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Wednesday, December 7th, 2022

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Planet Fitness Returns as Presenting Sponsor of Times Square’s Iconic New Year’s Eve Celebration
Posted: December 6, 2022 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers with more members than any other fitness brand, announces that it will again return as the presenting sponsor of Times Square's New Year's Eve Celebration for the eighth consecutive year, in partnership with Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment. Planet Fitness will also be featured on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2023" on Saturday, December 31, beginning at 8/7c on ABC, as well as on the Times Square's 2023 webcast throughout the night. Read More...

Crunch to Launch 12 New Boxing and HIIT Classes in Q1 of 2023
Posted: December 5, 2022 in Chains

Crunch FitnessNEW YORK, N.Y. - Crunch, the leading fitness company with a philosophy of "No Judgments," announced 12 new proprietary group fitness classes to launch throughout 2023, featuring programming exclusively available to Crunch members. Among the classes debuting in Q1 are four boxing formats, a new HIITZone workout and core strength training, joining a roster of 80+ existing group fitness offerings already available to members. Read More...

Xponential Fitness Signs Master Franchise Agreement in Japan for Rumble and AKT
Posted: December 5, 2022 in Chains

Xponential FitnessIRVINE, CA - Xponential Fitness, Inc. (NYSE: XPOF), the largest global franchisor of boutique fitness brands, announces it has signed a Master Franchise Agreement in Japan for Rumble and AKT. The agreement was signed with Wellness X Asia, Xponential’s existing Master Franchise Partner in Japan for Club Pilates and CycleBar. The agreement provides the Master Franchise Partner with the opportunity to license a minimum of 100 new studios over the next eight years, across the two brands. Read More...

Alan G. Schwartz Passes Away at Age 91
Posted: December 2, 2022 in Chains

Alan G. SchwartzCHICAGO, IL - Alan G. Schwartz passed away on December 2nd, surrounded by his children, grandchildren, and wife of 64 years. Over the span of his 91 years, the scope of his influence and the list of his accomplishments made it seem as if he'd lived two lifetimes. Still, it wasn't enough for him. To the end, his "to do" list exceeded the limits of mortal imagination.

Alan was born November 7, 1931, in New York City, the first child of Kevie W. Schwartz and Vera (Isaacs) Schwartz... Read More...

Snap Fitness Announces New VP of Franchise Development for U.S. and Canada
Posted: December 2, 2022 in Chains

Snap FitnessCHANHASSEN, MN - Snap Fitness, the fitness concept centered around its ‘for the feeling’ mantra, focused on how exercise makes a person feel, announces Andi Ruth-Negrini as its new VP of Franchise Development for U.S. and Canada. Previously, Ruth-Negrini was the brand’s Director of North American Franchising. In her new role, she will lead the brand’s franchise development efforts in targeted growth markets throughout the U.S. and Canada. Read More...

Empire Portfolio Group Opens New Orangetheory Fitness Studio in College Downs – Charlotte, North Carolina
Posted: December 1, 2022 in Chains

Orangetheory FitnessNEW YORK, N.Y. - Empire Portfolio Group ("Empire"), a leading area developer and franchisee of Orangetheory Fitness, the heart rate-based interval training fitness franchise, announces it is opening a new studio in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Charlotte-College Downs studio marks the 13th studio in greater Charlotte and the 58th studio overall, owned and operated by Empire. Read More...

Life Time’s Fourth Maryland Club Opens at Annapolis Town Center
Posted: November 30, 2022 in Chains

Life Time  - The Healthy Way Of Life CompanyANNAPOLIS, MD - Life Time (NYSE: LTH), one of the nation's premier healthy lifestyle brands, announces the opening of Life Time Annapolis. Located at Annapolis Town Center, just minutes from the United States Naval Academy, Life Time's fourth Maryland club complements the center's entertainment, dining and shopping experience and adds to its growing health and wellness offerings. Read More...

Genesis Health Clubs Acquires Milestone 60th Location and Doubles Down on Tennis in Kansas City
Posted: November 30, 2022 in Chains

Genesis Health ClubsLIBERTY, MO - Genesis Health Clubs announces the purchase of Clayview Country Club in Liberty, Missouri. The club, now known as Genesis Health Clubs – Clayview, is the company's 60th location. It features an 8-lane, 25-meter outdoor swimming pool, which features a seasonal, climate-controlled structure, that enables year-round swimming. The club also includes a fitness area, two indoor pickleball courts, and eight indoor and four outdoor tennis courts. Read More...

9Round Finalizes Expansion Deal to Bring State-of-the-Art Facilities to South India
Posted: November 30, 2022 in Chains

9Round: 30 Min Kickbox FitnessGREENVILLE, S.C. - 9Round Franchising, LLC has finalized plans for continued development across Asia with a master franchise agreement to expand the 9Round franchise into South India. South India's master franchisees Arun Bharathi, Balaji Jeyakumar and Sharmila Jayakumar will open the country's first 9Round location in Chennai or Bangalore in early 2023. Read More...

Crunch Franchise Announces Newest Location in Hixson, Tennessee
Posted: November 26, 2022 in Chains

Crunch FranchiseHIXSON, TN - Crunch Franchise announces the upcoming January 2023 opening of Crunch Hixson, a $4 million, 31,000-square-foot fitness facility, with $1 million dollars' worth of state-of-the-art equipment. Crunch Fitness Hixson is owned by TN Fitness Holdings, LLC and owns another location in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Read More...

Genesis Health Clubs Foundation Raises a Record $300,000 at Sold Out Annual Gala to Provide Shoes, Beds and Athletic Grants for Kids in Poverty
Posted: November 25, 2022 in Chains

Genesis Health ClubsWICHITA, KS - Genesis Health Clubs, one of the largest and fastest-growing private health club providers in the USA, paused on Friday, November 18 to celebrate and give back to the community, raising over $300,000, an all-time record for the organization. More than 300 people, also a record, attended the sold-out event, raising funds through event admission, a silent auction and a spirited live auction. Read More...

Planet Fitness Collaborates With Amazon Halo to Provide People with Tools and Resources to Start and Stick with Their Fitness Journeys
Posted: November 23, 2022 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers with more members than any other fitness brand, announces a collaboration with Amazon Halo to provide more people with the tools and resources they need to achieve their fitness goals, inside the gym and beyond. Read More...

TITLE Boxing Club Announces International Deal Across Nine Countries
Posted: November 23, 2022 in Chains

Title Boxing ClubSANTA MONICA, CA - TITLE Boxing Club, the world's leading boxing fitness brand that offers a full-body, authentic heavy bag workout, has signed the brand's first international deal that will bring its presence to nine countries. As the largest deal in TITLE's history, the agreement puts the brand on the fast track to its development goal of having 300 clubs open by 2025. Read More...

StretchLab Receives Accreditation of Brand’s Flexologist Training Program from the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE)
Posted: November 23, 2022 in Chains

StretchLabIRVINE, CA - StretchLab, the world’s first and largest assisted stretching franchise, announces the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE) has accredited its proprietary Flexologist Training Program (FTP) for a five-year period. This accreditation means that all Flexologists trained through StretchLab after August 2022 will now hold a nationally recognized certificate in assisted stretching. Read More...

LA Fitness to Host Statewide Event on December 3rd Celebrating Completion of $3.5M Renovation of its Indiana Clubs
Posted: November 18, 2022 in Chains

LA FitnessINDIANAPOLIS, IN - After investing more than $3.5 million upgrading its Indianapolis clubs, LA Fitness is inviting the public to see the results. LA Fitness will hold a statewide celebration on Saturday, December 3rd, with complimentary fitness classes, tours of its newly-renovated clubs and a chance to win complimentary, year-long memberships. Read More...

Fitness Premier 24/7 Clubs’ Announces New Franchise Success Manager
Posted: November 17, 2022 in Chains

Fitness Premier 24/7MANHATTAN, IL - Jillyan Morris has been in the franchising world for over a decade. As a licensed cosmetologist and esthetician, she started out with Massage Envy and worked as an operating partner at Prose Nails. Eventually, her career took a turn into fitness as a regional manager at Fitness Premier 24/7 Clubs, where she has now been named the brand’s Franchise Success Manager. Fitness Premier, the 18-unit fitness franchise, added this brand new position to help franchisees succeed in building their business. Read More...

Xponential Fitness and Aktiv Solutions Launch Xponential+ Functional Training Experiences
Posted: November 17, 2022 in Chains, Suppliers

Xponential FitnessIRVINE, CA - Xponential Fitness, Inc. (NYSE: XPOF), the largest global franchisor of boutique fitness brands, and Aktiv Solutions (“Aktiv”), a leader in functional fitness facility design and supply, have partnered to integrate a one-of-a-kind series of immersive exercise equipment experiences tailored specifically for amenities located within leading hotels and resorts, corporate campuses and high-end multi-family housing properties and universities. Read More...

Crunch Franchise Announces Newest Location in Fern Creek, Kentucky
Posted: November 16, 2022 in Chains

Crunch FranchiseFERN CREEK, KY - Crunch Franchise announces the upcoming January 2022 opening of Crunch Fern Creek, a $5 million, 30,000-square-foot fitness facility, with $1 million worth of state-of-the-art equipment and amenities in a historic community located in Jefferson County Kentucky. This will be the fourth Crunch Fitness location in Louisville, KY with several more locations in the area to be announced soon. Read More...

UnitedHealthcare to Provide Millions of Eligible Medicare Members Access to All Life Time Clubs Nationwide
Posted: November 16, 2022 in Chains

Life Time  - The Healthy Way Of Life CompanyMINNETONKA, MN and CHANHASSEN, MN - UnitedHealthcare, part of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) and Life Time (NYSE: LTH), one of the nation's premier healthy lifestyle brands, have expanded their relationship to include access to all Life Time locations, helping even more people stay active and improve physical and mental wellbeing. UnitedHealthcare Medicare members with plans that include the Renew Active fitness program will now have access to all of Life Time’s nearly 160 athletic clubs in 29 states nationwide. Read More...

Planet Fitness Announces Plans for the Next Stage of Strategic Growth and Shareholder Value Creation at its 2022 Investor Day
Posted: November 15, 2022 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc. (NYSE: PLNT), one of the largest and fastest-growing franchisors and operators of fitness centers with more members than any other fitness brand, hosted the company's first-ever Investor Day in New York City. At the inaugural event, Planet Fitness addressed how it is continuing to break down fitness barriers for future generations by building on 30 years of consistent, reliable growth through its disruptive brand and disciplined franchise model. Read More...

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