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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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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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Virgin Active and Myrtha Wellness have joined forces to open a health club and wellness ...
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Music service provider Rehegoo (pronounced Reh-air-go) has launched a streaming service for health clubs, gyms, ...
Latest News
F45 has launched a corporate partnership programme which will enable businesses to open an F45 ...
Latest News
A two-year research project will look to find ways to transform the UK's physical activity ...
Latest News
The best in the business from across the physical activity sector were honoured last night ...
Latest News
At UK Active’s Active Uprising event yesterday (30 June) in Birmingham, Hattie Jones, the head ...
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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 ...
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Featured supplier news: It’s nearly time for Elevate 2022!
It’s now just days to go until your leading trade show for the fitness, physical activity and sports therapy industry kicks off in London!
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: The University of Bath enhances sports facilities with £150,000 Matrix Fitness equipment upgrade
Leading UK university the University of Bath is steeped in a history of sporting excellence, with Team Bath committed to offering its students a wealth of sporting opportunities and access to world-class facilities.
Featured operator news
Featured operator news: Everyone Active to launch new exercise classes to reduce gender gap
As part of their work to break down the barriers that deter women and girls from participating in sport and physical activity, Everyone Active has teamed up with EMD UK to launch new exercise classes linked to the This Girl Can campaign.
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
Sport Alliance GmbH
Company profiles
Company profile: Jordan Fitness
Jordan Fitness are a recognised leader in functional fitness, specialising in premium quality yet value ...
Company profiles
Company profile: EMD UK
EMD UK is the national governing body for group exercise. Funded by Sport England, EMD ...
Supplier Showcases
Supplier showcase - A matched philosophy
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Skincare
Comfort Zone - Davines S.p.A: Skincare
Whole body cryotherapy
Art of Cryo: Whole body cryotherapy
On demand
Fitness On Demand: On demand
Spa software
SpaBooker: Spa software
Fitness equipment
A Panatta Sport Srl: Fitness equipment
Wearable technology solutions
MyZone: Wearable technology solutions
Salt therapy products
Himalayan Source: Salt therapy products
Management software
Premier Software Solutions: Management software
Architects/designers
Zynk Design Consultants: Architects/designers
Flooring
Total Vibration Solutions / TVS Sports Surfaces: Flooring
Property & Tenders
Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire
Carmarthenshire County Council
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Runcorn
Halton Borough Council
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Diary dates
12-13 Sep 2022
Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs® Resort, Lake Buena Vista, United States
Diary dates
21-21 Sep 2022
Various, London, United Kingdom
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
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17-18 Mar 2023
Tobacco Dock, London, United Kingdom
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