Fitness (magazine)

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Logo for Fitness.
Cover of the November/December 2009 issue of Fitness.
Editor-in-Chief Betty Wong
Categories Fitness
Frequency 10 / year
Publisher Lee Slattery
Total circulation
First issue 1992
Final issue April 2015 (print)
Company Meredith Corporation
Country United States United States
Based in New York City
Language English
ISSN 1060-9237

Fitness is a United States-based women's magazine, focusing on health, exercise, and nutrition. It is owned and published by the Meredith Corporation. The editor-in-chief of Fitness is Betty Wong.[2]


Fitness was launched in 1992, and was acquired by the Meredith Corporation from Bertelsmann's Gruner + Jahr in 2005.[3] In 2005, Fitness also launched its web presence, giving readers separate online resources for fitness and health tips alongside the magazine's monthly editorial content.[4] Betty Wong became Editor-in-Chief in September 2008, incorporating several changes to the magazine, creating several new columns and features.[2][5] In 2009, Fitness posted significant ad page gains according to the Publishers Information Bureau, increasing by 18.4% when overall magazine publishers' counts were down 27.9% industry-wide.[2][6] It was recognized for several awards, having been awarded "Most Improved Publication" and best "How-To/Instructional" feature in minOnline's Editorial and Design Awards.[7]

On January 28, 2015, it was reported that Meredith Corp. would acquired Shape Magazine and combine it with Fitness magazine's print edition. The Fitness website will continue to operate.[8][9]


Fitness editorial content centers largely on exercise, nutrition, health, and beauty. Fitness also conducts several real-world fitness and health-themed events to promote its brand and raise money for charity, including the Mind, Body, Spirit Games and a half-marathon in conjunction with fellow Meredith publication More magazine.[2][10][11]


  1. ^ "eCirc for Consumer Magazines". Audit Bureau of Circulations. June 30, 2011. Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d Fell, Jason (2009-07-14), "PIB: Meredith’s Fitness Reports Biggest Ad Page Gain Through the First Half", Folio Magazine, retrieved 2009-11-16 
  3. ^ Schein, Amy (2009-11-10). "Hoover's Company Records - Meredith Corporation". Hoover's, Inc. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  4. ^ Khicha, Preeti (2008-02-04). "Fitness Magazine balanced". Brandchannel. Retrieved 2009-11-17. 
  5. ^ Smith, Steve (2008-09-26), Fitness EIC Denise Brodey Replaced By Betty Wong, retrieved 2009-11-16 
  6. ^ Smith, Steve (2009-07-12), Free Fall: 2009 Ad Pages Drop 28%, retrieved 2009-12-03 
  7. ^ Smith, Steve (2009-11-18), min's Editorial & Design Awards, retrieved 2009-12-03 
  8. ^ Tess Stynes, Wall Street Journal."Meredith to Acquire Shape Magazine Brand."January 28, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  9. ^ Bill Mickey (2015-01-28). "Meredith Buys Shape From AMI for $60 Million". Folio. Retrieved 2015-03-09. 
  10. ^ Leven, Chalese (2009-09-25), FITNESS Holds Family Fun Fest, retrieved 2009-11-16 
  11. ^ Jonas, Greer (2009-04-29), More/Fitness Runs for Empowerment, retrieved 2009-11-16 

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