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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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18 Nov 2021
Rio Ferdinand and The Gym Group launch Find Your Future initiative
Rio Ferdinand and The Gym Group launch Find Your Future initiative   An initiative set up by the Rio Ferdinand Foundation in partnership with The Gym Group will see young Londoners being offered career opportunities in fitness and sport. The new Find Your Future scheme will see up to 150 young people in South London benefit from an employment skills programme and the Community .... More>>
18 Nov 2021
ISPA reveals Dan Heath as opening keynote for 2022 conference
ISPA reveals Dan Heath as opening keynote for 2022 conference   Bestselling author and entrepreneur Dan Heath has been announced as the opening Power Session keynote speaker for The International Spa Association’s (ISPA) 2022 Conference. Hosted between 2 - 4 May, the 2022 event at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas will mark ISPA’s first in-person event since 2019. The .... More>>
18 Nov 2021
Serenbe wellness community expands with new group wellness retreat
Serenbe wellness community expands with new group wellness retreat   Award-winning US wellness community Serenbe has unveiled a brand new spa and wellness Portal Retreat that accommodates between six to 12 guests. Located an hour outside of Georgia’s state capital of Atlanta, Serenbe has been upgraded with a relaxed and spacious 3,000sq ft retreat designed both for one-off group .... More>>
18 Nov 2021
Swimming faces a diversity challenge, according to new report
Swimming faces a diversity challenge, according to new report   A "significant majority" of the UK's swimming teachers and aquatic professionals feel that swimming excludes some groups and communities. The finding comes from a study by the Swimming Teachers' Association (STA) and ukactive, which sought to examine inclusion across the swimming teaching workforce. .... More>>
18 Nov 2021
IAAPA news: VRstudios and Creative Works launch 'Fury' VR attraction
IAAPA news: VRstudios and Creative Works launch 'Fury' VR attraction   VRstudios and Creative Works have launched a new VR-based multiplayer attraction. Described as the world’s first unattended, two-player VR esports attraction, Fury has been designed to deliver physically active experiences in a small footprint. The VR gameplay options include “Hoops Madness,” which .... More>>
17 Nov 2021
IHRSA Smart Summit and FitnessConnected events get underway in Munich
IHRSA Smart Summit and FitnessConnected events get underway in Munich   The ​​Inaugural IHRSA SMART Summit has kicked off in Munich, Germany, with a focus on exploring the future of the sector in a changing world. Taking place from 17 to 19 November, the summit is being organised in tandem with FitnessConnected 2021, a new international trade show for the sector, held at the same .... More>>
17 Nov 2021
Dates announced for 2022 Spa Life UK and Ireland conventions
Dates announced for 2022 Spa Life UK and Ireland conventions   Industry events Spa Life UK and Spa Life Ireland will go ahead in 2022, with organisers promising more practical, hands-on activities to enhance the event experience. Founded in 2010, the events offer a combination of networking opportunities, dedicated meetings, exposure to new product innovations and .... More>>
17 Nov 2021
Herzog and de Meuron’s M+ museum of visual culture distils essence of Hong Kong
Herzog and de Meuron’s M+ museum of visual culture distils essence of Hong Kong   M+, described as Asia’s first global museum of contemporary visual culture, has opened in Hong Kong. Located in the city state's West Kowloon Cultural District, the museum features six thematic exhibitions housing more than 1,000 works. Designed by architects Herzog and de Meuron, M+ will act as a cultural .... More>>
17 Nov 2021
At-home functional training platform Atom launches
At-home functional training platform Atom launches   A new at-home functional training platform, offering consumers a 'complete home gym kit' and a library of on-demand and live programming, has gone live. Called Atom, the platform has been created and launched by lifestyle brand RPM Training and combines strength equipment with daily workouts and unlimited .... More>>
17 Nov 2021
Leadership change for Life Fitness – Paul Stoneham named new CEO
Leadership change for Life Fitness – Paul Stoneham named new CEO   Life Fitness has appointed Paul Stoneham as its new CEO, replacing Chris Clawson and effective immediately. Stoneham joins the fitness equipment giant following a career working for a wide range of consumer brands – most recently at outerwear company Helly Hansen AS, where he has spent the past six years. .... More>>
16 Nov 2021
The Well unveils first international outpost in the Costa Rican rainforest
The Well unveils first international outpost in the Costa Rican rainforest   The Well at Hacienda AltaGracia, Auberge Resorts Collection has opened in Costa Rica’s verdant region of Pérez Zeledón. The new tropical retreat represents modern wellness brand The Well’s first opening outside of the US and marks its third official location, joining its New York and Connecticut outposts. The .... More>>
15 Nov 2021
David Lloyd launches Blaze Rebels programme as more families choose to exercise together
David Lloyd launches Blaze Rebels programme as more families choose to exercise together   David Lloyd Clubs has launched a new family-focused programme in response to the trend of families exercising together. A family HIIT class, Blaze Rebels combines mixed martial with cardio and strength training in a safe and child-friendly way. Designed for those aged 8 and above, the workouts start with a .... More>>
15 Nov 2021
Joali Being launches as The Maldives' first nature immersive wellbeing retreat
Joali Being launches as The Maldives' first nature immersive wellbeing retreat   A sustainable wellbeing island retreat has launched today in the Maldives, dedicated to personalised wellness journeys, reconnecting to nature and instilling a feeling of weightlessness to all who visit. Named Joali Being, the retreat is the sister site of Joali’s first outpost – named Joali Maldives – which .... More>>
15 Nov 2021
Total Fitness Poland has been acquired by corporate wellness platform, Benefit Systems
Total Fitness Poland has been acquired by corporate wellness platform, Benefit Systems   Polish corporate wellness platform Benefit Systems has taken over a majority stake in club operator Total Fitness. Benefit Systems has acquired a 88 per cent stake in the gym chain, which ​​currently runs 14 clubs in Warsaw (10 clubs), Gdańsk (3) and Radom (1). Total Fitness opened its first club in 2011 in .... More>>
15 Nov 2021
Grndhouse raises £1.5m to set up film studio
Grndhouse raises £1.5m to set up film studio   Grndhouse has raised a £1.5m financing round led by venture capital firm Passion Capital. The online platform will use the investment to launch a 4,500sq ft film studio and facility, along with a community-centric app in early 2022. Launched earlier this year by five former Barry’s UK trainers, Grndhouse is .... More>>
13 Nov 2021
338 new gyms have opened in the UK since March 2019, in spite of the pandemic
338 new gyms have opened in the UK since March 2019, in spite of the pandemic   Eight of the top 20 private health club operators in the UK have grown their estates since 2019 – in spite of the pandemic – while three more have retained the same number of locations. The figure comes from the Fitness Industry Preview Report 2021, published by The Leisure Database Company (TLDB), .... More>>
12 Nov 2021
State of the Spa and Salon Industry Report 2021 reveals challenges and opportunities
State of the Spa and Salon Industry Report 2021 reveals challenges and opportunities   Mindbody has published the 2021 edition of its annual State of the Spa and Salon Industry Report, highlighting how spa and salon businesses have evolved since the start of the pandemic and giving predictions of consumer trends that will impact the future of the sector. The report was produced following .... More>>
11 Nov 2021
Ennismore takes its lifestyle hotel brand Tribe to South East Asia
Ennismore takes its lifestyle hotel brand Tribe to South East Asia   Ennismore, the hotel company behind brands such as ​​The Hoxton, Delano and Mondrian has announced plans to roll out its Tribe lifestyle hotel brand across Southeast Asia, targeting countries such as Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines. Launched in 2019, Tribe is marketed as an .... More>>
11 Nov 2021
New Nobu resort and wellness centre to open in 2024 in Saudi Arabia
New Nobu resort and wellness centre to open in 2024 in Saudi Arabia   Nobu, the global lifestyle brand founded by Robert De Niro, Nobu Matsuhisa and Meir Teper, will launch a brand new location – called Nobu Hotel, Restaurant and Residences Al Khobar – in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, by 2024. Located in the waterfront area of the city, the mixed-use development will be home to a .... More>>
10 Nov 2021
Les Mills Boutique is unveiled – helps clubs attract younger audiences
Les Mills Boutique is unveiled – helps clubs attract younger audiences
  Les Mills has launched a new solution to help fitness operators transform space in their clubs into premium boutique studios. Called Les Mills Boutique, the turnkey solution includes a bespoke studio fit-out plan, a studio operations guide, instructor training and access to a regularly refreshed programme of .... More>>
10 Nov 2021
What stops women and girls exercising? A new guide tackles causes such as fear of judgement and sexual harassment
What stops women and girls exercising? A new guide tackles causes such as fear of judgement and sexual harassment
  A new guide has been published to give health clubs, gyms and leisure centres in the UK insights into how to attract more women and girls and to encourage them to get physically active. Produced in partnership by Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign and ukactive, the guide called, How to improve your .... More>>
10 Nov 2021
Fitness industry gets Europe-wide certification scheme
Fitness industry gets Europe-wide certification scheme   EuropeActive has announced it will trial a new consumer health club certification scheme, to be known as FITcert.eu. The certification has been developed within the European Standards Organisation CEN framework and prescribes standards for clubs covering operations, management, customer service, supervision .... More>>
10 Nov 2021
Chenot launches Molecular Lab for Optimal Living, offering mRNA testing
Chenot launches Molecular Lab for Optimal Living, offering mRNA testing   Chenot Palace Weggis in Switzerland has announced the launch of The Chenot Molecular Lab for Optimal Living, a new programme developed to help resolve issues associated with premature ageing. The programme is overseen by chief operating and scientific officer, Dr George Gaitanos who calls it a "natural evolution .... More>>
08 Nov 2021
Xponential signs club in club deal with LA Fitness
Xponential signs club in club deal with LA Fitness   Xponential Fitness has secured a deal that will see its branded boutique studios being set up at existing LA Fitness and City Sports Club locations across the US. The franchise company has signed a partnership agreement with Fitness International – operator of LA Fitness and City Sports Clubs – which will result .... More>>
08 Nov 2021
Four Seasons Napa Valley and spa launches with working vineyard and vinotherapy spa rituals
Four Seasons Napa Valley and spa launches with working vineyard and vinotherapy spa rituals   Luxury hotel operator Four Seasons has opened a new resort and spa in California’s Napa Valley, complete with a working winery and vineyard. Designed by Napa’s own Erin Martin, the 85-key Four Seasons Napa Valley in Calistoga has been conceived with a bespoke spa concept called Spa Talisa. The 13,050sq ft Spa .... More>>
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