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Gold’s Gym Names 2020 Winners In Its Annual 12-Week Challenge
Posted: June 10, 2020 in Chains

Gold's GymDALLAS, TX - Gold’s Gym, a trusted fitness authority, has selected 30 national winners in the annual Gold’s Gym Challenge, its signature 12-week body transformation competition offered exclusively to Gold’s Gym members. These Gold’s Gym Challenge national winners received a total of $100,000 in cash prizes for their incredible and inspiring results. The Gold’s Gym Challenge is a collaboration between Gold’s Gym and the Gold’s Gym Franchisee Association. 2020 Gold’s Gym Challenge sponsors included Optimum Nutrition, BSN, Isopure, A.B.B. , Lenny & Larry’s and Matrix Fitness. Read More...

GOJO Takes Significant Steps to Expand Its Capacity to Meet Exponential Demand
Posted: June 10, 2020 in Suppliers

GOJOAKRON, OH - GOJO is continuing to take significant steps to expand its capacity to meet exponential increases in demand for PURELL sanitizer, soap, wipes and surface spray, as more and more businesses and institutions reopen with a sharp focus on cleanliness and hygiene. By running its facilities 24/7, working with its existing suppliers to dramatically increase raw materials and component supplies, and by implementing creative partnerships with other companies that have directed bottles and caps its way, GOJO is producing more than two times what GOJO did before the pandemic started across all of its operations. Read More...

Gold’s Gym Commitment To Equality and Change
Posted: June 8, 2020 in Chains

Gold's GymDALLAS, TX - A message from Adam Zeitsiff, Gold’s Gym President and CEO - Racism has no place in our gyms, our communities or in our country. At Gold’s Gym, we don’t care what color your skin is. We don’t care where you were born. We don’t care who you love. We care that you’re on a journey toward making fitness and wellness an important part of your life. Racism in any way, shape or form is not tolerated at Gold’s Gym. Read More...

ClubReady Announces Innovative Solution Enhancements to Support Fitness Studio Reopening Needs
Posted: June 8, 2020 in Suppliers

ClubReadyST. LOUIS, MO - ClubReady, a leading provider of full-suite studio fitness and wellness club management software, has announced enhancements to their CORE solution suite providing fitness studios with the strength and stability needed in this uncertain environment and allowing for controlled and contactless member experiences, as well as easy to scale operational practices. This suite is in response to the circumstances that have caused studios to pivot their operations to support new government requirements for social distancing and safety. Read More...

USTA Announces Sweeping Plan to Reorganize, Prioritize
Posted: June 8, 2020 in Suppliers

USTAWHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - The USTA announced a transformational plan that aligns the organization to both execute against the USTA mission to promote and develop the growth of tennis as well as combat the negative long-reaching financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan is designed to streamline costs and focus investments and people on supporting the grassroots of tennis and bringing the tennis community through the relief, recovery and rebuild phases of the pandemic. Read More...

Dynamic Fitness Teams Up With VFPnext
Posted: June 4, 2020 in Suppliers

VFPnextFORT WORTH, TX - After conducting an exhaustive review of the fitness industry's leading CRM, marketing and sales platforms, the multi-unit Houston, Texas-based fitness chain Dynamic Fitness announced they are launching VFPnext as their new technology platform. VFP has been one of the leading developers of technology solutions for health clubs, fitness centers and gyms during the past decade. Read More...

Senate Passes 8 Badly Needed PPP Fixes
Posted: June 4, 2020 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - On Wednesday evening, the Senate unanimously passed a bill that aims to provide fixes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The bipartisan bill, known as the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act was passed almost unanimously by the House last week. The bill now heads to President Trump for his signature. The bill would... Read More...

How to Reopen Fitness Centers Post-COVID-19
Posted: June 4, 2020 in Suppliers

Power WellnessLOMBARD, IL - In mid-March 2020, COVID-19 forced the entire fitness industry to change course, with most fitness centers having to close to reduce the spread of the virus. As most states move forward with lifting restrictions and allowing fitness centers to reopen, several facilities are trying to figure out the HOW. Power Wellness has put together a comprehensive playbook to assist facilities as they reopen. Read More...

ACE Makes Donation to the Advancement Project to Help End Structural Racism
Posted: June 3, 2020 in Suppliers

ACESAN DIEGO, CA - It's time for structural racism to end. The ACE family's hearts breaks for black people who live in fear of injustice. To do our part, ACE has donated $25,000 to the Advancement Project. We encourage our allies in fitness and physical activity promotion to do the same. Contribute to one of the many organizations working diligently for a more just United States. Read More...

The American College of Sports Medicine Releases Official Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Posted: June 3, 2020 in Suppliers

American College of Sports MedicineINDIANAPOLIS, IN - The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is committed to diversity; we value and seek diverse and inclusive participation within the fields of exercise science and sports medicine. The college promotes expanded diversity in membership, involvement and access to leadership. Diversity within ACSM creates a working and learning atmosphere that encourages varied perspectives and an open exchange of ideas. For more than a decade, ACSM has had a strategic focus on diversity, equity and inclusion within its membership, leadership and educational programming. Read More...

ClubIntel Announces Upcoming Release of Industry Study Entitled: What Members Say Matters – A National Fitness Industry Study of What Members Say is Needed if Health/Fitness Facilities Want Them Back
Posted: June 2, 2020 in Suppliers

ClubIntelDALLAS, TX - ClubIntel, a global leader in conducting market research related to the health/fitness industry, has announced that it will release a ground-breaking study the week of June 8, 2020. The study explores the behaviors and experiences of health/fitness facility members pre-COVID-19 closures and during COVID-19 closures, a profile of the best predictors of those who will return and a detailed list of the most influential requirements facilities should provide to ensure members feel physically and emotionally safe to re-enter their gyms. Read More...

NiCole Keith, Ph.D., FACSM, becomes 64th President of the American College of Sports Medicine
Posted: June 1, 2020 in Suppliers

American College of Sports MedicineINDIANAPOLIS, IN - Each year at the ACSM Annual Meeting's Friday evening banquet, the current ACSM President is recognized and thanked for their contributions to the college. At this time, the President-elect is brought to the stage, a ceremonial passing of the gavel occurs and the new President begins their duties by leading the Saturday Board of Trustees meeting. This year, however, was different. It was determined that Nicole Keith, Ph.D., FACSM, would take over as ACSM President effective June 1. This is the date following what would have been a series of events at the San Francisco Annual Meeting celebrating and recognizing both Dr. Keith and William Kraus, M.D., FACSM, the 63rd President of ACSM. Read More...

How ALS TDI is Moving Forward with Phase 1 Reopening of Lab
Posted: June 1, 2020 in Other News

ALS TDICAMBRIDGE, MA - ALS TDI’s Chief Scientific Officer Fernando Vieira, M.D., talks about how ALS TDI is allowing more scientists to enter the lab in accordance with Massachusetts Phase 1 reopening guidelines. ALS TDI thank you for support over the last few months, which has allowed us to maintain the pace of promising ALS research amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. This first week of June, in accordance with the Massachusetts phased reopening guidelines, ALS TDI began allowing more of our scientists and researchers to return to the Cambridge-based lab. While pleased to be able to resume additional operations the safety of staff remains a top priority. Read More...

IHRSA Announces Key Considerations & Risk Assessment Tools
Posted: May 28, 2020 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is pleased to announce the release of the key considerations document for sports, fitness, aquatics & ancillary facilities and clubs in the context of COVID-19 with accompanying risk assessment and mitigation tools. A working group, instigated and led by IHRSA, produced these documents. In addition, consultation took place with ICREPS (International Confederation of Registers for Exercise Professionals) and EREPS (European Register of Exercise Professionals). Read More...

USTA Awards PTR with Full Accreditation to Improve Tennis Delivery Across the United States
Posted: May 28, 2020 in Suppliers

Professional Tennis RegistryWHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - The United States Tennis Association (USTA) announces that the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) has received full accreditation under the USTA’s accreditation program for organizations and institutions that certify U.S. tennis teaching professionals. The goal of the program is to elevate professional tennis coaching standards by implementing mandatory pre-certification standards for those seeking to become a certified teaching pro and to provide an improved and consistent continuing education program for all current certified professionals who are members of accredited organizations. Read More...

EXOS Partners with Hyperice
Posted: May 28, 2020 in Chains

EXOS PHOENIX, AZ - EXOS, a leader in human performance, announces its global partnership with Hyperice, a recovery and performance technology brand that specializes in vibration, compression and percussion devices. This collaboration will bring Hyperice’s recovery methods products, and additional health and fitness technology based offerings to EXOS’ workplace, physical therapy and sports performance clients worldwide. Read More...

Anytime Fitness Asia Acquired by Inspire Brands Asia Amidst COVID-19 Crisis
Posted: May 27, 2020 in Chains

Anytime FitnessSINGAPORE - Anytime Fitness Asia has been purchased by Inspire Brands Asia, a consortium of its top submaster franchisees in Malaysia, Philippines, and Singapore; lead investor Exacta Capital Partners; and co-investor Aura Group. The acquisition includes the Master Franchisee license in Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Macau, with over 350 locations sold and over 250 gyms opened. Read More...

Gold’s Gym and PUMA Join Forces to Introduce Limited-Edition Performance Wear Line
Posted: May 27, 2020 in Chains

Gold's GymBOSTON, MA - Gold's Gym, one of the world's trusted fitness authorities, and global sports brand, PUMA, have partnered to create a performance wear collection designed for working out anywhere with street-ready style and features. The PUMA x Gold's Gym limited collection brings together PUMA's legacy in sports performance with the rich heritage of Gold's Gym in an exclusive men's, women's and unisex apparel line that includes high-intensity training footwear along with retro-inspired apparel and accessories. Read More...

MyZone Launches the First Virtual Live Group Fitness Class: MZ-Remote
Posted: May 26, 2020 in Suppliers

MYZONE U.K. - MyZone has recently launched the world’s first virtual live group workout, MZ-Remote, where participants can connect and exercise together, whilst receiving real-time biometric feedback and personalised coaching from a trainer, based on their effort. MZ-Remote is a live virtual gym training tool that displays the heart rate feedback of all participants on one screen, no matter where they choose to workout. Read More...

Planet Fitness Donates More Than 10,000 Slices Of Pizza to Healthcare Workers Nationwide in Honor of Fitness Brand’s Pizza Monday
Posted: May 26, 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, recently donated more than 10,000 pizza slices, valued at $25,000, in honor of the fitness brand’s Pizza Monday, where members are traditionally treated to pizza on the first Monday of the month. The donation effort is in partnership with Pizza vs. Pandemic, an organization formed by Slice Out Hunger, Slice and Pizza to the Polls, who are feeding frontline workers by coordinating pizza deliveries with independent pizzerias. Read More...

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