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21 Aug 2019
Ukactive begins search for two new board directors as it looks to broaden its membership
Ukactive begins search for two new board directors as it looks to broaden its membership   ukactive has begun a search for two additional members to join its board of directors. It is looking to add two new faces to represent either leisure providers that deliver on behalf of local authorities, or the wider physical activity landscape outside of the gym and leisure sector. The move is part of .... More>>
20 Aug 2019
Spenga ramps up expansion with two new locations – plans 300 sites by 2023
Spenga ramps up expansion with two new locations – plans 300 sites by 2023   Boutique fitness franchise Spenga has opened two new locations as it looks to ramp up its US expansion plans. The two new studios – in Marietta, Georgia and Nashua, New Hampshire – will offer Spenga's signature 60-minute sessions, mixing indoor cycling, strength training and yoga. The studios have been .... More>>
19 Aug 2019
'Anti-franchise franchise' Fit Body Boot Camp plans 200 new locations
'Anti-franchise franchise' Fit Body Boot Camp plans 200 new locations   Fitness franchise Fit Body Boot Camp has revealed that it has more than 200 new locations under development. Founded in 2009 by entrepreneur Bedros Keuilian, the concept is based on providing 30-minute HIIT sessions and professional guidance at a "fraction of the cost" of personal training. The brand has .... More>>
16 Aug 2019
Blurring the boundaries of retail and fitness: DW Fitness First launches kit and collect service
Blurring the boundaries of retail and fitness: DW Fitness First launches kit and collect service   DW Fitness First has launched its new Kit & Collect service, aimed at increasing secondary revenue at its clubs by "turning its changing rooms into fitting rooms". From this month (August 2019), gym-goers will be able to try new exercise outfits using new, specially-designed areas at the gyms. Members will be .... More>>
16 Aug 2019
The Lancet: social media preventing teenagers being physically active – and affecting their mental health
The Lancet: social media preventing teenagers being physically active – and affecting their mental health   Teenagers' 'incessant' use of social media is radically reducing the time they spend sleeping and exercising – and could have a detrimental effect on mental health and wellbeing. A large-scale study, published in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, explored associations between the frequency of social .... More>>
15 Aug 2019
Wattbike secures BUPA deal – will provide 30+ clinics with indoor cycles
Wattbike secures BUPA deal – will provide 30+ clinics with indoor cycles   Wattbike has secured a deal to supply more than 30 Bupa Health Clinic sites across the UK with its indoor bikes. The partnership deal will see Wattbikes being used as part of Bupa’s Peak Health Assessment, which is designed to both identify current health concerns and potential future risks, with tailored .... More>>
14 Aug 2019
YourZone45 secures round two funding – acquires London studio
YourZone45 secures round two funding – acquires London studio   Fitness franchise YourZone45 has concluded a second round of funding, as it prepares to expand its footprint on the UK market. “This second round of funding is perfectly timed and will allow us to expand our franchise network,” said Andy Kay, who joined YourZone45 last year as an investor. Kay was one of .... More>>
13 Aug 2019
Active Nation expands budget portfolio with acquisition of énergie site
Active Nation expands budget portfolio with acquisition of énergie site   Leisure trust Active Nation has expanded its portfolio of budget gyms with the acquisition of a former énergie Fitness site in Ormskirk, Lancashire. The 4,140sq ft (385sq m) site houses a 60-station gym floor equipped by Precor, a free weights zone and a small group training area. Located close to Edge Hill .... More>>
13 Aug 2019
Thousands of NHS patients to get free fitness trackers
Thousands of NHS patients to get free fitness trackers   Thousands of people at risk of Type 2 diabetes will be given digital support – including free fitness trackers – to prevent them from developing the condition. The initiative forms part of the NHS Long Term Plan and follows a successful pilot scheme, which showed that engaging people digitally significantly .... More>>
12 Aug 2019
Why does strength training come at the expense of endurance muscles?
Why does strength training come at the expense of endurance muscles?   New research has provided a possible explanation for the perceived decrease in endurance musculature as a result of strength training – which could also provide new insights into age-related muscle atrophy. Researchers at the University of Basel’s Biozentrum in Switzerland set out to investigate what exactly .... More>>
12 Aug 2019
Ten Health opens studio in office building to target sedentary workers
Ten Health opens studio in office building to target sedentary workers   Ten Health and Fitness has opened its ninth studio in an office building in central London, with the aim of helping people with sedentary jobs become more healthier. The 400sq ft boutique studio at the multi-tenanted office property is a departure from the traditional Ten model and will offer physiotherapy, .... More>>
15 Aug 2019
Lanserhof opens its doors at London's iconic Arts Club
Lanserhof opens its doors at London's iconic Arts Club   German wellness operator Lanserhof has opened its first UK location at the historic Arts Club in London. The six-storey luxury health and wellness club – situated on Dover Market Street in Mayfair – has a focus on personalised services and houses a wide range of gym spaces equipped by Technogym, exercise and .... More>>
09 Aug 2019
Equinox home fitness launch overshadowed by Trump furore
Equinox home fitness launch overshadowed by Trump furore   The backlash over billionaire Stephen Ross' fundraiser for Donald Trump's 2020 presidential campaign has overshadowed a major announcement by premium fitness operator Equinox. Ross – who as chair of Related Companies is the ultimate owner of Equinox – is throwing a US$100k-$250k-a-ticket bash in support of the .... More>>
09 Aug 2019
Planet Fitness to accelerate new opening plans for 2019 following strong H1 results
Planet Fitness to accelerate new opening plans for 2019 following strong H1 results   Planet Fitness has reported a 29.3 per cent increase in revenue for the first half of 2019 – driven largely by new openings. The US-based low-cost fitness operator opened 53 new clubs during the six months to 30 June, which resulted in total revenues reaching US$181.7m (€162.4m, £150m). There was revenue .... More>>
08 Aug 2019
Equinox and SoulCycle face backlash after it's revealed owner will host Trump fundraiser
Equinox and SoulCycle face backlash after it's revealed owner will host Trump fundraiser   Equinox and SoulCycle are facing a significant backlash from members after the Washington Post broke the news that the ultimate owner of the business, Stephen Ross, will host a fundraising event for Donald Trump's re-election. Ross is head of Related Companies, which owns the fitness brands and will .... More>>
07 Aug 2019
Former Starbucks executive appointed CEO of Retro Fitness
Former Starbucks executive appointed CEO of Retro Fitness   Retro Fitness has appointed Andrew Alfano – a former senior vice president at coffee house giant Starbucks – as its chief executive. Alfano joins the low-cost fitness franchisor in the midst of the company's ambitious expansion push. The chain currently has more than 150 gyms open or under development across .... More>>
06 Aug 2019
Anytime Fitness flexes its muscle in booming New York State – targets 25 new openings
Anytime Fitness flexes its muscle in booming New York State – targets 25 new openings   Franchised fitness giant Anytime Fitness has set out plans to open 25 new clubs in the state of New York – with a specific focus on the cities of Rochester and Buffalo. Anytime currently has 34 locations in the booming New York market and has now set out to secure strategic franchise partnerships in the area to .... More>>
05 Aug 2019
Healthy Ageing Challenge fund to distribute £12m to SMEs
Healthy Ageing Challenge fund to distribute £12m to SMEs   A new initiative looks to deliver innovation in the healthy ageing market as part of the government's Industrial Strategy. In total, £12m worth of grants will be distributed to micro, small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and social enterprises which develop measures aiding healthy ageing – including those .... More>>
05 Aug 2019
ukactive National Summit to position physical activity as critical to health policy
ukactive National Summit to position physical activity as critical to health policy   This year's ukactive National Summit will explore plans to shape the future of public health, the workplace and the high street. The theme for the event has been revealed as "The Backbone of a Modern Britain", positioning physical activity – and the sectors that deliver it – as critical to the future health, .... More>>
05 Aug 2019
Holmes Place founder takes a controlling stake in boutique fitness brand TRIB3
Holmes Place founder takes a controlling stake in boutique fitness brand TRIB3   Fitness industry veterans Allan and Jonathan Fisher have completed a Series A capital investment deal in boutique fitness brand TRIBE3, which has seen them acquire a controlling stake in the business. Allan Fisher is the founder of premium health club operator Holmes Place, which he continues to be involved in .... More>>
05 Aug 2019
UFC Gym to open its first UK site in Nottingham in September
UFC Gym to open its first UK site in Nottingham in September   Franchised fitness company UFC Gym has revealed details of its first UK club. The 18,000sq ft studio will be located in Nottingham and will offer three formats – Signature, Core and Class – offering members the choice of functional fitness classes, group and private MMA training, dynamic performance-based .... More>>
03 Aug 2019
Bridges acquires énergie Fitness
Bridges acquires énergie Fitness   Bridges Fund Management has completed a deal to buy franchise gym operator, énergie Fitness. The private equity firm has acquired a majority stake for an initial consideration, with an earn-out based on énergie continuing to hit its targets for the 2019 and 2020 financial years. The numbers have not been released .... More>>
02 Aug 2019
New Active Practice toolkit launched to help GPs encourage physical activity
New Active Practice toolkit launched to help GPs encourage physical activity   A new initiative has been launched to encourage more GP practices in the UK take measures to increase activity and reduce sedentary behaviour among their patients and staff. The new Active Practice Charter is aimed at the UK's 8,000+ GP practices and has been designed to help them raise awareness of the simple .... More>>
02 Aug 2019
Equinox opens long-awaited New York luxury hotel
Equinox opens long-awaited New York luxury hotel   High-end fitness giant Equinox has ventured into the hotel market with the opening of its first property in New York City, US. Located at the 72-storey skyscraper 35 Hudson Yards, the 212-bedroom hotel will focus on wellness. Facilities include a 60,000sq ft (5,574 sq m) Equinox-branded health club, a 27,000sq .... More>>
02 Aug 2019
Boom Cycle to open fifth London site
Boom Cycle to open fifth London site   Boom cycle has revealed plans to open its fifth London site this September. Located close to the London Eye in Waterloo, the 6,000sq ft (557sq m) club will be the biggest studio to date and will form a part of the Southbank Place development. The site will house two studios, kitted out with Funktion-one sound .... More>>
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