Latest
issue
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 I've already subscribed!
BLK BOX
BLK BOX
BLK BOX
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
FITNESS, HEALTH, WELLNESS

Latest news

Independent health clubs in the UK recovered 2019 membership numbers by the end of 2020

Independent gyms in the UK have fared better during the pandemic than larger corporate operators in holding on to their members, according to new research.

Net member movement among independents was generally positive during key times in 2020 – in spite of being negative for the wider sector.

The finding comes from a new study, titled Independent Fitness Clubs Benchmarking Report, by 4global, ukactive and GGFit, which outlines the impact of COVID-19 on independent fitness clubs.

Among the key findings is that membership levels bounced back significantly better at independent clubs, both in terms of visit throughput and active member percentage.

The report is based on a study from July to December 2020, using data from 627 independent clubs, representing a total of 289,000 members, 3.9 million visits, and revenue of £32m.

It shows that the percentage of active members at independent clubs was clearly lower in July and November 2020 – when compared to 2019 levels – due to clubs being in lockdown for most of the time during these months.

By December 2020, however, the level of active members recovered to within 1 per cent of 2019 numbers, showing a healthy appetite for returning to the gym.

Interestingly, independent clubs achieved much higher joiner rates during these six months – sometimes by a factor of three.

The report suggests that this was due to a combination of re-engagement campaigns, re-joiners, and the ‘local’ business effect of independents reaching out to their community during the pandemic.

"Many independents were able to adapt and pivot quickly, to deliver what their members needed during lockdown," the report reads.

Commenting on the findings, Huw Edwards, CEO of ukactive, said: “We know that independent fitness businesses have been hit hard by the pandemic but with the support of their members they have proven to be agile and adaptable to change, which is clearly demonstrated in this report.

“It is our hope that we can continue to support the growth of independents across the physical activity sector by sharing our insight and data, and working together with our members to drive change.”

Utku Toprakseven, Partner at 4global, said: “This report represents the first collaborative dive into the independent gyms collective data and is an exciting opportunity to assess the value of the rich diversity delivered across the sector.

“We very much look forward to working with even more independent operators and system providers in the coming months, with an aim to deepen our collective understanding of the critical impact that independent gyms have to the wider health and physical activity agenda.”

To download and read the full report, click here.

• A special webinar discussing the findings of the report and plotting the next steps for the sector will be held at 10am on Thursday 6 May, hosted by ukactive with support from 4global and GGFit. To register for the webinar, click here

Independent gyms in the UK have fared better during the pandemic than larger corporate operators in holding on to their members, according to new research.
HAF,FIT,IND,PTS,RES
2021/THUMB347673_617330_584029.jpg
Latest News
The first bricks and mortar Kinrgy studio opens today (1 March) in West Hollywood. Founded ...
Latest News
Orangetheory and Self Esteem Brands have revealed plans to merge 'as equals' creating a new ...
Latest News
In the same week as tennis legend, Andre Agassi, was appointed to the board of ...
Latest News
According to a pilot study by Yale School of Medicine, exercise can not only slow ...
Latest News
Self Esteem Brands (SEB), owner of Anytime Fitness, has released year-end results which show year-on-year ...
Latest News
Basic-Fit has introduced a new approach to tackle gymtimidation and create an inclusive environment in ...
Latest News
Speaking exclusively in the current issue of HCM magazine, Third Space CEO, Colin Waggett, says ...
Latest News
Australian exercise and active health trade body, AUSactive, has partnered with the national Royal Life ...
HCM promotional features
Sponsored
This collaboration underscores Ridgeway’s commitment to enhancing spaces, providing an unrivalled environment for gym enthusiasts and health club members
HCM promotional features
Sponsored
HCM promotional features
Sponsored profile: Technogym
The GM of The Club & Spa Bristol tells us about the cutting edge club refresh that showcases the Technogym Artis Line
HCM promotional features
Sponsored
Creating successful training environments requires a deep knowledge of functional design. Gregory Bradley, sales director at BLK BOX Fitness talks us through the company’s approach
HCM promotional features
Promotion
Using research that revealed three key pillars for cardio exercisers, Life Fitness has created its greatest-ever console: the Discover SE4
HCM promotional features
Promotion
Small group training is popular for its energy, but must evolve to retain popularity, says the director of training at Matrix Fitness
HCM promotional features
HCM magazine
I’ve set up a ‘health supergroup’ to look at how best to embed health-related programming across the sector
HCM magazine
Fuel the debate about issues across the industry and share your ideas and experiences. We’d love to hear from you: [email protected]
HCM magazine
HCM People

Jamie Groves

MD, Denbighshire Leisure
Denbighshire Leisure’s turnover has increased by 25 per cent since 2021, so the developments have paid for themselves and more
HCM magazine
The right storage can transform the flow and feel of your training spaces and the user experience. Steph Eaves asks the experts for their most creative solutions
HCM magazine
It's about health being everybody’s business and recognising that inclusion is everyone’s responsibility
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Elevate registrations soar: a record-breaking start to Elevate 2024
Elevate, the premier event in the physical activity, fitness, sports therapy and performance sector, is thrilled to announce that registrations for its 2024 conference are now live – and the response has been nothing short of exceptional.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: seca TRU: Medical values for medical fitness
Developed for the world of medicine, tailored to the needs of modern fitness studios. The seca TRU seamlessly provides medical expertise for health-focused training with a clinically validated body composition analysis meeting the health and fitness industry's evolving demands.
Company profiles
Company profile: Speedflex (UK & Ireland) Limited
Speedflex enables every participant to train at their own preferred intensity, offering a completely personalised ...
Company profiles
Company profile: GLL
GLL
Our purpose is to improve the physical, mental and social wellbeing of local communities. As ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Featured press releases
Precor UK press release: Precor launches new functional strength training line powered by BeaverFit
Precor, trusted fitness solution provider to more than 14,000 global facilities, has selected BeaverFit, the world’s largest supplier of fitness equipment to U.S. and NATO militaries, to design and manufacture their new functional training line.
Featured press releases
The Health & Fitness Institute press release: THFI Launches Wellness Coaching Qualification Aimed at NHS Relief and Economic Boost
Recent data from UK Active has revealed that a shocking 25% of the UK’s population is classed as ‘inactive,’ averaging less than 30 minutes of exercise a week.
Directory
Spa software
SpaBooker: Spa software
Cryotherapy
Art of Cryo: Cryotherapy
Snowroom
TechnoAlpin SpA: Snowroom
Salt therapy products
Himalayan Source: Salt therapy products
Lockers
Crown Sports Lockers: Lockers
Flooring
Total Vibration Solutions / TVS Sports Surfaces: Flooring
Property & Tenders
Loughton, IG10
Knight Frank
Property & Tenders
Grantham, Leicestershire
Belvoir Castle
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
11-14 Apr 2024
Exhibition Centre , Cologne, Germany
Diary dates
22-24 Apr 2024
Galgorm Resort, York,
Diary dates
30 May - 02 Jun 2024
Rimini Exhibition Center, Rimini, Italy
Diary dates
08-08 Jun 2024
Worldwide, Various,
Diary dates
11-13 Jun 2024
Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore, Singapore
Diary dates
12-13 Jun 2024
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
22-25 Oct 2024
Messe Stuttgart, Germany
Diary dates
04-07 Nov 2024
In person, St Andrews, United Kingdom
Diary dates

Latest news

Independent health clubs in the UK recovered 2019 membership numbers by the end of 2020

Independent gyms in the UK have fared better during the pandemic than larger corporate operators in holding on to their members, according to new research.

Net member movement among independents was generally positive during key times in 2020 – in spite of being negative for the wider sector.

The finding comes from a new study, titled Independent Fitness Clubs Benchmarking Report, by 4global, ukactive and GGFit, which outlines the impact of COVID-19 on independent fitness clubs.

Among the key findings is that membership levels bounced back significantly better at independent clubs, both in terms of visit throughput and active member percentage.

The report is based on a study from July to December 2020, using data from 627 independent clubs, representing a total of 289,000 members, 3.9 million visits, and revenue of £32m.

It shows that the percentage of active members at independent clubs was clearly lower in July and November 2020 – when compared to 2019 levels – due to clubs being in lockdown for most of the time during these months.

By December 2020, however, the level of active members recovered to within 1 per cent of 2019 numbers, showing a healthy appetite for returning to the gym.

Interestingly, independent clubs achieved much higher joiner rates during these six months – sometimes by a factor of three.

The report suggests that this was due to a combination of re-engagement campaigns, re-joiners, and the ‘local’ business effect of independents reaching out to their community during the pandemic.

"Many independents were able to adapt and pivot quickly, to deliver what their members needed during lockdown," the report reads.

Commenting on the findings, Huw Edwards, CEO of ukactive, said: “We know that independent fitness businesses have been hit hard by the pandemic but with the support of their members they have proven to be agile and adaptable to change, which is clearly demonstrated in this report.

“It is our hope that we can continue to support the growth of independents across the physical activity sector by sharing our insight and data, and working together with our members to drive change.”

Utku Toprakseven, Partner at 4global, said: “This report represents the first collaborative dive into the independent gyms collective data and is an exciting opportunity to assess the value of the rich diversity delivered across the sector.

“We very much look forward to working with even more independent operators and system providers in the coming months, with an aim to deepen our collective understanding of the critical impact that independent gyms have to the wider health and physical activity agenda.”

To download and read the full report, click here.

• A special webinar discussing the findings of the report and plotting the next steps for the sector will be held at 10am on Thursday 6 May, hosted by ukactive with support from 4global and GGFit. To register for the webinar, click here

Independent gyms in the UK have fared better during the pandemic than larger corporate operators in holding on to their members, according to new research.
HAF,FIT,IND,PTS,RES
2021/THUMB347673_617330_584029.jpg

Latest news

The first bricks and mortar Kinrgy studio opens today (1 March) in West Hollywood. Founded
Orangetheory and Self Esteem Brands have revealed plans to merge 'as equals' creating a new
In the same week as tennis legend, Andre Agassi, was appointed to the board of
According to a pilot study by Yale School of Medicine, exercise can not only slow
Self Esteem Brands (SEB), owner of Anytime Fitness, has released year-end results which show year-on-year
Basic-Fit has introduced a new approach to tackle gymtimidation and create an inclusive environment in
Global Wellness Summit
Global Wellness Summit
Elevate, the premier event in the physical activity, fitness, sports therapy and performance sector, is
Speaking exclusively in the current issue of HCM magazine, Third Space CEO, Colin Waggett, says
Australian exercise and active health trade body, AUSactive, has partnered with the national Royal Life
Kerzner International has ushered in a new era of wellness-centric hospitality and unveiled its highly-anticipated
Following a successful pilot, The Gym Group is rolling out a programme, delivered by The
As Planet Fitness announces strong year-end results there are reports the company is planning a
The ICO has ruled that eight leisure operators have been unlawfully processing the biometric data
Alliance Leisure
Alliance Leisure
Developed for the world of medicine, tailored to the needs of modern fitness studios. The
Xponential Fitness has told HCM it will vigorously defend itself against claims made in a
“2024 is going to the be biggest year for Gymshark ever,” says CEO and founder,
More consumers are realising meditation is beneficial, but many give up because it’s difficult to
Les Mills has been through a senior management refresh following the recent departure of CEO
EuropeActive has appointed Kai Troll as its new CEO. He has a background in the
CIMSPA has published its 2024-2030 strategy Releasing the Power of Our Profession, which sets out
Elevate
Elevate
PerformX Live, the premier business of fitness event, has announced Dr Jonathan Leary, founder and
Mark Hewlett, founder of padel tennis operator Soul Padel has told HCM the company is
While strength training gives valuable muscular gains it doesn’t give the heart health benefits of
1 - 20 of 12,300
HCM promotional features
Sponsored
This collaboration underscores Ridgeway’s commitment to enhancing spaces, providing an unrivalled environment for gym enthusiasts and health club members
HCM promotional features
Sponsored
HCM promotional features
Sponsored profile: Technogym
The GM of The Club & Spa Bristol tells us about the cutting edge club refresh that showcases the Technogym Artis Line
HCM promotional features
Sponsored
Creating successful training environments requires a deep knowledge of functional design. Gregory Bradley, sales director at BLK BOX Fitness talks us through the company’s approach
HCM promotional features
Promotion
Using research that revealed three key pillars for cardio exercisers, Life Fitness has created its greatest-ever console: the Discover SE4
HCM promotional features
Promotion
Small group training is popular for its energy, but must evolve to retain popularity, says the director of training at Matrix Fitness
HCM promotional features
HCM magazine
I’ve set up a ‘health supergroup’ to look at how best to embed health-related programming across the sector
HCM magazine
Fuel the debate about issues across the industry and share your ideas and experiences. We’d love to hear from you: [email protected]
HCM magazine
HCM People

Jamie Groves

MD, Denbighshire Leisure
Denbighshire Leisure’s turnover has increased by 25 per cent since 2021, so the developments have paid for themselves and more
HCM magazine
The right storage can transform the flow and feel of your training spaces and the user experience. Steph Eaves asks the experts for their most creative solutions
HCM magazine
It's about health being everybody’s business and recognising that inclusion is everyone’s responsibility
HCM magazine
HCM People

Chibs Okereke

Stress and burnout coach, Mettle
Almost 40 per cent of men have never spoken to anyone about their mental health. There's a lot of suffering in silence
HCM magazine
Our experts believe love is the best foundation on which to build a business. Kath Hudson finds out why
HCM magazine
How healthy is your flooring for the people who train on it and the planet? Steph Eaves sheds light on sustainability practices
HCM magazine
Consumers tell us they want support in leading longer, healthier lives and we’re the only industry sector with the capability of delivering on this, so we must ensure strategy is aligned with demand
HCM magazine
Delivering personally-designed workouts can create a placebo effect that yields better results, find researchers
HCM magazine
Consumer expectations are rising all the time, but nowhere more than in relation to digital. UK Active’s Dave Gerrish explains how the industry is shaping up
HCM magazine
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Elevate registrations soar: a record-breaking start to Elevate 2024
Elevate, the premier event in the physical activity, fitness, sports therapy and performance sector, is thrilled to announce that registrations for its 2024 conference are now live – and the response has been nothing short of exceptional.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: seca TRU: Medical values for medical fitness
Developed for the world of medicine, tailored to the needs of modern fitness studios. The seca TRU seamlessly provides medical expertise for health-focused training with a clinically validated body composition analysis meeting the health and fitness industry's evolving demands.
Company profiles
Company profile: Speedflex (UK & Ireland) Limited
Speedflex enables every participant to train at their own preferred intensity, offering a completely personalised ...
Company profiles
Company profile: GLL
GLL
Our purpose is to improve the physical, mental and social wellbeing of local communities. As ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Featured press releases
Precor UK press release: Precor launches new functional strength training line powered by BeaverFit
Precor, trusted fitness solution provider to more than 14,000 global facilities, has selected BeaverFit, the world’s largest supplier of fitness equipment to U.S. and NATO militaries, to design and manufacture their new functional training line.
Featured press releases
The Health & Fitness Institute press release: THFI Launches Wellness Coaching Qualification Aimed at NHS Relief and Economic Boost
Recent data from UK Active has revealed that a shocking 25% of the UK’s population is classed as ‘inactive,’ averaging less than 30 minutes of exercise a week.
Directory
Spa software
SpaBooker: Spa software
Cryotherapy
Art of Cryo: Cryotherapy
Snowroom
TechnoAlpin SpA: Snowroom
Salt therapy products
Himalayan Source: Salt therapy products
Lockers
Crown Sports Lockers: Lockers
Flooring
Total Vibration Solutions / TVS Sports Surfaces: Flooring
Property & Tenders
Loughton, IG10
Knight Frank
Property & Tenders
Grantham, Leicestershire
Belvoir Castle
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
11-14 Apr 2024
Exhibition Centre , Cologne, Germany
Diary dates
22-24 Apr 2024
Galgorm Resort, York,
Diary dates
30 May - 02 Jun 2024
Rimini Exhibition Center, Rimini, Italy
Diary dates
08-08 Jun 2024
Worldwide, Various,
Diary dates
11-13 Jun 2024
Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore, Singapore
Diary dates
12-13 Jun 2024
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
22-25 Oct 2024
Messe Stuttgart, Germany
Diary dates
04-07 Nov 2024
In person, St Andrews, United Kingdom
Diary dates
Search news, features & products:
Find a supplier:
BLK BOX
BLK BOX
Partner sites