Basic Info

Name:
Chris Rondeau
Contributor Status:
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Initial Contribution Date:
04/03/2014
Primary Location:
Portsmouth, NH, USA

Career Info

Primary Industry:
Health, Wellness and Fitness
Personal Career Headline:
CEO of Planet Fitness
Business Description (One-Liner):

Fitness Centers – Known for being “Judgement Free”

Experience Timeline:
21-30 years of work experience

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Career Snapshot:

Chris became CEO in January 2013, after serving as the brand’s Chief Operating Officer since 2003. One of Planet Fitness’ original founders joining the company in 1993, Rondeau played a critical role in developing the unique, low-cost / high-value business model and lean operating systems that has revolutionized both the fitness and franchising industry. Still today, Planet Fitness is the only health club in the industry that prides itself on creating a non-intimidating, affordable environment for first time or occasional gym users.

Rondeau, an entrepreneur at heart, started working at age 14 managing a family-owned chain of drugstores throughout New England before working at what became the first Planet Fitness at age 19. Rondeau attended the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. He enjoys fishing, spending time with friends and vacationing in Florida with his wife and four children.

What Else To Know

One food and drink on earth, what would you choose?:

Steak and beer.

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The most important traits in becoming a successful CEO are…

Gaining the respect and admiration from people within the organization so they drive to satisfy the demands of the company and bring the vision to life. In addition, having employees believe in the same vision you have is key.

What is your daily fitness regime?

30 Minutes 4 – 5 days a week. In the summer I do more cardio and also run outside.

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Founded in 1992 in Dover, N.H., Planet Fitness is now the fastest-growing full size health club franchise in the United States, and has revolutionized the industry with a combination of extremely low prices and a unique, friendly, and hassle-free environment called the Judgement Free Zone®.

Planet Fitness has more than 750 locations nationwide and has grown to more than 5 million members. The company prides itself on giving people an unbeatable value, top-notch facilities, and an atmosphere that focuses on the needs of occasional or first-time gym users rather than hard-core fitness fanatics. All Planet Fitness clubs feature a wide selection of brand-name cardio and strength equipment, and provide unlimited fitness instruction with all memberships.

Planet Fitness is a national brand partner of NBC’s The Biggest Loser

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