How Anytime Fitness Reached #1 in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500

Back in 2002, our founders understood that people were looking for a convenient, affordable fitness option that’s open 24/7. Eleven years later, Anytime Fitness leads the charge for helping real people overcome barriers to healthy lives, with 2,200+ locations worldwide.

Today, we’re humbled and thrilled to announce that Anytime Fitness is ranked #1 franchise in Entrepreneur magazines prestigious 2014 Franchise 500!

How did we do it?

How did Anytime Fitness reach this milestone so quickly? It took passion and a lot of hard work, but the truth is, we didn’t do it alone. We owe so much to the amazing members and franchise owners. We’re absolutely convinced that your energy, spunk, and ability to push forward made this possible. You inspire us every day. Thank you.

What are the factors in Franchise 500 rankings?

According the Entrepreneur, the most important factors in the rankings are financial strength and stability, growth rate, and size of the franchise system. As Entrepreneur puts it:

The Franchise 500 is a means of ranking franchise systems based on financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the system, years a company has been in business and the length of time it has been franchising, startup costs, litigation, percentage of terminations and whether the company provides financing.

In it for the Right Reasons

What really makes Anytime Fitness shine is the mission behind the brand: To improve the self-esteem of the world. This mission is reflected in our many member success stories. In the words of franchise owner Andy Gundlach, owner of 22 Anytime Fitness gyms:

One of the things I love most about being a franchisee, and what separates Anytime Fitness from other franchises, is the healthy lifestyle we promote. We are surrounded by people day in and day out who are here for one reason: to better their own health and the health of others.

Thank you for being a part of the Anytime Fitness family!




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Ranked #1 on Entrepreneur magazine’s prestigious "Top Global Franchise" list and #2 in the “Franchise 500” list, Anytime Fitness is the fastest-growing fitness club franchise in the world, with more than 2.5 million members and 3,000 clubs worldwide. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Anytime Fitness prides itself on providing our members with surprisingly personable service in convenient and well-maintained facilities which feature top-quality exercise equipment. Clubs are now open in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Ireland, Spain, Grand Cayman, Poland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Qatar, Chile, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong, Philippines, Taiwan, and China. Join one club and use them all. Franchised clubs are individually owned and operated. Members also enjoy free access to, the most comprehensive wellness website available.