Runyon, Mortensen, and Klinger founded Anytime Fitness in 2002. Eric Keller, a former employee of Southview Athletic Club was interested in their business concept and agreed to become the first franchise owner of Anytime Fitness. They provided Keller with support in choosing a site location, marketing strategies, equipment selection, and membership sales.
The first franchise location opened in Cambridge, Minnesota later that year. They chose the site because of the lack of other fitness clubs in the immediate area and a population large enough to support a fitness club. Shortly after, two more locations were opened by former Southview Athletic Club employees in Duluth and Albert Lea, Minnesota. Runyon, Mortensen and Klinger sold 29 franchises before they opened their own corporate-owned location in Bemidji, Minnesota.
The Planet Fitness Store is an American franchise of fitness centers based in Newington in New Hampshire America. Founded in 1992 and has 1000 locations in America and recent expansions into Canada and Dominican Republic, the Planet Fitness store has done its part in keeping people healthy for 24 years especially in our time where recreational facilities such as being outdoors have been replaced with seating at home and doing things while seated or lying down.