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  • Chains like Flywheel, Gold’s Gym, 24 Hour Fitness, and YogaWorks have all filed for bankruptcy amid the pandemic.
  • Despite the meltdown, some digital fitness brands and websites like Peloton and Fringesport are seeing growth.
  • SimilarWeb, which provides global digital traffic insights about websites and apps, shared an exclusive report of the 15 fastest-growing online fitness brands during the pandemic.
  • The data specifically ranks the 15 highest-performing brands by year-over-year average monthly traffic growth from March 1 to July 31.
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Fitness chains are struggling amid the pandemic. 

Last week, Town Sports International, the parent company of New York Sports Clubs, Boston Sports Clubs, and other gym chains, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The next day, Flywheel filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and said it will permanently close all 42 of its studios. 

These chains join a growing list of fitness chains including Gold’s Gym, 24 Hour Fitness, and YogaWorks, all of which have filed for bankruptcy amid the pandemic.

But some digital fitness brands and websites, like Peloton and Fringesport, are seeing growth as consumers switch from in-person to online classes.  

SimilarWeb, which provides global digital traffic insights about websites and apps, shared an exclusive report of the 15 fastest-growing fitness brands during the pandemic with Business Insider. The data specifically ranks the 15 highest performing fitness brands by year-over-year average monthly traffic growth from March 1 through the end of July. 

Brands on the list represent a mix of popular and lesser-known direct-to-consumer brands as well as larger companies within the fitness industry, like Peloton. Altogether, the top 15 fitness sites increased 196.4% in terms of traffic compared to the same period last year.

All brands represented on the list have seen at least 28,000 monthly visits to their sites.

“Workout equipment brands have seen tremendous growth since stay-at-home orders began in March. These brands are making waves across industries with an average growth rate of 196% across the top 15 sites,” said Jamie Drayton, SimilarWeb lead financial services and eCommerce consultant. “As these fitness sites continue to grow, I expect to see new partnerships and additional acquisitions pop up.”

From Mirror to PowerBlock, here are the 15 fastest-growing fitness brands defying the fitness meltdown, according to SimilarWeb data.

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Average monthly visits to site: 551,000

Year over year growth: 148.9%

Founder: Brynn Putnam

Mirror allows users to participate in interactive workout classes from via a digital, full-sized screen that resembles a mirror. Lululemon recently acquired the company for $500 million.

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roguefitness.com


Average monthly visits to site: 4.2 million

Year over year growth: 152.2%

Founder: Bill Henniger

Rogue Fitness is a manufacturer of strength and conditioning equipment, including gear used for CrossFit, as well as barbells, plates, and racks. Rogue Fitness specifically markets products for building out home gyms, which have become popular during the pandemic.

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Average monthly visits to site: 1.5 million

Year over year growth: 176.5%

Founder: Edward Pauls

NordicTrack is a manufacturer of home exercise equipment including treadmills, ellipticals, exercise bikes, rowers, and its hallmark Nordic ski machine. The company also makes a program of interactive at-home personal training videos called iFit, which is currently free for one year with the purchase of a NordicTrack product.

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fringesport.com


Average monthly visits to site: 199,000

Year over year growth: 191.6%

Founder: Peter Keller

FringeSport is a supplier of weightlifting, strength, and conditioning equipment for building at at-home gyms, including a range of products from squat racks and barbells to rowers and CrossFit gear.

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Peloton


Average monthly visits to site: 3.1 million

Year over year growth: 202.6%

Founder: John Foley

Peloton is an exercise equipment company that specializes in high-end indoor cycling bikes and treadmills, and creates accompanying media that enables users to tune into live classes.

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xterrafitness.com


Average monthly visits to site: 28,000

Year over year growth: 213%

Founder: Tom Kiely

XTERRA Fitness is a home exercise equipment manufacturer that specializes in cardio equipment including treadmills, rowers, bikes, ellipticals, and seated steppers.

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Average monthly visits to site: 1 million

Year over year growth: 213.5%

Founder: Dosho Shifferaw

Bowflex is a home fitness brand that is best known for its resistance exercise machine that can enable users to do more than 100 different exercises. The company also makes various cardio machines and weights.

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horizonfitness.com


Average monthly visits to site: 135,000

Year over year growth: 219.9%

Founder: Peter Lo

Horizon Fitness manufactures treadmills, stationary bikes, and ellipticals. The brand’s Studio Series can connect with top fitness streaming apps and trackers like Peloton or Zwift through its bluetooth speakers and heart rate receiver, so users have the flexibility to use their favorite programs with the machines.

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www.nautilus.com


Average monthly visits to site: 89,000

Year over year growth: 229.6%

Founder: Arthur Jones

Nautilus is a home fitness equipment maker that owns Bowflex, Schwinn Fitness, and other fitness brands, as well as makes its own line of cardio equipment. The original Nautilus machine was developed by founder Arthur Jones in the 1960s.

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Amazon


Average monthly visits to site: 520,000

Year over year growth: 356.5%

Founder: Trevor Larsen

Sole Fitness makes cardio equipment including treadmills, bikes, rowers, and ellipticals. The company initially only sold its products to hotels, but now offers products to general consumers and markets itself as a fair-priced option for home fitness.

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Echelon


Average monthly visits to site: 218,000

Year over year growth: 406.2%

Founder: Lou Lentine

Echelon makes connected bikes as well as mirrors that offer fitness classes of all disciplines, from cycling and meditation to boxing, cardio, and strength. The company is a competitor to Peloton that offers bikes at a lower price point.

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Average monthly visits to site: 137,000

Year over year growth: 452.6%

Founder: Bruce Smith

Hydrow is an indoor rowing machine with a touchscreen display that lets users view on-demand and live video workouts from a set of instructors that includes Olympians and world-class rowers. Leaderboard components create community and competition within the app.

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schwinnfitness.com


Average monthly visits to site: 248,000

Year over year growth: 472.5%

Founder: Ignaz Schwinn and Adolph Fredrick William Arnold

Schwinn is best known for its indoor cycling bikes, but also makes ellipticals, treadmills, and rowers. Schwinn was founded in 1895 as a bicycle company called Arnold, Schwinn & Company, and began creating indoor bicycles in the 1960s.

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Average monthly visits to site: 383,000

Year over year growth: 604%

Founder: Aly Orady

Tonal is an at-home strength training machine that uses magnets and electricity to change resistance, so users can use up to 200 lbs. of resistance in a device the company says is “smaller than a flat-screen TV.” The machine also has a screen with video workouts.

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Powerblock


Average monthly visits to site: 211,000

Year over year growth: 648.1%

Founder: Carl Towley

PowerBlock makes adjustable dumbbells. Users can adjust the PowerBlock weight using pins, so they can have a full set of dumbbells without taking up lots of space.

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