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Monday, October 22nd, 2018

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Kettlebell Kitchen Closes Series B Investment Led by North Castle Partners
Posted: October 9, 2018 in Chains

Kettlebell KitchenNEW YORK, N.Y. and GREENWICH, CT - North Castle Partners and Kettlebell Kitchen jointly announce that Kettlebell Kitchen has closed on a $26.7M Series B growth equity round of financing led by North Castle, a leading private equity firm focused on consumer businesses that promote healthy, active and sustainable living. Kettlebell Kitchen is a nationwide provider of healthy prepared meals and custom meal plans designed to assist consumers in achieving their fitness, nutrition, sports performance and weight loss goals. Read More...

Equinox Launches Bespoke Travel Experiences
Posted: October 4, 2018 in Chains

EquinoxNEW YORK, N.Y. - Equinox, the high performance lifestyle leader, announced its further move into the lifestyle space with the unveiling of Bespoke Luxury Travel Experiences, featuring domestic and international multi-day journeys. The offering, which will launch in April 2019 with a summit-chasing adventure in Morocco, comes as Equinox expands its global brand beyond luxury fitness clubs and into hospitality with the opening of Equinox Hotels in Spring 2019. Read More...

Crunch Franchise Announces Its First Location in Kansas
Posted: October 3, 2018 in Chains

Crunch FranchiseLAWRENCE, KS - Crunch Franchise announced the opening of a 24-hour gym with state-of-the-art equipment and amenities in Lawrence, Kansas. The expansive new club is expected to open in December 2018. In early November, a one-day "Cyber Sale" will enable new members to join Crunch Lawrence for rates starting at $9.95 per month. The first 500 members will receive a free t-shirt, discounts on small group and personal training and more. Read More...

Orangetheory Unveils New Technology Enhancements
Posted: October 3, 2018 in Chains

Orangetheory FitnessBOCA RATON, FL - A unique trifecta of science, coaching and technology has positioned Orangetheory Fitness as a global leader in innovative heart rate-based interval training. Orangetheory now announces new technology advancements, including a new wearable heart-rate monitor and proprietary equipment enhancements. Through this game-changing technology, Orangetheory advances its mission by giving members even better tools to capture performance data, measure their overall workout results and set new goals. Read More...

Crunch Franchise Announces Its Newest Location in Norman, Oklahoma
Posted: October 2, 2018 in Chains

Crunch FranchiseNORMAN, OK - Crunch Franchise announced the opening of a new 24-hour club with state-of-the art equipment and amenities in Norman, Oklahoma. The expansive new club is expected to open in December 2018. In early November, a one-day "Cyber Sale" will enable new members to join Crunch Norman for rates starting at $9.95 per month. The first 500 members will receive a free t-shirt, discounts on small group and personal training and more. Read More...

Anytime Fitness Celebrates One Billion Gym Visits
Posted: October 2, 2018 in Chains

Anytime FitnessWOODBURY, MN - For the 1 billionth time, someone waved a key fob in front of a scanner and then entered an Anytime Fitness gym to work out. Of course, most Anytime Fitness members go to the gyms to improve their health and fitness, but during the 16 years since the world's largest fitness franchise was founded, much more has happened at the gyms than merely cardio exercises and weight training. Here are a few examples... Read More...

ClubCorp to Host Patriot Golf Day Tournament to Benefit Folds of Honor and George W. Bush Institute
Posted: October 2, 2018 in Chains

ClubCorp - The World Leader In Private ClubsDALLAS, TX - ClubCorp – The World Leader in Private Clubs – announced it will host the Patriot Golf Day tournament at 27 of their private country clubs across Texas to benefit Folds of Honor and the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative. The tournament, scheduled on October 28, 2018, will raise donations and awareness for military veterans and their families. Read More...

9Round Named a Top Franchise Brand by Entrepreneur Magazine
Posted: September 25, 2018 in Chains

9Round: 30 Min Kickbox FitnessGREENVILLE, S.C. - 9Round Franchising, LCC, was recently named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s second annual Top Franchise Brands list. This list recognizes the 200 franchisors that have built the strongest brands, based on data submitted for Entrepreneur’s 2018 Franchise 500 ranking. 9Round was ranked this year at number 198. Read More...

2018 World Gym Convention Highlights the Future of the Iconic Brand
Posted: September 20, 2018 in Chains

World GymLOS ANGELES, CA - World Gym International, the iconic global brand for bodybuilding and seriously fun fitness, gathered franchisees, vendors and partners from nine countries for the 2018 World Gym International Convention in Las Vegas on September 5 - 8, 2018. The annual gathering was held at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas with nearly 200 attendees, including gym owners and staff from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Lebanon, Mexico, Taiwan, United States and Russia. The convention featured a "Beginnings" theme, letting members and franchisees know that no matter what stage you are in in life that World Gym is ready to get you started, helping everyone achieve their dreams with the best team, coaches and community possible. Read More...

In-Shape Health Clubs To Raise $150,000 For Cancer Research
Posted: September 20, 2018 in Chains

In-ShapeSTOCKTON, CA - In-Shape Health Clubs, California’s top destination for fitness and recreation, announced its goal to raise $150,000 for cancer research in the month of October for its 4th annual Fight Cancer campaign. A small idea that started in 2015, #InShapeFightsCancer has evolved into a cause that its teams and communities actively rally around and is getting bigger every year. This year, In-Shape will try to increase the amount raised by 15%. Read More...

Life Time to Launch First Life Time Work Location in Twin Cities
Posted: September 19, 2018 in Chains

Life Time  - The Healthy Way Of Life CompanyMINNEAPOLIS, MN - With an eye toward redefining the shared workspace industry, Life Time announced plans to open its first Life Time Work destination in the Twin Cities. To be located conveniently adjacent to Life Time Athletic St. Louis Park, Life Time Work will be at the Towers at West End and is expected to open in early 2019. Additional Life Time Work locations are planned for Downtown Minneapolis and Edina. Read More...

Blink Fitness Opens Its Newest New Jersey Location In Plainfield
Posted: September 19, 2018 in Chains

Blink FitnessPLAINFIELD, N.J. - Blink Fitness, the premium-quality, value gym, announces the grand opening of its 71st location, in Plainfield, New Jersey. As a part of the Grand Opening celebration, Blink Fitness will donate 50 one-year memberships, worth over $10,000, to Angels for Action, an organization dedicated to working for justice and equality for oppressed, poor and victimized children and adults in the community. Additionally, Blink will be donating 50 one-year memberships to Homefirst Interfaith Housing and Family Services, an organization dedicated to delivering comprehensive solutions to homelessness through providing transitional, supportive and permanent housing, homeless prevention assistance and social services to strengthen families. Read More...

Crunch Franchise Chooses Styku As Preferred Vendor; Announces Newest Location in Riverview, Florida
Posted: September 18, 2018 in Chains

Crunch FranchiseNEW YORK, N.Y. - Crunch Franchise announced that it has selected Styku as a preferred vendor after testing against a body scanning competitor and then piloting Styku across several health clubs. Crunch Franchise also announced the opening of a 22,000-square-foot gym with state-of-the-art equipment and amenities in Riverview, Florida. The modern, expansive club is expected to open in January 2019. Read More...

Detroit Pistons Bring Blink Fitness To Midtown Detroit
Posted: September 13, 2018 in Chains

Blink FitnessDETROIT, MI - The Detroit Pistons and Blink Fitness have announced plans to build a publicly-accessible Blink Fitness franchise inside the state-of-the-art Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center. The New Center facility will be the first Blink Fitness location in Detroit and one of several planned Blink Fitness openings slated in Michigan during 2019. Blink Fitness, a premium-quality value-based gym, announced in February that it will open 15 or more locations throughout Michigan. Read More...

International Franchise Association Names Caroline Simmons and Curves of Wytheville, Virginia, Franchisee of the Year
Posted: September 6, 2018 in Chains

CurvesWASHINGTON, D.C. - The International Franchise Association (IFA), the oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide, named Caroline Simmons, a Curves franchise owner in Wytheville, VA, one of its 2018 Franchisees of the Year. Caroline Simmons was recognized at IFA’s Franchise Action Network Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., which brings together more than 400 franchise business leaders to raise awareness with policymakers on the industry’s continued successes and economic contributions. Read More...

United PF Partners Acquires Arizona Planet Fitness Club Group
Posted: September 5, 2018 in Chains

Planet FitnessAUSTIN, TX - United PF Partners (United PF), the largest Planet Fitness (NYSE :PLNT) franchisee, has acquired 19 Planet Fitness locations in the Phoenix market from JEG-FIT, increasing its operating club count to 108 clubs across 10 states. United PF was formed by JLM Financial Partners (JLM) and Eagle Merchant Partners (Eagle) in November 2016 with the merger of several leading Planet Fitness franchisees. In addition to acquiring the operating clubs from JEG-FIT and the remaining development rights to the Phoenix market, the investment from United PF will provide capital to fuel club-level improvements and growth through the development of new clubs in this market. Read More...

Life Time Set to Launch Life Time Sport at Historic Winter Park This Fall
Posted: September 5, 2018 in Chains

Life Time  - The Healthy Way Of Life CompanyCHANHASSEN, MN - Life Time is set to launch an all-new concept, Life Time Sport, at Winter Park in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Following a pilot in Lakeville, Life Time Sport will officially kick-off at the former Minnesota Vikings practice facility once modest renovations are complete later this fall. In the interim, Life Time will offer outdoor play and limited access events in September. A Wait List has been established for interested families, and details of the Winter Park lease for the interim use of the facility have not yet been disclosed. Read More...

Workout Anytime Flexes Muscles with More Gyms Planned Across the Southeast
Posted: August 29, 2018 in Chains

Workout AnytimeCHATTANOOGA, TN - Jeff Londis co-founded Benchmark Physical Therapy in 1995 and helped build the Chattanooga-based PT therapy chain to more than 350 clinics either owned or managed by Benchmark across the country before selling his interest in that business a couple of years ago. The 57-year-old Chattanooga businessman is flexing his entrepreneurial muscles again in a different industry he bought into a decade ago and has grown to soon include five locations. Londis, the local franchisee for Workout Anytime, hopes to have at least 10 locations and thousands of members in the Southeast within the next three years. Read More...

SilverSneakers Announces National Swanson Award Winner
Posted: August 29, 2018 in Chains

SilverSneakersCHANDLER, AZ - SilverSneakers by Tivity Health (NASDAQ:TVTY), the nation's leading community fitness program for older Americans, announced the national winner of the 2018 SilverSneakers Swanson Award. DeWitt, Michigan resident, Sally Miller has been named the winner of the 14th annual award, which is presented to one member whose commitment to health and staying active encourages others to love life longer. Sally, a member of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, doesn't just work out at Snap Fitness, she befriends everyone she meets. According to her son Robb, who nominated her for the award and who owns the Snap Fitness location, it's a "fitness family business." Read More...

Crunch Franchise Announces Newest Location in Abilene, Texas
Posted: August 23, 2018 in Chains

Crunch FranchiseABILENE, TX - Crunch Fitness announced its newest club will be coming soon to Abilene, Texas. The pre-sale will begin in early October, and the first 500 sign-ups get all kinds of special deals and offers. Expected to open mid-December, Crunch Abilene will service the community 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Fusing fitness with entertainment to make serious exercise fun, Crunch Abilene will offer top-quality cardio and strength training equipment, half-hour circuit training, personal training, a functional training area with indoor turf, a dedicated group fitness studio, tanning beds and sunless spray options and more. Read More...

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