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Gym Source Hires New Director of Commercial Sales

New York, NY [May 19, 2017] Gym Source, America’s leading retailer of premium residential and commercial fitness equipment announced that Dean Bowrosen has joined the company as Director of Commercial Sales. Bowrosen will work closely with Bill Kemnitzer, Gym Source’s Vice President of Commercial Sales, to increase sales to fitness clubs, hotels, multi-housing, and other commercial facilities.

“I am excited about the opportunity to once again work with the talented commercial sales team to grow and strengthen our footprint.” Bowrosen said. “The unique value of Gym Source is that, because we sell multiple brands, we can offer fitness solutions customized to meet the needs of a wide variety of clients.”

“The Gym Source reputation is growing,” said Art Hicks, Gym Source CEO. “We believe that there is no individual more uniquely qualified to help lead that growth than Dean Bowrosen, an industry pro with a proven track record.”

To learn more about Gym Source visit https://www.gymsource.com/

About Gym Source:

Gym Source is the nation’s oldest and largest specialty distributor of fitness equipment. The company has 35 retail locations from Florida to New Hampshire and serves customers in all 50 states and 47 countries. Gym Source offers a full range of fitness products including treadmills, strength training equipment and ellipticals both for commercial and home use. The company takes great pride in its reputation as America’s #1 fitness equipment expert and its exceptional post-sale delivery and customer service. Gym Source has made over 2 million fitness equipment deliveries to its nearly 400,000 customers.


SoulBody Barre is offering 5 scholarships to Group Exercise Professionals who wish to develop themselves professionally and expand the services they offer to help keep their community active and healthy

Baltimore, MD SoulBody is partnering with the Association of Group Exercise Professionals to offer the “Raise the Dumbbell” Group Exercise (GX) Training & Certification Scholarships. Applications are currently being accepted and the winners are to be announced August 10, 2017.

“SoulBody is proud to be participating in this Scholarship Program,” says Co-Founder & Creator, Stacey Vandiver “We think this is an excellent way to spread goodwill in the GX Industry and most importantly help instructors who are touching lives daily to further their skills.”

Applicants are required to submit a short video on why they want to attend the specific training or certification and show why they are the best candidate. Scholarship winners are chosen based on originality, skill and endorsements from their following.

President of the Association of Group Exercise Professionals, Alyette Keldie has a vision, “This program was created to support the GX Industry by offering an opportunity for recognition and career development. This is one way we plan to make a significant impact in the coming years on professionalism of instructors.”

“Group Instructors have been relentless servants to the public to make them feel better physically and emotionally and I think it’s more than the appropriate time to give back to them,” says product manager, Steve Myers of the Athletics and Fitness Association of America.

Visit: www.gxpros.org/raise-the-dumbbell-scholarship for additional details



ATLANTA - Technology is revolutionizing the fitness industry, and FitMetrix is at the forefront of that movement. By harnessing the freedom that technology offers to the member experience, FitMetrix allows health clubs the opportunity to offer tailored services on a fully customizable platform. The user-friendly software transforms the way that fitness facilities interact and understand their members, aiding to overcome the loss of involvement following the natural first quarter fizzle of New Year’s resolutions.

Created by co-founders Monica Dioda and Josh Lloyd, FitMetrix allows health club owners to set up a personalized electronic front desk experience that provides members with the ability to schedule, train and receive real-time tracking of effort and performance all in one place. The platform also provides additional analytics that report back to facilities regarding their members’ preferences and booking habits.

“One of the key opportunities that FitMetrix has tapped into is providing a solution that allows health club members to book and manage reservations on their own terms with a touch of a button,” says Lloyd. “Many clubs have a calendar, but do not possess the ability to allow their members to control their own schedule.”

Healthy Way of Life Company, Life Time® recently partnered with FitMetrix to improve their current system. Utilizing FitMetrix’s ability to transform the Life Time Member experience into a superior service where the user has complete freedom, members are now able to book, cancel, and even use a waitlist option for their classes.

"As a company committed to providing the best experience for our Members before they even walk through our doors, we wanted to create advance reservation capabilities for our popular indoor cycle classes—AMP, EDG and PWR,” said Karl Koutroupas, Director Product Development, Life Time. “Our collaboration allowed for seamless integration with our internal scheduling system, and their ability to quickly deliver enhancement requests and provide insights on best practices and industry trends will further enhance what our members love about our best-in-class programming.”

The state-of-the-art software is completely customizable, which allows brands to tailor the platform to fit their needs. FitMetrix’s services are white labeled, giving owners the ability to brand their leaderboards and front-end systems to provide a seamless user-friendly experience from scheduling to tracking results in real-time. FitMetrix also integrates with ABC Financials and MINDBODY scheduling, among other existing platforms, to provide members easy access to all of their information without leaving their facility’s website.

For more information on FitMetrix, please visit http://www.fitmetrix.io

About FitMetrix

FitMetrix is cutting edge technology that provides gym members real-time tracking of their effort, whether in a class or working out on their own. Founded in 2013 by Monica Dioda and Josh Lloyd, FitMetrix has revolutionized technology in the fitness industry. The state-of-the-art software platform is completely customizable, providing gym owners the opportunity to brand their leaderboards and front-end user system. The platform is also compatible with most heart rate monitor or fitness tracking product, allowing for complete syncing of information no matter the preferred method.


ClubConnect to Power Staff Education for Movati Athletic

(May 17, 2017) San Diego, CA— ClubConnect, the fastest growing club software platform in the fitness industry, is proud to announce that Movati Athletic has joined its platform today. ClubConnect is the leading health club-focused platform that powers the education for the world’s top health clubs. The platform includes certification verification, a fitness-specific LMS, 200 CEC courses, over 10,000 professional award-winning articles, a proprietary education score for each staff member, customized dashboards, a program-design tool, and much more.  

Movati Athletic has joined other top health clubs around the world in making staff education a top priority. Movati Athletic and its 15 club locations is now part of a large group of distinguished health clubs, including LifeTime Fitness, Gold’s Gym, and Anytime Fitness, who have partnered with ClubConnect to power their staff education. The ClubConnect platform currently delivers education to over 4,500 health clubs around the world.  

Sandra Cunha, Learning & Development Director at Movati Athletic, said “Movati Athletic and The Movati Institute of Excellence are excited to partner with ClubConnect in creating a dynamic education space for our teams. ClubConnect will provide our teams with the quality of Learning Management to match the level of training we are providing in person. This addition to our learning cycle will assist in making our employee onboarding and training a seamless and enjoyable experience.”  

“I’m very excited to partner with Movati Athletic and can’t wait to start powering their staff education,” said Jason Davis, President of ClubConnect (an Inspire360 company). “They have a strong dedication to providing high-quality staff education and I’m thrilled that ClubConnect can help them accomplish their goals. Their staff now has access to the best tools and resources in the fitness industry.”

About Inspire360

Inspire360 is dedicated to providing inspired software that is fanatically focused on helping health clubs and organizations in the fitness and wellness industry achieve remarkable things. Originally developed under IDEA Health & Fitness Association, the company builds on decades of experience in the health and fitness industry to deliver world-class software to educate fitness professionals and enhance profits for health clubs. Its two flagship products, ClubConnect and CoursePlus, are used by some of the most respected names in fitness, like the American College of Sports Medicine, EXOS, Lifetime Fitness, and Gold's Gym. For more information, visit www.clubconnect.com.


SoulBody creates BARRE programming for clubs; Expands with new Master Trainer team hires nationwide

Baltimore, MD – SoulBody LLC certifies Group Exercise Instructors in TWO pre-choreographed BARRE programs, SoulBody Barre, using the Ballet Barre, and SoulBody Barre “Unhitched”, using a weighted bar in replace of the ballet barre. SoulBody’s classes brings that “boutique-barre” experience to group exercise with NO LICENSING FEES to clubs.

SoulBody co-owners and co-creators Ann Marie Barbour and Stacey Vandiver train, choreograph and film quarterly releases out of the Under Armour’s Performance Center in Baltimore, Maryland and have seen tremendous success in clubs with multiple locations like Under Armour Performance Centers, Merritt Clubs, Brick Bodies, Gold’s Gyms across the USA as well as Fitness First in the UK. Classes can also be found in smaller clubs and studios where programming is sought after.

“SoulBody has cornered the barre certification market with progressive choreography set to dynamic music that is keeping clubs ahead of the curve”, says Vandiver.

SoulBody is excited to announce multiple Master Trainer hires to conduct the one-day/nine-hour instructor certifications as well as new Sales Representative hires to help lead the charge in expansion. SoulBody offers CECS through NASM and AFAA.

I'm a Group Fitness Manager at a large Gold's Gym as well as a Master Trainer and Instructor for SoulBody Barre, and after switching to this program last year our numbers have gone up and our Barre classes are now on par with our MOSSA programs.”, says Gold’s Gym Program Director, Jennifer Brown.

Program Director, Devon Dohony of Merritt Clubs says “We are at capacity with most of SoulBody’s classes. Which is not a bad problem to have!”

“SoulBody Barre classes are a total body workout and I have reached muscles that I have never felt before! Members are loving the class and keep coming back for more!!”, says Hannah Gates, lead SoulBody Instructor for Fitness First UK.

Visit www.soulbodyonline.com for more information.