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Leisure Industry Week Presentation by Ray Algar

Below is a copy of the presentation I delivered at Leisure Industry Week in Birmingham during September 2015. The presentation theme was looking at how the health and fitness industry is evolving and how a wide range of fitness substitutes are challenging legacy clubs.   Jak Phillips from the Leisure Media Company ...

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Comment on Pure Gym buying LA fitness

On May 29th 2015 came news that Pure Gym was buying LA fitness, subject to approval from the Competition and Markets Authority, the competition regulator. Of all the potential buyers including Fitness First, Sports Direct and Terra Firma, I was surprised on hearing this news. Fitness First was seen as ...

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Boutique fitness studios fire warning shots at big brand fitness chains

New industry report charts rise of boutique fitness studios In a mature, inert fitness industry, boutiques are driving growth Big industry players need to sit up and take notice Small, specialised, independent fitness studios – classed collectively as boutique studios – have the potential to take significant market share from the large, big-brand, ...

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How does your health club brand resonate with consumers?

Recently, an email dropped into my inbox from Steve Tharrett, co-founder of ClubIntel, a U.S. based strategic consumer insights firm whose mission is to elevate the member experience for the club industry. It was to notify me on a white paper they had just published called: 'Does your brand resonate ...

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Ray Algar interview with IHRSA Club Business International Magazine

Recently I was contacted by Patricia Amend, Executive Editor of IHRSA's Club Business International (CBI) magazine. The magazine has a regular section which features interviews with people connected to the health and fitness industry. Here are the questions Pat put to me: Your specialty is research in the health club industry. ...

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Major fitness brands set to transform gym experience, says industry report

The biggest, most popular names in the fitness industry – names such as LA Fitness, Fitness First, Anytime Fitness and Sports Direct - are likely to bring major improvements to what they offer consumers during 2015, some of them virtually reinventing themselves, predicts a major new, 38 page report into ...

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KSL Capital Partners acquire UK-based Velocity Health and Fitness Clubs

KSL Capital Partners, the U.S. private equity firm dedicated to investing in travel and leisure businesses has acquired Village Urban Resorts (Village) from De Vere Group. Founded in 1995, Village Urban Resorts (Village) has 25 locations throughout the UK with a Velocity Health and Fitness Club embedded in each hotel. ...

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One place for all of the stories of good by health/fitness industry

IHRSA has today published  a great bog post about the work of Gymtopia under the heading 'One place for all of the stories of good by health/fitness industry'. ------- "The health and fitness industry does plenty of good on a daily basis by helping every person who walks through the door onto ...

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Rise of the Boutique Fitness Studio

During October, I was invited to speak at the IHRSA European Congress held in Amsterdam. The Congress brings together each year around 600 senior fitness industry players from 35 countries. The focus of my presentation was the emergence of boutique fitness studios which are popping up in the UK. Think ...

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Gymtopia update

Gymtopia is receiving growing interest from the health and fitness industry on the back of its recent ukactive Matrix Outstanding Achievement Award. During October, Leisure Management magazine published a six-page articles featuring four of the amazing projects case-studied on the Gymtopia website. You can download this article in the press area ...

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