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Jazzercise is 50 Years Strong in 2019
Posted: December 4, 2018 in Chains

JazzerciseCARLSBAD, CA - In 2019 Jazzercise, Inc., the company that catapulted "aerobic dance" to notoriety in the 1980s, becomes the first ever dance fitness brand to celebrate the 50-year mark. The always-evolving program was created in the Chicagoland area in 1969 by Founder and CEO, Judi Sheppard Missett, with a single aerobic dance class based on classical jazz dance. Read More...

EXOS Acquires Boost Physical Therapy and Sports Performance
Posted: December 4, 2018 in Chains

EXOSPHOENIX, AZ - EXOS, a leader in human performance, announced their acquisition of Boost Physical Therapy and Sports Performance, a leading physical therapy organization in the Kansas City area. By combining EXOS methodology with the Boost Physical Therapy and Sports Performance practices, these eight locations will be able to provide more services and continue to improve the lives of their patients. Read More...

Youfit Health Clubs Partners With Advanced Genomic Solutions
Posted: December 4, 2018 in Chains

Youfit Health ClubsDEERFIELD BEACH, FL - Continuing its mission to be a leader in health club innovation, Youfit Health Clubs has announced its latest partnership with Advanced Genomic Solutions, bringing members in Arizona and Tampa, Florida access to genetic testing offered through the YouCoach personal training program. AGS is an international leader in genomic testing offering a Health & Wellness DNA Test. This assessment will provide Youfit members with an individualized report to help them understand how their genetics affect their diet, exercise, and nutrition. Read More...

Blink Fitness Celebrates Newest New Jersey Location In Irvington With Holiday Donations To Local Nonprofit
Posted: November 30, 2018 in Chains

Blink FitnessIRVINGTON, N.J. - Blink Fitness, the premium quality, affordable fitness brand, is excited to announce the grand opening of its 78th location, in Irvington. As a part of the Grand Opening celebration, Blink Fitness will donate 50 one-year memberships, worth over $10,000 to Turning Point Community Services, an Irvington-based nonprofit organization that is committed to helping those in need to become self-sufficient by breaking the cycles of habits that have permeated their lives and leave them at risk. Blink Fitness will also make a $1,000 donation to help Turning Point to provide gifts, meals and more to nearly 100 women and children of Irvington for the holidays. Read More...

United PF Partners Celebrates 100 Club Milestone
Posted: November 29, 2018 in Chains

Planet Fitness AUSTIN, TX - United PF Partners (United PF), the largest Planet Fitness (NYSE: PLNT) franchisee, recently reached a key milestone as they officially became the first franchisee in the system to own and operate more than 100 Planet Fitness clubs. Additionally, this month United PF Partners celebrated its second anniversary. United PF was formed two years ago, in November 2016, by JLM Financial Partners (JLM) and Eagle Merchant Partners (Eagle) with the merger of several leading Planet Fitness franchisees and the overall goal of accelerating growth and further providing access to non-intimidating fitness environments where members can build active lifestyles for an affordable price. Today, United PF has grown to 110+ clubs across 10 states, employs over 1,500, and serves over 850,000 members. Read More...

ClubCorp Announces the Addition of The Ridge Club on Cape Cod
Posted: November 28, 2018 in Chains

ClubCorp - The World Leader In Private ClubsDALLAS, TX - ClubCorp – The World Leader in Private Clubs – announces the acquisition of The Ridge Club, a premier, family oriented golf and lifestyle club located in Sandwich, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. Plans for capital improvements are currently being developed. ClubCorp acquired Brookstone Golf & Country Club near Atlanta this past July and opened The Collective, a new private club concept in Seattle in May. In recent weeks, ClubCorp also announced the launch of ClubLife Management, a comprehensive management services division for private clubs, destination resorts and premier daily-fee golf courses. Read More...

Crunch Franchise Announces Its Newest Location in Charlotte, North Carolina and Bakersfield, California
Posted: November 27, 2018 in Chains

Crunch FranchiseCHARLOTTE, N.C. and BAKERSFIELD, CA - Crunch Franchise announced the January 2019 opening of a new 30,000-square-foot fitness center with state-of-the art equipment and amenities in Charlotte, North Carolina. Crunch Franchise also announced the December 1, 2018, opening of a new fitness center with state-of-the art equipment and amenities in Bakersfield, California. Crunch, known for its innovative group fitness programming, will offer a wide range of classes every week, including BodyWeb with TRX, Zumba, Cardio Tai Box and Yoga Body Sculpt. Additionally, a dedicated Ride studio will feature Crunch's signature indoor cycling classes. Members looking for more guidance or motivation can utilize the HIITZone, a proprietary high-intensity interval group training program. Read More...

Life Time Expands Chicagoland Presence With $42 Million Northbrook Club Opening; Convention-Busting Experience Life Magazine Expands National and Local Acclaim
Posted: November 27, 2018 in Chains

Life Time  - The Healthy Way Of Life CompanyNORTHBROOK, IL and CHANHASSEN, MN - Life Time, the premier healthy lifestyle brand, is set to open its newest luxury athletic club in Chicagoland in more than ten years. The new 86,000-square-foot club employs nearly 300 team members and is the company's tenth location in the Chicago market and one of four additional Life Time destinations planned, including Oakbrook, Lake Zurich and at One Chicago Square respectively. And, on the heels of receiving four awards at FOLIO: in October, Experience Life, the whole-life health and fitness magazine, was awarded top honors in six categories at the Minnesota Media and Publishing Association (MMPA) Excellence Awards, which celebrates exceptional media and publishing work in the upper Midwest. Read More...

Curves NA & Oceania, Inc. Name Krishea Holloway as President
Posted: November 22, 2018 in Chains

CurvesWOODWAY, TX - Curves NA & Oceania, Inc., leaders in the fitness and wellness industry and one of the largest fitness center chains globally for women, announced that Krishea Holloway has been named President. With over 21 years of Curves operational experience and expertise, Holloway will lead all decisions for Curves across marketing, sales, and operations for North America. Read More...

Planet Fitness Ranked #1 For Fitness Centers In Newsweek’s Inaugural List of America’s Best Companies for Customer Service
Posted: November 21, 2018 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc. (NYSE: PLNT) (the "Company"), announced they have been named to Newsweek's inaugural 2019 list of America's Best Companies for Customer Service as the number one customer service provider for fitness centers. The America's Best Customer Service 2019 ranking was identified in an independent survey from a sample of more than 20,000 U.S. customers who were asked whether they would recommend brands to friends or family, and assessed brands in quality of communications, technical competence, range of services, customer focus and accessibility. Read More...

Crunch Fitness Selects Socialbakers to Accelerate and Optimize Social Media Marketing; Announces Its Newest Locations in Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina
Posted: November 20, 2018 in Chains

Crunch FranchiseNEW YORK, N.Y. and NORTH CAROLINA - Socialbakers, the leading AI-powered social media marketing platform, announced that Crunch Fitness has selected its platform to improve the effectiveness of its social media marketing campaigns. Socialbakers gives Crunch Fitness the capability to schedule and publish posts across more than 250 social media profiles on Facebook and other sites faster than ever. Crunch Fitness has also gained new visibility into its social media campaigns with dashboards and reporting that visually display which posts perform best and which ones can be further optimized. Crunch Franchise also announced its newest locations in Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina. Read More...

Town Sports International Locations in Philadelphia Join the Silver&Fit Network
Posted: November 19, 2018 in Chains

Town Sports InternationalPHILADELPHIA, PA - Town Sports International Holdings, Inc. (TSI), one of the largest gym networks in the Northeast, is pleased to announce that its five Philadelphia locations are now participating in the Silver&Fit program's network of fitness facilities. This allows them to provide no-cost or low-cost club access to Silver&Fit members who work out at these fitness centers. The Silver&Fit program is one of the nation's leading exercise and healthy aging programs for Medicare members. Read More...

Planet Fitness, Inc. Announces Accelerated Share Repurchase Program
Posted: November 14, 2018 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc. (NYSE: PLNT) (the "Company"), announced that it has entered into a $300 million accelerated share repurchase agreement (the "ASR Agreement") with Citibank, N.A. ("Citibank"). The Company will acquire shares under the ASR Agreement as part of its $500 million share repurchase authorization previously announced on August 9, 2018 (the "Share Repurchase Authorization"). As of November 12, 2018, before giving effect to the ASR Agreement, approximately $458 million remained available for share repurchases pursuant to the Share Repurchase Authorization. Read More...

In-Shape Health Clubs Raises Over $150,000 For Cancer Research
Posted: November 14, 2018 in Chains

In-ShapeSTOCKTON, CA - In-Shape Health Clubs, California's top community destination for health and fitness, announced it raised $153,500 for cancer research during its annual Fight Cancer campaign, a 15% increase on last year's record breaking campaign. Funds will go to the American Cancer Society and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Read More...

The Bay Club Company Announces Collaboration With Leisure Sports, Inc.
Posted: November 13, 2018 in Chains

The Bay ClubSAN FRANCISCO, CA - The Bay Club Company (“Bay Club”) announced it has agreed to acquire five properties from Leisure Sports, Inc. and enter into a development relationship for future opportunities. This agreement between two tradition-rich companies, both Northern California based brands, creates a premier membership offering throughout the West Coast. As part of the agreement, Bay Club will merge ClubSport properties in Walnut Creek, Danville, Pleasanton and Fremont, in addition to a location in Portland, Oregon, bringing the total number of Bay Club properties to 26 across nine campuses in the Bay Club portfolio. The properties will be operated by Bay Club, and over time, they will be converted to the Bay Club brand name. Read More...

Blink Fitness Restores Ridgewood Theatre To Open A New Hub of Health In The Community; Also Opens First Orange County Location In Anaheim, California
Posted: November 13, 2018 in Chains

Blink FitnessNEW YORK, N.Y. and ANAHEIM, CA - After a decade of being closed, Blink Fitness will re-open the restored Ridgewood Theatre to create a premium quality, affordable fitness brand for the community. Blink Fitness is also excited to announce the grand opening of its 74th gym, in Anaheim. The Anaheim location is the first Blink Fitness located in Orange County, and third location in California. The newest Blink Fitness facilities boast a broad offering of top-of-the-line strength equipment that includes free weights, plates, and machines for upper body, lower body and core. Read More...

Tough Mudder Spins Off Thriving Gym Business Into Separate Enterprise
Posted: November 9, 2018 in Chains

Tough MudderBROOKLYN, N.Y. - Tough Mudder, Inc. Founder and CEO, Will Dean, announced that the company is in the process of securing capital investment, setting the stage for continued growth in 2019. As part of this, the company will spin off its thriving new fitness business, Tough Mudder Bootcamp, into a separate business enterprise from its traditional live event business in order to allow both businesses to more successfully navigate their respective categories. Dean will continue to head the Bootcamp business while also supporting the live event side. Both businesses will remain privately held. Read More...

World Gym Opens First Fitness Studio: World Gym Athletics Chilliwack
Posted: November 8, 2018 in Chains

World Gym AthleticsCHILLIWACK, B.C. - World Gym International, the iconic global brand of seriously fun fitness, is opening its first neighborhood fitness studio with World Gym Athletics Chilliwack. The new studio concept from World Gym will feature World Gym’s signature small group training program, World Gym Athletics with other studio favorites like kick boxing, yoga, cycling and more. World Gym Athletics Chilliwack plans to open this December. Read More...

ClubCorp Enhances Offerings With Launch of ClubLife Management
Posted: November 8, 2018 in Chains

ClubCorp - The World Leader In Private ClubsDALLAS, TX - ClubCorp – The World Leader in Private Clubs – announced the introduction of ClubLife Management, a comprehensive management services division for private clubs, destination resorts and premier daily-fee golf courses. ClubLife Management establishes a new paradigm in third-party management uniquely poised to leverage ClubCorp’s unmatched reciprocal club network of more than 300 clubs, supplier purchasing power, innovation and continual enhancement to the member experience. Read More...

Gympass Expands its Global Network With Youfit Partnership
Posted: November 6, 2018 in Chains

Youfit Health ClubsNEW YORK, N.Y. - Gympass, a global leader in corporate fitness and wellness benefits, announces a partnership with Youfit Health Clubs. The partnership, which kicks off in November, allows unrestricted access for the employees of Gympass' client firms to all of Youfit's locations nationwide, adding substantial volume to Gympass' rapidly expanding global fitness network of almost 40,000 gyms and studios. Read More...

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