Anytime Fitness, the fast-growing fitness club franchise, is continuing its international expansion by opening the 4,000th outlet in Shanghai, China.
Furthermore, the company is pursuing plans to open 75 clubs in Morocco over the next 10 years and open at least one gym in Antarctica, which Anytime Fitness says would make it the first franchise in history with locations on all seven continents.
Chuck Runyon, chief executive and co-founder of Anytime Fitness, said: “Our mission is to ‘Improve the self-esteem of the world.’ It may sound like an audacious goal, but we’re very serious about it – 4,000 clubs open in more than 30 countries on all seven continents. Each of those clubs supports a small community of like-minded individuals who are determined to enjoy healthier, happier and more active lifestyles.”
Founded in in the U.S. in 2002, Anytime Fitness opened its first UK outlet in Bristol in 2010 and now has over 140 clubs in the UK, and is aiming to reach 400 by the end of 2020.
Stuart Broster, the UK chief executive said: “Anytime Fitness has always focused on convenience, affordability and a friendly, supportive atmosphere. That will never change and we continually work with our franchisees to expand our programming and benefits for members.”
“Owning a fitness club is becoming an increasingly attractive proposition for entrepreneurs in the UK and we’re confident of meeting our objective of being the largest fitness club provider in the UK.”
Anytime Fitness clubs are open 24-hours-a-day, 365 days a year offering members a convenient fitness option and a friendly, personal service with top-quality exercise equipment. By joining one of its gyms members are able to access all the clubs.
With Runyon’s goal to be operating across seven continents, he enthusiastically adds: “We’ve already begun exploring options for Antarctica. It’s going to happen, and sooner than you might think.”