Posts tagged “Health Club Industry”

Technogym team up with Apple

Technogym has partnered with Apple and signed an agreement to deliver a seamless integration between iPod by Apple and all Technogym Excite equipment. Users control iPod video and audio selection directly via their cardio equipment display and can view iPod contents and exercise data simultaneously. The iPod battery can also ...

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David Lloyd says no to Esporta Purchase

Firstly, the Esporta deal has gone through, which means I am now paying my £142 per month membership fee to Simon Halabi, the property magnate (as if he didn't have enough money already!). Not content with buying Esporta, it transpires that secret talks have been taking place between Esporta and Whitbread ...

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Health Club Contracts – Good for who?

There still seems to be a lot of confusion with health club contracts. Often, it seems that members do not really understand what they are signing. This week I spoke to a friend who had just received a letter from David Lloyd with details of new terms and conditions. The ...

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Health clubs – where’s the sense of community?

I have never really believed that health clubs delivered a deep sense of community, and so it comes as little surprise to me that my local health club is plagued by theft. Recently, my brother and his family spent the day with me and we visited my local club. The day ...

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Esporta Health Clubs Sale Runs into Trouble

The Esporta deal has more twists and turns than Silverstone. Contracts were exchanged back in November of last year for the sale of the 54 Esporta clubs to Simon Halabi. However, a reliable contact informs me that not all is going well with the completion. So, has the buyer uncovered ...

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Sheridan Easton leaves FIA

I was surprised to hear that Sheridan Easton has left his post as Operations Director of the Fitness Industry Association (FIA). It was not long ago (March 2006) that we were having a phone conversation about his new role. To me, he was the right guy for the job. According ...

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Fitness Equipment – Thinking Small

This piece of equipment (Cross Trainer) from Cybex caught my eye because it demonstrates innovative thinking. Problem: How do we develop a commercial-grade cross trainer with a smaller footprint? Here's the answer.

Data forum formed to help analyse UK health & fitness industry research

Good to see that the key providers of market data on the UK health & fitness industry are starting to collaborate rather than compete. The Fitness Industry Association (FIA) has formed a Data Forum to review and rationalise the growing body of data released by various primary research agencies. The ...

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Is Cannons Health and Fitness Clubs the next chain to be sold?

A good source this morning informed me that Cannons may be up for sale (again!). The 67 clubs and circa 165,000 members went private in 2001 in a £360 million buy-out supported by Royal Bank of Private Equity. Although, it is one of the oldest club chains, it seems to have ...

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UK Health Club Review 2006

>This year has seen frenetic activity in the UK health club market with several large chains seeing a change in ownership. Here is a summary of the big deals:London & Regional Properties acquire the 15 Next Generation clubs for £198 million (€294 million euros).Bannatyne Fitness ...

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