HASTINGS, Minn., June 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Anytime Fitness, the world's largest and fastest-growing co-ed fitness club chain, is ranked No. 1 on Entrepreneur magazine's annual Top Global Franchise list. Averaging more than 300 new gyms a year for each of the past 8 years, Anytime Fitness will soon open its 3,000th franchised unit – in fewer years (13) than it took other franchising legends like McDonald's, Subway, 7-Eleven and Pizza Hut to reach that same milestone.
To compile the Top Global Franchises ranking, Entrepreneur started with each company's 2015 Franchise 500® score – based on objective, quantifiable criteria including system size, growth and financial strength and stability – then adjusted to give extra weight to international size and growth.
"This designation as number one is a credit to our international franchise development team and our fabulous group of international master franchisees," said Chuck Runyon, CEO and co-founder of Anytime Fitness. "Whether it's Spain, the Netherlands or Singapore, our franchisees are providing our members with personal service that gets real results. That personal touch and high level of engagement is what differentiates Anytime Fitness from many other gyms and what has strengthened and grown our brand worldwide."
Besides the U.S., where more than 2,000 Anytime Fitness gyms are located, the countries with the most Anytime Fitness gyms are Australia (411), Canada (105) and Japan (78). The 100th Anytime Fitness club in Europe will open within the next few weeks and other Anytime Fitness clubs are located in countries as diverse as Qatar, Chile, China and India. Additional countries where Anytime Fitness clubs will open soon include Luxembourg, Wales, Northern Island, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
2015 TOP GLOBAL FRANCHISE RANKINGS: http://www.entrepreneur.com/franchises/topglobal/index.html
"Considering the reputation of the other franchises ranked in the top 10, this is a tremendous honor for Anytime Fitness," said John Kersh, VP of International Development for Anytime Fitness. "One of the keys to our success is that our business model works virtually anywhere. Individual franchisees are able to make a good living while providing affordable and much-needed services to people in their respective communities."
500 MILLION WORKOUTS
Worldwide, Anytime Fitness serves more than 2.5 million members on five continents. Since its founding in 2002, members have exercised at one Anytime Fitness club or another more than half-a-billion times.
"Anytime Fitness was founded on the idea that exercise should be as convenient and rewarding as possible," said Dave Mortensen, co-founder and president of Anytime Fitness. "We've eliminated all of the most common barriers to healthy lifestyles and, by constantly finding new ways to help our members realize meaningful results, we're well on our way to achieving our goal of helping as many people as possible get to a healthier place."
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About Anytime Fitness
Ranked #1 on Entrepreneur's prestigious Top Global Franchise list, Anytime Fitness is the fastest-growing gym franchise in the world, with nearly 3,000 gyms serving more than 2,600,000 members on five continents. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Anytime Fitness prides itself on providing its members with convenient fitness options and friendly, personal service in well-maintained facilities which feature top-quality exercise equipment. Gyms are now open in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Ireland, Grand Cayman, Poland, the Netherlands, Spain, Qatar, India, Chile, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Belgium and the Philippines. All franchised gyms are individually owned and operated. Join one gym and use them all.
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