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Fitness World Purchases Fresh Fitness Denmark

Henrik Rossing (left) and Rasmus Ingerslev (right)On Friday, December 19, Fitness World, the leading chain in Denmark purchased Fresh Fitness, Denmark. As a result, the two-fastest growing Danish fitness chains in Denmark are now under the same ownership. As CEO of Fitness World, Per Lyngbak Nielsen said, "It's like having Messi and Ronaldo playing on the same team". He adds, "Over the past 9 years, we have been able to secure a very strong market position in Denmark, and with the acquisition of Fresh Fitness (Denmark), we have an even broader range of services and competencies we can use as a platform for international growth."
Fresh Fitness Denmark was owned by Health & Fitness Nordic (HFN) and a group of investors led by IHRSA board member Rasmus Ingerslev. Ingerslev will serve with Henrik Rossing, the founder, majority shareholder and Chairman of Fitness World.
"The timing of the sale was good for both parties, and on a personal note, I am looking forward to working with new and old colleagues in my role as Vice Chairman on the board of Fitness World," said Ingerslev.
Fresh Fitness Norway and Sweden, owned by Health & Fitness Nordic remain unchanged. Read the full news release here...

New IHRSA members come from all over

Each month IHRSA welcomes its new members by listing them in CBI magazine.

Club names, contacts, addresses and contact information are usually listed. This is a great opportunity for current members to reach out to their peers, or maybe even neighbors. 

Crunch, in California, New York, Pennsylvania and Florida, and Fitness World in Denmark dominate the list but, of course, all are equally important to us.

Check out the most recent list in CBI.


Polessky to receive first Canadian leadership award

Henry Polessky, the fitness icon who passed away in January, has been named as the inaugural recipient of the Canadian Fitness Leadership Award, given by the Fitness Industry Council of Canada.

The award will be presented posthumously during the Canadian Forum on Thursday, March 13, 1:30 p.m., at IHRSA 2014 33rd Annual International Convention & Trade Show. His contribution to the industry will also be recognized during the Canadian VIP Reception at 6 p.m. the same day.

Polessky was involved in the fitness industry for six decades, most notably launching Fitness World in 1978 and expanding to 13 locations throughout British Columbia. He was also very active in FIC of Canada.

“Henry was one of the industry's all-around good guys," said Joe Moore, IHRSA president and CEO. "The news of his passing was difficult for the IHRSA staff, who have wonderful memories of his humor and thoughtfulness.”

Check out the Fitness Industry Council website for more information.




Fitness industry pioneer Henry Polessky dies photoOne of the biggest names in the fitness industry has died. Henry Polessky, the founder of Fitness World, passed away on Jan. 10. He was 74. 

Fitness World was started in 1978 and grew to 13 locations. In 2009, Steve Nash Fitness Clubs took over the brand, with Polessky staying on as an advior.

"Henry was seminal in the development of this organization, he was a great advisor to the organization, and he showed true pride and dedication in his work in the fitness industry," said Steve Nash President and CEO Don Harbich, on, a Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, news Website. "His passing is a loss not only to the company but to our entire community. He will be greatly missed.”

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