Posts filed under “Articles by Ray Algar”

Fitness and Corporate Social Responsibility – Running on empathy

By its very nature the fitness industry supports a healthier planet, but in an age of heightened social awareness, and scrutiny of business ethics, is this still enough? We spoke to fitness corporate social responsibility (CSR) expert Ray Algar, who says to truly thrive in a post-recession, the fitness industry ...

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Comment for The Economist fitness industry article

During January 2018, The Economist contacted me to discuss an article they were researching on the fitness industry. Their initial angle for the article was to discuss the good-intentioned New Year resolution for people to get fit and how clubs and studios are the grateful beneficiaries of this surge in demand. ...

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The Year Ahead – Fitness Business Canada

My thoughts on a forthcoming 2018 article for Fitness Business Canada magazine. Commit to elevating your business reputation The health club industry was built with a focus on the tangible experience; impressive buildings, equipment and other assets that attracted customers often on the basis of convenience to home or work. Cultivating a ...

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Gym Factory talk in Madrid

During May 2016, I was invited to give a talk to stakeholders from the Spanish heath club industry about my research into the emergence of boutique fitness. Following my talk, the organisers sent over some follow-up questions which are below. Their is also a Spanish version. In your speech you said that ...

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il club, piattaforma del bene comune

Gymtopia è la nuova piattaforma web tramite la quale i club di tutto il mondo possono raccontare le proprie iniziative benefiche. Un modo per aiutare chi ne ha bisogno, rendere più profonda la relazione con i socie la comunità, tutto a vantaggio della propria “reputazione sociale” edell’immagine del settore

The price of competition

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) has just published an article I wrote for their Club Business International (CBI) magazine. The article is titled 'The price of competition' and can be read here:

The world of collaborative consumption

Back in 2007, I wrote an article for Leisure Report Journal titled: 'Collaborative Consumption'. I coined the phrase 'Collaborative Consumption', because it perfectly described the way in which the web was allowing people to connect and harness their collective wisdom to search, compare, review, select and consume a vast array ...

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Timeline showing evolution of the UK health club industry

I am re-posting this visual timeline because I wanted to illustrate this new ipaper presentation format from Scribd: Timeline showing evolution of the UK health club industry - Ray Algar ...

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How the London 2012 Olympics will create a lasting participation legacy

This is an excerpt of an article I wrote for Leisure Report in the UK. ---------------------------------------------------------- In the first article in this two-part series (2012 – After the golden show, Leisure Report, October 2008), I discussed the size of the ambition that organisers and stakeholders have set for London 2012. London aspires ...

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London 2012 – after the golden show

Below is an excerpt from my current budget health clubs article for Leisure Report Journal. Three years have already passed since London narrowly pipped Paris by 54 votes to 50 to secure the right to host the 30th summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. Paris was strongly tipped to secure the vote ...

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