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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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Exercise equipment
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Uniforms
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Property & Tenders
Diary dates
03-06 Jun 2021
Expo Centre & Riviera di Rimini, Italy
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12 Jun 2021
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ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
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Messe Stuttgart, Germany
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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
Latest News
US fitness industry revenue dropped 58 per cent during 2020 – from the US$35bn all-time ...
Latest News
The UK government is exploring whether incentivising people financially to take part in physical activity ...
Latest News
The Budget announcement has left the UK's physical activity sector with "unanswered questions" and vowing ...
Latest News
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled an additional £700m funding boost for sports and culture, as ...
Latest News
The merger of two tech firms will result in the creation of a business software ...
Latest News
3d Leisure has put the current lockdown to good use, by stepping in to help ...
Latest News
Gyms and leisure centres in Scotland are set to open on 26 April, provided that ...
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Hundreds of gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres have been forced to close and thousands ...
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Over the last year, fitness and wellness organisations have faced challenges like never before. When gyms closed and members needed alternative support to keep up their health and wellbeing routines, Gympass swiftly pivoted its business model to offer a wealth of digital solutions for its partners.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Storytelling - the future of fitness content
Heading into 2021, storytelling will be a key trend among fitness content creators and connected fitness providers, as the industry recognises its potential to unlock ultra- engaging experiences that boost retention.
Company profiles
Company profile: Freemotion Fitness
Freemotion Fitness is the global pioneer in fitness equipment and technology, introducing the world to ...
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Company profile: Legend Club Management Systems (UK) Ltd
Legend provides the leading software solution for driving improvements in leisure operations. We deliver savings ...
Supplier Showcases
Supplier showcase - Venueserve Fitness
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Fitness equipment
Octane Fitness: Fitness equipment
Spa software
SpaBooker: Spa software
Independent service & maintenance
Servicesport UK Limited: Independent service & maintenance
Skincare
Sothys: Skincare
Management software
fibodo Limited: Management software
Exercise equipment
Matrix Fitness: Exercise equipment
Whole body cryotherapy
Art of Cryo: Whole body cryotherapy
Uniforms
Service Sport: Uniforms
Lockers/interior design
Fitlockers: Lockers/interior design
Red Light Therapy
 Red Light Rising: Red Light Therapy
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
03-06 Jun 2021
Expo Centre & Riviera di Rimini, Italy
Diary dates
12 Jun 2021
Worldwide, Various,
Diary dates
13-14 Jun 2021
Online,
Diary dates
16-17 Jun 2021
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
18-19 Sep 2021
Locations worldwide,
Diary dates
21-24 Sep 2021
Messe Stuttgart, Germany
Diary dates
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tbc, Dunedin, New Zealand
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