9Round, Greenville, South Carolina, recently opened more than 150 locations in 2017 and recently opened its 600th location worldwide, the company announced. The company also expanded into four new countries in 2017: Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Costa Rica.
The 600th location opened in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It is owned and operated by Sylvia Jasmin.
“In 2018, we hope to open a record of number of locations, expand into more countries and continue to grow and evolve the 9Round brand,” said Shannon Hudson, who founded 9Round nine years ago with his wife Heather, who is COO. “We also want to continue to give entrepreneurs that are passionate about fitness the opportunity to open their own businesses without incurring a huge amount of debt.”
In 2017 9Round also was ranked No. 915 on the annual Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies. This is the third consecutive year that 9Round has been recognized on this list. 9Round ranked No. 121 on Entrepreneur magazine’s Annual Franchise 500 list, the fifth consecutive year on the list for the company and second time it ranked in the Top 200. 9Round was also recognized by Entrepreneur as one of the Fastest-Growing Franchises (No. 22), Top Global Franchises (No. 103), and Top Franchise Brands (No. 115). Also in 2017, Franchise Business Review named 9Round one of the Top 50 Franchises for Women for 2017.
Shannon Hudson is the former IKF Light Middleweight Kickboxing Champion of the World. 9Round workouts consist of nine, three-minute stations of activities that include cardio, weight training, core exercises and kicks and punches on 100-pound, double-end, upper cut and speed bags. A real boxing bell rings to begin the workout, another to warn the station is ending and a third to signal the end. Members have a 30-second active break between rounds.
“Consumers are looking for fitness options that are convenient and effective, and that’s exactly what 9Round delivers” said Heather Hudson, COO of 9Round. “Each 9Round workout is just 30 minutes, and there are no set class times – you can come exercise on your own schedule.”