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9Round Opens 800th Location
Posted: May 21, 2019 in Chains

9Round: 30 Min Kickbox FitnessGREENVILLE, S.C. - 9Round Franchising, LCC, the world’s largest kickboxing chain, recently opened its 800th studio. This milestone club, located in Apopka, Florida, just northwest of Orlando, is one of 36 new 9Round locations opened thus far in 2019 across the United States and Canada. Read More...

Venice Brands Brings Fast-Growing, Best-In-Class Mayweather Boxing + Fitness Studio Gym Platform to the San Francisco Bay Area
Posted: May 21, 2019 in Chains

Mayweather Boxing + FitnessLOS ANGELES, CA - Venice Brands, a Los-Angeles based consumer brands platform with a focus on health and wellness, has partnered with Mayweather Boxing + Fitness to open and operate cardio & boxing group fitness studios throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The Venice Brands team expects to begin staffing up its team, signing leases and building out the studios over the next several months. Read More...

Life Time Launches First-of-its-Kind Life Time Living – Fully Integrated Luxury, Leased Residences with Life Time Athletic Resort & Spa and Life Time Work
Posted: May 20, 2019 in Chains

Life Time  - The Healthy Way Of Life CompanyCHANHASSEN, MN - Life Time announces its latest innovation in the healthy living category with the launch of Life Time Living: new, high-end leased residences thoughtfully designed to inspire a holistically healthy lifestyle. Opening in Las Vegas, Miami and Dallas beginning in 2020, Life Time Living locations will offer the integration of both wellness and connected-living technology with functional space design, luxurious amenities and the ultimate experience in high-end living and convenience. Read More...

Youfit Health Clubs Launching New Club in Phoenix
Posted: May 20, 2019 in Chains

Youfit Health ClubsPHOENIX, AZ - Youfit Health Clubs announces the opening of the 12th location in Phoenix, Arizona. Slated to open Summer 2019, the club will be located in Paradise Square Plaza. With locations continuing to pop up all across Phoenix, the perk of unlimited access to all Youfit locations with the Lime Card membership is looking better and better! During the presale of this location, new members also have access to a limited time, complimentary trial membership offer: pay nothing until 30 days after the gym opens. Read More...

Life Fitness and Smart Fit Celebrate Partnership to Equip 450 Gyms in Three Years
Posted: May 20, 2019 in Suppliers

Life FitnessSAO PAULO, BRAZIL - Life Fitness will equip 450 Smart Fit gyms in the region by the end of 2021. With more than 600 units distributed in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Dominican Republic, Peru, Colombia, Argentina and Ecuador, Smart Fit grew 34% last year, reaching 2 million customers. Read More...

How IHRSA Can Help Your Club Stop a Proposed Sales Tax
Posted: May 17, 2019 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - What do lawmakers do when they want to discourage smoking or drinking too much sugar? They tax those products. So, why would these lawmakers do the same to healthy lifestyles when the country, actually most of the developed world, is dealing with: chronic illness, lack of access to places to exercise and rampant obesity. Read More...

Crunch Franchise Announces Its Newest Locations in Corpus Christi and League City, Texas
Posted: May 16, 2019 in Chains

Crunch FranchiseCORPUS CHRISTI and LEAGUE CITY, TX - Crunch Franchise announces the opening of a new $2.5 million, 25,000 square-foot, 24-hour fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment and amenities in Corpus Christi, Texas. Crunch Franchise also announces the opening of a new $2.5 million, 30,000 square-foot, 24-hour fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment and amenities in League City, Texas. Both expansive new clubs will open in fall 2019. Read More...

Daxko Acquires SugarWOD to Become the Unrivaled Software Provider for Affiliate Gyms
Posted: May 16, 2019 in Suppliers

DaxkoBIRMINGHAM, AL - Daxko announced that it has acquired SugarWOD, the top workout tracking and community engagement software for affiliate and boutique gyms. Coupled with Daxko's existing Zen Planner brand, which serves over 2,000 affiliate gyms, the company now becomes the leading end-to-end software experience for box owners, coaches and athletes. Read More...

World Gym Athletics Partners With Dymatize
Posted: May 16, 2019 in Chains

World Gym AthleticsLOS ANGELES, CA - World Gym International, the iconic global brand for bodybuilding and seriously fun fitness, is adding a new nutrition platform to its thriving and rapidly expanding World Gym Athletics, known for its #FitnessTruth mantra. Read More...

New Education Course Applies Evidence-based Coach Approach to the Fight Against Diabetes
Posted: May 15, 2019 in Suppliers

ACESAN DIEGO, CA - The American Council on Exercise (ACE) has launched a new continuing-education course, Diabetes Prevention Coaching, to equip certified exercise professionals and health coaches to be more valuable contributors to the diabetes-prevention team. The new Diabetes Prevention Coaching course equips the exercise professional to coach clients at risk for diabetes using disease-prevention strategies at the intersection of physical activity, nutrition and lifestyle behavior-change. Read More...

First-Ever Standalone Precision Run Studio Opens In NYC’s Flatiron District
Posted: May 15, 2019 in Chains

EquinoxNEW YORK, N.Y. - Equinox, a global high-performance lifestyle leader, opens its first standalone Precision Run studio in Flatiron, New York City. Since the program's inception in 2014, Precision Run has set the standard for indoor running and forged an entirely new cardio category as the first method-driven, performance-based treadmill class. This is the first time Equinox has launched an internal group fitness program into a standalone studio concept. Read More...

Arlington, Virginia is #1 ‘Fittest City’ – 2019 American Fitness Index Ranks 100 Cities
Posted: May 14, 2019 in Suppliers

American College of Sports MedicineINDIANAPOLIS, IN - Arlington, Virginia has earned the title of “America’s Fittest City” in the annual American Fitness Index rankings published by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc. The ACSM/Anthem Fitness Index evaluated America’s 100 largest cities using 33 health behaviors, chronic diseases and community infrastructure indicators. Rounding out the top 10 cities were Seattle, WA; Minneapolis, MN; San Francisco, CA; Madison, WI; Washington, D.C.; St. Paul, MN; Irvine, CA (new to the top 10); Denver, CO; and Portland, OR. Read More...

ClubLife Management Selected to Oversee Operations of Historic Chicago-Area Midlothian Country Club
Posted: May 13, 2019 in Chains

ClubCorp - The World Leader In Private ClubsDALLAS, TX - ClubLife Management, a full-service management division sponsored by ClubCorp, announces it has been chosen to oversee operations of Midlothian Country Club, one of the Chicago area’s most celebrated private lifestyle golf and country clubs. Read More...

ClubReady and UFC Gym Announce Renewed Partnership to Support Rapidly Expanding Fitness Franchise
Posted: May 9, 2019 in Chains, Suppliers

ClubReadyST. LOUIS, MO - ClubReady and UFC GYM announced a renewed partnership to support the rapidly expanding fitness franchise's mission to provide training programs for all levels and ages. As the brand continues to grow, UFC GYM will implement ClubReady's full suite solution to manage club operations, member acquisition and member engagement. Read More...

Matrix Convenes New Campus Recreation Advisory Board
Posted: May 9, 2019 in Suppliers

Matrix: Strong, Smart, BeautifulCOTTAGE GROVE, WI - Matrix Fitness, the fastest-growing brand in Campus Recreation, is committed to working closely with industry leaders to be on the forefront of innovation while creating a feedback loop that feeds into their philosophy continuous improvement. Beginning in 2018, Matrix put their commitment into action by developing their first ever Campus Recreation Advisory Board. Matrix worked closely with recreation and wellness consultants CORE Unlimited, LLC to convene a board of industry leaders. The goal was to provide insight on industry trends, product development and best practices. Read More...

PTR Celebrates 30 Years of Wheelchair Tennis
Posted: May 9, 2019 in Suppliers

Professional Tennis RegistryHILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) is pleased to announce it has been hosting the Wheelchair Tennis Championships on Hilton Head Island for 30 years! The world’s top players and Paralympics winners, as well as all levels, including first time players, compete in this event, which is part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour and sanctioned by the United States Tennis Association (USTA Fall Southern Championship) and the International Tennis Federation (ITF). Read More...

ABC Financial Names Rachana Jain as Chief People Officer
Posted: May 8, 2019 in Suppliers

ABC FinancialLITTLE ROCK, AR - ABC Financial Services, LLC (ABC Financial), the leading software and payment processing provider to the health and fitness industry, announced the appointment of Rachana Jain as Chief People Officer. Rachana will be responsible for overseeing the advancement of the organization’s People Objectives while partnering with the business on improving ABC’s market share. Read More...

MINDBODY Acquires Bowtie.ai
Posted: May 8, 2019 in Suppliers

MINDBODYSAN LUIS OBISPO, CA - MINDBODY, a leading technology platform for the wellness industry, announced the acquisition of Bowtie.ai (Bowtie), an automated AI-driven virtual receptionist solution for appointment-based businesses. Bowtie automatically books clients, answers questions and enables live chat over SMS and web. Read More...

Life Fitness to be Acquired by KPS Capital Partners
Posted: May 6, 2019 in Suppliers

Life FitnessROSEMONT, IL - Life Fitness, a global leader in commercial fitness equipment, announced that its parent company, Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), has entered into a definitive agreement with KPS Capital Partners, LP (“KPS”) under which KPS will acquire Brunswick’s Fitness business and related brands, including Life Fitness. KPS is a leading investment firm focused on manufacturing and industrial companies across a diverse array of industries. Read More...

East Bank Club Launches On-Demand Fitness, Powered by SweatWorking
Posted: May 6, 2019 in Independents

East Bank ClubCHICAGO, IL - East Bank Club, a leading health club, announces its partnership with SweatWorking to extend its reach and offerings to include on-demand digital workouts. East Bank Club On-Demand brings cutting edge and effective programming to its members on-the-go, catering to their busy lifestyles and desire for accessibility. Read More...

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