Posts filed under “European health and fitness news”

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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McFit budget gyms move into Spain

McFit, the German discount gym chain has announced its first club in Spain. The discount brand, which is now Germany's largest club operator (by membership size), now operates clubs in three countries. McFit was one of only five (from seventeen) German gym brands that opened new clubs during the March – ...

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Is this the world’s first free gym?

Any club owner that is presently charging rather ‘flabby’ looking prices for members to visit a rather mediocre gym, please look away now. Membership at Equinox, the 8-club Danish chain is now free. Well almost free. There is a one-time joining fee of £117 (134 euros), but thereafter, use of ...

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Vivafit reach 100 club milestone

  Pedro Ruiz, the Chief Executive of Vivafit clubs, the Portuguese circuit-based gym chain for women contacted me this week to say they have just opened their 100th club. The expansion of smaller-scale club formats seem more resilient in recessionary times as sites are easier to secure and they require less ...

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McFit gyms move into Spain

This week, McFit opens three clubs in Austria. There has been tremendous speculation over the company's first overseas move, following its steller success in Germany. McFit is Germany's largest club brand (by membership numbers) and is bound to cause quite a ripple around the European gym industry as competitors anticipate its ...

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Greek Health Clubs Face Price War

I recently received an invitation to present at this year's Sports Conference in Athens during early October. It seems that the Greek health and fitness club market is facing some challenging times. The number of clubs in Athens is growing rapidly which is putting severe pressure on monthly membership subscription ...

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Your Health budget clubs look beyond the Netherlands

I was speaking with Jelte de Kiewit, the CEO of Your Health today about their growth plans. Jelte was telling me that they have just opened their 10th club in Holland and now have their sights set on a move into France and Germany. Your Health trade in the low-cost sector ...

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Ray Algar presentation at the IHRSA European Convention Lisbon 2008

Here is my presentation from the recent IHRSA convention in Lisbon. Click on the arrows at the bottom of the slides to move through the presentation. Please leave a comment: What does your fitness club stand for: Ray Algar (MBA) IHRSA European Convention Lisbon Portugal October 2008 View ...

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Constance and Pedro Ruiz Win 2008 IHRSA European Club Leadership Award

I was very pleased to see Constance and Pedro Ruiz the President and CEO of Vivafit gyms in Portugal receive the 2008 IHRSA European Club Leadership Award at this year’s Lisbon conference. Constance and Pedro have worked really hard to develop Vivafit, the 30-minute circuit-based women's only brand into Portugal’s largest ...

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IHRSA European Congress Lisbon 2008

I have just returned from the IHRSA European Convention in Lisbon. What a lot of fun. The event attracted around 400 delegates connected to the European health club and gym industry. The topic of my presentation was: What does your fitness club stand for? Talking about a company’s strategic purpose(why does ...

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