GET HCM
magazine
Sign up for the FREE digital edition of HCM magazine and also get the HCM ezine and breaking news email alerts.
Not right now, thanksclose this window
Les Mills International
Les Mills International
Les Mills International
Follow Health Club Management on Twitter Like Health Club Management on Facebook Join the discussion with Health Club Management on LinkedIn Follow Health Club Management on Instagram
UNITING THE WORLD OF FITNESS
Health Club Management

Health Club Management

features

Promotional feature: Say hello to HUSSLE

As aggregator PayAsUGym announces a rebrand, we talk to COO Neil Harmsworth about the move

Published in Health Club Management 2019 issue 5
Hussle founders Jamie Ward (left) and Neil Harmsworth
Hussle founders Jamie Ward (left) and Neil Harmsworth
Our research shows that 14 per cent of our customers go on to be members of the gym directly, so it’s working out really well for our gym partners

You might not be familiar with the name Hussle, but if you’re involved in the fitness industry, you’ll know the company.

Until recently, they’ve been known as PayAsUGym, the original gym fitness marketplace. Their website brings thousands of gyms from all over the UK to one place, providing operators with access to hundreds of thousands of customers who want a national reciprocal membership system.

The Hussle website is already approaching 700,000 individual members, and features thousands of the country’s best gyms. With copycat services constantly popping up across the globe, the company has decided to change its name. So it’s goodbye to PayAsUGym, and hello to Hussle.

Neil, can you explain how the decision came about?
There are a number of factors driving the rebrand. The first is that PayAsUGym doesn’t really describe what we do any more: we’re no longer just a pay-as-you-go service, so that was causing confusion.

The second thing relates to audience: the move to Hussle is designed to appeal to a millennial audience, a customer group that’s very aesthetically conscious, active on Instagram, and quite careful about the kinds of brands they use.

PayAsUGym wasn’t a premium name – it didn’t really reflect the quality of our service. Significantly it also really doesn’t represent the service our premium and mid-market operator partners provide to customers. We’re working with the best gyms in the country: our brand needed to reflect that.

What kind of people use Hussle?
We’re very much talking to the 18-35 market. They’re pretty well-known for being hard to reach: they don’t consume traditional media, they’re less trusting of advertising than previous generations, and actually at the moment, they’re not taking up traditional gym memberships. It’s why the average age of a gym member in the UK has been creeping up every year.

So how do you reach them?
This audience has really grown up with digital media. That’s where our core expertise lies: we’ve got a lot of experience in digital marketing, and we know our audience really well. So we’re helping gyms all over the UK leverage that expertise in a way that they haven’t really been able to before.

On top of this, the geographic coverage we provide through our operator network makes our service extremely appealing to commercial partners, who want to use fitness as a reward or benefit for their customers.

Traditionally, individual gym operators haven’t been able to provide the scale to function as a truly national marketing partner, which is why we haven’t seen a deal comparable to something like the Meerkat Movies campaign, which drove 4.3 million UK cinema visits last year alone.

Those people sitting in cinemas could just as easily have been visiting the gym. We want to enable this and grow the fitness market at the same time.

Why will consumers use Hussle?
Well, first and foremost, this is about convenience for an audience who are busy, with different aspects of their life constantly competing for attention. Work, family, travel, friends, chores – the list goes on.

When people are busy it can be very easy to sacrifice health and fitness and we exist to help them make life work out. Having a gym wherever they need – whether that’s at home, work, or wherever – is a key benefit. And of course, this is an audience that really values variety, so the ability to mix it up and try something new every time they work out is also hugely appealing to a millennial audience.

Service is important to them too. By letting them use the best clubs all over the country on a flexible basis, they can start to appreciate the benefits of a service-led fitness experience, rather than the no-staff budget option they might get as an alternative to a Hussle partner club.

How does it work for operators?
We’re working with 2,500 gyms all over the UK – and that’s growing all the time. We’ve got a complete mix of operators: you can find premium chains like Nuffield Health & Wellbeing and Bannatyne Health Clubs on Hussle, and you can also access public sector providers like Places for People Leisure and Everyone Active. There are hotel brands like Hilton Livingwell and Village Gym on our site, as well as thousands of the UK’s best quality independent clubs.

The reason so many operators work with us is that we help them reach new customers, specifically the 18-35, pre-family age group. With almost 700,000 registered customers – of which our data shows 92 per cent are new to the gym they visit – we already have huge reach. What’s more, 14 per cent of these customers go on to become members of the gym directly once they reach a phase of life which doesn’t require the same level of convenience that we provide. It’s always been free to become a listed fitness partner, and we typically have clubs up on the website and receiving customers within a week.

There’s been a lot of debate about fitness marketplaces over the last 12 months. What’s your view?
The fact is that consumer behaviour has changed. Brands need to be present in every sales channel the customer chooses to shop through. That’s a customer-led, macro-trend which extends far beyond fitness and is widely acknowledged by pretty much every operator I meet.

In other market sectors this approach is called omni-channel marketing – it just recognises the fact that in order to be paid by the customer you need be seen by the customer!

Fitness marketplace are simply a new way to do that in fitness, making sure your business is present in every channel the customer shops through.

What would you say to your critics about aggregators?
People that fear change are those that benefit most from the status quo. Formula One racing is a good comparison: if your car has the fastest engine and you’re winning every race then naturally, you do everything you can to stop the engine regulations changing. It’s pure self-interest to maintain competitive advantage.

Over the last ten years, budget gym chains have established market-leading positions by cannibalising the mid-market with aggressive price disruption in the 18-35 age group, and by dominating search engines online. This explains why budget gym chains continue to be the most vocal detractors of aggregators and it’s not hard to understand their motivations– they don’t want things to change!

However, the mid and premium markets are now fighting back by using aggregators like Hussle to regain market share from budget gyms. They’re using services like ours to make sure they are exposed to a wider online audience and benefitting from the national marketing deals we can strike. The result will be that consumer narrative will soon shift away from ‘lowest cost’ to focus more on service, facilities and convenience – which can only be a positive development for any operator that wants to do more than compete on price alone.

What's the future for Hussle?
The core of our service will remain ‘gym-first’ for the foreseeable future, and we’ll continue focusing on B2C channels, rather than the highly contested corporate membership market. In terms of geography, our focus remains on the UK, but we have our eye on a number of other territories for when the time's right.

Sign up here to get HCM's weekly ezine and every issue of HCM magazine free on digital.
The Hussle app makes it easy for consumers to enjoy their choice of gym access
The Hussle app makes it easy for consumers to enjoy their choice of gym access
PayAsUGym has become Hussle in a major rebrand
PayAsUGym has become Hussle in a major rebrand
https://www.leisureopportunities.co.uk/images/imagesX/471714_798951.jpg
As aggregator PayAsUGym announces a rebrand, we talk to COO Neil Harmsworth about the move
Jamie Ward, Founder, Hussle Neil Harmsworth, Founder, Hussle,Neil Harmsworth, Jamie Ward, PayAsUGym, Hussle,
HCM magazine
In this issue, we’re focusing on sharing insights and thought leadership to highlight opportunities for the development of the sector in terms of both markets and offerings
HCM magazine
This year’s edition of the IHRSA Global Report which addresses performance from 2020, is a valuable record of the tremendous impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sector, creating a benchmark from which to understand the recovery. Kristen Walsh reports for HCM
HCM magazine
David Minton says the healthy movement industry is ten times bigger than the health club sector, and the care industry four times bigger and ask why we’re not rushing to collaborate?
HCM Magazine
HCM People
The market demand is there and we’re going to meet and grow that demand
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
Billed as the ‘2021 Experience Tour’, Egym has taken its connected gym floor experience on the road around the UK
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
Active IQ is launching courses to upskill fitness professionals to work in social prescribing, extending the reach of the industry
HCM Magazine
Running
Running booms when health clubs and gyms are closed. Could this enthusiasm result in treadmill training becoming the new spinning? Kath Hudson reports
HCM Magazine
Policy
Generations rarely have the opportunity to reset public opinion and effect behaviour change for good, but post-pandemic two unequal movements with a lot in common will be the focus of governments, says David Minton
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
Andy Janes and Jamie Whisken explain the vision behind R1SE Bournemouth, and why Technogym was their choice of partner in delivering their unique fusion boutique
HCM Magazine
Research
Changes to DNA which occur during exercise give protection against a wide range of diseases, according to new research from the Univesity of Copenhagen
HCM Magazine
Latest News
Xponential Fitness has acquired Body Fit Training in a deal worth US$44m. The deal takes ...
Latest News
Exercise has been highlighted as a crucial weapon in cancer patients’ battle against the disease. ...
Latest News
The global health and fitness industry is returning to a busy programme of live trade ...
Latest News
Matrix and Intelivideo have signed a strategic partnership, which will see Intelivideo's fitness content integrated ...
Latest News
Nadine Dorries, the recently appointed secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport at ...
Latest News
Mindbody has announced it's buying ClassPass, the consumer wellness subscription service that enables people to ...
Latest News
Tanni Grey-Thompson has outlined her vision on how the physical activity sector can play "the ...
Latest News
The Global Health & Fitness Alliance (GHFA) has revealed the makeup of its inaugural nine-member ...
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Life Fitness introduces Integrity SL, the next generation LED console
Life Fitness has unveiled the new Integrity SL, its connected LED console designed for the Integrity Series cardio portfolio.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Surge integrates Fisikal with HubSpot to drive business efficiencies and grow revenue
As Surge expands its offer with the launch of a third dedicated Electronic Muscle Stimulation (EMS) studio this summer – this time in Fleet Street, London – the brand reflects on the vital role of its estate wide digital ecosystem, created in partnership with Fisikal, designed to drive business efficiencies and commercial success.
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: Gympass
On a mission to defeat inactivity, Gympass is a corporate wellness solution that builds mutually ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Myzone
Myzone is an innovative heart rate monitor and community engagement tool to track physical activity ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: trade associations
Independent service & maintenance
Servicesport UK Limited: Independent service & maintenance
Architects/designers
Zynk Design Consultants: Architects/designers
Fitness equipment
Octane Fitness: Fitness equipment
Whole body cryotherapy
Art of Cryo: Whole body cryotherapy
Red Light Therapy
 Red Light Rising: Red Light Therapy
Uniforms
Service Sport: Uniforms
Lockers/interior design
Safe Space Lockers Ltd: Lockers/interior design
Flooring
Total Vibration Solutions / TVS Sports Surfaces: Flooring
Wearable technology solutions
MyZone: Wearable technology solutions
Property & Tenders
Welwyn Garden City
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
Property & Tenders
Newport, Shropshire
Lilleshall Sports Academy
Property & Tenders
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
Diary dates

features

Promotional feature: Say hello to HUSSLE

As aggregator PayAsUGym announces a rebrand, we talk to COO Neil Harmsworth about the move

Published in Health Club Management 2019 issue 5
Hussle founders Jamie Ward (left) and Neil Harmsworth
Hussle founders Jamie Ward (left) and Neil Harmsworth
Our research shows that 14 per cent of our customers go on to be members of the gym directly, so it’s working out really well for our gym partners

You might not be familiar with the name Hussle, but if you’re involved in the fitness industry, you’ll know the company.

Until recently, they’ve been known as PayAsUGym, the original gym fitness marketplace. Their website brings thousands of gyms from all over the UK to one place, providing operators with access to hundreds of thousands of customers who want a national reciprocal membership system.

The Hussle website is already approaching 700,000 individual members, and features thousands of the country’s best gyms. With copycat services constantly popping up across the globe, the company has decided to change its name. So it’s goodbye to PayAsUGym, and hello to Hussle.

Neil, can you explain how the decision came about?
There are a number of factors driving the rebrand. The first is that PayAsUGym doesn’t really describe what we do any more: we’re no longer just a pay-as-you-go service, so that was causing confusion.

The second thing relates to audience: the move to Hussle is designed to appeal to a millennial audience, a customer group that’s very aesthetically conscious, active on Instagram, and quite careful about the kinds of brands they use.

PayAsUGym wasn’t a premium name – it didn’t really reflect the quality of our service. Significantly it also really doesn’t represent the service our premium and mid-market operator partners provide to customers. We’re working with the best gyms in the country: our brand needed to reflect that.

What kind of people use Hussle?
We’re very much talking to the 18-35 market. They’re pretty well-known for being hard to reach: they don’t consume traditional media, they’re less trusting of advertising than previous generations, and actually at the moment, they’re not taking up traditional gym memberships. It’s why the average age of a gym member in the UK has been creeping up every year.

So how do you reach them?
This audience has really grown up with digital media. That’s where our core expertise lies: we’ve got a lot of experience in digital marketing, and we know our audience really well. So we’re helping gyms all over the UK leverage that expertise in a way that they haven’t really been able to before.

On top of this, the geographic coverage we provide through our operator network makes our service extremely appealing to commercial partners, who want to use fitness as a reward or benefit for their customers.

Traditionally, individual gym operators haven’t been able to provide the scale to function as a truly national marketing partner, which is why we haven’t seen a deal comparable to something like the Meerkat Movies campaign, which drove 4.3 million UK cinema visits last year alone.

Those people sitting in cinemas could just as easily have been visiting the gym. We want to enable this and grow the fitness market at the same time.

Why will consumers use Hussle?
Well, first and foremost, this is about convenience for an audience who are busy, with different aspects of their life constantly competing for attention. Work, family, travel, friends, chores – the list goes on.

When people are busy it can be very easy to sacrifice health and fitness and we exist to help them make life work out. Having a gym wherever they need – whether that’s at home, work, or wherever – is a key benefit. And of course, this is an audience that really values variety, so the ability to mix it up and try something new every time they work out is also hugely appealing to a millennial audience.

Service is important to them too. By letting them use the best clubs all over the country on a flexible basis, they can start to appreciate the benefits of a service-led fitness experience, rather than the no-staff budget option they might get as an alternative to a Hussle partner club.

How does it work for operators?
We’re working with 2,500 gyms all over the UK – and that’s growing all the time. We’ve got a complete mix of operators: you can find premium chains like Nuffield Health & Wellbeing and Bannatyne Health Clubs on Hussle, and you can also access public sector providers like Places for People Leisure and Everyone Active. There are hotel brands like Hilton Livingwell and Village Gym on our site, as well as thousands of the UK’s best quality independent clubs.

The reason so many operators work with us is that we help them reach new customers, specifically the 18-35, pre-family age group. With almost 700,000 registered customers – of which our data shows 92 per cent are new to the gym they visit – we already have huge reach. What’s more, 14 per cent of these customers go on to become members of the gym directly once they reach a phase of life which doesn’t require the same level of convenience that we provide. It’s always been free to become a listed fitness partner, and we typically have clubs up on the website and receiving customers within a week.

There’s been a lot of debate about fitness marketplaces over the last 12 months. What’s your view?
The fact is that consumer behaviour has changed. Brands need to be present in every sales channel the customer chooses to shop through. That’s a customer-led, macro-trend which extends far beyond fitness and is widely acknowledged by pretty much every operator I meet.

In other market sectors this approach is called omni-channel marketing – it just recognises the fact that in order to be paid by the customer you need be seen by the customer!

Fitness marketplace are simply a new way to do that in fitness, making sure your business is present in every channel the customer shops through.

What would you say to your critics about aggregators?
People that fear change are those that benefit most from the status quo. Formula One racing is a good comparison: if your car has the fastest engine and you’re winning every race then naturally, you do everything you can to stop the engine regulations changing. It’s pure self-interest to maintain competitive advantage.

Over the last ten years, budget gym chains have established market-leading positions by cannibalising the mid-market with aggressive price disruption in the 18-35 age group, and by dominating search engines online. This explains why budget gym chains continue to be the most vocal detractors of aggregators and it’s not hard to understand their motivations– they don’t want things to change!

However, the mid and premium markets are now fighting back by using aggregators like Hussle to regain market share from budget gyms. They’re using services like ours to make sure they are exposed to a wider online audience and benefitting from the national marketing deals we can strike. The result will be that consumer narrative will soon shift away from ‘lowest cost’ to focus more on service, facilities and convenience – which can only be a positive development for any operator that wants to do more than compete on price alone.

What's the future for Hussle?
The core of our service will remain ‘gym-first’ for the foreseeable future, and we’ll continue focusing on B2C channels, rather than the highly contested corporate membership market. In terms of geography, our focus remains on the UK, but we have our eye on a number of other territories for when the time's right.

Sign up here to get HCM's weekly ezine and every issue of HCM magazine free on digital.
The Hussle app makes it easy for consumers to enjoy their choice of gym access
The Hussle app makes it easy for consumers to enjoy their choice of gym access
PayAsUGym has become Hussle in a major rebrand
PayAsUGym has become Hussle in a major rebrand
https://www.leisureopportunities.co.uk/images/imagesX/471714_798951.jpg
As aggregator PayAsUGym announces a rebrand, we talk to COO Neil Harmsworth about the move
Jamie Ward, Founder, Hussle Neil Harmsworth, Founder, Hussle,Neil Harmsworth, Jamie Ward, PayAsUGym, Hussle,
Latest News
Xponential Fitness has acquired Body Fit Training in a deal worth US$44m. The deal takes ...
Latest News
Exercise has been highlighted as a crucial weapon in cancer patients’ battle against the disease. ...
Latest News
The global health and fitness industry is returning to a busy programme of live trade ...
Latest News
Matrix and Intelivideo have signed a strategic partnership, which will see Intelivideo's fitness content integrated ...
Latest News
Nadine Dorries, the recently appointed secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport at ...
Latest News
Mindbody has announced it's buying ClassPass, the consumer wellness subscription service that enables people to ...
Latest News
Tanni Grey-Thompson has outlined her vision on how the physical activity sector can play "the ...
Latest News
The Global Health & Fitness Alliance (GHFA) has revealed the makeup of its inaugural nine-member ...
Latest News
The 40th Annual IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show (IHRSA 2021) begins today in Dallas, ...
Latest News
A new study has suggested that strength training can result in people losing around a ...
Latest News
Basic-Fit has officially opened its 1,000th club, with the launch of a new site in ...
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Life Fitness introduces Integrity SL, the next generation LED console
Life Fitness has unveiled the new Integrity SL, its connected LED console designed for the Integrity Series cardio portfolio.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Surge integrates Fisikal with HubSpot to drive business efficiencies and grow revenue
As Surge expands its offer with the launch of a third dedicated Electronic Muscle Stimulation (EMS) studio this summer – this time in Fleet Street, London – the brand reflects on the vital role of its estate wide digital ecosystem, created in partnership with Fisikal, designed to drive business efficiencies and commercial success.
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: Gympass
On a mission to defeat inactivity, Gympass is a corporate wellness solution that builds mutually ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Myzone
Myzone is an innovative heart rate monitor and community engagement tool to track physical activity ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: trade associations
Independent service & maintenance
Servicesport UK Limited: Independent service & maintenance
Architects/designers
Zynk Design Consultants: Architects/designers
Fitness equipment
Octane Fitness: Fitness equipment
Whole body cryotherapy
Art of Cryo: Whole body cryotherapy
Red Light Therapy
 Red Light Rising: Red Light Therapy
Uniforms
Service Sport: Uniforms
Lockers/interior design
Safe Space Lockers Ltd: Lockers/interior design
Flooring
Total Vibration Solutions / TVS Sports Surfaces: Flooring
Wearable technology solutions
MyZone: Wearable technology solutions
Property & Tenders
Welwyn Garden City
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
Property & Tenders
Newport, Shropshire
Lilleshall Sports Academy
Property & Tenders
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
Diary dates
Search news, features & products:
Find a supplier:
Les Mills International
Les Mills International