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Editor’s letter: Building on the success of 2017

It’s been a year of solid growth for the fitness industry, and forecasts suggest there’s more to come. But what do the industry-wide events of the past 12 months reveal about the opportunities that lie ahead for our sector in 2018?

By Dr Lauretta Ihonor | Published in Health Club Management 2017 issue 11
Generation Z is set to bring new opportunities for the industry / shutterstock
Generation Z is set to bring new opportunities for the industry / shutterstock
We’re in an era of great change and with that comes unavoidable challenges, but also exciting opportunities

Reflecting on 2017 as it draws to a close, it’s undeniable that significant strides have been made within our sector. In May, Leisure DB’s annual State of the UK Fitness Industry Report brought news that UK gym membership, revenue and penetration rates are currently at an all-time high. While in September, the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) kicked off an ambitious four-year strategy to transform and standardise the delivery of physical activity across the sector.

This month, a new report by ukactive, Physical Activity: A Social Solution, has, for the first time ever, quantified the wider social value of UK leisure centres. The findings, which were announced at the not-for-profit’s annual National Summit, suggest that these facilities contribute more than £3.3bn to UK society, impacting not just health and wellbeing, but also crime, education and other key social factors.

These are just a few examples of the impressive progress that’s been made over the past 12 months, but even more exciting is the potential 2018 holds.

In this issue of Health Club Management, we take a closer look at the areas of opportunity that are ripe for the picking. Following the release of the 2017 IHRSA Health Club Consumer Report, IHRSA’s Kristen Walsh outlines how operators, developers and suppliers can benefit from tapping into the consumer preferences revealed by the report – preferences that include small group training, one-to-one sessions and family-friendly fitness activities for the often overlooked, yet highly loyal Generation X (p88).

And in Introducing Gen Z (p46), we explore the mindset and habits of the youngest generation in society – described by consumer lifestyle trend researcher Hayley Ard as “one of the most health-conscious demographics we’ve seen”. As more and more of these tech-savvy, health-focused under 21-year-olds come of age, we investigate the many opportunities they’re likely to bring to our sector, both as employees and consumers.

So as we look ahead to 2018, both from the perspective of existing and future consumers, one thing is clear: fitness and physical activity are firmly on the public’s radar. More people need and want the services of health clubs than ever before, and we’ve got the technology, data and global connectivity required to deliver. We’re in an era of great change and with that comes unavoidable challenges, but also exciting opportunities.

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Exciting opportunities lie ahead for the fitness industry in 2018, says HCM editor Lauretta Ihonor
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features

Editor’s letter: Building on the success of 2017

It’s been a year of solid growth for the fitness industry, and forecasts suggest there’s more to come. But what do the industry-wide events of the past 12 months reveal about the opportunities that lie ahead for our sector in 2018?

By Dr Lauretta Ihonor | Published in Health Club Management 2017 issue 11
Generation Z is set to bring new opportunities for the industry / shutterstock
Generation Z is set to bring new opportunities for the industry / shutterstock
We’re in an era of great change and with that comes unavoidable challenges, but also exciting opportunities

Reflecting on 2017 as it draws to a close, it’s undeniable that significant strides have been made within our sector. In May, Leisure DB’s annual State of the UK Fitness Industry Report brought news that UK gym membership, revenue and penetration rates are currently at an all-time high. While in September, the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) kicked off an ambitious four-year strategy to transform and standardise the delivery of physical activity across the sector.

This month, a new report by ukactive, Physical Activity: A Social Solution, has, for the first time ever, quantified the wider social value of UK leisure centres. The findings, which were announced at the not-for-profit’s annual National Summit, suggest that these facilities contribute more than £3.3bn to UK society, impacting not just health and wellbeing, but also crime, education and other key social factors.

These are just a few examples of the impressive progress that’s been made over the past 12 months, but even more exciting is the potential 2018 holds.

In this issue of Health Club Management, we take a closer look at the areas of opportunity that are ripe for the picking. Following the release of the 2017 IHRSA Health Club Consumer Report, IHRSA’s Kristen Walsh outlines how operators, developers and suppliers can benefit from tapping into the consumer preferences revealed by the report – preferences that include small group training, one-to-one sessions and family-friendly fitness activities for the often overlooked, yet highly loyal Generation X (p88).

And in Introducing Gen Z (p46), we explore the mindset and habits of the youngest generation in society – described by consumer lifestyle trend researcher Hayley Ard as “one of the most health-conscious demographics we’ve seen”. As more and more of these tech-savvy, health-focused under 21-year-olds come of age, we investigate the many opportunities they’re likely to bring to our sector, both as employees and consumers.

So as we look ahead to 2018, both from the perspective of existing and future consumers, one thing is clear: fitness and physical activity are firmly on the public’s radar. More people need and want the services of health clubs than ever before, and we’ve got the technology, data and global connectivity required to deliver. We’re in an era of great change and with that comes unavoidable challenges, but also exciting opportunities.

https://www.leisureopportunities.co.uk/images/691361_270303.jpg
Exciting opportunities lie ahead for the fitness industry in 2018, says HCM editor Lauretta Ihonor
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Total Fitness plans to launch a new-style health club model, with plans already in the ...
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Fitness operator Crunch Fitness says it's continued its recovery from lockdowns, with membership levels across ...
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The City of Madrid could become one of the healthiest in the world if plans ...
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FitnessOnDemand’s divisional vice president Uday Anumalachetty discusses what live fitness really means for clubs and their members today
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Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Hammer Strength just got stronger: Introducing the new HD Performance Trainers
Hammer Strength, the number one brand in performance strength training, is adding to its portfolio of industry-leading machines with the launch of its new anaerobic training line, HD Performance Trainers.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Luxe Fitness partners with Fisikal to drive digital member journey
Luxe Fitness, a Bristol-based gym offering premium service at a budget price has partnered with Fisikal – an expert in digital business management solutions – to enhance its member experience and digital journey.
Featured operator news
Featured operator news: Everyone Active generates £342m in social value
Award-winning leisure operator Everyone Active generated £342million in social value at its sites across the country in 2019/20.
Featured operator news
Featured operator news: Being active helps Parkwood Leisure customers save the NHS £16m
Parkwood Leisure, one of the UK’s leading public leisure facilities operators, helped prevent more than 7,000 cases of stroke, dementia, depression and type 2 diabetes in 2019, saving the NHS £16 million, a new social value report has shown.
Company profiles
Company profile: Life Fitness
The Life Fitness family of brands offers an unrivalled product portfolio, providing customers with access ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Gympass
On a mission to defeat inactivity, Gympass is a corporate wellness solution that builds mutually ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Spa software
SpaBooker: Spa software
trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: trade associations
Red Light Therapy
 Red Light Rising: Red Light Therapy
Management software
Premier Software Solutions: Management software
Lockers/interior design
Safe Space Lockers Ltd: Lockers/interior design
Architects/designers
Zynk Design Consultants: Architects/designers
Wearable technology solutions
MyZone: Wearable technology solutions
Fitness equipment
Precor: Fitness equipment
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Comfort Zone - Davines S.p.A: Skincare
Exercise equipment
Power Plate: Exercise equipment
Property & Tenders
Welwyn Garden City
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
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Newport, Shropshire
Lilleshall Sports Academy
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Diary dates
01-03 Feb 2022
Coventry Building Society Arena, Coventry, United Kingdom
Diary dates
07-10 Apr 2022
Exhibition Centre , Cologne, Germany
Diary dates
15-16 Jun 2022
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
01-07 Dec 2022
tbc, Dunedin, New Zealand
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