GREENVILLE, SC—December 1, 2021—9Round Franchising, LLC, finalized plans for future development into South Korea while also extending its Middle East agreement. The first South Korea 9Round location is projected to open in 2022.

“We are thrilled to welcome South Korea to our roster and to continue to expand our presence across the Middle East,” said Shannon Hudson, founder and CEO of 9Round. “We look forward to continuing our close relationship with our Middle Eastern master franchisee and we expect 9Round will be a good fit for South Korea with its appeal to customers, small real estate footprint, efficient business model and proven international scalability.”

According to the master franchise agreement, 9Round intends to open 160 locations throughout the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey ("MENAT") and 40 locations in South Korea over the next several years. There are currently 43 locations operating in the MENAT area, and 9Round projects 200 locations to be open by 2034. “As we 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, both mentally and physically, in 30 minutes,” added Hudson.

In addition to the 17 countries where 9Round is currently open and operating, the brand has secured agreements for future expansion in six additional countries outside of the Middle East and South Korea: Europe, Oman, Egypt, Panama, Indonesia, and Qatar.

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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 nearly 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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