Looking back and looking ahead: those topics were on the minds of Club Industry's readers in the final month of 2015. December's most-read stories included a list of the most-read news stories of 2015, fitness trends to expect in 2016 and two lawsuits. Here are Club Industry's most-read stories for December 2015, ranked in descending order.
Anytime Fitness purchased PumpOne, a mobile personal training services provider with an exercise image and video library, Anytime Fitness announced on Dec. 21.
The announcement stated that the company made the purchase in anticipation of the needs and preferences of current and future gym members.
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24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, California, is being sued for violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
Jasen Silver and Robert Burke filed a class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Dec. 10 alleging that 24 Hour Fitness' telemarketing practices violate the TCPA. The suit alleges autodialing violations and National Do Not Call Registry violations.
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The founder of former Florida brand Lifestyle Family Fitness, Geoffrey Dyer, sold his two AussieFit clubs to a Crunch Fitness franchise group, and he now operates as president of another Crunch Fitness franchise group.
Five Gold's Gym locations in Columbia, South Carolina, rebranded as MÜV Fitness, Spokane, Washington, on Dec. 1. St. Andrews Fitness Corp. President John Burriss told Club Industry that his decision to rebrand was driven by a desire for expansion.
USPlabs LLC, Dallas, maker of workout supplements Jack3d and OxyElite Pro, faces criminal charges from the U.S. Justice Department for the unlawful sale of dietary supplements.
The indictment charges USPlabs, S.K. Laboratories Inc. and their operators with a variety of charges related to the sale of their products.
LA Fitness intends to acquire the assets of the eleven 24 Hour Fitness clubs in Arizona, and 24 Hour Fitness intends to acquire the assets of two LA Fitness clubs in Oklahoma and one in Nebraska, the companies announced Nov. 16.
The American Council on Exercise (ACE) recently identified 10 trends it says the fitness industry should watch for in 2016. Some of these trends will occur within fitness facilities and some will occur outside of them. Pete McCall, health and fitness expert with ACE, shared these trends in a blog, which you can read here.
Take a look back at the 15 most popular news stories that Club Industry covered in 2015 based on the number of page views they received. Most of the stories had to do with club acquisitions, lawsuits, settlements and rebranding. The most popular story focused on an unusual deal between two of the top club companies in the country.
Each year, Club Industry compiles a list of the Top 100 Clubs in the country based on revenue. The list for 2015 (based on 2014 revenue) is included in this gallery.
In 2016, the fitness industry will see consumer trends affect the industry in several ways. Stephen Tharrett and Mark Williamson of ClubIntel have released the company's 10 fitness industry predictions for 2016. The white paper, "An Enlightened Prophesy for the Health/Fitness Industry in 2016," shares these predictions with the intent of helping the industry better understand how today's consumer trends will affect the fitness industry.
Click here for a quick overview of the 10 predictions.
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