9Round, the popular kickboxing fitness franchise, recently opened its 600th location worldwide. The milestone location at 196 Manning Crossing in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada is locally owned and operated by Sylvia Jasmin. 9Round opened over 150 new locations in 2017 and expanded into four new countries including Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Costa Rica.
“My wife and I started 9Round nine years ago in Greenville with the goal of bringing convenient, fun and specialized kickboxing training to people around the world,” said Shannon Hudson, Founder and CEO of 9Round. “Today, 9Round has grown to over 600 locations in 41 states and 13 countries. We are so proud of this major accomplishment and everything that our entire team has achieved in 2017.”
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.
“Consumers are looking for fitness options that are convenient and effective, and that’s exactly what 9Round delivers” commented 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.”
In addition to opening its 600th location, 9Round achieved other noteworthy milestones in 2017:
- The SC 25 Fastest Growing Companies® competition ranked 9Round as the seventh fastest-growing growing company in South Carolina.
- 9Round was ranked #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 prestigious list
- 9Round claimed the #121 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Annual Franchise 500 list. This marked the company’s fifth consecutive year on the prestigious list and second ranking in the Top 200. 9Round was also recognized by Entrepreneur as one of the Fastest-Growing Franchises (#22), Top Global Franchises (#103), and Top Franchise Brands (#115).
- Franchise Business Review named 9Round one of the Top 50 Franchises for Women for 2017.
Shannon added, “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. 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.”