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AFS Releases 4th Annual Fitness Studio Operating & Financial Benchmarking Research Report

(OAKLAND, CA, August 1, 2018) – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) announced today the release of its 4th annual financial research study on the fitness studio market.  The 2018 Fitness Studio Operating & Financial Benchmarking Report was conducted over a three-month period earlier this year.

While the study builds on the 2015, 2016 and 2017 reports that identified and measured key financial elements of the studio business, this year’s report analyzed the data differently, focusing on data points with a direct relationship with a studio or gym’s bottom line. 

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SUCCEED! Announces Next Wave of Speakers

(OAKLAND, CA, July 16, 2018)  – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) today proudly announced that another four fitness industry leaders have agreed to be presenters at SUCCEED! – the first-ever major Business Convention & Expo for current and aspiring studio/gym owners - April 12-14, 2019 at Hotel Irvine, in Irvine, CA.

The four newly confirmed speakers are Rachel Cosgrove, Robert Linkul, John Heringer, and Khaled ELmasri. They join keynoter Todd Durkin, Rick Mayo, Shannon Fable, Mark Nutting, and Amanda Vogel, all announced earlier. 

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SUCCEED! Announces First Wave of Speakers

(OAKLAND, CA, June 26, 2018)  – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) today proudly announced that four fitness industry leaders have agreed to be presenters at SUCCEED! – the first-ever major Business Convention & Expo for current and aspiring studio/gym owners - April 12-14, 2019 at Hotel Irvine, in Irvine, CA.

The first four confirmed speakers (in addition to keynoter Todd Durkin) are Rick Mayo, Shannon Fable, Mark Nutting, and Amanda Vogel.  All four are exceptional presenters, with expertise in a variety of fitness studio business applications.

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AFS, PTonthNet/PTA Global Renew Collaboration Agreement

(OAKLAND, CA, DENVER, CO, June 21, 2018)  – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) and PTontheNet/PTA Global announced today that they have renewed their comprehensive collaboration agreement to provide relevant educational opportunities to each other’s audiences.

PTontheNet is internationally recognized as a comprehensive resource for fitness professional education and development, providing continuing education, products, and tools designed to drive performance and strengthen a fitness facility’s business. 

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Myzone to Sponsor Todd Durkin Keynote at SUCCEED!

(OAKLAND, CA, CHICAGO, IL, June 18, 2018)  – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) today proudly announced that Myzone, the fitness industry’s leading wearable and fitness tracker technology company, has agreed to sponsor industry icon Todd Durkin’s opening keynote presentation at SUCCEED! – the first-ever major Business Convention & Expo for current and aspiring studio/gym owners! 

The event will be April 12-14, 2019 at Hotel Irvine, in Irvine, CA with Mr. Durkin’s presentation on Friday, April 12 at 2:00 p.m. 

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Balanced Habits Joins AFS, ‘Life Transformations Begin with Balanced Habits’

(OAKLAND, CA, COSTA MESA, CA, June 11, 2018)  – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) today proudly announced and welcomed Balanced Habits to its membership ranks.

Founded in 2013 by former gym owners Paul & Carolyn Fetters, Balanced Habits certifies Food Coaches, educating them on proper balanced nutrition and implementation of sustainable programs for use inside the studio environment. Balanced Habits certifications are recognized by AAFA & NASM as a continuing education provider.

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Better Air Environments Joins AFS Technology for a Healthier and Safer Gym

(OAKLAND, CA, NEW YORK, NY, June 4, 2018)  – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) today proudly announced and welcomed the addition of Better Air Environments, LLC to its associate membership ranks.

BetterAir is an innovative biotechnology company that has developed the world’s first probiotic air, surface, and object purification system.  BetterAir is dedicated to restoring and preserving the normal ecological balance in indoor spaces, by harnessing the power of Envirobiotics™ - the safest, most natural way to restore the natural ecological balance. 

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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