Posts filed under “European health and fitness news”

Ray Algar takes up advisory role with Finnish premium low-cost gym operator, Liikku

Global fitness industry analyst Ray Algar announces that he has accepted a non-executive strategic advisory role with Liikku, a leading operator of premium low-cost gyms in Finland. ‘Liikku’, which broadly translates to mobility in English, was founded by Johanna and Heikki Riihijärvi in 2010 with the mission of encouraging more ...

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Collaborating on a new book with EuropeActive

During December I was busy writing a chapter for a new book that is being published by EuropeActive in April. The book will be launched at the European Health and Fitness Forum in Cologne and is a multi-author collaboration focused on the theme: consumer experience and engagement in fitness. My chapter ...

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FIBO Innovation Tour with EuropeActive

The FIBO Innovation Tour is an annual event coordinated by EuropeActive. This year the tour visited five countries and I was invited to deliver a keynote talk as part of a series of five, one day events. Starting in Turkey, the tour then went to Russia, Poland, Italy before concluding in Sweden. ...

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Interview with Hasse Hoftvedt, CEO of fitness.xpress gyms

Following the recent publication of my 2011 Global Low-cost Gym Sector Report, Hasse Hoftvedt, CEO of fitness.xpress gyms in Norway contacted me to update me on the expansion of his budget gym business. What follows is a short interview. How did a guy with a degree in Petroleum Engineering from the ...

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Holmes Place clubs in Salzburg and Linz declared insolvent

The Holmes Place clubs in Salzburg and Linz, Austria have been declared insolvent in the Salzburg Regional Court. The total corporate debts are believed to be in excess of €53 million Euros making it one of the state's largest business failures during 2011. It seems as though the clubs have been ...

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IHRSA European Congress, Barcelona

Just returned from the IHRSA European Congress in Barcelona. This year, over 500 delegates attended the event which is a record turn-out. I love attending this event. I find the delegates so open to new ideas and insights and the intimate size of the event means that everyone mixes. The big story The ...

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2010 IHRSA European Convention is Heading to Spain

  I have just received confirmation that this year's IHRSA European Convention is heading to Spain. There was speculation that it was heading to Scandinavia, but IHRSA has chosen Barcelona. The event brings together representatives from all parts of the European health club industry.  I attend this event every year and relish ...

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Interview with Theo Hendriks, CEO of Sports & Leisure Group

This is another of the 'choose a question' interviews that I filmed while at the IHRSA European Convention in Dublin. This interview is with Theo Hendriks, CEO of the Sports & Leisure Group in Holland. While in Dublin, Theo received the Annual European Club Leadership Award. This goes to an individual ...

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Six minute video interview with Dag Lee, Chairman Taipan Invest

I've just returned from the IHRSA Convention held in Dublin. While there, I took the opportunity to grab a few people and ask them their views on business. However, there was a little twist. I prepared 50 questions on cards and they had to call out a number and then ...

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Short interview with Rasmus Ingerslev, CEO, Wexer

This is another of the 'choose a question' interviews that I conducted at the recent IHRSA European Convention in Dublin. This interview focuses on Rasmus Ingerslev, CEO of Wexer, an online health and fitness community that launched in early 2009. Rasmus is a very interesting guy who founded Fitness dk, a ...

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