GREENVILLE, SC—October 12, 2021—Franchise Dictionary magazine recognizes Heather Hudson, co-founder and COO of 9Round Fitness, as one of the top 50 “Women of Wonder” (WOW) in 2021. This prestigious recognition highlights female franchising pioneers who have broken down barriers and paved the way for others to reach success.

"I’m honored to be among the 50 outstanding women receiving this nomination,” said Hudson. “It's been rewarding to watch how 9Round has impacted women's fitness journeys, with more than 70% of the franchise's membership now made up of females. As 9Round expands around the world, I'm excited to continue to encourage physical and mental strength through fitness.”

As the co-founder and COO, Hudson is involved with the day-to-day operations of 9Round with a focus on development of scalable systems for 9Round owners. Hudson is a black belt in Shotokan Karate, an avid fitness enthusiast and a mother of two. 9Round has allowed her to follow her passion for helping women in their fitness and business journeys.

“With more and more women making an impact in the franchise industry, we’re in the midst of a Pink Tsunami!” said Alesia Visconti, publisher & CEO, Franchise Dictionary magazine. “Women are the great disruptors in the franchising space, implementing innovative ideas and systems for their franchisees success. Our ‘50 Women of Wonder’ (WOW) are amazingly talented, strong, and dynamic female franchisors in the franchise industry. We thank them and are thrilled to celebrate their contributions!”

The full list of top 50 “Women of Wonder” can be found in the October issue of Franchise Dictionary magazine. Proceeds from this issue of Franchise Dictionary will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

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About 9Round

Founded in 2008 by professional kickboxer Shannon Hudson and his wife, Heather, 9Round is the world’s largest kicking boxing franchise both in gyms and online that brings kickboxing fitness training to the average person in a 30-minute, trainer-guided, full-body circuit format. The program is developed around a proprietary and copyrighted system of nine challenging workout stations created by Shannon himself. Since the workouts occur on a continuous circuit throughout the day, there are no scheduled class times. Members utilize 9ROUND PULSE, the brand’s wearable heart rate technology, to track effort, heart rate, calories burned and workout time during each 9Round session. In 2020, the brand launched 9RoundNOW, an official app that provides on-demand trainer-led workouts via video instruction by 9Round’s team of professional trainers. Today, there are nearly 700 9Round locations open and operating throughout 41 states and in 17 countries including Canada, Costa Rica, Australia, Guatemala, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mexico, Ecuador, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States. For more information, please visit

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