Gympass
Gympass
Gympass
Health Club Management

Health Club Management

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
Get the latest news, jobs and features in your inbox
Health Club Management

Health Club Management

features

Show preview

We take a look ahead to FIBO 2014 – the world’s largest fitness trade fair for fitness, wellness and health – which takes place in Cologne, Germany, next month

Published in Health Club Management 2014 issue 3

Last year’s move to a new location in Cologne saw the birth of an even grander scale FIBO: an exhibitor increase of 10 per cent, a floor space expansion of 20 per cent and a visitor boost of over 30 per cent delivered an event far beyond what anyone had projected or planned for. Instead of the expected 80,000 visitors, more than 100,000 attended FIBO 2013.

This year’s FIBO, taking place on 3–6 April in Cologne, will be ready for similar visitor numbers. FIBO director Ralph Scholz says: “We’ll offer our trade visitors a much clearer structure at the trade fair, and this year we’ll address gym owners in an even more targeted way through ‘FIBO Expert’ in Halls 6–9.”

Exercise is medicine
When physicians and physical therapists used to run into traditional gym operators, both sides were worlds apart. But times have changed, and mutual reservations have declined significantly. This coming together of the two worlds – medical and fitness – is a development that will be given even more weight at this year’s FIBO.

The theme of ‘Fitness creates health’ will be evident both across the congress and the conference programme – which are dominated by exercise medicine and therapy – and the trade fair, which this year will adopt a more issue-orientated, specialised, technical structure. “We’ve worked hard to present the fitness and health segments more strongly as an internally connected unit,” says Scholz.

The second FIBOmed Congress, taking place on 4–5 April, is a prime example, with its theme of ‘Exercise is the medicine of the 21st century’. This year’s Congress follows on from the success of the inaugural event last year – an interdisciplinary convention organised by the Springer Medizin internet portal and the publisher Ärzte Zeitung Verlags-GmbH, and sponsored by the German Sport University Cologne and the German Society for Sports Medicine and Prevention (DGSP).

Similar ‘exercise is medicine’ themes will be picked up on Physio Day on 5 April, and at the workshop on Health Management at the Workplace on 3 April. The focus of Physio Day – jointly organised by Thieme Medical Publishers and advanced training provider FiHH Das Fortbildungsinstitut – will be on health-orientated sports physical therapy. The workshop on Health Management at the Workplace will be organised by the German Association for Health Management at the Workplace (BGM).

Integrated health & fitness
FIBO’s reinforced orientation toward health topics continues at the trade fair, with Hall 7 set to focus on health topics. Along with FIBOmed, this Hall will be positioned right at the intersection of fitness and health. Here, visitors will see targeted, certified products designed specifically for the healthcare market. These will be complemented by special exhibition areas – the ‘Active Office’ and a ‘Measuring Devices and Diagnostics’ zone – as well as a 200sq m show entitled ‘The physical therapy office of the future’.

Functional training
Interest in functional training and group fitness continues unabated at gyms – reason enough for FIBO to further expand this area of the show for 2014. In Hall 9a, exhibitors will showcase new products for this free-moving, three-dimensional style of training, including brands such as Transatlantic Fitness, Les Mills and Escape Fitness.

The FIBO Functional Forum, featuring IFAA and Perform Better – also located in Hall 9a – is a new addition presenting the functional training trend through expert lectures and both theoretical and practical training sessions.

This new forum is already generating high levels of interest among gym operators, as Partrick Arntzen of City Fitness says: “We still consider functional training and boxing to be major trends. We’re excited to find out what kinds of innovations we’ll see in this area at FIBO this year.”

Stephan Schulan of Jumpers Fitness echoes this sentiment: “FIBO gives me a concentrated overview of the most important innovations in fitness equipment, including functional training.” And Timo Becker from the body + soul Group adds: “I’d like to find out more about trends like cyber fitness, and functional and athletic training, and even fee-based small-group activities.”

FIBO Innovation Award
As every year, a key focus across all areas of FIBO will be to draw attention to the latest, most innovative product developments on show from around 700 international exhibitors. Some of these products will be in the limelight on the Friday of FIBO, as the winners of the FIBO Innovation Award. For the first time, awards will cover five categories: Training Equipment for Fitness, Rehabilitation and Prevention; Health Promotion; Interior & Design; Training Concepts; and Wellness & Beauty.

Inaugural FIBO-EHFA Congress

On Wednesday 2 April – the day before the trade fair opens its doors – FIBO and the European Health & Fitness Association (EHFA) will jointly host a brand new summit for the European fitness industry.

The inaugural European Health & Fitness Forum – entitled Europe Active 2025 – will look at how fit and healthy Europe will be in the year 2025. How can exercise be encouraged? What will be the role of new technologies within the fitness sector, and what can the health system and policymakers bring to the table?

One of the items on the agenda will be the presentation of the ‘Plan for Growth / Europe Active 2025’ study, which describes the demographic, health-related and economic trends across Europe and looks at the role of fitness for the population. The goal is to raise the number of gym members from around 44 million currently to 80 million by 2025.

Key findings of the new EHFA / Deloitte study – the European Fitness Market 2014 report – will also be presented, as will the results of a practical study conducted among 2,600 participants in the UK, entitled ‘The scientific proof that exercise works in practice’.

Other topics of discussion will include the positive economic effects of regular physical activity, with special attention given to the issues of fitness training for the 50-plus age group, as well as for overweight and adipose children and adolescents.

Participation at the Congress requires a separate registration – see www.fibo.de/ehff

FIBO – facts & figures

Dates: 3–6 April 2014

Venue: Exhibition Centre Cologne, Germany

Opening times: 9.00am–6.00pm daily

For more information or to register for tickets for the trade show, visit www.fibo.de

To buy tickets for the European Health & Fitness Forum, visit www.fibo.de/ehff

One of the FIBO halls will showcase the latest in functional training kit
One of the FIBO halls will showcase the latest in functional training kit
The show floor, spread over numerous halls, will showcase new product launches and demos to over 100,000 visitors
The show floor, spread over numerous halls, will showcase new product launches and demos to over 100,000 visitors
http://www.leisureopportunities.com/images/HCM2014_3fibo.gif
The world's largest trade fair for fitness, health and wellness takes place in Germany next month
People
HCM people

Elodie Garamond

Le Tigre: founder
We now have eight sites and offer retreats, such as a retreat in a Moroccan palace and a French chateaux-based yin yoga and writing retreat
People
Our first trial was in a beer fridge, the second was in an ice factory in Pennsylvania. And after seeing first hand the impact that cooler temperatures made on the fitness experience, we both realized that we were truly onto something much bigger than what we had anticipated - Johnny Adamic, co-founder of Brrrn
People
Empowering our instructors is our next big task. This is an incredibly dedicated, loyal group of people and there’s a big opportunity to do something very special with them
Features
Promotional feature
Matrix Fitness is launching MX4 Active to engage the ageing and deconditioned populations. We talk to Steve Barrett, director of global group education and training, to find out more
Features
Talking point
Personal trainers play a key role in the gym environment, helping members to achieve their fitness goals. But are the current training models allowing them to do this in the best possible way? Or could they be doing more? We ask our panel of experts
Features
Cycling
Why does indoor cycling attract so many loyal followers? Abi Harris ask industry innovators how much is down to the instructor and what part the kit has to play
Features
FIBO China
Jak Phillips went to FIBO China and filed this report
Features
Research
New research from Colliers has highlighted the opportunity for real estate developments in the health and fitness industry, as Ross Kirton explains
Features
Promotional feature
Extracurricular activities are key to keeping students physically and mentally healthy. Working with Legend, the universities of Nottingham and Bristol are working to improve the user experience of their facilities to increase student participation
Features
feature
Technogym’s SKILLRUN now comes in different versions to suit different users’ workout needs
Features
Latest News
New York’s Blum Center for Health, a functional health facility, is offering a personalised, non-invasive, ...
Latest News
US-based fitness franchise UFC Gym has opened its first European club. The 18,000sq ft (1,670sq ...
Latest News
Public Health England (PHE) and the Centre for Ageing Better (CAB) have set out their ...
Latest News
Physical activity bodies ukactive and EuropeActive have agreed to strengthen their partnership in the event ...
Latest News
The first-ever FIBO Southeast Asia fitness event will be held in Singapore next year. Taking ...
Latest News
Cancer survivors should undertake a minimum of 90 minutes of aerobic and resistance training each ...
Latest News
Thrive Global, the wellness and behaviour change tech firm founded by Arianna Huffington, has acquired ...
Latest News
Regular exercise is highly beneficial for all patients with cardiovascular disease regardless of age. A ...
Job search
POST YOUR JOB
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: FunXtion makes fitness as integral to life as brushing your teeth
FunXtion delivers a complete, wrap-around exercise experience.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Fisikal develops new 'easy start' business management solution for studios and personal trainers
Fisikal has launched its first self-activating digital business solution, ideal for personal trainers and studio operators.
Opinion
promotion
An ever-increasing number of Brits are engaging in sporting events, setting themselves goals and looking to increase their fitness levels....
Opinion: Dr Crionna Tobin on nutritional training for PTs and fitness experts
As an industry, we still underestimate the power of a truly varied fitness regime - and the growing appetite for it, especially among emerging customer segments.
Opinion: Collaboration vs aggregation - what’s the difference?
Company profiles
Company profile: The JC Group
The JC Group is home to JC Facilities Management, JC Leisure Solutions, JC Water Services, ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Proinsight Research Ltd
We take time at the outset to understand your unique customer journey. Then we work ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Governing body
EMD UK: Governing body
Direct debit solutions
Debit Finance Collections: Direct debit solutions
Locking solutions
Ojmar: Locking solutions
Member access schemes
Move GB: Member access schemes
Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Kemitron GmbH: Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Skincare
Comfort Zone - Davines S.p.A: Skincare
Professional services
Deloitte UK: Professional services
Lockers/interior design
Craftsman Quality Lockers Ltd: Lockers/interior design
Whole body cryotherapy
Zimmer MedizinSysteme GmbH / icelab: Whole body cryotherapy
Trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: Trade associations
Property & Tenders
Kirklees Active Leisure
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
28-30 Oct 2019
Hotel Royal Savoy, Lausanne, Switzerland
Diary dates
30-31 Oct 2019
NEC, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Diary dates
05-08 Nov 2019
Koelnmesse, Cologne, Germany
Diary dates
21-22 Nov 2019
JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort, Aventura,
Diary dates
29 Nov 2019
The King’s Fund, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
29-30 Jan 2020
Holiday Inn San Francisco-Golden Gateway, San Francisco, United States
Diary dates
23-25 Mar 2020
Hilton, Barcelona, Spain
Diary dates
10-27 Jun 2020
tbc, Pinggu, China
Diary dates
17-18 Jun 2020
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates

features

Show preview

We take a look ahead to FIBO 2014 – the world’s largest fitness trade fair for fitness, wellness and health – which takes place in Cologne, Germany, next month

Published in Health Club Management 2014 issue 3

Last year’s move to a new location in Cologne saw the birth of an even grander scale FIBO: an exhibitor increase of 10 per cent, a floor space expansion of 20 per cent and a visitor boost of over 30 per cent delivered an event far beyond what anyone had projected or planned for. Instead of the expected 80,000 visitors, more than 100,000 attended FIBO 2013.

This year’s FIBO, taking place on 3–6 April in Cologne, will be ready for similar visitor numbers. FIBO director Ralph Scholz says: “We’ll offer our trade visitors a much clearer structure at the trade fair, and this year we’ll address gym owners in an even more targeted way through ‘FIBO Expert’ in Halls 6–9.”

Exercise is medicine
When physicians and physical therapists used to run into traditional gym operators, both sides were worlds apart. But times have changed, and mutual reservations have declined significantly. This coming together of the two worlds – medical and fitness – is a development that will be given even more weight at this year’s FIBO.

The theme of ‘Fitness creates health’ will be evident both across the congress and the conference programme – which are dominated by exercise medicine and therapy – and the trade fair, which this year will adopt a more issue-orientated, specialised, technical structure. “We’ve worked hard to present the fitness and health segments more strongly as an internally connected unit,” says Scholz.

The second FIBOmed Congress, taking place on 4–5 April, is a prime example, with its theme of ‘Exercise is the medicine of the 21st century’. This year’s Congress follows on from the success of the inaugural event last year – an interdisciplinary convention organised by the Springer Medizin internet portal and the publisher Ärzte Zeitung Verlags-GmbH, and sponsored by the German Sport University Cologne and the German Society for Sports Medicine and Prevention (DGSP).

Similar ‘exercise is medicine’ themes will be picked up on Physio Day on 5 April, and at the workshop on Health Management at the Workplace on 3 April. The focus of Physio Day – jointly organised by Thieme Medical Publishers and advanced training provider FiHH Das Fortbildungsinstitut – will be on health-orientated sports physical therapy. The workshop on Health Management at the Workplace will be organised by the German Association for Health Management at the Workplace (BGM).

Integrated health & fitness
FIBO’s reinforced orientation toward health topics continues at the trade fair, with Hall 7 set to focus on health topics. Along with FIBOmed, this Hall will be positioned right at the intersection of fitness and health. Here, visitors will see targeted, certified products designed specifically for the healthcare market. These will be complemented by special exhibition areas – the ‘Active Office’ and a ‘Measuring Devices and Diagnostics’ zone – as well as a 200sq m show entitled ‘The physical therapy office of the future’.

Functional training
Interest in functional training and group fitness continues unabated at gyms – reason enough for FIBO to further expand this area of the show for 2014. In Hall 9a, exhibitors will showcase new products for this free-moving, three-dimensional style of training, including brands such as Transatlantic Fitness, Les Mills and Escape Fitness.

The FIBO Functional Forum, featuring IFAA and Perform Better – also located in Hall 9a – is a new addition presenting the functional training trend through expert lectures and both theoretical and practical training sessions.

This new forum is already generating high levels of interest among gym operators, as Partrick Arntzen of City Fitness says: “We still consider functional training and boxing to be major trends. We’re excited to find out what kinds of innovations we’ll see in this area at FIBO this year.”

Stephan Schulan of Jumpers Fitness echoes this sentiment: “FIBO gives me a concentrated overview of the most important innovations in fitness equipment, including functional training.” And Timo Becker from the body + soul Group adds: “I’d like to find out more about trends like cyber fitness, and functional and athletic training, and even fee-based small-group activities.”

FIBO Innovation Award
As every year, a key focus across all areas of FIBO will be to draw attention to the latest, most innovative product developments on show from around 700 international exhibitors. Some of these products will be in the limelight on the Friday of FIBO, as the winners of the FIBO Innovation Award. For the first time, awards will cover five categories: Training Equipment for Fitness, Rehabilitation and Prevention; Health Promotion; Interior & Design; Training Concepts; and Wellness & Beauty.

Inaugural FIBO-EHFA Congress

On Wednesday 2 April – the day before the trade fair opens its doors – FIBO and the European Health & Fitness Association (EHFA) will jointly host a brand new summit for the European fitness industry.

The inaugural European Health & Fitness Forum – entitled Europe Active 2025 – will look at how fit and healthy Europe will be in the year 2025. How can exercise be encouraged? What will be the role of new technologies within the fitness sector, and what can the health system and policymakers bring to the table?

One of the items on the agenda will be the presentation of the ‘Plan for Growth / Europe Active 2025’ study, which describes the demographic, health-related and economic trends across Europe and looks at the role of fitness for the population. The goal is to raise the number of gym members from around 44 million currently to 80 million by 2025.

Key findings of the new EHFA / Deloitte study – the European Fitness Market 2014 report – will also be presented, as will the results of a practical study conducted among 2,600 participants in the UK, entitled ‘The scientific proof that exercise works in practice’.

Other topics of discussion will include the positive economic effects of regular physical activity, with special attention given to the issues of fitness training for the 50-plus age group, as well as for overweight and adipose children and adolescents.

Participation at the Congress requires a separate registration – see www.fibo.de/ehff

FIBO – facts & figures

Dates: 3–6 April 2014

Venue: Exhibition Centre Cologne, Germany

Opening times: 9.00am–6.00pm daily

For more information or to register for tickets for the trade show, visit www.fibo.de

To buy tickets for the European Health & Fitness Forum, visit www.fibo.de/ehff

One of the FIBO halls will showcase the latest in functional training kit
One of the FIBO halls will showcase the latest in functional training kit
The show floor, spread over numerous halls, will showcase new product launches and demos to over 100,000 visitors
The show floor, spread over numerous halls, will showcase new product launches and demos to over 100,000 visitors
http://www.leisureopportunities.com/images/HCM2014_3fibo.gif
The world's largest trade fair for fitness, health and wellness takes place in Germany next month
Latest News
New York’s Blum Center for Health, a functional health facility, is offering a personalised, non-invasive, ...
Latest News
US-based fitness franchise UFC Gym has opened its first European club. The 18,000sq ft (1,670sq ...
Latest News
Public Health England (PHE) and the Centre for Ageing Better (CAB) have set out their ...
Latest News
Physical activity bodies ukactive and EuropeActive have agreed to strengthen their partnership in the event ...
Latest News
The first-ever FIBO Southeast Asia fitness event will be held in Singapore next year. Taking ...
Latest News
Cancer survivors should undertake a minimum of 90 minutes of aerobic and resistance training each ...
Latest News
Thrive Global, the wellness and behaviour change tech firm founded by Arianna Huffington, has acquired ...
Latest News
Regular exercise is highly beneficial for all patients with cardiovascular disease regardless of age. A ...
Latest News
LXA has inserted a 2,000sq ft (186sq m) indoor/outdoor boxing gym into a mixed-use building ...
Latest News
The number of UK adults classed as physically active has increased by 1 million in ...
Latest News
Australian health club operator Viva Leisure has acquired eight Healthworks Fitness Centres in the state ...
Job search
POST YOUR JOB
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: FunXtion makes fitness as integral to life as brushing your teeth
FunXtion delivers a complete, wrap-around exercise experience.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Fisikal develops new 'easy start' business management solution for studios and personal trainers
Fisikal has launched its first self-activating digital business solution, ideal for personal trainers and studio operators.
Opinion
promotion
An ever-increasing number of Brits are engaging in sporting events, setting themselves goals and looking to increase their fitness levels....
Opinion: Dr Crionna Tobin on nutritional training for PTs and fitness experts
As an industry, we still underestimate the power of a truly varied fitness regime - and the growing appetite for it, especially among emerging customer segments.
Opinion: Collaboration vs aggregation - what’s the difference?
Company profiles
Company profile: The JC Group
The JC Group is home to JC Facilities Management, JC Leisure Solutions, JC Water Services, ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Proinsight Research Ltd
We take time at the outset to understand your unique customer journey. Then we work ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Governing body
EMD UK: Governing body
Direct debit solutions
Debit Finance Collections: Direct debit solutions
Locking solutions
Ojmar: Locking solutions
Member access schemes
Move GB: Member access schemes
Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Kemitron GmbH: Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Skincare
Comfort Zone - Davines S.p.A: Skincare
Professional services
Deloitte UK: Professional services
Lockers/interior design
Craftsman Quality Lockers Ltd: Lockers/interior design
Whole body cryotherapy
Zimmer MedizinSysteme GmbH / icelab: Whole body cryotherapy
Trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: Trade associations
Property & Tenders
Kirklees Active Leisure
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
28-30 Oct 2019
Hotel Royal Savoy, Lausanne, Switzerland
Diary dates
30-31 Oct 2019
NEC, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Diary dates
05-08 Nov 2019
Koelnmesse, Cologne, Germany
Diary dates
21-22 Nov 2019
JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort, Aventura,
Diary dates
29 Nov 2019
The King’s Fund, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
29-30 Jan 2020
Holiday Inn San Francisco-Golden Gateway, San Francisco, United States
Diary dates
23-25 Mar 2020
Hilton, Barcelona, Spain
Diary dates
10-27 Jun 2020
tbc, Pinggu, China
Diary dates
17-18 Jun 2020
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
Search news, features & products:
Find a supplier:
Gympass
Gympass