Active Sports Clubs Completes Asset Acquisition with Club One Inc.

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Active Sports Clubs, a new health club brand launched late last year by Club One’s co-founder Jill Kinney , former President and COO Bill McBride, and former CFO Carey White has assumed the majority of Club One, Inc.’s asset portfolio.  This includes its Bay Area Club One Fitness locations and its community center, hospital, and corporate fitness and wellness management operations.

Club One and Active Sports Clubs are working in partnership to seamlessly transition operations. The highest priority for both companies remains its people. Active Sports Clubs will retain essentially all of Club One’s site-level employees; approximately 2400 jobs will remain intact. Additionally, Active Sports Clubs will assume approximately 145,000 members across its commercial health club, community, medical fitness and corporate fitness centers with minimal disruption to their healthy routines.

Active Sports Clubs, is a new, well-capitalized fitness and wellness company led by a strong and experienced team of fitness and hospitality professionals, including many familiar Club One employees. Jill Kinney serves as Active Sports Clubs’ Chairman, Bill McBride is President and Chief Executive Officer and Carey White is Chief Financial Officer. Active Sports Clubs, along with its Active Wellness Division, is committed to not only continuing to deliver operational excellence in all of its product areas and on its clients’ behalf, but to significantly improving the customer experience, quality of programs and a healthy return on investment for both its members and clients.

“I’m thrilled to reengage with Club One and bring the next level of fitness and wellness to the communities we serve,” Kinney says, adding that her commitment is to building great community-based fitness centers and having a meaningful impact on health-related issues. “Active Sports Clubs and Active Wellness is eager to provide members with the next level of service and healthy solutions – and where possible, extend our programs to reach complete families and communities. We have scalable programs and systems and can adapt our best practices to each partner’s varying needs and interests.”

The mission of Active Sports Clubs’ Active Wellness Division has been and continues to be about creating an inspiring environment to help people make positive changes in their lives.

“Our model enables Active Sports Clubs to provide an enhanced, sophisticated and in many cases a technology-supported offering with a personalized touch,” says Bill McBride, President and CEO of Active Sports Clubs. “We’re excited to unveil our improvement plans and a cadre of cutting-edge programs for our clients’ choosing, including internationally-recognized Itrim weight-loss solutions.”

Kinney and her husband John first opened Club One’s doors in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District in an effort to make fitness fun, convenient and accessible. She recruited McBride in 2003 to manage club operations. Now, more than 20 years later, Club One operates 85 fitness centers across 15 states and serves more than 145,000 members nationwide. In 2007, Kinney stepped away from Club One to launch Clubsource, a development company specializing in community centers. She also opened the 40,000-square-foot health club in Petaluma and hired Club One to manage it for its first 5 years. Kinney recently launched Itrim, a healthy, active and sustained weight loss business that was founded in Sweden. She serves as the CEO and plans to bring Itrim programs to the Club One locations.

Active Sports Clubs will continue to operate the Bay Area health clubs under the Club One Fitness brand for the time being, and will evaluate each location over the next month to develop site-specific improvement plans to better reflect the local needs of each community.

About Active Sports Clubs:

Active Sports Clubs has built a strong reputation as the leading health and fitness provider in the markets we serve.  We are committed to continuously improving our services, facilities and wellness offerings. We are dedicated to innovation, impeccable operations, and wellness programs aimed at enhancing employee health and productivity. Active Sports Clubs first commercial health club is Petaluma. For more information, please visit www.activesportsclubs.com.

About Itrim:

Itrim is an internationally-recognized and scientifically-proven exercise and weight loss program that shines a new light on healthy living. We create an authentic and comfortable environment where members can achieve tangible results through diet, exercise, coaching and community. Our comprehensive approach includes a proven meal assortment and specialized fitness offerings within the centers, which pave the way for our members to finally achieve real and lasting weight loss.  For more information, visit http://www.itrim.us.

About Club One, Inc.:

Club One, Inc. is a nationally recognized fitness management company, developing award-winning health and wellness solutions that help more than 145,000 members nationwide experience a better quality of life. Founded in 1991, we operate 85 fitness centers across 15 states including Club One branded and owned commercial fitness clubs and our partners’ facilities across multiple models and geographies.

Club One’s innovative programs and exceptional service environments have earned it numerous long-standing awards, including: “Best Health Club”, “Best Place to Work Out” and “Best Places to Work” nods, as well as several Nova 7 Certificates of Excellence. Most recently, Club One was recognized as a “Best in Class” provider of fitness and membership services by the JCC Association and “Best of Medical Wellness” partner by the Medical Wellness Association.

Club One partners include: Autodesk, Chevron, eBay, Electronic Arts, Motorola, Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, among many others. For more information, please visit www.ClubOneInc.com.

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