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20 Aug 2018
Space Cycle plans Chinese expansion with 50 new sites
Space Cycle plans Chinese expansion with 50 new sites   Boutique studio operator Space Cycle has revealed plans to conquer the Chinese fitness market with 50 new openings over the next five years. The company, founded by music mogul Matthew Allison in 2015, currently operates six clubs in Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei (Taiwan). Space Cycle is based on offering .... More>>
17 Aug 2018
The Third Space to open sixth club in 2019: will include first kids gym concept
The Third Space to open sixth club in 2019: will include first kids gym concept   Boutique fitness operator The Third Space will open its sixth club in Islington, north London during Q2 2019. Speaking exclusively to Health Club Management, CEO Colin Waggett revealed the plans include launching the company's first "kids gym" concept. "There’s a very strong demand for young family .... More>>
16 Aug 2018
F45 opens London office to help drive European expansion
F45 opens London office to help drive European expansion   Australian fitness franchise F45 has opened European headquarters in Central London, as it looks to gather the pace of its expansion across the old continent. Located in Oxford Circus, the office will be tasked with supporting existing European and UK franchises, as well as help the brand's growth plans. .... More>>
14 Aug 2018
Ray Algar takes up advisory role at AI-driven fitness supplier Pendex
Ray Algar takes up advisory role at AI-driven fitness supplier Pendex   Fitness industry analyst Ray Algar has taken up a non-executive strategic advisory role at fitness equipment start-up Pendex. Algar has been tasked with advising the company as it begins the roll-out of its range of connected exercise equipment, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to "find new ways to .... More>>
13 Aug 2018
Aerial fitness pioneer Flying Fantastic plans expansion outside London
Aerial fitness pioneer Flying Fantastic plans expansion outside London   Edel Wigan, co-founder of aerial fitness operator Flying Fantastic, has revealed plans to take the concept outside of London for the first time. Described as "circus skills for ordinary people", Flying Fantastic offers upside-down yoga and static trapeze exercises using hoops, silks and ropes which are .... More>>
10 Aug 2018
Snap Fitness goes east with UK expansion – opens first club in Norfolk
Snap Fitness goes east with UK expansion – opens first club in Norfolk   Twenty-four-hour gym franchise Snap Fitness has continued its UK expansion by securing its first club in Norfolk. The US-based mid-market brand has signed a deal for three units at the mixed-use Thetford Riverside scheme, which it will use to create a club with a total floor space of 4,850sq ft. Snap’s UK .... More>>
10 Aug 2018
Xponential Fitness adds sixth brand to portfolio – acquires boutique yoga chain
Xponential Fitness adds sixth brand to portfolio – acquires boutique yoga chain   Xponential Fitness has acquired US-based boutique chain Yoga Six for an undisclosed sum – making it the sixth business in Xponential's rapidly growing portfolio of fitness brands. Yoga Six currently operates 12 studios in five US cities – San Diego, Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee and Columbus. Seven of the sites .... More>>
09 Aug 2018
Buzz Gym's new Oxford club brings 'outside inside' with Track and Field Zone
Buzz Gym's new Oxford club brings 'outside inside' with Track and Field Zone   Budget club operator Buzz Gym has opened its fourth club in Oxford. The 18,000sq ft club is the first Buzz Gym to feature the chain's new Track & Field Zone concept – an area where the "outside is brought inside" with an artificial turf floor, training rig, sleds, tyres and HIIT equipment. A grass scent is .... More>>
09 Aug 2018
Sauna bathing linked to several health benefits
Sauna bathing linked to several health benefits   Emerging evidence suggests that beyond its use for leisure, sauna bathing may be linked to several health benefits. A new report published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that sauna bathing is associated with a reduction in the risk of vascular diseases, such as high blood pressure and cardiovascular .... More>>
09 Aug 2018
Xercise4Less appoints Peter Wright as CEO
Xercise4Less appoints Peter Wright as CEO   Budget operator Xercise4Less has named fitness industry veteran Peter Wright as its new CEO. Wright – who replaces the outgoing Simon Tutt – joins Xercise4Less from Turkish health club chain Mars Sportif, where, since 2013, he has helped to grow the business from six to 86 clubs. During his 25-year career in .... More>>
08 Aug 2018
Obama Foundation fellow Alex Smith to speak at ukactive National Summit
Obama Foundation fellow Alex Smith to speak at ukactive National Summit   Alex Smith, founder of Cares Family and a fellow at the Obama Foundation, will give a keynote speech on loneliness at the ukactive National Summit next month. Smith set up Cares Family – a group of four community networks based in London, Manchester and Liverpool – in 2011. The project aims to help reduce .... More>>
08 Aug 2018
Wattbike teams up with Loughborough University to sponsor 'pioneering' cycle sport research
Wattbike teams up with Loughborough University to sponsor 'pioneering' cycle sport research   Indoor cycling specialist Wattbike has teamed up with Loughborough University (LU) in order to explore the scientific underpinnings of how power measurement is shaping the nature of cycle sport. The four-year research project, set to begin this October, will have a particular focus on the accuracy and validity .... More>>
07 Aug 2018
Debenhams and Sweat! reveal roll-out plan for in-store gyms
Debenhams and Sweat! reveal roll-out plan for in-store gyms   Retailer Debenhams and fitness operator Sweat! have unveiled the opening date for the first of a chain of instore gyms. The first club to be operated by the partnership will launch on 10 September 2018 at the Debenhams Sutton store in south west London. The 17,575sq ft site will offer a "friendly, .... More>>
06 Aug 2018
Active Nation takes over troubled trampoline park
Active Nation takes over troubled trampoline park   Leisure operator Active Nation has taken over the operations at Jump Factory, a trampoline park in Basingstoke which ran into financial difficulties earlier this year. Jump Factory began trading in February 2016, offering a range of trampoline facilities to a variety of age groups. Problems with the business .... More>>
03 Aug 2018
Orangetheory reveals plans for first UK studio outside London
Orangetheory reveals plans for first UK studio outside London   Orangetheory Fitness will open its first out-of-London UK studio in Altrincham, Greater Manchester, in December. The US-based operator is looking to strengthen its foothold on the UK market and the Altrincham opening will kick start the brand's expansion across the Midlands and Northern England. In February, .... More>>
31 Jul 2018
New Bulmershe Leisure Centre will empower the community
New Bulmershe Leisure Centre will empower the community   The people of Bulmershe are to get a new £14m leisure centre after Wokingham Borough Council (WBC) gave the final go-ahead for the scheme. It will be run on behalf of the council by Places for People Leisure. The building will replace an ageing 1970s leisure centre which was deemed not fit for purpose and which .... More>>
30 Jul 2018
Blink Fitness accelerates expansion with multi-site deal with US property trust
Blink Fitness accelerates expansion with multi-site deal with US property trust   Budget operator Blink Fitness has signed a multi-unit lease deal with real estate investment trust (REIT) Seritage Growth Properties. The deal will see 17 corporate and franchisee-owned gyms being launched at major metropolitan areas across 10 US states and is a part of Blink Fitness' aggressive strategic .... More>>
27 Jul 2018
Equinox and SoulCycle launch management agency tasked with turning 'talent into influencers'
Equinox and SoulCycle launch management agency tasked with turning 'talent into influencers'   New York-based boutique cycling studio operator SoulCycle has joined forces with its parent company Equinox to create a talent management agency, aiming to help turn their in-house fitness talent into wellness influencers. The as yet unnamed agency will work exclusively with Equinox and SoulCycle instructors, .... More>>
27 Jul 2018
Budget chain Edge Fitness secures new sites in US expansion push
Budget chain Edge Fitness secures new sites in US expansion push   Low cost operator The Edge Fitness Clubs has secured two new sites as it continues its expansion across the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions in the US. The company has agreed property deals for clubs in Christiana, Delaware, and Media, Pennsylvania. Both sites are set to open in early 2019, marking the 11th .... More>>
26 Jul 2018
Regular exercise "cuts risk of chronic disease" in adults
Regular exercise   People who exercise above current recommended levels of physical activity are twice as likely to avoid chronic disease. Researchers at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research near Sydney, Australia, interviewed more than 1,500 Australian adults aged over 50 and followed them over a 10-year period. Those who .... More>>
26 Jul 2018
ClassPass secures US$85m funding to drive growth
ClassPass secures US$85m funding to drive growth   Fitness subscription service ClassPass has secured US$85m (€72.5m, £64.5m) worth of series D financing from private equity giant L Catterton and Singapore-based investment company Temasek. The company will use the funds to drive its ongoing growth plans, which saw it successfully launch in 10 new cities in the .... More>>
25 Jul 2018
Mayweather Boxing + Fitness looks for expansion with launch of franchise programme
Mayweather Boxing + Fitness looks for expansion with launch of franchise programme   Mayweather Boxing + Fitness has revealed details of its domestic franchising and international territory rights programme, which it says will enable it to expand the brand globally. The fitness chain – created by former six-weight boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. last year – currently operates one site .... More>>
25 Jul 2018
Virgin Voyages cruise ships to ride the wellness design wave
Virgin Voyages cruise ships to ride the wellness design wave   The current trend of incorporating wellness into design shows no signs of stopping as renderings and animations from the latest Sir Richard Branson project, Virgin Voyages (a rebrand of the former Virgin Cruises), show a heavy wellness focus in its public areas. Featuring a running track, boxing ring, yoga deck, .... More>>
25 Jul 2018
CycleBar prepares for first UK launch in London's Nine Elms
CycleBar prepares for first UK launch in London's Nine Elms   Indoor cycling chain CycleBar will open its first site in London's Nine Elms in the coming weeks, signalling the brand's entry into the UK market. CycleBar is one of a number of franchise-based fitness concepts owned by US company Xponential Fitness, which earlier this year revealed plans to take its portfolio .... More>>
24 Jul 2018
Spending on leisure boosted by "record level' of consumer confidence
Spending on leisure boosted by   Spending on leisure activities increased dramatically during the second quarter of the year, driven by "record levels of consumer confidence". For the period between March and June 2018, consumers reported increasing their leisure spending in nine out of 11 categories compared to the same period in 2017, with .... More>>
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