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Gym membership fees – what's the 'quitting point' when it comes to price increases?
BY Tom Walker | 18 Aug 2022
Younger men at independent gyms are more likely than any other consumer group to accept increases in their membership fees, while older women at leisure centres are least accepting of price increases.
ISPA presents Dedicated Contributor Award to Jennifer Wayland-Smith
BY Megan Whitby | 18 Aug 2022
Jennifer Wayland-Smith has been recognised by the International Spa Association (ISPA) with the 2023 ISPA Dedicated Contributor Award.
Peloton becomes the latest pandemic boomtime business to announce restructuring, as out-of-home fitness bounces back
BY Tom Walker | 18 Aug 2022
Peloton is set to axe around 800 jobs, increase the price of its equipment and close some of its retail operations as part of efforts to turn around the decline in its business.
Hydrow cuts staff to "right-size the business"
BY Frances Marcellin | 15 Aug 2022
At-home rower maker Hydrow is one of the latest connected-fitness companies to announce staff cuts. The tech company which won celebrity backing from the likes of Justin Timberlake and actor Kevin Hart – who is also on board as creative director – confirmed it would be cutting 35 per cent of its workforce, just four months after raising US$55m in Series D funding.
Chanyapak Suwankantha promoted to Chiva-Som’s director of wellness
BY Megan Whitby | 15 Aug 2022
Integrative health and wellness resort operator Chiva-Som based in Hua Hin, Thailand, has announced the appointment of Chanyapak Suwankantha as wellness director.
Miraval’s Life in Balance Spa concept to arrive in California in 2023
BY Megan Whitby | 15 Aug 2022
Destination spa and wellness operator Miraval Resorts & Spas has revealed plans to open its fourth Life in Balance Spa in the US. The new facility will be located at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in San Diego, California, and open in early 2023.
World Gym launches strength-only club concept
BY Tom Walker | 14 Aug 2022
World Gym International has launched a strength-only gym concept, which it says will cater for a need to provide franchisees with the option of a smaller-sized footprint and strong unit economics.
Universal's Epic Universe set to open in 2025
BY Tom Walker | 12 Aug 2022
Building work on Universal's Epic Universe – a new theme park at the Universal Orlando Resort in Florida, US – is advancing and the park is set to open to visitors in 2025.
Open water swimming venue launched in London's Canary Wharf
BY Tom Walker | 12 Aug 2022
A new open water swimming venue will has been launched in the heart of Canary Wharf, London, UK – one of Europe's most prestigious office and commercial districts.
Seventh International Museum Construction Congress to be held in Norway this year
BY Tom Walker | 11 Aug 2022
The International Museum Construction Congress (IMCC) will take place in the Norwegian capital city, Oslo, from 6 to 8 November 2022.
The 'world's most anticipated museum' to finally open this year
BY Tom Walker | 11 Aug 2022
The Grand Egyptian Museum is set to finally open its doors after a design and construction project which has taken more than 20 years to complete.
Pure Gym founder, Peter Roberts, invests in personal training app Another Round
BY Tom Walker | 11 Aug 2022
Peter Roberts, former CEO and founder of Pure Gym, has invested in Another Round, a personal training app which utilises AI and machine learning.
Voya releases Cancer Wellness Training for spa therapists
BY Megan Whitby | 11 Aug 2022
Irish marine spa and skincare brand Voya is offering a new Cancer Wellness Training Programme as part of its in-house spa Training Academy offering.
IHRSA Global Report finds reassuring signs of recovery with some operators beating pre-pandemic numbers
BY Tom Walker | 10 Aug 2022
Fitness markets around the globe are demonstrating "reassuring signs of recovery" following the pandemic disruptions according to the new 2022 IHRSA Global Report.
Horniman Museum to return 72 looted artefacts to Nigeria
BY Tom Walker | 10 Aug 2022
Sesnan questions Tower Hamlet insourcing decision – says it will increase costs by £2.1m a year
BY Tom Walker | 09 Aug 2022
Mark Sesnan, CEO of GLL, has pushed back on Tower Hamlet Council’s decision to take the operation of its leisure services back in-house when GLL’s contract ends in April 2024.
Decommissioned oil rig transformed into See Monster art installation
BY Tom Walker | 09 Aug 2022
An oil rig that spent three decades in the North Sea before it was retired last year is being transformed into an interactive art installation in Weston-super-Mare, UK.
Remembering Olivia Newton-John – a champion of wellness
BY Megan Whitby | 09 Aug 2022
Actress, singer and long-term wellness advocate, Dame Olivia Newton-John has died aged 73.
Ohm Fitness opens first EMS studio – plans 45 US locations over three years
BY Tom Walker | 08 Aug 2022
Ohm Fitness, a new franchised fitness studio concept, has opened its first location in Scottsdale, Arizona.
'Highest quality' motion capture system could help transform recovery and rehabilitation
BY Tom Walker | 08 Aug 2022
A solution dubbed the 'world’s highest quality motion capture system' could help sports scientists, personal trainers and other professionals working across recovery and rehabilitation provide more accurate advice and exercise regimes.
     
 


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54 inexpensive, scalable, science-based strategies to drive health club retention
54 inexpensive, scalable, science-based strategies to drive health club retention   Encouraging people to plan their gym visits in advance, offering small incentives and sending text reminders to members ahead of their workout sessions can help health clubs with their retention issues. The findings come from a year-long behavioural science study conducted through a partnership between the .... More>>
17 Dec 2021
Matrix introduces immersive cycling in partnership with iFit
Matrix introduces immersive cycling in partnership with iFit   Matrix Fitness has added an immersive, tech-led indoor cycling experience to its range of commercial fitness products. The new Virtual Training Cycle is a high-performance bike, featuring a 22” touchscreen with app-based interface. The cycle's console offers electronic resistance adjustment and automatic .... More>>
17 Dec 2021
ResortSuite to be acquired by Agilysys, reveals Frank Pitsikalis
ResortSuite to be acquired by Agilysys, reveals Frank Pitsikalis   Hospitality management software system ResortSuite is set to be acquired by Saas software provider Agilysys in a US$25m (€22.2m, £18.8m) deal in January 2022. The acquisition is designed to bring next-generation SaaS solutions to ResortSuite customers and enable revenue synergies and delivery of high-end .... More>>
17 Dec 2021
World's first Karl Lagerfeld-designed spa opens in Macau
World's first Karl Lagerfeld-designed spa opens in Macau   After a five year project, the world’s first hotel and spa designed solely by late legendary fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has launched in Macau, on the south coast of China. Lagerfeld was known for his simplistic yet elegant design approach and dedicated his life to fashion, working with both global fashion .... More>>
16 Dec 2021
Gymbox CEO, Marc Diaper, calls on government to give financial support to city centre gyms due to home-working guidelines
Gymbox CEO, Marc Diaper, calls on government to give financial support to city centre gyms due to home-working guidelines   The UK government's working from home guidelines are threatening the financial future of city centre health clubs and gyms, according to some operators. Under the government's Plan B, people should now work from home "if they can" – with guidance being reviewed on 5 January, although this is not mandatory. The .... More>>
16 Dec 2021
Patrick Huey leaves Montage – joins The 'Quin House, Boston
Patrick Huey leaves Montage – joins The 'Quin House, Boston   ISPA board chair Patrick Huey has left his role at Montage Hotels and Resorts’ VP of spa and retail and joined the team at Boston’s new luxury private social club, The ‘Quin House. Huey’s newly-assumed title at The ‘Quin is executive director of membership, programming, The ‘Quin Impact Fund and marketing. The .... More>>
15 Dec 2021
Pure Gym signals global ambitions with £300m cash injection from KKR
Pure Gym signals global ambitions with £300m cash injection from KKR   Pure Gym has dropped plans for an IPO which it revealed in August, opting instead to raise £300m through an equity deal with investment firm, KKR (www.kkr.com). In addition to reducing the company's debt levels, the funds will support PureGym’s growth plans, which include aspirations to scale globally via organic .... More>>
15 Dec 2021
Wexer signs deal to reach 11m consumers via Opus Sport Australia
Wexer signs deal to reach 11m consumers via Opus Sport Australia   Digital fitness content provider, Wexer, has signed a deal to deliver its workouts through OS Fitness, the fitness platform operated by Australian telecommunications giant Optus. OS Fitness content is available via the Optus Sport app to all Optus customers who have the app included as part of their mobile or .... More>>
14 Dec 2021
Kenneth Ryan and CG Funk joining ISPA’s board of directors and officers in 2022
Kenneth Ryan and CG Funk joining ISPA’s board of directors and officers in 2022   The International Spa Association (ISPA) will grow its ISPA board of directors and officers in 2022 with five newly-elected members. These include: • CG Funk, senior VP of culture and industry relations, Massage Heights. • Barry McCaffrey, VP of sales, professional channels, Babor. • Charlotte Prescott, director .... More>>
14 Dec 2021
Who's winning at digital in health and fitness? A new survey gives insights
Who's winning at digital in health and fitness? A new survey gives insights   A review of the state of 'digital maturity' of health club operators in the UK has established the current winners in the race to elevate the sector's digital performance, as well as highlighting areas for development. UK Active commissioned digital consultancy, Rewrite Digital, to collaborate with a sample of .... More>>
13 Dec 2021
Chunxia Gao is MSpa International’s new group director of spa and wellness in Asia
Chunxia Gao is MSpa International’s new group director of spa and wellness in Asia   Minor Hotels has appointed Chunxia Gao as group director of spa and wellness to lead the Asia region of its spa division, MSpa International. In this role, Gao will head up MSpa and oversee operations and the expansion of a series of medical wellness facilities throughout Asia under various brands and .... More>>
13 Dec 2021
COVID-19 attacks fat cells – could explain why people with obesity are at higher risk
COVID-19 attacks fat cells – could explain why people with obesity are at higher risk   New research suggests that COVID-19 infects fat cells, explaining why overweight and obese are at a higher risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19. The study, led by Stanford University School of Medicine, examined whether fat tissue obtained from bariatric surgery patients could become infected with the .... More>>
10 Dec 2021
400-year-old mineral spring will power Preidlhof’s €2m medicinal bath experience
400-year-old mineral spring will power Preidlhof’s €2m medicinal bath experience   Destination spa and health resort Preidlhof in Naturno, South Tyrol, is on the cusp of introducing a new medicinal bathing offering, following a five-year project. Costing €2m (US$2.26m, £1.7m), the new hydrotherapy experience will comprise an 80sq m indoor pool and a selection of private whirlpool baths. All .... More>>
10 Dec 2021
Doctors to prescribe wellness to cancer patients in new US pilot
Doctors to prescribe wellness to cancer patients in new US pilot   As of January 2022, US doctors and nurses will begin prescribing wellness modalities to those touched by cancer. The move is part of a unique pilot app developed by digital health platform ApricityHealth to help cancer patients proactively monitor and manage their side effects from cancer treatment. The 24/7 .... More>>
10 Dec 2021
Health clubs are controlling COVID – sector reports less than one case per 100k visits since April reopening
Health clubs are controlling COVID – sector reports less than one case per 100k visits since April reopening   The number of positive COVID-19 cases among people who have visited health clubs, leisure centres and swimming pools in the UK continues to be at "extremely low levels". Figures published by UK Active – covering the period since gyms reopened (12 April 2021) to 21 November 2021 – show an overall rate of 0.83 .... More>>
10 Dec 2021
Universal Beijing Resort reveals expansion plans for second phase
Universal Beijing Resort reveals expansion plans for second phase   Universal Beijing Resort in China is preparing to embark on the second phase of its construction programme. The project will add around 2.2sq km to the total park area and will include up to five new hotels. This means the second phase will more than double the current size of the 1.8sq km park. The .... More>>
09 Dec 2021
Christine Clinton receives GWS award for excellence in mental health field
Christine Clinton receives GWS award for excellence in mental health field   The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has honoured respected spa industry trainer and figure Christine Clinton with the 2021 Debra Simon Award. Announced at the GWS in Boston last week, the award was introduced in a heartfelt speech by Simon’s daughter and president of the Debra Simon Family Foundation, Lauren .... More>>
09 Dec 2021
Marriott developing luxury open-air Ritz-Carlton Reserve on tropical island in Bahamas
Marriott developing luxury open-air Ritz-Carlton Reserve on tropical island in Bahamas   Marriott International has inked a deal with Cotton Bay Holdings to introduce a new Ritz-Carlton Reserve property on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas. Located on the southern end of the island, the Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Eleuthera is expected to feature a 90-room open-air resort forming part of the .... More>>
09 Dec 2021
Rent arrears – ukactive calls for 'shared burden'
Rent arrears – ukactive calls for 'shared burden'   ukactive has stressed the importance of landlords and tenants "sharing the burden" of commercial rent arrangements. The industry body made the call during a committee meeting of MPs, which is discussing the government’s Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill. The bill is set to lay out the terms of binding .... More>>
07 Dec 2021
Well tech firm Timeshifter launches circadian app for the shift worker market
Well tech firm Timeshifter launches circadian app for the shift worker market   Wellness tech firm Timeshifter has launched a new circadian app for shift workers, allowing them to form and maintain healthier lifestyles. When a shift worker imports their schedule and enters their sleep pattern, chronotype, and personal preferences, the app will provide highly personalised advice to tackle .... More>>
07 Dec 2021
Sport England ramps up implementation of new strategy – will 'disproportionately target' efforts and investment
Sport England ramps up implementation of new strategy – will 'disproportionately target' efforts and investment   Sport England says it's introducing "new and innovative" ways to increase participation – by doing a better job of listening to local communities and networks to understand their needs. The grassroots body says it will disproportionately target its efforts and investment to level-up places and improve .... More>>
07 Dec 2021
Freeletics adds 'strength gaming' experience featuring AI camera
Freeletics adds 'strength gaming' experience featuring AI camera   Freeletics has added a new “strength gaming” experience to its range of programmes. Called Staedium, the new addition looks to tap into rising demand for gamified and entertainment-led workouts. Designed for at-home use, the system uses three main components – the Staed console, a base and a set of connected .... More>>
06 Dec 2021
Pure Gym research ranks countries by cost of staying healthy
Pure Gym research ranks countries by cost of staying healthy   Denmark has been identified as the cheapest country in the world to live a healthy life, according to a new study. Research by Pure Gym using Numbeo analytics (www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living) investigated close to 100 countries worldwide, looking at the average costs of basic healthy food items from the five .... More>>
06 Dec 2021
Susan Friedland honoured with Leading Woman in Wellness award at 2021 Global Wellness Summit
Susan Friedland honoured with Leading Woman in Wellness award at 2021 Global Wellness Summit   Industry figure Susan Friedland has been celebrated with the Global Wellness Summit’s (GWS) annual Leading Woman in Wellness Award. During a poignant ceremony, Mrs Friedland was recognised with the award for her support and dedication in working alongside her husband Dr Danny Friedland who recently passed .... More>>
06 Dec 2021
Tammy Pahel, Kathryn Moore and Anni Hood to headline World Halotherapy Symposium
Tammy Pahel, Kathryn Moore and Anni Hood to headline World Halotherapy Symposium   The two-day World Halotherapy Symposium will go live tomorrow on 7 December to encourage the convergence of the halotherapy and wellness industries. The free virtual conference is hosted by industry body the World Halotherapy Association (WHA) and has already attracted interest from nearly 500 registrants across .... More>>
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