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
Active IQ
Active IQ
Active IQ
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

Health clubs reopen in England as report shows 40,000 COVID-19 deaths could have been prevented in the UK with greater health equality

Health clubs, leisure centres and studios in England have opened today (12 April) for the first time during 2021.

Some opened their doors to exercisers at midnight, celebrating the return of customers and members.

It's the first time English health clubs have allowed to receive customers in 114 days and the third post-lockdown reopening since the pandemic began, following those in July and December 2020.

Liz Terry, editor of HCM said: "The very best of luck to everyone reopening today – it's a momentous day for the sector and a day for excitement, joy and celebration, coupled with a laser focus on excellent operating practices to keep everyone safe.

"Industry research carried out by ukactive – which has been validated by the government – proves gyms are regulated, COVID-secure environments and so our members can be confident that going to the gym will not only ensure they improve their fitness, health and resilience but also that they're safer from the virus than they are almost anywhere else.

"The work of the sector has never been more important, as demonstrated by the new longevity report, Levelling up Health, which was published last week and shows the pandemic has exposed huge health inequalities in society in the UK, with 90 per cent of those who've died with COVID-19 having significant prior poor health.

"Shockingly, the report shows there would have been 40,000 fewer deaths in the UK to date if the national COVID mortality rate had been as low as the least deprived places in the UK and the health and fitness sector must do everything it can to help address these devastating health inequalities."

Huw Edwards, CEO of ukactive, said: “The reopening of gyms, pools and leisure facilities is vital for our nation’s physical and mental recovery after such a challenging year.

“These places play such an important role in our nation’s social fabric and in supporting the NHS, providing an essential service for millions of people, across every community.

“The fitness and leisure sector has proven safety measures in place so people can feel safe and confident as they enjoy their favourite activities again.

"Our members can’t wait to welcome visitors back and to see the smiles returning to faces after a great workout or swim.”

While health clubs are allowed to reopen in England, group exercise will not be permitted until 17 May. The decision has been described as "defying logic" and as one that "isn't based on science", according to leading operators.

To read more on the industry's views on this delay – including contributions from Glenn Earlam, David Lloyd CEO, Ed Sanbury, CEO of Blok and Ben Beevers, group development director at Everyone Active – click here for HCM Issue 3 2021.

In Wales, fitness operators and leisure centres will have to wait for another four weeks until they can reopen, due to the Welsh government's decision to delay the lifting of restrictions until 3 May.

The Welsh government's approach to physical activity facilities has caused anger and dismay among both the public and operators.

On 10 April, around 300 people gathered to protest in capital city Cardiff, calling for gyms to be able to reopen sooner.

Operators have also vowed to press on with a legal challenge to get health clubs to open sooner.

Gyms in Scotland are due to re-open on 26 April, while there has been no announcement when they'll be back in Northern Ireland – although 26 April has been mooted as a possible date.

Meanwhile, in England, a number of fitness operators have launched marketing campaigns to celebrate reopening – and to highlight that facilities are open to the public.

These include boutique operator Gymbox, which has introduced London's "first rickshaw service for gym-goers" – designed to carry exercisers' "exhausted bodies home" after their first intense workout in a proper gym for months.

PureGym, meanwhile, has announced it will open 10 brand new health clubs this week, alongside its existing 230 sites.

The 10 new clubs will be launched at various stages during "reopening week".

Click here to read how Philip Mills, executive director of Les Mills, thinks how consumers can't wait to get back to the gym, with digital acting as a funnel for new members

Sign up here to get HCM's weekly ezine and every issue of HCM magazine free on digital.
Related news

Gym members more confident to return after second lockdown

04 Dec 2020
Gym and health club members in England have flocked back to fitness facilities in droves ...

Members flock to gyms at midnight as the industry reopens

02 Dec 2020
Gyms, health clubs, leisure centres and fitness studios in England are back in business today ...
Latest News
Fully vaccinated people in the US no longer need to wear a face mask whether ...
Latest News
Anytime Fitness UK has revealed that April was its busiest month for new memberships since ...
Latest News
HCM understands that Fitness International, which operates more than 700 health clubs under the LA ...
Latest News
A court has given Virgin Active the green light to erase the rent arrears it ...
Latest News
The Swimming Teachers' Association (STA) has partnered with a psychologist to provide new mindfulness and ...
Latest News
A report commissioned by Parkrun has estimated that allowing mass-participation outdoor events carries an "exceptionally ...
Latest News
Jan Spaticchia, founder and chair of énergie Fitness has died aged 51 following a short ...
Latest News
A new pioneering approach looks to help cancer patients prepare for and respond to treatment ...
HCM Magazine
IHRSA
China’s fitness market is becoming more and more attractive to investors both home and abroad
HCM Magazine
Research
Lack of exercise is a major cause of death from COVID-19, according to new research, with only advanced age and organ transplant leading to greater risk
HCM Magazine
HCM People
We’re going after health club and spa management contracts for hotels and independent gyms and also planning to launch a You Fit franchise
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
More than 30,000 Hussle users have been turned into direct members in the last 18 months. Find out how Hussle can help your business bounce back
HCM Magazine
Town planning
Over time, town planning has led to the creation of obesogenic environments, but Hamilton in New Zealand is taking a fresh approach to mobilising its population, by turning the city into a playground, as Kath Hudson reports
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
We talk to Dave Wright, CEO of Myzone, about the world’s first interchangeable heart rate monitor that provides real-time feedback – and the impact of COVID-19
HCM Magazine
Write to reply
"Prescribing exercise will always be preferential to prescribing painkillers, given the risks associated with their long-term use"
HCM Magazine
HCM magazine
Prescribe exercise, not painkillers, to chronic pain sufferers, says the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, as Tom Walker reports
HCM magazine
Fitness, wellness and recovery are driving new investments in the hotel and resorts market, with Kerzner the latest to enter this space, as Megan Whitby reports
HCM magazine
As we adapt to a new way of living, software developers have been supporting the fitness sector with new systems and strategies. We asked operators and developers to share successes
Opinion
promotion
The UK’s first dedicated leisure development framework has completed its first four-year term with £144m committed investment in public leisure projects.
Opinion: UK’s first leisure framework celebrates £144m investment in public leisure
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Integrated workout solutions will underpin gyms' recovery, says Les Mills’ Martin Franklin
The UK has spent most of the year in lockdown but finally, clubs are beginning to see their fitness communities open back up, with indoor group exercise not far behind.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Cryotherapy specialists, L&R Kältetechnik, launch new artofcryo.com division
L&R Kältetechnik has launched a new division, named artofcryo.com, after 30 years’ experience with -110 °C electrical solutions.
Company profiles
Company profile: Quoox
With more than 200 integrated features, Quoox is confident there is a solution for every ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Life Fitness
The Life Fitness family of brands offers an unrivalled product portfolio, providing customers with access ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Skincare
Sothys: Skincare
Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Kemitron GmbH: Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Fitness equipment
Octane Fitness: Fitness equipment
Salt therapy products
Saltability: Salt therapy products
Whole body cryotherapy
Art of Cryo: Whole body cryotherapy
Architects/designers
Zynk Design Consultants: Architects/designers
Exercise equipment
Pendex Fisio S.L.: Exercise equipment
Management software
fibodo Limited: Management software
Independent service & maintenance
Servicesport UK Limited: Independent service & maintenance
Trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: Trade associations
Property & Tenders
Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire
Carmarthenshire County Council
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
07-09 Jun 2021
Virtual summit,
Diary dates
12 Jun 2021
Worldwide, Various,
Diary dates
13-14 Jun 2021
Online,
Diary dates
01-04 Jul 2021
Expo Centre & Riviera di Rimini, Italy
Diary dates
18-19 Sep 2021
Locations worldwide,
Diary dates
21-24 Sep 2021
Messe Stuttgart, Germany
Diary dates
28-29 Sep 2021
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
04-07 Nov 2021
Exhibition Centre , Cologne, Germany
Diary dates
01-07 Dec 2022
tbc, Dunedin, New Zealand
Diary dates

News

Health clubs reopen in England as report shows 40,000 COVID-19 deaths could have been prevented in the UK with greater health equality

Health clubs, leisure centres and studios in England have opened today (12 April) for the first time during 2021.

Some opened their doors to exercisers at midnight, celebrating the return of customers and members.

It's the first time English health clubs have allowed to receive customers in 114 days and the third post-lockdown reopening since the pandemic began, following those in July and December 2020.

Liz Terry, editor of HCM said: "The very best of luck to everyone reopening today – it's a momentous day for the sector and a day for excitement, joy and celebration, coupled with a laser focus on excellent operating practices to keep everyone safe.

"Industry research carried out by ukactive – which has been validated by the government – proves gyms are regulated, COVID-secure environments and so our members can be confident that going to the gym will not only ensure they improve their fitness, health and resilience but also that they're safer from the virus than they are almost anywhere else.

"The work of the sector has never been more important, as demonstrated by the new longevity report, Levelling up Health, which was published last week and shows the pandemic has exposed huge health inequalities in society in the UK, with 90 per cent of those who've died with COVID-19 having significant prior poor health.

"Shockingly, the report shows there would have been 40,000 fewer deaths in the UK to date if the national COVID mortality rate had been as low as the least deprived places in the UK and the health and fitness sector must do everything it can to help address these devastating health inequalities."

Huw Edwards, CEO of ukactive, said: “The reopening of gyms, pools and leisure facilities is vital for our nation’s physical and mental recovery after such a challenging year.

“These places play such an important role in our nation’s social fabric and in supporting the NHS, providing an essential service for millions of people, across every community.

“The fitness and leisure sector has proven safety measures in place so people can feel safe and confident as they enjoy their favourite activities again.

"Our members can’t wait to welcome visitors back and to see the smiles returning to faces after a great workout or swim.”

While health clubs are allowed to reopen in England, group exercise will not be permitted until 17 May. The decision has been described as "defying logic" and as one that "isn't based on science", according to leading operators.

To read more on the industry's views on this delay – including contributions from Glenn Earlam, David Lloyd CEO, Ed Sanbury, CEO of Blok and Ben Beevers, group development director at Everyone Active – click here for HCM Issue 3 2021.

In Wales, fitness operators and leisure centres will have to wait for another four weeks until they can reopen, due to the Welsh government's decision to delay the lifting of restrictions until 3 May.

The Welsh government's approach to physical activity facilities has caused anger and dismay among both the public and operators.

On 10 April, around 300 people gathered to protest in capital city Cardiff, calling for gyms to be able to reopen sooner.

Operators have also vowed to press on with a legal challenge to get health clubs to open sooner.

Gyms in Scotland are due to re-open on 26 April, while there has been no announcement when they'll be back in Northern Ireland – although 26 April has been mooted as a possible date.

Meanwhile, in England, a number of fitness operators have launched marketing campaigns to celebrate reopening – and to highlight that facilities are open to the public.

These include boutique operator Gymbox, which has introduced London's "first rickshaw service for gym-goers" – designed to carry exercisers' "exhausted bodies home" after their first intense workout in a proper gym for months.

PureGym, meanwhile, has announced it will open 10 brand new health clubs this week, alongside its existing 230 sites.

The 10 new clubs will be launched at various stages during "reopening week".

Click here to read how Philip Mills, executive director of Les Mills, thinks how consumers can't wait to get back to the gym, with digital acting as a funnel for new members

Sign up here to get HCM's weekly ezine and every issue of HCM magazine free on digital.
Related news

Gym members more confident to return after second lockdown

04 Dec 2020
Gym and health club members in England have flocked back to fitness facilities in droves ...

Members flock to gyms at midnight as the industry reopens

02 Dec 2020
Gyms, health clubs, leisure centres and fitness studios in England are back in business today ...

News

Fully vaccinated people in the US no longer need to wear a face mask whether
Anytime Fitness UK has revealed that April was its busiest month for new memberships since
HCM understands that Fitness International, which operates more than 700 health clubs under the LA
A court has given Virgin Active the green light to erase the rent arrears it
The Swimming Teachers' Association (STA) has partnered with a psychologist to provide new mindfulness and
A report commissioned by Parkrun has estimated that allowing mass-participation outdoor events carries an "exceptionally
FIBO Exhibition
FIBO Exhibition
fibodo believes that providers who meet consumers needs of service, flexibility, richness of content and
Jan Spaticchia, founder and chair of énergie Fitness has died aged 51 following a short
A new pioneering approach looks to help cancer patients prepare for and respond to treatment
Peloton is recalling all of its Tread and Tread+ machines in the US, after striking
Health club operator Bannatyne is repositioning itself as a wellness provider, as it looks to
Health clubs and leisure centres in Northern Ireland reopened their doors on Friday 30 April,
It's time to refocus on the changing needs of older adults, according to a new
fibodo Limited
fibodo Limited
The UK has spent most of the year in lockdown but finally, clubs are beginning
In breaking news, HCM understands that David Lloyd Leisure's Glenn Earlam will move from his
Sport England has reported a drop of 710,000 in the number of people classed as
Independent gyms in the UK have fared better during the pandemic than larger corporate operators
Actor Mark Wahlberg has officially joined Power Plate as an investor in parent company, Performance
Fitness and health are priority areas of expenditure for consumers in six key nations around
Taking antihistamines prior to exercise can prevent the body from getting the full benefit of
FreeMotion Fitness
FreeMotion Fitness
The industry is eagerly awaiting the reopening of health clubs and leisure centres in another
Sport England has teamed up with Youth Sport Trust to develop a new online resource
Rowbots, the boutique fitness brand co-founded by star footballer Gareth Bale, has revealed plans to
Safe Space Lockers
Safe Space Lockers
1 - 20 of 11,885
HCM Magazine
IHRSA
China’s fitness market is becoming more and more attractive to investors both home and abroad
HCM Magazine
Research
Lack of exercise is a major cause of death from COVID-19, according to new research, with only advanced age and organ transplant leading to greater risk
HCM Magazine
HCM People
We’re going after health club and spa management contracts for hotels and independent gyms and also planning to launch a You Fit franchise
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
More than 30,000 Hussle users have been turned into direct members in the last 18 months. Find out how Hussle can help your business bounce back
HCM Magazine
Town planning
Over time, town planning has led to the creation of obesogenic environments, but Hamilton in New Zealand is taking a fresh approach to mobilising its population, by turning the city into a playground, as Kath Hudson reports
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
We talk to Dave Wright, CEO of Myzone, about the world’s first interchangeable heart rate monitor that provides real-time feedback – and the impact of COVID-19
HCM Magazine
Write to reply
"Prescribing exercise will always be preferential to prescribing painkillers, given the risks associated with their long-term use"
HCM Magazine
HCM magazine
Prescribe exercise, not painkillers, to chronic pain sufferers, says the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, as Tom Walker reports
HCM magazine
Fitness, wellness and recovery are driving new investments in the hotel and resorts market, with Kerzner the latest to enter this space, as Megan Whitby reports
HCM magazine
As we adapt to a new way of living, software developers have been supporting the fitness sector with new systems and strategies. We asked operators and developers to share successes
HCM magazine
Switzerland’s no frills chain, NonStop Gym, has appointed Funxtion to create its member training app, as CEO Ernst De Neef explains
HCM magazine
When women train on half-truths and crap science it’s painfully limiting
HCM magazine
Groundbreaking research from around the world is proving the many ways exercise can support health and creating opportunities for the sector to be more valued and useful
HCM magazine
Our strategy is to position ourselves as a wellness provider. We have all the elements needed – gyms, physiotherapy, F&B and spas
HCM magazine
HCM People

Helena Field

Wellbeing by Rangeford Villages
The idea was to weave a wellness culture into the fabric of village life by incorporating movement, rest and relaxation, nutrition, connectedness, purpose and environment
HCM magazine
The health and fitness industry felt as though it wasn’t invited to its own party when news of the government’s Fit Miles programme broke. But what does it actually mean and is it good or bad news for the sector? Kath Hudson investigates
HCM magazine
Opinion
promotion
The UK’s first dedicated leisure development framework has completed its first four-year term with £144m committed investment in public leisure projects.
Opinion: UK’s first leisure framework celebrates £144m investment in public leisure
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Integrated workout solutions will underpin gyms' recovery, says Les Mills’ Martin Franklin
The UK has spent most of the year in lockdown but finally, clubs are beginning to see their fitness communities open back up, with indoor group exercise not far behind.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Cryotherapy specialists, L&R Kältetechnik, launch new artofcryo.com division
L&R Kältetechnik has launched a new division, named artofcryo.com, after 30 years’ experience with -110 °C electrical solutions.
Company profiles
Company profile: Quoox
With more than 200 integrated features, Quoox is confident there is a solution for every ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Life Fitness
The Life Fitness family of brands offers an unrivalled product portfolio, providing customers with access ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Skincare
Sothys: Skincare
Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Kemitron GmbH: Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Fitness equipment
Octane Fitness: Fitness equipment
Salt therapy products
Saltability: Salt therapy products
Whole body cryotherapy
Art of Cryo: Whole body cryotherapy
Architects/designers
Zynk Design Consultants: Architects/designers
Exercise equipment
Pendex Fisio S.L.: Exercise equipment
Management software
fibodo Limited: Management software
Independent service & maintenance
Servicesport UK Limited: Independent service & maintenance
Trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: Trade associations
Property & Tenders
Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire
Carmarthenshire County Council
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
07-09 Jun 2021
Virtual summit,
Diary dates
12 Jun 2021
Worldwide, Various,
Diary dates
13-14 Jun 2021
Online,
Diary dates
01-04 Jul 2021
Expo Centre & Riviera di Rimini, Italy
Diary dates
18-19 Sep 2021
Locations worldwide,
Diary dates
21-24 Sep 2021
Messe Stuttgart, Germany
Diary dates
28-29 Sep 2021
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
04-07 Nov 2021
Exhibition Centre , Cologne, Germany
Diary dates
01-07 Dec 2022
tbc, Dunedin, New Zealand
Diary dates
Search news, features & products:
Find a supplier:
Active IQ
Active IQ