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Fit1Media Joins AFS ‘Digital Signage Solutions for the Fitness Industry’

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, RALEIGH, NC, September 24, 2019)  – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) today proudly announced and welcomed Fit1Media to its sponsorship ranks, providing studios and gyms with digital kiosks to display information to members and guests.

Fit1Media was founded to be a premier cost-effective digital marketing solution for small to mid-sized businesses. With cutting edge digital technology, the company is based on creative, results driven quality. The technology allows fitness centers to easily promote their class schedules, special events, personal trainers, member success stories, and more!  

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WellnessLiving Joins AFS ‘The All-in-One Business Management Tool”

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, RICHMOND HILL, ONTARIO, September 19, 2019)  – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) today proudly announced and welcomed WellnessLiving to its sponsorship ranks, providing an all-in-one business management tool trusted by wellness businesses worldwide.

Started in Toronto, Canada by two childhood friends working from a home office, WellnessLiving has evolved into a fitness platform servicing over seven million users. It helped that those friends Len Fridman and Sasha Davids were both passionate fitness buffs who ran an outdoor bootcamp and fitness internet marketing company. 

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2019 World Gym International Convention Celebrates The Impossible, The Barbell & The Future

Los Angeles, California – September 18, 2019 - World Gym International, the iconic global brand for bodybuilding and seriously fun fitness, gathered franchisees, coaches, vendors and partners from 9 countries for the 2019 World Gym International Convention in Las Vegas on September 4-7, 2019.  The annual gathering was held at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas with over 200 attendees, including gym owners, coaches and staff from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, The Cayman Islands, Mexico, Taiwan, The United States and Russia. 

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MINDBODY Renews AFS Sponsorship ‘Leveraging Technology to Improve the Wellness of the World’

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA, September 12, 2019)  – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) today proudly announced and again welcomed industry leader MINDBODY to its membership ranks, sharing the concept of a global community of businesses that help people look and feel their best.

MINDBODY manages your day, markets your business, and connects you with clients looking to book fitness services. Get 24/7 support with real people, industry-leading business education, one-on-one setup and training, and a custom app for your brand.

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Announcing More Growth For The Abs Company

CHESTER, NJ, August 2019 - More growth means more positive changes at The Abs Company. The Abs Company is pleased to announce that they have hired 2 new sales professionals to further support their growing portfolio of products.

Brian Farley comes to The Abs Company with a wealth of sales experience in the Fitness Industry.  Having spent 9 years in National Account Sales with Octane Fitness, and prior to that serving as a dealer in the fitness space since 1995. 

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Live Oak Bank Joins AFS ‘Financing Growth for Your Business’

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, August 9, 2019)  – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) today proudly announced and welcomed Live Oak Bank to its membership ranks, offering financing opportunities for the fitness center industry nationwide. 

Live Oak provides financial solutions to small business owners across the US, providing customers with an unprecedented banking experience combined with a laser focus on innovation in finance and technology. Live Oak’s fitness center lending team focuses on acquisition and construction loan solutions for existing studio or gym owners looking to grow their business. 

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LifeSurfer LLC Joins AFS ‘Safe, Fun, Continuous Climbing’

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, LAGUNA BEACH, CA, August 6, 2019)  – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) today proudly announced and welcomed LifeSurfer LLC to its membership ranks, the North American distributor of a range of cool fitness and recreational activities. 

LifeSurfer’s latest product for the fitness industry is the Freedom Rotating Climbing Wall.

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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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