Chuck Runyon

    • Media Contact:
      Tara Dosh
    • Member Type(s): Expert
    • Title:CEO and co-founder
    • Organization:Anytime Fitness
    • Area of Expertise:Franchise, Fitness, Health
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My Expertise

    My Expertise

      Area(s) of expertise: Franchise, Fitness, Health
      Summary of expertise:
      Chuck Runyon is the CEO and co-founder of Anytime Fitness, LLC, the largest co-ed fitness club in the world.

      With more than 20 years experience managing, consulting, and owning health clubs, Runyon has distinguished himself as a leading authority in the field of fitness.

      Under his leadership, Anytime Fitness has been at the forefront of new industry trends – like integrated billing and security systems, and 24/7 access to clubs – and grown into an international powerhouse with clubs now open in 49 states and eight countries.

      Runyon has been involved in virtually every facet of the business -- including strategic planning, operations, training, franchise development, and marketing.
      White paper/research:
      Most recently, Runyon spearheaded - a 24/7 wellness portal featuring diet and activity trackers, a smoking cessation program, health-risk assessment tools, stress management advice, instructional exercise videos, a medical information library, expert fitness bloggers and online support groups. The website aims to educate, empower and motivate people to reach their fitness goals.
      Books/articles published:
      Frequent contributor to Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, as well as several International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) publications, including Club Business International.
      For his unprecedented and unique contributions to the fitness industry, Runyon was honored as the John McCarthy Industry Visionary of the Year (2009) by the International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA). Runyon now serves on the board of directors for IHRSA.
      Prior media experience:
      September 2010 feature as fitness industry expert in Delta's Sky Magazine. Quoted/featured in: Fitness Business News, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, The St. Paul Pioneer Press, Club Industry, Fitness Business Pro and many others.
      Weight of the Union | the_time_is_now.pdf
      As a personality, Runyon is known for not shying from controversy. His 2010 campaign for Anytime Fitness (“The Coalition of Angry Kids”) openly criticized obese parents on the
      airwaves and in People magazine and USA Today for shirking responsibility for childhood obesity, earning attention in the blogosphere and kudos from the U.S. Surgeon General.

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