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9Round Continues International Expansion

Jun 26, 2018 12:50PM ● By Kathleen Maris

9Round, the world’s fastest-growing kickboxing fitness franchise, announced that it is expanding to India and Argentina, marking more than 700 franchise locations worldwide. 9Round plans to open 50 locations throughout India and 15 throughout Argentina over the next five years.

“Our expansion into India and Argentina confirms that 9Round is on the fast track to becoming a global fitness phenomenon, offering mental and physical training at an affordable cost all over the world,” explains CEO and Founder Shannon Hudson. “Many cultures value mental and physical strength, and kickboxing allows individuals to condition both with few required pieces of equipment. The combination of punching and kicking bags, plus high-intensity cardio workouts, releases all of the tension in the mind and body, while strengthening and toning the entire body.” 

Developed by Shannon Hudson, the former IKF Light Middleweight Kickboxing Champion of the World, 9Round workouts are only 30 minutes and include an on-site trainer who motivates members through a circuit of nine stations for three minutes each. Stations are packed with cardio, weight training, abdominal exercises, and authentic boxing moves on uppercut speed bags. A real boxing bell starts the workout, a second bell signals when there are 30 seconds left in the round and a third to signal the end. Full body workouts are changed daily to keep members mentally and physically engaged, and a heart rate monitor is available to track progress. 9Round also eliminates the need for class times, allowing members to walk in at any time.

Over 9Round’s ten-year history, the brand has quickly become a leader in both the fitness and franchising industry. In 2017 alone, 9Round opened 167 new locations and revenue increased by 46 percent to over $16 million. Since the company’s inception in 2008, total revenue increased 7449.4 percent. With such vast expansion, 9Round projects a 32 percent increase in revenue and 37 percent growth in locations for 2018.

“We are excited to introduce our award-winning business model to new people and cultures all over the world,” says Hudson. “We have already inspired over 850 franchise owners to become entrepreneurs and build a business out of passion. We have no plans of stopping and hope to continue sharing 9Round with others as we grow around the world.”