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Anytime Fitness Franchise Owners Across Canada Call on Provincial Leaders to “Tell Us What It Will Take” to Safely Reopen Health Club Industry
Posted: February 1, 2021 in Chains

Anytime FitnessMINNEAPOLIS, MN - Owners of independently-operated Anytime Fitness locations across Canada are sending letters to provincial leaders and health officials in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec, where health clubs remain closed, inviting them to work together with the health club industry to establish province-approved safety and sanitation protocols that permit these essential businesses to reopen. Anytime Fitness, with more than 200 locations across Canada, provides health and wellness services to more than 100,000 Canadians and is one of the country’s largest health club brands. Read More...

Corlex Capital Closes Debt Refinancing for Largest Anytime Fitness Franchisee
Posted: January 21, 2021 in Chains

Anytime FitnessATLANTA, GA - Corlex Capital, a minority-owned private equity and consulting firm, announced the closing of a senior secured credit facility to refinance and provide growth capital for Bandon Holdings, the largest franchisee of Anytime Fitness. Corlex served as the exclusive debt advisor to Bandon Holdings for the financing. Read More...

Anytime Fitness Steps Up to Help Communities Make Healthy Happen in 2021
Posted: December 8, 2020 in Chains

Anytime FitnessWOODBURY, MN - Anytime Fitness, one of the world's largest and fastest-growing health club franchises with a supportive, personalized approach to fitness and wellness, is making the journey to better physical and mental health more safe, accessible and social at a time when it's never been more important. To support the communities it continues to serve during the pandemic, Anytime Fitness is announcing new virtual programming and resources that will inspire and help new and current members to make healthy happen in 2021, including... Read More...

Anytime Fitness, Snap Fitness and Rochester Athletic Club Join Life Time Fitness’ Request for Change
Posted: November 25, 2020 in Chains

Life Time  - The Healthy Way Of Life CompanyCHANHASSEN, MN - A coalition of health and fitness companies, led by Life Time, issued an open letter to Governor Walz and his administration, calling for the State to reconsider its complete closure of health and fitness facilities. The coalition has urged the Governor to permit health and fitness clubs to operate with enhanced COVID mitigation protocols to help Minnesotans reduce underlying health conditions that contribute to even worse COVID-19 health outcomes. The group cited the closures as counterproductive to the State's overall public health goals to reduce critical illness, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19. The letter is as follows... Read More...

Dr. David Katz Joins Forces with Anytime Fitness, Self Esteem Brands to Amplify How Fitness, as Lifestyle Medicine, Matters More Than Ever
Posted: September 23, 2020 in Chains

Anytime FitnessMINNEAPOLIS, MN - Self Esteem Brands (SEB), the parent company of Anytime Fitness, Basecamp Fitness, The Bar Method and Waxing the City, has announced a partnership with Dr. David Katz, a globally-recognized authority on lifestyle medicine, to amplify the critical role fitness plays in the personal health and wellness of humans around the world. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in the U.S. and around the world, Dr. Katz will join the voices of SEB and Anytime Fitness to articulate the role of fitness as essential to personal health and wellness and how it comes to life through the Anytime Fitness brand experience. Read More...

Anytime Fitness Named a “Top Growth Franchise” by Entrepreneur Magazine
Posted: September 14, 2020 in Chains

Anytime FitnessMINNEAPOLIS, MN - Anytime Fitness, one of the world's largest and fastest-growing health club franchises with an elevated, personalized approach to fitness and wellness, was recently ranked in Entrepreneur magazine's first Top Growth Franchises list. This list recognizes the 150 companies with the greatest positive franchise unit growth in North America over a three-year period, based on data submitted for Entrepreneur's Franchise 500 ranking. Thanks to its exceptional growth, Anytime Fitness was ranked #19. Read More...

Self Esteem Brands Founders, Employees & Roark Capital Unveil $1 Million SEB Relief Fund to Financially Aid Employees of Clubs, Studios Impacted by COVID-19
Posted: August 7, 2020 in Chains

Self Esteem BrandsMINNEAPOLIS, MN - Self Esteem Brands (SEB) has unveiled a $1 million SEB Relief Fund to provide direct financial assistance, in the form of one-time $500 grants, to the thousands of franchise employees and corporate studio and club staff across the SEB brand portfolio, including Anytime Fitness, Basecamp Fitness, The Bar Method and Waxing the City, who have been impacted by pandemic-related layoffs or furloughs. Read More...

Grant & Eisenhofer Files Class Action Lawsuit against Illinois-based Markel Insurance Co. Over Failure to Cover Business Losses Suffered by Anytime Fitness Franchisees from COVID-19
Posted: June 24, 2020 in Chains, Suppliers

Anytime FitnessCHICAGO, IL and BIRMINGHAM, AL - Leading plaintiffs' law firm Grant & Eisenhofer has filed suit against Deerfield, Illinois-based Markel Insurance Co. for failing to accept claims from franchisees of national fitness chain Anytime Fitness that were shuttered and lost business due to state-imposed COVID-19 restrictions. The four Anytime Fitness outlets named in the complaint are operated by Fountain Enterprises, of West Point, MS, and are located in Mississippi and Alabama. Read More...

Anytime Fitness Asia Acquired by Inspire Brands Asia Amidst COVID-19 Crisis
Posted: May 27, 2020 in Chains

Anytime FitnessSINGAPORE - Anytime Fitness Asia has been purchased by Inspire Brands Asia, a consortium of its top submaster franchisees in Malaysia, Philippines, and Singapore; lead investor Exacta Capital Partners; and co-investor Aura Group. The acquisition includes the Master Franchisee license in Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Macau, with over 350 locations sold and over 250 gyms opened. Read More...

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...

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