Thus, it's not shocking that more than 3,000 health and fitness pros surveyed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) say wearable tech will be the top trend in fitness in the coming year. ACSM released the results of its annual fitness trend forecast in the article "Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2020" published in the November/December issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal. Read More...

ClubCorp Acquires Seven Golf and Country Clubs from Toll Golf
Posted: October 31, 2019 in Chains

ClubCorp - The World Leader In Private ClubsDALLAS, TX - ClubCorp – The World Leader in Private Clubs – announces it has acquired seven premier lifestyle golf clubs in residential communities located on the East Coast from Toll Golf, the golf and country club division of Toll Brothers, Inc. (NYSE:TOL), the nation’s leading builder of luxury homes. The clubs, which offer a variety of lifestyle amenities such as upscale, resort-style golf, tennis, fitness, aquatics, sports and dining, include... Read More...

Xponential Fitness Honored by Goldman Sachs for Entrepreneurship
Posted: October 31, 2019 in Suppliers

Xponential FitnessIRVINE, CA - Xponential Fitness, a curator of boutique fitness brands, announced that Goldman Sachs has recognized Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Geisler, as one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2019. Goldman Sachs selected Geisler as one of 100 entrepreneurs from multiple industries to be honored. Read More...

Fitness Holdings Northeast Acquires Crunch Paramus
Posted: October 30, 2019 in Chains

Crunch FitnessGREENWICH, CT - Fitness Holdings Northeast, LLC ("Fitness Holdings"), one of the leading franchise groups in the Crunch Fitness network, has announced its acquisition of Crunch Paramus, in Paramus, New Jersey. The acquisition closed on October 1, 2019 and raises the ownership group's club count to 22, serving more than 100,000 members. Read More...

9Round Ranked Among South Carolina’s 25 Fastest Growing Companies in 2019
Posted: October 29, 2019 in Chains

9Round: 30 Min Kickbox FitnessGREENVILLE, S.C. - 9Round Franchising, LLC was announced as #14 on the 2019 S.C. Fastest Growing Companies List. In the 18 years since the prestigious ranking began, 9Round is one of just four companies to be named to the list four years in a row. Read More...

UFC GYM Announces Partnership With NormaTec to Provide Members Access to World-Class Recovery Technology
Posted: October 28, 2019 in Chains

UFC Gym NEWPORT BEACH, CA and WATERTOWN, MA - UFC GYM, the rapidly expanding fitness franchise that creates training programs for all levels and ages inspired by the regimens of UFC athletes, is excited to announce its partnership with NormaTec, an industry leader in compression recovery technology. By adding NormaTec's PULSE 2.0 Series Recovery Systems, UFC GYM is expanding its world-class training resources and furthering its mission to bring world-class training to more athletes. Read More...

Prestigious Cleveland Community Center Selects Active Wellness to Manage Fitness Operations
Posted: October 26, 2019 in Chains

Active WellnessSAN FRANCISCO, CA - Active Wellness, a fitness design and management company, announces its new contract with an award-winning community center, the Mandel JCC, located just east of Cleveland, Ohio. The distinguished community center selected Active Wellness to manage its fitness, aquatics and membership operations. Read More...

Life Time Greenway Opens in Former Houston City Club; 10th Houston-Area Athletic Resort Features Rooftop Pool
Posted: October 25, 2019 in Chains

Life Time  - The Healthy Way Of Life CompanyHOUSTON, TX - Life Time, the premiere healthy lifestyle brand, is continuing its Houston expansion with the opening of Life Time Greenway following a massive renovation and expansion of the former Houston City Club. The new athletic resort is the tenth in the market. Life Time purchased the Greenway Plaza space in 2017 and began work in 2018 to create the ultimate athletic resort experience for members. The entire 150,000-square foot club was reimagined including the addition of a rooftop pool deck, a first in the market, covering 54,000-square feet on top of the existing parking structure. Read More...

American Council On Exercise Names Jay Grant as Executive Vice President of Marketing
Posted: October 24, 2019 in Suppliers

ACESAN DIEGO, CA - The American Council on Exercise (ACE) announces the promotion of Jay Grant to the role of Executive Vice President of Marketing. Grant, promoted from his role as Interim Vice President of Marketing, has more than two decades of leadership experience, including extensive marketing management for GreatCall, which was acquired by Best Buy and CBS Interactive. Read More...

Celebrity Trainer Erin Oprea Teams Up With STRONG by Zumba to Create Exclusive Workout Routines
Posted: October 24, 2019 in Suppliers

STRONG By ZumbaMIAMI, FL - STRONG by Zumba, the high-intensity workout program, announced it has partnered with Celebrity Trainer and Author Erin Oprea to create new workout routines that will live in-class and on all digital platforms. This is the first time Oprea has partnered with a branded fitness program, as well as the first time STRONG by Zumba has developed routines with an outside fitness partner. Read More...

ABC Financial and Trek Announce Vendor Partnership
Posted: October 23, 2019 in Suppliers

ABC FinancialLITTLE ROCK, AR - ABC Financial (ABC), a leading software and payment processing provider to the health and fitness industry, has announced their preferred partnership with Trek CCM, LLC. ABC is excited to integrate Trek's automated, yet personal, customer communications platform with ABC's software ecosystem. Trek's solution, Heather, will enable clubs using ABC Financial software to effectively and efficiently communicate with members on a continuous basis. Read More...

Planet Fitness Reaches $5 Million Fundraising Milestone Benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Posted: October 23, 2019 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc., one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the U.S. and home of the Judgement Free Zone, announced that together with its franchisees, partners and members, it has raised more than $5 million since 2016 for its nonprofit partner, Boys & Girls Clubs of America. This fundraising effort is made possible through Planet Fitness' philanthropic initiative, The Judgement Free Generation, which aims to prevent bullying and promote kindness among youth. Read More...

Orangetheory Fitness Debuts New Documentary “Momentum Shift”
Posted: October 23, 2019 in Chains

Orangetheory FitnessLOS ANGELES, CA - Orangetheory Fitness has debuted its new documentary, "Momentum Shift," at the iconic DGA Theater in Los Angeles. The film spotlights Orangetheory Fitness Founder, Ellen Latham, weaving her inspiring story with those of Coach Joe Oniwor and member Kristen Ritchotte to showcase how, with a shift in perspective and the power of believing in yourself, anyone can achieve More Life. Read More...

EXOS and Detroit Medical Center Join Forces
Posted: October 23, 2019 in Chains

EXOSPHOENIX, AZ - EXOS and Detroit Medical Center have joined forces to bring nationally recognized performance training programs and services to the Detroit Metro area. The program will bring care beyond the hospital walls and into the community. Read More...

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