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Weebly Joins AFS With Wide Ranging Online Options

(OAKLAND, CA, December 12, 2016) – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) today proudly announced and welcomed the addition of Weebly, Inc. to its associate membership and sponsorship ranks.

Founded in 2007, Weebly is a complete platform that allows anyone to start and grow an online business with curated website templates, powerful e-commerce and integrated marketing. More than 40 million entrepreneurs around the world use Weebly to grow their customer base, fuel sales and market their idea. 

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BollyX Latest Company To Join AFS

(OAKLAND, CA, December 7, 2016) – In further evidence of the expansion and diversification of the studio market, Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) today proudly announced and welcomed the addition of BollyX to its associate member ranks.

BollyX is a Bollywood-inspired dance-fitness program that combines dynamic choreography with the hottest music from around the world. Its 50-minute cardio workout cycles between higher and lower-intensity dance sequences to get you moving, sweating, and motivated all at the same time.

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Railyard Fitness Latest Fitness Supplier to Join AFS

(Oakland, CA, December 1, 2016) – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) today proudly announced and welcomed the addition of Railyard Fitness to its membership ranks.

Created in 2007 by 40-year fitness veteran Lee Spieker, the Railyard is the first indoor, portable obstacle course, patterned after nature’s environment that included logs, rocks, stumps, trees, and hills, where humans evolved - the original “fitness.”  

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BurnAlong Latest Supplier To Join AFS

(Oakland, CA, December 1, 2016) – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) today proudly announced and welcomed the addition of BurnAlong to its membership ranks.

Launched earlier this year, BurnAlong is a video technology platform that helps local gyms and studios recruit new members online, earn revenue online, and retain more members by staying connected to members when they can’t make it to the studio in person.

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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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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! 

Access the 2016 Report