Athletic Republic Adds Yekaterinburg, Russia To Its Roster Of Performance Sports Training Facilities

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First Russian franchise joins international centers in Japan and the United Kingdom as Athletic Republic extends its brand outside North America.

Athletic Republic CEO Charlie Graves announced today the awarding of franchise rights to Russian businessman Igor Baladin, who plans to open the first Athletic Republic performance sports training center in Russia. The new facility will be located in the city of Yekaterinburg, and will be housed in the KRK Uralets arena, home of the professional hockey team Avtomobilist. The facility is scheduled to open early next spring.

According to Graves: "The awarding of this particular franchise stands as a testament to the success Athletic Republic is enjoying in the world market. In my conversations with Mr. Baladin, it was apparent that he was looking for a partnership with a science-based, results-oriented training company. I'm pleased he found us."

Baladin's son was in the United States training last year and experienced first-hand the benefits of Athletic Republic's hockey-specific training program. With the resurgence of Russian Hockey, Baladin hopes this first training center will soon be joined by as many as eight other centers in the cities of Sverdlovskaya, Oblast and Chelyabinsk over the next several years.

According to Kevin Barker, Athletic Republic's Vice President of Business Development: "The unique business model Athletic Republic offers allows for rapid development in the European Market, and the science-based approach makes the training program instantly credible. As Russian sport once again elevates to the world stage for the upcoming 2014 winter Olympics, they are determined to have the best hockey team in the world. Their desire to win has caused them to seek out a training model that is proven to produce results."

Barker went on to add: "Our training system offers the opportunity for all of Europe to experience the best training in the world. That, combined with our powerful business model for sports performance training, is a win for all parties involved"

About Athletic Republic:

Athletic Republic is the industry leader in performance sports training, with programs appropriate for athletes of all ages. Founded in 1990 on the continuing research of exercise physiologist John Frappier, M.S., and Stephen C. Swanson, M.S., Athletic Republic's training programs are available at more than 160 facilities throughout North America, United Kingdom and Japan.

For more information about Athletic Republic, visit http://www.athleticrepublic.com, or contact Deb Uglem at (701) 241-9018.

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