World Gym Experiences Growth in Russia with New Gyms and Programs in a Thriving Fitness Market

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World Gym, the iconic brand for bodybuilding and seriously fun fitness, today announced news regarding franchise growth, presentations, and franchisee programs in Russia.

On October 1, 2013, the 11th World Gym location opened in Russia. World Gym Sinitsa is a brand new 33,000 square-foot facility located in Moscow. This club is the only one in the area that offers Child Care and a swimming pool. Other services and amenities include health and nutrition counseling, personal training, massage, tanning, a nail salon and a café. Classes include martial arts, yoga, cycling, aerobics, dance, aquatic exercises, mixed format, weightlifting and children’s fitness.

“World Gym has a strong and active international network,” said World Gym Sinitsa Owner Elizaveta Dikaya. “We had no doubts that the brand’s long history and traditions would help us carve out a niche in the Russian fitness market. World Gym is more than just a name; it’s a philosophy and a set of principles that allow an operator to grow and develop, whether in the U.S. or abroad. It’s a way of life. We are proud to be a part of the international World Gym Family.”

Gym Information:

Address: Vtoraya Sinichkina Ulitsa, 9А, Moscow, Russia

Telephone: +7 (495) 988-7800

Hours of Operation: (Mon.-Fri.) 7a.m. - 12:00a.m.; (Sat.-Sun.) 9a.m. - 10p.m.

Currently, ten clubs are operating in four Russian cities: Moscow, Irkutsk, Krasnodar, and Rostov-on-Don. By the end of 2013, two more openings are anticipated in Moscow and its immediate vicinity, World Gym Zvezdny and World Gym Moskovsky.

MIOFF Fitness Convention

Guy Cammilleri, Managing Director of World Gym International, will be a presenter at the National MIOFF (Moscow International Open Festival of Fitness) Convention on October 7-11. As the largest fitness expo in Eastern Europe, the event includes a trade show featuring the latest equipment and technology, master classes by leading Russian fitness instructors and a business forum featuring presentations by Russian and international fitness experts.

Mr. Cammilleri will participate in the business forum segment during the expo and will discuss the U.S. fitness industry, marketing communications, business strategy and the challenges in building an international network of franchised clubs.

“I am thrilled and honored to participate in this year’s convention,” said Mr. Cammilleri. “I look forward to sharing market and brand-building insights, as well as learning from my peers in the Russian fitness industry.”

World Gym Fitness Fest

For the fourth year in a row, World Gym Russia is conducting World Gym Fitness Fests in various Russian cities. The goal of the Fitness Fest is to promote fitness (including latest international trends) among the Russian public.

The World Gym Fitness Fest includes:

* Workshops by leading Russian and international presenters

* Seminars by leading industry professionals

* World Gym Fight, the annual boxing tournament among World Gym members

World Gym Annual Conference

Every autumn, the General Managers of all World Gym Russia clubs attend the annual Strategy Session in Moscow. The Strategy Session aims to review the year and discuss issues of strategic importance, whether relevant to currently operating clubs or to the further expansion of the World Gym Network in Russia.

World Gym Semi-Annual Network Training

World Gym Russia conducts semi-annual Network Training for both General Managers and Fitness Directors from all clubs. Program objectives are to improve operational efficiency of the clubs, as well as to enhance standardization across clubs and improve employee motivation and loyalty.

World Gym Russia Awards

In June 2013, World Gym Russia held their first-ever national World Gym Russia Awards ceremony. Ten Russian clubs competed in the following categories:

* Discovery of the Year (Best new club)

* Team Spirit (Best group of co-workers)

* Best Event

* Best Children’s Project (both facilities and events)

* Best Club

The Best Club award for 2012-13 went to World Gym Irkutsk. The best employee, named by the winning club, was Tatiana Suslova, a finance associate at World Gym Irkutsk.

For more information on World Gym, please visit www.worldgym.com.

About World Gym International

The iconic World Gym brand was founded in 1976 by Joe Gold during the glory days of “Muscle Beach” in Santa Monica, CA when serious fitness collided with the world of Hollywood celebrities. Since then, World Gym has evolved into an internationally recognized brand that has captured the imagination of fitness lovers around the globe. Focused on the mantra “Seriously Fun Fitness”, World Gym is dedicated to creating the ultimate workout destinations across the globe. With its headquarters located in sunny southern California, World Gym currently has over 180 franchised locations in 14 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Cayman Islands, Guatemala, India, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States. To learn more about World Gym and franchise opportunities with this storied brand, please visit www.worldgym.com.

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