Who Says It’s Lonely at the Top? Anytime Fitness Is #1!

Anytime Fitness has just been ranked as the #1 franchise in the world. This adds to a string of “firsts” for us, and with all due respect to Three Dog Night*, 1 is not the loneliest number. In fact, we think getting to #1 requires benefit-sharing collaboration.

#1 Franchise in the Entrepreneur “Franchise 500” List

This award is about teamwork. A successful franchise system depends on an entire ecosystem in which all parties strengthen both each other and the brand. Our prestigious selection by Entrepreneurrecognizes the collaborative hard work of literally hundreds of Anytime Fitness franchise owners, vendors, and employees.

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#1 Company to Work for in Minnesota: 2012 and 2013

This ranking recognizes culture. And it proves that employers can grow their businesses by empowering and enriching their employees—and providing an environment that fosters creativity, cooperation and a deep sense of purpose. While the last 12 years have been filled with challenges, mistakes and stress, we’ve refused to sacrifice laughter, fun and the need for play. After all, life is too short not to enjoy the work you do and the people you do it with.

1st Fitness Club to Achieve a #1 Ranking

This distinction is about innovation. The fitness sector is a well-established, ultra-competitive industry that’s seen dozens of players come and go over the years. Yet in 34 annual “Franchise 500” rankings—widely considered to be the first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking system in the world—no other fitness brand has ever made it to the top.

The 1% Club

This is about franchise growth. Of the nearly 4,000+ franchise systems currently in operation, only 1% ever surpass more than 1,000 open franchises. With almost 2,500 Anytime Fitness clubs now open, we can certainly be proud of our achievement to date. But there’s a big world left to conquer, and the finish line is still farther than the start.

1 Person

Finally (and most importantly), personal growth. On behalf of our employees, franchise owners and vendors, we’re very proud of the #1 rankings listed above—and our potential for future global expansion definitely has everyone excited. But the single most important ingredient to our success is focusing on 1 person at a time. Whether that’s an Anytime Fitness member, franchise owner, or employee, we strive to be a catalyst for positive personal change. So while it may appear that we’re in the fitness or franchise business, we’re really in the people changing business. That starts with each one of us, and spreads around the planet one person, one attitude, one life at a time.

Here’s to being (and staying) #1!

– Chuck & Dave


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Chuck Runyon is the co-founder and CEO of Anytime Fitness, the world’s largest and fastest-growing coed fitness chain, and the author of Working Out Sucks: And Why It Doesn't Have To).