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Promotional feature: Physical Company

Consumers are seeking varied, effective workouts. It’s time to take a new approach to designing fitness areas, as Physical Company’s James Anderson explains

Published in Health Club Management 2020 issue 3
Physical Company's James Anderson says it's time to get more ambitious with fitness area design
Physical Company's James Anderson says it's time to get more ambitious with fitness area design

What are the trends shaping fitness and your business in 2020?
The way people are choosing to train has changed dramatically. Exercisers are increasingly seeking activities that give a sense of community and engagement; and deliver a fresh, fun, varied experience; and crucially, give them the results they want.

This is reflected in the ACSM’s Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2020, which shines the spotlight on activities such as group training, functional training, training with free weights, bodyweight training, HIIT and circuit training.

These are the styles of workout end users are now looking for, both in terms of the results they deliver and the varied, engaging training experiences they provide. They’re also the areas in which Physical Company has decades of expertise.

How has this shaped your new mission statement: First For Fitness Solutions?
We believe the growing demand for effective yet social fitness experiences demands a new approach to facility design – where gyms’ primary focus has tended to be mapping the layout of cardio and strength stations, operators are now prioritising the spaces that can’t be crowbarred in at the end of a design dominated by rows of large equipment – spaces where precedence can be given to group exercise, free weights, functional and small group training.

This brings our expertise into the spotlight. Starting with an empty space is what we do best, working from the ground up to create unique playgrounds where results and fun combine to create an exceptional training experience – workout areas that surprise and delight and make fitness more inspiring.

We specialise in everything today’s fitness spaces should be built around and we thrive on working together with our customers to develop areas that bring their vision to life, with their target audiences at the heart of our solutions.

This is why ‘First for fitness solutions’ is our mission statement – because operators should consider Physical Company as their go-to, their first phone call.

However large or small the fitness space, we’re here to ensure it exceeds expectations, harnessing the expertise of our team and our broad portfolio of world-class brands.

What's new in your portfolio
As anyone who's looked through our catalogue will tell you, our product portfolio is extensive, and we’re continuing to further develop and enhance our offering.

Physical Company-branded products offer good value and high quality. Products are designed to be robust, reliable and enjoyable to use and we continually develop the collection, refining and redesigning to ensure every item is not only great quality, but also functionally excellent.

New launches include redesigned kettlebells, a premium yoga mat and an enhanced version of the multi-functional EVO Bench. We’re also expanding our custom-branded offering, giving customers the option to add their logo to personalise equipment.

We’re delighted to announce ZIVA as the latest brand to be distributed by Physical Company in the UK and Ireland.

ZIVA is a well-respected, global brand that offers strong, functional training products of exceptional quality and detail.

ZIVA complements the other ranges Physical Company has available, as well as offering wall-to-wall training solutions.

The team at Physical Company is often asked for unique products to differentiate a section of the gym floor, or to introduce more variety in training techniques, and Reaxing® meets that brief: fascinating, innovative products that allow gyms to offer something genuinely different to their members.

Reaxing’s unpredictable, neuromuscular training incorporates reaction, balance and function to challenge exercisers and boost their performance. The products are used by numerous top athletes, including Juventus and AC Milan football clubs, motor racing teams, extreme sports pros…and myself (!)

Physical Company is also very proud to partner with AIREX®, a world leader in mats and balance pads, to provide optimum cushioned solutions whatever your training concept, whether that’s yoga, Pilates, fitness, physiotherapy or rehabilitation.

Merrithew™ Pilates reformers are getting a lot of interest at the moment, including from professional sports people who are using Pilates to enhance their performance and protect their bodies from injury.

Ecore™ Athletic products allow us to offer performance flooring that’s second-to-none. We’re seeing a growing recognition among customers of the vital importance of high-quality flooring to the workout experience – that this is, in fact, as important as the equipment they install – and we’re becoming leading experts in this field.

Complementing this, across the board, our approach is always to partner with best-in-class manufacturers, including the likes of suppliers BOSU® and Hyperwear® and Custom Turf.

How do you approach each new project?
We don’t believe in a cookie-cutter approach to gym design. With such a broad range of products, not to mention 30 years' expertise, we work with every client to build a facility that meets their brief, while being focused on results and experience.

As a family-owned company, we believe in delivering a personal touch to every client, and ensure everyone we work with receives seamless, friendly service.

Creating inspiring gym designs, coupled with the ideal equipment choices for the target audience, allows Physical Company to help our clients to provide incredible training experiences which spur their members to love their gym!

Reaxing's neuromuscular training kit enables operators to offer something new
Reaxing's neuromuscular training kit enables operators to offer something new
Physical Company supplies Airex mats and balance pads to provide cushioned solutions
Physical Company supplies Airex mats and balance pads to provide cushioned solutions
ZIVA is the latest brand to join the portfolio
ZIVA is the latest brand to join the portfolio
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Consumers are seeking varied, effective workouts. It’s time to take a new approach to designing fitness areas, as Physical Company’s James Anderson explains
James Anderson, Physical Company,James Anderson, Physical Company,
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Premier Global NASM has restructured its education offering to create new career pathways to help personal trainers and individuals entering the sector navigate their way to career success. Dan Rees explains the rationale
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Insight
Industry analyst David Minton launched his new fitNdata global monitor just in time to catch the headline numbers for the impact of the coronavirus on the sector. He tells us how it’s looking
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Supplier showcase
With the spread of COVID-19 forcing more people into isolation, PureGym worked with FunXtion to rapidly include a digital on-demand workout offering to support members at home
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Matrix Connected Solutions helps Roko deliver a digital member experience beyond the four walls of the clubs
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Opinion
Myzone’s Tamara Bailey says finding a way through the coronavirus crisis will mean taking an honest look at how successful your member engagement really is
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Promotional feature
Reaching members anywhere and anytime to connect, engage and coach is more important than ever and can easily be activated through Technogym Mywellness
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Coronavirus
As the sector looks into the void of the COVID-19 lockdown and its aftermath, Duncan Wood-Allum presents a blueprint for a positive future
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Opinion
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Elon Musk has plans to conquer Mars and these days the meat on your hamburger can be grown in a lab - so why are so many fitness businesses still using papers and pens to create workouts for their members?
Opinion: How the current pandemic may be helping the fitness industry to innovate
Opinion
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The activity industry finds itself in a position of considerable threat. Two-thirds of the world’s gyms are closed – that’s 230 million members unable to attend a fitness facility, according to data platform fitNdata.
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Video Gallery
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Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
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Design consultants
Zynk Design Consultants: Design consultants
Independent service & maintenance
Servicesport UK Limited: Independent service & maintenance
Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Kemitron GmbH: Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Lockers/interior design
Crown Sports Lockers: Lockers/interior design
Gym flooring
REGUPOL/Berleburger Schaumstoffwerk (BSW): Gym flooring
Trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: Trade associations
Wearable technology solutions
MyZone: Wearable technology solutions
Fitness software
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Whole body cryotherapy
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Property & Tenders
Greywell, Hampshire
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Derby City Council
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Diary dates
04 Jun 2020
Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Diary dates
13 Jun 2020
Worldwide, Various,
Diary dates
06-07 Jul 2020
Eastwood Hall, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Diary dates
28-31 Aug 2020
Expo Centre & Riviera di Rimini, Italy
Diary dates
21-24 Sep 2020
Loews Coronado Bay Resort, Coronado, United States
Diary dates
11-12 Oct 2020
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
17-23 Oct 2020
Pinggu, Beijing, China
Diary dates
27-30 Oct 2020
Messe Stuttgart, Germany
Diary dates
30-31 Oct 2020
NEC, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Diary dates
27-28 Nov 2020
Athena, Leicester, United Kingdom
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features

Promotional feature: Physical Company

Consumers are seeking varied, effective workouts. It’s time to take a new approach to designing fitness areas, as Physical Company’s James Anderson explains

Published in Health Club Management 2020 issue 3
Physical Company's James Anderson says it's time to get more ambitious with fitness area design
Physical Company's James Anderson says it's time to get more ambitious with fitness area design

What are the trends shaping fitness and your business in 2020?
The way people are choosing to train has changed dramatically. Exercisers are increasingly seeking activities that give a sense of community and engagement; and deliver a fresh, fun, varied experience; and crucially, give them the results they want.

This is reflected in the ACSM’s Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2020, which shines the spotlight on activities such as group training, functional training, training with free weights, bodyweight training, HIIT and circuit training.

These are the styles of workout end users are now looking for, both in terms of the results they deliver and the varied, engaging training experiences they provide. They’re also the areas in which Physical Company has decades of expertise.

How has this shaped your new mission statement: First For Fitness Solutions?
We believe the growing demand for effective yet social fitness experiences demands a new approach to facility design – where gyms’ primary focus has tended to be mapping the layout of cardio and strength stations, operators are now prioritising the spaces that can’t be crowbarred in at the end of a design dominated by rows of large equipment – spaces where precedence can be given to group exercise, free weights, functional and small group training.

This brings our expertise into the spotlight. Starting with an empty space is what we do best, working from the ground up to create unique playgrounds where results and fun combine to create an exceptional training experience – workout areas that surprise and delight and make fitness more inspiring.

We specialise in everything today’s fitness spaces should be built around and we thrive on working together with our customers to develop areas that bring their vision to life, with their target audiences at the heart of our solutions.

This is why ‘First for fitness solutions’ is our mission statement – because operators should consider Physical Company as their go-to, their first phone call.

However large or small the fitness space, we’re here to ensure it exceeds expectations, harnessing the expertise of our team and our broad portfolio of world-class brands.

What's new in your portfolio
As anyone who's looked through our catalogue will tell you, our product portfolio is extensive, and we’re continuing to further develop and enhance our offering.

Physical Company-branded products offer good value and high quality. Products are designed to be robust, reliable and enjoyable to use and we continually develop the collection, refining and redesigning to ensure every item is not only great quality, but also functionally excellent.

New launches include redesigned kettlebells, a premium yoga mat and an enhanced version of the multi-functional EVO Bench. We’re also expanding our custom-branded offering, giving customers the option to add their logo to personalise equipment.

We’re delighted to announce ZIVA as the latest brand to be distributed by Physical Company in the UK and Ireland.

ZIVA is a well-respected, global brand that offers strong, functional training products of exceptional quality and detail.

ZIVA complements the other ranges Physical Company has available, as well as offering wall-to-wall training solutions.

The team at Physical Company is often asked for unique products to differentiate a section of the gym floor, or to introduce more variety in training techniques, and Reaxing® meets that brief: fascinating, innovative products that allow gyms to offer something genuinely different to their members.

Reaxing’s unpredictable, neuromuscular training incorporates reaction, balance and function to challenge exercisers and boost their performance. The products are used by numerous top athletes, including Juventus and AC Milan football clubs, motor racing teams, extreme sports pros…and myself (!)

Physical Company is also very proud to partner with AIREX®, a world leader in mats and balance pads, to provide optimum cushioned solutions whatever your training concept, whether that’s yoga, Pilates, fitness, physiotherapy or rehabilitation.

Merrithew™ Pilates reformers are getting a lot of interest at the moment, including from professional sports people who are using Pilates to enhance their performance and protect their bodies from injury.

Ecore™ Athletic products allow us to offer performance flooring that’s second-to-none. We’re seeing a growing recognition among customers of the vital importance of high-quality flooring to the workout experience – that this is, in fact, as important as the equipment they install – and we’re becoming leading experts in this field.

Complementing this, across the board, our approach is always to partner with best-in-class manufacturers, including the likes of suppliers BOSU® and Hyperwear® and Custom Turf.

How do you approach each new project?
We don’t believe in a cookie-cutter approach to gym design. With such a broad range of products, not to mention 30 years' expertise, we work with every client to build a facility that meets their brief, while being focused on results and experience.

As a family-owned company, we believe in delivering a personal touch to every client, and ensure everyone we work with receives seamless, friendly service.

Creating inspiring gym designs, coupled with the ideal equipment choices for the target audience, allows Physical Company to help our clients to provide incredible training experiences which spur their members to love their gym!

Reaxing's neuromuscular training kit enables operators to offer something new
Reaxing's neuromuscular training kit enables operators to offer something new
Physical Company supplies Airex mats and balance pads to provide cushioned solutions
Physical Company supplies Airex mats and balance pads to provide cushioned solutions
ZIVA is the latest brand to join the portfolio
ZIVA is the latest brand to join the portfolio
http://www.leisureopportunities.com/images/2020/633058_661239.jpg
Consumers are seeking varied, effective workouts. It’s time to take a new approach to designing fitness areas, as Physical Company’s James Anderson explains
James Anderson, Physical Company,James Anderson, Physical Company,
Latest News
There has been a "surge in appreciation" of exercise during lockdown, with people turning to ...
Latest News
Gyms and health clubs in Dubai, UAE, have begun reopening their doors today (27 May) ...
Latest News
HCM understands that the directors of énergie Fitness have brought in specialist company FRP Advisory ...
Latest News
Planning approval has been granted for a new David Lloyd Club in Bicester, Oxfordshire. The ...
Latest News
Aerobic exercise boosts blood flow into two key regions of the brain associated with memory, ...
Latest News
Gympass has launched a new digital platform as a response to the increase in demand ...
Latest News
Austrian medical health and wellness operator, Lanserhof, has launched a programme for people who’ve had ...
Latest News
HCM can report that Europe Active's annual thought-leader conference, the European Health and Fitness Forum ...
Latest News
The number of people signing up for memberships at Planet Fitness has been at 2019 ...
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Job search
POST YOUR JOB
Opinion
promotion
Elon Musk has plans to conquer Mars and these days the meat on your hamburger can be grown in a lab - so why are so many fitness businesses still using papers and pens to create workouts for their members?
Opinion: How the current pandemic may be helping the fitness industry to innovate
Opinion
promotion
The activity industry finds itself in a position of considerable threat. Two-thirds of the world’s gyms are closed – that’s 230 million members unable to attend a fitness facility, according to data platform fitNdata.
Opinion: Ensuring members return after lockdown
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: myFitApp launches branded live-streaming as part of its COVID-19 support package
Innovatise, the company behind myFitApp, has announced the immediate availability of its customer- branded live-streaming solution.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: EGYM presents Corona Gym Solution, for the successful re-opening of fitness studios
Finally, the time has come: fitness and health facilities around the globe are gradually resuming operations.
Video Gallery
How to use the MZ-Bodyscan
MyZone
The Best Product for the Best Clubs Read more
More videos:
Company profiles
Company profile: Matrix Fitness
Matrix strives to offer equipment that will captivate your members, is easy to maintain, and ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Safe Space Lockers
Safe Space have over 25 years of experience in the UK leisure and fitness industry, ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Direct debit solutions
Harlands Group: Direct debit solutions
Design consultants
Zynk Design Consultants: Design consultants
Independent service & maintenance
Servicesport UK Limited: Independent service & maintenance
Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Kemitron GmbH: Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Lockers/interior design
Crown Sports Lockers: Lockers/interior design
Gym flooring
REGUPOL/Berleburger Schaumstoffwerk (BSW): Gym flooring
Trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: Trade associations
Wearable technology solutions
MyZone: Wearable technology solutions
Fitness software
Go Do.Fitness: Fitness software
Whole body cryotherapy
Zimmer MedizinSysteme GmbH / icelab: Whole body cryotherapy
Property & Tenders
Greywell, Hampshire
Barnsgrove Health and Wellness Club
Property & Tenders
Derby City Council
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
04 Jun 2020
Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Diary dates
13 Jun 2020
Worldwide, Various,
Diary dates
06-07 Jul 2020
Eastwood Hall, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Diary dates
28-31 Aug 2020
Expo Centre & Riviera di Rimini, Italy
Diary dates
21-24 Sep 2020
Loews Coronado Bay Resort, Coronado, United States
Diary dates
11-12 Oct 2020
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
17-23 Oct 2020
Pinggu, Beijing, China
Diary dates
27-30 Oct 2020
Messe Stuttgart, Germany
Diary dates
30-31 Oct 2020
NEC, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Diary dates
27-28 Nov 2020
Athena, Leicester, United Kingdom
Diary dates
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