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Curves Partners With Red Hat Society to Promote Fitness and Fun
Posted: January 21, 2019 in Chains

CurvesWOODWAY, TX - Curves NA, Inc., leaders in the fitness and wellness industry and one of the largest fitness center chains globally for women, announced recently that they are partnering with The Red Hat Society, Inc. to communicate the benefits of both organizations’ services and products with their respective members. Curves and The Red Hat Society share similar values including promoting fitness for women in a fun, motivating environment. They are also mutually dedicated to empowering women to live their best quality of life possible and creating opportunities for their members to build supportive relationships with other women. Read More...

Kyle Garner Joins ABC Financial as EVP of Sales and Marketing
Posted: January 17, 2019 in Suppliers

ABC FinancialLITTLE ROCK, AR - ABC Financial (ABC) announces the addition of Kyle Garner as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. With over twenty years of experience in sales leadership and management process, as well as financial management in the technology industry, Garner has expertise in management of all sales, marketing and financial aspects of an organization. At ABC, he will be responsible for managing and directing the execution of sales plans and initiatives towards new and existing markets. Read More...

Zeamo Announces Vendor Relationship With ABC Financial
Posted: January 17, 2019 in Suppliers

ZeamoNEW YORK, N.Y. - Zeamo, the New York City-based Health Club aggregator that reaches over 40 million full-time employed workers, announces the new relationship with ABC Financial allowing Zeamo to integrate with ABC Financial’s software to ensure users quick and easy access to mutual health club partners, while simultaneously removing added work from front desk staff. Read More...

TRX Completes Strategic Growth Recapitalization
Posted: January 16, 2019 in Suppliers

TRXSAN FRANCISCO, CA - TRX announces it has successfully recapitalized the business with a strategic growth capital investment from Equity38, LLC ("Equity38"). Structured as a management buyout of previous investors by Equity38, the partnership was ideal for TRX in that it maintains the company's existing infrastructure, led by Founder/CEO and former Navy SEAL, Randy Hetrick, while also arming TRX with the capital and significant additional category expertise and resources from Equity38, to further develop the TRX brand and business to an even higher level. Read More...

Youfit Health Clubs Undergoes Digital Transformation With Data Analytics at Forefront
Posted: January 16, 2019 in Chains

Youfit Health ClubsDEERFIELD BEACH, FL - With a New Year underway, and after more than a decade in operation, Youfit Health Clubs, a national chain of affordable health and wellness clubs, has undergone its own brand transformation within the digital space. As one of the largest company-owned high-value, low-price fitness franchises, Youfit Health Clubs has experienced tremendous growth in the last 10 years, opening more than 120 locations across the country. Over the last few years the company has been committed to undergoing an intensive digital transformation, refocusing and reprioritizing its marketing KPIs. Read More...

24 Hour Fitness Appoints Tony Ueber as Chief Executive Officer
Posted: January 15, 2019 in Chains

24 Hour FitnessSAN RAMON, CA - 24 Hour Fitness (the “Company”) announced that Tony Ueber, former President and CEO of Results Physiotherapy, will become Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Current CEO Chris Roussos will step down and remain as a special advisor to the company for the next two months to ensure a smooth and effective transition. Mr. Ueber most recently led the transformation and rapid growth of Results Physiotherapy and previously Banfield Pet Hospital, both highly mission-driven organizations that emphasized culture, team member engagement and a commitment to being customer-centric as critical elements to achieving positive results. Read More...

UFC Gym UK Announces First Two Locations Opening In April 2019
Posted: January 15, 2019 in Chains

UFC Gym UKLONDON – UFC GYM, the first major brand extension of UFC, announced that the first two United Kingdom-based locations will open in Nottingham’s City Centre and in Woking in April 2019. The new fitness facilities enter the UK and Republic of Ireland as part of an exclusive 10-year partnership with TD Lifestyle plc., which has committed to opening more than 100 locations throughout the territory. Since debuting in 2009, UFC GYM has opened more than 150 locations in more than 25 countries and territories, including the United States, Australia, Canada, India, Mexico, Taiwan, Vietnam and United Arab Emirates. Read More...

NuStep and ICAA Announce Beacon Award for “Best in Wellness” Senior Living Communities
Posted: January 15, 2019 in Suppliers

NuStepVANCOUVER, BC - As separate entities, NuStep and the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) have long championed active aging and wellness. Now, the two organizations have teamed up to recognize and honor senior living communities that have excelled at adopting wellness-based lifestyles. Together, they proudly introduce the ICAA NuStep Beacon Award. Read More...

Gold’s Gym Paramus Owner Mike Epstein Named A North Jersey Hometown Hero
Posted: January 15, 2019 in Chains

Gold's GymPARAMUS, N.J. - Mike Epstein, franchise co-owner of Gold’s Gym Paramus, was recognized last month by U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer as one of 42 North Jersey “Hometown Heroes.” Epstein was nominated for the honor by Mayor Richard LaBarbiera who is an advocate for the impact that Epstein has made in the community. Read More...

ABC Financial and Perform Better Announce Strategic Partnership
Posted: January 14, 2019 in Suppliers

ABC FinancialLITTLE ROCK, AR - ABC Financial, a leading software and payment processing provider to the health and fitness industry, announced their partnership with Perform Better, the leader in functional training equipment and education. Together the organizations will lead the industry in business management education for the fitness marketplace and the tens of thousands of fitness professionals operating facilities across the U.S., Canada and globally. Read More...

Blink Fitness Brings The Feel Good Experience To Its 80th Location In Burbank California
Posted: January 11, 2019 in Chains

Blink FitnessBURBANK, CA - Blink Fitness, the premium quality, affordable fitness brand is excited to bring the Mood Above Muscle approach to its 80th location in Burbank, California. With a strong East Coast presence and quickly growing franchise business, Blink continues the expansion of its groundbreaking philosophy across the country to the newest West Coast gym. Read More...

TITLE Boxing Club Heads West to Add 50 New Locations in California, Arizona & Nevada
Posted: January 11, 2019 in Chains

TITLE Boxing ClubLOS ANGELES, CA - TITLE Boxing Club, a leading boutique boxing fitness franchise with more than 185 clubs open across the United States, announced it plans to bring 50 new clubs to the West Coast over the next five years as part of a strategic, geographically targeted growth model. Read More...

Gordon Smith to Step Down as USTA CEO-Exec Director
Posted: January 11, 2019 in Suppliers

USTAWHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - The United States Tennis Association announced that Gordon Smith, the longest-tenured CEO and Executive Director in the Association’s history, has announced his retirement effective December 31, 2019. Smith first assumed his position in November 2007. The USTA will begin a search for a new CEO by first identifying a search firm by March 2019. Read More...

National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Announces 2019 Coach of the Year Awards; Coach Ray Ganong Named Recipient of Prestigious NSCA President’s Award
Posted: January 10, 2019 in Suppliers

NSCACOLORADO SPRINGS, CO - Strength and conditioning coaches from across the nation converged at the NSCA’s Coaches Conference on January 10, 2019 in Indianapolis, IN to discover cutting-edge research and practical applications in strength and conditioning, presented by the industry’s most elite and respected experts. One of the many exciting events held during the conference was the Award Ceremony, where distinctive honors were presented to several coaches for outstanding achievement. At this event, the NSCA recognizes award winners who are selected by a volunteer committee, the NSCA’s Coaching Task Force, who determine the winners based on their contributions to the NSCA, their community and the coaching profession. Read More...

Precor and Spivi Announce Partnership to Bring Immersive Training Experiences to Gyms and Indoor Cycling Studios
Posted: January 9, 2019 in Suppliers

PrecorLOS ANGELES, CA - Precor, a global leader in providing premium fitness products, services and experiences involving cardio, strength, group training and networked fitness, and Spivi, an industry leader in digital interactive displays and performance tracking, have partnered to provide an immersive workout experience integrated with the Spinner line of commercial indoor cycling bikes. Read More...

Mountainside Fitness Founder, Tom Hatten, Releases “Dream On” For Charity
Posted: January 8, 2019 in Chains

Dream On by Tom HattenPHOENIX, AZ - In 1991, Mountainside Fitness Owner, Tom Hatten, had just $2,000 to his name and a dream to open his own gym. He was just 22-years-old and a student at Arizona State University at the time, but thanks to family and friends and a perseverance to succeed, Hatten would go on to owning and operating Arizona's biggest fitness empire. Now, 30 years and 17 Mountainside Fitness locations later, Hatten reflects in his new memoir, "Dream On," about this remarkable journey and what it takes to build a business from the ground up. Hatten tells all, from the highs of starting his own business to the crashing lows including bankruptcy, jail time and a horrific personal tragedy. Read More...

Crunch Franchise Continues Its West Texas Expansion With Midland Location
Posted: January 7, 2019 in Chains

Crunch FranchiseMIDLAND, TX - Crunch Fitness announced that construction is beginning for a fitness center in Midland, Texas. Located in a shopping complex, the expansive new club will be open 24/7 and feature state-of-the-art equipment and amenities, as well as Crunch's popular group fitness offerings. Crunch Midland is taking over roughly 35,000 square feet from Kohl's, which is downsizing. Starting in January, prospective members will be able to sign up for discounted early memberships. The club's first 500 members will receive a free t-shirt and gym bag, discounts on small group and personal training, and more. Read More...

Blink Fitness Launches a First-of-its-Kind Technology and Takes a Major Leap Towards Ending the One-Size-Fits-All Gym Landscape
Posted: January 7, 2019 in Chains

Blink FitnessNEW YORK, N.Y. - Blink Fitness introduces a proprietary Personalized Mobile Companion, a breakthrough technology designed to change the one-size-fits-all gym landscape for good. This technology enables Blink members to receive a daily, personalized content feed tailored to their specific goals across a variety of healthy living topics that will enable them to exercise better, eat better, recharge better and live better. Read More...

Golub Capital Provides $120 Million One-Loan Debt Facility to Support the Refinancing of EOS Fitness by Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co.
Posted: January 7, 2019 in Chains

EōS FitnessNEW YORK, N.Y. - Golub Capital has announced that, as Administrative Agent, it provided a $120 million GOLD facility to support the refinancing of EōS Fitness ("EōS" or the "Company") by Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co. ("BRS"). GOLD financings are Golub Capital One-Loan Debt facilities. The financing from Golub Capital will be used to expand EōS's footprint and open more gyms throughout the U.S., bringing affordable fitness to more Americans. Read More...

Planet Fitness to Open “Judgement Free” Club in Mount Pleasant
Posted: January 4, 2019 in Chains

Planet FitnessMOUNT PLEASANT, PA - Planet Fitness, one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the U.S. and home of the Judgement Free Zone®, announced it will open its first location in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania in the fall of 2019. The 10,000 square-foot Mount Pleasant Planet Fitness will offer state of the art cardio machines and strength equipment, 30-Minute Express Circuit, fully equipped locker rooms with day lockers and showers, numerous flat screen televisions, HydroMassage loungers, massage chairs, tanning beds, a Total Body Enhancement booth and more. Read More...

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