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International Franchise Association Names Anytime Fitness Founders ‘Entrepreneurs of the Year’
Posted: February 17, 2020 in Chains

Anytime FitnessMINNEAPOLIS, MN - CEO, Chuck Runyon, and President, Dave Mortensen, co-founders of Self Esteem Brands, parent company to Anytime Fitness, Waxing the City, Basecamp Fitness and The Bar Method, have been selected by the International Franchise Association (IFA) as the 2019 IFA Entrepreneurs of the Year. The formal presentation took place on February 9 during the IFA's annual Convention at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Read More...

Anytime Fitness Flexes Franchise Development Plans Throughout Ohio
Posted: February 4, 2020 in Chains

Anytime FitnessCOLUMBUS, OH - Anytime Fitness, one of world's fastest-growing fitness franchises, recently announced plans to introduce over 30 new gyms in targeted areas throughout Ohio. The community-focused brand will ramp up growth through strategic franchise partnerships and aims to open the new locations within the next two years. Read More...

Anytime Fitness Makes History: First & Only Franchise with Locations on All Seven Continents; Sets Sail Aboard Antarctica21 Polar Vessel
Posted: January 8, 2020 in Chains

Anytime FitnessMINNEAPOLIS, MN - Anytime Fitness, one of the world's largest and fastest-growing fitness club chain, recently made history with the launch of its Antarctica gym. Onboard Antarctica21's newest cruise ship, Magellan Explorer, Anytime Fitness is now the only franchise --not Subway, not Pizza Hut, not even McDonald's-- to have locations operating on all seven continents. Tickets sold out for the Magellan Explorer's inaugural sail in June of 2019, which left shore for its first voyage on Thursday, November 28. Read More...

Anytime Fitness’ Parent Company Acquires The Bar Method, With Plans To Franchise Worldwide
Posted: September 12, 2019 in Chains

Anytime FitnessWOODBURY, MN - Self Esteem Brands, the parent company of Anytime Fitness, has purchased The Bar Method, a popular, low-impact fitness franchise with 123 studios across 30 states and Canada. Self Esteem Brands will initially offer new franchise territories throughout North America, while exploring additional franchising opportunities internationally. The Bar Method was developed by founder Burr Leonard and its flagship studio opened in San Francisco in 2001. Read More...

Anytime Fitness Announces Franchise Development Plans for New York; Targets Rochester & Buffalo
Posted: August 5, 2019 in Chains

Anytime FitnessNEW YORK, N.Y. - Anytime Fitness, one of the world's fastest-growing fitness franchises, has announced plans to introduce over 25 new gyms in targeted areas throughout New York with a specific focus in Rochester and Buffalo. The community-focused brand will ramp up growth through strategic franchise partnerships and aims to open the new locations within the next three years. Read More...

Club OS Named Exclusive Club Management System for Nearly 3,000 Anytime Fitness Franchises in the US and Canada
Posted: July 31, 2019 in Suppliers

Club OSPHILADELPHIA, PA and WOODBURY, MN - Anytime Fitness, one of the fastest-growing gym franchises in the world, has announced Club OS as the exclusive prospect and training management software vendor for its franchise locations in the United States and Canada. Club OS has worked with Anytime Fitness since 2014, emerging as the preferred club management vendor. Read More...

Anytime Fitness Flexes Franchise Development Plans in Kentucky
Posted: July 30, 2019 in Chains

Anytime FitnessLEXINGTON, KY - Anytime Fitness, one of the world's fastest-growing fitness franchises, has announced plans to introduce 40 new gyms in targeted areas throughout Kentucky with a specific focus in Lexington and the southern region of the state. The community-focused brand will ramp up growth through strategic franchise partnerships and aims to open the new locations within the next three years. Read More...

Anytime Fitness is Poised to Make History As The First Franchise on All Seven Continents
Posted: April 8, 2019 in Chains

Anytime FitnessSOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS, ANTARCTICA - Anytime Fitness, one of the world's largest and fastest-growing fitness club chains, is about to make history. No other franchise in the world has ever had locations on all seven continents. That will soon change when the first Anytime Fitness gym opens in Antarctica a few months from now. Read More...

Anytime Fitness Announces Global Partnership With Special Olympics
Posted: April 2, 2019 in Chains

Anytime FitnessWOODBURY, MN - Avowing their shared commitment to helping all people lead healthy, happy lives, Anytime Fitness is pleased to announce a global partnership with Special Olympics. Anytime Fitness will encourage the owners and staff members at nearly 5,000 gyms to voluntarily coach, train and support Special Olympic athletes worldwide. Read More...

Anytime Fitness Announces Development Plans for Alabama
Posted: December 26, 2018 in Chains

Anytime FitnessMONTGOMERY, AL - Anytime Fitness, one of the world's fastest-growing fitness franchises, recently announced plans to introduce 30 new gyms in targeted areas throughout Alabama. The community-focused brand will ramp up growth through strategic franchise partnerships and aims to open the new locations within the next five years. Currently, there are 33 Anytime Fitness gyms open in Alabama. Read More...

Anytime Fitness Announces Development Plans for Tennessee
Posted: December 5, 2018 in Chains

Anytime FitnessNASHVILLE, TN - Anytime Fitness, one of the world's fastest-growing fitness franchises, has announced plans to introduce perhaps 30 locations in targeted areas throughout Tennessee, nearly doubling its presence in the state. The community-focused brand will ramp up growth through strategic franchise partnerships and aims to open the new locations within the next five years. 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...

Anytime Fitness Celebrates One Billion Gym Visits
Posted: October 2, 2018 in Chains

Anytime FitnessWOODBURY, MN - For the 1 billionth time, someone waved a key fob in front of a scanner and then entered an Anytime Fitness gym to work out. Of course, most Anytime Fitness members go to the gyms to improve their health and fitness, but during the 16 years since the world's largest fitness franchise was founded, much more has happened at the gyms than merely cardio exercises and weight training. Here are a few examples... Read More...

Anytime Fitness Firms Up Hiring Strategy to Compete for Quality Personal Trainers
Posted: April 18, 2018 in Chains

Anytime FitnessWOODBURY, MN - Between managers, trainers and other staff, Anytime Fitness, and its franchisees, keep more than 20,000 positions filled across its constantly growing franchise system. With constant growth, time is of the essence in filling positions. Quarter over quarter, Hireology's platform lowered each Anytime Fitness gym owner's time to hire by 23%. The reduction was achieved primarily by allowing owners to spend less time reviewing unqualified and unfit applicants, and instead, focusing only on top talent. In turn, the decreased time spent on hiring has allowed the locations utilizing Hireology to focus more on empowering its employees and serving members. Read More...

Anytime Fitness Celebrates Its 4,000th Gym In Shanghai, China
Posted: March 17, 2018 in Chains

Anytime FitnessWOODBURY, MN - Anytime Fitness, one of the world's fastest growing fitness center chains for 10 consecutive years, celebrated the opening of its 4,000th gym on March 16th in Shanghai, China. Additionally, after formalizing an agreement to open gyms in Morocco, Anytime Fitness will pursue plans to open at least one new gym in Antarctica, which would make it the first franchise in history with locations on all seven continents. Read More...

Anytime Fitness Announces Development Plans for Mississippi
Posted: December 11, 2017 in Chains

Anytime FitnessJACKSON, MS - Anytime Fitness recently announced plans to introduce 25 locations in targeted areas throughout the state of Mississippi. The community-focused brand will ramp up growth through strategic franchise partnerships and aims to open the new locations by 2020. Currently, there are 29 Anytime Fitness locations open throughout the state. Read More...

Anytime Fitness Shares Development Plans for Alabama
Posted: August 15, 2017 in Chains

Anytime FitnessMONTGOMERY, AL - Anytime Fitness, a fast-growing gym chain, announced plans to introduce over 65 locations in targeted areas throughout the state of Alabama. The community-focused brand will ramp up growth through strategic franchise partnerships and aims to open the new locations within the next three years. There are currently 31 successful Anytime Fitness locations open throughout the state. Read More...

Anytime Fitness Shares Development Plans for Upstate New York
Posted: August 2, 2017 in Chains

Anytime FitnessNEW YORK, N.Y. - Anytime Fitness, a fast-growing co-ed gym, recently announced plans to introduce over 150 locations in targeted areas throughout the state of New York. The community-focused brand will ramp up growth through strategic franchise partnerships and aims to open the new locations within the next five years. Read More...

Anytime Fitness Becomes First U.S. Fitness Franchise Granted License in China
Posted: June 22, 2017 in Chains

Anytime FitnessWOODBURY, MN - For the first-time, a U.S.-based fitness franchise is joining China's growing franchise community traditionally dominated by restaurants and retail outlets. Anytime Fitness was recently granted a license to franchise in China, creating new opportunities to strengthen its footprint throughout Asia. Read More...

New Anytime Fitness Mobile App Empowers Members With a New Workout Every Day
Posted: June 13, 2017 in Chains

Anytime Fitness WOODBURY, MN - Solving the universal problems of lack of time to hit the gym and uncertainty of how to work out solo, Anytime Fitness has launched a new mobile app that helps members stay prepared and motivated with a new workout every day. The Anytime Fitness App, now available for free download on iOS and Android devices, provides access to more than 1,100 workouts, the largest library of workout programs available on a fitness app. Read More...

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