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Snap Fitness/Lift Brands Named One of Franchise Times 2014 Dealmakers of the Year

By: Snap Fitness

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.,- Franchise Times named Snap Fitness/Lift Brands and their Founder/CEO Peter Taunton a Dealmaker of the Year this week in Las Vegas. The annual award recognizes the 12 boldest businesses that attained excellence in buying and selling companies to drive sustainable growth.

 

Since Taunton founded the company in 2003, Snap Fitness has flourished into one of the world’s leading fitness franchises. Snap Fitness currently has 2,000 clubs open or in development in 15 countries. In the past year, the company made key acquisitions in 9Round and STEELE Fitness. 9Round has expanded both domestically and internationally; the kickboxing franchise has doubled in locations in the past year.

 

“It’s an honor to be recognized by Franchise Times,” Taunton said. “I’m looking forward to continuing to grow franchise options for the many entrepreneurs who are passionate about owning their own business in the health and wellness space.”

 

This February, Taunton launched Lift Brands, a parent company to popular wellness brands: Snap Fitness, 9Round, Fitness On Demand, STEELE Fitness, and Kosama.

 

About Lift Brands
Lift Brands Elevated Wellness Companies is the largest wellness franchise organization in the world with 3,000 clubs open or in development in 15 countries. Propelled by six fitness companies, Lift Brands has served 165 million workouts and counting. The organization consists of Snap Fitness, 9Round, Fitness On Demand, Kosama, and STEELE 365. Peter Taunton leads Lift Brands, bringing more than 30 years of experience to the fitness sector. For more information, please visit www.liftbrands.com

 

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Snap Fitness Asks Americans to Get Moving In Support of National Public Health Week

By: Snap Fitness

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.,- Snap Fitness, the world's leading 24/7 fitness franchise, is giving Americans the opportunity to jumpstart a healthier lifestyle by offering a nationwide "Get Fit Week." To coincide with National Public Health Week, guests get seven days of free workouts at Snap Fitness starting April 7.

 

"When you consider that physical inactivity costs Americans $75 billion a year*, we want to do our part at Snap Fitness to help change the culture of sedentary living across America," said Snap Fitness CEO and Founder Peter Taunton. "We are offering a complimentary week at Snap Fitness to get people moving and to provide the tools to start leading healthier lives."

 

To sign up for your complimentary seven-day pass, guests must:

 

-Visit snapfitness.com/gymweek
-Enter a zip code to find the nearest Snap Fitness location
-Click the button "Get Your Seven Day Pass"
-Fill out the form 
-A local Snap Fitness club will contact each participant to complete the process 


About Snap Fitness
With more than 2,000 clubs open or in development in 15 countries, Snap Fitness is one of the world's largest 24/7 fitness franchises. Founded in 2003 by Peter Taunton, Snap Fitness is dedicated to providing members with more value than any other health club and entrepreneurs an opportunity with turnkey systems, financing options with low investments and world-class support. For more information, please visit www.snapfitness.com

 

About Lift Brands
Lift Brands Elevated Wellness Companies is the world's largest wellness franchise organization with more than 3,000 clubs open or in development in 15 countries. Propelled by six fitness companies, Lift Brands has served 165 million workouts and counting. The organization consists of Snap Fitness, 9Round, Fitness On Demand, Kosama, and STEELE 365. Peter Taunton leads Lift Brands, bringing more than 30 years of experience to the fitness sector. For more information, please visit www.liftbrands.com

 

*Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2009

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Lift Brands Continues Global Growth Initiative with Snap and 9Round Leading the Way on International Expansion Opportunities

By: Snap Fitness

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., - Lift Brands, the largest health and wellness franchise company in the world, announced plans to increase its international franchise footprint in 2014 and beyond and has hired Scott Schubiger as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Franchise Development to lead both the domestic and global expansion efforts.


"Lift Brands is focused on growing our family of brands around the world especially the Snap Fitness 24/7 and 9Round brands and we're aggressively looking to attract new master franchisees who can operate a high number of clubs simultaneously around the world," said Lift Brands founder and CEO Peter Taunton. "We're excited to have Scott's expertise added to the mix as we expand our portfolio of franchise brands and take them around the world."

 

Snap Fitness currently has more than 2,000 clubs already open and operating in 15 countries and has master agreements signed in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Egypt and Mexico. In addition, Snap recently acquired a significant investment stake in 9Round, a rapidly expanding kickboxing franchise that grew from 30 clubs to more than 100 in 2013 with an additional 200 openings planned for 2014. International expansion for 9Round is planned for Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and Canada in 2014.

Prior to his role with Lift Brands, Schubiger handled worldwide franchise development for Rita's Franchise Company, after spending five years at Realogy Corporation, where he was responsible for the U.S. expansion of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate from its launch in 2008.


In February 2014, Lift Brands was introduced as a parent company to a family of fitness-focused brands, which includes Snap Fitness, 9Round, Fitness on Demand, STEELE 365 and Kosama.


About Lift Brands

Lift Brands elevated wellness companies is the largest wellness franchise organization in the world with 2,900 clubs open or in development, in 15 countries, with 400 employees, 1.5 million members and system wide revenue of over $650 million. Lift Brands offers entrepreneurs around the globe a fitness option for most price points from $60k up to $250k.

 

Lift Brands was originated by Peter Taunton, who brings more than 30 years of experience to the fitness and franchising space.

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Snap Fitness Announces Parent Company, Lift Brands

By: Snap Fitness

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., - Snap Fitness announced today that it has established a parent company called Lift Brands as an umbrella organization for its growing number of fitness concepts, which currently include Snap Fitness, 9Round, Kosama, STEELE 365 and Fitness on Demand.


"We are growing at a tremendous rate with start-ups and acquisitions, and needed to establish a company that reflected our elevated thinking, services, growth potential and variety of concept offerings," said Peter Taunton, founder of Snap Fitness and CEO of Lift Brands. "In addition to the wide range of offerings that currently exist under the Lift Brands name, we'll be adding several more concepts in the near future. Lift Brands is the go-to company for health and wellness franchises."


With member satisfaction at the core of its operating philosophy, Lift Brands is laser-focused on offering club owners a variety of options to own their dream business with a model that will be lucrative for franchisees. Taunton has established a formula for success by helping companies streamline all aspects of their business including financing, construction, marketing, accounting, legal and more.


"It's easy to get passionate about owning your own business in the health and wellness space, but considering that three out of four start-ups fail the odds are against success," Taunton said. "Lift Brands works with the most promising companies in this industry and provides systems that are proven within our formula to work. We're not only about helping the franchisee survive, but thrive."


The Lift Brands portfolio currently includes:


Snap Fitness – founded in 2003, Snap has grown to approximately 2,000 clubs open or in development in 15 countries with more than one million members. The 24/7 gyms are dedicated to providing members with a quality, convenient and results-driven fitness solution.


9Round – is quickly becoming one of the country's fastest-growing kickboxing franchises. 9Round offers 30-minute, high-intensity circuit training that combines kickboxing, traditional boxing and strength work. In the past year, 9Round has grown from 37 units to more than 100. An additional 200 clubs are in development and will open in 2014. 9Round also plans to expand to Mexico, Australia and New Zealand in 2014.


Kosama – founded in 2010. The 3,500 to 5,000 square-foot clubs feature an eight-week body transformation program that includes personalized group fitness classes in a full-body boot camp model. Kosama guarantees results with a money back option for members.


Fitness on Demand – offers a solution to clubs, hotels and anyone interested in providing a group fitness option to guests without hiring staff or needing a lot of space. Through touchscreen kiosks, Fitness on Demand provides hundreds of video workout options from kickboxing to cycling to yoga, dance and more.


STEELE 365 – Located in Minnesota, STEELE 365 is an advanced fitness club concept that has elevated the typical 24/7 model by combining the high-touch look, feel, and service of personal trainers with convenience and affordability. In addition, the clubs offer a limited number of memberships to maintain exclusivity and avoid over-crowding.

 

About Lift Brands:
Lift Brands elevated wellness companies is the largest wellness franchise organization in the world with 2,900 clubs open or in development, in 15 countries, with 400 employees and 1.5 million members. Lift Brands offers franchisees around the globe fitness options for most price points from $60,000 up to $250,000. Lift Brand is lead by Peter Taunton, who brings more than 30 years of experience in the fitness sector to his role as majority owner and founder. For more information go to www.liftbrands.com.

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Snap Fitness Poised for Accelerated Growth with New Investment

By: Snap Fitness

CHANHASSEN, Minn., -Snap Fitness, Inc. ("Snap"), one of the world's leading health and wellness brands with approximately 2,000 clubs open or under development in 15 countries, announced that it has taken on an investment from TZP Capital Partners II, L.P. ("TZP"), a private equity fund focused on investments in U.S.-based lower middle market business and consumer services companies.

 

"This new investment positions us to build on the dramatic success we have enjoyed over the last few years. Going forward, we couldn't have a better partner than TZP," said Peter Taunton, Founder, President and CEO of Snap. "With more than a million members in 15 countries and 20-25 new clubs added monthly, we feel confident that the future of health and wellness will be driven by no-contract, 24/7 programs like ours—programs that balance best-in-class fitness products with cutting-edge nutritional consultation while offering guaranteed results. This is an exciting time for us."


In addition to strong brands with attractive offerings, Taunton attributes the firm's stellar growth to the response of the business community. "Making the transition to owning a business as easy as possible and making financing available to prospective franchisees will continue to be an important part of our strategy."


"We are thrilled that Peter chose to partner with the TZP team in our first investment by TZP Capital Partners II. Snap Fitness is a recognized leader in the health and wellness marketplace and we believe that the company's platform will allow it to continually enhance its current family of fitness brands, as well as develop new health and wellness brands for its customer base," said TZP's Managing Partner, Samuel L. Katz. "With an extremely strong management team led by Peter and our significant expertise in helping to grow multiple franchised brands, we believe we can build on Snap's strong foundation of high quality, targeted fitness concepts that provide franchisees with a compelling reason to be independent business owners within the Snap Fitness system."


About Snap Fitness, Inc.

Founded in 2003 by CEO and President Peter Taunton, Snap has won tremendous popularity and market share within the healthy lifestyle arena. The firm offers consumers guaranteed results by blending convenient, effective and affordable fitness concepts—24-hour health clubs, kickboxing-based 30-minute fitness clubs, group fitness/boot camp workout clubs and high-end personal training—with quality nutritional consultation. Snap's portfolio of brands includes Snap Fitness, Kosama, 9Round Fitness and STEELE Fitness, all offered on a no-contract basis, with full access to locations worldwide. Snap has also been recognized as a technology leader thanks to in-club tracking and training innovations and more. The Chanhassen, Minnesotabased franchisor, which is dedicated to providing consumers as well as franchisees with superior value, is experiencing phenomenal growth with nearly 2,000 clubs worldwide and approximately 20-25 new clubs added monthly. For more information, please visit www.snapfitness.com

 

About TZP Group

Founded in 2007, TZP Group LLC is a private equity firm focused on control investments in business and consumer services companies with enterprise values generally between $50 million and $250 million. TZP targets companies with solid historical profitability and sustainable value propositions, and seeks to be a "partner of choice" for business owners and management teams. TZP is focused on business and consumer services verticals where the firm's investment professionals have significant operating and transaction experience. These include: franchising, outsourced business and IT services, marketing and media services, travel and hospitality services, real estate services and specialty finance. TZP has over $500 million of capital under management and is currently investing out of its second committed fund. For more information, please visit www.tzpgroup.com.

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Snap Fitness Acquires Minnesota-based STEELE Fitness with Plans to Implement Personal Training Platform

By: Snap Fitness

CHANHASSEN, Minn., – Snap Fitness, the world’s leading franchisor of 24/7 express fitness centers, today announced the acquisition of STEELE Fitness, the high-end personal training company based in Golden Valley, Minn.

In an effort to bolster their value added services and provide consistent personal training options across all locations, Snap Fitness will begin rolling out the STEELE Fitness personal training model in September in the Minneapolis market, with plans to build in the tier-one markets nationally and internationally in 2014.

“This acquisition allows us to both further differentiate the Snap Fitness brand by providing premium personal training offered by STEELE Fitness, giving our members with even more value for their money,” said Peter Taunton, CEO and Founder of Snap Fitness. “With this acquisition we are on our way to building the largest personal training network in the world.”

Founded in 2003 and franchising since 2004, Snap Fitness remains one of the world’s fastest growing franchisor of 24/7 express fitness centers, with nearly 1,500 locations.

“Creating a high-quality, streamlined personal training program that translates on a global scale is something that has never been done before in our industry” added Taunton. “This acquisition will allow us to do exactly that, providing members with the best experience and results, no matter where they choose to work out.”

While Snap Fitness offers the same quality equipment as traditional health clubs, the booming brand is setting industry standards by focusing on complete member wellness and providing a host of products and services designed to give members better results and more value for their money. By offering one-on-one instruction, nutritional guidance, and the latest innovative fitness technology in the industry, Snap Fitness gives customers a complete wellness solution.

About Snap Fitness, Inc.
With a focus on providing members with fast, convenient and affordable workouts in clean, comfortable locations that are close to home, Snap Fitness is experiencing phenomenal growth with nearly 1,500 clubs worldwide and approximately 15-20 new clubs added monthly. Founded in 2003 by CEO Peter Taunton, the Chanhassen, Minn.-based franchisor is dedicated to providing members with more value than any other health club. For more information, please visit www.snapfitness.com.

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Snap Fitness Moves up 1,205 Spots on the 2013 Inc. 500|5000 List

By: Snap Fitness

CHANHASSEN, Minn., – For the fifth consecutive year, Snap Fitness has been ranked on the annual Inc. 500|5000 list, which presents an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. With an 84 percent three-year sales growth, the world’s leading franchisor of 24/7 express fitness centers, moved up 1,205 spots on the list to #3,608 from its 2012 rank of #4,813.

“As we continue to expand both domestically and internationally, recognition such as the Inc. ranking is helpful validation that our more affordable and convenient gym model remains attractive for multiple customer segments as well as investors,” said Snap Fitness Founder and CEO Peter Taunton.

The Inc. 500|5000 list represents a comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Snap Fitness joins LivingSocial, Edible Arrangements, CDW and Lifelock, among other prominent brands featured on this year’s list.

In a stagnant economic environment, median growth rate of 2013 Inc. 500|5000 companies is an impressive 142 percent. The companies on this year’s list report having created over 520,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $241 billion.

"Not all the companies in the Inc. 500 | 5000 are in glamorous industries, but in their fields they are as famous as household name companies simply by virtue of being great at what they do. They are the hidden champions of job growth and innovation, the real muscle of the American economy,” said Inc. Editor Eric Schurenberg.

While Snap Fitness offers the same quality equipment as traditional health clubs, the booming brand is setting industry standards by focusing on complete member wellness and providing a host of products and services designed to give members better results and more value for their money. By scaling down in size and eliminating unnecessary amenities such as swimming pools and racquetball courts, Snap Fitness offers customers a quality, affordable workout with strong emphasis on customer service and convenience.

About Snap Fitness, Inc.
By combining the industry’s best workout experience with value-added tools and services such as custom nutrition profiles, online meal planning, personal training and more, Snap Fitness has quickly become the world’s leading fitness franchise. Founded in 2003 by CEO Peter Taunton, the Chanhassen, Minn.-based franchise currently has over 2,400 locations sold worldwide, and continues to add 10-15 new locations each month. For more information, please visit www.snapfitness.com.

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Snap Fitness Brings Rolling Strong™ to Pilot Flying J Travel Center in Lebanon

By: Snap Fitness

CHANHASSEN, Minn., – Snap Fitness, the world’s fastest-growing franchisor of 24/7 express fitness centers, partnered with Rolling Strong™, the leader in health and wellness for professional drivers, to offer an easy-in, easy-out workout concept at numerous Pilot Flying J locations nationwide. On the heels of the overwhelming success of the first location in Dallas, Texas, the next Rolling Strong gym will celebrate its grand opening on January 31, 2013, at the Pilot Travel Center in Lebanon, Tennessee.

“The Snap Fitness Rolling Strong gyms are designed to accommodate the trucking community and those who travel frequently for business or vacation, so they can get the workouts they need quickly and conveniently,” said Peter Taunton, CEO and Founder of Snap Fitness. “We hope these express fitness centers will help thousands of daily travelers achieve their fitness goals and get better results while on the road.”

Located at 921 Murfreesboro Road, just off Interstate 40 in Lebanon, the newest Snap Fitness Rolling Strong location will boast the same world-class staff, instructors, trainers, and top-of-the-line fitness equipment found at the Dallas location, including treadmills, ellipticals, leg machines, chest machines, dumbbells, and a bench press to name a few.

“Pilot Flying J understands the challenge professional drivers face in maintaining a healthy lifestyle while on the road,” said Pilot Flying J CEO John Compton. “That’s why we are pleased to partner with Snap Fitness and Rolling Strong to provide convenient workout locations to help drivers improve their health and fitness.”

Each Snap Fitness Rolling Strong gym, located at a Pilot Flying J travel center or travel plaza, is staffed by fitness professionals and includes a variety of top-of-the-line fitness equipment. Monthly gym dues are $19.95 for the trucking community, which provides access to the Snap Fitness Rolling Strong gyms as well as any of the 1,300 Snap Fitness clubs worldwide. Family membership options for the trucking community are available as well. Current Snap Fitness club members are also able to use the amenities at the Snap Fitness Rolling Strong gyms at no extra charge.

“The opening of the Lebanon, TN location is another step towards delivering driver-designed and driver-delivered health and wellness solutions for the true “road athletes” out there on the road,” said Bob Perry, “The Trucker Trainer™” and President of Rolling Strong. “Rolling Strong is proud to be working with Snap Fitness and Pilot Flying J to bring these tools to reality.”

Visit www.snapfitnessrollingstrong.com for more information and to learn more about locations and amenities.

About Rolling Strong
Rolling Strong™ is the leader in driver wellness providing the only driver wellness program that is driver-designed and delivered to drivers where they work and live, on the road. Rolling Strong is on a mission to educate drivers and share life-changing products and services to help them while on the road. By providing transportation companies and their drivers as well as owner operators with in-terminal and on the road wellness programs, drivers finally have access to a wellness program that makes sense for them. Personalized wellness programs include Rolling Strong driver health and wellness checks at client terminals, access to a national network of retail clinics for bio screening and discounted acute care, DOT compliance, driver fitness programs, wellness kits and telephonic health coaching. For more information about Rolling Strong™, call 888-506-6079 or visitwww.rollingstrong.com.

 

About Snap Fitness, Inc.
With a focus on providing members with fast, convenient and affordable workouts in clean, comfortable locations that are close to home, Snap Fitness is experiencing phenomenal growth with nearly 1,400 clubs worldwide and some 15-20 new clubs added monthly. Founded in 2003 by CEO Peter Taunton, the Chanhassen, Minn.-based franchisor is dedicated to providing members with more value than any other health club. For more information, please visit www.snapfitness.com.

 

About Pilot Flying J
Pilot Flying J is committed to making life better for America’s drivers. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Pilot Flying J has over 650 retail locations and is the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America. It is ranked by Forbes as the sixth largest private company in America. The Pilot Flying J network provides customers with access to over 60,000 parking spaces for trucks, over 4,400 showers and over 4,000 diesel lanes, of which over 2,700 offer DEF at the pump. Pilot Logistics Services is one of the largest independent energy logistics companies in North America, selling and distributing over 1.3 billion gallons of refined petroleum products and serving over 15,000 customers. Together, Pilot Flying J and Pilot Logistics Services employ over 25,000 people and generate sales of 9 billion gallons of petroleum annually. Visit www.pilotflyingj.com for more information.

 

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Snap Fitness Names Mike Grunklee Corporate Controller

By: Snap Fitness

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., – Snap Fitness, the fastest growing franchisor of 24/7 express fitness centers, announces the appointment of Mike Grunklee as Corporate Controller.

In this position, Grunklee will oversee the day-to-day financial operations of Snap Fitness. He will also oversee the same operations for Kosama Complete Body Transformation, a group fitness franchise acquired by Snap Fitness in early 2012.

"We are excited to welcome Mike’s strong experience and deep understanding of accounting and control systems to Snap Fitness,” said founder and CEO Peter Taunton. “His hiring adds additional depth to an already strong finance and accounting team. He brings a wealth of financial management experience to this role, and I am delighted he has joined our team."

Prior to joining Snap Fitness, Grunklee served as the Corporate Controller at Delphax Technologies, a global leader in the print solutions industry. Before this he spent more than 12 years as an Audit Director at McGladrey, the fifth largest U.S. provider of assurance, tax and consulting services.

Grunklee earned degrees in accounting and management information systems from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

About Snap Fitness, Inc.
With a focus on providing members with fast, convenient and affordable workouts in clean, comfortable locations that are close to home, Snap Fitness is experiencing phenomenal growth with nearly 1,400 clubs worldwide and some 15-20 new clubs added monthly. Founded in 2003 by CEO Peter Taunton, the Chanhassen, Minn.-based franchisor is dedicated to providing members with more value than any other health club. For more information, please visit www.snapfitness.com.

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Snap Fitness ‘Flexes Muscle’ with 100th Club Opening and 100,000 Members in Australia and New Zealand

By: Snap Fitness

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Over the last three years, Snap Fitness, the fastest growing franchisor of 24/7 express fitness centers, has expanded its footprint in Australia and New Zealand at a record breaking pace.

Having opened their first location in Australia in 2009, the fastest growing franchise system featuring compact, state-of-the-art fitness centers, recently opened its 100th club and has developed a membership base of over100,000—which continues to grow rapidly.

“There’s incredible demand for affordable and convenient health and fitness clubs,” said CEO and Founder of Snap Fitness, Peter Taunton. “We were confident that the Snap Fitness brand would see the same explosive growth in Australia and New Zealand as it has experienced across other countries, and the opening of our 100th location is a testament to that belief.”

With that ambition, Snap is starting to attract celebrity athletes like Jonathon Brown, of the Brisbane Lions, and former Australian Olympian, Sam Riley, as franchisees.  In addition, the company plans to open a total of 250 – 350 new locations over the course of the next five years.  

“We offer a fitness product that gives members the basics and screams value,” added Taunton. “People are always drawn to value. It’s a strong word in this industry and it gets undermined often.”

While Snap Fitness offers the same quality equipment as traditional health clubs, the booming brand is setting industry standards by focusing on complete member wellness and providing a host of products and services designed to give members better results and more value for their money.

By scaling down in size and eliminating unnecessary amenities such as swimming pools and racquetball courts – a typical installation ranges from 300-400 square meters – Snap Fitness offers customers a quality, affordable workout with strong emphasis on customer service and convenience. Members pay month-to-month and can easily cancel their gym memberships or put them on hold without penalty. There are no contracts.

Founded in the United States in 2003, Snap Fitness has grown to more than 1,300 locations throughout 47 states and internationally into Canada, India, the UK, and Mexico.  In addition, the company recently signed deals to expand into Egypt, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines.

For more information or to learn how to open a Snap Fitness Franchise, please visit http://www.snapfitness.com.au/.

About Snap Fitness, Inc.
By combining the industry’s best workout experience with value-added tools and services such as custom nutrition profiles, online meal planning, personal training and more, Snap Fitness has quickly become the world’s leading fitness franchise. Founded in 2003 by CEO Peter Taunton, the Chanhassen, Minn.-based franchise currently has over 2,400 locations sold worldwide, and continues to add 10-15 new locations each month. For more information, please visit www.snapfitness.com.

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