The founders of EverybodyFights believe their baby has what it takes to be a contender in the competitive fitness center industry. This urban gym concept combines boxing classes with a luxury fitness-studio experience. “The difference between EverybodyFights and a lot of boutique fitness clubs that are popping up everywhere is its authenticity,” said Corey Bialow, CEO of Bialow Real Estate, in Needham, Mass., the master broker representing the retailer in its national expansion.
Perhaps fittingly, EverybodyFights was co-founded by George Foreman III, son of the former heavyweight boxing champ. His co-founder is businessman Anthony Rich, who is the company’s president. Foreman III pursued a professional boxing career of his own (a record of 16 wins and no losses in 2009). He worked as a trainer and coach and developed his own fitness program based on a real boxer’s training camp, including high-intensity interval training classes. In the fitness world, intense interval training is known for delivering fat-burning and muscle-building results.
No one walking into an EverybodyFights facility will encounter an instructor who was teaching Pilates two years ago and is now teaching boxing classes. “That’s not what we’re about,” said Bialow. “These are guys who have spent their lives within the boxing world and understand what boxers need in terms of training.”
The name derives from the philosophy behind the concept, which is to bring the “will to fight” out of everyone who walks in the door, and not just aspiring boxers, according to Rich. Since 2013, when the first of these gyms opened, in Boston’s Seaport District, EverybodyFights has come to operate three facilities, plus one still pending, and with the goal of expanding to 25 over the next four years. “We believe boxing changes lives and improves health and fitness while also building confidence and self-esteem,” said Rich. “We’re bringing it to the masses by spearheading the next-generation fitness brand.”
Foreman III adapted his proprietary training program into a series of fitness classes that fall into five categories: boxing with heavy bags, circuit training, endurance, fight techniques and recovery. In addition to its roughly 120 classes per week, the gym offers treadmills, free weights, locker rooms and a live DJ. Each gym contains a boxing ring for those who want to box for fun or to test their skills and technique.
EverybodyFights opened a second Boston facility, in the financial district, last March, as well as a gym in New York City’s midtown, in August 2017. The fourth of these is to open in Lexington, Ky., this summer. Plans for the next 12 months involve sites in Los Angeles; Philadelphia; San Francisco; and Washington, D.C.; as well as in Texas (Austin and Houston). EverybodyFights facilities measure between 8,000 and 10,000 square feet.
The main expansion strategy involves growth through company-owned gyms, though EverybodyFights is willing to franchise with strategic partners enjoying local advantage in certain markets, according to Rich.
The company has also opened what it calls EverybodyFights Box locations; these are similar to store-within-a-store formats, putting the class experience into third-party-owned gyms and fitness centers. Currently, there are two: at GymIt, in Watertown, Mass.; and Midtown Athletics, in Chicago.
EverybodyFights is capitalizing on the trend of Millennials living and working in central business districts and urban areas. The company seeks urban locations with high daytime populations. “We’re trying to take advantage of this demographic shift,” said Bialow, “and service these people where they live, work and play.”
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By Beth Mattson-Teig
Contributor, Shopping Centers Today