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23 Aug 2017
Strictly star to lead National Fitness Day workout
Strictly star to lead National Fitness Day workout   Strictly Come Dancing star Darcey Bussell will lead a workout in Central London to kick-start National Fitness Day on Wednesday 27 September. The former ballerina will be joined at Paddington Recreation Ground by hundreds of participants for a 7:30am dance fitness session called ‘Wake up and Work out’, based on .... More>>
22 Aug 2017
Anytime Fitness appoints Stuart Broster as UK CEO
Anytime Fitness appoints Stuart Broster as UK CEO   Stuart Broster has been appointed Anytime Fitness UK chief executive - a newly created role in which he is charged with making the brand the largest health club provider in the country. With more than 40 years’ experience in the hospitality and health and fitness industries, Broster joins Anytime Fitness after a .... More>>
22 Aug 2017
The Bannatyne Group continues expansion, opening Colchester spa
The Bannatyne Group continues expansion, opening Colchester spa    The Bannatyne Group has expanded its spa portfolio with a £1m refurbishment of the Colchester, Kingsford Park club in England, part of its 2017 expansion plans. The six-figure investment has allowed the Kingsford Park Spa to offer new and updated facilities, including a treatment room to cater for group bookings .... More>>
22 Aug 2017
Xiaomi becomes top seller of wearables worldwide
Xiaomi becomes top seller of wearables worldwide   Chinese electronics maker Xiaomi has overtaken Apple to become the world’s largest wearables vendor, capturing 17 per cent of the global wearable tech market. According to a report by marketing consulting company Strategy Analytics, the Chinese manufacturer sold 3.7 million wearables in the second quarter (Q2) .... More>>
22 Aug 2017
ukactive chief backs 'healthy towns' strategy
ukactive chief backs 'healthy towns' strategy   ukactive is backing NHS proposals to create 10 “Healthy New Towns” that place physical activity at the heart of community life. Under proposals, those who meet weekly activity targets could be offered discount gym memberships, savings on weekly supermarket shopping and sports gear, or free cinema tickets. Plans .... More>>
22 Aug 2017
MyZone appoints global director of marketing
MyZone appoints global director of marketing   MyZone has appointed Gemma Bonnett as its global director of marketing – a position newly created as part of the brand’s expansion. Bonnett will be responsible for developing and implementing marketing strategies to help drive growth for the company. In addition, she will also work on brand development. “MyZone .... More>>
17 Aug 2017
Gym membership business model has made operators 'lazy', says Rod Hill
Gym membership business model has made operators 'lazy', says Rod Hill   Gym and health club operators need to engage with their members and focus on customer service to help them retain numbers. In the latest issue of Health Club Management, Rod Hill, TRIB3 director of Europe, said that the fitness industry had been built on a recurring revenue model, which investors liked, .... More>>
18 Aug 2017
Basic-Fit on track to open 100 gyms this year
Basic-Fit on track to open 100 gyms this year   European low-cost gym chain Basic-Fit is on target to open 100 clubs this year after it reported revenue growth of 26 per cent in the first six months of 2017 to €156m (US$183.2m, £142.1m), up from €124m (US$145.6m, £113m) during the same period in 2016. The company's latest trading update also showed that .... More>>
18 Aug 2017
Anytime Fitness to aggressively expand in US state
Anytime Fitness to aggressively expand in US state   Franchise chain Anytime Fitness plans to open more than 65 gyms in the US state of Alabama within the next three years. There are currently 31 Anytime Fitness gyms in the southeastern state, with developments planned for the Birmingham and Auburn area in the next 12 months. Other target areas include Huntsville, .... More>>
17 Aug 2017
énergie launches training concept as part of rebrand
énergie launches training concept as part of rebrand   Fitness franchise énergie Group has opened thé Yard - a new signature training concept that will be rolled out at its énergie and Fit4less clubs across the UK as part of rebranding efforts. Launched in conjunction with the opening of énergie Fitness Sheldon in Birmingham, the new high intensity training zone is .... More>>
17 Aug 2017
Equinox first tenant announced for redeveloped Culver City icon
Equinox first tenant announced for redeveloped Culver City icon   American fitness operator Equinox has been announced as the first tenant at One Culver; a former movie studio HQ in California that is being comprehensively renovated by international architects Gensler. Culver City real estate firm Runyon Group today (17 August) confirmed that Equinox will open “an expansive .... More>>
16 Aug 2017
Older people “don’t die” when pushed hard, Active Ageing chief tells PTs
Older people “don’t die” when pushed hard, Active Ageing chief tells PTs   One of the biggest misconceptions made in the physical activity sector is that retired people cannot train hard. Writing in the latest issue of Health Club Management, Colin Milner, chief executive of the International Council on Active Ageing, said older people, like everyone else, need gyms and health .... More>>
16 Aug 2017
"Savvy" public leisure centre operators embracing spa and wellness trend
  An increasing number of local authority-owned leisure centres are being upgraded with spa facilities, as operators embrace the emerging trend to provide members with wellness. Leisure operators and suppliers, such as Everyone Active, Malling Leisure Trust, Sentinel Leisure Trust and Pulse Group among others, have .... More>>
16 Aug 2017
Westway centre opens after £2m revamp – celebrates Grenfell Tower volunteers
Westway centre opens after £2m revamp – celebrates Grenfell Tower volunteers   The official reopening of the redeveloped Westway Sport & Fitness Centre in North Kensington has been used to help those affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster. The centre, located just 200 yards from the ill-fated residential tower, was originally due to reopen in June. It was, however, instead maintained as a .... More>>
15 Aug 2017
truGym team launches boutique HIIT concept
truGym team launches boutique HIIT concept   The team behind family-run gym operator truGym has launched a 1,600sq ft (149sq m) HIIT (high-intensity interval training) boutique studio in Bromley, Kent, with plans for eight sites in London by the end of the year. truIntensity is targeted at 20-40 year-olds and incorporates eight stations with different .... More>>
15 Aug 2017
Fewer people willing to use leisure centres, survey finds
Fewer people willing to use leisure centres, survey finds   Outdoor activities and budget gyms have possibly led to fewer people willing to use local leisure centres, according to the latest Health and Fitness Omnibus Survey (HAFOS) 2016 report. While the desire to keep fit and the proportion of people exercising appear to have risen since 2012, the trend in .... More>>
15 Aug 2017
Bannatyne Group buys Virgin Active's Lincolnshire health club
Bannatyne Group buys Virgin Active's Lincolnshire health club   The Bannatyne Group has bought Virgin Active Humberston, with members and staff to transfer over at the end of the month. The acquisition is the Bannatyne Group's second since June, when it purchased Weybridge Health Club and Spa in Surrey. Since being launched by Duncan Bannatyne in December 1996, the company's .... More>>
15 Aug 2017
Virgin Active teams up with Octonauts to launch kids' swimming initiative
Virgin Active teams up with Octonauts to launch kids' swimming initiative    Virgin Active is teaming up with children's television characters The Octonauts as part of an initiative to encourage more youngsters to learn to swim. Working alongside the Swimming Teachers Association (STA), the Virgin Active Octonauts programme features Captain Barnacles, who is on a mission to help .... More>>
14 Aug 2017
Cooper Institute says it will launch youth fitness initiative
Cooper Institute says it will launch youth fitness initiative   The Cooper Institute is in the process of creating partnerships and strategic alliances to combat the growing issues surrounding youth inactivity and obesity in America. The scientific research and advocacy group focuses on preventive medicine and public health. Jeremy Lyon, president of the organisation's youth .... More>>
09 Aug 2017
Fitness First Asia partners Wexer to deliver digital membership
Fitness First Asia partners Wexer to deliver digital membership   Fitness First Asia has launched a digital membership for both members and non-members in a bid to broaden the reach of its brand and inspire people to stay active. Working in partnership with fit-tech company Wexer, the digital membership is delivered through the CustomFit app, Fitness First’s version of the .... More>>
09 Aug 2017
Former Gym Group COO joins FitQuest
Former Gym Group COO joins FitQuest   Jim Graham – the former chief operating officer of The Gym Group – has joined the board of FitQuest as a non-executive director. Graham will assist the business with product and market strategy, and advise the board on scaling the operation to deliver growth. FitQuest is a "mini sports science lab" that measures .... More>>
09 Aug 2017
Biggest Gold’s Gym in the world opens in the Middle East
Biggest Gold’s Gym in the world opens in the Middle East   US-based Gold's Gym has opened a 14,000sq m (150,690sq ft) six-floor club in the Middle East. The flagship gym – in Amman, Jordan – has a wide range of facilities, including four swimming pools and a range of studios such as mind/body, cycling and GGX. It also boasts indoor and outdoor gyms, three floors of .... More>>
08 Aug 2017
£3m David Lloyd Harrogate revamp set to begin
£3m David Lloyd Harrogate revamp set to begin   David Lloyd Leisure has completed its deal to buy The Academy Health Club and Spa and will begin £3.1m (US$4m, €3.4m) worth of refurbishment work on the facility next month. Work is expected to be complete before Christmas, during which time the club will remain open. All four indoor tennis courts and three .... More>>
08 Aug 2017
Friendly environment helps boost member retention, report finds
Friendly environment helps boost member retention, report finds   Gym-goers who have made a friend at their health club are 40 per cent less likely to cancel their membership than those who have not, according to the Mintel UK Health and Fitness Report 2017. The analysis found that a friendly environment is important for member retention. Results from a survey of 708 .... More>>
07 Aug 2017
Small financial rewards no incentive for people to go to the gym, says study
Small financial rewards no incentive for people to go to the gym, says study   Offering people small monetary incentives to go to the gym does not work, according to a new study. An investigation carried out by Case Western Reserve University found that there was no difference between two groups of gym goers offered different small financial incentives to continue their exercise programme. .... More>>
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