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
Floors 4 Gyms / TVS Sports Surfaces
Floors 4 Gyms / TVS Sports Surfaces
Floors 4 Gyms / TVS Sports Surfaces
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
Health Club Management

Health Club Management

News

Doctors fight to keep gyms open so they can exercise

The iconic Midtown Athletic Club in Chicago is among the city's fitness facilities which have been able to keep their doors open to members – despite lockdown-style restrictions – after convincing the city's mayor that gyms are safe.

The sector undertook an orchestrated lobbying effort through the Illinois Fitness Association (IFA), uniting fitness operators in the city and its surrounding regions.

Operators also secured the support of the Chicago Medical Society (CMS) – a body representing more than 17,000 physicians and licensed healthcare professionals across the region – which sent a letter to the city's Mayor, Lori Lightfoot and Governor of Illinois JB Pritzker, urging them to keep health clubs and fitness centres open for additional time each day, to enable those working in the medical sector to have time to exercise.

"Our physicians and licensed healthcare professionals would not enter an environment that they felt was unsafe and we feel that it is critical to allow them the opportunity to get back into a regular fitness routine, offering innumerable benefits to both their physical and mental health, especially as we enter the winter months," reads the letter.

"Data demonstrates that health clubs are safe environments, which is important because prioritising health and fitness is more essential than ever.

"We believe that the responsibility is equally shared between the facility and its members to ensure a safe environment."

Midtown's Athletic Club's president, Jon Brady, said the decision by the mayor to allow fitness facilities to operate longer hours was a victory for the sector.

"This is a huge win for our industry," Brady said.

"Despite increased restrictions (stay at home advisory) being imposed across Chicago and Cook county, Mayor Lightfoot has specifically excluded health and fitness.

"We are vital and we have the support of the CMS backing us up. We ARE part of the solution. We ARE safe. We ARE essential."

Richard Earney, national programme director at Midtown, added: "Letters like the one sent by the CMS make a difference and give the industry hope for a brighter future.

"Illinois Fitness Association (IFA) was formed during quarantine and rallied the Illinois industry together, putting standards in place, speaking as one voice, to the right people.

"Our Industry has a positive impact on people’s physical and mental health."

Rising levels of COVID-19 levels in the state mean further restrictions may be imposed at some point, but for now, gyms are able to operate and also welcome health care professionals through their doors.

• To read an interview with Steven Schwartz, CEO of Midton Athletic Club,click here for Issue 8 of HCM.

Sign up here to get HCM's weekly ezine and every issue of HCM magazine free on digital.
The iconic Midtown Athletic Club in Chicago is among the city's fitness facilities which have been able to keep their doors open to members – despite lockdown-style restrictions – after convincing the city's mayor that gyms are safe.
HAF,FIT,IND,PTS
2020/THUMB346623_450732_520427.jpg
Latest News
The Budget announcement has left the UK's physical activity sector with "unanswered questions" and vowing ...
Latest News
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled an additional £700m funding boost for sports and culture, as ...
Latest News
The merger of two tech firms will result in the creation of a business software ...
Latest News
3d Leisure has put the current lockdown to good use, by stepping in to help ...
Latest News
Gyms and leisure centres in Scotland are set to open on 26 April, provided that ...
Latest News
Hundreds of gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres have been forced to close and thousands ...
Latest News
People placing increased emphasis on their physical fitness, the advances made in digital fitness and ...
Latest News
A new guide looks to offer local level practitioners and commissioners – as well as ...
HCM Magazine
HCM People
There was no such thing as a babywearing workout when we started Carifit and in truth, there is no one doing what we are doing, even to this day
HCM Magazine
Promotion
Gympass has been busy innovating and forging powerful partnerships. We find out more
HCM Magazine
Research
New research into Type 2 diabetes and COVID-19 is establishing the risks across different age groups, enabling policymakers to design interventions more effectively
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
Technogym’s Live and On-Demand solution is transformational for its clients
HCM Magazine
Promotion
Creating spaces where exercisers feel both safe and inspired to return to the gym is vital, says James Anderson
HCM Magazine
Editor's letter
In addition to championing the health benefits of activity, the sector must now start to emphasise its power to drive the economy if we are to gain the policy support we need
HCM Magazine
COVID-19
The health and fitness sector knows the vital role it plays in boosting immunity in the face of COVID-19. Now there’s another opportunity to be an essential service: helping people recover from the virus. Kate Cracknell reports
HCM Magazine
HCM magazine
Craig Blain outlines the challenges and opportunities facing operators who are aiming to appeal to a diverse membership
HCM magazine
We’re actively looking at growth opportunities and feel confident we can parachute the Your Space brand into a new club or local authority contract and make a success of it
HCM magazine
The aggregator market is developing, diversifying and changing in response to market demand. We talk to suppliers and operators about their collaborations
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Forget the ‘Netflix effect’ – it’s all about the ‘iFit effect’ to boost member retention
Addiction – a word laden with negativity. But isn’t that exactly what the fitness industry wants? For members to be addicted (in a healthy way) to exercise – not just to increase profits but, most importantly, so they can live happier, healthier and longer lives.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: How Gympass reinvented wellbeing
Over the last year, fitness and wellness organisations have faced challenges like never before. When gyms closed and members needed alternative support to keep up their health and wellbeing routines, Gympass swiftly pivoted its business model to offer a wealth of digital solutions for its partners.
Company profiles
Company profile: Indigofitness Ltd
We Create Training Spaces! We've been designing and delivering high quality training spaces for almost ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Myzone Group Ltd
At Myzone we reward Effort to solve the pervasive problem of ‘diminishing motivation within exercisers’ ...
Supplier Showcases
Supplier showcase - Egym: Game changer
Supplier Showcases
Supplier showcase - Venueserve Fitness
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Wearable technology solutions
MyZone: Wearable technology solutions
Trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: Trade associations
Flooring
REGUPOL/Berleburger Schaumstoffwerk (BSW): Flooring
Uniforms
Service Sport: Uniforms
Skincare
Sothys: Skincare
Red Light Therapy
 Red Light Rising: Red Light Therapy
Member feedback software
AskNicely: Member feedback software
Management software
fibodo Limited: Management software
Spa software
SpaBooker: Spa software
Lockers/interior design
Safe Space Lockers Ltd: Lockers/interior design
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
03-04 Mar 2021
NEC, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Diary dates
03-06 Jun 2021
Expo Centre & Riviera di Rimini, Italy
Diary dates
12 Jun 2021
Worldwide, Various,
Diary dates
13-14 Jun 2021
Online,
Diary dates
16-17 Jun 2021
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
18-19 Sep 2021
Locations worldwide,
Diary dates
21-24 Sep 2021
Messe Stuttgart, Germany
Diary dates
01-07 Dec 2022
tbc, Dunedin, New Zealand
Diary dates

News

Doctors fight to keep gyms open so they can exercise

The iconic Midtown Athletic Club in Chicago is among the city's fitness facilities which have been able to keep their doors open to members – despite lockdown-style restrictions – after convincing the city's mayor that gyms are safe.

The sector undertook an orchestrated lobbying effort through the Illinois Fitness Association (IFA), uniting fitness operators in the city and its surrounding regions.

Operators also secured the support of the Chicago Medical Society (CMS) – a body representing more than 17,000 physicians and licensed healthcare professionals across the region – which sent a letter to the city's Mayor, Lori Lightfoot and Governor of Illinois JB Pritzker, urging them to keep health clubs and fitness centres open for additional time each day, to enable those working in the medical sector to have time to exercise.

"Our physicians and licensed healthcare professionals would not enter an environment that they felt was unsafe and we feel that it is critical to allow them the opportunity to get back into a regular fitness routine, offering innumerable benefits to both their physical and mental health, especially as we enter the winter months," reads the letter.

"Data demonstrates that health clubs are safe environments, which is important because prioritising health and fitness is more essential than ever.

"We believe that the responsibility is equally shared between the facility and its members to ensure a safe environment."

Midtown's Athletic Club's president, Jon Brady, said the decision by the mayor to allow fitness facilities to operate longer hours was a victory for the sector.

"This is a huge win for our industry," Brady said.

"Despite increased restrictions (stay at home advisory) being imposed across Chicago and Cook county, Mayor Lightfoot has specifically excluded health and fitness.

"We are vital and we have the support of the CMS backing us up. We ARE part of the solution. We ARE safe. We ARE essential."

Richard Earney, national programme director at Midtown, added: "Letters like the one sent by the CMS make a difference and give the industry hope for a brighter future.

"Illinois Fitness Association (IFA) was formed during quarantine and rallied the Illinois industry together, putting standards in place, speaking as one voice, to the right people.

"Our Industry has a positive impact on people’s physical and mental health."

Rising levels of COVID-19 levels in the state mean further restrictions may be imposed at some point, but for now, gyms are able to operate and also welcome health care professionals through their doors.

• To read an interview with Steven Schwartz, CEO of Midton Athletic Club,click here for Issue 8 of HCM.

Sign up here to get HCM's weekly ezine and every issue of HCM magazine free on digital.
The iconic Midtown Athletic Club in Chicago is among the city's fitness facilities which have been able to keep their doors open to members – despite lockdown-style restrictions – after convincing the city's mayor that gyms are safe.
HAF,FIT,IND,PTS
2020/THUMB346623_450732_520427.jpg

News

The Budget announcement has left the UK's physical activity sector with "unanswered questions" and vowing
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled an additional £700m funding boost for sports and culture, as
The merger of two tech firms will result in the creation of a business software
3d Leisure has put the current lockdown to good use, by stepping in to help
Gyms and leisure centres in Scotland are set to open on 26 April, provided that
Hundreds of gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres have been forced to close and thousands
fibodo Limited
fibodo Limited
Over the last year, fitness and wellness organisations have faced challenges like never before. When
People placing increased emphasis on their physical fitness, the advances made in digital fitness and
A new guide looks to offer local level practitioners and commissioners – as well as
What are the effects on public health of gyms and leisure centres being shut during
Mobile data and analytics provider App Annie has released its State Of Mobile 2021 report,
The world's largest fitness trade fair, FIBO, has been rescheduled to November. The event will
PM, Boris Johnson, has confirmed that gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres in England will
Gympass
Gympass
Member engagement software provider The Retention People (TRP) has unveiled the winners of its annual
The re-opening of gyms in Wales has been pushed back by the country's First Minister
The physical and mental health of women in the UK has been put under unprecedented
Excess body fat and obesity are likely to have contributed to more deaths in England
The financial performance of health club operator SATS in the last quarter of 2020 was
FIBO has announced that its Chinese event next month will be held as a hybrid
Placing gyms and leisure centres at the front of the queue for reopening would be
Miha Bodytec GmbH
Miha Bodytec GmbH
Precor has launched a mobile app to accompany its popular networked fitness solution, Preva, which
Data published today (17 February) shows that for every 100,000 visits to UK gyms and
People aged 40 living with Type 2 diabetes face a "disproportionately increased risk of dying
Safe Space Lockers
Safe Space Lockers
1 - 20 of 11,801
HCM Magazine
HCM People
There was no such thing as a babywearing workout when we started Carifit and in truth, there is no one doing what we are doing, even to this day
HCM Magazine
Promotion
Gympass has been busy innovating and forging powerful partnerships. We find out more
HCM Magazine
Research
New research into Type 2 diabetes and COVID-19 is establishing the risks across different age groups, enabling policymakers to design interventions more effectively
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
Technogym’s Live and On-Demand solution is transformational for its clients
HCM Magazine
Promotion
Creating spaces where exercisers feel both safe and inspired to return to the gym is vital, says James Anderson
HCM Magazine
Editor's letter
In addition to championing the health benefits of activity, the sector must now start to emphasise its power to drive the economy if we are to gain the policy support we need
HCM Magazine
COVID-19
The health and fitness sector knows the vital role it plays in boosting immunity in the face of COVID-19. Now there’s another opportunity to be an essential service: helping people recover from the virus. Kate Cracknell reports
HCM Magazine
HCM magazine
Craig Blain outlines the challenges and opportunities facing operators who are aiming to appeal to a diverse membership
HCM magazine
We’re actively looking at growth opportunities and feel confident we can parachute the Your Space brand into a new club or local authority contract and make a success of it
HCM magazine
The aggregator market is developing, diversifying and changing in response to market demand. We talk to suppliers and operators about their collaborations
HCM magazine
HCM People

Dame Sarah Storey

Active Travel Commissioner, Sheffield City Region
Connected and continuous infrastructure ensure journeys via active modes no longer have to suffer the usual delay and inconvenience
HCM magazine
The vision is a global brand with over 1,000 stores
HCM magazine
Get your group fitness offering back on track faster in the face of ongoing restrictions, courtesy of Myzone’s tier-transcending digital experience
HCM magazine
Before the first lockdown we’d just kicked off an international research project, so we absolutely see Gymbox going global
HCM magazine
Although extensions to the UK government’s rent moratorium have continued so far, when the end comes, it will represent a cliff edge. Unless agreements can be struck with landlords, or the government intervenes, some operators could be liable for a year or more of back rent, which could be catastrophic, as Kath Hudson reports
HCM magazine
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Forget the ‘Netflix effect’ – it’s all about the ‘iFit effect’ to boost member retention
Addiction – a word laden with negativity. But isn’t that exactly what the fitness industry wants? For members to be addicted (in a healthy way) to exercise – not just to increase profits but, most importantly, so they can live happier, healthier and longer lives.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: How Gympass reinvented wellbeing
Over the last year, fitness and wellness organisations have faced challenges like never before. When gyms closed and members needed alternative support to keep up their health and wellbeing routines, Gympass swiftly pivoted its business model to offer a wealth of digital solutions for its partners.
Company profiles
Company profile: Indigofitness Ltd
We Create Training Spaces! We've been designing and delivering high quality training spaces for almost ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Myzone Group Ltd
At Myzone we reward Effort to solve the pervasive problem of ‘diminishing motivation within exercisers’ ...
Supplier Showcases
Supplier showcase - Egym: Game changer
Supplier Showcases
Supplier showcase - Venueserve Fitness
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Wearable technology solutions
MyZone: Wearable technology solutions
Trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: Trade associations
Flooring
REGUPOL/Berleburger Schaumstoffwerk (BSW): Flooring
Uniforms
Service Sport: Uniforms
Skincare
Sothys: Skincare
Red Light Therapy
 Red Light Rising: Red Light Therapy
Member feedback software
AskNicely: Member feedback software
Management software
fibodo Limited: Management software
Spa software
SpaBooker: Spa software
Lockers/interior design
Safe Space Lockers Ltd: Lockers/interior design
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
03-04 Mar 2021
NEC, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Diary dates
03-06 Jun 2021
Expo Centre & Riviera di Rimini, Italy
Diary dates
12 Jun 2021
Worldwide, Various,
Diary dates
13-14 Jun 2021
Online,
Diary dates
16-17 Jun 2021
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
18-19 Sep 2021
Locations worldwide,
Diary dates
21-24 Sep 2021
Messe Stuttgart, Germany
Diary dates
01-07 Dec 2022
tbc, Dunedin, New Zealand
Diary dates
Search news, features & products:
Find a supplier:
Floors 4 Gyms / TVS Sports Surfaces
Floors 4 Gyms / TVS Sports Surfaces