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Crunch Franchise Announces Its Newest Location In Orange Park, Florida
Posted: September 25, 2020 in Chains

Crunch FranchiseORANGE PARK, FL - Crunch Franchise has announced the opening of a 40,000 square-foot gym with state-of-the-art equipment and amenities in Orange Park, Florida. Crunch is known for its innovative group fitness programming and will offer a wide range of classes every week including BodyWeb with TRX, Zumba, Cardio Tai Box, Yoga Body Sculpt and Fat Burning Pilates. Members looking for additional guidance can utilize the HIITZone, a proprietary high-intensity interval group training program. Read More...

World Gym Houston and Texas City to Open in 2021
Posted: September 24, 2020 in Chains

World GymNEWPORT BEACH, CA - World Gym International, the iconic global fitness brand, will open its first gym in Houston early next year, a new franchised location owned by entrepreneur Jerome Karam and his son Jacob Karam, a local attorney. World Gym Houston will be a brand new 40,000 square foot flagship fitness facility spread across five floors with state-of-the-art equipment and amenities and free parking for members. The new World Gym Texas City will also open in early 2021. At 100,000 square feet, the facility will have even more amenities, like World Gym Athletics, yoga, hot yoga, cycling, a full basketball court, physical therapy, a Barbell Café smoothie bar, a pro-shop and even a jumbotron. Both gyms will offer reciprocal memberships. Read More...

Dr. David Katz Joins Forces with Anytime Fitness, Self Esteem Brands to Amplify How Fitness, as Lifestyle Medicine, Matters More Than Ever
Posted: September 23, 2020 in Chains

Anytime FitnessMINNEAPOLIS, MN - Self Esteem Brands (SEB), the parent company of Anytime Fitness, Basecamp Fitness, The Bar Method and Waxing the City, has announced a partnership with Dr. David Katz, a globally-recognized authority on lifestyle medicine, to amplify the critical role fitness plays in the personal health and wellness of humans around the world. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in the U.S. and around the world, Dr. Katz will join the voices of SEB and Anytime Fitness to articulate the role of fitness as essential to personal health and wellness and how it comes to life through the Anytime Fitness brand experience. Read More...

Planet Fitness Awards $225,000 in Scholarships to 45 Boys & Girls Club Youth for Their Efforts to Promote a Kinder and More Inclusive World
Posted: September 17, 2020 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc., one of the largest and fastest-growing global franchisors and operators of fitness centers with more members than any other fitness brand, has announced the recipients of its annual Judgement Free Generation scholarships, which recognize teens for their commitment to promoting inclusion, acceptance and kindness. Following a record number of applications, 45 deserving youth from Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the country were each awarded $5,000 for their inspiring efforts to create a brighter, more accepting future. Read More...

9Round Franchising Named A “Top Growth Franchise” By Entrepreneur Magazine
Posted: September 17, 2020 in Chains

9Round: 30 Min Kickbox FitnessGREENVILLE, S.C. - 9Round Franchising was recently ranked in Entrepreneur Magazine’s first Top Growth Franchises list. This list recognizes the 150 companies with the greatest positive franchise unit growth in North America over a three-year period, based on data submitted for Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 ranking. Thanks to its exceptional growth, 9Round was ranked #22. Read More...

Blink Fitness Offers Innovative Solutions to Help Members with Capacity Guidelines
Posted: September 15, 2020 in Chains

Blink FitnessNEW YORK, N.Y. - Blink Fitness has announced the launch of a new reservation system and capacity tracker, allowing members to plan their next visit from the comfort of home. Open Blink locations around the U.S. are operating at limited capacities in accordance with local and state guidelines, with most at just 25 - 33% of their normal capacity numbers. The gym's new reservation system allows members to book hourly time slots before arriving, instilling confidence and reliability as they return to their exercise routines. Similarly, if members are curious to understand their gym's current capacity status, Blink's tracker allows for real-time insight prior to arrival. Read More...

Power Wellness Safely Reopen 80% of Their Fitness Centers
Posted: September 15, 2020 in Chains

Power WellnessLOMBARD, IL - Power Wellness has successfully reopened over 20 managed medical fitness centers nationwide, helping re-employ over 1,200 team members. In the coming weeks, Power Wellness expects to reopen the remainder of their clients’ locations in New Jersey, New York, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Read More...

Anytime Fitness Named a “Top Growth Franchise” by Entrepreneur Magazine
Posted: September 14, 2020 in Chains

Anytime FitnessMINNEAPOLIS, MN - Anytime Fitness, one of the world's largest and fastest-growing health club franchises with an elevated, personalized approach to fitness and wellness, was recently ranked in Entrepreneur magazine's first Top Growth Franchises list. This list recognizes the 150 companies with the greatest positive franchise unit growth in North America over a three-year period, based on data submitted for Entrepreneur's Franchise 500 ranking. Thanks to its exceptional growth, Anytime Fitness was ranked #19. Read More...

EXOS Hires New Chief Technology Officer and Chief Marketing Officer
Posted: September 11, 2020 in Chains

EXOSPHOENIX, AZ - EXOS has announced that they’re expanding their leadership team with world-class talent in the marketing and technology fields. Yvette Pasqua joined EXOS as Chief Technology Officer this week, and TJ Abrams will join as Chief Marketing Officer in late September. Read More...

ClubCorp Expands Role of Top Executive, Names Robert Morse as President
Posted: September 10, 2020 in Chains

ClubCorp - The World Leader In Private ClubsDALLAS, TX - ClubCorp – The World Leader in Private Clubs – announces that Robert Morse has been promoted to the role of President, adding to his current title of Chief Operating Officer. In his expanded role, Morse will provide strategic leadership over all day-to-day club operations with a continued focus on elevating the total member experience through improved quality in products, service and programming. Read More...

World Gym International Appoints Tiffany Hamlin National Director of Group Fitness
Posted: September 9, 2020 in Chains

World GymNEWPORT BEACH, CA - World Gym International, the iconic global fitness brand, has appointed Tiffany Hamlin as its new National Director of Group Fitness. As the National Director of Group Fitness, Hamlin will strengthen group fitness programs for the World Gym network by creating continuing education for gym Group Fitness Directors and instructors, improving studio facilities and equipment, and leading format and programming selection. Read More...

In-Shape Health Clubs Partners With Special Olympics
Posted: September 2, 2020 in Chains

In-ShapeSTOCKTON, CA - In-Shape Health Clubs, California’s top community destination for health and fitness, has announced a partnership with The Special Olympics Northern California and Nevada to provide free virtual fitness classes and sponsorships for In-Shape’s virtual races. Read More...

Crunch Franchise Announces Its Newest Location In Kissimmee, Florida
Posted: September 1, 2020 in Chains

Crunch FranchiseKISSIMMEE, FL - Crunch Franchise has announced the opening of a 40,000 square-foot gym with state-of-the-art equipment and amenities in Kissimmee, Florida. The modern, expansive gym is in a location that's a former 24 Hour Fitness space. Crunch Kissimmee is owned by veteran fitness industry operators Vince Julien, Geoff Dyer, Tony Scrimale and Jeff Dotson, who currently own and operate 26 Crunch locations in the Tampa Bay community as well as in Orlando and Atlanta. Read More...

Blink Fitness Plans to Reopen Gyms in the New Jersey Market
Posted: August 31, 2020 in Chains

Blink FitnessNEW YORK, N.Y. - Blink Fitness has announced that, in accordance with local and state reopening guidelines in New Jersey, the Union, Irvington, East Orange, Perth Amboy, Willingboro, Passaic, South Orange, Clifton, Parsippany, Journal Square, Lodi, Paramus, Plainfield, Ironbound, Nutley and Linden gyms will be reopening. Read More...

Gold’s Gym Wins Distinguished Franchise Update Media 2020 Innovation Award
Posted: August 27, 2020 in Chains

Gold's GymDALLAS, TX - Gold’s Gym, one of the world’s most trusted fitness authorities, was recently honored with Franchise Update Media’s 2020 award for “Most Innovative Use of Customer-Facing Digital Tools.” Gold’s Gym received this award in recognition of its response to the temporary new normal of COVID-19 with the launch of “Gold’s Gym Anywhere,” a digital platform offering various virtual fitness options for at-home exercise. Read More...

Lift Brands Wins Distinguished Franchise Update Media 2020 Innovation Award
Posted: August 27, 2020 in Chains

Lift BrandsCHANHASSEN, MN - Franchise Update Media conducted its second annual Franchise Innovation Awards contest this spring. The goal of the awards is to identify and recognize the franchisors creating and implementing the most original and successful innovative strategies and tactics to build their brand. Lift Brands tied for first in the Best PR Campaign category of the Marketing Innovation Awards for their Free 90-day FitnessOnDemand trial offered globally to the general public through Snap Fitness. Read More...

Blink Fitness Plans to Reopen Gyms in the Long Island, Westchester, Syracuse, Rochester and New York City Markets
Posted: August 21, 2020 in Chains

Blink FitnessNEW YORK, N.Y. - Blink Fitness has announced that, in accordance with local and state reopening guidelines in New York State, Long Island, Westchester, Syracuse, Rochester and New York City, gyms will be reopening on the following dates with modified operating hours... These abbreviated hours will allow for thorough cleaning and disinfecting procedures overnight. With the reopening process carefully developed and executed, Blink is excited to welcome members and employees back into the gym. Read More...

Crunch Franchise Announces Its Newest Location In Normal, IL
Posted: August 20, 2020 in Chains

Crunch FranchiseNORMAL, IL - Crunch Franchise plans to open a $6 million, 45,000 square-foot facility with state-of-the-art equipment and amenities in Normal, IL and will begin selling memberships mid-November. Though Crunch Normal plans to open in late December, the facility will operate at a temporary location at a former Golds Gym Express starting Friday August 21st. All former Golds Gym members will be offered special enrollment deals. Read More...

Town Sports International Holdings, Inc. Receives Second Nasdaq Notice Regarding Non-Compliance With Continued Listing Standards
Posted: August 20, 2020 in Chains

Town Sports InternationalNEW YORK, N.Y. - Town Sports International Holdings, Inc. (“TSI” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: CLUB) received a second notice on August 18, 2020 from the Listing Qualifications Department of Nasdaq indicating that, as a result of the Company’s failure to timely file its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2020 (the “Second Quarterly Report”), and because the Company remains delinquent in filing its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2020 (the “First Quarterly Report,” and together with the Second Quarterly Report, the “Reports”), the Company remains in non-compliance with the continued listing requirements as set forth in Nasdaq Listing Rule 5250(c)(1). The notice has no immediate impact on the listing of the Company’s common stock, which will continue to trade on the Nasdaq Global Market, subject to the Company’s compliance with other applicable continued listing requirements. The Company’s management is working diligently to complete the Reports and intends to file them as soon as practicable. Read More...

California Fitness Alliances Announces Launch of Industry Association Advisory Board
Posted: August 19, 2020 in Chains

CFASACRAMENTO, CA - The California Fitness Alliance (CFA), California’s united voice for fitness operators, professionals and enthusiasts, has created an Industry Association Advisory Board in addition to its already robust Advisory Board panel. Doris Thews, CEO of Team Thews Fitness Consulting, Amy Thompson from IDEA Health and Fitness Association (IDEA) and Josh Leve from the Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) are spearheading the Industry Association Advisory Board, which will bring a holistic perspective to the cause, supporting the 180,000 employees and millions of members of California’s gyms, health clubs and studios as CFA urges Governor Newsom to once again safely reopen gyms in California. Read More...

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