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Editor's letter: Editor's letter

The pandemic is stretching the industry to the limit and it’s a time none of us will ever forget. Moving forward, we need to make a plan to ensure we’re better prepared to represent ourselves in the corridors of power

By Liz Terry, Leisure Media | Published in Health Club Management 2020 issue 6
Now is the time to step up and prove our worth / Shutterstock/ KlaraBstock
Now is the time to step up and prove our worth / Shutterstock/ KlaraBstock
We must come out of COVID with a new mantle, forged by the challenges we’ve faced. It’s time to invest in getting some real clout

On 25 June, we published a global exclusive – research from the University of Oslo which showed there is “no threat of increased COVID-19 spread” at fitness facilities, even when intensive training takes place.

The story has gone on to be our best-read ever, with hundreds of thousands of shares from people all over the world. It has also been republished everywhere from The New York Times to The Washington Post.

The research – ‘Randomised reopening of training facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic’ – has been challenged, debated, lauded and dismissed, but most importantly, it has opened a conversation around how we – as a sector – are going to transact with governments and decision-makers going forward.

The fact only one academic institution in the world chose to explore the safety of using gyms in the age of COVID-19, indicates a lack of rigour in our sector, showing that we are not yet properly geared up to represent ourselves at the highest levels.

This kind of research should have been happening everywhere, creating a global picture of gym safety to inform the development of operating procedures and strengthen our position in discussions with governments.

The agonising negotiations which have been going on with government-mandated scientists around reopening show clearly that we lack evidence to defend ourselves and lack heft as a sector.

They’ve also revealed mind-boggling levels of ignorance about the way we work and the contribution we make to society and to people’s mental and physical wellbeing.

Going forward, companies which are making profits out of this market need to start to put a little more resource into national and global strategies to defend and champion the sector in the corridors of power.

Before COVID-19, we were a successful market, but also a young one, still a little scrappy and with an entrepreneurial culture. We must come out of the other side of COVID with a new mantle, forged by the challenges we’ve faced – seasoned, savvy and with a strategy to prove our worth, defend our corner and make sure the people in power are in no doubt about the value of our work.

It’s time to muscle up and get some real clout.

Obesity drives COVID-19 deaths, numerous studies show exercise defends against it and helps people recover from it. We know we can operate safely. Now is the time to step up, to prove it – and to evidence it.

Liz Terry, HCM editor
[email protected]
@elizterry
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'We need to ensure we're better prepared to represent ourselves in the corridors of power' – says HCM editor Liz Terry
Liz Terry, HCM, COVID-19,gyms reopening,
People
We have a very mixed demographic, which is something people said would never happen. Someone who earns a minimum wage can be training and socialising alongside a billionaire
People
People in Club V trust me and I want to do the best for them and help them progress
People
Overall, it’s about creating something a little less efficient, a little more fun. Somewhere you can lose yourself for a couple of hours
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features

Editor's letter: Editor's letter

The pandemic is stretching the industry to the limit and it’s a time none of us will ever forget. Moving forward, we need to make a plan to ensure we’re better prepared to represent ourselves in the corridors of power

By Liz Terry, Leisure Media | Published in Health Club Management 2020 issue 6
Now is the time to step up and prove our worth / Shutterstock/ KlaraBstock
Now is the time to step up and prove our worth / Shutterstock/ KlaraBstock
We must come out of COVID with a new mantle, forged by the challenges we’ve faced. It’s time to invest in getting some real clout

On 25 June, we published a global exclusive – research from the University of Oslo which showed there is “no threat of increased COVID-19 spread” at fitness facilities, even when intensive training takes place.

The story has gone on to be our best-read ever, with hundreds of thousands of shares from people all over the world. It has also been republished everywhere from The New York Times to The Washington Post.

The research – ‘Randomised reopening of training facilities during the COVID-19 pandemic’ – has been challenged, debated, lauded and dismissed, but most importantly, it has opened a conversation around how we – as a sector – are going to transact with governments and decision-makers going forward.

The fact only one academic institution in the world chose to explore the safety of using gyms in the age of COVID-19, indicates a lack of rigour in our sector, showing that we are not yet properly geared up to represent ourselves at the highest levels.

This kind of research should have been happening everywhere, creating a global picture of gym safety to inform the development of operating procedures and strengthen our position in discussions with governments.

The agonising negotiations which have been going on with government-mandated scientists around reopening show clearly that we lack evidence to defend ourselves and lack heft as a sector.

They’ve also revealed mind-boggling levels of ignorance about the way we work and the contribution we make to society and to people’s mental and physical wellbeing.

Going forward, companies which are making profits out of this market need to start to put a little more resource into national and global strategies to defend and champion the sector in the corridors of power.

Before COVID-19, we were a successful market, but also a young one, still a little scrappy and with an entrepreneurial culture. We must come out of the other side of COVID with a new mantle, forged by the challenges we’ve faced – seasoned, savvy and with a strategy to prove our worth, defend our corner and make sure the people in power are in no doubt about the value of our work.

It’s time to muscle up and get some real clout.

Obesity drives COVID-19 deaths, numerous studies show exercise defends against it and helps people recover from it. We know we can operate safely. Now is the time to step up, to prove it – and to evidence it.

Liz Terry, HCM editor
[email protected]
@elizterry
Sign up here to get HCM's weekly ezine and every issue of HCM magazine free on digital.
https://www.leisureopportunities.co.uk/images/2020/335696_749514.jpg
'We need to ensure we're better prepared to represent ourselves in the corridors of power' – says HCM editor Liz Terry
Liz Terry, HCM, COVID-19,gyms reopening,
Latest News
Industry body EuropeActive has published a sectoral manifesto which outlines the aims and objectives of ...
Latest News
European fitness operators will face increased consolidation, accelerated digitalisation and the new reality of creating ...
Latest News
Fitness giant Equinox has opened its first fully-outdoor gym in Los Angeles. Called Equinox+ In ...
Latest News
An online fitness community, created by personal trainer and social media influencer, Talilla Henchoz, during ...
Latest News
Two functional fitness franchises are continuing their legal battle over a dispute relating to patents. ...
Latest News
Xponential Fitness has entered the Saudi Arabian gym market with the launch of five boutique ...
Latest News
Chancellor Rishi Sunak's proposals to support the economy through the next six months of the ...
Latest News
The UK government's 'Rule of Six' has come into force in physical activity facilities today ...
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The UK's physical activity sector has come together to get millions of people active during ...
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A study by Rutgers University has suggested that it could be possible to predict which ...
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Opinion
promotion
The pandemic has thrown a new focus on health, with sales of body composition analysis equipment at an all-time high, as InBody’s Francesca Cooper explains.
Opinion: Gyms add body composition analysis and health screening to their offering following pandemic
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: The Virtual Revolution: Hutchison Technologies help operators motivate members
Hutchison Technologies virtual solutions are helping operators expand their virtual offering and get motivated members back into the club.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Premier Software Solutions offers scalable software for single or multi-site businesses
Premier Software Solutions' flagship business management system, Core by Premier Software, is the leading single and multi-site solution designed specifically for the spa, wellness and leisure industries.
Video Gallery
A new Zone is here
MyZone Group Ltd
A new zone is here for your club, for your members and for you. Read more
More videos:
Company profiles
Company profile: EXF Fitness
EXF offer so much more than modular systems and pick and mix installations, they don’t ...
Company profiles
Company profile: MoveGB
Move is the fitness marketplace connecting our partners with customers through the largest variety of ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Locking solutions
Monster Padlocks: Locking solutions
Fitness Software
FunXtion International BV: Fitness Software
Direct debit solutions
Harlands Group: Direct debit solutions
Management software
fibodo Limited: Management software
Skincare
Sothys: Skincare
Fitness equipment
TRX Training: Fitness equipment
Whole body cryotherapy
Art of Cryo: Whole body cryotherapy
Lockers/interior design
Fitlockers: Lockers/interior design
Trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: Trade associations
Flooring
Total Vibration Solutions / TVS Sports Surfaces: Flooring
Property & Tenders
11 - 25 Union St, London SE1 1SD
Bankside Open Spaces Trust
Property & Tenders
Waltham Abbey, Essex
Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
07 Oct 2020
Online, Singapore, Singapore
Diary dates
17-23 Oct 2020
Pinggu, Beijing, China
Diary dates
03-06 Nov 2020
Online,
Diary dates
17 Nov 2020
Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom
Diary dates
27-28 Nov 2020
Athena, Leicester, United Kingdom
Diary dates
02-04 Feb 2021
Ericsson Exhibition Hall, Ricoh Arena, Coventry, United Kingdom
Diary dates
23-26 Feb 2021
IFEMA, Madrid, Spain
Diary dates
03-04 Mar 2021
NEC, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Diary dates
03-06 Jun 2021
Expo Centre & Riviera di Rimini, Italy
Diary dates
16-17 Jun 2021
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
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