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Life Time Fitness

Life Time, Inc. is a chain of luxury athletic resort health clubs in the United States and Canada.[1]

Life Time, Inc.
FCA ltd.
Founded1990; 29 years ago (1990) (as FCA, Ltd.)
1992; 27 years ago (1992) (as Life Time Fitness, Inc.)
FounderBahram Akradi
HeadquartersChanhassen, Minnesota, U.S.
Area served
United States and Canada
Key people
Bahram Akradi,
OwnerLeonard Green & Partners
TPG Capital
Number of employees


Life Time Athletic, Chanhassen, Minnesota
Life Time Inc. facility, Alpharetta, Georgia

The company was founded by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bahram Akradi.[1] The company was incorporated in 1990 as FCA, Ltd., a Minnesota corporation, and registered the name Life Time Fitness in 1992.[2] The first club opened in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.[3] Several locations were added to the Minneapolis–St. Paul area before the chain expanded to suburban communities in other states. Most Life Time Fitness centers are located in exurban or fringe suburban areas in medium to large-sized metropolitan areas, with some locations in central city or inner suburban areas. The oldest facility is in Eagan, Minnesota. In 2017 they announced plans for a new facility inside of the Southdale Mall in Edina, Minnesota replacing the former tenant J.C. Penney.[4]

Clubs in more populated affluent metropolitan areas fall under the "Life Time Athletic" name while others in smaller metropolitan regions are known as "Life Time Fitness" clubs.[2]

In addition to its health clubs, the company has created or acquired, as of 2012, more than 200 annual races in the United States. These include the Life Time Tri Series, the Leadville Race Series, the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival in Hayward, Wisconsin,[5] the Dirty Kanza gravel bicycle race, and the Miami Marathon.[6]

In August 2014, Life Time Fitness, a publicly traded company, considered becoming a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) in response to pressure from its largest shareholder, Marcato Capital Management. In March 2015, Life Time was acquired by private equity firms TPG Capital and Leonard Green & Partners in a leveraged buyout.[7][8]


Several employees of Life Time Fitness took the firm to court for withholding wages in 2004.[9] In 2009, a court ruled in favor of employees in the case of Baden-Winterwood v. Life Time Fitness Inc., with a judgment that employees must be paid in accordance with federal and state wage-and-hour laws which require overtime pay for hours worked in excess of 40 in a workweek.[10]

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  1. ^ "Who's Who in Fitness". Archived from the original on 2012-09-23.
  2. ^ "Twin Cities health clubs go national".
  3. ^ "Fact Sheet". Archived from the original on 2012-07-24.
  4. ^ "Miss Penney's already? See "Southdale at 60" exhibit, closing Aug. 31". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2017-06-07.
  5. ^ Pearson, Stephanie (September 2012). "Meet the New Boss". Outside. pp. 26–28.
  6. ^ "Athletic Events". Life Time. Retrieved 2019-01-23.
  7. ^ Tan, Gillian (March 16, 2015). "Leonard Green, TPG to Take Life Time Fitness Private". Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  8. ^ Waite, Kirstin (March 16, 2015). "Life Time Fitness sold to private equity firms in deal valued at more than US$4 billion". Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  9. ^ Mark Tabakman (June 8, 2009). "Salary Deductions Can Make Workers Lose Exempt Status". Wage & Hour. Retrieved 2012-08-20. ... For example, in Baden-Winterwood v. Life Time Fitness Inc., the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held that deductions made by a health and fitness center employer from the base salaries of department heads to recoup portions of paid bonuses when the employees’ performance fell below a certain prescribed level caused the workers to lose their exempt status under the Fair Labor Standards Act. ...
  10. ^ Griffing, Marjorie (November 1, 2009). "Not making the case for recovering overpayments from exempt employees". Payroll Manager's Report. Archived from the original on August 24, 2014. Retrieved 2012-08-20. Employees must be paid in accordance with federal and state wage-and-hour-laws, including laws requiring overtime pay for hours worked in excess of 40 in a workweek ... Baden-Winterwood et al. v. Life Time Fitness Inc. ...

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