GREENVILLE, SC—May 3, 2021—9Round Franchising, LLC, the world’s largest kickboxing franchise, is the winner of the 2021 Global Franchise Award for Best Fitness Franchise.

“After such a challenging and unconventional year, we are humbled and honored to receive this award,” said Shannon Hudson, Founder and CEO of 9Round. “This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our franchisees, home office team and master developers and franchise partners across the globe helping us to achieve our international franchising goals.”

As the only awards of their kind that focus solely on international franchising, the Global Franchise Awards, now in its fourth year, seek to honor the most exceptional franchise brands representing all categories according to analysis of their overseas ambition, strong franchisee support, a strong marketing campaign and an overall willingness to advance the cause of franchising itself.

9Round came out of 2020 a stronger organization with a new partnership with the world’s largest retailer, Walmart; the launch of an official app, 9RoundNOW, that provides on-demand, trainer-led kickboxing style workouts; growth of the international network to two more countries; and a bolstered executive team at headquarters.

“As we seek new opportunities in 2021 and continue to grow the brand’s presence, it’s only a matter of time before people in all corners of the world can access 9Round to become ‘stronger in 30 minutes,’” added Hudson.

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About 9Round

Founded in 2008 by professional kickboxer Shannon Hudson and his wife, Heather, 9Round is the world’s largest kicking boxing franchise both in gyms and online that brings kickboxing fitness training to the average person in a 30-minute, trainer-guided, full-body circuit format. The program is developed around a proprietary and copyrighted system of nine challenging workout stations created by Shannon himself. Since the workouts occur on a continuous circuit throughout the day, there are no scheduled class times. Members utilize 9ROUND PULSE, the brand’s wearable heart rate technology, to track effort, heart rate, calories burned and workout time during each 9Round session. In 2020, the brand launched 9RoundNOW, an official app that provides on-demand trainer-led workouts via video instruction by 9Round’s team of professional trainers. Today, there are over 700 9Round locations open and operating throughout 41 states and in 17 countries including Canada, Costa Rica, Australia, Guatemala, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mexico, Ecuador, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States. For more information, please visit

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