LA Fitness is a privately owned American health club chain with over 500 clubs across 25 US states and Canada making it the largest gym chain in the US. The company was formed in 1984 and is based in Irvine, California. In 1995, LA Fitness designed and built a new multipurpose sports and fitness club that became the company' s signature model at the time. This prototypical design starts with the strength and cardio equipment, free weights and group exercise room that are found in most fitness centers and adds a swimming pool and court sports (basketball and racquetball in most locations) to offer LA Fitness members a wider variety of workout options. In 2007, the company expanded outside of the United States by way of an acquisition of six fitness clubs, in Toronto, Canada. Also of notable size, in 2010 the company acquired 10 locations in Phoenix from Pure Fitness Arizona. On July 2, 2012, the company completed the acquisition of all 33 Lifestyle Family Fitness Clubs in Florida. LA Fitness remains a privately owned company, with major ownership interests held by private equity firms Seidler Equity Partners, CIVC Partners and Madison Dearborn Partners.
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