October 02, 2008 // Franchising.com // Highlands Ranch, Colo. –– Health and fitness companies are taking on the cheeseburger, according to a new AOL ranking of top searches for franchise opportunities.

AOL Search (http://hotsearches.aol.com/) recently released its most searched for franchise opportunities. The list contained the top 10 most searched for business opportunities in the competitive franchise arena, which included such well known brands as McDonald’s, Subway and Denny’s.

But the growing Colorado-based Fitness Together Holdings, Inc., the world’s largest wellness company, also made the list with its two franchised business models: Fitness Together® (www.fitnesstogether.com), the world’s largest personal training organization; and elements therapeutic massage® (www.touchofelements.com), a massage therapy concept.

“Businesses that offer fitness services and the opportunity to live a healthier lifestyle have never had more interest of those who want to own their own franchise,” said Scott Wendrych, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Fitness Together Holdings, Inc. “In today’s economy, people want proven brands for career opportunities that also promote a better society. Today, we are realizing a record number of new people interested in owning their own Fitness Together® or elements therapeutic massage® business.”

Fitness Together® began franchising small personal training studios in 1996, offering every customer a tailored workout with his or her own personal trainer. The company has awarded more than 600 franchises and now has 419 fitness studios open nationwide. The franchisees employ more than 3,000 fitness trainers who are responsible for providing professional personal training services to nearly 20,000 clients each week.

elements therapeutic massage, Inc. began franchising in 2006 and has become one of the fastest-growing franchise concepts in America. The massage therapy franchisor has sold more than 100 franchises in 18 months and now has 55 massage studios open in 19 states.

About Fitness Together Holdings, Inc.:
Based in Highlands Ranch, Colo., Fitness Together Holdings, Inc., is the world’s largest wellness organization. The parent company oversees Fitness Together Franchise Corporation, a one-on-one personal training fitness franchisor established in 1996, and elements therapeutic massage www.touchofelements.com, a massage therapy franchisor that began franchising in 2006. Today, the combined franchise network includes more than 700 franchises across the United States, Costa Rica, Israel, Ireland, and Canada. For additional information, log onto www.fitnesstogether.com or call 877.663.0880 ext. 10.