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Planet Fitness Names Jeremy Tucker Chief Marketing Officer; Expands Global Footprint to Australia
Posted: November 8, 2019 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc. (NYSE: PLNT), one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the U.S., has announced that Jeremy Tucker has been appointed Chief Marketing Officer. Tucker will be responsible for overseeing the Company's national and local marketing, branding, creative development and media, digital and social media, brand partnerships and sponsorships, communications and corporate social responsibility. He will report directly to Chris Rondeau, Chief Executive Officer of Planet Fitness. Planet Fitness has also has announced the company's international expansion to Australia. The country's first official Judgement Free Zones are located in Tuggerah and Gosford in the Central Coast of New South Wales, and a location in Casula is expected to open in 2020. Read More...

Planet Fitness Invites Veterans and Active Military Personnel to “Work Out And Relax” For Free November 8 – 15
Posted: November 4, 2019 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - In honor of Veterans Day, Planet Fitness, Inc., one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the U.S. and home of the Judgement Free Zone, invites all veterans and active military personnel to work out for free at any of Planet Fitness' more than 1,800 clubs throughout the United States from November 8 – 15. Read More...

Planet Fitness Reaches $5 Million Fundraising Milestone Benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Posted: October 23, 2019 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc., one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the U.S. and home of the Judgement Free Zone, announced that together with its franchisees, partners and members, it has raised more than $5 million since 2016 for its nonprofit partner, Boys & Girls Clubs of America. This fundraising effort is made possible through Planet Fitness' philanthropic initiative, The Judgement Free Generation, which aims to prevent bullying and promote kindness among youth. Read More...

Planet Fitness And Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center Team Up On ‘Students With Solutions’ Nationwide Contest, Empowering Today’s Youth To Promote Kindness And Prevent Bullying
Posted: October 15, 2019 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - As part of its continued commitment to prevent bullying and promote kindness among today's youth, and in honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, Planet Fitness, Inc. is teaming up with PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center, the nation's leading nonprofit bullying prevention organization, to launch Students with Solutions. The contest invites classrooms across the country to share ideas that can help prevent bullying and is now open for entries through December 31. Read More...

Planet Fitness Announces 2019 Franchise Awards
Posted: September 23, 2019 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc. (NYSE: PLNT) one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the U.S. and home of the Judgement Free Zone, has announced the winners of its 2019 Franchise Awards. Honorees were selected from various categories that contribute to Planet Fitness’ overall system-wide success. The 2019 Planet Fitness Franchise Awards were given to the following... Read More...

National Fitness Partners Grows North Carolina Territory, Acquires 12 Clubs from Planet Fitness Franchisee
Posted: September 18, 2019 in Chains

Planet FitnessCAMP HILL, PA; CHARLOTTE, N.C. and ATLANTA, GA - Argonne Capital Group, LLC ("Argonne Capital" or "Argonne") has announced that its portfolio company, National Fitness Partners ("NFP" or the "Company"), entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 12 Planet Fitness clubs operating in the Triad North Carolina area (Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point) from GNT Triad, LLC ("GNT"). The transaction is expected to close within the next thirty days. This acquisition continues to add to the footprint of the Company, which will now operate 71 clubs in Pennsylvania, Delaware, North Carolina and South Carolina. NFP's headquarters is in Camp Hill, PA, but the Company also maintains an office in Charlotte which will support the newly acquired clubs. Read More...

More Than 900,000 Teens Logged Nearly 5.5 Million Workouts At Planet Fitness This Summer During Its ‘Teen Summer Challenge’
Posted: September 5, 2019 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc., one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the U.S. and home of the Judgement Free Zone, announced that more than 900,000 teens signed up for its national Teen Summer Challenge initiative, logging nearly 5.5 million workouts over the course of three-and-a-half months. The Teen Summer Challenge took place from May 15 through September 1, during which Planet Fitness opened its doors to high school teenagers ages 15 – 18 to work out for free at any of its more than 1,800 locations in the United States and Canada. Read More...

Planet Fitness Named to Fortune’s 2019 100 Fastest-Growing Companies List
Posted: August 22, 2019 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc. (NYSE: PLNT), one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the United States and home of the Judgement Free Zone, has announced it has been named to Fortune Magazine's 2019 100 Fastest-Growing Companies list, ranking 58 among the world's top three-year performers in revenues, profits and stock returns. Planet Fitness recently announced its 50th consecutive quarter of positive same store sales, ending the second quarter with 1,859 stores system-wide. The company has more than 14 million members and expects to open between 250 and 260 new locations system-wide in 2019, a record for the brand. Read More...

Planet Fitness to open “Judgement Free” Club in Mesa
Posted: August 19, 2019 in Chains

Planet FitnessMESA, AZ - Planet Fitness, one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the United States and home of the Judgement Free Zone, announced it will open its third location in Mesa, AZ in the fall of 2019. The 18,000 square foot Mesa Planet Fitness will offer state of the art cardio machines and strength equipment, 30-Minute Express Circuit, fully equipped locker rooms with day lockers and showers, numerous flat screen televisions, HydroMassage loungers, massage chairs, tanning beds, a Total Body Enhancement booth and more. Read More...

Planet Fitness to Open “Judgement Free” Club in Picayune, Mississippi
Posted: July 24, 2019 in Chains

Planet FitnessPICAYUNE, MS - Planet Fitness, one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the United States, and home of the Judgement Free Zone®, today announced it will open its first location in Picayune, Mississippi in the fall of 2019. The 13,000 square foot Picayune Planet Fitness will offer state of the art cardio machines and strength equipment, 30-Minute Express Circuit, fully equipped locker rooms with day lockers and showers, numerous flat screen televisions, HydroMassage loungers, massage chairs, tanning beds, a Total Body Enhancement booth and more. Read More...

Planet Fitness’ Annual National Scholarship Awards $150,000 to 30 Boys & Girls Club Youth For Their Commitment To Kindness and Inclusion
Posted: July 17, 2019 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc., home of the Judgement Free Zone and one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the U.S., announced it has awarded 30 youth from Boys & Girls Clubs across the country with $5,000 individual scholarships. Unlike most scholarship programs, which reward youth for academics or athletic abilities, these were awarded based on each teen's inspiring efforts to create a kinder world for today's youth as part of the company's Judgement Free Generation initiative, which aims to prevent bullying and promote kindness everywhere. To celebrate the scholarship recipients, Planet Fitness joined Boys & Girls Clubs to host surprise graduation ceremonies throughout the country. Read More...

Planet Fitness Humorously Explores “Joy” of At-Home Workouts With New Creative Campaign
Posted: July 8, 2019 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc., one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the U.S. and home of the Judgement Free Zone, has released a new creative campaign that humorously explores the perceived "joy" of working out at home. The new television and digital spots highlight what it's really like to work out at home, poking gentle fun at how the process might not be as glamorous as what's typically been portrayed in fitness commercials. The spots also aim to put the public's fears about finding a safe, convenient haven at the gym at ease and features people experiencing a wealth of trouble working out at home, whether due to a lack of dedicated exercise space or other distractions. Read More...

Planet Fitness Appoints Kathy Gentilozzi Chief People Officer
Posted: July 1, 2019 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc. (NYSE: PLNT), one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the U.S., announced that Kathy Gentilozzi has been appointed Chief People Officer. Gentilozzi will oversee the company’s human resources operations including talent acquisition, leadership and organizational development, business partner support, culture and employee engagement, benefits and compensation. As a member of the Planet Fitness Executive Leadership Team, she will report to Chris Rondeau, Chief Executive Officer. Read More...

Planet Fitness Corporate Employees Log More than 430 Hours During Company’s Second Annual “Flexing for Good” Volunteer Week
Posted: June 19, 2019 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - As part of its ongoing commitment to giving back to the community, Planet Fitness hosted its second annual ‘Flexing for Good’ volunteer week, which involved more than 100 employees at the company’s corporate office headquartered in Hampton, N.H. Over the course of four days, employees logged more than 430 hours volunteering with neighboring nonprofit organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester, NH; the Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, MA; the New England SCPA in Stratham, NH; and Lydia’s House of Hope in Somersworth, NH. The inaugural ‘Flexing for Good’ volunteer week took place in 2018 and it was immediately determined that it would become an annual company tradition. Since then, employees have logged nearly 1,000 volunteer hours. Read More...

United PF Partners Acquires 26 Planet Fitness Clubs in Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, and Illinois
Posted: June 18, 2019 in Chains

Planet FitnessAUSTIN, TX - United PF Partners (United PF), the largest Planet Fitness (NYSE: PLNT) franchisee, has acquired 26 Planet Fitness locations and certain development rights in the Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi and Illinois markets from PF Arkansas, LLC. This acquisition increases United PF's operating club count to 152 clubs across 14 states, spanning the West, Southwest, Midwest, South and Mid-Atlantic regions. Read More...

Planet Fitness to Open “Judgement Free” Clubs in Overland Park, Kansas and Independence Missouri
Posted: May 29, 2019 in Chains

Planet FitnessOVERLAND PARK, KS and INDEPENDENCE, MO and - Planet Fitness, one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the U.S. and home of the Judgement Free Zone, announced it will open its third location in Overland Park, Kansas in the winter of 2019. Planet also announced announced it will open its second location in Independence, Missouri in the winter of 2019. Planet Fitness prides itself on providing a high-quality experience at an exceptional value and being home of the Judgement Free Zone, where members experience a hassle-free, non-intimidating environment, for only $10 a month. Read More...

Planet Fitness Franchisee, PF Atlantic Holdings, Doubles Growth; Announces Addition of Four Executives
Posted: May 1, 2019 in Chains

Planet FitnessCORAL SPRINGS, FL - Planet Fitness (NYSE: PLNT), one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the United States with more than 12.5 million members and 1,700+ locations, announced that PF Atlantic Holdings, one of the fastest growing franchisees in the Planet Fitness system, doubled its footprint over the past twelve months and now owns and operates 30 Planet Fitness health clubs in South Florida, Central California and New Jersey. To support its expansion plans to 40 clubs over the next twelve months on its way to 70 clubs, PF Atlantic announces the addition of four strategic executives to support its rapid growth and expansion. Read More...

Planet Fitness To Open Its Doors To Teens For Free All Summer Long
Posted: April 26, 2019 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc., one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the U.S. and home of the Judgement Free Zone, is inviting high school teenagers ages 15 – 18 to work out for free at any of its more than 1,700 Planet Fitness locations throughout the United States from May 15 through September 1 as part of the nationwide Teen Summer Challenge initiative. Free fitness classes specifically for teenagers will also be available Monday through Friday via certified fitness trainers. Read More...

Sunshine Fitness Acquires 13 Additional Planet Fitness Clubs Across the Southeast U.S.
Posted: April 10, 2019 in Chains

Planet FitnessORLANDO, FL - Sunshine Fitness Growth Holdings, LLC (“Sunshine Fitness”), a leading owner and operator of Planet Fitness clubs in the Southeast United States backed by TSG Consumer Partners (“TSG”), announced its acquisition of 13 additional Planet Fitness clubs in South Carolina and Georgia from Anchor Fitness LLC. With this acquisition, Sunshine Fitness now operates 80 clubs across Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia. Read More...

Planet Fitness Study Finds Fear of Judgement Prompts Majority Of Americans to Try to Get In Shape Before Ever Stepping Foot Into A Gym
Posted: April 2, 2019 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc., one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers in the U.S., reveals that fear of judgement directly impacts Americans' confidence to pursue a healthy lifestyle. A national study commissioned by Planet Fitness uncovers that 62 percent of Americans (nearly two thirds) have attempted to get into shape before ever stepping foot into a gym, noting that fear of being judged keeps them away from fitness facilities altogether (45%). Read More...

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