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Virgin Active strengthens group exercise offering as Israel Rivera joins from US

Bringing with him a wealth of international experience at some of the best fitness brands in the world, Israel’s appointment is set to inject even more energy into the classes on offer
– Andy Birch, product and fitness director, Virgin Active

Virgin Active has appointed New Yorker Israel Rivera in a newly-created role of head of group exercise - further evidence of the operator focusing energies on its product offering.

Rivera joins from Town Sports International in New York, US, where he was interim senior director of group exercise. He also spent nine years at Town’s Boston Sports Clubs brand.

His role at Virgin will be to concentrate on strengthening the brand’s offering across all clubs in the UK.

“Virgin Active’s increased focus on group exercise and their continued mission to make exercise irresistible to all puts them at the forefront of the UK’s lifestyle and fitness industry," said Riversa. "I’m excited to be joining them on this journey and look forward to using my experience to develop the brand into the ultimate member-focused fitness experience.”

As reported in February, Virgin decided to offload a number of its clubs so it could concentrate on its city locations and focus on developing classes such as The Pack, a team-based tech-enabled group cycle programme; ballet-inspired Barre; and a range of yoga classes, including Calm by Candlelight.

More recently it has launched Ro, a group rowing class, and Run Tribe, a treadmill session.

Andy Birch, Virgin Active product and fitness director, said the brand was “constantly re-evaluating and improving” its offering, adding: “Bringing with him a wealth of international experience at some of the best fitness brands in the world, Israel’s appointment is set to inject even more energy into the classes on offer.”

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Virgin Active has appointed New Yorker Israel Rivera in the newly created role of head of group exercise – further evidence of the operator's strategic directio.
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Rivera joins from Town Sports International in New York, US, where he was interim senior director of group exercise / Virgin Active
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Retention
Member retention is often a challenge, with operators typically losing 50 per cent of their membership annually. But a close look at the habits of clubs with impressive retention rates suggests that how you communicate with members significantly impacts their loyalty
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Health Club Management’s annual Fitness ForesightTM looks at the key trends, influences and opportunities shaping the health and fitness sector over the coming year – and beyond
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Changing rooms
Gender neutrality has never been more topical, with high-profile restaurants and museums recently replacing their male and female toilets with gender-neutral facilities. We explore if it is time for all gyms to swap single-sex communal changing spaces for gender-neutral facilities
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Nutrition
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I strongly believe the fitness industry is at the beginning of an increasingly innovative period and it’s exciting to be at the heart of that as part of the FIBO team
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I’ve found that if you offer a great product, pair it with the right marketing tailored to the right target group, and you remain open to feedback, it will eventually work
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I often see clubs guaranteeing specific results for members, despite having little knowledge about their members’ goals or current levels of health and fitness. I wanted to avoid falling into this trap
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You could offer me a million pounds to promote something, but if it isn’t true to me or it’s damaging to my audience, I’m not going to do it
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For gyms looking to engage with this demographic, they need to make socialising part of the mix… they at least need to have somewhere where they can offer people a cup of tea after the class
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