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9Round Franchise Opening In UNC-Charlotte Area!

Helen Bush

The 9Round Corporate Team is proud to announce the opening of our newest franchise in the University of North Carolina-Charlotte area!  Maria Rogers and Wendy Melson will be opening the doors on April 20, 2013 at 9 am.  Wendy and Maria are very excited to be a part of such an exciting brand, and will be on track to open more gyms in the not too distant future. In the tradition of 9Round we wanted to give more information on Wendy and Maria and how they draw their inspiration:

Maria Rogers


A friend of mine turned me on to 9Round and I have not been able to stop thinking about it from the moment she said the words "9Round Kickboxing gym, you’re going to love it!" I have been in the fitness industry for over 10 years as a personal trainer and boot camp instructor and I knew that I wanted to be a part of this.  It fits all the industry trends and most of all it is just awesome! My next thought was to talk to Wendy Melson, a client turned friend for 4 years. This girl loves working out, she is in killer shape and she loves to box. Wendy and I have done USMC Mud Runs, 1/2 marathons, weekly runs, and workouts together.  My parents died too young from poor health and 13 years ago I was on the same path, being 40 lbs over weight. I lost that 40 lbs by eating right and kick boxing!  It changed my life, I became a trainer and have been dedicated to this ever since.  It is really the most rewarding industry to be in.  I call it the preventive side of health care. I will have to say it was not easy for us to get to this point. We really fought for this and we are so grateful for some wonderful people that believe in us enough to invest.  They believe in us and in the concept of 9Round!
We are more than ready to get started and to get people in the University area in shape 9Rounds at a time!
Maria Rogers

Wendy Melson

Having been introduced to boxing as a form of exercise more than 15 years ago, I was all over the 9Round concept as soon as Maria told me about it. I lost my job twice within a 1 year period while working in the corporate world and saw co-owning a 9Round with Maria as a way to free myself from corporate America and live the dream (my dream). I honestly could not be more passionate about anything! After attending Discovery Day in Oct, we certainly did our homework by contacting and/or visiting almost all of the 9Round locations as well as becoming very close to the Corporate Team. Everyone in the 9Round Nation has been welcoming and very patient as well as supportive to us through this process.  We are super excited to open our first and then our second location!
Wendy Melson

The Latest on 9Round Franchising, LLC:

9Round is one of America’s fastest growing fitness franchises. Evidencing this, 9Round Franchising, LLC debuted in Entrepreneur Magazine’s prestigious 2013 Franchise 500, a historic measure of growth and respect in the fitness industry.

The company started franchising in late 2009 and had one gym open at the start of 2010. We now have 40 more gyms open and are on track to double the size of our chain this year.

If you want to know more about the 9Round Nation franchise opportunity, please contact Gary Findley, Director of Sales, at or fill out a Request for Consideration found in the Franchising section of our home page.

Helen Bush
Helen Bush is a self employed fitness writer who works with many health and fitness blogs. At a young age she discovered her passion for fitness and encouraging others. Helen enjoys being active and loves working out. In her middle and high school years she played an active part in her school basketball teams. Now she loves to study and participate in dance to help her stay active and fit. Her main goal is to help motivate others and push them to reach their fitness goals.