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Sports Club Advisors Joins AFS, Answers “What’s My Business Worth?”

(OAKLAND, CA, CHICAGO, IL, March 21, 2017) – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) today proudly announced and welcomed the addition of Sports Club Advisors (SCA) to its membership ranks.

Sports Club Advisors is a boutique Merger & Acquisition advisory and business brokerage firm focused on the fitness, sports and leisure industry, specializing in helping clients buy and sell fitness studios, clubs or sports businesses.  

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Fitness Industry Celebrates Record-Breaking Fundraising Year During IHRSA’S 12th Annual Bash for Augie's Quest to Cure ALS

Los Angeles, March 14, 2017 – Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neurodegenerative disease affecting far too many people and families. It steals people’s muscles, and robs them of every benefit exercise provides.

That’s why for more than a decade, the fitness industry has refused to accept that fate, rallying hundreds of companies, countless professionals, staff, studio and club members and local communities to take on this disease and unifying cause. 

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Nudge Coach Joins AFS, With ‘Your Mobile Client Experience’

(OAKLAND, CA, RICHMOND, VA, March 8, 2017) – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) today proudly announced and welcomed the addition of Nudge Coach to its membership and sponsorship ranks. 

Nudge Coach streamlines client accountability everywhere fitness happens, helping studios and trainers build stronger relationships with clients, that improve results, and increase retention in key member segments. 

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Power Plate, Industry Leader in Whole Body Vibration, Joins AFS

(OAKLAND, CA, NORTHBROOK, IL, March 7, 2017) – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) today proudly announced and welcomed the addition of industry leader Power Plate to its membership and sponsorship ranks. 

Power Plate is the world’s leader in whole body vibration technology and helps usersprepare faster, perform better, and recover quicker. It makes you feel better by stimulating natural reflexes, increasing muscle activation and improving circulation. Power Plate enhances any movement, simple or complex, typically performed on the ground.  

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AFS Releases First-ever Research Study ‘Buying Habits of Fitness Studios’

(OAKLAND, CA, March 6, 2017) – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) announced today the release of ‘Buying Habits of Fitness Studios,’ the first-ever research study of its kind, chronicling the who/what/when of purchasing habits of studios of all disciplines.

The ‘Buying Habits of Fitness Studios’ measures studio spending habits in the key areas of fitness equipment, software, and insurance. In addition, the study examines who makes the buying decision, when such decisions are made, and what the marketing influences are on such decisions.

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The Abs Company Latest Industry Leader to Join AFS

(OAKLAND, CA, CHESTER, NJ, March 1, 2017) – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) today proudly announced and welcomed the addition of The Abs Company to its membership and sponsorship ranks.

One of the fitness industry’s most identifiable brands, The Abs Company makes high quality, innovative commercial abdominal and functional training exercise equipment focused on the development of core strength.  

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AFS, EMPOWER! Sign Collaboration Agreement

(OAKLAND, CA, CHANHASSEN, MN, February 27, 2017)  – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) and EMPOWER! Fitness Events (EMPOWER!) announced today that they have reached a collaboration agreement to exchange education and information to each other’s constituencies.

One of the fitness industry’s leading fitness event organizations, EMPOWER! hosts several weekend fitness celebrations nationwide each year, featuring some of the industry’s top presenters delivering amazing fitness workshops, lectures, and master classes.  EMPOWER! reaches a wide range of fitness disciplines, including personal training, indoor cycling, group exercise, yoga and dance.

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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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