At long last, the Top 100 Clubs list is here.
Our annual list of the top 100 clubs in the industry is a Club Industry staple that comes out every July. In the past, the list has been published in our July issue of the magazine. Even though there is no July issue—or May or October or January for that matter—we still wanted to release the list in this month. And with one day to spare, that was accomplished.
This list took more than three months to prepare, from setting up the online form to delivering emails to sending more emails to even more emails and making phone calls to our repeat companies. With all the consolidation going on in the industry, it's getting more challenging to put this list together. That was never more evident than this week, when we had two major acquisitions by Equinox and Gold's Gym.
Millennium Partners Sports Club Management and The Rush Fitness Complex, the respective sellers in those deals, are on the list this year but won't be next year. They join a growing list of companies that have been swallowed up by the likes of LA Fitness and Gold's and Equinox and Life Time Fitness. Gone from the Top 100 of years past are The Sports Club Co., Urban Active, Lifestyle Family Fitness, Fitness First and Millennium SportsClubs (not to be confused with the company that operated the Sports Club/LA clubs).
Club One also is not on this year's list, but I suspect Active Sports Clubs will make it next year after its acquisition of a majority of Club One's assets in March. Another San Francisco-based company, Western Athletic Clubs, is mentioned on this year's list only in parentheses, as it is now called The Bay Club Company.
With our digital-only format, the complete Top 100 Clubs list (which you'll find embedded in our story) includes links to each company's website for the first time. There also are more categories on the list than in years past, including membership prices. The list is sponsored for the first time by CSI Software and ABC Financial. I'd also like to recognize our team in Boulder for all their hard work—Sky Dailey for setting up the Top 100 form, Paul Weber for his eye-catching design of the Top 100 list and Laura Weldon for helping produce our first-ever Top 100 Clubs photo gallery.
(By the way, if you or someone you love know any of the companies that have just their names listed on their photos—which we have created—feel free to send in a logo or image of the company. We can always switch out a photo of the companies that have already submitted, too.)
We hope with the new touches to the Top 100 Clubs list, more companies will want to be on the list next year. And later this year at our Club Industry show, we'll recognize the top 100 clubs with a reception. Hope to see at least 100 faces there in October. After all, you made this list possible.