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  1. Research shows operators could profit from online retail arm

    Research commissioned by e-commerce fitness specialist Gym-Partners shows that 43% of gym members would be ‘likely’ or ‘very likely’ to purchase fitness products from their gym, if it had a well-stocked online store.

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    The You Gov research, which polled 1500 gym members, also found that:

    • 53% of members spend money on fitness clothing every month with 12% spending over £25 and 5% spending over £50
    • 29% spend up to £50 a month on supplements
    • 18% spend monthly on equipment

    Gym-Partners works with leisure operators, fitness companies and industry influencers to provide a turn-key, online retail solution, which monetises

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  2. Better Gym Stratford opens

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    Better Gym Stratford, located in the heart of East Village in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, just a stone’s throw from Westfields Shopping Centre and Stratford International Station, has now opened and provides the local community with a no contract, low cost offering.

    Leisure design and build specialist Createability transformed the area above the local Sainsbury’s into a 10,000 sq ft health club showcasing 130 Techn

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  3. Speedflex reveal fat loss results

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    Speedflex, the unique, HIIT circuit based training concept has recently revealed new data demonstrating the effectiveness of Speedflex training for fat loss, gaining lean muscle and improved health and wellbeing.

    Collecting the pre and post health assessment data of 200 customers who had completed at least two Speedflex sessions per week over a six to eight week period from across five Speedflex centres in the UK, the study saw significant improvements in body fat percentage, visceral fat levels and muscle mass. The main findings include a substantial percentage increase of muscle mass in 76% of participants, a decrease in body fat percentage in 96% of those analysed and an improvement in visceral fat area in 97% of those who took part.

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  4. 20% of Britons are fatter than they think

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    Conducting a UK wide survey in collaboration with YouGov, Predator Nutrition discovered the state of British fitness is looking bleak.

    42% of Brits would describe themselves as fairly overweight or very overweight, however, a House of Commons briefing paper on UK obesity puts the average at 61.5%. This means there’s an unaccounted for ‘fat gap’ of almost 20%. Lifestyles are also looking lacklustre as 48% of participants admitted to doing no cardio whatsoever in an average, and 69% saying they don't do any strength training either. Only 22% of Brits are doing more than 60 minutes of cardio exercise week.

    On the nutrition side of things, survey results demonstrated that just 11% of participants eat between 29 and 35 portions of fru

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  5. Active IQ launch quality course marker

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    Active IQ, the UK’s leading specialist awarding organisation in the active leisure, learning and wellbeing sector, is helping to drive quality within the industry as well as support the needs of learners through the introduction of its Professional Recognition service.

    The service delivers enhanced quality status for non regulated training programmes and can be applied to courses of any length, delivery method and context, as long as they meet Active IQ’s quality guidelines. By using the Active IQ Professional Recognition kitemark, organisations can benefit from increased customer appeal and authentication through the Active IQ brand.

    Since Professional Recognition was launched, a growing number of providers have signed up to the servi

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  6. Cancer Research UK team up with bounts

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    An innovative new partnership between Cancer Research UK and bounts, the app that rewards exercise, is set to inspire people to take up exercise and help them achieve their fundraising goals at the same time.

    The CRUK Active app, which launched in the App Store last month, will encourage current exercisers to go beyond an annual Race for Life event or charity cycle, to maintain their fundraising efforts and physical activity throughout the year. The app incentivises users with reward points which can be redeemed for cash vouchers from big named brands and high street retailers. It will also motivate inactive individuals to take up a challenge or Cancer Research UK sporting event. Participation levels are found to be 30% higher in people using a fitness

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  7. Technogym scheme encourages community activity

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    Technogym, the world’s leading wellness and fitness company, have announced that its global ‘Let’s Move for a Better World’ challenge will take place for the third year running. From the 1st to the 19th March 2016, gym members in fitness facilities all over the world will challenge each other and join forces to donate their movement in support of promoting wellness and healthy lifestyles in their local community and beyond.

    Participants’ MOVEs – Technogym’s unit for measuring movement – will be logged through Technogym’s mywellness cloud, the industry’s first cloud based open platform. The top three most active fitness facilities in each participating country – those which accumulate the

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  8. EMDP take home big win

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    The Exercise, Movement and Dance Partnership (EMDP), the national governing body for dance fitness, was named winner of the ‘Sport England Community Partnership of the Year’ award at this year’s Balfour Beatty London Youth Games Hall of Fame and Awards Evening.

    The annual awards ceremony took place on Thursday 8th October at the Underglobe on London’s Southbank and celebrated the contribution made by volunteers, coaches, participants, officials and partner organisations.

    As winner of the Community Partnership of the Year, EMDP was recognised for their great work introducing the London Youth Games Dance Competi

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  9. Research reveals more than 3 million individuals eat takeaway meals twice a week

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    With news that takeaway joints are reaching their highest levels in over two decades, the team at MotivatePT has created an infographic designed to highlight the areas of the UK worst affected by the fast food fandom.

    Due to the current high obesity rates in the UK, this news is closely linked to the known risks of type 2 diabetes, with much being blamed on the need to get food as quickly and conveniently as possible. In the past 18 years, the volume of establishments per 10,000 has soared to 3.8, as well as a 45% increase in the number of takeaway restaurants in the same time period.

    The infographic illustrates cities such Edinburgh, Bury and Leicester, explaining the amount of fast food outlets and giving stark statistics fro

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  10. Kicking Cancer into Submission: new charity campaign exclusively for PTs

    Capitalising on the growing interest in Boxercise as a form of personal fitness, research charity Ovarian Cancer Action has launched a new fundraising campaign, Box 2 Beat Cancer, specifically for the Fitness industry.

    The campaign, which is endorsed by Apprentice finalist and award winning personal trainer - Katie Bulmer-Cooke, will see Personal Trainers and Boxercise instructors invited to become a Box 2 Beat Cancer Event Organiser and plan an event in their local area.

    The events, which are officially endorsed by partners Boxercise, will see participants partake in a gruelling 3 hour class by their Boxercise instructor, to raise much needed funds for Ovarian Cancer Action’s life-saving scientific research.

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