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Join Augie’s Quest for ALS Awareness Month
Posted: May 4, 2021 in Other News

Augie's QuestMay is ALS Awareness Month. In May alone, 496 people will be diagnosed with ALS and will be challenged to choose how they spend their remaining years. Every day, Augie Nieto chooses to celebrate and focus on what he can do rather than what he can’t. He has shifted from finding fitness solutions to improve lives to finding a cure to save lives, and he’s still keeping busy, working to achieve that goal. Read More...

BoxUnion/TITLE Boxing Club Fights U.S. Mental Health Crisis with “Knockout Stigma” Campaign
Posted: May 4, 2021 in Chains

BoxUnionSANTA MONICA, CA - As the prolonged stress, grief and isolation of the pandemic has worsened the U.S. mental health crisis, TITLE Boxing Club/BoxUnion is stepping into the ring during Mental Health Awareness Month in May to punch out the stigma surrounding mental illness. On May 22, 2021, the world's largest fitness boxing brand will host both in-person and digital Knockout Stigma classes the entire day, coupled with other efforts throughout the month aimed to start a transparent dialogue around mental illness. Read More...

Life Fitness and ShapeLog Partner to Deliver Innovative Connected Strength Solutions
Posted: May 4, 2021 in Suppliers

Life FitnessCHICAGO, IL - Gym members want data-driven experiences to help them on their fitness journey, but strength training data has lagged behind cardiovascular data for decades. To provide analytics for the millions of people who do strength training, ShapeLog, a fitness technology company and provider of connected strength solutions, announces its partnership with Life Fitness, a global leader in commercial fitness equipment. Read More...

Planet Fitness Study Finds More Than Three in Four Americans (77%) Say the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Negatively Impacted Their Overall Health
Posted: May 3, 2021 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Results from a national study**, commissioned by Planet Fitness in April, show more than three in four (77%) Americans report that at least one aspect of their overall health and wellbeing has been negatively impacted by the pandemic. The American Psychological Association similarly found*** that more than half of U.S. adults (53%) have been less physically active than they wanted to be since the pandemic started, with a majority (61%) experiencing undesired weight changes, averaging 28 to 41 pounds gained. But, there is light at the end of the tunnel, with Planet Fitness finding that 92% of impacted Americans noting they are proactively doing at least one thing to improve their mental health. Read More...

Lift Brands Announces New C-Suite to Lead Global Fitness Brands
Posted: May 3, 2021 in Chains

Lift BrandsCHANHASSEN, MN - Lift Brands, the parent brand to several global fitness brands worldwide including Snap Fitness, YogaFit and Fitness On Demand and minority partner for 9Round, announces a refresh of its C-suite executives to lead under the company’s #OneTeam initiative. The new executives ladder up to Ty Menzies who was named global CEO last June. Read More...

PTR, Evolve 9 to Present Virtual Conference on Working with Kids
Posted: May 1, 2021 in Suppliers

Professional Tennis RegistryHILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - PTR announces a partnership with Evolve9 Tennis to present a specialized conference for coaches around the world who want to develop high-quality programs for young children. The “It’s My Game II — Global Kids Tennis Conference" will be conducted virtually May 20 - 24. Read More...

IHRSA Restructures Membership Options
Posted: April 30, 2021 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - IHRSA, The Global Health and Fitness Association, is modifying its current membership structure and broadening membership opportunities to unite and assist the health and fitness industry post-COVID. To offer its members more opportunity to engage and take advantage of the benefits that best suit their needs, IHRSA will shift to a tiered benefit structure for health clubs. Developed in conjunction with a team of industry leaders, membership options for clubs will include... Read More...

Over 100 Members of Congress Now Support the GYMS Act
Posted: April 29, 2021 in IHRSA

IHRSA AdvocateBOSTON, MA - After a year of working tirelessly to demonstrate to Congress the health and fitness industry is in dire need of financial relief, our efforts are paying off. We have reached the impressive milestone of 103 co-sponsors for the Gym Mitigation & Survival (GYMS) Act (H.R. 890). U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) filed the GYMS Act to bring dire financial assistance to health and fitness clubs, gyms and studios impacted by the pandemic. Read More...

EoS Fitness Opens Its Largest Gym in Utah
Posted: April 28, 2021 in Chains

EōS FitnessTAYLORSVILLE, UT - With warm Utah summer days right around the corner and optimism blooming around a return to normalcy, EoS Fitness is opening the doors to its ninth location in the state, providing Utahns with the premium experience residents have come to expect from the High-Value, Low-Price gym. Read More...

UFC GYM Middle East chooses Technogym for its 30 new openings
Posted: April 28, 2021 in Chains, Suppliers

Technogym: The Wellness CompanyCESENA, ITALY - Technogym, one the world's leading brands in fitness and wellness products, services and digital technologies and official supplier to the last seven Olympic games, has been awarded a five-year contract to supply its state-of-the-art equipment and digital solutions to UFC GYM Middle East, a world leader in Fitness and Mixed Martial Arts helping people around the world achieve their goals through their Train Different approach to fitness. Read More...

Mark Wahlberg Joins Power Plate As Key Stakeholder and Brand Ambassador
Posted: April 28, 2021 in Suppliers

Power PlateCHICAGO, IL - Power Plate, a global leader in whole body vibration training equipment and programming, announces that worldwide film star Mark Wahlberg has officially joined the company as both an investor in parent company, Performance Health Systems, and brand ambassador for Power Plate. One of the most fitness-oriented of Hollywood's A-list leading men, Wahlberg has been a steadfast Power Plate user for 15 years, with vibration training playing a central role in his ongoing personal training and wellness-focused lifestyle. Read More...

Echelon Fitness Scores Another Round of Funding
Posted: April 28, 2021 in Suppliers

EchelonCHATTANOOGA, TN - Echelon Fitness announces another successful round of growth and funding in the first quarter. Newly raised capital will help to forge new deals, bring in new content and talent for the Echelon community and continue to bring to market innovative products across multiple retailers. New investors include Goldman Sachs Growth, North Castle Partners and United Talent Agency (UTA). Read More...

ICAA Releases a Call to Action to Reclaim Health and Wellbeing for Older People
Posted: April 28, 2021 in Other News

International Council on Active AgingVANCOUVER, B.C. - As the populations of the world emerge from the pandemic year, no one believes that life will return to the way it was before COVID-19 shifted reality. During this transformative time, organizations and agencies can seize the opportunity to move beyond crisis management and develop a new, vibrant model to meet the needs and lifestyles of today’s older adult. Read More...

USTA Partners with Reforestation Nonprofit, One Tree Planted
Posted: April 28, 2021 in Suppliers

USTAORLANDO, FL - The United States Tennis Association announces a partnership with reforestation non-profit, One Tree Planted, that will see a tree planted in honor of each participant in the 2021 NTRP National Championships. Read More...

Setting Your Gym Apart from the Rest – Bringing in New Members
Posted: April 27, 2021 in Suppliers

UpSwellAs we forge ahead into 2021 after one of the most unusual stints the country has ever experienced, quite a few small businesses are unsure of how to proceed. If you own a gym, you probably rank near the top of the list in this regard. All along, you’ve been struggling to compete with the large chains that already have national exposure on their side. To make matters worse, the public is facing uncertain times, so they’re a bit leery of starting anything new. At UpSwell, we’re here to help you stand out in your field and grow your business. Read More...

Fitness International to Provide its Members with Openfit, an All-in-one Digital Fitness, Nutrition and Wellness Platform
Posted: April 27, 2021 in Chains

LA FitnessIRVINE, CA - Fitness International, LLC, operator of LA Fitness, Esporta Fitness and the City Sports Club brands, announces plans to offer its members Openfit, a digital streaming platform that integrates fitness, nutrition and wellness together in one place. Read More...

Planet Fitness Appoints Mary Bradley, Senior Vice President of Corporate Club Operations
Posted: April 27, 2021 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. with more members than any other fitness brand, has announced the appointment of Mary Bradley as Senior Vice President of Corporate Club Operations, effective immediately. Bradley will be responsible for all facets of the Company's Corporate Club portfolio, leading and developing the team, overseeing overall operations, implementing cross-functional initiatives and identifying strategic growth and future expansion of the brand's corporate store fleet, which currently consists of 104 stores across 10 states and Canada. She will report directly to Bill Bode, Chief Operations Officer. Read More...

Gold’s Gym Introduces the “Gym of the Future” with Berlin Flagship Campus
Posted: April 27, 2021 in Chains

Gold's GymDALLAS, TX - Gold's Gym, a world leader in strength and performance, has announced the opening of its company-owned flagship campus in Berlin, Germany, where brand owner RSG Group GmbH is headquartered. Identified as the "gym of the future," the 55,000-square-foot Berlin campus is RSG Group's proof of concept, meeting point and inspiration for all future Gold's Gym locations. The state-of-the-art Berlin facility was designed with insight gained from a Gold's Gym social media partnership with fitness legend Lou Ferrigno that surveyed the public for what they wanted in the "perfect gym." Read More...

Retro Fitness Opens New Headquarters in West Palm Beach, Florida
Posted: April 27, 2021 in Chains

Retro FitnessWEST PALM BEACH, FL - Retro Fitness, a leader in high-value, low-price fitness, has opened its new corporate headquarters and support center in West Palm Beach, Florida. The new location was a strategic relocation for the brand amid its 15th year anniversary, prompted by Retro Fitness' continued national growth and expansion. Read More...

HealthFitness Announces Acquisition of Midtown Health
Posted: April 27, 2021 in Chains

HealthFitnessLAKE FOREST, IL - HealthFitness, a Trustmark company and comprehensive provider of fitness and recreation, wellness, and injury prevention and treatment programs for companies and organizations, announces it has acquired Midtown Health, a subsidiary of Tennis Corporation of America. Midtown Health manages 25 onsite fitness centers nationwide; its client list includes hospital wellness centers, community fitness centers and corporate fitness clubs. The Midtown Health team, including long-time leader Debra Siena, will join HealthFitness. Read More...

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