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A story telling platform that captures the social impact of global health clubs

Today I am announcing the start of Gymtopia, an important new digital platform that aims to capture the wider social good undertaken by the world’s health clubs. This achieves two things; it shows the social impact projects that are already taking place, and critically, encourages other clubs to do the ...

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Video interview – Mercado Fitness TV

Following a recent visit to the IHRSA Brasil Conference in Sao Paulo, I was interviewed by Mercado Fitness TV, based in Argentina. Here is the video:

2012 UK Low-cost Gym Sector Report – Ray Algar

I have now published the 2012 UK Low-cost Gym Sector Report which can be purchased from the Knowledge Store. Please leave a comment below, or on the report website, when you have read the report.  

Sunday Times review of the UK Low-cost Gym Sector

Matthew Goodman wrote an informative article on the UK low-cost gym sector for the Business section of the Sunday Times on the 28th October 2012. Here is an excerpt: 'Security at the gym is almost as tight as at a bank vault. Punch in the passcode and the curved doors slide open. ...

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Power Plate International collapses into administration

An industry colleague advised me today that Power Plate International Ltd trading as 'Power Plate' has collapsed into administration. When I looked into this, Paul John Clark and Philip Francis Duffy of Duff & Phelps Ltd were appointed Joint Administrators on 24th September 2012. This is the same firm appointed ...

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Visit to David Lloyd Leisure Studio – Putney

Today I visited the new David Lloyd Leisure studio, which has opened in Putney South West London. The studio represents a new strategic direction for the company, which is seeking different ways to harness its health and fitness expertise. These small studios or ‘micro clubs’ allow the brand to bring ...

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David Lloyd Leisure opens first ‘club’ on the British high street

This weekend (September 29th 2012), David Lloyd Leisure bring its health and fitness expertise to the high street with the opening of its first 'micro club' in Putney, South west London. These new 'studios' offer a range of classes, personal training and physiotherapy. This is an interesting expansion of David Lloyd ...

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Como as academias de baixo custo estão transformando o mercado global de academias

Baixo custo apresentação IHRSA Fitness Brasil 2012 - São Paulo       Como as academias de baixo custo estão transformando o mercado global de academias from Ray Algar

13th Annual IHRSA / Fitness Brasil Latin American Conference & Trade Show

Well, the presentation is drafted and translated into Portuguese ready for this week's 13th Annual IHRSA/Fitness Brasil Latin American Conference & Trade Show being hosted in Sao Paulo. The Brasilian fitness market is now very influential with more than 18,000 clubs. Around 10,000 delegates are expected for the event of ...

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Stepping down as Chairman of Wave Leisure Trust

At last night's annual general meeting, I stepped down as Chairman of Wave Leisure Trust. I have been involved with Wave Leisure as a Trustee, Deputy Chairman and Chairman since it commenced trading on April 1st 2006. Six years is the maximum term that I can serve given that Wave ...

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