Source: Anytime FitnessHASTINGS, Minn., July 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Anytime Fitness is the world's fastest-growing fitness club for the sixth consecutive year, according to data released by The International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), which annually issues its "Global 25" rankings as a barometer of the fitness industry.

Anytime Fitness added 260 new clubs in 2012, a 15 percent increase over the previous year. The franchise also ranks No. 1 in unit growth over the past five years, opening 1,427 clubs between 2007 and 2012.

"The growth of Anytime Fitness demonstrates there is strong demand from consumers for companies that meet their expectations," said Joe Moore, President and CEO of IHRSA.

While fitness club memberships decreased 2.3 percent industry-wide last year, Anytime Fitness increased its memberships worldwide from 1.3 million to 1.5 million. The average number of members per Anytime Fitness club open at least one year also increased nearly five percent from 769 to 806 members.

"As our franchisees and members can attest, one of the key ingredients to our success is the personal attention we offer our customers," said Chuck Runyon, CEO of Anytime Fitness. "Our clubs are not only convenient in terms of affordability and hours, they also provide a welcoming and productive atmosphere. That focus has been a driving element of our model which pays off for our members in their ability to achieve real results. It's also paid off with regard to our bottom line."REVENUE GROWTH MATCHES CLUB AND MEMBERSHIP GROWTHAnytime Fitness reports $484 million in system-wide sales in 2012, up $119 million over the year prior, ranking Anytime Fitness No. 2 among all fitness clubs in revenue growth for the past year, according to IHRSA. Anytime Fitness ranks No. 3 in "Revenue Growth" over the past five years.

"We fully appreciate the fact that that the overall success of our franchise is determined by how well we support our individual franchisees," said Dave Mortensen, President of Anytime Fitness. "Six straight years as the world's fastest-growing fitness club is nice, but it's just the beginning for us."

SOURCE: http://www.ihrsa.org/home/2013/6/26/positive-numbers-come-out-of-ihrsa-global-25.html

About Anytime FitnessFounded in 2002, Anytime Fitness is the fastest-growing fitness club franchise in the world, with more than 2,200 clubs serving nearly 2,000,000 members on five continents. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Anytime Fitness prides itself on providing its members with convenient and affordable fitness options in friendly, well-maintained facilities which feature top-quality exercise equipment. Clubs are now open in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Grand Cayman, Poland, the Netherlands, Spain, Qatar, India, Chile and Japan.

Emily Attwood is Managing Editor of Athletic Business.