9Round Celebrates Its Ten-Year Anniversary
July 05, 2018 // Franchising.com // GREENVILLE, S.C. - 9Round, the world’s fastest growing kickboxing fitness franchise, is celebrating its ten-year anniversary this month. Since the company’s inception in July 2008, 9Round has quickly become a leader in both the fitness and franchising industry, operating more than 700 locations in 42 states and 13 countries.
Shannon Hudson, a former professional kickboxer and Light Middleweight Kickboxing Champion of the World, founded 9Round with his wife, Heather. Together they have worked to bring specialized kickboxing fitness and training to the average person in a way that’s affordable, convenient and fun. There are no class times, trainers are always on site to lead the workouts, and routines change daily, giving members a fresh workout every time they come in.
“Heather and I began our path to success ten years ago with only one 9Round location in Greenville, South Carolina and $1.72 in our bank account,” says Shannon. “Today, 9Round has become a global sensation and achieved more than $16 million in annual revenue last year alone. We always knew the 9Round concept was something special and it’s so rewarding to see people around the world embrace our brand.”
9Round has opened 253 new clubs since January 2017, including the first locations in Costa Rica and Turkey, and the company recently announced plans to expand into Argentina and India. Additionally, 9Round has been consistently ranked on the Inc. 5000 list, Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 list, as well as Entrepreneur’s annual lists of the Fastest-Growing Franchises, Top Global Franchises and Top Franchise Brands. Last year, 9Round was also recognized as one of South Carolina’s 25 Fastest Growing Companies and by Franchise Business Review as one of the top franchises for women and veterans.
According to Heather Hudson, 9Round’s COO, 9Round represents empowerment for people of all fitness levels, encourages everyone to be the best version of themselves and provides individuals with the tremendous entrepreneurial opportunities. She adds, “I’m proud of building 9Round with my husband and I’m also proud of what our brand represents. Every day, with each 30-minute workout, we are helping our members become stronger physically and mentally.”
9Round is seeing continued growth into 2018, as the company anticipates a 37 percent increase in new locations and 32 percent increase in annual revenue.
“It’s exciting to share our success with all of our franchisees because without them, we wouldn’t be where we are today,” adds Hudson. “With their support and positive energy, we plan to continue to reach new markets and evolve the 9Round brand in 2018.”
For more information about 9Round, visit www.9round.com.
Founded in 2008 by professional kickboxer Shannon Hudson and his wife, Heather, 9Round is a specialized fitness center that brings kickboxing fitness training to the average person in a convenient, affordable, 30-minute, full body circuit format. The program is developed around a proprietary and copyrighted system of nine challenging workout stations developed by Shannon himself. Today, there are more than 700 9Round locations open and operating throughout 42 states in the U.S and 13 countries including Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. For more information, please visit www.9round.com.
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