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03 Feb 2023
Workout Anytime reveals profit increases, growth plans and wellness pivot
Workout Anytime reveals profit increases, growth plans and wellness pivot   US-based fitness franchise, Workout Anytime, has confirmed that it signed deals for 49 more sites in 2022, while also opening 15. With around 200 locations operating across the US, the company says 2023 will see flagship locations open up in Arizona, New Mexico, New Jersey and Maryland as it continues to .... More>>
03 Feb 2023
MCR Active announces Andy King as CEO, readies for next chapter of growth
MCR Active announces Andy King as CEO, readies for next chapter of growth   Andy King, chair of Manchester's GM Active, has taken the role of CEO at non-profit MCR Active. King brings more than twenty years of sports leadership experience to the position. MCR Active was established in 2019 by Manchester City Council to increase activity levels in the community. After an initial phase .... More>>
02 Feb 2023
Cambridge researchers' AI model shows VO2 max lab-level results are achievable with wearables
Cambridge researchers' AI model shows VO2 max lab-level results are achievable with wearables   Researchers at the University of Cambridge have found a way to establish the exact VO2 max of an individual through the use of smartwatch data that is as accurate as a professional sports lab test. VO2 max refers to the maximum volume of oxygen used during exercise and is considered to be the gold standard measure .... More>>
02 Feb 2023
Musculoskeletal health hub pilot expands to 100 sites as MSK cost to UK hits £5bn a year
Musculoskeletal health hub pilot expands to 100 sites as MSK cost to UK hits £5bn a year   The second phase of the UK’s MSK (musculoskeletal) health hub pilot will see the service rolled out to an additional 85 swimming pools and leisure centres this month. The scheme – a collaboration between UK Active, Good Boost, Orthopaedic Research UK, Escape Pain and Arthritis Action – launched last year .... More>>
31 Jan 2023
This indoor gaming bike only lets you play if you pedal
This indoor gaming bike only lets you play if you pedal   Norwegian startup Play Pulse is preparing to launch its indoor gaming bike in April 2023. The concept features integrated game controllers (which also track heart rate), custom-made games, streaming services and workouts that only function if the user is pedalling. The team are currently still taking pre-orders .... More>>
26 Jan 2023
Fitness First UK’s Red Monday campaign bags a thousand new members with 'burn off your bills' energy prize
Fitness First UK’s Red Monday campaign bags a thousand new members with 'burn off your bills' energy prize   Fitness First’s annual Red Monday campaign, which ran across the UK on 16 January 2023, increased visits by a third and resulted in sign ups from a thousand new members. Usually member attendances during January are 13,000 a day, on average, across .... More>>
26 Jan 2023
Xponential to open first BFT franchise in London
Xponential to open first BFT franchise in London   Xponential Fitness will open its first Body Fit Training (BFT) franchise in London in February in Queen's Circus, half a mile from the new Battersea Power Station development, which will be home to Third Space, Boom Cycle and BMF when complete. The BFT studio will be led by personal trainer Charlie Hendrie and – .... More>>
24 Jan 2023
Tanni Grey-Thompson joins fight for sector energy support
Tanni Grey-Thompson joins fight for sector energy support   The damaging effect of the energy crisis due to government inaction and the impact on the health of the UK population saw Tanni Grey-Thompson lobbying the government in the House of Lords recently. Grey-Thompson said the current state of the UK’s health and wellbeing was a “real barrier to levelling up” and that .... More>>
24 Jan 2023
London to get its own "Garden in the sky", as Camden Highline gets green light
London to get its own   Planning approval has been granted for Camden Highline, a project to transform a section of disused railway into a new elevated urban park for London. Similar to the High Line in New York, US, the new green space will run for 1.2km, connecting Camden Town with the King’s Cross and St Pancras area – an .... More>>
20 Jan 2023
All Trails – now with 45m users globally – rebrands and revamps community platform
All Trails – now with 45m users globally – rebrands and revamps community platform   All Trails, an app that connects people with hiking and running trails all over the world, has expanded its community platform and unveiled a new brand identity. The app, which launched in 2011, now has over 400,000 curated trails and supports 45m users who have logged 700m miles of trails in every continent and .... More>>
20 Jan 2023
Longevity club and digital platform launches with focus on reverse ageing. Neil King and Alister Rollins are founders
Longevity club and digital platform launches with focus on reverse ageing. Neil King and Alister Rollins are founders   Longevity, a startup providing longevity products, services, education and advice to subscribers, has launched a digital platform and will open its first club in Milton Keynes on 1 February. The second location is due to launch in North London in March and a third shortly after – in the next 12 months Longevity intends to open ten UK clubs. Veteran fitness industry .... More>>
20 Jan 2023
Esbjerg’s landmark maritime center, designed by WERK Arkitekter and Snøhetta, opens to the public
Esbjerg’s landmark maritime center, designed by WERK Arkitekter and Snøhetta, opens to the public   A new landmark maritime centre has opened to the public in Esbjerg, Denmark. Created by WERK Arkitekter and Snøhetta, the centre has been designed as a shared space for watersport clubs and visitors along the port, providing the town with a social maritime hub and architectural landmark. Dubbed "The .... More>>
19 Jan 2023
Mike Farrar says physical activity sector must ‘be at the heart’ of the health service
Mike Farrar says physical activity sector must ‘be at the heart’ of the health service   In his first speech as chair at UK Active, Mike Farrar said the physical activity sector must be “at the heart” of the NHS, the care system, the education system and the workplace. Speaking at UK Active’s inaugural Strategic Partner event – which brought together the health, fitness, local government, sport and wellbeing sectors in London on 17 January – Farrar .... More>>
18 Jan 2023
Storm LDN to raise £2m for ten clubs – 25% of profits fund charity for at-risk youths
Storm LDN to raise £2m for ten clubs – 25% of profits fund charity for at-risk youths   Storm LDN, a community-supporting boutique boxing gym concept based in London, is gearing up to open a £2m seed-funding round from 9 February. Currently with one site, in Queens Park, the raise will support the company’s growth to six studios by Q2 2024. Further scaling to ten locations – which will be .... More>>
17 Jan 2023
Myzone CEO Dave Wright elected to UK Active board
Myzone CEO Dave Wright elected to UK Active board   Dave Wright, CEO of Myzone, has re-joined UK Active’s board of directors for a three-year term. He previously served from 2009 to 2014 and will represent the ‘Wider Activity’ section of the non-profit’s 4,500-strong membership body. The election process was held in November 2022 and approved on 15 December 2022, .... More>>
11 Jan 2023
UK Government reduces energy subsidies, says gas prices have fallen and sector is not an ETII
UK Government reduces energy subsidies, says gas prices have fallen and sector is not an ETII   The UK government has announced it will be scaling back financial support for businesses as part of the updated Energy Bill Relief Scheme (EBRS). Treasury support has been capped at £5.5bn for the year from 1 April 2023, more than £10bn less than the scheme designed for the winter from 1 October 2022 to the end .... More>>
10 Jan 2023
Sport England denies UK Parliament’s accusation that it has lost track of £1.05bn in grant funding
Sport England denies UK Parliament’s accusation that it has lost track of £1.05bn in grant funding   A report issued by the UK Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has accused Sport England of losing track of how £1.05bn in grants have been spent since 2016 and only accounting for £450m. It claims Sport England distributed £1.5bn in grants in the five years starting 2016-17, “but only knows which local .... More>>
05 Jan 2023
ACSM reveals its 2023 fitness trends
ACSM reveals its 2023 fitness trends   Wearable technology is 2023’s number one worldwide fitness trend according to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), which has released a list of 20 industry trends taken from its annual survey. Launched in 2006 and designed to help sector stakeholders make informed business decisions, this year’s .... More>>
04 Jan 2023
World Health Organization lays out five priorities for governments in getting people active, Dr Fiona Bull tells HCM
World Health Organization lays out five priorities for governments in getting people active, Dr Fiona Bull tells HCM   Dr Fiona Bull, head of the physical activity unit at the World Health Organization (WHO), has stated that “demonstrating impact is key” for the physical activity sector when it comes to delivering on its potential to society. “Without it, we’re just asking governments for handouts,” she said. While the industry .... More>>
22 Dec 2022
You can now experience Bluetooth-connected VR treadmill running with Octonic’s 2.0 release
You can now experience Bluetooth-connected VR treadmill running with Octonic’s 2.0 release   Octonic has released the 2.0 iteration of its VR treadmill running experience, which is compatible with 99 per cent of treadmills and now provides Bluetooth connectivity with over 400 treadmill models. The previous version had a non-connected mode, where runners adjusted treadmill speed manually on a passthrough .... More>>
22 Dec 2022
Rebecca Passmore was promoted to MD of Pure Gym the day she started maternity leave
Rebecca Passmore was promoted to MD of Pure Gym the day she 
started maternity leave   Rebecca Passmore was promoted to MD of Pure Gym in September 2020 – the same day she went on maternity leave. This is one of several insights revealed in HCM’s deep dive into gender equality in the fitness industry that indicate the sector is making incremental steps forward, despite it being .... More>>
19 Dec 2022
Martyn's Law: details revealed for new counter-terror rules affecting all UK leisure facilities
Martyn's Law: details revealed for new counter-terror rules affecting all UK leisure facilities   New laws designed to step up protection against terrorism at the UK's leisure facilities are to be published in early 2023. Called Martyn's Law – in memory of Martyn Hett, one of the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017 – the UK-wide legislation will require all venues and local authorities to draw .... More>>
16 Dec 2022
Alliance Leisure wins £13m sports hub contract for Barking
Alliance Leisure wins £13m sports hub contract for Barking   Construction work has begun on a £13m community sports hub in Barking, East London. The new facility will replace the existing Parsloes Park Sports Pavilion and will house a gym, a fitness studio, changing and shower facilities, food and beverage outlets plus several multi-purpose meeting and education rooms. .... More>>
15 Dec 2022
Everybody Health opens £500k gym in Crewe to improve area’s stark health inequalities
Everybody Health opens £500k gym in Crewe to improve area’s stark health inequalities   Following a £500,000 investment, Everybody Health and Leisure has unveiled a new 100-station Technogym fitness suite at Crewe Lifestyle Centre. Areas include cardio, resistance, free weights, functional training and stretching. Omia and Outrace rigs are included, as is plate-loaded strength gear and IFI accredited .... More>>
15 Dec 2022
London’s Olympic facilities come up for £40m tender
London’s Olympic facilities come up for £40m tender   Ten years after the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) is awarding new operating contracts for the London Aquatics Centre and Copper Box Arena. The contract has been with GLL since 2012. LLDC is also re-letting the contracts for the maintenance of the .... More>>
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