Posts filed under “Opinion”

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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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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Health Club Management discuss Gymtopia

Kate Cracknell, Editor of UK-based Health Club Management devotes her 'Letter from the Editor' to discuss the idea of health clubs becoming more socially orientated. The letter discusses Gymtopia which launches at the end of May 2013. ------------- Social responsibility Why do health clubs – operations that pivot around the idea of doing ...

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El ABC del fenómeno low cost

Lean en este artículo lo mejor del reportaje de #MercadoFitnessTV al consultor Ray Algar, Director Gerente de la firma Oxygen Consulting, con base en el Reino Unido. La primera palabra que viene a mi cabeza cuando pienso en cómo explicar el fenómeno de los gimnasios de bajo costo (low cost) es ...

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Gymtopia – a place where clubs do social good

What I love about this globally connected world in which we now live and work is that our ability to influence and make an impact is dramatically amplified. Never have we been able to reach out to more people. However, when we reach out, do we give or take? Some ...

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Gymtopia is now gaining momentum

Here is further information on Gymtopia, an exciting new project I am launching over the next few months: What is Gymtopia? Gymtopia will be a digital platform with one simple aim; to discover, capture and share the wider social good undertaken by the world’s health clubs. This achieves two things; it shows ...

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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:

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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BBC Watchdog programme investigates how gym sell memberships

Today (5th April 2012) the BBC Watchdog programme broadcast its findings into dysfunctional sales practices at Fitness First and LA Fitness. I watched the programme several times and was left wondering why the Watchdog team love to regularly feature the UK health club industry. Last night the programme found examples of ...

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