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Health Club Management
2012 issue 4

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3   Editor's letter: Mental health
Should the health and fitness industry be doing more to promote the mental health benefits of exercise, asks Kate Cracknell
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6   Letters:
Sport and fitness are moving closer together, says Andy Baker, CEO of Trys Rugby Centres
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10   News round-up:
New member pledge for LA Fitness, and investment in Soho Gyms' estate
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18   International news:
German operator Just Fit opens its 16th club, and Dubai Ladies Club undergoes a gym refurbishment
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20   People news:
Antony Kildare takes over as Aquaterra Leisure CEO
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22   IHRSA update:
A new report assesses the benefits of small group personal training
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26   FIA update:
A new 2012 partnership between the FIA and Sport England will help to engage more consumers in physical activity, says David Stalker
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28   Competitive edge:
The Blenheim Triathlon for Cancer Research takes place in June, and a charity pier to pier swim is scheduled in Bournemouth in July
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29   Diary dates:
FIBO takes place in Germany this month, with over 500 health and fitness companies due to attend, while SIBEC UK takes place in May
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30   Everyone's talking about...: Studio scheduling
How can operators schedule classes to maximise attendance and member satisfaction? Our experts offer best practice advice for operators wanting to strike the perfect balance
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32   Interview: Mark Mantell
The head of Spirit Health Clubs talks to Kate Cracknell about a strong service culture, competing with budget clubs and the benefits of being part of a large hotel group
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38   New opening: Family matters
Tom Walker talks to the founders of GoGo, the largest family-owned health club operation in Finland
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43   Group exercise: Trending now
It seems that plain old working out no longer cuts it with today's members. Our experts talk to Rhianon Williams about the hottest trends in group exercise
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46   Exercise and ageing: Brain-body connection
As neuroscientists uncover increasingly valuable information about the brain-body connection, Terry Eckmann, PhD, explores the impact of exercise on the ageing brain
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52   Research round-up: Cell-ing point
New research from Sweden suggests that just 20 minutes of exercise can help 'turn on' the genes involved in muscles' adaptation to exercise
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54   Medical wellness: Preventative healthcare
A groundbreaking healthcare programme that aims to prevent the onset of diabetes is being rolled out in facilities across the US. Kate Cracknell reports
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58   Industry research: Are you being served?
The results from the latest fitness industry Net Promoter Score survey show that the sector still has a long way to go to create a loyal customer base
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60   Japan market report: Confronting adversity
David Minton reports on the situation in Japan one year on from the tsunami and nuclear crisis that hit the north-east of the country
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63   Retention software: Member engagement
Installing specialist software solutions can help operators greatly improve their retention rates. Kirstyn MacRandal reports
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68   Fitness testing: One, two, three testing
Are operators effectively using fitness testing as a means of recruiting and retaining their members? Kath Hudson rounds up some of the latest innovations
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73   Studio equipment: special
The new SMARTBAR launches at IHRSA 2012, Jordan Fitness introduces its storage cage for studio equipment, and D2F's quotation tool offers operators a new approach to studio purchasing
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75   Supplier showcase:
We take a look at recent projects from Star Trac and Pulse Fitness
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