Anytime Fitness Opens 250th Club in Australia!


Anytime Fitness Australia, part of the world’s largest 24 hour co-ed fitness franchise, have reached yet another milestone with their 250th club opening on Monday 6th May 2013.

The club belongs to 29 year old franchisee Chris Bennett and is located in Mount Isa, QLD.

This will be Chris Bennett’s first Anytime Fitness franchise, though he already has a second one scheduled to open in three months in Kalgoorlie. Chris comments, “I come from a mechanical background, so had no previous experience within the fitness industry. I’ve always had a passion for fitness though and have been training in gyms for the last 15 years, so to be able to open my own was dream come true. I also love being in an industry that has a positive impact on so many people’s lives. Anytime Fitness head office have provided me with endless support and operating systems to assist in my business growth, and I’m pumped to have two Anytime Fitness gyms opening within the next three months.”

The club’s master franchisees for Australia, the brother-and-sister team Justin McDonell and Jacinta McDonell-Jimenez, are proud to announce the 250th club opening. Justin McDonell says, “We are aiming to open 400 clubs nationally so are very happy to be over our half way mark. Our most successful franchisees focus on sales and marketing and hire a fantastic club manager to produce an ideal club culture. Our clubs offer the members what they need – great equipment, personal attention, and convenient and affordable facilities, open anytime”.

Justin McDonell and Jacinta McDonell-Jimenez launched the highly successful USA franchise into Australia in 2008. Since the launch of Anytime Fitness into Australia it has become the quickest growing segment of the world’s fastest growing fitness chain, with over 2000 clubs and 1.5 million members’ worldwide. Anytime Fitness want their members to see them as more than just a gym and to ‘Feel Something Better’ – whether that’s weight loss, strength gain, a lift in self-esteem or something much more subjective, and Anytime Fitness believes they can provide this by being the gym that is refreshingly different.

Anytime Fitness Australia are also continuously expanding their use of innovative technology, and last year launched an exciting online fitness portal Anytime Health, further strengthening their 24/7 philosophy. Anytime Health is designed to enable consumers to make positive and lasting lifestyle changes through 24/7 online support. They also recently announced the appointment of celebrity personal trainer Shannan Ponton as one of the company’s Brand Advocates. Shannan’s values and beliefs mirror Anytime Fitness’s, he is genuine, down-to-earth and stands for respect plus integrity, physical and mental discipline, as well as strength in body and mind.