News & Updates

July 1st, 2015

Needham, MA is the June Franchise of the Month!

Congratulations to Maria, Patricia, & team for being our top Franchise in June! The Needham team is producing successful results! Needham has 170 current clients, and in the month of June, they lost a combined 176.7 lbs!!! Awesome work ladies!

July 5th, 2015

Our Top Franchise of the Quarter is…

Congratulations again to Maria, Patricia, & team for earning the #1 sport as our Top Franchise of the Quarter for Q2! As new owners, Maria & Patricia have been working extremely hard, and their efforts have paid off. In just a few months they have become the top franchise!

June 15, 2015

Get In Shape for Women plans to expand in the New Jersey Territory.

On Tuesday, June 30th, Founder and CEO Brian Cook will travel to New Jersey to host the first every Career and Franchise Opportunity Discovery Day in New Jersey. The event will be held from 6 to 8 PM at the Hilton Newark Airport Hotel. Brian will meet with potential franchisees to discuss the satisfaction and rewards of owning a Get In Shape For Women franchise.

June 1, 2015

Congratulations to Andover, MA for being the #1 Studio in May!

Congratulations to Tony Ferrao, manager, and his staff for earning the top spot as May’s Franchise of the month. Andover, MA is one of the four corporately owned studios. Tony and his team have been working diligently the past few months at helping clients lose weight and reach their goals! Andover has 160 current clients, and in the month of May, they lost a total of 320 lbs!!! Great job everyone!

May 15, 2015

Porter Square welcomes new owners!

Katie Ladouceur and Brian Smith, Owners of Bedford, MA are also now the proud new owners of the Porter Square Get In Shape For Women, located in Cambridge, MA. Congratulations on becoming multi-unit owners and we look forward to your continued success with the franchise!

May 1st, 2015

Congratulations to our April Franchise of the Month—Melrose, MA!

Congratulations Gail Parente and team for all of your hard work. Gail started out as a client at our Melrose location, and fell in love with the model. After being a client for three years she decided she wanted to own a studio! Gail purchased the Melrose studio in February 2015 and her strong efforts and enthusiastic attitude have paid off, as her and her team have claimed the top spot for April 2015!

April 15th, 2015

Congratulations to Acton for being crowned Top Franchise of the Quarter!

Acton, MA is our Top Franchise for Q1 of 2015. Congratulations to Sheila Bauer and her team for this great accomplishment!

April 1st, 2015

Medfield, MA is our March Franchise of the Month!

Congratulations to Liz McGill and her Medfield, MA team for their success! Liz is a multi-unit owner and also owns the Belmont, MA studio.

March 16th, 2015

Accomplished owner purchases third franchise location!

Maria Spiewakowski, owner of our Braintree MA, and Franklin, MA locations, is now also the proud new owner of our Needham, MA franchise!

Maria opened the Braintree, MA location in December of 2011. After seeing measurable results within the first six months she decided to purchase a second studio. Maria purchased the Franklin, MA location in July of 2013. Maria is very passionate about the program and loves being in her studios to see all of the transformations. She says, “The realization that we are changing lives – one woman at a time, is invigorating, rewarding, and fulfilling.”

Maria and her team are excited to bring their positive energy into the Needham studio and eager to begin working with the Needham clients and transforming their lives.

March 10th, 2015

Check out our iPhone app!

We’ve launched an iPhone app to make it easier to plan and schedule appointments. Now you can plan and schedule your small group training sessions quickly and easily through our app! From this app you can view appointment availability, sign-up for small group training sessions, view ongoing promotions, as well as view location and contact information. You can also click through to our Facebook page! Optimize your time and maximize the convenience of signing up for small group training sessions from your phone! (Available for both iPhone and iPad).

March 1st, 2015

Waldwick, NJ is our February Franchise of the Month!

Congratulations to Ed Nelson and his team for their success!

Waldwick brought in 11 new clients in February bringing the total number of active members to 162. The ladies of Waldwick lost a total of 254 pounds this past month. Congrats to everyone for all of their hard work!

February 28th, 2015

Three New Owners Have Joined the Team!

Congratulations to Paula Wiseman (new owner of our Sharon, MA franchise), Melanie McDowell (new owner of our Salem, NH franchise), and Londa Bleeker (new owner of our Howard, WI franchise). Welcome to the team!

February 16th, 2015

Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D. speaks about The Science of Will Power at our 2015 Annual Convention

Get In Shape For Women welcomed Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., to their annual convention on February 7, 2015 where she spoke to owners, managers, trainers and clients about the science of will power, traps that our minds fall into when setting goals and practical solutions to dealing with these challenges. In Kelly’s most recently published book, The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It she talks about how our minds work in regards to setting goals, maintaining motivation, dealing with temptation and procrastination, transforming habits, overcoming challenges and what it takes to make a successful change.

Kelly is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University, teaching a number of courses from undergraduate psychology studies to a wide array of programs in the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism, Graduate School of Business, and the School of Medicine’s Health Improvement program. The Science of Willpower and the Science of Compassion is one of her most popular courses through Stanford’s Continuing Studies program.

Kelly is passionate about educating others with practical strategies for health, happiness, and personal success and is a frequent source of expert advice in these areas. She is referred to as a leading expert in the new field of “science-help,” has received a number of teaching awards at Stanford University, and her work is frequently recognized and covered by the media. Kelly was named one of the 20 most inspiring women to follow on Twitter by Forbes in 2010.

Learn more about Kelly and purchase her book, The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It on her website: kellymcgonigal.com.

February 7th, 2015

Congratulations to all of our Franchise Owners for their success in 2014!

Franchise of the Year
Lexington, MA

Top 10 Studios of 2014

  1. Lexington, MA
  2. Wayland, MA
  3. Winchester, MA
  4. Westborough, MA
  5. Braintree, MA
  6. Weston, MA
  7. Needham, MA
  8. Scituate, MA
  9. Salem, NH
  10. Corte Madera, CA

Most Improved Franchise of 2014
Scituate, MA

Top Multi-Unit Owner of 2014
Bob Kaplan

February 1st, 2015

Bedford, NH is our top Franchise of the Month to start off 2015!

Congratulations to Scott Bartosik and his team for starting off the new year strong and achieving the spot for our top Franchise in January. Good Luck to all of our Franchises in 2015!

January 15th, 2015

Wayland, MA is our top Franchise for Quarter 4!

Wayland, MA was our top Franchise of the Month for December and for the combined last quarter of 2014! Awesome job! Congrats again to Bob Kaplan and his team for their continued success!

January 1st, 2015

Congratulations to Wayland, MA for being our December Franchise of the Month!

Congratulations to Bob Kaplan and his Wayland, MA team for being our December Franchise of the Month! Bob is a multi-studio owner; he also owns and operates studios in Wellesley, Westford, and Weston.

December 17th, 2014

Entrepreneur has named Get In Shape for Women one of the Top 500 Franchises for the fifth year in a row. Get in Shape for Women is ranked 289th overall and 9th of 21 in the fitness category. Entrepreneur emphasizes the fact that “fitness studios with smaller footprints and specialized workouts are succeeding by creating a more personal experience for clients and keeping costs down for franchisees.” This is exactly what the Get In Shape For Women business model is focused on. The training spotlights small group personal training with an emphasis on four key components: Weight Training, Cardio, Nutrition, and Accountability. With a new studio in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, and continued expansion to the West Coast, including 4 new studios in California (Petaluma, Thousand Oaks, Santa Rosa, and San Anselmo), Get In Shape For Women is looking forward to their continuing success and growth in 2015.

December 1st, 2014

Congratulations to Winchester, MA for being our November Franchise of the Month!

Congratulations to Maria Pennington and her team for being named our November 2014 Franchise of the Month! Maria joined Get In Shape For Women as a client at our Winchester, MA studio in January 2013.

Winchester brought in 10 new clients in November bringing the total number of active members to 164. Congrats to everyone for all of their hard work!

“Knowing that you’re helping to improve women’s lives and to transform them is such a rewarding experience.” Hear more from Maria in the video below as she discusses her journey from joining Get In Shape For Women as a client, her transformation, to her decision to become more involved in the program as a manager, and ultimately her decision to purchase and operate her own studio.

January 9th, 2014

[Bay Area|BizTalk]

Get In Shape For Women’s CEO featured in San Francisco Business Times as the company continues growth on the west coast.

May 17th, 2013

[Entrepreneur Magazine (June 2013) 100 Brilliant Companies]

Liz McGill and Get In Shape For Women are featured in Entrepreneur Magazine’s June 2013 100 Brilliant Companies.

May 4th, 2013

[Brian & Melissa Cook with Liz McGill]

Brian Cook, Founder & his wife, Melissa Cook, visit Liz McGill’s Open House. Liz McGill is the 2012 Multi-Unit Franchise Owner of the Year. Melissa is a client of the Get In Shape For Women Needham, MA studio and has lost 18 pounds while working out at the studio.

March 11th, 2013

Congratulations to Winchester, MA for being our Franchise of the Month!

Congratulations to Bob Kaplan, owner of the Winchester, MA studio, and his entire team for being the February Franchise of the Month.

February 18th, 2013

Congratulations to Burlington, MA for the Results in 2 Weeks Award for January!

Congratulations to Tracy and Shaun Spaniol and their team in Burlington, MA for earning the Results in 2 Weeks Award for January.

February 11th, 2013

Congratulations to Julia Jacob and her Weymouth, MA team for opening our 103rd Studio Location! Located at 1025 Main Street in Weymouth, MA.

February 4th, 2013

Congratulations to Newton Centre, MA for being our Franchise of the Month!

Congratulations to Kim Williams, owner of the Newton Centre, MA studio, and her entire team for being the January Franchise of the Month.

Congratulations to Mill Valley, CA for the Results in 2 Weeks Award for January!

Congratulations to Dave Waluk and his team in Mill Valley, CA for earning the Results in 2 Weeks Award for January.

January 7th, 2013

Congratulations to all of our Franchise Owners for their great success in 2012!

2012 Franchise Awards:

December 27, 2012

Get In Shape For Women Ranked Among The Franchise Elite in Entrepreneur’s Fortune 500®

“We are pleased and honored to be recognized in the Franchise 500 for the third year in a row,” said Lou DeFrancisco, president and COO of Get In Shape For Women. “This recognition reinforces our ongoing commitment to providing an outstanding business opportunity for potential franchisees and supporting our business owners nationwide.” (Read more)

November 14, 2012

Congratulations to St. Louis Park, MN for being October Franchise of the Month!

Kudos to Sandra Fielder, owner of the St. Louis Park, MN studio, and her entire team for being the October Franchise of the Month.

October 24, 2012

Get In Shape For Women celebrates the Grand Opening of its 100th location Friday, Nov. 2 in La Grange, IL, run by Maureen Nosek. The new studio – the company’s first Illinois location – also marks the beginning of an expansion initiative in which area representatives will sign development agreements to solicit and support additional studios in their designated territories. Nosek will earn 50 percent of the franchise fee for all new studios, as well as 50 percent of total royalties for the franchises she signs.

October 8, 2012

Congratulations to Georgetown, MA for being September Franchise of the Month!

Kudos to Paul Boyer, owner of the Georgetown, MA studio, and his entire team for being September Franchise of the Month.

September 17, 2012

Congratulations to Lexington, MA for being August Franchise of the Month!

Kudos to Kim Prough, owner of the Lexington, MA studio, and her entire team for being August Franchise of the Month.

September 15, 2012

Congratulations to Jon Hailey and the Abington, MA team for opening their studio!

August, 2012

Welcome to Maureen Nosek in LaGrange, IL for signing GISFW’s first Area Representative Agreement, contracting the right solicit and support 10 franchises near and around Chicago over the next 5 years.

August, 2012

Congratulations to Steve Turner and the Peabody, MA team for opening their studio!

August, 2012

Congratulations to David VanWye for opening his second studio in Fishers, IN. His other studio is located nearby in Carmel, IN.

August, 2012

Congratulations to Taylor Caldwell for opening our second studio in North Carolina. His studio is located in Durham, NC.

August 15, 2012

Congratulations to Georgetown, MA for being July Franchise of the Month!

Kudos to Paul Boyer, owner of the Georgetown, MA studio, and his entire team for being July Franchise of the Month.

August 8, 2012

Get In Shape For Women has earned the position of 510 on the 2012 Inc. 5000 list. Additionally, the franchise is ranked #36 in the Health Industry and #18 in Boston.

July 9, 2012

Congratulations to Summit, NJ for being June Franchise of the Month!

Kudos to Michael O’Koomian, owner of the Summit, NJ studio, and his entire team for being June Franchise of the Month.

June 11, 2012

Congratulations to Summit, NJ for being May Franchise of the Month!

Kudos to Michael O’Koomian, owner of the Summit, NJ studio, and his entire team for being May Franchise of the Month.

May 14, 2012

Get In Shape For Women To Open In Illinois!

Maureen Nosek has entered into an agreement to open a new Get In Shape For Women location in La Grange, Illinois. We are very excited to see her open the first Illinois studio in mid-2012.

May 8, 2012

Congratulations to Medfield for being April Franchise of the Month!

Kudos to Liz McGill, owner of the Medfield, MA studio, and her entire team for being April Franchise of the Month

April 9, 2012

Congratulations to Plymouth for being March Franchise of the Month!

Kudos to Christine DaLuz, owner of the Plymouth, MA studio, and her entire team for being March Franchise of the Month

March 15, 2012

Congratulations to Lexington for being February Franchise of the Month!

Kudos to Kim Prough, owner of the Lexington, MA studio, and her entire team for being February Franchise of the Month

February 22, 2012

Top Trainer of 2011

Congratulations Winchester, MA and owners Bob and Emily Kaplan for earning the award of the Top Trainer of 2011. Congratulations to that studio and the Franchise's Top Trainer!

February 22, 2012

2011 Franchise of the Year!

Congratulations to Georgetown, MA and owners Paul and Lynn Boyer for being the 2011 Franchise of the Year! In addition, Georgetown proudly boasts the 2011 Manager of the Year.

February 8, 2012

Congratulations to Georgetown for being January Franchise of the Month!

Kudos to Paul Boyer, owner of the Georgetown, MA studio, and his entire team for being January Franchise of the Month.

January 27, 2012

Congratulations to Acton for being December Franchise of the Month!

Kudos to Andy Maus, owner of the Acton, MA studio, and his entire team for being December Franchise of the Month.

November 10, 2011

Congratulations to Waldwick, NJ for being November Franchise of the Month!

Kudos to Ed Nelson, owner of the Waldwick, NJ studio, and his entire team for being November Franchise of the Month.

November 10, 2011

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Elizabeth “Beth” Williams, the Winner of the August 2011 12-Week Body Transformation Challenge. Over 12 weeks Beth lost 35.8 lbs, 20.1% of her body weight and 11.3% body fat! Beth Williams is a client at the Chestnut Hill Studio in MA which is owned by Steve and Lissa Brooks.

November 3, 2011

Congratulations to Winchester, MA for being October Franchise of the Month!

Kudos to Bob and Emily Kaplan, owners of the Winchester, MA studio, and their entire team for being October Franchise of the Month.

October 7, 2011

Congratulations to Georgetown, MA for being September Franchise of the Month!

Kudos to Paul Boyer, owner of the Georgetown, MA studio, and his entire team for being September Franchise of the Month.

September 17, 2011

Congratulations to Lexington, MA for being August Franchise of the Month!

Kudos to Kim Prough, owner of the Lexington, MA studio, and her entire team for being August Franchise of the Month.

August 5, 2011

Congratulations to Georgetown, MA for being July Franchise of the Month!

Kudos to Paul Boyer, owner of the Georgetown, MA studio, and his entire team for being July Franchise of the Month.

July 18, 2011

Top 10 Small Businesses of 2011

The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce has named the Top 10 Small Businesses of 2011….and Get In Shape For Women is a winner! Read more…

July 15, 2011

Congratulations to Summit, NJ for being June Franchise of the Month!

Kudos to Michael O’Koomian, owner and operator of the Summit, NJ studio for being June Franchise of the Month.

July 12, 2011

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Linda Rowe, the Winner of the March 2011 12 Week Body Transformation Challenge. Over 12 weeks Linda lost 35 lbs, 21% of her body weight and 6% of her body fat! Linda is a client at the Waldwick, NJ studio which is owned and operated by Ed Nelson.

June 30, 2011

Congratulations to Our Studios who won Reader’s Choice Awards of 2011 in MA!

Acton, MA Honorable Mention Health Club and Honorable Mention Weight Loss Center
Arlington, MA #1 Weight Loss Center and Honorable Mention Health Club. Bronze Place for Regional Weight Loss Center.
Bedford, MA #1 Weight Loss Center and Honorable Mention Health Club
Belmont, MA Honorable Mention Weight Loss Center
Beverly, MA Honorable Mention Weight Loss Center
Canton, MA #1 Weight Loss Center an Honorable Mention Health Club
Chelmsford, MA Honorable Mention Health Club
Concord, MA #1 Weight Loss Center
Framingham, MA Honorable Mention Weight Loss Center
Franklin, MA Honorable Mention Weight Loss Center
Georgetown, MA #1 Health Club and #1 Weight Loss Center. Bronze Place for Regional Weight Loss Center.
Lexington, MA Honorable Mention Weight Loss Center
Marblehead, MA #1 Weight Loss Center. Bronze Place for Regional Weight Loss Center.
Marshfield, MA #1 Weight Loss Center and Honorable Mention Health Club.
Medford, MA Honorable Mention Health Club
Needham, MA #1 Weight Loss Center
Newton Center, MA Honorable Mention Weight Loss Center. Bronze Place for Regional Weight Loss Center.
Newtonville, MA Honorable Mention Weight Loss Center. Bronze Place for Regional Weight Loss Center.
Plymouth, MA Honorable Mention Weight Loss Center
Sharon, MA #1 Health Club
Wayland, MA #1 Weight Loss Center
West Roxbury, MA #1 Weight Loss Center and Honorable Mention Health Club
Westborough, MA Honorable Mention Weight Loss Center. Silver Place for Regional Weight Loss Center.
Westwood, MA #1 Weight Loss Center
Winchester, MA #1 Weight Loss Center and Honorable Mention Health Club. Bronze Place for Regional Weight Loss Center.

June 29, 2011

First GISFW studio in North Carolina!

Larry Killingsworth has entered into an agreement to open the first GISFW studio in North Carolina! We are very pleased to have them on board, and we know this new franchise will experience the amazing success exemplified by the ones before it.

June 24, 2011

Lexington, MA, 2010 Studio of the Year showcases the foundations of success!

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June 13, 2011

Get In Shape For Women To Open in Virginia

Tony Pannone and Mandy Pannone have entered into an agreement to open the first GISFW studio in Virginia! We are very pleased to have them on board, and we know this new franchise will experience the amazing success exemplified by the ones before it.

June 9, 2011

Congratulations to Georgetown, MA for being March Franchise of the Month!

Kudos to Manager, Billy Pool and owners Paul and Lynn Boyer of the Georgetown, MA studio for being May Franchise of the Month.

June 6, 2011

Get In Shape For Women has been named on Franchise Update's Winner's Circle for June, 2011! Over 75 studios open across the country!

“As savvy franchise companies continue to flourish in a challenging economy, FUSR continues to bring you good news each month, highlighting brands that are adding units, increasing comp store sales, striking deals with investors, innovating, and continuing to grow, whether domestically or overseas.” Click here to read more!

May 26, 2011

Get In Shape For Women To Open in Georgia

Jennifer Spann and Janey Walker have entered into an agreement to open the first GISFW studio in Georgia! We are very pleased to have them on board, and we know this new franchise will experience the amazing success exemplified by the ones before it.

May 19, 2011

Some of our female franchise owners

This article on Yahoo is about some of our female franchise owners who began their journey with Get In Shape For Women as clients! Click here to read...

May 18, 2011

First Franchise Expo in New Jersey

Get In Shape For Women Proudly Boasts 75 Studios Open and the Launch of the First Franchise Expo in New Jersey on Saturday, May 21st from 1-3pm. Read More...

May 10, 2011

Spring Open House

Get In Shape For Women hosts Spring Open House Saturday May 14 from 1-3pm!

May 6, 2011

Congratulations to Georgetown, MA for being March Franchise of the Month!

Kudos to Manager, Billy Pool and owners Paul and Lynn Boyer of the Georgetown, MA studio for being April Franchise of the Month.

April 29, 2011

Integral pieces of our clients' body transformation

Get In Shape For Women knows that structure and accountability are integral pieces of our clients' body transformation. Read about one client's experiences losing 50 lbs!

April 20, 2011

Benefits of strength training within the GISFW Model

Get In Shape For Women Clients and trainers know that strength training for women is a huge factor in body transformation. Read this article published on CNBC about the advantages and benefits of strength training within the GISFW Model!

April 15, 2011

Get In Shape For Women Clients are Running Towards Improved Health!

Get In Shape for Women clients ran their first 5k race this past St. Patrick’s Day! Read all about it in an article on cnbc.com.

April 10, 2011

April Franchise School

Many new managers and two members of the GISFW corporate team have just completed April Franchise School! Congrats and Good luck! Your studios will be very excited to have you!

April 8, 2011

Congratulations to Chelmsford, MA for being March Franchise of the Month!

Kudos to Manager, Terri Foster and owners, Charlie Minasian and Varouj Abkarian of the Chelmsford, MA studio for being March Franchise of the Month.

March 17, 2011

GISFW on the Franchise 500 list

Read about our ranking on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 list as published by CNBC!

March 14, 2011

The GISFW Mini-Cooper has arrived!

Get In Shape For Women has recently revealed the newest member of their team: The purple mini! Look for your studio's mini cooper coming soon! Click here for photos!

March, 2011

March Franchise School

Many new Owners and Managers have just completed March Franchise School. Congratulations to all and good luck! Your studios are very lucky to have you!

March 11, 2011

Congratulations to Ridgewood, NJ for being February Franchise of the Month!

Many congratulations to Ridgewood, NJ for being the February Franchise of the month and Brad Moss, Ridgewood's manager! The Ridgewood, NJ Franchise is owned by Michael O'Koomian. Since opening 10 months ago, Ridgewood, NJ has been Franchise of the month 5 times.

February 28, 2011

Get In Shape For Women launches its SPRING 2011 12 Week Body Transformation Challenge!

Weigh-in starting March 1, 2011 and transform your body in 12 weeks! Our Grand Prize Winner gets a Mini-Cooper and a Year of Free Training! Call your local studio today!

February 18, 2011

Click HERE for photos of our Year End Celebration and Awards Ceremony!