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Planet Fitness Reaches 2,000th Location Milestone
Posted: January 7, 2020 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc. (NYSE: PLNT), one of the largest and fastest-growing global franchisors and operators of fitness centers with more members than any other fitness brand, announced that it has opened its 2,000th location in Colorado Springs, Colorado on December 31st, 2019. The Company also opened its 2,001st location on December 31, 2019, bringing its 2019 total openings to a record 261. Read More...

Town Sports International Announces the Acquisition of Flywheel Sports, Inc.’s Studio Business
Posted: January 6, 2020 in Chains

Town Sports InternationalNEW YORK, N.Y. - Town Sports International Holdings, Inc. ("TSI" or the "Company") (Nasdaq: CLUB), a diversified holding company and one of the largest owners and operators of fitness clubs in the Northeast, announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the studio business of Flywheel Sports, Inc. (“Flywheel”). The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of 2020, upon satisfaction of customary closing conditions. Read More...

Equinox Unveils “Make Yourself A Gift To The World” Campaign
Posted: January 6, 2020 in Chains

EquinoxNEW YORK, N.Y. - Equinox, a global high-performance lifestyle leader, has unveiled its 2020 brand campaign, “Make Yourself a Gift to the World,” a celebration and exploration of the positive effects that come from a deep devotion to oneself. Read More...

Blink Fitness Expands to Dallas – Fort Worth
Posted: January 6, 2020 in Chains

Blink FitnessDALLAS, TX - Blink Fitness, an inclusive, affordable gym that values Mood Above Muscle, is expanding in Texas with four new spacious, state-of-the-art gyms offering monthly memberships starting at $10. Opening in the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) area for the first time, residents looking to forge forward with their new year fitness resolutions will be able to start building the positive vibes that are associated with exercise in four local neighborhoods beginning this month. Read More...

Bob and Holly Surface to Open Workout Anytime in Kettering, Ohio
Posted: January 1, 2020 in Chains

Workout AnytimeKETTERING, OH - Both Holly and Bob Surface worked for more than two decades in health- and fitness-related careers, and they met in a workout facility. So, the idea of opening their own fitness center, Bob Surface says, “just felt right.” It felt so right that the husband and wife are poised to open Workout Anytime Kettering, an 8,400-square-foot fitness center in The Shoppes at Kettering Pointe. Plans call for the new business to open “softly” in the next week or two, then host a grand opening shortly afterward. Read More...

Survey Reveals Nearly 50% of Respondents Would Give Up Pizza or Alcohol Forever To Maintain Goal Weight
Posted: January 1, 2020 in Chains

Life Time  - The Healthy Way Of Life CompanyMINNEAPOLIS, MN - Each January, millions of Americans make resolutions to become healthier and lose weight, but research suggests the majority of resolutions fail. Life Time, the nation's premier healthy lifestyle brand, surveyed thousands of its members nationwide to determine trends, habits and what was motivating them to get healthy in the New Year. Notably, nearly 50% of respondents would give up alcohol or pizza forever in order to stay at their goal weight/physique... Read More...

Workout Anytime Opens its First Pittsburgh Area Gym
Posted: December 29, 2019 in Chains

Workout AnytimeEAST ROCHESTER, PA - In late-January, early February, Workout Anytime expects to open its first Pittsburgh-area gym. Workout Anytime will open in the East Rochester Plaza. The company’s first Pittsburgh-area location will offer 24-hour-a-day gym access with strength-training equipment and rows of cardio equipment, plus stand-up and lay-down tanning booths and two Hydromassage machines. Read More...

EōS Fitness Launches 2020 Fitness Contest
Posted: December 27, 2019 in Chains

EōS FitnessSAN DIEGO, CA - EōS Fitness, a leader in the industry with its High-Value, Low-Price (HV/LP) gyms, has announced the launch of its inaugural 'New Year, New You' fitness contest, designed specifically to motivate individuals to stick with their 2020 fitness goals. Read More...

Life Time Work Announces Second Houston Location at GreenStreet
Posted: December 26, 2019 in Chains

Life Time  - The Healthy Way Of Life CompanyHOUSTON, TX - Building on the success of Life Time’s first Houston-based Life Time Work at City Centre Five earlier this year, the premiere healthy lifestyle brand has announced the official launch of Life Time Work GreenStreet, set to open in Spring 2020. It will mark the fifth location across the country, with six to ten additional locations planned in the coming year. Read More...

Justin Drummond Named COO of PF Growth Partners
Posted: December 26, 2019 in Chains

Planet FitnessTIMONIUM, MD - PF Growth Partners, LLC, an award-winning franchise division of Planet Fitness, has promoted Justin S. Drummond to Chief Operating Officer. Drummond joined PF Growth Partners in February 2010 as General Manager of the Planet Fitness club in Catonsville, Maryland. As regional manager, he later facilitated the opening of the 1,000th Planet Fitness club, located in Washington, DC. He has advanced to manage operations in the Maryland, District of Columbia and Florida markets, served as interim COO from March 2019 to December 2019 and earned the distinction of being PF Growth Partners’ longest-tenured employee. Read More...

Tilton Fitness Partners With Jersey Shore Council of Boy Scouts of America
Posted: December 26, 2019 in Chains

Tilton FitnessNEW JERSEY - Tilton Fitness locations in Northfield, Galloway, Manahawkin, Brick, Jackson and Hazlet have officially partnered with the Jersey Shore Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Tilton Fitness will be offering Boy Scout parents a discounted membership rate, reduced rates for swim lessons and Personal and Small Group training. Tilton Fitness will also be a location where Boy Scout participants have the option to earn a badge or host a badge workshop at any of the six locations involved. Read More...

Life Time Breaks Ground on First Athletic Lifestyle Resort in Oregon With $70M Investment; Continues its Luxury Resort Expansion in California With First Location Outside of San Diego
Posted: December 20, 2019 in Chains

Life Time  - The Healthy Way Of Life CompanyMINNEAPOLIS, MN - Life Time, the premier healthy lifestyle brand, broke ground on its newest planned destination in Beaverton, Oregon, the company's first in the state. Life Time also announced continuing its national expansion with the opening of Life Time La Jolla, located in the heart of La Jolla Village. The new destination, the company's first in the San Diego market, is the fourth Life Time in California and brings the total count to 150 locations across 30 states and 41 major markets in the U.S. and Canada. Read More...

IHRSA Names Board of Directors Nominees
Posted: December 19, 2019 in Chains

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, has announced four nominees for the IHRSA Board of Directors. The four nominees are: Lan Wang - CEO of Catic Wellness Co., Ltd, Shenzhen, China; Luke Carlson - CEO of Discover Strength, Bloomington, MN; Aaron Moore - Director of Operations for VIDA Fitness, Washington, D.C.; Jose Teixeira - Head of Customer Experience for SC Fitness, Lisbon, Portugal. All four will stand for election during IHRSA’s annual meeting in March at the IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show in San Diego, CA. Read More...

PF Growth Partners Making International Debut
Posted: December 19, 2019 in Chains

Planet FitnessBALTIMORE, MD - PF Growth Partners, LLC, an award-winning franchise division of Planet Fitness, is going global. The Timonium, Maryland-based company is one of three partners in Bravo Fit Holdings Pty Ltd. that recently entered into an area development agreement with Planet Fitness to bring a minimum of 35 Planet Fitness clubs to Australia over the next several years. Its other associates in the venture are U.S. franchisee, Bravo Fit, LLC, and Galactic Fitness Pty, which is owned and operated by leading Australian fitness operator, Dallas Rosekelly. Read More...

SF Franchisee Association Files Lawsuit Against Snap Fitness
Posted: December 18, 2019 in Chains

Snap FitnessMINNEAPOLIS, MN - The SF Franchisee Association, which represents 177 Snap Fitness franchisees operating 260 Snap Fitness clubs in the United States and Canada, filed a lawsuit on December 16, 2019, in Hennepin County (Minnesota) District Court asserting that the system's franchisor, Snap Fitness, Inc., materially breached the franchise agreements it has with all of its franchisees by forcing the franchisees to purchase and use a proprietary club management software developed by a Snap Fitness-owned affiliate that failed to meet industry security standards. When that software, called Fitware, fell victim to a ransomware attack on November 22, 2018, the franchisees lost all their data and the ability to operate their clubs for 13 days, causing all Snap Fitness franchisees, including the members of the SF Franchisee Association, to suffer significant losses of revenues, profits and club members. Read More...

Planet Fitness Returns As Presenting Sponsor of Times Square’s Iconic New Year’s Eve Celebration
Posted: December 18, 2019 in Chains

A Planet Fitness New Year's EveHAMPTON, 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, has announced that it will again play host to the biggest party on the planet on New Year's Eve. In partnership with Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, the Judgement Free Zone is returning as the presenting sponsor of Times Square's New Year's Eve celebration for the fifth consecutive year. Read More...

The Halifax Group Invests in Maverick Fitness, a Dallas-Fort Worth Orangetheory Fitness Franchisee
Posted: December 18, 2019 in Chains

Orangetheory FitnessWASHINGTON, D.C. - Leading private equity firm, The Halifax Group ("Halifax"), announced it has completed an investment to recapitalize Maverick Fitness Holdings, LLC ("Maverick" or "the Company"), which consists of more than 30 Orangetheory Fitness studios in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Halifax partnered with Maverick's CEO, Shane Adams and the Company's management team, which will remain with the Company after the transaction. Terms were not disclosed. Read More...

Crunch Fitness Launches New Rewards Program for Apple Watch
Posted: December 16, 2019 in Chains

Crunch FitnessNEW YORK, N.Y. - Crunch Fitness announces a new initiative that relies on the power of Apple Watch to help members stay healthy. Through the use of Apple Watch, the custom-built CrunchTime Active Rewards app will provide new members with weekly fitness goals and reward them for taking these actions to improve their wellbeing. CrunchTime Active Rewards participants can earn up to $3.00 in weekly credits to membership dues, for potential savings of over $300 over 24 months, by meeting personalized fitness goals. Read More...

Orangetheory Fitness Announces Its Newest Innovations Using Apple Technology
Posted: December 12, 2019 in Chains

Orangetheory FitnessBOCA RATON, FL - Orangetheory Fitness has debuted new technology that will lead to increased personalization, motivation and encouragement for members to live a longer, more vibrant life. Orangetheory Fitness has created a highly anticipated device for members to use Apple Watch to track heart rate data during workouts, along with iOS apps for coaches and sales associates to enhance the member experience both in and out of studio. Read More...

VASA Fitness Expands To Indiana With Two New Locations
Posted: December 12, 2019 in Chains

VASA FitnessOREM, UT and DENVER, CO - VASA Fitness announces its expansion to Indiana with the opening of two clubs in the state this month, the first in Indianapolis and the second in Lafayette. Pre-enrollment is open for both locations and the public is invited to attend the grand opening events to celebrate the brand’s entry into Indiana and experience the modern and beautiful 60,000 square foot fitness facilities available to members starting at $9.99 per month with no enrollment fees. VASA also announces that an additional location in Indianapolis is anticipated to open Fall 2020. Read More...

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