Winning Partnership – Jackie Chan Teams Up with California Fitness to open New Blockbuster Signature Health Clubs
Winning Partnership –
Jackie Chan Teams Up with California Fitness
to open New Blockbuster Signature Health Clubs
Hong Kong: 15 March, 2005 – California Fitness, part of 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide, a global leader in health and fitness facilities, announces its partnership today with international superstar and fitness devotee Jackie Chan. The partnership includes the creation of California Fitness Jackie Chan signature clubs the first of which will open in May 2005 at Prestige Tower, Nathan Road in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.
“Physical activity has been an essential part of my daily life since I was a student at the China Drama Academy and continues to play a major role in both my career and personal life,” said Jackie Chan. “California Fitness is dedicated to ‘Changing people’s lives through fitness’ and to making fitness fun and accessible to all – goals which are very close to my own heart. I am extremely excited about joining forces with Asia’s leading fitness company to get more people involved in exercise. I look forward to sharing the amazing benefits of an active lifestyle with people from all walks of life, both at home in Asia and around the world,” Mr. Chan continued.
“Jackie Chan is known throughout the world for his incredible athletic ability, energy and total dedication to fitness. We’re honored to work with such an amazing icon and hero who not only embraces, but personifies fitness,” said Mark S. Mastrov, chairman and CEO, 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide. Mr. Mastrov continued, “His humanitarian efforts are just as inspiring as his athletic feats. We believe this is just the beginning of many incredible projects California Fitness will embark on with Jackie Chan to further the fitness cause.”
Future clubs are slated for Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, China and other select countries across Asia and around the world. Mr. Chan, who has long been an ambassador and advocate of good health and fitness, will be actively involved in tailoring the ambience and facilities of all California Fitness Jackie Chan Sport Clubs to create his very own signature. As inspiration to our members, clubs will feature large custom-made murals and Jackie Chan memorabilia, as well as exclusive “Jackie Chan classes,” which will capture the beloved action hero’s infectious spirit, energy and passion.
In keeping with California Fitness style, innovation and service, this 35,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art, full-service fitness facility will feature numerous amenities, including an extensive line of cardio machines, resistance equipment and a complete range of free weights. Both male and female members will have access to steam and sauna facilities.
Clubs will also offer cutting-edge group exercise classes almost every hour of everyday from 7:00 am to 10:30 pm, while internationally certified personal trainers will also be on hand to help members attain their fitness goals. In addition, a wide assortment of nutritional supplements, Jackie Chan fitness apparel and accessories will be available at the clubs’ Pro Shop.
About California Fitness
California Fitness, part of 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide (comprising over 340 fitness facilities worldwide) is acknowledged as the leading light in the Asian fitness industry. Ranked in the top 10% of Asia’s top 1,000 brands compiled by Media Portfolio, July 2004 & 2005, California Fitness has six locations in Hong Kong, three in Singapore, five in Taiwan and two in Malaysia. Aggressive expansion is intended for all existing and new markets.
California Fitness (as part of 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide) aims to establish itself as the strongest global provider of fitness services and products and prides itself on making a difference through health and fitness in the countries and communities that it serves.
California Fitness believes in its goal, to ‘Change People’s Lives Through Fitness’ and is committed to delivering exciting programmes with unparalleled service in state-ofthe-art premises.
This mission has led to brand recognition throughout Asia and to California Fitness receiving acclaim with the following prestigious awards:
Ranked in the top 10% and the No.1 Fitness Centre in Asia’s Top Brands Survey compiled by Media Portfolio, July 2004 & 2005.
Leader Award in the Health & Fitness Category of Superbrands Hong Kong 2002/2003
Top Service Award 2002 in the Fitness Centre Category of Next Magazine Hong Kong
About 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide
Headquartered in San Ramon, Calif., 24 Hour Fitness Worldwide, an innovative leader in the health and fitness industry, serves more than 3 million members in over 340 clubs across 16 different states and four countries in Asia.
Founded in 1983 as a one-club operation by Chairman and CEO Mark S. Mastrov, 24 Hour Fitness pioneered the concept of making fitness accessible, affordable and away of life for everyone. Supporting the communities it serves, 24 Hour Fitness sponsors many charitable events and organizations including the 2004 - 2008 U.S. Olympic Teams, American Cancer Society and the Magic Johnson, Andre Agassi and Lance Armstrong Foundations.
About Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan was Asia’s biggest box office star for more than 20 years before becoming an international super star in such blockbuster hits as Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2, Shanghai Noon, The Tuxedo and Shanghai Knights. He also has produced, directed and starred in scores of famous Asian films, including Rumble in the Bronx, First Strike, Drunken Master, Supercop, Operation Condor, Crime Story, Mr. Nice Guy, Armor of God and most recently, New Police Story Inspired by great film clowns like Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd, Chan has invented a unique style for film, combining humor and death-defying stunts which he has carried to extravagant heights that American films are only now attempting. A superb martial artist and acrobat, Chan has built his legend by putting his life on the line for his movies.
- Established, the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation (JCCF) in 1988 to help impoverished children, the disabled and the elderly, as well as students who are pursuing degrees in the sciences or performing arts and those who have been injured while filming movies.
- Recipient of MTV’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995.
- Hero of the animated television series Jackie Chan Adventures.
- Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2002.
- Active in numerous charities in Hong Kong and surrounding Asian countries.
- Donated $1.5 million to fight the SARS epidemic.
- Recently donated money towards the Tsunami Relief Fund and was one of the stars at the “Crossing Borders” marathon charity concert in Hong Kong to raise funds for survivors of the tsunami.
- Official ambassador to the 2008 Beijing Olympics and official ambassador of tourism for Hong Kong.
- Operates a vast entertainment empire including artist management, film distribution and film studios.
(Jackie Chan is represented by Willie Chan and Solon So at the JC Group.)