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21 Feb 2019
ukactive CEO Steven Ward to step down
ukactive CEO Steven Ward to step down   Steven Ward will step down from his role as ukactive CEO in April 2019, after more than 12 years with the organisation. Ward is leaving to take up a role as chief transformation officer at Spanish fitness operator Ingesport, owner of the GoFit brand. He first joined ukactive in 2006 as a policy intern, .... More>>
21 Feb 2019
Zynk named design partner of UFC Gym - will create new boutique studio concept
Zynk named design partner of UFC Gym - will create new boutique studio concept   Franchised fitness operator UFC Gym has appointed zynk Design to help with its roll out into the UK market. As design partner, zynk will oversee the creation of UFC Gym clubs and studios, starting with the first two locations set to open later this year in Nottingham and Woking. The brief will see zynk create .... More>>
20 Feb 2019
First-of-its-kind medical gym set to debut at the Arts Club in London
First-of-its-kind medical gym set to debut at the Arts Club in London   The latest venture from German wellness operator, Lanserhof, is scheduled to open in May at the Arts Club in London. Designed by Dusseldorf-based firm Ingenhoven Architects, the six-storey gym – situated opposite the club on Dover Market Street in Mayfair – will be the first facility of its kind to offer club .... More>>
19 Feb 2019
Active Nation relaunches former Fit4Less site – plans 10 new openings
Active Nation relaunches former Fit4Less site – plans 10 new openings   Leisure trust Active Nation has opened a new club in Long Eaton, Nottingham. The operator acquired the site from Fit4Less in December 2018 and the venue becomes the operator's 20th in the UK. Active Nation has transformed the former budget club by installing a range of new equipment and facilities, .... More>>
19 Feb 2019
Elevate and ukactive tie the knot to strengthen event seminar programme
Elevate and ukactive tie the knot to strengthen event seminar programme   ukactive has signed a three-year partnership with physical activity trade show Elevate. The "strategic alignment" between the two bodies will see ukactive help Elevate strengthen the event's seminar programme and set its agenda. Ukactive will continue its role as the lead supporter of the Strategies for an .... More>>
18 Feb 2019
Strong by Zumba secures Lifesum partnership
Strong by Zumba secures Lifesum partnership   Digital health giant Lifesum has signed a partnership deal with non-dance HIIT programme Strong by Zumba. As a result, Strong by Zumba will become a chosen exercise activity within the Lifesum app, giving Lifesum's 35 million users entry to its network of fitness instructors and students. Additionally, .... More>>
18 Feb 2019
HIIT more effective for weight loss than lengthy, moderate forms of exercise
HIIT more effective for weight loss than lengthy, moderate forms of exercise   High intensity interval training (HIIT) is a more effective way to lose weight than longer, more moderate forms of exercise. That is the key finding of a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, which looked at 36 studies involving more than 1,000 people. The combined results from the .... More>>
15 Feb 2019
Martial arts-focused gym operator HITIO signs first UK franchise deal
Martial arts-focused gym operator HITIO signs first UK franchise deal   Fitness operator HITIO Gym has signed its first franchise agreement in the UK. The Norway-based chain, which combines a traditional gym and studio offering with combat sports training, has revealed plans to open its first club in South London in the summer of 2019. The signing of the first UK franchise is part .... More>>
15 Feb 2019
Everyone Active signs partnership with coaching firm Swim Smooth
Everyone Active signs partnership with coaching firm Swim Smooth   Leisure operator Everyone Active will begin offering its members free access to a digital resource that will help develop their swimming skills. The service is the result of a partnership with aquatic coaching company, Swim Smooth. Swim-only members at Everyone Active-run centres will be given free access to .... More>>
14 Feb 2019
MoreYoga opens Woolwich site, plans 25 more sites in 2019
MoreYoga opens Woolwich site, plans 25 more sites in 2019   Budget yoga chain MoreYoga has opened a studio in Woolwich, London. The launch is the first of 25 planned openings for 2019 and will be followed by four more new sites by the end of March. Three of the new studios will be standalone boutiques – in Balham, Hackney and Croydon – while one will be in partnership .... More>>
12 Feb 2019
Gympass secures three-year Bannatyne extension – expands reach to all 72 clubs
Gympass secures three-year Bannatyne extension – expands reach to all 72 clubs   Corporate fitness sales specialist Gympass has secured a three-year extension to its deal with premium fitness operator Bannatyne. The deal follows an initial 12-month partnership which saw a steady growth of gympass usage across the Bannatyne estate. The number of Gympass-based memberships at Bannatyne .... More>>
11 Feb 2019
UK's first exercise referral accreditation scheme launched in Suffolk
UK's first exercise referral accreditation scheme launched in Suffolk   Bury St. Edmunds Leisure Centre in Suffolk has become the first facility in the UK to be awarded a new quality standard for exercise referral schemes. The accreditation is the first of its kind and has been designed to encourage more GPs and health professionals to refer their patients to exercise programmes. .... More>>
11 Feb 2019
Serco appoints Simon Bailey as MD of leisure business
Serco appoints Simon Bailey as MD of leisure business   Services giant Serco Group has appointed Simon Bailey as the new managing director of its leisure business. Bailey, an in-house appointment, has held a number of senior leadership positions at Serco since 2010. He will take over the running of Serco Leisure with immediate effect. Serco Leisure operates .... More>>
11 Feb 2019
Work to begin on Winchester's £38m leisure centre – Everyone Active appointed operator
Work to begin on Winchester's £38m leisure centre – Everyone Active appointed operator   Construction work is set to begin later this spring on a £38m leisure centre and 50m swimming pool in Winchester. Designed by LA Architects, the Winchester Sport & Leisure Centre will house a 50m swimming pool, teaching pool and splash area, a health club with a 200-station gym floor, two large studios and an .... More>>
08 Feb 2019
Sensory Alliance launched to make sport more accessible for people with impairments
Sensory Alliance launched to make sport more accessible for people with impairments   British Blind Sport, UK Deaf Sport and national disability charity Sense have launched a joint venture called Sensory Alliance, designed to break down barriers to sport and physical activity for people living with sensory impairments or complex disabilities. Each partner in the alliance will work with key .... More>>
08 Feb 2019
Fitness Connection acquired by private equity firm Roark Capital
Fitness Connection acquired by private equity firm Roark Capital   US operator Fitness Connection, which has 41 health clubs across three states, has been acquired by private equity firm Roark Capital. The financial details of the deal – which sees Roark Capital take over a majority stake in the company from LNK Partners – were undisclosed. Founded in 1999, Fitness Connection .... More>>
07 Feb 2019
BH Live names Chris Symons as new CEO
BH Live names Chris Symons as new CEO   Chris Symons, who has spent the past 18 years at leisure trust GLL, has been named chief executive of BH Live, a social enterprise which operates leisure facilities across the South of England. Symons, who has held the role of director of development and partnerships at GLL since 2006, succeeds Peter Gunn, who .... More>>
07 Feb 2019
Study: exercise improves cognitive performance in older adults
Study: exercise improves cognitive performance in older adults   Exercise alters brain blood flow and improves cognitive performance in older adults, according to research by the University of Maryland School of Public Health (UMD). The study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, showed that exercise was associated with improved brain function in a group of .... More>>
06 Feb 2019
eGym names Sir George Buckley as chair – hints at possible IPO
eGym names Sir George Buckley as chair – hints at possible IPO   Fitness tech group eGym has appointed Sir George Buckley as its new chair. Sir George's distinguished corporate career includes a stint as CEO of Brunswick Corporation, the parent company for a number of fitness equipment brands – including Life Fitness, Cybex, Hammer Strength, Scifit and Indoor Cycling. .... More>>
05 Feb 2019
Chris Evans launches RunFestRun event
Chris Evans launches RunFestRun event   Radio DJ and media personality Chris Evans has launched a new running and music festival. Described as an event mixing "serious running with a serious party and line up of fantastic live music afterwards", the first ever RunFestRun will take place from 31 May until 2 June this year. Held at the Grade I-listed .... More>>
05 Feb 2019
Parkwood Leisure secures contract for Erewash Borough Council sites
Parkwood Leisure secures contract for Erewash Borough Council sites   Parkwood Leisure has been awarded a 10-year contract to operate leisure facilities on behalf of Erewash Borough Council. As part of the deal, Parkwood will invest more than £1m in improving services and facilities, with an initial focus on upgrading two venues – the West Park Leisure Centre and Rutland Sports .... More>>
05 Feb 2019
Worsley Leisure Centre gym reopens as part of £35m investment in public facilities
Worsley Leisure Centre gym reopens as part of £35m investment in public facilities   Worsley Leisure Centre in Salford has opened following a £1.4m redevelopment of its fitness facilities. The centre, operated by Salford Community Leisure on behalf of Salford City Council, now includes a 317sq m (3,400sq ft) health club with a dedicated weights area, a HIIT zone and a modular rig for functional .... More>>
05 Feb 2019
Dyaco signs licensing deal with Philips to launch medical fitness equipment
Dyaco signs licensing deal with Philips to launch medical fitness equipment   Fitness kit manufacturer Dyaco has revealed plans to launch a new line of medical and rehabilitation fitness equipment under a brand licensing agreement with technology giant Philips. The new Philips Physical Therapy Solutions will form a new category for Philips' brand licensing portfolio. Developed using .... More>>
05 Feb 2019
World Gym partners Myzone to launch small group training programme in Australia
World Gym partners Myzone to launch small group training programme in Australia   Franchised fitness operator World Gym International has teamed up with Myzone to launch a small group training programme in Australia. The World Gym Athletics programme is based on coaches offering four distinct classes – performance, HIIT camp, PACE and One Barbell. When it launches in Australia, the format .... More>>
04 Feb 2019
Orangetheory hits US$1bn revenue landmark in 2018
Orangetheory hits US$1bn revenue landmark in 2018   Orangetheory Fitness recorded more than US$1bn (€875m, £765m) in system-wide revenues during 2018 – a record for the franchise-based operator. The company – which offers 60-minute HIIT sessions featuring five different exercise zones – has grown rapidly since its launch in 2010 and currently has 1,100 studios in .... More>>
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