Fitness Industry Leader Louis Welch, Co-founder, President and Co-CEO of Fitness International, LLC Passes

Broad Fitness reports that it is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Louis Welch, Co-founder, President and Co-CEO of Fitness International, LLC, owner of the LA Fitness brand, after a two-year battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his family and loved ones.

In reflecting on his passing, Broad Fitness said that "Louis’ impact on the Company and the health club industry cannot be overstated. He co-founded LA Fitness in Southern California in 1984. Under Chinyol Yi and Louis’ tremendous leadership, the Company has grown from a single location to one the country’s largest fitness club chains, with over 700 locations across the United States and Canada and four brands. As a driving force behind the LA Fitness signature design model and the Company’s commitment to enhancing the physical and emotional well-being of its members in each community it serves, Louis’ almost 40 years of passionate dedication to Fitness International, LLC has shaped it into the industry leader it is today."

Chinyol Yi, Executive Chairman, and the existing executive team are well positioned to continue driving Fitness International, LLC ‘s strategy and business forward.

About Fitness International, LLC

Fitness International, LLC has over 700 locations across 27 U.S. states and Canada. Operating the brand names LA Fitness, Esporta Fitness, City Sports Club, and Club Studio, the company's mission is to help as many people as possible achieve the benefits of a healthy lifestyle by creating a nationwide network of health clubs, offering its members the widest range of amenities and the friendliest service at an affordable price. To learn more about Fitness International's growth, visit,, and Follow Fitness International on Facebook, Instagram or by downloading its mobile apps.