International kickboxing-fitness franchise accumulates 17 international deals in just four years
September 04, 2018 // Franchising.com // GREENVILLE, S.C. – 9Round Franchising, LLC, continues to grow with recent expansion deals made with Kuwait, Oman and Singapore. These three international deals bring the total of foreign countries where 9Round is either open and operating or in development to 17 countries.
“We are thrilled to continue to grow our brand internationally in Kuwait, Oman and Singapore,” said Shannon Hudson, CEO and Founder of 9Round. “From our international expansion so far, we have seen that the 9Round workout is effective everywhere, regardless of language or culture, so we are excited to see 9Round take off in these three countries.”
9Round plans to open 10 locations in Kuwait over the next three years, 10 locations in Oman over the next five years and 25 locations in Singapore over the next seven years. Within the first year of development, each of the three countries will open two locations.
International expansion of 9Round has occurred at an accelerated rate, as the first international franchise agreement was made with Canada just four years ago, in 2014. Since then, 9Round continued to spread so that it now has clubs open and operating in 12 more foreign countries, including Costa Rica, Turkey, Australia, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. Additional countries where deals have been finalized for development of future 9Round locations include Argentina, India, and now Kuwait, Oman and Singapore.
“As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of 9Round this year, we are proud to say that this franchise really has made an international name for itself with more than 720 operating locations worldwide,” said Hudson. “The growth we have experienced since my wife, Heather, and I opened our first 9Round location in 2008 is unbelievable, and we look forward to sharing 9Round with others across the world as we continue to grow.”
Developed by Shannon Hudson, the former IKF Light Middleweight Kickboxing Champion of the World, the 9Round workout functions like a continuous circuit, with nine, three-minute workout stations that a class-goer will complete over the course of just half an hour. Activities completed at each station involve cardio, weight training, core exercises and kicks and punches on 100-pound, double-end, upper cut and speed bags. To monitor the intensity of an individual’s workout, the franchise has also incorporated 9ROUND PULSE™, wearable heart rate technology that tracks effort exerted during each workout in real time. The ring of a bell signifies time to move from one station to the next every three minutes throughout the day, allowing members to show up to complete the full nine rounds at their convenience.
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 720 9Round locations open and operating throughout 42 states in the U.S. and in 12 more countries including Costa Rica, Turkey, Australia, Canada, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. For more information, please visit www.9round.com.