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Monday
May222017

FITMETRIX PROVIDES CUSTOMIZED FITNESS EXPERIENCE TO LARGE FORMAT HEALTH CLUBS

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.

Wednesday
May172017

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.

Tuesday
May162017

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.

Thursday
May112017

FiTOUR Signs on as ClubConnect Education Partner

(May 11, 2017) San Diego, CAClubConnect is proud to announce that FiTOUR is now a ClubConnect Education Partner. By signing onto the ClubConnect education platform, FiTOUR has demonstrated its dedication to health club education. Through ClubConnect’s advanced learning management system, FiTOUR will provide certification prep materials for Group Exercise, Personal Training, Indoor Cycling, Pilates, Aqua and Yoga.

Fitness professionals at over 4,500 health clubs around the world can now use the FiTOUR certification prep materials to improve upon their skills. These materials can be accessed by ClubConnect users via their dashboards starting today.

In addition to FiTOUR, other world-class education companies including EXOS, Gray Institute, ACSM, and TRX use the ClubConnect proprietary learning management system to deliver their industry-leading education.

“FiTOUR is proud to partner with ClubConnect and be among other world class organizations,” said Robert Ottis, CEO and Founder of FiTOUR. “FiTOUR is happy to share the mission to educate fitness professionals and inspire action toward healthy goals.  We are committed to providing affordable fitness and wellness education.  FiTOUR is dedicated to the betterment of the fitness industry as a whole; and to all Fitness Professionals and their clients who need leaders.”

President of ClubConnect (an Inspire360 company), Jason Davis, said “I’m very excited to welcome FiTOUR to the ClubConnect platform. Their excellent education is a great asset to ClubConnect and is now featured in the education hub for the world’s largest and most successful health clubs. By including their education on ClubConnect, fitness professionals at over 4,500 locations will have full access to their certification prep.”

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.inspire360inc.com.

Thursday
May112017

Personal20 Electro Fitness Boutique Studios opened its first unit in Silicon Oasis, Dubai this Sunday.

After Washington DC, Portugal and Spain, this is the first unit in Dubai.   Two more units will open in the UAE in June: Dubai Jumeirah and Abu Dhabi Mushrif Mall.

All staff are from Europe: The manager Liana from Ukraine, the female Personal Trainer Laura is from the UK and the male Personal Trainer Tomas is from Check Republic.

Personal20 Silicon Oasis has 2 studios, one for men and one for women.

Sara Al Sulaimani, sister of the UAE  Master Franchisee cut the ribbon. Also present was the franchisee Shinju Josh and the co-founder of Personal20 Pedro Ruiz.

The Master Franchise contract was signed in January at the Portuguese Ambassador´s residency in Abu Dhabi.

This training method has been used for over 30 years by professional and amateur athletes and it highly regarded by doctors and physiotherapists in Europe.

Now Fitness Professionals can deliver a whole body electronic muscle stimulation (EMS) workout with all the benefits of increasing strength, body-shaping, and back-pain relief.  This technology has been used for several years in Germany, Spain, Belgium and Hungary. 

Naturally our muscles achieve movement when the brain sends electrical impulses.  Wearing a special suit set with 10 pairs of electrodes, EMS also sends electrical impulses to our muscles.  Highly effective results can be obtained when combined with exercise.

The training is very versatile with 3 different impulses.  Low impulse stimulates blood circulation and the lymphatic system.  This is effective for muscle relaxation and cellulite elimination.  The medium impulse is appropriate for cardio fitness training with muscles contracting and relaxing.  The high impulse reaches deep muscle tissues not easily reached by conventional exercises.  Used for muscle building, toning, weight loss and recovery after childbirth.