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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...

ACE Applauds Revisions to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
Posted: November 12, 2018 in Suppliers

ACESAN DIEGO, CA - The American Council on Exercise (ACE) supports the first-ever revision to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (Guidelines), underscoring the essential role they play in setting the bar for a more physically active nation. The second edition, released by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, recommend as before, daily physical activity to reduce the risk for many chronic diseases. They now also state that any amount of daily activity, no matter how big or small, is beneficial to health. Finally, the revised guidelines reflect the latest science from the past 10 years, which is that physical activity not only wards off disease but helps individuals to sleep better, feel better and more easily perform daily tasks. Read More...

The HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Releases the Second Edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans
Posted: November 12, 2018 in Suppliers

American College of Sports MedicineINDIANAPOLIS, IN - The HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion released the second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. The second edition is based on the latest scientific evidence that shows that physical activity conveys even more health benefits than previously known. New aspects include discussions of... 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...

Study Reveals SilverSneakers Fitness Program Linked to Less Social Isolation and Better Health for Older Adults
Posted: November 6, 2018 in Suppliers

SilverSneakersCHANDLER, AZ - Participation in an exercise program has significant social benefits that, in turn, magnify benefits for health, according to a new study from Tivity Health (NASDAQ: TVTY) and the MIT AgeLab. Results from the study show that members of SilverSneakers, the nation's leading fitness program for older adults, experienced less social isolation than those not participating in the program, leading to reduced loneliness and better overall health. The study, Reducing Isolation and Loneliness Through Membership in a Fitness Program for Older Adults: Implications for Health, was published in the Journal of Applied Gerontology. Read More...

Wellbeats 2.0 Software Will Soon Be Available on All Hardware Systems
Posted: November 6, 2018 in Suppliers

WellbeatsST. LOUIS PARK, MN - Wellbeats has announced that clients using its 1.0 software will soon automatically update to the new cloud-based 2.0 software. What’s different about the 2.0 software? For starters, the software features a simple, easy-to-navigate interface. More features include... 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...

Crunch Fitness Announces New Workout Series to Celebrate 30th Anniversary of Men’s Health
Posted: November 1, 2018 in Chains

Crunch FitnessNEW YORK, N.Y. - Men’s Health, the largest men’s magazine brand in the world, and Crunch Fitness announced a partnership in honor of the magazine’s 30th anniversary. On November 1st, Crunch Fitness will debut a new workout class called “30 in 30 Powered by Men’s Health” at more than 30 Crunch Signature Club locations across the country. The class, designed by Crunch Franchise VP of Group Fitness Jennifer Renfroe and verified by Men’s Health editors, will be a 30-minute HIIT-style session incorporating strength exercises, plyometric power moves and agility drills. Read More...

The Club Industry Show Experiences 21% Growth in Its Conference Attendance
Posted: October 31, 2018 in Suppliers

Club Industry ShowBOULDER, CO - The Club Industry Show wrapped its 32nd year, October 24 - 26, 2018, at the Hilton Chicago, hosting fitness professionals from health and wellness facilities of all types as well as large and small fitness brands that continue to launch innovative products in the industry. The conference program at the Club Industry Show experienced 21% growth in attendance. Read More...

Pure Barre Joins Xponential Fitness’ Portfolio of Elite Boutique Fitness Brands
Posted: October 31, 2018 in Chains

Xponential FitnessIRVINE, CA - Xponential Fitness, backed by Anthony Geisler and Snapdragon Capital, announced the addition of Pure Barre to its family of brands. With the addition of Pure Barre, Xponential Fitness becomes the largest provider of boutique fitness in the world. As part of the transaction, L Catterton, which invested in Pure Barre in 2015, will contribute its investment into the acquisition. Pure Barre joins six other successful Xponential Fitness brands including Club Pilates, CycleBar, StretchLab, Row House, AKT and Yoga Six. Read More...

National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Foundation Announces 2018 Coaching Advancement and Eleiko Equipment Grants Recipients
Posted: October 31, 2018 in Suppliers

NSCACOLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The NSCA Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of the 2018 Coaching Advancement Grant, Nicholas Cuthrell, and the Eleiko Equipment Grant, North High School in Aurora, Colorado. Read More...

Anytime Fitness’ Parent Company Acquires Basecamp Fitness With Plans To Franchise Worldwide
Posted: October 31, 2018 in Chains

Basecamp FitnessWOODBURY, MN - Self Esteem Brands, the parent company of Anytime Fitness, has purchased a new fitness concept with plans to franchise it worldwide. Basecamp Fitness was developed by Nick Swinmurn, the Founder of Zappos, and currently has five locations, three near Los Angeles and two in the San Francisco area. Read More...

XSport Fitness to Open 40th Location in Addison, Illinois in Early 2019
Posted: October 29, 2018 in Chains

XSport FitnessCHICAGO, IL - Capital Fitness, d/b/a, XSport Fitness, Big Rock, Illinois, continues to grow its brand throughout the Chicagoland area, announcing the opening of its 40th facility in Addison, Illinois. This new facility is on target to open February 1, 2019. XSport Fitness facilities are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, for their members’ convenience. Read More...

November is National Diabetes Month
Posted: October 29, 2018 in Independents

Dedham HealthDEDHAM, MA - A lot of diabetes information is shared during the month of November. The yearly American Diabetes Association campaign raises awareness about diabetes and encourages people to make healthy changes. The message must be getting through because people with diabetes are living longer and healthier than ever before! This does not mean that managing diabetes is easy. It takes hard work for each person to predict how food, exercise and stress will affect their blood sugar readings. And, most of this work goes unseen and unappreciated by those around them as many family members and friends misunderstand the basics. Read More...

USPTA Partners With IPTPA To Bring Pickleball Certification To The Association
Posted: October 29, 2018 in Suppliers

USPTALAKE NONA, FL - The United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) has entered into a 3-year partnership with the International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association (IPTPA). Under the terms of the agreement, the USPTA will work collaboratively with the recognized world leader in pickleball teacher certification to certify USPTA professionals in pickleball. Starting in 2019, the IPTPA will host specialty courses in pickleball across USPTA division conferences, where interested professionals will be able to earn their Level I certification in pickleball. Read More...

How PHIT and Emerging Tech Could Change Policies and Your Gym
Posted: October 25, 2018 in IHRSA

PassPHITBOSTON, MA (by IHRSA's Jeff Perkins) - PHIT has passed the House, but it remains in the Senate. With the midterm elections just days away and senators returning to their districts to campaign, work in the Senate is at a standstill. That means PHIT’s best chance of passing during this Congress is after the midterm elections (also known as the lame duck session). Procedural rules in the Senate make it harder to pass legislation in the Senate than in the House. In the Senate, a bill only needs a simple majority --51 votes-- to pass, but to guarantee you get to a vote, at least 60 votes are required for what is called cloture. Assuming 51 Republicans will vote yes, we need at least nine Democrats. Now is the time to get your Senator onboard with PHIT before the lame duck session in November. Read More...

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