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2023 features

A ray of sunshine
Editor's letter
A ray of sunshine
HCM Handbook editor Kath Hudson introduces the 2023 edition. While energy prices and the cost of living continue to make trading tough, we’re confident the fitness industry will keep adding value to members’ lives.

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The right price
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The right price
With such a tough economic climate, it’s tempting to pass some of the costs on to members. Some operators are already doing so. But will the beleagured consumer stand it? Julie Allen passes on some interesting insights from Leisure-net’s pricing report.

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Lost in translation
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Lost in translation
As the fitness industry moves closer to the healthcare sector, Lyndsey Barrett and Andrew Chapman argue an overhaul is needed in the language used to make sure it’s inclusive.

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This is not a drill
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This is not a drill
In these trying times, taking the ostrich approach and hoping things will get better is not going to cut it. Emma Barry, author of Building a Badass Boutique, says it’s time to tool up and gives some pointers on how.

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Market share
Franchising
Market share
The market for health and fitness franchises has been growing strongly for the last 20 years, to the point where it's now a substantial part of the sector, drawing in substantial investment and scaling rapidly. Kath Hudson looks at how centralised systems and a mature business model underpin success.

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The next pandemic
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The next pandemic
Mental health scores have dived along with bank balances in the last few years. Dr Colin Bryant from ACE says this presents an opportunity for the industry to step up provision so mental health is cared for as well as physical.

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Planet Fitness gears up to enter Spain after a strong year-end
23 Feb 2024

Planet Fitness gears up to enter Spain after a strong year-end

As Planet Fitness announces strong year-end results there are reports the company is planning a move into the Spanish market. More>>
 
Eight leisure operators issued warnings over the use of biometric data
23 Feb 2024

Eight leisure operators issued warnings over the use of biometric data

The ICO has ruled that eight leisure operators have been unlawfully processing the biometric data of their employees to be used for attendance checks and the resulting salary payments. More>>
 
Xponential Fitness tells HCM it will vigorously defend itself as class action lawsuit is filed in California
22 Feb 2024

Xponential Fitness tells HCM it will vigorously defend itself as class action lawsuit is filed in California

Xponential Fitness has told HCM it will vigorously defend itself against claims made in a class action lawsuit being brought against the company for financial damages by shareholders. More>>


22 Feb 2024

Gymshark goes all-in on live consumer fitness experiences and launches new premium range called Everywear

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21 Feb 2024

Muse headset teaches meditation and lulls users to sleep

More consumers are realising meditation is beneficial, but many give up because it’s difficult to master the mind. The Muse headset has been designed to tackle this pain point. More>>
 
21 Feb 2024

Les Mills refreshes its top team and gears up for new workout launches

Les Mills has been through a senior management refresh following the recent departure of CEO Clive Ormerod and Keith Burnet, who was CEO of global markets. More>>
20 Feb 2024

The magnificently-named Kai Troll is the new CEO of EuropeActive

EuropeActive has appointed Kai Troll as its new CEO. He has a background in the trade association sector and a strong interest in sport and physical activity. More>>
 
20 Feb 2024

CIMSPA sets out its vision for professionalising the leisure workforce in new strategy

CIMSPA has published its 2024-2030 strategy, Releasing the Power of Our Profession, which sets out how the sector’s 600,000-strong workforce can be supported and professionally recognised. More>>
20 Feb 2024

Soul Padel to get seed investment status – takes on Ben Davies as non-exec

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Balanced Body partners with Third Space on its new group reformer pilates offering
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As Third Space unveiled its latest club in Wimbledon at the end of 2023 as part of its growth development into suburban, residential locations, it also revealed a new state of the art Reformer Pilates studio at the new site in response to members seeking a low-impact, full- body workout for all abilities.
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Skillcourt UK launches at The Kia Oval, London
Skillcourt UK launches at The Kia Oval, London

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Skillcourt UK is thrilled to announce the official launch of its innovative platform at The Kia Oval in London.
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VibeShift technology delivers enhancing vibration to indoor cycling
VibeShift technology delivers enhancing vibration to indoor cycling

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Power Plate’s new VibeShift technology is now available on the Power Plate Rev bike.
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Resolute Multi-Stations offer a configurable design
Resolute Multi-Stations offer a configurable design

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In response to the growth in strength training, Precor has launched its Resolute Multi- Stations.
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Ecore has launched Nada Rx, an ECOsurfaces PVC-free flooring line.
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