August 24, 2019
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Planet Fitness Named to Fortune's 2019 100 Fastest-Growing Companies List

Planet Fitness, Inc. 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.

9Round Named to Inc. 5000 List for the Fifth Consecutive Year

9Round Franchising, LCC, ranked number 2,202 on the 2019 Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

Xponential Fitness' Anthony Geisler Named Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Award Winner in Orange County

Xponential Fitness, the largest curator of boutique fitness brands in the world, today announced that Chief Executive Officer Anthony Geisler received the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 Award in Orange County.

Planet Fitness to open "Judgement Free" Club in Mesa

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®, today announced it will open its third location in Mesa, AZ next to Kohl's at 5833 E. McKellips Rd...

GYMGUYZ Recruits Seasoned Fitness Industry Expert as Chief Growth Officer

GYMGUYZ LLC has taken a big step forward in its plans for expansion with the hiring of business development veteran Ed Ruane as its new Chief Growth Officer.

Fit Body Boot Camp Recognized on Inc. Magazine's List of America's Fastest-Growing Companies for Fourth Consecutive Year

Fit Body Boot Camp announced today that it has been recognized for the fourth year-in-a-row on Inc. Magazine's annual Inc. 5000 list, the most respected ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies.

Gold's Gym Finalizes Master Agreement for Australia and New Zealand

Gold's Gym, the world's trusted fitness authority, recently entered into a new master franchise agreement for brand development in Australia and New Zealand with Australian investment group Colour Capital.

Vitality Bowls Named in Top Half of Inc. Magazine’s 2019 Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Inc. magazine today revealed that Vitality Bowls, known as America’s number one superfood café, is No. 1777 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

As The New School Year Begins, Club Pilates® Collaborates With Elements Massage® To Reinforce Self-Care

Club Pilates®, the nation's largest Pilates franchise, announces a collaboration with Elements Massage®, one of the fastest-growing therapeutic massage franchises in the country.

Joseph Pepe, Sr. and Matthew Pepe Invest in iCRYO Cryotherapy

iCRYO Cryotherapy, the leading Cryotherapy franchise in the United States, announced today that Joseph Pepe, Sr. and Matthew Pepe will be joining the company as equity partners.

New Personal Fitness Concept Expands U.S. Franchise Program

fit20USA Franchising, LLC, the Master Franchisee for fit20 in the U.S., a new concept to increase personal fitness and improve vitality in just 20 minutes per week, announced today the official launch of its national franchise program.

Fitness Machine Technicians Enters Lower Hudson Valley, NY Market

Fitness Machine Technicians, specialists in the maintenance and repair of exercise equipment for fitness centers, universities, hotels, and private residences, announced today that it is expanding into the Lower Hudson Valley, NY market.

YogaSix Reaches 250 Signed Franchise Agreements in Less than Nine Months

In less than nine months after announcing its franchise opportunity in January 2019, YogaSix, a modern boutique yoga concept, has signed over 250 franchise agreements.

Fitness Machine Technicians Enters Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Surrounding Markets

Fitness Machine Technicians, specialists in the maintenance and repair of exercise equipment for corporate gyms, universities, hotels, and private residences, announced today it is expanding into Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and surrounding markets.

MADabolic Flexes Robust Franchise Development Strategy

MADabolic is bulking up its program presence nationwide with the announcement of a new franchise development initiative.

MADabolic Flexes Transformative Strength-Focused Fitness in D.C. with New Gym Opening

MADabolic is redefining fitness in Washington D.C. with a new gym opening on July 29, located at 701 2nd St NE, near Giant and the Beer Cellar.

Mayweather Boxing + Fitness Signs 10-Unit Franchise Deal in Northern California

As a part of Mayweather Boxing + Fitness’ country-wide franchise expansion, the brand announced the signing of a 10-unit franchise deal in Sacramento, California, with the first location expected to open in Roseville in early 2020.

Planet Fitness, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2019 Results

Today, Planet Fitness, Inc. (NYSE: PLNT) reported financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2019.

9Round Opens Its First Women’s-Only Branch in Saudi Arabia

9Round Franchising, LLC, officially opened last month the brand’s first women’s-only branch in Saudi Arabia.

The Little Gym International Promotes Team Members Heather Anderson, Jessica Papa And Samantha Ward Into Leadership Roles

The Little Gym International is thrilled to announce the promotion of Heather Anderson to Vice President of Operations, Jessica Papa to Creative Director and Samantha Ward to Director of Consulting.

RedLine Athletics Announces Inaugural Lyndsey Simmons Memorial Scholarship

RedLine Athletics, the nation's leading provider of athletic training for America’s youth ages 8-18, announced the establishment of the inaugural Lyndsey Simmons Memorial Scholarship.

Anytime Fitness Flexes Franchise Development Plans in New York - Targets Rochester & Buffalo

Anytime Fitness, the world's fastest-growing fitness franchise, recently announced plans to introduce over 25 new gyms in targeted areas throughout New York with a specific focus in Rochester and Buffalo.

Amazing Athletes Partners with Spartan Race, Inc.

“We are very excited to offer Amazing Athletes Training Camps Powered by Spartan,” said John Erlandson, President of Amazing Athletes

Goldfish Swim School Dives into 25th State, Continues Nationwide Franchise Expansion

Goldfish Swim School Franchising, LLC, the premier learn-to-swim franchise concept, announced today the opening of its 91st school, marking the brand’s entrance into its 25th state.

Gold’s Gym to Open New Location in Oxnard, California

Gold’s Gym, the world’s trusted fitness authority, continues to expand throughout Southern California as it prepares to open its newest franchise location in Oxnard in winter of 2020.

Crunch Franchise Announces Its Newest Location in Topeka, KS

Crunch Fitness today announced the December 2019 opening of a $3 million, 24-hour fitness facility in Topeka, Kansas.

Crunch Franchise Announces Its Newest Location In Champaign, IL

Crunch Fitness today announced the December 2019 opening of a $6 million, 24-hour fitness facility in Champaign, Illinois.

9Round Celebrates First Grand Opening in Ecuador

9Round Franchising, LLC, officially opened this month the brand’s first studio in Ecuador. This milestone grand opening makes Ecuador the 18th country outside of the United States where 9Round locations are currently open and operating.

RetroFitness

Retro Fitness Names Former Starbucks Exec CEO

Retro Fitness, a leader in the high value, low price fitness space is excited to announce the appointment of Andrew Alfano as CEO.

Sky Zone Partners With Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Of America To Offer Big Fun While Doing Good

In honor of International Day of Friendship and to further the brand’s commitment to “Do Good,” Sky Zone begins today a nationwide, year-long partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of America.

Anytime Fitness Flexes Franchise Development Plans in Kentucky

Anytime Fitness, the world's fastest-growing fitness franchise, recently 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.

Orangetheory® Fitness Finalizes Expansion Into All 50 States With New Wyoming Studio

Orangetheory® Fitness, the scientifically backed and fast-growing fitness franchise, today announced the expansion of its National footprint into the 50th state, Wyoming.

Cryotherapy Franchise to Expand in Arizona

Cryoshift Cryotherapy, a franchise concept positioned to transform the whole-body cryotherapy and wellness industry, is set to expand in Arizona under regional developers Kris Price and Billy Sunkenberg.

Gold’s Gym Opens New Location in Warren, Michigan

Gold’s Gym, the world’s trusted fitness authority, has returned to the Michigan market for the first time since 2015 with this month’s opening of a new facility in the Metro Detroit suburb of Warren.

Fitness Machine Technicians Named Qualified Vendor for Choice Hotels

Fitness Machine Technicians today announces it has been named a Qualified Vendor for Choice Hotels.

Crunch Franchise Announces Its Newest Location in Tyler, Texas

Crunch Franchise today announced the opening of a new $3M, 30,000 square-foot club with state-of-the-art equipment and amenities in Tyler, Texas.

Planet Fitness to open "Judgement Free" Club in Picayune

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®, today announced it will open its first location in Picayune, MS at 734 Memorial Blvd in the fall of..

Dancing Across The USA, AKT is Coming to a Town Near You

AKT, founded by celebrity trainer Anna Kaiser, will be taking their cardio-dance, interval and strength training fitness concept on a multi-city tour this summer.

iCRYO Cryotherapy Partners with Keyser and Revolving Mind Media Amidst Aggressive Expansion

iCRYO Cryotherapy, the leading Cryotherapy franchise in the United States, announced today it has entered formal long-term partnerships with Keyser and Revolving Mind Media.

Look Good Brands, LLC Announces the Acquisition of Legends Boxing

Look Good Brands, LLC announces the acquisition of Salt Lake City based Legends Boxing in their on-going plan to bring beauty, health and fitness brands together.

Fleet Feet and Girls on the Run Announce SoleMates National Partnership

Fleet Feet, the retail leader in inspiring and empowering the runner in everyone, has signed on as the official retail and sporting goods partner of SoleMates.

Mayweather Fitness Franchise Signs Over 100 Locations

Mayweather Boxing + Fitness, an industry-leading group fitness and boxing experience, announced today that it has over 100 franchise locations in development across the United States.

Burn Boot Camp Raising Funds for its Second Annual National “Be Their Muscle” Event

Burn Boot Camp, a nationwide health & fitness franchise, teams up with the MDA for their fourth annual national “Be Their Muscle” philanthropic event.

TITLE Boxing Club Signs Landmark Franchise Deal for Mexico City

TITLE Boxing Club announced today it has signed a record 25-unit franchise agreement for Mexico City with current franchisees Alan and Jack Sandoval.

Gold's Gym International Continues Long-Term Vision for Growth in the United Arab Emirates and Oman

Gold's Gym, the world's trusted fitness authority, announced today that it has parted ways with former master franchisee Al Ahli Holding Group in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

The Camp Transformation Center Celebrates Major Milestones in the First Half of 2019

The Camp Transformation Center (The Camp) is celebrating exceptional growth and significant recognition during the first six months of the year.

Educator/Golf Coach Turns Passion for the Game into Long Island’s Newest TGA Premier Golf Franchise

TGA Premier Sports (TGA), a leading youth sports organization specializing in introductory and recreational programs, announces the launch of a new TGA Premier Golf franchise in the Long Island, New York area.

Anytime Fitness’ Parent Company Promotes Amy Halford To New Position As CMO

Amy Halford has been promoted to the position of Global Chief Marketing Officer for Self Esteem Brands, the parent company of Anytime Fitness, Basecamp Fitness and Waxing the City.

Anytime Fitness’ Parent Company Hires Tammylynne Jonas As CIO

The parent company of Anytime Fitness (Self Esteem Brands) announces the appointment of Tammylynne Jonas as CIO across all of its brands: Anytime Fitness, Basecamp Fitness and Waxing the City.

iCRYO Cryotherapy Opening Port St. Lucie Location with Husband and Wife Duo

iCRYO Cryotherapy, the leading Cryotherapy franchise in the United States, announced today it will be opening a new location in Port St. Lucie, FL.


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Features & Special Reports

Floyd’s 99 Barbershop’s Service Standard Is A Cut Above

Floyd’s 99 Barbershop is a brand that seeks feedback from its customers, recognizes and rewards employees, and utilizes a system that ensures standards are enforced. This results in loyal customers who keep coming back.

Making the Cut: Ex-MLB Pitcher Finds Success in Franchising

Former MLB pitcher Kyle Sleeth is throwing a perfect game with Floyd's 99 Barbershop.

Entering a Foreign Market – Resources To Help You Succeed

If you're a U.S. franchise brand looking to enter a foreign market, these resources are for you!

Multi-Brand Operators Open Their First of 7 Del Tacos In Atlanta

Multi-Brand Partners Are Bringing Del Taco To The Atlanta Market With An Agreement To Open 7 Locations.

Domino's, McDonald's, and KFC Air Brexit-Related Warnings on Supplies, Prices

U.S. firms operating in the U.K. warn of shortages and price hikes amidst Brexit uncertainty.

Dickey's Barbecue Pit Enters South America with a 100-Unit Deal in Brazil

Texas-style barbecue coming to Brazil in a 100-unit deal for Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Franchise Brands Continue Outperforming S&P 500 Index

Index Finds Franchise Brands Are Outperforming S&P Stocks 2 To 1.

Capital Options - Mezzanine Debt Lenders

Exploring The Features And Benefits Of Mezzanine Debt Lenders In Multi-Unit Operator Expansion.

Good News! - August 2019

Welcome to "Good News!" - our monthly roundup of franchise growth, finance, international expansion, regulation and legislation, technology, milestones, and other news about franchisors large, medium, and emerging.

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Multi-Unit Operators Talk About How They Hire, Fire, Train, & Retain Employees.

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