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bobile Joins AFS ‘Empowering Mobile Engagement Around the World’

(OAKLAND, CA, OR YEHUDA, ISRAEL, September 5, 2018)  – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) today proudly announced and welcomed bobile to its membership and sponsorship ranks.

Founded in 2014, bobile is a SaaS do-it-yourself native app creation platform, tailored for small businesses that wish to create custom-branded apps with an enhanced automated loyalty program. Using bobile’s platform, one can create a native mobile app without any need for coding or technical knowledge, and simply launch it on iTunes or Google Play. 

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Life Fitness Joins AFS ‘Helping People Lead Healthier Lives’

(OAKLAND, CA, ROSEMONT, IL, August 24, 2018)  – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) today proudly announced and welcomed the addition of Life Fitness to its associate membership and sponsorship ranks.

For 50 years, Life Fitness has been dedicated to creating fitness solutions that benefit both facilities and fitness enthusiasts. Their purpose – to inspire healthier lives – started in 1968 with the Lifecycle exercise bike and continues with the widest range of cardio, strength and group training products in the fitness industry. 

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The Abs Company Announces Owner Buyout

​(Chester NJ) The Abs Company announced that longtime president Sean Gagnon has purchased the company from his partners and co-founders. The Company was founded in 2007 by industry veterans Don Brown, David Augustine and Sean Gagnon. Brown is the inventor of the famous AB ROLLER®- one of the best selling fitness items of all time with well over 10 million units sold.

Augustine was also an integral part of that team serving on the legal and strategy side

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Gold's Gym Awards Matrix Fitness 2018 Vendor of the Year for Equipment

COTTAGE GROVE, Wis. (August 21, 2018) – Johnson Health Tech North America, Inc. today announced that its commercial brand, Matrix Fitness, was awarded the 2018 Gold’s Gym Equipment Vendor of the Year, its fifth such honor in the past nine years.

Gold’s Gym franchisees from 29 states and 28 countries ranked vendors in several areas, such as customer satisfaction and overall product quality, to name Matrix Fitness the Vendor of the Year in the Equipment category.

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SUCCEED! Offers Dynamic Learning Differentiation with Next Wave of Expert Speakers

OAKLAND, CA, August 14, 2018)  – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) today proudly announced another four fitness industry experts 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.

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SUCCEED! Announces Augie & Lynne Nieto As Keynote Presenters

(OAKLAND, CA, August 2, 2018)  – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) today proudly announced that fitness industry legend Augie Nieto and his wife Lynne have agreed to deliver a 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. 

Augie Nieto is the successful fitness industry mogul behind the Lifecycle, co-founder and former CEO of Life Fitness, and one of the true shapers of the modern fitness industry.

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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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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