CAMERON PARK — Anytime Fitness, the world’s largest and fastest-growing co-ed fitness club chain, is ranked No. 1 on Entrepreneur magazine’s annual Franchise 500 list. On a blistering hot streak, Anytime Fitness was also named “One of America’s Most Promising Companies” by Forbes earlier this year, and honored as the “Best Place to Work” by Minnesota Business magazine two years in a row.
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“The No. 1 ranking is a credit to our fabulous franchisees,” said Chuck Runyon, CEO and co-founder of Anytime Fitness. “In addition to running convenient and affordable gyms, our franchisees and their staffs provide their 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.”
“We’re incredibly proud to be part of the world’s No. 1 franchise system,” said Catherine Aisner, co-owner of the Anytime Fitness gym located at 3490 Palmer Drive in the Bel Air Shopping Center. “To celebrate, we’re offering a series of special membership deals.”
Readers are also lucky to have two Anytime Fitness gyms located in their local area; Cameron Park and Placerville. Both of these gyms were voted Readers’ Choice 2013, and Jon Andermatt, Personal Trainer at Cameron Park, was also voted Readers’ Choice 2013.
“Obesity and the rising costs of unhealthy lifestyles have become very serious problems worldwide,” said Dave Mortensen, president and co-founder of Anytime Fitness. “Busy people seeking real results are turning to Anytime Fitness because our gyms are convenient and affordable, and because we give our members individual attention, in the gym and online via AnytimeHealth.com, 24 hours a day.”
According to Entrepreneur, the most important factors for inclusion on its Franchise 500 list are: financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system.
“Considering the reputation of the other franchises ranked in the top 10, this is a tremendous honor for Anytime Fitness,” said Aisner. “We’re proud of the fact that our small business has a big impact on the health and well-being of people in our community.”
Anytime Fitness, the first fitness franchise ever to be ranked No. 1, placed higher than several franchise giants in the 2014 Franchise 500, including Subway, Jiffy Lube, Hampton Hotels and McDonald’s. The franchise was founded in 2002, and since its debut on the list in 2006 at No. 261, has climbed rapidly through the publication’s ranking, reaching No. 1 in just under 10 years.
The 2014 Franchise 500 Rankings can be found at entrepreneur.com/franchise500.
While growth in the fitness industry overall has been slow the past several years, Anytime Fitness has opened at least 250 new clubs each of the last five years. Late last year, the franchise celebrated the opening of its 2,000th club and it now has 2,400 clubs located in all 50 states and 16 countries, serving nearly 2,000,000 members.
It took Anytime Fitness only 10 years to reach 2,000 franchises — less than half the time it took Subway (23 years) and McDonald’s (32 years) to reach the same milestone. Only 1 percent of all franchise systems worldwide have at least 1,000 units.
In addition to the Entrepreneur accolade, Anytime Fitness also was recently named one of “10 great franchise bets” by CNNMoney (June, 2011) and the “No. 1 Best Franchise Business Model” by FranchiseChatter.com. Forbes magazine (February 2012) ranks Anytime Fitness No. 18 on its list of “Top 20 Franchises for the Buck.”