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Free vibration therapy sessions for MS sufferers

Published in Health Club Management 2013 issue 6

I’m writing regarding your recent article (HCM April 13, p71) which mentioned vibration therapy’s potential benefits for Multiple Sclerosis sufferers.

My organisation, Borders Sport & Leisure, is a social enterprise responsible for the operation of 14 leisure facilities in the Scottish Borders. As part of our vision to improve lives through physical activity and sport, we’ve been working with the MS Society Borders over a number of years to trial vibration machines in the management of MS symptoms.

A pilot study we ran in association with the MS Society found that vibration training could improve a range of functions in MS sufferers, including muscular power, strength and mobility. Subsequent analysis using the sporta Impact and Social Value Toolkit indicates a potential 4:1 ROI in terms of social value for every £1 invested into vibration technology therapy for MS sufferers.

As a result, we’ve recently entered into a new agreement with the MS Society in the Borders to provide MS sufferers with free access, for the next three years, to vibration therapy at three of our leisure facilities.

I’d like to urge other operators to consider opportunities to work with charitable organisations in a similar way. Such partnerships can see equipment put to new use and enable MS sufferers to experience exercise benefits – and the accompanying social opportunities that attending a gym can bring.

Ewan Jackson - CEO, Borders Sport & Leisure

Full-service fitness serves clients best

I completely agree with Kate Cracknell that group exercise needs TLC to ensure it continues to bring results for providers and their clients (see editor’s letter, HCM April 13, p3). However, I struggle to see how the new generation of group exercise-only venues will ever be more than a niche market.

Classes should never be seen as an add-on: they are key and core to leisure centres. We give classes top priority: over 40 per cent of our customers regularly participate in group exercise, and we offer 80–90 classes a week at many sites.

The ‘focused fitness’ model makes sense to ensure the best-of-the-best is available; multi-purpose operators can learn from the trend towards bespoke exercise by ensuring all aspects of their gyms and group/studio programmes remain innovative in their own right.

However, very few of our members do just one type of exercise, combining gym with classes, swimming with group cycling. As an industry, we advocate a variety of training for all-round fitness, and we should offer that variety in one place to allow people to cross-train effectively and time-efficiently.

The ‘future of fitness’, I’d suggest, is full-service fitness done well: this will prevail over more niche offerings.

Michelle Bletso - Group exercise development manager, Everyone Active

Group exercise in a full service setting remains a desirable offering
Group exercise in a full service setting remains a desirable offering
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Vibration training can greatly benefit MS sufferers, according to a Borders Sport & Leisure pilot study
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features

Letters: write to reply

Free vibration therapy sessions for MS sufferers

Published in Health Club Management 2013 issue 6

I’m writing regarding your recent article (HCM April 13, p71) which mentioned vibration therapy’s potential benefits for Multiple Sclerosis sufferers.

My organisation, Borders Sport & Leisure, is a social enterprise responsible for the operation of 14 leisure facilities in the Scottish Borders. As part of our vision to improve lives through physical activity and sport, we’ve been working with the MS Society Borders over a number of years to trial vibration machines in the management of MS symptoms.

A pilot study we ran in association with the MS Society found that vibration training could improve a range of functions in MS sufferers, including muscular power, strength and mobility. Subsequent analysis using the sporta Impact and Social Value Toolkit indicates a potential 4:1 ROI in terms of social value for every £1 invested into vibration technology therapy for MS sufferers.

As a result, we’ve recently entered into a new agreement with the MS Society in the Borders to provide MS sufferers with free access, for the next three years, to vibration therapy at three of our leisure facilities.

I’d like to urge other operators to consider opportunities to work with charitable organisations in a similar way. Such partnerships can see equipment put to new use and enable MS sufferers to experience exercise benefits – and the accompanying social opportunities that attending a gym can bring.

Ewan Jackson - CEO, Borders Sport & Leisure

Full-service fitness serves clients best

I completely agree with Kate Cracknell that group exercise needs TLC to ensure it continues to bring results for providers and their clients (see editor’s letter, HCM April 13, p3). However, I struggle to see how the new generation of group exercise-only venues will ever be more than a niche market.

Classes should never be seen as an add-on: they are key and core to leisure centres. We give classes top priority: over 40 per cent of our customers regularly participate in group exercise, and we offer 80–90 classes a week at many sites.

The ‘focused fitness’ model makes sense to ensure the best-of-the-best is available; multi-purpose operators can learn from the trend towards bespoke exercise by ensuring all aspects of their gyms and group/studio programmes remain innovative in their own right.

However, very few of our members do just one type of exercise, combining gym with classes, swimming with group cycling. As an industry, we advocate a variety of training for all-round fitness, and we should offer that variety in one place to allow people to cross-train effectively and time-efficiently.

The ‘future of fitness’, I’d suggest, is full-service fitness done well: this will prevail over more niche offerings.

Michelle Bletso - Group exercise development manager, Everyone Active

Group exercise in a full service setting remains a desirable offering
Group exercise in a full service setting remains a desirable offering
https://www.leisureopportunities.co.uk/images/HCM2013_6letters.gif
Vibration training can greatly benefit MS sufferers, according to a Borders Sport & Leisure pilot study
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The UK government has extended the ban on commercial evictions until 25 March 2022. Announcing ...
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Operating a further four weeks at reduced capacity will place serious pressure on English fitness ...
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People experiencing homelessness are being offered free access to leisure centres by Oxford City Council. ...
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IHRSA has appointed Elizabeth Clark as its new president and CEO. Clark joins the industry ...
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Featured supplier news: Cryotherapy specialists, L&R Kältetechnik, launch new artofcryo.com division
L&R Kältetechnik has launched a new division, named artofcryo.com, after 30 years’ experience with -110 °C electrical solutions.
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Featured supplier news: INEOS: The future of hand-sanitising
As gyms begin to reopen, cleanliness and hygiene remain an essential part of ensuring staff and members are confident to return.
Featured operators 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 operators news
Featured operator news: Everyone Active bolsters Everyone on Demand and enters second year with five new partnerships
Everyone Active has signed a number of new deals which will see the operator strengthen its digital product offering, Everyone on Demand.
Company profiles
Company profile: Art of Cryo
Art of Cryo is a new division of a renowned family business with 30 years’ ...
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Company profile: IONTO Health & Beauty GmbH
IONTO-COMED offers a wide range of treatment beds offering maximum flexibility and the symbiosis of ...
Supplier Showcases
Supplier showcase - Funxtion
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Kemitron GmbH: Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Lockers/interior design
Crown Sports Lockers: Lockers/interior design
Independent service & maintenance
Servicesport UK Limited: Independent service & maintenance
Exercise equipment
Pendex Fisio S.L.: Exercise equipment
Whole body cryotherapy
Art of Cryo: Whole body cryotherapy
Spa software
SpaBooker: Spa software
Red Light Therapy
 Red Light Rising: Red Light Therapy
Salt therapy products
Himalayan Source: Salt therapy products
Management software
Premier Software Solutions: Management software
Trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: Trade associations
Property & Tenders
Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire
Carmarthenshire County Council
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
01-04 Jul 2021
Expo Centre & Riviera di Rimini, Italy
Diary dates
18-19 Sep 2021
Locations worldwide,
Diary dates
21-24 Sep 2021
Messe Stuttgart, Germany
Diary dates
28-29 Sep 2021
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
04-07 Nov 2021
Exhibition Centre , Cologne, Germany
Diary dates
01-07 Dec 2022
tbc, Dunedin, New Zealand
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