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FBA Announces 4th SUCCEED! Event in 2022

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, January 1, 2022) – The Fitness Business Association (FBA) today announced a brand new SUCCEED! event, its 4th, to take place in 2022 under the ever-growing SUCCEED! family of events brand.

Tentatively scheduled for June 2022, this new community-centric event will remain online and have a more intimate feel for those who register. Attendees will be treated to a brand new experience, customized to where they are in their business.

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Sara Allen Promoted to Vice President of Business Development within the FBA

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, December 29, 2021) – The Fitness Business Association (FBA) today announced that Sara Allen will take over as Vice President of Business Development effective immediately, taking over the role previously held by the late Chuck Leve.

With extensive knowledge in sales, customer service, and operations, Allen’s expertise covers all areas necessary to assist current and new FBA sponsors and partners with a customizable plan to reach the FBA & SUCCEED! audiences and yield the highest ROI.

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FitNation 2021 - Global Brands and Influencers Emphasize Importance of Personalization for the Future of Fitness

Amsterdam, November 29, 2021

The short and long-term success of the fitness industry is dependent on fitness businesses providing more personalized and localized experiences for their customers, according to leading fitness industry brands and influencers speaking at FitNation 2021. 

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SUCCEED! Innovation & Solutions Summit Another Success for the FBA

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, November 22, 2021) – The Fitness Business Association (FBA) today announced the success of its 1st ever SUCCEED! Innovation & Solutions Summit held on Friday, November 12.

Billed as a virtual event where technology and business solutions take center stage, the summit generated nearly 2,500 registrants and subsequent page views combined as attendees were eager to take in the sessions.

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FBA Partner Podium Raises $201M in Series D Funding to Accelerate the Digital Evolution for Local Businesses

LEHI, Utah, Nov. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Podium, a communication and payments platform for local businesses, announced today it has raised $201 million in Series D funding, led by YC Continuity with participation from Durable Capital Partners, Arpex Capital, Accel, Album VC, IVP, Sapphire Ventures, Summit Partners, and Sorenson Capital. This latest round brings the company's valuation to over $3 billion.

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Virtuagym Launches New Video Workout Platform  

12th October 2021, Amsterdam, Netherlands: Virtuagym, a global provider of fitness technology for coaching, member engagement, and club management, has today launched its exciting new integrated video workout platform

The feature allows Virtuagym customers to create their own workout libraries in the Virtuagym portal and make them available for fitness clients in their own customizable club mobile app. They can also be streamed to TVs via Chromecast and Apple TV, to provide a full-screen experience.  

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Smartify Media Joins the Fitness Business Association as a Sponsor

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, October 12, 2021) – The Fitness Business Association (FBA) today announced that Smartify Media, creator of a digital media revenue platform for retail locations, has joined its sponsorship ranks to provide fitness locations with an unprecedented recurring revenue-generating opportunity through programmatic advertising activation on digital displays in storefront windows.

Smartify’s Digital Storefront Display, developed in partnership with Samsung Corporation and powered by Smartify’s Media Management Platform, is a two-sided display that delivers custom content for in-store and street-side audiences, as well as revenue-generating advertising content fed from curated national and local campaigns for a wide range of iconic brands including the NBA, Zillow, Discover, UBER, Starbucks, Target, iRobot, ESPN, Procter & Gamble, and more.

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Publications

2019 Fitness Studio Operating & Financial Benchmarking Report 

The 2019 report is our most ambitious yet, including a financial breakdown of studios by region, studio type, and size to get the most accurate data possible.

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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! 

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