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AFS Releases 2nd Annual Fitness Studio Operating & Financial Benchmarking Research Report

(OAKLAND, CA, November 28, 2016) – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) announced today the release of the 2nd annual financial research study on the American fitness studio market.  The 2016 Fitness Studio Operating & Financial Benchmarking Report was conducted over a three-month period earlier this year. 

The study builds on the 2015 Report that, for the first time in the fitness industry, identified and measured key financial elements of the studio business, with insight narrative provided by ClubIntel, the study’s author.

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Another AED Lawsuit Points to Proper Training, Insurance Coverage

The family of former San Diego Charger Pulu Poumele is suing 24 Hour Fitness claiming wrongful death, according to news reports.  Poumele, 44, was playing basketball when he experienced a heart attack and collapsed.

His family alleges 24 Hour employees were unable to find the club's automated external defibrillator (AED) and after it was produced, that it was uncharged and unable to deliver a proper counter shock. 

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IDEA Health & Fitness Association Sold to Media Conglomerate

IDEA, the well-known fitness association and owner of one of the fitness industry’s largest Convention and Trade Shows, has been sold to Active Interest Media (AIM) - one of the world's largest business-to-business media companies. 

AIM produces websites, magazines, films and TV shows, and consumer and trade events.  The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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AFS Recap from Club Industry and NSCA PT Conference

In all my travels, one thing remains constant - the work we're doing at AFS and the projects, education, and on-going brand awareness we're creating is making a huge impact in the fitness industry.

With over 60 partnerships both in and outside the fitness industry - AFS' mission to support entrepreneurial fitness professionals and studio/gym owners is alive and well!

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A Breakthrough in Wellness?

Aetna Inc. will give some customers and employees discounts on Apple Inc.’s smartwatch, offering the potential that incentives from the insurance industry could boost sales of the technology giant’s wearable device.

The health insurer, which covers about 23 million people in the U.S., is developing apps for Apple devices that will help consumers remember to take their medicines, get a refill on prescriptions, or contact a doctor. The applications, which will be available next year, will also help members understand their insurance benefits and use Apple’s Wallet feature to pay bills, Aetna said Tuesday in a statement with Apple.

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OneFitStop Joins AFS With Dedicated Software Solution

(OAKLAND, CA, NEW YORK, NY, October 4, 2016) – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) today proudly announced and welcomed the addition of OneFitStop to its membership and sponsorship ranks, marking OneFitStop’s entry into the U.S. fitness software market.

OneFitStop offers a complete fitness platform for professionals and clients by taking the hassle out of managing the studio business.  From scheduling to lead management, to online payments and bookings, OneFitStop has been designed for and by studio operators. 

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AFS CEO Josh Leve to Present at NSCA Personal Trainers Conference

(OAKLAND, CA, COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, September 29, 2016) – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) and the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) have announced that Josh Leve, founder and CEO of AFS will be a featured presenter at next month’s NSCA Personal Trainers Conference.  

The Conference is October 14-16 at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel in Jacksonville, FL. Leve’s presentation, The State of the Fitness Studio Industry, will take place Saturday, October 15 from 8:00 to 8:50 a.m.  This marks the second consecutive year that Leve as presented at this event that annually attracts over 500 personal trainers.

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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