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The Anatomy of a State Victory

IHRSA’s public policy efforts help preserve, protect, and promote the industry.

A stack of 8,500 postcards bearing the headline “My Voice Against Taxing Health Club Services” sits, today, in the offices of the Newtown Athletic Club (NAC), in Newtown, Pennsylvania—unused ammunition left over from a fight against dangerous legislation.

Each postcard reads, “Please, do not tax this medicine,” and features a short paragraph explaining why health clubs shouldn’t be subject to a state sales tax. Each is addressed to a Pennsylvania state legislator and signed by a NAC member or a Newtown resident.

The postcards were printed for a NAC campaign conducted earlier this year, and supported by IHRSA, which opposed a budget proposal that, among other things, would have expanded the state’s sales tax to encompass more goods and services, including health club memberships. The purported objective: a step in the direction of reducing property taxes.

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Anytime Fitness leveraging accolades to promote industry

Anytime Fitness CEO Chuck RunyonAnytime Fitness has collected many accolades and has been placed on top of some pretty prestigious lists over the past few years.

And the Hastings, Minn.-based company is using those accomplishments to showcase their accomplishments and the fitness industry's success.

This month Anytime Fitness topped IHRSA Global 25 in Number of Franchises in 2013 (2,345), Unit Growth (338 new locations) and Five-Year Unit Growth (1,396).

The company recently produced a video that trumpets its accomplishments which also include its number one rankings in Entrepreneur magazine's Franchise 500 and Minnesota Magazine's Best Companies to Work For.

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This week for Anytime Fitness: UK conference, 2,500th location, and 100th franchise in UK

Anytime Fitness opens its 2,500th club, in Madrid, Spain. Pictured, from left, Robert Jones, the Consejero Commercial de la Embajada de Estados Unidos (US Embassy representative); Rod Hill, the director of Anytime Fitness Iberia; and Chuck Runyon, CEO and co-founder of Anytime Fitness.A lot is happening for Anytime Fitness in Europe this week.

On Tuesday, May 27, in Madrid, Spain, Anytime opened its 2,500th location. A representative from the U.S. Embassy in Spain attended the ribbon cutting. And, the very next day, the 100th franchise sold in the UK, in Oxfordshire, was announced.

All of this is happening while the Hastings, Minn.-based company is hosting the 3rd Annual Anytime Fitness UK Conference.

Check out a story this week in a Spanish newspaper about the company's upcoming plans in Spain.


Runyon talks CEO Pledge with Minnesota governor

Chuck Runyon, CEO of Anytime Fitness in Hastings, Minn., went right to the top when trying to get the message out about the CEO Pledge. He talked to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton.

Runyon stressed the importance of workplace wellness and how getting people active can save companies and the state millions of dollars every year. And, healthy employees increases production and cuts down on sick time.

A 2012 survey showed that 90% of companies in the Minnesota are interested in workplace wellness, but only 25% offer programs.

For more on Runyon's pitch to the Minnesota governor, read the Minneapolis Star Tribune story.


Anytime Fitness tops Franchise 500 list

When you think of top franchises, what comes to mind? Probably restaurants/fast food would be your immediate answer, with other industries like hotels, convenience stores and hair cuts/salons considered.

None of those areas grabbed the top spot in Entrepreneur magazine's 2014 Franchise 500, though.

The fitness industry's Anytime Fitness was number 1. The results were announced today, Thursday, Dec. 19.

The Minnesota-based company now has 2,500 low-cost locations with almost 2 million members. Another 1,500 Anytime Fitness clubs are planned to open over the next five years in the United States, Europe and Southeast Asia.

For more on Anytime Fitness being named #1 and the entire list, visit Entreprenuer.

Anytime Fitness is no stranger to accolades as recently CEO Chuck Runyon was named the inaugural Executive Magazine Mid-Market CEO Leadership Award winner.



Runyon talks about ROEI, tattoos

A couple weeks ago Chuck Runyon, co-founder and CEO of Anytime Fitness, was named the inaugural Executive Magazine Mid-Market CEO Leadership Award winner.

While he and his team have seen the company grow to more than 2,300 locations in 11 years, and a 70% growth over the past three years, those are not the only reasons why he won.

Read on to see more on Runyon, Anytime Fitness and the award.


Runyon of Anytime Fitness wins CEO Leadership award

Chief Executive magazine, which covers the economy, business and technology news, information on upcoming events, and executive life, has given its inaugural Mid-Market CEO Leadership award to Chuck Runyon.

Runyon, CEO and co-founder of Minnesota-based Anytime Fitness, has had some extremely successful and profitable ideas in his time at Anytime, like keys or security devices to members so they can work out 24/7, and franchising instead of expanding (99% of the more than 2,300 locations around the world are franchises).

The magazine also recognized Anytime's ROEI (return on emotional investment) philosophy as one of the reasons for the company's success.

For more on the award, visit Chief Executive magazine.


And, check back at next week for a more detailed story and interview with Runyon.


Boston non-profit honored by Anytime Fitness

A Boston non-profit that hopes to reduce violence and promote achievement among urban youth was recognized at the Anytime Fitness annual conference.

InnerCity Weightlifting was awarded the 2i (to inspire) award, which comes with a $2,500 award and 10 personal training scholarships from the American Council on Exercise.

“Each year we honor an organization or individual who exemplifies the Anytime Fitness mission of improving the self-esteem of the world,” said Chuck Runyon, CEO and co-founder of Anytime Fitness. “The positive influence that InnerCity Weightlifting has on young people is life-changing. In bestowing our ‘2i’ award upon the organization, we hope to raise awareness of the important work that they are doing so that others will be moved to act in a similar fashion.”

InnerCity Weightlifting works with high-risk youth with hopes to reduce violence by getting students off the streets and into the gym.

ESPN recently featured InnerCity. Click here to see the video.


Anytime Fitness Wants to Know: Could you survive on $35 a week? 

Chuck Runyon, left, and Dave MortensenAnytime Fitness Wants to Know: Could you survive on $35 a week? Last April, CBI told you about Chuck Runyon’s and Dave Montensen’s appearance on Secret Millionaire, the ABC-TV reality series. The cofounders of Anytime Fitness, the global fitness franchise, spent a week living and working in a poor neighborhood in Oklahoma City—learning about the community, themselves, and even their own business. One of the things they discovered was how hard it is to eat well on $35 a week. What they did next to raise public awareness about this problem in inner-city areas … well, CBI didn’t tell you about. But CBI Unbound does!

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Anytime Fitness Still Has a Secret or Two!

Two months ago, in the April issue of CBI, we piqued your curiosity with a cover story headlined “Anytime Fitness Has a ‘Secret.’” The feature article was about Chuck Runyon and Dave Mortensen, two of the cofounders of Anytime Fitness, the Hastings, Minnesota-based franchise company, who, last August, were involved in the filming of an episode of Secret Millionaire. Unfortunately, Runyon and Mortensen were forbidden, by ABC-TV, from discussing factual details about what they’d done until after the episode of Secret Millionaire had aired. Well, it finally did—a week ago Sunday! So now, we’re free to tell you a little bit more about their life-changing adventure.

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