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ClubIntel Set to Release the Results of Its Third Annual Fitness Industry Trend Report
Posted: November 21, 2017 in Suppliers

ClubIntelDALLAS, TX - ClubIntel announces the upcoming release of the 2017 International Fitness Industry Trend Report – What’s All the Rage, a comprehensive study of current global trends impacting the fitness industry. ClubIntel, in partnership with various industry leaders, invited club/studio owners, executives, and managers, as well as fitness professionals from around the world to participate in its annual study of industry trends. The global study tracks over 90 different practices across four major categories: programming, equipment, facilities and technology. With over 1,300 professionals responding, the study reflects activity from operators accountable for representing approximately 14,000 facilities worldwide responded to the study. The full report will be available complimentary starting December 1, 2017. Read More...

Fitness On Demand Appoints 18-Year Fitness Industry Veteran as New National Account Manager
Posted: November 21, 2017 in Suppliers

Fitness On DemandCHANHASSEN, MN - Fitness On Demand announces its recent hire of Ryan Andersen, who will join the team as a National Account Manager. In this role, Andersen will manage the strategic customer accounts in the fitness industry at a national level. Read More...

In-Shape Health Club Raises $130,000 For Cancer Research
Posted: November 17, 2017 in Chains

In-ShapeSTOCKTON, CA - In-Shape Health Clubs, a top California destination for fitness and recreation, announced it raised $130,000 for cancer research in the month of October during its Fight Cancer campaign. Funds will go to the American Cancer Society and St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Read More...

Technogym Introduces Apple Watch Compatibility
Posted: November 17, 2017 in Suppliers

Technogym: The Wellness CompanyNEW YORK, N.Y. - Technogym connected cardio equipment is now compatible with Apple Watch. Thanks to this revolutionary integration, Apple Watch users can now track their indoor exercise (at home or at their fitness center) by simply tapping their Apple Watch to UNITY - the Technogym connected cardio products interface - and seamlessly pair to treadmills, ellipticals, indoor bikes or stair steppers. Read More...

ABC Financial and Netchex Announce Vendor Relationship
Posted: November 16, 2017 in Suppliers

ABC Financial LITTLE ROCK, AR - ABC Financial (ABC), a leading software and payment processing provider to the health and fitness club industry, has announced their preferred partnership with Netchex. Netchex is a HR solutions platform which manages employees' lifecycle from the beginning of their employment to the time they retire. The system's functionalities include: Recruiting, Hiring & Onboarding, Payroll & Tax Compliance, Human Resources, Time & Attendance, Benefits, Reporting & Analysis and ACA Solutions. Read More...

IHRSA Releases 2017 Profiles of Success
Posted: November 15, 2017 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) released its annual Industry Data Survey (IDS) results and the accompanying publication, IHRSA Profiles of Success. The report provides a detailed analysis of the annual performance of leading health and fitness clubs, including results in key metrics such as revenue, membership growth and retention, traffic, payroll, non-dues revenue, and EBITDA. Club reinvestment and profit center analysis as well as income statement and balance sheet data are also provided. Read More...

American Council on Exercise Evolves Brand to Inspire All People to Overcome the Physical Inactivity Epidemic
Posted: November 14, 2017 in Suppliers

ACESAN DIEGO, CA - In light of today’s growing physical inactivity epidemic, the leading nonprofit certifier of exercise professional and health coaches, American Council on Exercise (ACE) announces an evolution of its brand that harnesses its mission to get people moving and concentrates on inclusivity to ensure that all people—regardless of age, gender, race, socioeconomic status or neighborhood—have access to their healthiest lives. Read More...

MINDBODY Named to Deloitte’s 2017 Technology Fast 500
Posted: November 14, 2017 in Suppliers

MINDBODYSAN LUIS OBISPO, CA - MINDBODY (NASDAQ: MB), a leading technology platform for the wellness services industry, has been included in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500, ranking 424 on this list of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and energy tech companies in North America. 2017 is the sixth time MINDBODY has appeared on the Fast 500 list, previously ranking in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2016. Read More...

Ecore Launches #MakingPeoplesLivesBetter Contest at HCD 2017
Posted: November 14, 2017 in Suppliers

ecoreLANCASTER, PA - During the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference (HCD), November 11-14, in Orlando, Ecore launched a contest for designers and architects to showcase projects meant to improve people’s lives. The #MakingPeoplesLivesBetter contest offers designers a chance to submit a recent project that makes a positive community impact for a chance to win $2,000 and be featured on Ecore’s blog and social media channels. Read More...

Life Time Athletic Set to Open in Nashville with New Location in Franklin
Posted: November 13, 2017 in Chains

Life Time  - The Healthy Way Of Life CompanyFRANKLIN, TN - Life Time, the nation's only Healthy Way of Life brand, announces the grand opening of Life Time Athletic Franklin, the company's first Nashville-area athletic resort and second Life Time in Tennessee. A special celebration and ribbon cutting took place at 6:00PM on Thursday, November 9. Subsequently, the club officially opened to First Founder's Members at 4:00AM on Friday, November 10 and all members at 4:00AM on Monday, November 13. Read More...

Pioneer Partnership Brings Virtual Reality to Gyms, Opening New Possibilities for Sports and Immersive Fitness
Posted: November 13, 2017 in Suppliers

Life FitnessROSEMONT, IL - Life Fitness, a global leader in commercial fitness equipment, and VirZOOM, a developer of virtual reality (VR) content and vSports technology, have partnered to provide an immersive workout integrated with commercial cardio equipment and VR. An industry first, the partnership enables VR workouts accessible across a vast network of commercial equipment on gym floors worldwide. Read More...

Midtown Athletic Clubs Opens Hotel in Chicago
Posted: November 10, 2017 in Chains

Midtown Athletic ClubCHICAGO, IL - The Hotel at Midtown opened in Chicago as Midtown Athletic Clubs' first venture into the hospitality space. Located at the bustling intersection of the city’s Bucktown, Lincoln Park and Logan Square neighborhoods, the 55-room contemporary boutique hotel is the final element of Midtown Athletic Club in Chicago's $85 million renovation. Welcoming travelers and health-and-fitness enthusiasts alike, the hotel offers a world-class resort experience with access to Midtown’s state-of-the-art athletic club. Read More...

Genesis Health Clubs Launches Industry-Leading Membership Recognition Program
Posted: November 8, 2017 in Chains

Genesis Health ClubsWICHITA, KS - Genesis Health Clubs announces a major expansion of its membership loyalty program. The redesigned G-Perks program is expanding to all 44 clubs and will provide members the ability to redeem G-Perk points for savings on top hotels, exclusive deals, name brand merchandise as well as get instant deals on events, resorts, attractions movie tickets and more. Members also receive special benefits when they purchase gift cards, rent cars or book airline flights through the members-only website. The new G-Perks program started on November 1, 2017. Read More...

PTR Partners with evolve9 to Train Coaches to Keep Girls in the Game
Posted: November 8, 2017 in Suppliers

Professional Tennis RegistryHILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) announces that it has been named the Official Education Partner of Girls Tennis Network (GTN), a program developed by evolve9 to help tennis coaches and facilities keep girls in the game. The program focuses on giving coaches the skills to retain young female players ages 8-12, by providing drills, games and activities delivered through the six core principles of the GTN program. GTN was successfully launched at the Women’s Tennis Coaching Association (WTCA) Conference held in August 2017, in New York City. Read More...

Blink Fitness Celebrates Members with Disabilities In New Social Media Campaign to Demonstrate All Bodies Are Able Bodies
Posted: November 8, 2017 in Chains

Blink FitnessNEW YORK, N.Y. - Blink Fitness, the premium quality, value-based gym strives to be a place where gym goers of all shapes and sizes feel welcome. Since launching the company's original "Every Body Happy" platform, the gym has challenged industry norms by celebrating how exercise makes you feel, not just how it makes you look. Blink Fitness recently and proudly earned the Title III ADA Sapolin Accommodation Award from Mayor de Blasio and the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities for being Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant. Now, Blink recognizes members who are defying the odds and maintaining physical fitness while living with disabilities. Read More...

Planet Fitness, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2017 Results
Posted: November 7, 2017 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc. (NYSE: PLNT) reported financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2017. Third Quarter Fiscal 2017 highlights include: Total revenue increased from the prior year period by 12.1% to $97.5 million. System-wide same store sales increased 9.3%. Net income attributable to Planet Fitness, Inc. was $15.3 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, compared to net income attributable to Planet Fitness, Inc. of $3.4 million, or $0.08 per diluted share in the prior year period. Net income was $18.9 million, compared to net income of $14.9 million in the prior year period. Adjusted net income increased 17.9% to $18.7 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, compared to $15.9 million, or $0.16 per diluted share in the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA increased 22.4% to $43.4 million from $35.4 million in the prior year period. 31 new Planet Fitness franchise stores were opened during the period, bringing system-wide total stores to 1,432 as of September 30, 2017. Read More...

Equinox Introduces Miracle Mile Location
Posted: November 7, 2017 in Chains

Equinox LOS ANGELES, CA - Equinox, the high-performance lifestyle leader, opened Miracle Mile, its 17th club in the greater Los Angeles area, located in the Wilshire Courtyard complex. Just a few blocks from LACMA, this new club combines Equinox's unparalleled service with the distinctive culture and community found along one of Los Angeles' most iconic corridors. "Equinox Miracle Mile is opening at a pivotal moment in the historic district's evolution," said John Klein, SVP of Real Estate for Equinox. "The club will unite a diverse group, from residents to those who work in the area, providing a hub for regeneration, fitness and community." Read More...

Retro Fitness Powers Up Marketing with Hiring of Chief Brand Officer
Posted: November 6, 2017 in Chains

Retro FitnessCOLTS NECK, N.J. - Known for successfully leading the marketing efforts for consumer brands and franchises through periods of hyper growth, Scott Breault will take on the newly created role of Chief Brand Officer (CBO) at burgeoning gym franchise Retro Fitness, the company announced. Breault, a results-oriented leader respected for leading cross-functional teams "with purpose," comes with a recent history of taking fitness brands such as Pure Barre and Orangetheory to the top of their games. Read More...

USPTA and ThanksUSA Announce 2017-2018 Scholarship Recipients
Posted: November 6, 2017 in Suppliers

USPTALAKE NONA, FL – The United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and ThanksUSA announces the 2017-2018 Scholarship Recipients. Through the Tennis Thanks the Troops campaign, USPTA and ThanksUSA encourage USPTA professionals to raise money for scholarships given to the families of U.S. military personnel. Each recipient will be awarded a $3,000 scholarship towards their undergraduate studies. The 2017-2018 Scholarship Recipients are: Emily Cluen, Marine Corps dependent, Appalachian State University; Meghan Duffey, Air Force dependent, Mercer University; Moira Viviano, Navy spouse, San Diego State University. Read More...

ABC Financial and Lead Dolphin Announce Vendor Relationship
Posted: November 6, 2017 in Suppliers

ABC FinancialLITTLE ROCK, AR - ABC Financial (ABC), a leading software and payment processing provider to the health and fitness industry, announced their preferred partnership with Lead Dolphin. Lead Dolphin is a lead management and member acquisition platform. They have evolved member acquisition and lead management for the fitness industry into a strategic process allowing clients to optimize their sales efforts and ensure the best result possible. Lead Dolphin enhances customer engagement with relevant and timely content. Read More...

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