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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...

The 2020 Club Industry Show Has Been Cancelled
Posted: September 8, 2020 in Other News

Club Industry ShowST. LOUIS, MO - Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Club Industry has unfortunately been forced to cancel the 2020 Club Industry Show, which had been planned for October 14 - 16, 2020, in St. Louis, Missouri. Club Industry remains committed to delivering the Gold Standard in education, information, networking and resources for the fitness community during this unprecedented time. We are exploring other avenues to deliver to you the exceptional and relevant content that you have come to expect from Club Industry. Read More...

SIBEC North America 2020 Has Been Postponed
Posted: September 8, 2020 in Other News

SIBECCORONADO, CA - Due to the COVID-19 circumstances, we are disappointed to announce that we have been forced to postpone the 2020 Sibec North America event. While we are disappointed that we are unable to bring the industry together face-to-face this Fall, we are excited to announce that the next Sibec will be held on May 10-13, 2021, at Loews Coronado Bay Resort in Coronado, CA Read More...

Life Fitness Introduces Axiom Series: A New, Comprehensive Line of Strength Equipment
Posted: September 8, 2020 in Suppliers

Life FitnessROSEMONT, IL - Life Fitness has unveiled Axiom Series, a comprehensive and versatile line of strength equipment featuring 10 single-exercise and eight dual-exercise selectorized machines, a dual adjustable pulley and 12 benches and racks. Now available globally, Axiom Series delivers simple and reliable biomechanics with an inviting, eye-catching design ideal for many fitness facilities, from health clubs to multi-unit housing, hospitality and more. Read More...

Matrix Fitness Announces Partnership with Strength and Conditioning Mogul Boyd Epley
Posted: September 8, 2020 in Suppliers

Matrix: Strong, Smart, BeautifulCOTTAGE GROVE, WI - Matrix Fitness has announced a new partnership with Boyd Epley, the trailblazer for modern strength and conditioning and recently retired Assistant Athletic Director for Strength and Conditioning at the University of Nebraska. Epley also founded the National Strength and Conditioning Association, which has certified over 60,000 strength coaches. Read More...

Myzone Integrated into Qualification to Create Fitness Professionals
Posted: September 8, 2020 in Suppliers

MYZONEU.K. - Myzone is being integrated into fitness qualifications to develop a new breed of industry-ready professionals in the first partnership of its kind in the U.K. The wearable technology leader has partnered with innovative new training provider Vector Training, which aims to transform the sports and fitness education sector. Read More...

USTA Announces Partnership With ThanksUSA
Posted: September 7, 2020 in Suppliers

USTAWHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - The USTA has announced a partnership with ThanksUSA, a national charity that supports military families through education. The partnership was announced on US Open "Lt. Joe Hunt Military Appreciation Day." The purpose of the partnership program is to provide the opportunity for disabled veterans and service members to achieve therapeutic benefits and improve their overall health and wellbeing through adaptive tennis participation. Read More...

Brent Darden Sets a New Course for IHRSA as Interim CEO
Posted: September 3, 2020 in IHRSA

Brent DardenBOSTON, MA - Over the past several months, the world as we knew it has undergone changes many of us could never have imagined. The fitness industry was especially hard hit by the pandemic that the world has struggled to contain, resulting in an economic downturn, government restrictions on clubs and shaky consumer confidence. These challenges were also deeply felt at IHRSA, and the Board of Directors deemed that a new tact was needed to best serve the industry during this time. On August 21, they announced the appointment of Brent Darden as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Darden replaced Joe Moore, who served as IHRSA’s President & CEO since 2006. The IHRSA Board of Directors chose Darden for this role in large part due to his extensive leadership experience in the industry. Under Darden’s leadership, the IHRSA staff, working closely with the Board, will revisit "virtually everything." Read More...

National Study Confirms It’s Safe To Work Out At The Gym: Current Data Shows No Evidence of COVID-19 Spread in Gyms
Posted: September 2, 2020 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - After analyzing millions of member's check-in data across 2,873 gyms, sports clubs and boutique fitness centers over the course of three months, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) and MXM, a technology and knowledge transfer company specializing in member tracking within the fitness industry, conclusively found that fitness facilities are safe and are not contributing to the spread of COVID-19. Read More...

The Fitness Industry Demands Deal to Protect Workers
Posted: September 2, 2020 in IHRSA

IHRSA AdvocateWASHINGTON, D.C. - On September 2, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, while testifying before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, pledged to call Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to ask her to restart talks on a new COVID-19 relief package. In response, Brent Darden of the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) released the following statement... Read More...

TG The Gym San Diego Celebrates 35th Anniversary
Posted: September 2, 2020 in Independents

TG The Gym OwnersSAN DIEGO, CA - TG The Gym San Diego celebrates 35 years as an owner-operated and independent gym. TG The Gym has been home to best fitness training for 35 years, offering men and women all across the community the opportunity to challenge their bodies and build strength every day. TG The Gym will continue to promote the fact that a good immune system is the first and most important element in the defense of this Covid–19 virus. Daily vigorous exercise, a healthy well-balanced diet, proper amount of sleep, Vitamin D (get in sun and outdoors) and managing stress are the main ingredients to maintaining a good immune system. 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...

IHRSA Introduces Interim President & CEO Brent Darden
Posted: September 1, 2020 in IHRSA

Brent DardenBOSTON, MA - On August 21, the IHRSA Board of Directors announced the appointment of Brent Darden as interim president and Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Darden is a well-known advocate and leader in the fitness industry and has a vast background of experience. Although the role was not taken lightly, Darden has made it clear that he does not intend to serve as IHRSA president & CEO on a permanent basis. Speaking on behalf of IHRSA’s future, Darden feels confident that evolution is necessary for the association to achieve sustainable success. Read More...

ClubIntel Announces Launch of Follow-up Study to March 2020 Study and Report Entitled: The Fitness Industry’s Response to COVID-19
Posted: September 1, 2020 in Suppliers

ClubIntelDALLAS, TX - ClubIntel, a global leader in conducting market research related to the health/fitness industry, has announced that it is launching a follow-up study to explore where the fitness industry stands nearly six months to the day after clubs and studios were initially closed due to government mandated closures. Some of the topics the study will generate clarity on include... Read More...

IHRSA Releases 2020 Health Club Consumer Report: Executive Summary
Posted: August 31, 2020 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) has released the 2020 Health Club Consumer Report: Executive Summary. This annual publication, based on a nationwide sample of 18,000 interviews, is an overview of health club usage, participation and demographics over the past decade. Early findings from the 2020 Physical Activity Council (PAC) survey shed light on activity during shutdowns and attitudes regarding health clubs reopening. 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...

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