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IHRSA Partners with Michelle Obama and Nick Offerman to Inspire Americans to Get Active

Early this morning, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, a “History of Exercise” video starring First Lady Michelle Obama and former Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman was released to promote the importance of daily physical activity for all Americans.

IHRSA, through its relationship with the President’s Council and the National Foundation on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition played a supporting role in helping to make the video, which underscores the fact that while fitness routines may have changed over the years, the importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle remains.

For many years, the health club industry has allowed citizens to enjoy effective workout routines in safe, welcoming environments supported by encouragement from other like-minded individuals working to achieve similar fitness goals. In the U.S. alone, more than 36,000 health clubs help more than 64 million people meet their daily activity requirements.

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GoodLife Fitness Members can now find their ‘MYZONE’

Leading fitness wearable technology is now available to GoodLife’s 1.25 Million members across Canada 

GoodLife Fitness, Canada’s largest fitness club chain and MYZONE, the leader in wearable fitness technology have teamed up to offer GoodLife members and staff across Canada access to a powerful and innovative fitness monitoring tool the MYZONE MZ-3.

The MYZONE MZ-3 is an interactive physical activity belt that can send users’ real-time readings to large screens around the club or to their smartphone if they are exercising outside. Through a series of personalized, colour-coded tiles, users always know precisely what heart-rate zone they are in during their workout, allowing them to put in optimum effort to obtain maximum results. The large screens are currently in select GoodLife Fitness clubs and will be in locations across the country in the coming months.

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Quadrant Private Equity buys Goodlife Health Clubs

A new holding company called Fitness and Lifestyle Group Pty Ltd (“FLG”) (funded from Quadrant Entities) has today entered a binding agreement to purchase the Goodlife business in Australia..

Chris Hadley, QPE Executive Chaiman and Chairman of FLG, said “we are delighted to join the team at Goodlife, the business fits our investment strategy of bringing together a great brand, strong management team and culture, with industry growth opportunities. We intend to invest significant capital to further grow the business”.

Jonathon Pearce, QPE Partner and a Director of FLG said “The fitness industry that services some 14% of the Australian population, is tipped to follow US trends and grow towards 20% over the next 5 years.  This will provide a signifigant opportunity to expand the Goodlife Health Clubs national footprint and diversify the product offering including the expansion of Hypoxi”.

The acquisition by Quadrant is an exciting opportunity for Goodlife and testament to the successful business strategy led by Goodlife Health Clubs CEO, Greg Oliver, which has seen incredibly strong trends in member growth and retention over the past 18 months.

Greg Oliver stated that “our strategy has been underpinned by a compelling member value proposition executed by our passionate and talented team members” 

“The availability of capital and support from Quadrant will enable our business to further expand its national footprint with a key focus on the NSW market.” Oliver said.

Goodlife Health Clubs strategic direction will continue to remain the same under the new ownership with a focus on exceptional member value. 

For further information on Goodlife Health Clubs, please contact: Jay Baikie, Goodlife Health Clubs Head of Marketing: 0422 275 354


Top Global, U.S. Tennis Executives to Present at TIA Tennis Forum Aug 29

ITF President David Haggerty and USTA President Katrina Adams to address industry gathering as the 2016 US Open gets under way.

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. (Aug. 25, 2016) — The top officials from the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) will speak to hundreds of industry executives at the ninth annual TIA Tennis Forum, which will be held Monday, Aug. 29, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Grand Hyatt New York City, right before play begins at the 2016 US Open.

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Fitness On Demand Recognized as Inc. 5000 Honoree for 2nd Consecutive Year

MINNEAPOLIS (August 17, 2016) - Inc. Magazine, today named Fitness On Demand to its 35th annual list of fastest-growing privately held companies in America for the second consecutive year. Showing a 700% three-year sales growth, Fitness On Demand landed at #559 on the Inc. 5000 list and was named the #7 fastest-growing Minnesota Company.

The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation’s most successful companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success.

“On average, the companies on the list have grown almost five-fold over the past three years. That’s a result most businesses can only dream of,” says Eric Schurenberg, Inc. Media President and Editor in Chief. “As an Inc. 5000 honoree, Fitness On Demand now shares a pedigree with Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, GoPro, Timberland, Clif Bar, Patogonia, Oracle, and other notable alumni.”

Fitness On Demand attributes its rapid growth to an increase in health awareness among consumers and their desire for connectivity and instant access to affordable fitness solutions that complement their busy lives.

“We are honored to be recognized by Inc. Magazine and alongside some of the most innovative companies in the country,” says Fitness On Demand Vice President Garrett Marshall. “Two years in a row of record growth is an impressive accomplishment by our team and acknowledges our customer’s desire for affordable solutions that make fitness more accessible to their consumers.”

About Fitness On Demand

Since 2010, Fitness On Demand has allowed facilities around the world to deliver premium group fitness programs to their users. FODTM virtual fitness kiosks are the perfect addition to fitness facilities, community centers, apartment complexes, schools, hotels, offices, resorts and more. Virtual classes, including kickboxing, yoga, cycling and dance are taught by world-class instructors, from leading brands, and can be played on-demand, or at pre-scheduled times, offering unparalleled flexibility and access to a variety of classes. For more information, visit fitnessondemand247.com