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Over half of Brits put off sport by stories of doping

Over half of Brits say doping in sport puts them off watching or attending sport, buying merchandise, or encouraging their children to participate After racism, doping is rated the second most concerning issue in UK sport UKAD calls on all those involved to play their part to protect sport and get educated during Clean Sport …

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LEADING lights in business and training are powering ahead with plans to open a revolutionary new health and fitness complex later this year.

Sion Pritchard and Rich Blake have launched LVL5 Gyms Ltd, taking a fresh approach to the industry with proposals for an accessible, innovative environment welcoming people of all ages and abilities. The duo invested in state-of-the-art equipment – including localised Cryotherapy and the region’s first Fit3D Proscanner – and envision a completely different offering centred on positivity …

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Sport For Confidence Selected By Sport England To Support A 10-Year Drive To Level Up Inequalities In Sport and Physical Activity

Due to an evidence-based demonstration of its ability and ongoing intent to create a more equitable society by tackling inequalities that exist in sport and physical activity, Sport For Confidence CIC is amongst a group of over 120 organisations working in partnership with Sport England to level up access to sport and physical activity across …

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Why ‘exercise snacking’ could extend your life by two years

Just 10 minutes’ walking, gardening or simply moving about pays health dividends: By Jessica Salter Jessica Salter is taught by personal trainer Elisa Grosso at the Movementum Studio in London CREDIT: Simon Turnbulll and Rii Schroer  How much exercise do you think you need – and how much do you actually do? Despite extreme exercise trends that …

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Fusion Lifestyle announces contract extension and redevelopment work in Charnwood

Charnwood Borough Council’s three leisure centres will receive a £1m investment following the signing of a new contract with long-term partner Fusion Lifestyle. The Council and Fusion Lifestyle have worked together since October 2011 and the extension means the partnership will carry on for a further five years. The contract will see a £1 million …

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The high-tech fitness mirrors that aim to get you exercising more

For most people, including fitness fans, the thought of having to watch yourself work out is not an appealing one. We don’t look our best while sweating on a treadmill or grimacing on a weights machine. Yet as any gym-goer knows, there are always some individuals who like to admire their reflection in the floor-length …

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Core Health & Fitness acquires Wexer; unveils sector consolidation strategy

Digital fitness leader Wexer has today announced its acquisition by Core Health & Fitness a portfolio company of US-based private equity firm Gainline Capital Partners. The deal will provide Wexer with the funding to scale its business – including through significant acquisitions to consolidate the digital fitness sector – and drive digital adoption across the …

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Connected fitness brand Hydrow announces new UK Managing Director Matthew Woolsey

Hydrow, the immersive at-home rower, has announced the appointment of Matthew Woolsey as the new Managing Director for the UK.    Matthew brings to the role 16 years of experience across a number of industries, including his previous role at Net-a-Porter, as Managing Director, the world’s largest luxury e-commerce site; Executive Vice President, Digital, at Barneys New …

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For Beginners. For Experts. For Real People.

Smart Strength unlocks a new era of personalised workout experiences for all your members, combining effective exercises with a personalised, motivating user experience. Personalised workouts for different experience levels instead of the same experience for everyone. With “Auto” and the EGYM Curve, beginners work out safely, correctly and effectively. With “Individual” and the EGYM Bar, …

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Metabolic Fitness Platform Ultrahuman Acquires Consumer-Focused Wearable Company LazyCo

Acquisition marks the first step by Ultrahuman to expand the biomarkers complementing its current wearable, the Ultrahuman M1. London, UK | April 12, 2022 – Ultrahuman, the world’s most advanced metabolic fitness platform, has today announced the acquisition of consumer-focused wearable company LazyCo famed for creating the Aina ring wearable. LazyCo will integrate with Ultrahuman’s …

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EuropeActive unveils the first European Health and Fitness Consumer Survey

On Thursday 7th April Deloitte presented at the EuropeActive President’s Council Summit at FIBO the key findings of the unique 2022 European Health and Fitness Consumer Survey commissioned by EuropeActive. In January 2022, 11,000 consumers across 19 countries were asked about their fitness consumption behaviour. One main conclusion from the survey is that the “hybridisation” …

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Heart Health Month is a success at Orangetheory Fitness UK as they Raise Donations for the British Heart Foundation.

Orangetheory Fitness supports the British Heart Foundation during Heart Health Month to raise money and awareness for physical activity and heart health. The fitness studio is labelled as “the world’s best one-hour group fitness” (New York Times, 2019). raises over £600 to support vital heart health research. Orangetheory Fitness, a global specialist in science and …

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Box like champ Floyd Mayweather at newly opened Plano fitness center

Boxing is trending and Plano can now land a punch with the opening of Mayweather Boxing + Fitness a California-based concept founded by boxing great Floyd Mayweather. According to a release, the facility will be located at 18484 Preston Rd. #300A, previously home to Dallas Martial Arts (and at one time, a Fitness HQ), and is slated …

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10,000 steps and 12 other health myths you should ignore

As the often quoted mantra has been disproved, what other health advice isn’t as reliable as you might think? If you’re over 60 and about to take your 6,001st step of the day then you might want to sit down. Your work is done. According to a new study walking just 6,000 steps a day could …

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Glofox to Grow Headcount by 150 This Year

Addition of 150 employees part of  continued global expansion further bolstering Glofox’s position as the fastest growing, market leading management software provider for fitness franchises and independent operators globally.  Dublin, Ireland, 18 March 2022 – Glofox, one of the fastest growing fitness business management software platforms, today announced its plans to hire 150 new employees …

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BLOK, the hybrid studio and digital fitness platform, secures £3.75m in pre-Series A ‘bridge’ funding

Investment will be used to expand BLOK’s hybrid offering as physical sites and online channels  experience high demand  London, March 17 2022: Award-winning hybrid studio and digital fitness platform BLOK has  secured £3.75m in a funding round led by ACF Investors, with additional investment from Elcot  Capital and The Santon Group. The funding round also …

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Working together towards a healthier Europe: ENOS, EuropeActive, FESI and It’s Great Out There Coalition launch the European Physical Activity Alliance

ENOS, EuropeActive, FESI and It’s Great Out There Coalition are happy to announce the launch of the “European Physical Activity Alliance” (EPAA), a new coalition that will promote the benefits of health-enhancing physical activity, on physical, social, and mental health and wellbeing. EPAA was launched during an online event gathering more than 200 participants, with …

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Shapemaster Global prepares for business growth as Ex Serco Leisure Director joins board

The former Strategy and Innovation Director for Serco Leisure, Jon Hymus, has joined UK power assisted exercise equipment supplier Shapemaster Global as their new Commercial Director. Shapemaster will be supporting the post pandemic recovery of new and existing clients in the health, leisure & exercise sector with its innovative Low Intensity Interval Training (LIIT) solution, …

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Review of post-lockdown gym member behaviour finds a decrease in average member age and significant increase in number of gym-goers

Village Health & Wellness Clubs have been carrying out an end of year review of pre and post-lockdown member behaviour to determine the impact that COVID19 has had on the UK fitness industry. The Village Gym team found that: The average age of members has decreased from 44 years to 41 years post-pandemic. Post-COVID figures …

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JOHN REED REVEALS EPIC CLASS SCHEDULE FOR 2022

Motivating everyone to get moving this January, JOHN REED is offering new members their first three months free. From Boxing to Inferno Pilates, Jazz Barre, Rocket Yoga and more, JOHN REED’s epic class schedule has something for every kind of fitness enthusiast. More than just a gym, JOHN REED is a Fitness Music Club offering …

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Young Entrepreneurs of the Year launching new offerings to transform Australia’s fitness industry

Despite months of lockdown and gym closures last year, gym company Fitness Playground is rolling into 2022 on a high note, with Co-Founders Justin Ashley and Serra Burmin taking the title of Australian Young Entrepreneurs of the Year. The purpose-driven business owners have been recognised for the business’s achievements throughout a challenging year, including: – …

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CIMSPA launches digital marketing insight tool for sport and physical activity

CIMSPA has launched an interactive tool to help people working in sport and physical activity gain insights into how others in the sector are using digital marketing Designed to help people in all types of organisation to benchmark their own digital plans and capabilities Based on the results of a recent Sport England study, conducted …

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Olympian Sharron Davies Launches Online Exercise Programme

Ex-Gladiator and Olympic medalist available for interview. New website: www.sharrondavies.com OLYMPIAN Sharron Davies has launched a new health and fitness programme to help people of all ages and abilities in the wake of Covid. The new website will go live in January 2022 and access to the programme will cost less than a cup of …

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New free toolkit to help facilities make physical activity accessible to visually impaired people

UK Coaching and Thomas Pocklington Trust urge leisure and sports providers to make their facilities more accessible to visually impaired people and have just launched free training to show them how to do just that. The new toolkit, Inclusive facilities: Supporting people with a visual impairment contains videos and resources leisure operators can use to …

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ukactive urges the Government to think again on Chancellor’s Omicron business support package

ukactive has issued the following full response to the Government’s announcement today (21 December), setting out the latest support measures Huw Edwards, CEO of ukactive, said: “The decision, following hours of confusion, by the Government to omit gyms, pools, and leisure centres from access to new grant support within this financial package is shameful. “It …

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New SafeACTiVE report – Second cycle results showing low levels of COVID-19 risk in European fitness clubs

EuropeActive is pleased to announce the completion of its second SafeACTiVE report in partnership with King Juan Carlos University, AWRC-Sheffield Hallam University and ukactive’s Research Institute. The second SafeACTiVE report, which builds on extensive data-collection and analysis by EuropeActive and its academic partners, reveals a low level of COVID-19 risk in the assessed fitness clubs …

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Matrix Fitness introduces a new immersive cycling experience

Matrix Fitness, one of the world’s fastest-growing commercial fitness brands, have launched their Virtual Training Cycle, an immersive training experience that delivers exclusive programmes, streaming of music, movies and shows and access to instructor-led content on the gym floor to boost user experience. The high-performance cycle features a 22” touchscreen with app-based interface similar to …

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Abbeycroft Leisure Choose Matrix Fitness For Mildenhall Hub Development

The Mildenhall Hub is an ambitious concept to provide public and voluntary services within shared facilities to cut costs and transform delivery by creating one single ‘Hub’. Abbeycroft Leisure, Suffolk’s largest health and fitness provider, manages the Mildenhall Hub Leisure Centre, which includes a 45-station gym with cardio, resistance and functional training options. On the …

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Confidence in UK fitness and leisure sector safety remains very high as operators show less than one COVID-19 case per 100,000 visits since April reopening

Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools continue to report extremely low rates of COVID-19 among people who have visited their facilities since the sector reopened, according to new figures published by ukactive today (9 December). As the fitness and leisure sector approaches the January period, confidence in safety standards remains very high, thanks to ongoing …

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Everlast Expand Into Gyms With Inaugural Opening In Denton

Brand new gym space opening in Denton, Manchester on December 27th 16,000 sq. ft site will combine group exercise with a main gym floor First 500 members will get exclusive early VIP access to sample the gym before it opens to the public, and pay just £5 for their first month Rebranding of 38 former …

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Anytime Fitness wins top franchise award

Fitness organisation, Anytime Fitness, has taken home the Gold Business Resilience award at the bfa HSBC British Franchise Awards 2021. 2021 marks the 32nd year of this leading bfa hsbc franchising award, a flagship event for the UK franchising industry. The glittering event took place on 30 November at The Vox in Birmingham, where the …

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UKAD quarterly results show increase compared to same time last year as testing ramps up pre-Beijing Winter Games

Nearly 800 more tests compared to same quarter last year  Notable increases in tests for pro-sports ahead of the new season and winter sports ahead of Beijing Winter Games in February 2022  UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has released its quarterly testing report for July to September 2021. As the impact of COVID-19 restrictions continued to ease, …

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EuropeActive News – November 2021

  Towards Horizon 2025 bringing you up to date with the latest news and activities from the European fitness & physical activity sector EuropeActive launched new certification scheme for fitness clubs! We are delighted to announce that we have successfully launched, in cooperation with the Netherlands National Standards Organisation (NEN), a new club certification scheme known as FITcert.eu. …

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ReTrain to Retain support opens to the sport and physical activity community

ReTrain to Retain offers skills, funding and support for people working and volunteering in sport and physical activity who have been made unemployed or lost work due to the pandemic Eligible applicants can access support from 16 November New applications still welcomed from across the community 16 November 2021 ReTrain to Retain – the skills, funding …

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EuropeActive hosted the 5th FORUM for Anti-Doping in Recreational Sport

Brussels, Belgium, 10th November 2021 On Wednesday 10th November EuropeActive live-streamed from Brussels the 5th Annual FORUM for Anti-Doping in Recreational Sport. With more than 130 delegates joining virtually from around the world representing Anti-Doping Agencies, Universities, Sporting Associations, International Organisations and EU Institutions, the FORUM proved a huge success as an effective platform in sharing good practice and better …

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EHFF 2021: Capitalising on Health, Digital, Community and Standards for the future of fitness

EuropeActive hosted its 8th annual European Health and Fitness Forum (EHFF) on Wednesday, 3rd November. The event was live-streamed globally from Cologne, Germany, with an audience of industry representatives on-site. This year’s theme ‘The Great Transformation’ allowed speakers and panellists to provide in-depth analysis about the current situation in which the sector stands in the …

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Matrix Fitness Transform Cardiff Rugby Performance Gym To Launch New Partnership

Cardiff Rugby are thrilled to have partnered with Matrix Fitness to support the design, rebrand and equipment installation of their new world-class training facility. The Matrix Performance Gym is the first phase in the exciting development of the club’s new High Performance and Health Centre at Pentwyn. Cardiff Director of Rugby, Dai Young said: “This …

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Bannatyne Continues To Invest At Recently Acquired Leeds Club

The Bannatyne Group’s recently acquired Cardigan Fields health club hosted an event which was livestreamed to thousands of fitness app users to mark the launch its new digitally enabled fitness studio. Investment in the club enables members to enjoy a significantly increased class timetable, which now includes the full range of Les Mills classes alongside …

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Fitpros invited to free workshops to learn how best to include people with sight loss in physical activity sessions

Fitness professionals are being invited to a free online workshop to gain practical guidance on how to successfully engage people with sight loss into their physical activity sessions.  There is a choice of two 90-minute workshops taking place on Saturday, October 23rd at 2 pm or Friday, October 29th at 1 pm. The workshops will …

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Energie Fitness Nominated For Business Resilience Award At BFA HSBC British Franchise Awards

Fitness organisation Energie Fitness has been shortlisted in the Business Resilience category of the bfa HSBC British Franchise Awards. One of the largest and fastest-growing low-cost fitness franchises, Energie Fitness is home to nearly 100 clubs across the UK. Known as the ‘Oscars’ of the franchising industry and set to take place on 30 November …

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Matrix Fitness Celebrates 20-Year Anniversary

Matrix Fitness, the premier brand of Johnson Health Tech (JHT), celebrates its 20-year anniversary this month. Known as the fastest-growing commercial fitness brand, Matrix attributes its success to delivering the products, solutions and support their customers desire. “Matrix design innovations have changed the way fitness equipment looks and feels since 2001,” said Mark Zabel, Global …

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