January 13, 2017 // Franchising.com // GREENVILLE, S.C. – 9Round, the world’s fastest-growing kickboxing gym franchise, announces further expansion into Canada with the signing of its largest Canadian franchise development deal to date. The agreement calls for the development of 34 gyms throughout the Vancouver and Vancouver Island areas of British Columbia over the next six years.
“The opportunities for growth in Canada are exceptional,” said 9Round co-founder Shannon Hudson, noting the approximately six million members served by the Canadian fitness industry. “We are very excited about our rapid growth over the past couple of years and look forward to continued expansion in the years to come.”
9Round first entered the Canadian fitness landscape in November 2014, when they opened a gym in Bolton, Ontario. Today, there are 24 9Round gyms open and operating in six provinces – Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan – with 75 more in various stages of development.
Developed by Hudson, 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 to recover.
“Everything is full body. In the most convenient and affordable way, we bring the tools and methods used by the professionals to the average person, so they feel like a real fighter, like they’re doing something Muhammad Ali would have done,” Hudson said. “This coupled with a high-energy, exciting environment allows members to meet their goals quickly and pushes them to stick with it.”
There are no class times, trainers are always on site to lead the workouts, and routines change daily, giving members a fresh workout every time they come in.
Co-founded in 2008 by professional kickboxer Shannon Hudson and his wife, Heather, 9Round is a specialized fitness center that brings kickboxing fitness training to the average person in a convenient, affordable, 30-minute, full body circuit format. The program is developed around a proprietary and copyrighted system of nine challenging workout stations developed by Shannon himself. Today, there are more than 450 9Round clubs open and operating throughout 40 states and nine countries. For more information, please visit www.9round.com.