Snap Fitness Allows Non-Members to Muscle in on “easyFIT” Program

06/15/2011

CONTACT: PATRICK STRAIT, SNAP FITNESS, 952-567-5892, PSTRAIT@SNAPFITNESS.COM

CHANHASSEN, Minn., – Snap Fitness, the world’s fastest-growing franchisor of 24/7 express fitness centers, recently made “easyFIT,” its proprietary personal wellness system, available to non-club members.

The easyFIT personal wellness program includes a small fitness monitor that attaches to a consumer’s hip, but unlike a common step counter, it tracks activity intensity, duration and calorie burn. These factors are calculated into one numerical score based on the user’s height, weight, age and gender, along with how much oxygen and energy he or she expends when in motion.

The device then transmits the calculations to a personalized website, found at www.mysnapfitness.com that Snap Fitness members, and now non-members, can access. The website offers online support tools to help users choose the right exercise and meal plan, track their activity and participate in fitness challenges with other users.

“The appeal of easyFIT is how its sophisticated accelerometer technology tracks your speed, how hard your body is working and how much you are active. Then, it takes all that information and compiles it into one, easy-to-read score,” said Peter Taunton, Snap Fitness CEO and founder. “That score is then seamlessly integrated with the interactive mysnapfitness website. While the technology itself is extremely advanced, consumers don’t need to be rocket scientists to reap the benefits.”

Since its launch less than six months ago, nearly 20,000 easyFIT monitors have been purchased.

Regardless of an easyFIT user’s Snap Fitness club membership status, mysnapfitness.com includes a “My Workout” area where members can create a workout plan, track their workout and select a prepackaged workout designed to address specific goals, including flexibility and strength, among others. Plus, a robust “My Nutrition” area helps users track their calorie intake by following a prescribed meal plan or by tracking their eating using a database of thousands of foods and recipes. Additionally, users can access easyFIT challenges, where they can compete with other users for extra motivation.

“By making the easyFIT program available to the general public, we at Snap Fitness are reinforcing our commitment to personal wellness worldwide,” said Taunton, highlighting that less than 10 percent of the U.S. population belongs to a gym. “I could see this program being used by health insurance companies and corporations everywhere. We are offering consumers all the tools they need to reach their fitness goals in one easily accessible program.”

For more information on easyFIT, visit www.snapfitness.com/easyfit.

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 (snapfitness.com) is experiencing phenomenal growth with approximately 2,000 locations sold 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 Continues to ‘Pump Up’ Presence in Canada, Receives 2011 Franchisees’ Choice Designation

05/04/2011

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.,– Snap Fitness, the world’s fastest growing franchise featuring compact, 24/7 fitness centers, has been recognized with a 2011 Franchisees’ Choice designation, presented by the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA).

The exclusive award was presented on April 4, 2011 at a gala during the inaugural CFA National Convention in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

The Franchisees’ Choice designees are CFA member franchise systems that voluntarily took part in an independently-administered survey. Their franchisees were asked to rate the franchisor in key areas of the franchise business model, including the franchisee selection process; franchisee Information package; leadership; business planning and marketing; training and support; ongoing operations; and the relationship between the franchisor and franchisee.

“We are thrilled to have achieved this designation, as it confirms our continued efforts to further strengthen our relationship with our franchisees,” said Peter Taunton, Founder and CEO of Snap Fitness.

The designation comes at a time when Snap Fitness continues its move north. With 65 clubs currently open and operating across Canada, company plans call for a total of 350-500 locations within five years.   

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. 

Today, Snap Fitness operates more than 1,100 clubs throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, India, Australia and New Zealand, with additional clubs currently being developed in the United Kingdom.

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 (snapfitness.com) is experiencing phenomenal growth with approximately 2,200 locations open or sold worldwide and some 15-20 new stores 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 CFA

CFA offers an array of products and events for prospective franchisees, including FranchiseCanada magazine, the annual FranchiseCanada Directory, the CFA website, and The Franchise Show, Canada’s largest franchise-only tradeshow held across Canada. For more information about the Franchisees’ Choice designation, visit www.cfa.ca.

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Snap Fitness Named Among Top Franchisors for Young Entrepreneurs

04/20/2011

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., – Young entrepreneurs have turned to franchising as a sound business option that presents them with a proven business model and the ability to start growing right from the beginning. Catering to those young entrepreneurs looking to go into business for themselves, Snap Fitness, the world’s fastest-growing franchisor of state-of-the-art 24/7 express fitness centers, has been named one of the “Top 21 Franchises for Young Entrepreneurs” by Under30CEO.com.

The recognition honors Snap Fitness as a franchise concept that appeals to the interests of entrepreneurs under the age of 30 with features such as a low startup capital requirement and is open minded to young entrepreneurs joining the franchise system. Snap Fitness is the only fitness franchise concept to be featured on the list.

“No matter the age, we encourage everyone who is interested in opening up a health club concept to look at Snap Fitness as a viable franchise option,” said Peter Taunton, Founder and CEO of Snap Fitness. “As a growing fitness concept, it is our franchise system’s goal to provide Generation Y franchise owners within our system the necessary support to lead them towards success, such as site location and low startup costs, along with updated technology that allows our franchisees to manage their club operations online.”

Snap Fitness is the fastest franchise system to reach 1,000 club openings since opening their first franchise in 2004. Today, Snap Fitness operates clubs throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, India, Australia and New Zealand, with additional clubs currently being developed in the United Kingdom.

Samantha and Oliver Beltran, Snap Fitness franchise owners in Palestine, Tex., were both 22 years old when they opened their first Snap Fitness gym in November of 2010. After only about five months of being open, the club has reached more than 700 members and shows no signs of slowing down in the near future.

“As young franchise owners who were new to the business world, Snap Fitness has provided us with the necessary tools and ongoing motivation to succeed in such a short period of time,” said Samantha Beltran, owner of Snap Fitness in Palestine. “I always wanted to own a business that was geared towards health and fitness and would allow me to work closely with the local community. The opportunity to form lasting relationships with our members on a daily basis is one of the many factors that has attracted us to Snap Fitness.”

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. 

As part of their development in training programs, Snap Fitness recently launched easyFIT, a personal wellness program that helps users achieve their fitness goals and better results. The easyFIT device is used to track people’s physical activity and calories burned, allowing them to then download the information to their computer.

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 (snapfitness.com) is experiencing phenomenal growth with roughly 2,200 locations sold worldwide and some 20-30 new stores 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.

Snap Fitness Announces Wes Winnekins as Chief Financial Officer

02/17/2011

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.  Snap Fitness, the world’s fastest-growing franchisor of state-of-the-art 24/7 express fitness centers, announces the appointment of Wes Winnekins as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Wes, who most recently served as CFO for Health Fitness Corporation for the last 10 years, will oversee the day-to-day financial operations of the company.

“Wes has been a great addition to our leadership team and will play a valuable role in the success of our brand,” said Peter Taunton, Founder and CEO of Snap Fitness. “He brings a new depth of experience and insight to our company at an important time when we are expanding our domestic and international operations and broadening our services."

Over a career that spans 25 years, Wes spent 3 years in the commercial health club industry providing finance and management leadership at two multi-purpose health clubs and 8 years working for startup and emerging growth companies in the software and Internet markets. As the Chief Financial Officer for Health Fitness Corporation, a leading provider of corporate fitness and health management services, he played an integral part in growing annual revenue from $26 million to $83 million, raising capital to finance two strategic acquisitions and managing the company’s sale to a strategic buyer.

“Managing the fiscal operations of a worldwide franchisor of fitness clubs is a role of great responsibility, and I’m excited about the opportunity,” said Winnekins. “Snap Fitness is dedicated to providing members with more value than any other health club and it’s my goal to ensure that we effectively utilize every resource we have to meet their needs.”

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. 

As part of their development in training programs, Snap Fitness recently launched easyFIT, a personal wellness program that helps users achieve their fitness goals and better results. The easyFIT device is used to track people’s physical activity and calories burned, allowing them to then download the information to their computer.

Having opened its first franchise in 2004, Snap Fitness is the fastest franchise system to reach 1,000 club openings in such a short period of time. Today, Snap Fitness operates clubs throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, India, Australia and New Zealand, with additional clubs currently being developed in the United Kingdom.

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 (snapfitness.com) is experiencing phenomenal growth with roughly 2,200 locations sold worldwide and some 20-30 new stores 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 Names Chad Vinson Ruf Director of Personal Training

01/13/2011

Contact: Patrick Strait, Snap Fitness, (952) 567-5892, pstrait@snapfitness.com

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. 
– Snap Fitness, the world’s fastest-growing franchisor of state-of-the-art 24/7 express fitness centers, announces the appointment of Chad Vinson Ruf as Director of Personal Training.

With an extensive background in the fitness industry, Snap Fitness has brought Ruf on board to assist in building the personal training business with training, resources and programs designed to boost franchisees bottom line.

“With Chad’s wealth of knowledge, we are confident that he will provide our personal trainers with the best strategies and programs to help our members achieve their lifestyle goals,” said Peter Taunton, Founder and CEO of Snap Fitness. “Through his past work, Chad has shown the ability to establish strategic training programs which will assist us in continuing the growth of our brand. We are excited to welcome Ruf to the Snap Fitness team.”

As an ISSA certified personal trainer, Ruf’s resume is highlighted by more than 10 years of experience with companies such as Gold’s Gym and 24 Hour Fitness where he has helped develop the initial training protocol in the state of Colorado. Additionally, he has been responsible for the overall operation of multiple fitness clubs.

“I have always had a passion for the fitness industry and a desire to work with a fast growing company such as Snap Fitness,” said Ruf. “I am always looking for opportunities to center my career around helping others achieve their goals. With a company motto of focusing on complete member wellness and providing the necessary services to help them achieve their goals, I am excited to contribute my ideas and introduce new training programs to the brand.”

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.  

As part of their development in training programs, Snap Fitness recently launched easyFIT, a personal wellness program that helps users achieve their fitness goals and better results. The easyFIT device is used to track people’s physical activity and calories burned, allowing them to then download the information to their computer.

Having opened its first franchise in 2004, Snap Fitness is the fastest franchise system to reach 1,000 club openings in such a short period of time. Today, Snap Fitness operates clubs throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, India, Australia and New Zealand, with additional clubs currently being developed in the United Kingdom.

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 (snapfitness.com) is experiencing phenomenal growth with roughly 2,200 locations sold worldwide and some 20-30 new stores 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 Ranked Amongst the Top 50 Franchises in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500®

01/10/2011

Media Contact: Patrick Strait, Strait, (952) 567-5892, pstrait@snapfitness.com.

CHANHASSEN, MN – Snap Fitness, the world’s fastest growing franchisor of compact, state-of-the-art fitness centers, has been named one of the top 500 franchises in the United States, ranking No. 33 in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500®, No. 27 in Fastest-Growing franchises and No. 31 in America’s Top Global Franchises.

The rankings for all 500 companies are determined using an exclusive formula that takes into account objective and quantifiable factors. The most important factors include financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system.

“Despite the current economic conditions, the fitness industry is thriving and we have proven to have the right business model to guide our franchise system towards success,” said Peter Taunton, Founder and CEO of Snap Fitness. “Our ability to present our franchise owners with an easy to manage franchise opportunity and members with an affordable and convenient work out option is a testament to what set us apart from the competition.”

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.  

Having opened its first franchise in 2004, Snap Fitness is the fastest franchise system to reach 1,000 club openings in such a short period of time. Today, Snap Fitness operates clubs throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, India, Australia and New Zealand, with additional clubs currently being developed in the United Kingdom.

In addition, Snap Fitness has also recently launched easyFIT, a personal wellness program that helps users achieve their fitness goals and better results. The easyFIT device is used to track people’s physical activity and calories burned, allowing them to then download the information to their computer.

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 (snapfitness.com) is experiencing phenomenal growth with roughly 2,200 locations sold worldwide and some 20-30 new stores 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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