1990 (1990) (as FCA, Ltd.)
Life Time, Inc. is a chain of health clubs in the United States and Canada. Many of its facilities operate 24/7 and feature personal trainers, salons, food courts, child care centers, and indoor/outdoor pools.
The company was founded by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bahram Akradi. The company was incorporated in 1990 as FCA, Ltd., a Minnesota corporation, and registered the name Life Time Fitness in 1992. The first club opened in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. 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.
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.
Several employees of Life Time Fitness took the firm to court for withholding wages in 2004. 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.