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MINDBODY Renews AFS Sponsorship ‘Leveraging Technology to Improve the Wellness of the World’

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA, September 12, 2019)  – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) today proudly announced and again welcomed industry leader MINDBODY to its membership ranks, sharing the concept of a global community of businesses that help people look and feel their best.

MINDBODY manages your day, markets your business, and connects you with clients looking to book fitness services. Get 24/7 support with real people, industry-leading business education, one-on-one setup and training, and a custom app for your brand.

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Announcing More Growth For The Abs Company

CHESTER, NJ, August 2019 - More growth means more positive changes at The Abs Company. The Abs Company is pleased to announce that they have hired 2 new sales professionals to further support their growing portfolio of products.

Brian Farley comes to The Abs Company with a wealth of sales experience in the Fitness Industry.  Having spent 9 years in National Account Sales with Octane Fitness, and prior to that serving as a dealer in the fitness space since 1995. 

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Live Oak Bank Joins AFS ‘Financing Growth for Your Business’

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, August 9, 2019)  – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) today proudly announced and welcomed Live Oak Bank to its membership ranks, offering financing opportunities for the fitness center industry nationwide. 

Live Oak provides financial solutions to small business owners across the US, providing customers with an unprecedented banking experience combined with a laser focus on innovation in finance and technology. Live Oak’s fitness center lending team focuses on acquisition and construction loan solutions for existing studio or gym owners looking to grow their business. 

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LifeSurfer LLC Joins AFS ‘Safe, Fun, Continuous Climbing’

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, LAGUNA BEACH, CA, August 6, 2019)  – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) today proudly announced and welcomed LifeSurfer LLC to its membership ranks, the North American distributor of a range of cool fitness and recreational activities. 

LifeSurfer’s latest product for the fitness industry is the Freedom Rotating Climbing Wall.

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AFS Launches ‘Online Meetups’ Advancing the Sharing of Ideas and Solutions

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, August 2, 2019)  – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) announced today the launch of a new member benefit – Online MeetUps - to continue building its mission of sharing best practices to enhance the profitability of the studio and gym business.

Online MeetUps creates a friendly space online for like-minded AFS members to share ideas and solutions to problems with other studio operators in similar situations be it studio discipline, tenure, or size. 

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GOFYNDER Joins AFS 'Extra Income from your Unused Space'

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, LOS ANGELES, CA, August 1, 2019)   – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) today proudly announced and welcomed GOFYNDER to its membership ranks, offering a safe place where independent health and fitness professionals can find great spaces to host their clients.

Created by the husband and wife team of Bob and Terren Burson, GOFYNDER was born out of necessity, as Terren – an independent yoga instructor - struggled for years to find spaces to host clients. Then came the realization that this identical problem was likely being experienced by many.

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Power Nectar Yoga Studio, Opening Summer 2019 in Potomac Yard

(Alexandria, VA Release Date: May 23, 2019.) For Immediate Release

As Nectar Yoga Studios expands from one location to two, Power Nectar Yoga joins its sister studio, Blue Nectar Yoga, to provide an unmatched soulful sweat experience.

Power Nectar Yoga will offer a variety of all-levels hot yoga style classes including styles from power vinyasa flow to heated restorative and yin practices. PNY also offers a special segment of the business designed to serve and support our active and retired military and first responder communities. 

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Publications

2019 Fitness Studio Trend Report  

To ensure a variety of feedback, AFS canvassed its Advisory Council, vendor partners, and leading studio and gym operators to reveal their top trends for 2019!

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2018 Fitness Studio Operating & Financial Benchmarking Report 

From coast to coast, the 2018 report canvassed the US to get the most accurate data possible. The 2018 report shows the studio market continues to thrive and become increasingly revenue efficient.

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2018 Fitness Studio Trend Report 

To ensure a variety of perspectives AFS canvassed it’s Advisory Council, Vendor Partners, and leading studio operators on trends they see growing or continuing in 2018. 

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2017 Fitness Studio Operating & Financial Benchmarking Report 

The 2017 Report has expanded the reach of respondents to mirror the expansion of AFS and the studio business. A full 30% of respondents to this year’s survey are from non-U.S. locations.

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Marketing Best Practices Research Report 

We surveyed hundreds of studio owners across the country, identified the successful strategies, and provide them to you in this first-ever research report! 

Access the 2016 Report