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Editor's letter: Marking a milestone

As HCM celebrates its 300th issue, it’s time to look back and celebrate the entrepreneurs and companies that have got us where we are today, with their energy and determination

Published in Health Club Management 2022 issue 3
It’s an industry which saves lives and changes lives / photo: shutterstock/ Rawpixel
It’s an industry which saves lives and changes lives / photo: shutterstock/ Rawpixel
Our industry was blessed to have a generation of energetic entrepreneurs and a great market has been built on their shoulders

How the years fly by when you’re having fun! It was quite a double-take for the HCM team when we realised we were approaching 300 editions of the magazine and I hope you enjoy our special feature on page 62, celebrating this milestone.

When we set off on this journey, the fitness industry as we know it today was still in its infancy, with just a handful of trailblazing independent clubs such as Holmes Place (1980) the Hogarth Club (1981) and David Lloyd (1982) in existence.

Over the years, we’ve been privileged to write about the launch of the major industry players that followed, including such legends as The Barbican Health and Fitness Centre in 1988 (now owned by Nuffield), Dragons (1991), Fitness First (1993), Bannatyne (1997), Vardon/Cannons (1998) Virgin Active (1999) and so the list goes on.

It’s almost impossible now to imagine a time when there were no health clubs, gyms and studios and the only way to exercise was to play sport or go for a run in your fairly terrible training shoes (Nike UK, 1982) or do some press-ups (Technogym, 1983). Perhaps one of your best options was to do a Jane Fonda workout (1982).

Writing in this issue on page 71, Dave Stalker celebrates this era and the characters who shaped the emerging sector, saying “Our industry was blessed to have a generation of entrepreneurs...and a great market has been built on their shoulders...”

This is an important thing to celebrate, as the industry was forged by individuals of huge energy and passion, such as John Treharne, Harm Tegelaars, Fred Turock, Mark Mastrov and David Giampaolo.

The sector that’s emerged is now one of the most visible parts of the global economy, intertwined with the lives of millions of people, with millions of employees and an army of suppliers driving innovation at a breathtaking speed.

From our small start, HCM has grown to be read by people in 14,000 cities around the world, something I would not have believed possible at the outset.

We embraced the internet very early on and now publish in seven formats, including a raft of digital, online, social, ezine and – still – print, for those who prefer it.

This is more than a job for most in the industry – me included. It’s an industry that changes lives, that saves lives and that creates quality of life, which makes our work rewarding and meaningful.

Thank you to everyone who makes what we do possible – especially our clients, authors and the HCM teams, past and present – with a special shout out to publisher, Jan Williams, who is the beating heart of HCM.

Liz Terry, HCM editor
[email protected]
@elizterry
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HCM is celebrating 300 issues this month and reflecting on the journey so far, says Liz Terry
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features

Editor's letter: Marking a milestone

As HCM celebrates its 300th issue, it’s time to look back and celebrate the entrepreneurs and companies that have got us where we are today, with their energy and determination

Published in Health Club Management 2022 issue 3
It’s an industry which saves lives and changes lives / photo: shutterstock/ Rawpixel
It’s an industry which saves lives and changes lives / photo: shutterstock/ Rawpixel
Our industry was blessed to have a generation of energetic entrepreneurs and a great market has been built on their shoulders

How the years fly by when you’re having fun! It was quite a double-take for the HCM team when we realised we were approaching 300 editions of the magazine and I hope you enjoy our special feature on page 62, celebrating this milestone.

When we set off on this journey, the fitness industry as we know it today was still in its infancy, with just a handful of trailblazing independent clubs such as Holmes Place (1980) the Hogarth Club (1981) and David Lloyd (1982) in existence.

Over the years, we’ve been privileged to write about the launch of the major industry players that followed, including such legends as The Barbican Health and Fitness Centre in 1988 (now owned by Nuffield), Dragons (1991), Fitness First (1993), Bannatyne (1997), Vardon/Cannons (1998) Virgin Active (1999) and so the list goes on.

It’s almost impossible now to imagine a time when there were no health clubs, gyms and studios and the only way to exercise was to play sport or go for a run in your fairly terrible training shoes (Nike UK, 1982) or do some press-ups (Technogym, 1983). Perhaps one of your best options was to do a Jane Fonda workout (1982).

Writing in this issue on page 71, Dave Stalker celebrates this era and the characters who shaped the emerging sector, saying “Our industry was blessed to have a generation of entrepreneurs...and a great market has been built on their shoulders...”

This is an important thing to celebrate, as the industry was forged by individuals of huge energy and passion, such as John Treharne, Harm Tegelaars, Fred Turock, Mark Mastrov and David Giampaolo.

The sector that’s emerged is now one of the most visible parts of the global economy, intertwined with the lives of millions of people, with millions of employees and an army of suppliers driving innovation at a breathtaking speed.

From our small start, HCM has grown to be read by people in 14,000 cities around the world, something I would not have believed possible at the outset.

We embraced the internet very early on and now publish in seven formats, including a raft of digital, online, social, ezine and – still – print, for those who prefer it.

This is more than a job for most in the industry – me included. It’s an industry that changes lives, that saves lives and that creates quality of life, which makes our work rewarding and meaningful.

Thank you to everyone who makes what we do possible – especially our clients, authors and the HCM teams, past and present – with a special shout out to publisher, Jan Williams, who is the beating heart of HCM.

Liz Terry, HCM editor
[email protected]
@elizterry
https://www.leisureopportunities.co.uk/images/2022/266450_92123.jpg
HCM is celebrating 300 issues this month and reflecting on the journey so far, says Liz Terry
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HCM understands researchers are moving closer to creating a pill to mimic some of the ...
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Establishing new data and insight services and strengthening relationships with both government and the NHS ...
Latest News
More than one in five (27 per cent) Americans belonged to a health club or ...
Latest News
Ultimate Performance (UP) – the private gym chain and PT business – has opened a ...
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Luxury hotel chain Mandarin Oriental has launched a new brand called Intelligent Movement to deliver ...
Latest News
Boutique fitness chain 1Rebel opens the doors to its tenth club today (Monday 27 June ...
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A new report by Deloitte, outlining the social and economic value of the global health ...
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Barry’s has entered the world of retail, opening a studio in the new Flannels flagship ...
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Featured supplier news: Fitness industry to gather at Sibec Europe-UK in Portugal this September
Questex’s iconic event Sibec Europe-UK – known as Europe’s leading hosted buyer event for the fitness industry – will take place from 27-30 September at the Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort, in Portugal.
Featured operator news
Featured operator news: New £42m Moorways Sports Village to open on 21 May
Everyone Active will open Moorways Sports Village to the public on Saturday 21 May with a grand opening weekend – in time for the half term holidays.
Featured operator news
Featured operator news: New partnership delivers swimming support to children with disabilities
A new partnership has been launched to provide inclusive swimming for children with mobility, visual and hearing disabilities.
Video Gallery
Mindbody, Inc
Total Vibration Solutions / Floors 4 Gyms / TVS Sports Surfaces
Mindbody, Inc
Company profiles
Company profile: Physical Company
Physical Company’s mission statement is ‘First for Fitness Solutions’ – a statement that reflects the ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Power Plate
Power Plate’s whole body and targeted vibration training and therapy helps users feel better by ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Spa software
SpaBooker: Spa software
Whole body cryotherapy
Art of Cryo: Whole body cryotherapy
Lockers/interior design
Crown Sports Lockers: Lockers/interior design
Architects/designers
Zynk Design Consultants: Architects/designers
Wearable technology solutions
MyZone: Wearable technology solutions
Flooring
Total Vibration Solutions / TVS Sports Surfaces: Flooring
Management software
Premier Software Solutions: Management software
Salt therapy products
Himalayan Source: Salt therapy products
Fitness equipment
A Panatta Sport Srl: Fitness equipment
Skincare
Sothys: Skincare
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Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire
Carmarthenshire County Council
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Runcorn
Halton Borough Council
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Diary dates
30-30 Jun 2022
The ICC, Birmingham, Birmingham , United Kingdom
Diary dates
12-13 Sep 2022
Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs® Resort, Lake Buena Vista, United States
Diary dates
25-28 Oct 2022
Messe Stuttgart, Germany
Diary dates
25-28 Oct 2022
Ibiza, Ibiza, Spain
Diary dates
01-07 Dec 2022
tbc, Dunedin, New Zealand
Diary dates
17-18 Mar 2023
Tobacco Dock, London, United Kingdom
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