Woman’s personal fitness journey inspires approach at specialised gym in Sudbury

November 13, 2019

Gymophobics Franchise UK. Fed up with the dynamics of a conventional gym, Sarah Archer joined a fitness group, which adopted a unique approach to boosting health with weight loss.

After dropping three dress sizes at Gymophobics, she was inspired to launch her own business venture in Sudbury.

“It was my dream to open my own gym,” said Mrs Archer, who became a qualified fitness instructor with the franchise, before opening her own branch on Market Hill in August.

“It’s going really well,” she said. “We have 136 members who have joined so far.”

Unlike traditional fitness facilities, the centre – which is a women-only gym – provides 30-minute circuit sessions where members take turns on specialist exercise machines.

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Each session is designed to boost all-round fitness, while focusing on any medical conditions that members may suffer from.

“It’s about changing women’s lives – it’s not just joining the gym; we try to improve their health, too,” said Mrs Archer.

“We take a holistic approach; we help women of all ages.”

The centre provides air-powered resistance exercise machines, which help to reduce pressure on the joints compared to traditional fitness equipment.

“We don’t use machines like other gyms, so women can exercise in their lunch breaks if they want to,” said Mrs Archer, adding that the sessions provide social benefits for members.

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“We’re like a home from home,” said the 53-year-old. “There’s a café area if they want to socialise.”

Noticing a dramatic improvement in a large number of members has been a rewarding experience for Mrs Archer.

The centre’s oldest member, who is 85 and a full-time carer to her husband, was reluctant to join at first, but has since reaped the benefits.

“Her mobility and confidence have grown in a short space of time,” said Mrs Archer.

The team wear smart clothes as opposed to sports gear, which helps to create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Mrs Archer added: “We don’t want our members to feel intimidated in any way.”

By Priya Kingsley-Adam

Source: Suffolk Free Press

Xponential inks deal to take Club Pilates to South Korea as part of Asian expansion

November 9, 2019

Xponential Fitness has signed a master franchise deal to open 100 Club Pilates studios in South Korea over the next five years.

The deal will see Steven Lee, the former CEO of Pizza Hut Korea, become the master franchisee of Club Pilates in the country through his company XFactor Fitness.

XFactor will open a pilot studio in the capital city Seoul by January 2020 and will launch franchising efforts shortly thereafter.

After the Club Pilates debut, XFactor is slated to bring other Xponential Fitness brands to the country, beginning in late 2020.

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The signing of the deal comes hot on the heals of Xponential securing a similar deal in Japan, which will result in up to 165 Club Pilates opening in the country.

“South Koreans are early adopters of global fitness trends,” said John Kersh, chief international development officer for Xponential Fitness.

“We believe Club Pilates and other Xponential Fitness brands will quickly become market leaders as Korean consumers experience our wide variety of classes, welcome environment and outstanding instructors.”

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Xponential acquired the Club Pilates brand in 2015.

The fitness behemoth’s other brands are premium indoor cycling franchise CycleBar; group stretching chain StretchLab; indoor rowing brand Row House; dance-based cardio studio operator AKT; yoga franchise YogaSix; ballet barre chain Pure Barre and STRIDE, a treadmill-based cardio and strength studio operator.

By Tom Walker

Source: Health Club Management

Snap Fitness to open in Ashford

November 8, 2019

Fitness club franchise Snap Fitness is to open at Elwick Place in Ashford as part of a £500,000 investment.

The business has signed a ten-year lease on the 4,284 sq ft unit 8, which is located on the first floor of the cinema, restaurant and leisure development.

The move is expected to create at least ten jobs and Snap Fitness plans to open its doors in January 2020.

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Isaac Buchanan, chief executive of Snap Fitness UK and Ireland, said: “We are delighted to add Ashford to our list of locations across the UK. This represents an investment of more than £500,000 in Elwick Place and the team will be working hard to get the new club ready to welcome new members.”

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Ashford Borough Council funded the construction of Elwick Place in partnership with Stanhope.

By Storm Rannard

Source: Insider Media

South Tyneside business recognised with second national award for yoga classes helping children’s mental health

November 5, 2019

A South Tyneside-based business which is helping improve children’s mental health in the borough has been recognised with a second national award.

Kalma Juniors classes, run by Kalma Baby South Tyneside – which introduces youngsters to yoga and mindfulness – was named the UK’s ‘Most Loved Sport’ in the competitive, What’s On 4 kids Awards.

The South Tyneside franchise triumphed against thousands of other UK businesses which offer sport and physical activities for youngsters, to claim the title and earn national recognition.

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Kalma Baby offers a range of yoga and mindfulness classes for babies, toddlers and children aged from six weeks to 16 years – and their parents.

The Kalma Juniors sessions, for 3-12-year-olds, are held in community centres, schools and groups across the borough on a weekly basis and are aimed at improving children’s physical and mental health.

Figures show that one in 10 children have a diagnosed mental health condition, says Victoria Thompson, who launched the franchise five years ago.

“With these tragic statistics and the fact that 75 percent of all mental health problems are established by the time a child is 18, children’s mental health is our highest priority,” she said.

“We are reaching out to as many schools as possible to try to turn this around, however early intervention is key.”

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Victoria is hopeful that the recognition will help them expand and offer more classes for children and young people across South Tyneside.

“For yoga and mindfulness to be awarded as ‘Best Loved Sport’ is just amazing, as yoga is not often recognised to many as a sport,” she said.

“We are hoping that these highly commendable awards help us open doors to more schools and organisations, to be able to deliver our services to the children who need them.

Victoria added: “We want to thank all the parents, our yogis, and our Kalma Baby team who have supported us every step of the way.”

Kalma Baby classes are held Monday-Saturday across South Tyneside.

By Sarah Sinclair

Source: The Shields Gazette

Fit Body Boot Camp Launches Nationwide Fundraiser to Benefit Toys

November 1, 2019

Fit Body Boot Camp Launches Nationwide Fundraiser to Benefit Toys for Tots.

Fitness Franchise Encourages Members to Post Daily Check-Ins to Help Reach $25,000 Donation Goal this November.

After launching its yearlong fundraising initiative last month, Fit Body Boot Camp, the world’s fastest-growing fitness boot camp franchise, is continuing to reach towards its goal of raising a quarter million dollars for national and local charities by partnering with Toys for Tots this November. Through its check-in initiative, the popular fitness franchise looks to raise $25,000 this month for the charity.

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Since its founding in 1947, the United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots initiative has supported more than 260 million youths, providing gifts and happiness to less-fortunate children during the holiday season. This year, the franchise will continue to spread the toy-collection joy by donating to Toys for Tots and Toys for Tots Canada. During the month of November, members at participating Fit Body Boot Camp locations will have the opportunity to join in on the giving when they check-in on social media using the unique hashtag, #Toys4Tots. For each member check-in made during the month of November, Fit Body Boot Camp will donate to the cause.

“Giving back to the communities in which we operate is woven in the fabric of our organization and is the reason why our Charity Check-In Initiative has had so much support from our ownership, teams, and clients thus far,” said Bryce Henson, Vice President and multi location owner. “This dedication is a fundamental part of why we are well on our way of accomplishing our $25,000 donation goal for October and we are looking forward to doing the same this month!”

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The November initiative is part of Fit Body Boot Camp’s yearlong charity check-in program that grants members the opportunity to give back to causes they care about, both national and local. Starting last month, the brand will partner with a different charity each month with the ultimate goal of raising a quarter million dollars over the next 12 months.

“At Fit Body Boot Camp, we’re extremely proud of our partnership with Toys for Tots – an organization that embodies exactly what it means to be go above and beyond while helping those less fortunate than ourselves,” adds Fit Body Boot Camp founder and CEO Bedros Keuilian. “For over 70 years, Toys for Toys has been dedicated to giving back to those in need and through the efforts of our members and franchise locations, we are excited to contribute to the tradition this holiday season.”

Source: Patch

Global fitness franchise to open first Scottish studio

October 26, 2019

Global fitness franchise F45, which stands for 45 minutes of high-octane group fitness training, will open its first studio in Scotland next month.

The concept is backed by Hollywood A-lister Mark Wahlberg, who has invested in the Australian franchise, and England rugby international James Haskell who has opened a F45 training studio in Bath.


F45 Glasgow will open its doors in the city centre’s West Campbell Street in early November.

F45 offers unique team-based, high-intensity interval training classes which each provide 45-minute workouts. Eight personal trainers are being hired for the new venture, with additional cleaning staff to be employed once doors have opened to the public.

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F45 has been brought to Glasgow by Scottish multi-franchisee businessman Michael Quigley, who funs five Subway franchises across the country. Plans are also in place to expand the F45 franchise across Scotland in the coming months. He has secured a loan a £120,000 loan from HSBC UK .

Michael Quigley, owner of F45 Glasgow, said: “I’m passionate about Health and fitness and I have witnessed first-hand how F45 is taking the global fitness world by storm. The brand has grown exponentially in the UK and Europe over the last two years so there was an obvious opportunity to extend this to Scotland.

“HSBC UK has been extremely easy to work with and enthusiastic in supporting our plans to open in Glasgow. I’m delighted to be a part of the F45 family and look forward to opening our doors to the public later this month, and to hopefully start looking at more locations across Scotland in the near future.”

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The finance was allocated from HSBC UK’s national SME Fund, which aims to actively help UK businesses realise their ambitions for growth and navigate Brexit. The new £14 billion SME Fund has recently been announced by HSBC UK, with £650 million committed to supporting SMEs in Scotland.

Susan Rowand, Head of Business Banking for Scotland, HSBC UK said: “Michael is experienced at running successful franchises and has spotted a new, exciting opportunity with F45 as the health and fitness industry and demand for specialist classes and training continues to grow in Scotland and across the UK. HSBC UK is committed to supporting Scottish business ventures and we’re delighted to back Michael’s plans to bring F45 to Glasgow.”

F45 now operates in 40 countries after launching in Australia in 2014.

By Kenny Kemp

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Orangetheory expansion continues – hits 100 clubs in Canada, prepares next UK opening

October 8, 2019

Orangetheory Fitness has opened its 100th franchised site in Canada, seven years after it first entered the country.

The latest opening in the city of Vancouver is owned and operated on a franchise-basis by former Vancouver Canucks ice hockey star Trevor Linden and his ownership group.

With the opening, Canada has become the first country – outside of the US – to reach the 100 studio landmark.

“We are incredibly proud to reach this milestone so quickly,” said Blake Macdonald, President, Orangetheory Fitness Canada.

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“Opening 100 studios in less than seven years makes us the fastest growing fitness brand in Canada which is a testament to Canadian fitness interests and our unique trifecta of science, coaching and technology.”

Orangetheory expects to finish 2019 with 106 total studios in Canada – which means it will have opened 22 new studios since the end of 2018, representing a 26 per cent year-over-year growth rate.

The company is also ramping up its European expansion plans.

Final touches are being added to a studio in Derby, UK, which is scheduled to open in October 2019.

It will be the second Orangetheory to be located outside capital city London and follows the opening of a studio in Altrincham, near Manchester.

It will be operated by Wellcomm Health and Fitness – a company set up to run Orangetheory sites under franchise in the north of England.

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Wellcomm has signed a master franchise deal for the North and Midlands – covering an area from Buckinghamshire to Northumberland – with plans to launch a total of 40 studios by 2028.

Orangetheory has ambitious growth plans for the UK market and has signed two master deals – for a total of 110 franchised sites – covering all of England.

Earlier this year, Orangetheory Fitness recorded more than US$1bn (€875m, £765m) in system-wide revenues during 2018 – a record for the franchise-based operator.

The company – which offers 60-minute HIIT sessions featuring five different exercise zones – has grown rapidly since its launch in 2010 and currently has 1,200 studios in 23 countries. It also has more than 500 studios in the development pipeline.

By Tom Walker

Source: Health Club Management

Fit Body Boot Camp Kicks Off Year-Long Charity Initiative with Fundraiser for Breast Cancer Prevention

October 6, 2019

Fit Body Boot Camp, the world’s fastest-growing fitness boot camp franchise, is continuing its global mission to inspire fitness and change lives every day with a new fundraising initiative that aims to raise a quarter of a million dollars for important causes, including breast cancer prevention, over the next year.

This October marks the official launch of Fit Body Boot Camp’s year-long Charity Check-In Initiative. Hundreds of locations across the globe are teaming up over the next 30 days with the goal to raise more than $25,000 for breast cancer prevention. Clients at participating locations will have the opportunity to join the fight against breast cancer by checking-in on Facebook and Instagram throughout October. Each time a client checks in using the hashtag #fbbcfightsbreastcancer, their location will donate to Bright Pink, a national nonprofit that focuses on prevention and education for women’s cancer.

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“Statistics show that one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. This is a global problem that deserves a global solution,” said Fit Body Boot Camp founder and CEO Bedros Keuilian. “With more than 600 locations open around the world, and the help of our dedicated and passionate clients, we have the opportunity to make a significant impact in the fight against this disease.”

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The Fit Body Boot Camp Charity Check-In initiative will continue to give clients the opportunity to give back to causes they care about, even after October ends. Every month, the fitness concept is choosing a different cause support. Some, like Bright Pink, will be national organizations. Others will be local charities. Each month, clients will be able to check in on social media using a unique hashtag, driving donations to that month’s cause. Participating organizations include Dreamvolunteers, Shriners Hospitals for Children and Toys for Tots. With hundreds of locations participating, Fit Body Boot Camp is expecting to donate a total of $250,000 to important causes over the next 12 months.

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The lowdown on running a Sweaty Mama fitness class

October 3, 2019

Sweaty Mama Franchise UK. A MUM-of-three who wanted to work, spend more time with her children and exercise too has combined all three things with her new venture.

Donna Hopkins bought the Blackburn with Darwen franchise of Sweaty Mama after quitting her job as a dental nurse, when she realised she wanted to be around her children while also enjoying fitness.

Mrs Hopkins runs five classes a week for mums to bring their babies and children to, often holding the babies while exercising.

She said: “I was always into fitness anyway, but it is difficult doing it when you have children and I was trying to fit it in, but I did not want to leave them with anyone.

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This is just perfect, I can keep fit, be with other mums, and have my children with me, when they’re not at nursery.”

Mrs Hopkins leads the classes with 3-year-old Harrison in tow, often using him in lifts.

She said: “The children are included in the class, so mums are not leaving them in their prams.

“Being able to offer it to mums and let them bring their children helps them, and they do not have that mum guilt.

“A lot of mums say they love coming because they can do something together and it is time for them.”

The former dental nurse felt trapped in her job and found it hard to work around her children.

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She said: “I was going to go back after my third child, but I felt like I was not enjoying it.

“I went through post-natal depression myself, and it was awful.

I had so many people around me but still felt alone, I don’t think anything helped me then.

“Even having a shower is hard when you have a child and having a little one relying on you all the time, gives you no time for yourself.

“A lot of mums do feel isolated and feel like they lose their identity, as it can be lonely.”

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Classes are available during the week at Mellor Village hall, United Reformed Church in Darwen, Salesbury Memorial hall and Feniscowles Community Hall.

Babies from six weeks to preschool can attend, and during holidays older children can attend too.

Sweaty Mama is a national fitness franchise for mums all over the UK.

By Alima Nadeem

Source: The Citizen

Kids gym operator Ninja Nation launches global franchise programme

September 29, 2019

Ninja Nation, the US-based operator of obstacle course gyms, is looking to take the concept global through franchising.

Targeting the family market, Ninja Nation facilities are equipped with a variety of obstacles catering for “ninjas of all ages and skill levels”, with the aim of providing a space to “play, train, and compete”. Each site also organises group fitness classes for adults, such as the HIIT-based H.E.R.O. Fit.

Ninja Nation currently has seven sites across the US with more in its development pipeline.

The company was launched partly on the back of the success of American Ninja Warrior – a hugely popular TV sports entertainment competition – which had increased interest in obstacle courses as an activity.

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According to founder Wayne Cavanaugh, the company has ambitious growth plans.

“When I started the company, I sensed there was a huge unmet need in the marketplace for a safe, fun and entertaining youth fitness alternative to traditional sports,” Cavanaugh said.

“We’ve been blown away by the market demand at our current locations for the highly differentiated sport experience that we have created at Ninja Nation.

“We’re looking forward to taking this the incredible Ninja Nation experience across the world with a talented group of franchisees who share our passion for youth fitness and positive community impact.

“We have the experience, the team and the plans in place to change over a million lives and we can’t wait to continue our growth with the launch of our franchising programme.”

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Ninja Nation’s leadership team is led by Cavanaugh, an entrepreneur who has experience in investing in and growing companies in several industries, including health and wellness.

Cavanaugh is joined by Geoff Britten – a champion and familiar face of the American Ninja Warrior programme, having featured in each of the 11 season of the show – and Lucas Clarke, the vice president of marketing.

“Our goal is to create over one million heroes,” Cavanaugh added. “That’s one million kids and adults pushing their minds and bodies to limits they never thought possible and doing so in our arenas. Play, Train and Compete.”

By Tom Walker

Source: HCM