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15 Jan 2021
Fitness First launches free workout hub called FitX Player
Fitness First launches free workout hub called FitX Player   Fitness First has launched a new free digital fitness hub, offering users a wide range of virtual classes and training sessions. Called FitX Player, the online resource will provide popular classes such as HIIT, Yoga, Pilates – as well as Fitness First's exclusive SHRED class, which combines lifting with a .... More>>
15 Jan 2021
Phoenicia Malta unveils refreshing light-filled spa with suspended treatment rooms
Phoenicia Malta unveils refreshing light-filled spa with suspended treatment rooms   Luxury five-star hotel The Phoenicia Malta has been upgraded with a 1,200sq m new Deep Nature Spa in the heart of Valletta, in Malta. The Phoenicia is an architectural gem steeped in history, featuring seven and a half acres of landscaped gardens extending to the fortified city walls of the UNESCO World .... More>>
15 Jan 2021
Gym Group brings in Wais Shaifta and Rio Ferdinand as non-execs and eyes expansion
Gym Group brings in Wais Shaifta and Rio Ferdinand as non-execs and eyes expansion   The Gym Group has brought in Rio Ferdinand and Wais Shaifta as non-executive directors, signalling a broadening of its remit, new horizons and an intention to continue to refine and expand its member offering. Shaifta is currently CEO at Europe-wide digital healthcare company, Push Doctor, which works in .... More>>
14 Jan 2021
Battle hots up for fitness industry events as IHRSA partners with Ralph Scholz for European launch
Battle hots up for fitness industry events as IHRSA partners with Ralph Scholz for European launch   As the global vaccine rollout brings reopening closer and heralds the end of lockdowns, jostling is beginning for the resumption of live fitness industry events later in the year. IHRSA has announced it's done a deal for the development of an event called the IHRSA SMART Summit, which will take place during new .... More>>
14 Jan 2021
ISPA replaces 2021 Conference & Expo with virtual event to inform and inspire
ISPA replaces 2021 Conference & Expo with virtual event to inform and inspire   The International Spa Association (ISPA) has decided to cancel its upcoming ISPA Conference & Expo in May, due to the ongoing global pandemic. Attendees and sponsors for the cancelled in-person event will be contacted and given full refunds for any processed payments or will be assisted with applying those funds .... More>>
14 Jan 2021
COVID-19: majority of children now fail to meet recommended exercise levels
COVID-19: majority of children now fail to meet recommended exercise levels   Less than half (44.9 per cent) of children and young people in England met the recommended levels for exercise (60 minutes or more a day) during 2020. The devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on physical activity levels among children has been revealed in the latest Active Lives Children and Young People .... More>>
13 Jan 2021
70 per cent of UK adults 'want to get healthy' in 2021 – another reason for gyms to reopen
70 per cent of UK adults 'want to get healthy' in 2021 – another reason for gyms to reopen   An England-wide survey of over 5,000 adults found that 80 per cent of people aged over 18 have made the decision to change their lifestyle in 2021. Of those, 70 per cent want to become healthier and fitter due to the threats posed by coronavirus (COVID-19). Among the most popular changes that people want to make .... More>>
13 Jan 2021
Ritz-Carlton Reserve opens with luxury spa at Japanese alpine ski resort
Ritz-Carlton Reserve opens with luxury spa at Japanese alpine ski resort   The Ritz-Carlton Reserve portfolio has expanded, with the opening of a premium all-season alpine resort at one of Japan's top winter sports destinations in Hokkaido. Owned by YTL Hotels, the 50-room Higashiyama Niseko Village resort is the first Japanese Ritz-Carlton Reserve and YTL's fifth destination in Niseko .... More>>
12 Jan 2021
Fitness sector represented at Parliamentary Committee – calls for plan to deliver pandemic recovery
Fitness sector represented at Parliamentary Committee – calls for plan to deliver pandemic recovery   The government needs to provide the fitness and physical activity sector with a plan which will not only provide immediate, essential measures to secure its future, but will also help it to recover and grow. Appearing before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee today (12 January), industry .... More>>
14 Jan 2021
Countryside retreats triumph in Spas of America's top 100 US spas of 2020
Countryside retreats triumph in Spas of America's top 100 US spas of 2020   While North Americans haven’t been able to travel as much as they would usually, it hasn’t stopped them from looking, according to Spas of America’s Top 100 Spas of 2020. The spa and wellness travel website cited country, mountain and mineral spas as the most popular spa searches, with the most popular .... More>>
12 Jan 2021
Book4Time secures growth investment from Serent Capital for expansion and innovation
Book4Time secures growth investment from Serent Capital for expansion and innovation   Book4Time, a leading cloud-based business management solution for the global hospitality, spa and wellness industry, has received a significant growth investment from Serent Capital, a growth-focused firm that invests in technology and tech-enabled services companies. Founded in 2004, Book4Time manages the .... More>>
12 Jan 2021
People exercise less and drink more during lockdowns
People exercise less and drink more during lockdowns   Some Brits drop their exercise habits, eat unhealthily and drink more alcohol during lockdowns, according to research from the University of East Anglia (UEA). A study of 1,000 people, currently being tracked for the new tier 5 restrictions, shows how lifestyle behaviours changed in the first month of initial .... More>>
12 Jan 2021
Smart kettlebell JaxJox looks to make splash in 2021 after securing 'significant' funding
Smart kettlebell JaxJox looks to make splash in 2021 after securing 'significant' funding   Fitness tech firm JaxJox is looking to carve itself a share of the at-home fitness market during 2021, having secured significant investment in 2020. Its connected home fitness solution, InteractiveStudio, will be marketed as the first home gym to combine connected, strength-training equipment with live and .... More>>
12 Jan 2021
Scott Brownrigg-designed Museum of Military Medicine in Cardiff given planning approval
Scott Brownrigg-designed Museum of Military Medicine in Cardiff given planning approval   The Museum of Military Medicine in the UK has received planning approval for a new building in the city of Cardiff. As a result, the historic attraction will move from its current home in Surrey to a new flagship facility designed by architects Scott Brownrigg. The new building – set to be located in .... More>>
12 Jan 2021
ILMxLAB launches Lightsaber Dojo, new Star Wars VR experience for attractions
ILMxLAB launches Lightsaber Dojo, new Star Wars VR experience for attractions   ILMxLAB – a subsidiary of Lucasfilm – has launched a new virtual reality (VR)-based experience for visitor attractions. Based on the hugely popular Star Wars IP, Lightsaber Dojo will allow players to train with a lightsaber and the Force against waves of training droids and creatures from movie franchise. .... More>>
12 Jan 2021
Work starts on US$898m e-sports arena in Shanghai – the 'future gaming capital' of the world
Work starts on US$898m e-sports arena in Shanghai – the 'future gaming capital' of the world   Construction work has begun on the huge Shanghai International New Cultural and Creative esports Center. The 500,000sq m venue is estimated to cost around 5.8 billion yuan ($898.2m) and forms part of a larger, US$1.5bn project. Built by Chinese property company SuperGen Group – the parent company of Chinese .... More>>
11 Jan 2021
ISA survey results demonstrate Irish spas' strength during pandemic
ISA survey results demonstrate Irish spas' strength during pandemic   According to a recent survey conducted by The Irish Spa Association (ISA), the Irish spa industry is highly capable of taking the difficult decisions needed for business continuity and avoiding the spread of COVID-19. 104 Irish businesses participated in the survey during October 2020, including day spas, .... More>>
08 Jan 2021
Mike Ashley adds gyms to the mix for new high-end retail roll out
Mike Ashley adds gyms to the mix for new high-end retail roll out   Frasers Group will open three new regional flagship Flannels-branded retail stores during 2021 – each of which will feature fitness studios. The Mike Ashley-owned retail group is betting on a recovery for British high streets with the plans, which will see stores opening in Liverpool, Leicester and Sheffield. .... More>>
08 Jan 2021
Aman launches healing forest bathing retreat in Japanese national park
Aman launches healing forest bathing retreat in Japanese national park   Luxury hotel group Aman has created a nature-centric wellness retreat for its remote Japanese resort in Mie, called Amanemu, located in a sprawling national park. The four-night programme has been developed to help guests support immunity through exposure to nature and experience the benefits of nature .... More>>
07 Jan 2021
Gym lockdown costing NHS £31m a month
Gym lockdown costing NHS £31m a month   The closing of gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools under COVID-19 restrictions is costing the NHS £7.25m a week in lost social value. The figure has been calculated based on the loss of health interventions – physical and mental – normally offered by the sector. This includes the way the sector .... More>>
06 Jan 2021
1Rebel enters Middle East with two club in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
1Rebel enters Middle East with two club in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia   HIIT brand 1Rebel has entered the Middle Eastern market for the first time, with the launch of two clubs in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The clubs will be operated in partnership with Saudi-based Armah Sports, which has the 1Rebel rights to seven markets across the Middle East – Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Egypt, Jordan, .... More>>
05 Jan 2021
UK gym industry calls for sector-specific government financial support
UK gym industry calls for sector-specific government financial support   ukactive has called on the UK government to draft a new National Physical Activity Plan and provide further sector-specific financial protection for operators in the activity sector, to support the industry through the UK's third lockdown. CEO, Huw Edwards, said: "The UK government must protect this sector with a .... More>>
05 Jan 2021
Buchinger Wilhelmi joins swathe of wellness operators offering immunity support retreats
Buchinger Wilhelmi joins swathe of wellness operators offering immunity support retreats   Therapeutic fasting and medi-wellness clinic Buchinger Wilhelmi in Germany is helping its guests to live a healthier life via its new Immunity+ programme. The immunity package aims to strengthen both body and mind, with the specific target of reducing the main risk factors for severe cases of COVID-19 and .... More>>
04 Jan 2021
Glenn Earlam pushes back on reports of 'material uncertainty' at David Lloyd
Glenn Earlam pushes back on reports of 'material uncertainty' at David Lloyd   David Lloyd Leisure has become the latest operator to have its auditors flag up the detrimental effect of the pandemic on the business. In its annual accounts, Deloitte has said the uncertainties surrounding government-ordered closures could cast "significant doubt" on the group and its future. The comments .... More>>
03 Jan 2021
World Health Innovation Summit explores social prescribing on global level
World Health Innovation Summit explores social prescribing on global level   An international panel of experts have examined how social prescribing can play a role in the future of health and social care. Held by the World Health Innovation Summit (WHIS) on Friday 18 December, the webinar explored how social prescribing could create value by investing in prevention, health leadership .... More>>
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