GoodLife Fitness has bought out seven Gold’s Gyms in Ontario and Alberta. GoodLife’s continued westward expansion includes gyms at Northland Village, Eau Claire Market and South Pointe in Calgary, along with Airdrie Towerlane Mall.
Here’s the full press release issued today:
For Immediate Release
December 13, 2012
GoodLife Fitness acquires seven Gold’s Gym locations across Canada
London, ON: Today, GoodLife Fitness, Canada’s largest fitness company, announced the acquisition of seven independently operated Gold’s Gym locations in Canada. The locations include three clubs in Calgary and one in Airdrie, Alberta, as well as locations in Peterborough, Vaughan and Scarborough in Ontario.
This acquisition brings the total number of GoodLife Fitness Clubs in Canada to almost 300 and provides even more great locations for Canadians to achieve their health and fitness goals.
GoodLife Fitness is now the largest fitness club chain in the Calgary Region with 13 convenient locations. The total number of GoodLife Clubs in Alberta increases to 16, spanning from Calgary to Lethbridge to Edmonton, with multiple new Clubs scheduled to open in Alberta in 2013. This latest acquisition also brings GoodLife Fitness to the 30 Club mark in Western Canada.
The expansion into these vibrant and growing areas in Ontario and Alberta allows GoodLife Fitness to continue focusing on helping its Members achieve their health and fitness goals by providing exceptional Member care, state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, superior fitness expertise and innovative and comprehensive programming.
The new GoodLife Clubs will host the world-leading Les Mills Group Exercise Classes (exclusive to GoodLife in Canada) along with GoodLife’s caring and knowledgeable Personal Trainers and industry-leading programming.
“We are excited about the prospect of acquiring these seven new locations in Alberta and Ontario to further grow the options of locations for our members and to welcome the Gold’s Gym Members to the GoodLife Family,” said David “Patch” Patchell-Evans, GoodLife Fitness Founder & CEO. “At GoodLife, our vision is to give all Canadians the opportunity to live a fit and healthy good life. We know that one of the biggest factors in helping individuals remain consistent with their fitness routines is a convenient location, so we are excited to continue growing across the country.”
All of the Gold’s Gym locations that are a part of the acquisition are independently owned and operated facilities. Gold’s Gym will still operate almost 20 franchised locations in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec.
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GoodLife Fitness Founded in 1979, GoodLife Fitness is the largest fitness company in Canada with approximately 300 clubs from coast-to-coast. With over 750,000 members, GoodLife is helping to transform the health and wellness of 1 in 45 Canadians every day. With the vision of giving every Canadian the opportunity to live a fit and healthy good life, David Patchell-Evans, Founder & CEO, strives to develop innovative partnerships and collaborations in all areas of health, fitness and wellness and continues to play a significant role in the healthcare system in Canada. GoodLife has achieved Platinum Status Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies, as well as Platinum Level Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures. www.goodlifefitness.com
Gold’s Gyms locations being acquired GoodLife Fitness with new GoodLife contact information:
Calgary Northland Village GoodLife Fitness
5111 Northland Drive North West, Calgary
Edmonton’s John Sinclair is one of just two Canadian finalists named in an international search for the world’s top personal trainers.
Also on the list is Shawn Slade, of London, Ont.
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LIFE FITNESS AND FITPRO NAME THE WORLD’S TOP PERSONAL TRAINER TO WATCH
Global Search Recognizes Trainer from Texas, USA, as the World’s Best
SCHILLER PARK, Ill. — Life Fitness, the global leader in commercial fitness equipment manufacturing, and FitPro North America, a premier provider of high-quality educational resources for fitness professionals, have named Joanne Blackerby as the world’s top Personal Trainer to Watch. Blackerby was selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 nominees in the contest’s second year, along with 10 other finalists from around the world. A nationally certified fitness trainer with more than 20 years experience in the industry, Blackerby specializes in full-body workouts and is known to be one of the toughest, yet most down-to-earth trainers in Texas, U.S.A.
“We are proud to recognize personal trainers who have demonstrated their commitment to the fitness industry and are continually recognized by their peers for their innovation and motivation,” said Chris Clawson, president of Life Fitness. “The trainers we are honoring embody the same mission Life Fitness stands for – helping people live healthier lives – and we’re pleased to help them further that mission in their individual communities.”
The Personal Trainers to Watch program, which launched in April with a global call for entries, is designed to recognize and reward personal trainers who have demonstrated a commitment to fitness and helping their clients achieve a healthy lifestyle. Nominees were judged by a panel of five industry experts who evaluated each candidate on client motivation and retention techniques, community service and fitness accomplishments.
Blackerby impressed the judges with her entrepreneurial spirit, creative motivational techniques and dedication to improving her community through health and fitness initiatives.
“I started in the fitness industry because I believed that health and fitness could not only change bodies, but it could nurture communities,” said Blackerby. “By providing education and guidance, I’ve been lucky enough to help people transform their lives. This award validates what I’ve worked so hard to achieve, and I couldn’t appreciate it more.”
As a wife and mother of three, Blackerby loves trail running, teaching children’s exercise classes and volunteering in the school lunch room when she’s not training in her gym, Spirit Fitness Training. With a range in certifications including ACE, YogaFit, ViPR and TRX, Blackerby spends more than 40 hours per week with clients.
In addition to international recognition as the 2012 Personal Trainer to Watch, Blackerby won $5,000 USD toward her personal training business, a select piece of Life Fitness equipment, a personalized award plaque and a one-year membership and continuing education course package from world-renowned educational resource PTontheNet.
Personal Trainers to Watch Finalists
Ten finalists were also selected along with Blackerby by an elite panel of industry influencers. The finalists include:
Tonja Barugh – West Byfleet, Surrey, U.K.
Katie Bulmer-Cooke – Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, U.K.
Benjamin “Apollos” Crawford– Orlando, Fla., U.S.
Annelise DiGiacomo– Issaquah, Wash., U.S.
Hayley Hollander– Las Vegas, N.V., U.S.
Mary Beth Knight – Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
John Sinclair – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Zahin Singh – Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Shawn Slade – London, Ontario, Canada
Ryan Wilkins – Riverside, N.J., U.S.
Hollander was also named the Fan Favorite, based on public votes through the Life Fitness Facebook page in October.
“Personal trainers can sometimes be the most positive influence in a person’s life to make a change for the better,” said Andy Jackson, FitPro global commercial director. “That change can range from their personal health, their confidence level and overall appreciation for life. We thank and congratulate all of our winners.”
About Life Fitness
Life Fitness is the global leader in providing commercial fitness equipment. The company manufactures and sells strength and cardiovascular equipment under the brand names Life Fitness and Hammer Strength and distributes its equipment in more than 120 countries. Headquartered outside Chicago, in Schiller Park, Ill., Life Fitness is a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC).
FitPro North America is the premier provider of high quality educational resources for fitness professionals, including personal trainers, group fitness instructors, coaches, fitness managers and health club owners. Specializing in continuing education and expert resources, FitPro North America was founded on the premise that a well-educated fitness professional will inspire clients and succeed.
Life Fitness is a registered trademark of Brunswick Corporation.
(Note: Today’s guest post is written by certified fitness instructor and FemSport competitor Jen Hamel.)
Jen Hamel totes 45-pound water jugs in the obstacle course challenge at a recent FemSport event in Calgary, as technical judge Chas Young looks on.
When I say FemSport, a women’s fitness competition, most people think of tanned muscular women, oiled up in sparkly bikinis. But FemSport is more of a strongman competition for women.
Women ages 19+ train to compete in six events: 260-lb tire flip, box jumps, inverted rows, 120-lb tire drag, kettlebell lift and crowd favourite the obstacle course complete with car push.
Yup, that's a 260-pound tire she's flipping.
FemSport started 11 years ago in British Columbia and is being held in Alberta for the first time this year. In early June, I competed in the novice division in Calgary. On July 21st, I will lead my team the “Agility Angels” to a new personal victory in the Edmonton-area event at Johnny B Fitt in Fort Saskatchewan.
We work on all events to improve, but my least favourite event has to be the tire drag. It’s much heavier than it looks and my best event is the DREADED box jumps.
My family and friends have been so supportive of my training. My husband has built me several pieces of equipment. My 57-year-old mom attends my FemSport training camps at PHAT Training and my five-year-old daughter has been known to flip a few tires, too.
The tire drag, says Jen, is such a drag.
I was first attracted to FemSport late in 2011 when I attended a workshop led by president Nancy Lockington and I was INSPIRED. She was so warm, inviting and I felt an instant connection to FemSport. At that time I had never even jumped on a box, let alone one 18 inches high. YIKES! But after I flipped my first tire, I was hooked.
Five years ago, after the birth of my children I was an unmotivated, overweight (over 200 lbs), depressed woman who didn’t exercise. I wanted to be a better role model for my kids and have the energy to keep up with them. Now, not only am I a competitor, but I’m also an official FemSport trainer and certified personal trainer.
My favourite thing about FemSport is the friendly attitudes of the competitors and that the competition focuses on strength, speed, agility and HEART. FemSport is about women empowering women. Whether we WIN or LOSE, we do our best and THAT makes us “our own CHAMPIONS.”
Come join us July 21st 10am-5pm @ Johnny B Fitt and help cheer us to VICTORY!!!