Anytime Fitness UK CEO Stuart Broster to step down – Neil Randall named successor

January 17, 2020

Stuart Broster, chief executive of Anytime Fitness UK, will step down from his role in April 2020.

Broster, who was named CEO in August 2017, recently relocated to Scotland and outlined his desire to set up his own consultancy business.

 
During his tenure, Broster has overseen Anytime Fitness UK’s growth to become the second-largest private gym operator in the UK, the brand’s repositioning from “convenience to coaching” and the launch of a new gym design.

He will be replaced by Neil Randall, the current chief operating officer.

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Randall has been heavily involved in developing and implementing Anytime Fitness UK’s future strategy.

In a statement, the company’s board said it believes Randall will “provide continuity to the great progress made under Broster’s leadership”.

“Neil was the outstanding choice as Stuart’s successor and the Board believe he is the perfect appointment for Anytime Fitness UK at this time,” said Andy Thompson, Anytime Fitness UK chair.

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“Since joining the business in 2018, Neil has been heavily involved with all aspects of the business and has enjoyed outstanding success across strategy, marketing and supporting franchise network.

“With Neil knowing the business inside out, and forming strong relationships with staff, franchisees and suppliers, this gives the Board reassurance and confidence in a seamless transition when he takes up his new role.”

Randall will take up the position of CEO on 1 April.

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“Having known Stuart for a number of years, I’ve learned so much from him and would like to thank him for his support on both a personal and professional level,” said Randall.

“He has made an incredible impact on Anytime Fitness UK, overseeing a significant growth and transition period for the business and I’m excited to continue the journey and build on the great progress we’ve made under his leadership.”

By Tom Walker

Source: Leisure Opportunities

Anytime Fitness ‘makes history’ with gym onboard Antarctica vessel

January 10, 2020

Anytime Fitness has become the first franchise operator to have a presence on all seven continents – following the launch of a gym onboard the Magellan Explorer ship.

 
The Magellan Explorer is the newest cruise ship operated by Antarctica21, a company offering tours of the world’s coldest continent.

The gym is equipped with cardio and strength-training equipment from Life Fitness, along with a wide array of free weights.

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Every guest aboard the ship will have access to the facility 24 hours a day.

Anytime Fitness is now the only franchise – beating the likes of food giants Subway, Pizza Hut and McDonald’s – to have locations operating on all seven continents.

Having a presence on all seven continents is a long-time vision of Anytime Fitness Chuck Runyon.

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“We’re truly taking our mission, ‘To improve the self-esteem of the world,’ to another level,” Runyon said.

“It’s something our brand takes incredibly seriously, and it’s up to our leadership team to make our vision a reality.

“Being the only franchise to operate on all seven continents and land a gym on the coldest, windiest, driest region of the world was no easy feat but was a necessary step in contributing to our mission.”

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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.

Anytime Fitness was launched in 2002 and has since expanded rapidly. It currently has 4,500 locations around the world.

By Tom Walker

Source: Health Club Management

Anytime Fitness parent Self Esteem Brands acquires The Bar Method – reveals worldwide franchise plans

September 18, 2019

Self Esteem Brands, the parent company of Anytime Fitness, has purchased The Bar Method – a low-impact fitness franchise with 123 studios across US and Canada – for an undisclosed sum.

The Bar Method was developed by founder Burr Leonard and its flagship studio opened in San Francisco in 2001.

 
Self Esteem Brands plans will initially continue to offer new franchise territories throughout North America, but Dave Mortensen, co-founder and president of Self Esteem Brands, revealed that the company will begin exploring additional opportunities for The Bar Method internationally.

“The Bar Method has tremendous growth potential and we believe it will appeal to a different type of consumer than those who choose Anytime Fitness or Basecamp Fitness,” Mortensen said.

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“The concept was created under the guidance of physical therapists to ensure it is safe and effective for clients spanning a wide range of abilities, including those with physical limitations and injuries.”

Jay DeCoons, the CEO of The Bar Method since 2015, will remain with the company, serving as brand president.

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The new acquisition will sit alongside Self Esteem Brand’s existing franchises – Anytime Fitness, the world’s largest fitness chain; Basecamp Fitness, a HIIT class-based concept; and beauty chain Waxing the City.

The Bar Method founder Burr Leonard added: “For many years it has been my goal to empower clients of all ages and physical abilities to build beautiful, lean, toned and healthy bodies for life.

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“Self Esteem Brands’ franchising experience, and ability to scale rapidly, will enable thousands of additional clients to be the best version of themselves by building strength, grace and poise.”

By Tom Walker

Source: Leisure Opportunities

24-hour gym to close amid increased competition

August 29, 2019

An Ipswich town centre gym is to close blaming an increasingly crowded market. Anytime Fitness was launched by husband and wife Chris and Deborah Hayden in 2015.

Anytime Fitness is a national and international franchise of 24-hour gyms.

 
It is housed in a former warehouse building in Regatta Quay next to the Winerack apartment building at the Waterfront.

Mr Hayden said: “It is very disappointing obviously for a family business but there are a lot of gyms in Ipswich now. It is a very competitive market.

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“We have come to the end of our five year franchise and it is a simple business decision. We have told the members and our suppliers and we are doing everything properly and are closing on Saturday.

“My wife died two years after we opened the gym. It was really her business. It is a franchise and I have chosen not to renew.

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“My children are not interested in it.

“When we came here we were the first 24 hour gym in Ipswich. There are two others now and they are big multiple businesses.”

One gym user said: “I think it is very disappointing but I understand the reasons for it.

“I have been a member since last summer and I really like it here.

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“They have sorted us out with discounts for other gyms, which is good.”

Mr Hayden did not know what would happen to the building after the gym closed: “It is a prime site. I am sure it won’t be empty long.”

By David Vincent

Source: Ipswich Star

Anytime Fitness in Fleet breaks global record

July 29, 2019

Gurpreet Singh, the franchisee of Anytime Fitness Fleet, has broken the global company record for presale memberships by opening his gym with 1,396 members.

The Hampshire-based gym is the 163rd UK club, which Anytime Fitness says has enjoyed the most successful presale of any club in the company’s 17-year-history, surpassing the previous record of 1,300 memberships held by a club in Australia.

 
Gurpreet praising his hard-working team and family for supporting him in helping to reach this groundbreaking figure, said: “This achievement wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible work of the in-club team at Anytime Fitness Fleet. Prior to this presale, I had high expectations of what we were able to achieve and as always expressed to the co-founders of the company our aim to smash the record.

“I’m so fortunate to have a team and a brand that believed in my vision that got behind us. We’re looking forward to supporting our members in achieving their goals and doing all we can to retain them for years to come.

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“The team at the support office in the UK is world class and their openness to innovation, willingness to listen and support as well as desire to see the franchisee succeed is the reason we are achieving so much in the UK. If you are in franchising or thinking about it believe me when I say this, Anytime Fitness UK is genuinely delivering on their promises.”

Anytime Fitness explains that this year has been a significant year for the company unveiling a new club design and a shift in brand positioning from convenience to coaching.

Stuart Broster, chief executive of Anytime Fitness UK, commented: “I’m proud that the global presale record is now held by a UK club. Gurpreet and his team made no secret of their ambitions to drive significant presale numbers and they worked tirelessly to engage with their local community.

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“I’ve always said that owning your own backyard and embedding yourself into the community is key to the success of running a successful Anytime Fitness franchise and it’s great to see this put in practice.”

Brand potential
“This shows both the current network and prospective franchisees the potential of the brand and that even in uncertain economic times, the fitness industry continues to prosper,” added Broster.

Anytime Fitness UK is aiming to reach 200 clubs by the end of the year and has recently appointed the real estate firm, CBRE, to advise on all property acquisitions and help franchisees both with securing property locations and negotiating competitive commercial terms to drive down costs.

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The company says it prides itself on providing its members with convenient locations and opening hours, quality clubs and community aspects that offer a friendly, personal service, state-of-the-art equipment and a welcoming environment that gives a health club feel at an affordable price.

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New Anytime Fitness to open its doors in Totton this weekend (and there’s free Subway and Domino’s on offer)

June 27, 2019

On Saturday, June 29 Anytime Fitness in Totton will be opening its doors to welcome members of the community and any potential gym subscribers.

To celebrate the gyms’ new branch visitors will be treated to free food and drink on offer from restaurant chains Subway, Dominoes and Noo Thai.

There will be a DJ and acoustic guitar music as well as activities for people of all ages including a gladiator competition and bouncy castle.

 
According to gym director, Matt Halsall the event will be an open day for members, non-members and families to go along, see the gym, get involved and speak to staff.

Also attending on the day will be the gym’s national charity partner MIND, a charity which offers information and advice to people with mental health problems.

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Although the gym opened for business in May, the event on Saturday is its “grand launch” with the club now boasting more than 650 members.

Matt said: “So far we have received really good reviews. I think people like the fact they don’t have to go into town to exercise and that the gym is open 24-hours a day.”

Located in Salisbury road in the former Countrywide store the gym offers “state-of-the-art” strength training and cardiovascular equipment alongside a functional training zone, spin studio and main class studio.

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It also provides certified personal trainers and members can use all other clubs across the country.

Anytime Fitness currently has 160 clubs in the UK and 4,000 worldwide.

In the area the franchise has gyms in The Swan Centre in Eastleigh, Locks Heath Shopping Village in Fareham and they also have gyms in Jewry Street Winchester, Yeoman Road in Ringwood and Stoke Road in Gosport.

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By Tom Orde

Source: Daily Echo

FunXtion partners with Anytime Fitness to enhance their member experience

April 24, 2019

FunXtion, experts in interactive digital fitness, has been appointed by the world’s fastest growing fitness franchise, Anytime Fitness, to enhance member experience and engagement.

The installation of the interactive, FunXtion Experience Station (FES), gives members access to bespoke, guided virtual classes, workouts, and exercises, 24/7. Through touch screen operation, the FES delivers workout innovation, coaching members through exercise programmes that drive them towards their training goals.

FunXtion’s seamless integration with the CRM system also creates a connected ecosystem which enables content delivery to all geographical regions.

Chuck Runyon, CEO of Self Esteem Brands, Anytime Fitness explains: “What I particularly like about FunXtion is that it really benefits the coach to digitise the experience, saving them time and standardising the programming so we can deliver it to members at a high level.

FunXtion enables us to coach, care and connect with our members effectively. This partnership is the result of an intensive search for a digital solution and we feel confident that we have found the right companion.”

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FunXtion also provide Anytime Fitness with a wealth of real time data relating to member profiling and business analysis. It enables the delivery of bespoke marketing campaigns to help drive member engagement and maximise revenue opportunities.

Ernst de Neef, CEO of FunXtion, adds: “I am confident that FunXtion will bring essential added digital value to Anytime Fitness clubs. This new partnership will enrich the fantastic current offerings and bring member experience to even higher levels.”

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Gym franchise opens in South East London thanks to NatWest funding

March 7, 2019

A new franchise of global gym brand Anytime Fitness has opened in South East London thanks to a £446k funding package from NatWest.

Located in Grove Park, the refurbished former warehouse is now a 6,500 sq ft multi-purpose fitness space with two studios, free weights area and a range of equipment.

The gym is managed by owner Amir Malik and his team of four full-time members of staff and two self-employed personal trainers.

Formerly a corporate finance consultant, Amir worked with NatWest to develop a business plan and secure funding for his first step into the fitness industry.

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Amir explained: “I don’t have an entrepreneurial background, so a franchise seemed like the perfect transition to running my own business.

“I identified the Anytime Fitness business model as a strong option and thanks to the support and funding from NatWest, I have been able to pursue this business venture.”

Following the success of the Grove Park gym, Amir intends to expand the franchise and is in process of finding a location for his second site.

Jonathan Fordham, relationship manager for NatWest, commented: “Amir has always wanted to be involved in the highly successful health and fitness industry by owning his own gym.

“It is extremely rewarding to be able to support him with his first business venture and we wish him every success as he grows his gym franchise.”

By Jane Imrie

Source: BDaily

Anytime Fitness launches its new gym design

February 5, 2019

Anytime Fitness has opened its first new look fitness club in the UK at Croxley Park, Herefordshire. The two-floor 7,000 sq. ft. club with a more open and functional layout features a modernised interior and overhauled colour scheme.

In line with the brand’s evolved look and feel, the design changes are in response to the soaring popularity of functional training, a type of training that increases flexibility, co-ordination, balance and posture using a range of equipment associated with daily activities.

The new design will see clubs split into various training zones, providing a welcoming and contemporary environment for its members, whilst helping to drive down fit-out costs and contribute to a more profitable business.

Stuart Broster, chief executive of Anytime Fitness UK, said: “We’re thrilled to be driving change in the industry with our exciting new roll-out that represents a huge step forward for the brand.

“The needs of fitness consumers continue to evolve, and the new layout will allow current and prospective franchisees to provide members with highly-equipped, modern training facilities. The brand has put members at the heart of the new design proposition, continuing to create welcoming facilities with inclusive and non-intimidating atmospheres.”

‘Brandatories’
Anytime says that while all its clubs are encouraged to create their own bespoke layout to suit the property and its audience, franchisees are provided with several ‘Brandatories’ (mandatory brand standards) to ensure consistency.

These are compulsory elements that clubs must incorporate in their fit-out, including the use of certain materials, colours, graphics and feature elements, which contribute to creating a training environment that builds stronger relationships among members, trainers and staff.

Anytime explains that the new design layout is part of a wider UK club rebrand, switching from its brand positioning of convenience to coaching.

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Following an in-depth member survey, focus groups and consultation with its franchisee network, Anytime found that while the convenience of its 24/7 clubs remains a significant joining factor for over 160,000 UK members, they stay longer for the overall experience, friendly support and community atmosphere that it promotes.

The rebrand has also resulted in an updated Anytime logo, encompassing a new ‘Let’s Make Healthy Happen’ positioning statement, reflecting the company’s new look and feel.

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Anytime Fitness’ parent company acquires Basecamp Fitness – plans to roll out franchise globally

November 18, 2018

Self Esteem Brands, owner of Anytime Fitness, has acquired a new fitness concept with plans to franchise it worldwide.

Basecamp Fitness – developed by entrepreneur Nick Swinmurn – currently has five locations in California and is based on providing high-energy workouts.

Designed to increase members’ strength while improving their cardio performance, Basecamp offers 35-minute, high-intensity training sessions which alternates 60-second bursts of various strength-training exercises with 60-seconds on a stationary “airbike”.

“Our plan is to build additional, corporate-owned Basecamp Fitness studios next year to explore consumer preferences and perfect the brand experience,” said Chuck Runyon, co-founder and CEO of Self Esteem Brands and Anytime Fitness.

“We hope to begin franchising Basecamp Fitness in the US and internationally in 2020.”

Dave Mortensen, co-founder and president of Self Esteem Brands and Anytime Fitness, added that the two business will complement each other.

“We believe that Basecamp Fitness and Anytime Fitness will appeal to two very different types of consumers,” Mortensen said.

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“Gyms feature convenient, 24-hour access, a welcoming, supportive environment and a growing variety of coaching programmes to personally help members achieve their individual fitness goals.”

Source: Leisure Opportunities