Quickest-Rising Franchises Record Contains 2 Health Manufacturers in Prime 10


Despite the COVID-19 pandemic that temporarily closed health clubs for part of 2020, two fitness franchises ranked in the top 10 of Entrepreneur’s Fastest Growing Franchises List, and another 10 fitness franchises also made the list of 150 brands.

F45 Training in 8th place and Anytime Fitness in 10th place.

Five of the 12 fitness franchises on the list include Xponential Fitness (Row House, StretchLab, Pure Barre, CycleBar, and YogaSix).

“Nothing can stop the growth of the smartest franchises – not even a pandemic!” Jason Feifer, Editor-in-Chief of Entrepreneur, said in a media release: “We have been impressed with how innovative franchisees have turned and adapted over the past year and we look forward to celebrating those who keep evolving and growing.”

However, since the list is based on growth from July 2019 to July 2020, it is not known how much of the growth occurred before the pandemic and how much after much of the fitness business was temporarily closed in March 2020.

Entrepreneur’s Fastest Growing Franchise List, published in the March issue of Entrepreneur, identifies the franchises that saw the greatest unit growth in the previous year, based on the data they submitted for 2021 Franchise 500 list, which was released in January with 19 fitness brands on this list.

The list of fastest growing franchises is based on the total number of net new products (franchise and proprietary units) added globally from July 2019 to July 2020, according to Entrepreneur. This marks the first year Entrepreneur has based the list on global growth, rather than just the growth of entities in the US and Canada, in recognition of the increasingly global nature of franchising.

The fitness franchises that made the list are:

No. 8: F45 training (727 units added in three years: 127.3 percent more)

No. 10: Fitness at all times (1,088 added in three years: 29.8 percent more)

No. 14: Planet Fitness (2,059 units added in three years: 45.9 percent more)

No. 51: townhouse (71 added in three years: 3,550 percent more)

No. 55: The exercise coach (83 added in three years: 218.4 percent more)

No. 59: StretchLab (79 added in three years: 2,633.3 percent more)

No. 60: Burn Boot Camp (186 added in three years: 248 percent more)

No. 66: Club Pilates Franchise (393 added in three years: 192.6 percent more)

No. 76: Pure bar (96 added in three years: 20.6 percent more)

No. 78: CycleBar (97 added in three years: 87.4 percent more)

No. 80: YogaSix (51 added in three years: 728.6 percent more)

No. 142: Crunch Franchise (116 added in three years: 63 percent more)

F45 Training had 267 US franchises in July 2019 and rose to 402 by July 2020. Internationally, F45 Training rose from 778 units to 896. By July 2020, there were no company-owned clubs.

Anytime Fitness’ US franchise numbers declined from 2,466 in 2019 to 2,412 in July 2020. Internationally, however, the company rose from 2,044 in July 2019 to 2,327 in July 2020. The company’s own clubs decreased from 10 to four.

Planet Fitness increased its US franchise from 1,740 to 1,904 in July 2020. The international franchises increased from 39 to 56 and the company-owned clubs from 80 to 99.

Row House grew from 16 franchise locations in the US to 66 and from three company-owned clubs to seven in 2020. As of July 2020, there were no international franchise locations.

The Exercise Coach, who offers 20-minute coaching in one-to-one, partner, or small-group training sessions twice a week, increased its US franchise locations from 54 to 89, its international franchise locations from 13 to 30, and retained ownership of the company’s units at two.

StretchLab grew 46 units from July 2019 to July 2020, increasing its 36 US franchise locations to 82. As of July 2020, there were no international or company-owned locations.

Burn Boot Camp grew 45 clubs and increased its US franchise units from 212 to 257. By July 2020, it had no international units and kept its company-owned locations to four.

Club Pilates focused its growth on US franchises, increasing the number of its units from 546 to 584, but also increased its international franchise units from seven to ten and its proprietary units from one to three.

Pure Barre grew its US franchise from 514 to 559, but its international units remained stable at three and its company-owned units decreased from seven to one.

CycleBar increased its US franchise units by 39, from 167 to 206, while its international units fell from three to two. There weren’t any company-owned studios like in July 2020.

YogaSix grew from 21 US franchise units to 53 and the company-owned units from zero to five. There were no international franchise units until July 2020.

Crunch’s U.S. franchise units increased from 208 to 229, while international units declined by two from 47 to 45 during that period. The company’s own clubs grew by one from 25 to 26.