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United PF Partners Celebrates 100 Club Milestone
Posted: November 29, 2018 in Chains

Planet Fitness AUSTIN, TX - United PF Partners (United PF), the largest Planet Fitness (NYSE: PLNT) franchisee, recently reached a key milestone as they officially became the first franchisee in the system to own and operate more than 100 Planet Fitness clubs. Additionally, this month United PF Partners celebrated its second anniversary. United PF was formed two years ago, in November 2016, by JLM Financial Partners (JLM) and Eagle Merchant Partners (Eagle) with the merger of several leading Planet Fitness franchisees and the overall goal of accelerating growth and further providing access to non-intimidating fitness environments where members can build active lifestyles for an affordable price. Today, United PF has grown to 110+ clubs across 10 states, employs over 1,500, and serves over 850,000 members. Read More...

Crunch Franchise Announces Its Newest Location in Charlotte, North Carolina and Bakersfield, California
Posted: November 27, 2018 in Chains

Crunch FranchiseCHARLOTTE, N.C. and BAKERSFIELD, CA - Crunch Franchise announced the January 2019 opening of a new 30,000-square-foot fitness center with state-of-the art equipment and amenities in Charlotte, North Carolina. Crunch Franchise also announced the December 1, 2018, opening of a new fitness center with state-of-the art equipment and amenities in Bakersfield, California. Crunch, known for its innovative group fitness programming, will offer a wide range of classes every week, including BodyWeb with TRX, Zumba, Cardio Tai Box and Yoga Body Sculpt. Additionally, a dedicated Ride studio will feature Crunch's signature indoor cycling classes. Members looking for more guidance or motivation can utilize the HIITZone, a proprietary high-intensity interval group training program. Read More...

Life Time Expands Chicagoland Presence With $42 Million Northbrook Club Opening; Convention-Busting Experience Life Magazine Expands National and Local Acclaim
Posted: November 27, 2018 in Chains

Life Time  - The Healthy Way Of Life CompanyNORTHBROOK, IL and CHANHASSEN, MN - Life Time, the premier healthy lifestyle brand, is set to open its newest luxury athletic club in Chicagoland in more than ten years. The new 86,000-square-foot club employs nearly 300 team members and is the company's tenth location in the Chicago market and one of four additional Life Time destinations planned, including Oakbrook, Lake Zurich and at One Chicago Square respectively. And, on the heels of receiving four awards at FOLIO: in October, Experience Life, the whole-life health and fitness magazine, was awarded top honors in six categories at the Minnesota Media and Publishing Association (MMPA) Excellence Awards, which celebrates exceptional media and publishing work in the upper Midwest. Read More...

Crunch Fitness Selects Socialbakers to Accelerate and Optimize Social Media Marketing; Announces Its Newest Locations in Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina
Posted: November 20, 2018 in Chains

Crunch FranchiseNEW YORK, N.Y. and NORTH CAROLINA - Socialbakers, the leading AI-powered social media marketing platform, announced that Crunch Fitness has selected its platform to improve the effectiveness of its social media marketing campaigns. Socialbakers gives Crunch Fitness the capability to schedule and publish posts across more than 250 social media profiles on Facebook and other sites faster than ever. Crunch Fitness has also gained new visibility into its social media campaigns with dashboards and reporting that visually display which posts perform best and which ones can be further optimized. Crunch Franchise also announced its newest locations in Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina. 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...

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...

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...

Nearly 3,000 Join New Crunch Gym on Record First Day of Pre-Opening Sales
Posted: October 24, 2018 in Chains

Crunch FranchiseRIVERVIEW, FL - Crunch Franchise announced that 2,915 memberships were sold for the Crunch gym opening in Riverview, Florida on the first day of its pre-opening sales period. That figure sets a Crunch Franchise record for the most memberships sold by a Crunch gym in a 24-hour period, and it comes on the heels of 1,500+ and 1,200+ day-one membership sales during July 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Killeen, Texas, respectively. Read More...

Blink Fitness Opens its Newest Locations in Bronx, N.Y. and Nutley, N.J.
Posted: October 19, 2018 in Chains

Blink FitnessBRONX, N.Y. - Blink Fitness, the premium-quality, value gym, is excited to announce the grand opening of its 72nd location, in East Tremont. As a part of the Grand Opening celebration, Blink Fitness will donate 50 one-year memberships, worth over $10,000, to Children's Aid, an organization dedicated to helping children in poverty succeed and thrive by providing comprehensive supports to children, youth and their families. Blink Fitness also announced the grand opening of its 73rd location, in New Jersey. As a part of the Grand Opening celebration, Blink Fitness will donate 50 one-year membership, worth over $10,000, to The Phoenix Center, an organization dedicated to working in partnership with families and communities to develop the potential of each student with significant developmental disabilities and those on the autism spectrum ages five through 21 and to provide customizes, unique and individualized programs aligned with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS). Read More...

Life Time Transforming Retail Landscape with First, Shopping Center-Based Athletic Lifestyle Resort
Posted: October 11, 2018 in Chains

Life Time  - The Healthy Way Of Life CompanyCHANHASSEN, MN - When Life Time Athletic Oklahoma City opens its doors at Quail Springs Mall, the former Macy's site will become the first of many Life Time athletic lifestyle resorts at regional shopping centers across the country, changing the retail landscape for years to come. Read More...

Crunch Franchise Announces Its Newest Locations in Norman, Oklahoma and Clifton, New Jersey
Posted: October 10, 2018 in Chains

Crunch FranchiseNORMAN, OK and CLIFTON, N.J. - Crunch Franchise announced the opening of a new 24-hour club with state-of-the art equipment and amenities in Norman, Oklahoma. The expansive new club is expected to open in December 2018. Crunch Franchise also announced the opening of an 18,000 square-foot gym with state-of-the-art equipment and amenities in Clifton, New Jersey. The modern, expansive club is expected to open in January 2019. Read More...

Crunch Franchise Announces Its First Location in Kansas
Posted: October 3, 2018 in Chains

Crunch FranchiseLAWRENCE, KS - Crunch Franchise announced the opening of a 24-hour gym with state-of-the-art equipment and amenities in Lawrence, Kansas. The expansive new club is expected to open in December 2018. In early November, a one-day "Cyber Sale" will enable new members to join Crunch Lawrence for rates starting at $9.95 per month. The first 500 members will receive a free t-shirt, discounts on small group and personal training and more. Read More...

Crunch Franchise Announces Its Newest Location in Norman, Oklahoma
Posted: October 2, 2018 in Chains

Crunch FranchiseNORMAN, OK - Crunch Franchise announced the opening of a new 24-hour club with state-of-the art equipment and amenities in Norman, Oklahoma. The expansive new club is expected to open in December 2018. In early November, a one-day "Cyber Sale" will enable new members to join Crunch Norman for rates starting at $9.95 per month. The first 500 members will receive a free t-shirt, discounts on small group and personal training and more. Read More...

Life Time to Launch First Life Time Work Location in Twin Cities
Posted: September 19, 2018 in Chains

Life Time  - The Healthy Way Of Life CompanyMINNEAPOLIS, MN - With an eye toward redefining the shared workspace industry, Life Time announced plans to open its first Life Time Work destination in the Twin Cities. To be located conveniently adjacent to Life Time Athletic St. Louis Park, Life Time Work will be at the Towers at West End and is expected to open in early 2019. Additional Life Time Work locations are planned for Downtown Minneapolis and Edina. Read More...

Blink Fitness Opens Its Newest New Jersey Location In Plainfield
Posted: September 19, 2018 in Chains

Blink FitnessPLAINFIELD, N.J. - Blink Fitness, the premium-quality, value gym, announces the grand opening of its 71st location, in Plainfield, New Jersey. As a part of the Grand Opening celebration, Blink Fitness will donate 50 one-year memberships, worth over $10,000, to Angels for Action, an organization dedicated to working for justice and equality for oppressed, poor and victimized children and adults in the community. Additionally, Blink will be donating 50 one-year memberships to Homefirst Interfaith Housing and Family Services, an organization dedicated to delivering comprehensive solutions to homelessness through providing transitional, supportive and permanent housing, homeless prevention assistance and social services to strengthen families. Read More...

Crunch Franchise Chooses Styku As Preferred Vendor; Announces Newest Location in Riverview, Florida
Posted: September 18, 2018 in Chains

Crunch FranchiseNEW YORK, N.Y. - Crunch Franchise announced that it has selected Styku as a preferred vendor after testing against a body scanning competitor and then piloting Styku across several health clubs. Crunch Franchise also announced the opening of a 22,000-square-foot gym with state-of-the-art equipment and amenities in Riverview, Florida. The modern, expansive club is expected to open in January 2019. Read More...

Detroit Pistons Bring Blink Fitness To Midtown Detroit
Posted: September 13, 2018 in Chains

Blink FitnessDETROIT, MI - The Detroit Pistons and Blink Fitness have announced plans to build a publicly-accessible Blink Fitness franchise inside the state-of-the-art Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center. The New Center facility will be the first Blink Fitness location in Detroit and one of several planned Blink Fitness openings slated in Michigan during 2019. Blink Fitness, a premium-quality value-based gym, announced in February that it will open 15 or more locations throughout Michigan. Read More...

Life Time Set to Launch Life Time Sport at Historic Winter Park This Fall
Posted: September 5, 2018 in Chains

Life Time  - The Healthy Way Of Life CompanyCHANHASSEN, MN - Life Time is set to launch an all-new concept, Life Time Sport, at Winter Park in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Following a pilot in Lakeville, Life Time Sport will officially kick-off at the former Minnesota Vikings practice facility once modest renovations are complete later this fall. In the interim, Life Time will offer outdoor play and limited access events in September. A Wait List has been established for interested families, and details of the Winter Park lease for the interim use of the facility have not yet been disclosed. Read More...

Workout Anytime Flexes Muscles with More Gyms Planned Across the Southeast
Posted: August 29, 2018 in Chains

Workout AnytimeCHATTANOOGA, TN - Jeff Londis co-founded Benchmark Physical Therapy in 1995 and helped build the Chattanooga-based PT therapy chain to more than 350 clinics either owned or managed by Benchmark across the country before selling his interest in that business a couple of years ago. The 57-year-old Chattanooga businessman is flexing his entrepreneurial muscles again in a different industry he bought into a decade ago and has grown to soon include five locations. Londis, the local franchisee for Workout Anytime, hopes to have at least 10 locations and thousands of members in the Southeast within the next three years. Read More...

Crunch Franchise Announces Newest Location in Abilene, Texas
Posted: August 23, 2018 in Chains

Crunch FranchiseABILENE, TX - Crunch Fitness announced its newest club will be coming soon to Abilene, Texas. The pre-sale will begin in early October, and the first 500 sign-ups get all kinds of special deals and offers. Expected to open mid-December, Crunch Abilene will service the community 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Fusing fitness with entertainment to make serious exercise fun, Crunch Abilene will offer top-quality cardio and strength training equipment, half-hour circuit training, personal training, a functional training area with indoor turf, a dedicated group fitness studio, tanning beds and sunless spray options and more. Read More...

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