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  83% of US gyms survived 2020, but revenues fell 58% and a million people lost their jobs
US fitness industry revenue dropped 58 per cent during 2020 – from the US$35bn all-time high recorded in 2019 to US$15bn. The figure comes from industry body, IHRSA, which estimates that the industry lost US$20.4bn in 2020, just one year after the sector generated its highest-ever revenues. The US has been .... more
  Fabletics joins the at-home fitness boom with the launch of its own workout app
US-based sportswear giant Fabletics has launched its own, branded fitness offer, as part of a strategy to develop a "360-degree health and wellness experience" for its customers. Fabletics FIT will feature on-demand workouts, meditations and more, designed to meet the growing demand for immersive, at-home fitness .... more
  Could paying people to exercise drive down obesity levels?
The UK government is exploring whether incentivising people financially to take part in physical activity could help drive down obesity levels. Sir Keith Mills, who founded the Air Miles and Nectar customer loyalty programmes, is advising the government on the feasibility of introducing a "cash for exercise" .... more
  Budget leaves fitness industry with unanswered questions, says Huw Edwards
The Budget announcement has left the UK's physical activity sector with "unanswered questions" and vowing to continue to fight for additional support, says Huw Edwards, CEO of ukactive. Edwards said the lack of targeted help would put the future of some fitness facilities and businesses "under threat". .... more
  Bjarke Ingels-designed Oakland baseball stadium a step closer
A proposed Major League Baseball (MLB) stadium in Oakland, US – designed by Danish architects Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) – is a step closer to reality following the publication of an environmental report by city authorities. The Oakland Ballpark Waterfront District Project will be anchored by a 35,000-capacity .... more
  Budget 2021: government earmarks £700m for sports and culture as part of recovery plans
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled an additional £700m funding boost for sports and culture, as part of plans to help the UK economy recover from the effects of the pandemic. Announcing his Budget today (3 March), setting out the government's tax and spending plans for the year ahead, Sunak said sport will .... more
  3d Leisure mobilises staff to deliver virtual school PE sessions
3d Leisure has put the current lockdown to good use, by stepping in to help schools with their PE provision. As its fitness instructors, aren't able to work at 3d Leisure-managed facilities, the operator has mobilised them to help keep kids physically active, by delivering virtual group exercise classes in .... more
  Longwood Gardens reveals plans for ambitious US$250m expansion
Longwood Gardens, a botanical visitor attraction near Philadelphia, US, has revealed plans for a US$250m redevelopment project. The historic site – one of the largest horticultural gardens in the US – will transform its visitor experience through the revitalisation of 17 acres of its core conservatory area. .... more
  Scottish gyms could open two weeks after English ones, no dates yet for Wales and Northern Ireland
Gyms and leisure centres in Scotland are set to open on 26 April, provided that the rate of coronavirus infections keeps falling across the country. Revealing the Scottish government's roadmap out of lockdown, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the reopening of gyms and sports facilities would be accompanied .... more
  400 gyms and leisure centres already lost, further 2,400 at risk without financial support
Hundreds of gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres have been forced to close and thousands more are at risk unless they receive urgent, tailored, financial and regulatory support from the government. The warning comes from industry body, ukactive, ahead of chancellor Rishi Sunak announcing his budget on .... more
  Public Health England publishes advice on tackling inequalities in physical activity
A new guide looks to offer local level practitioners and commissioners – as well as those working in physical activity – help identify and break down barriers preventing people from taking part in exercise. Called Understanding and addressing inequalities in physical activity, the document presents the .... more
  Gym closures – what have the implications been for public health?
What are the effects on public health of gyms and leisure centres being shut during lockdowns? Could more people be suffering worse symptoms – or even death – from COVID-19 due to physical activity facilities being out of bounds? As evidence mounts that being overweight or obese, and/or having low .... more
  Pandemic having 'massive impact' on US attractions – losses estimated at US$23bn
The pandemic cost the US visitor attractions an estimated US$23bn in economic losses during 2020, while the sector also suffered job losses five times larger than the average loss across all other US industries. The figures come from a report, called The Employment Impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. Attractions .... more
  71,000 new health and fitness apps launched in 2020, estimates App Annie report
Mobile data and analytics provider App Annie has released its State Of Mobile 2021 report, in which the company estimates that more than 71,000 new health and fitness apps were launched in 2020. App Annie reports that this figure was up 13 per cent on 2019, comprising 24,000 apps on iOS and 47,000 on Google Play. .... more
  FIBO 2021 makes one final move to November 2021. Normal service will resume in 2022
The world's largest fitness trade fair, FIBO, has been rescheduled to November. The event will take place at the Koelnmesse exhibition centre in Cologne, Germany, from 4-7 November, having initially been scheduled for 24-27 June. "We want to bring the fitness industry together for a much-needed exchange – but .... more
Jobs in this issue
Lifeguards
Winchester, UK
Everyone Active
Fitness Consultant
Pontefract, UK
Wakefield Council
Duty Manager
Wellington, UK
Everyone Active
Y Club Leisure Centre Manager
Manchester, UK
Y Club
Exercise Referral Instructor
Stroud, UK
Everyone Active
Active Communities Manager
Gainsborough, UK
Everyone Active
Active communities manager
Bedworth, UK
Everyone Active
Operations Manager
Sutton-in-Ashfield, UK
Everyone Active
General Manager
Sutton-in-Ashfield, UK
Everyone Active
Lifeguards
London, UK
Everyone Active
Duty Manager (Wet)
London, UK
Everyone Active
Sports Centre Manager
Northamptonshire, UK
Oundle School
Membership Experience Team Member
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, UK
Xercise4Less
Assistant Manager
Leeds, UK
Coach Gyms
Personal trainers
Aylesbury, UK
Everyone Active
Personal trainers
Buckingham, UK
Everyone Active
Personal trainers
Wickford, UK
Everyone Active
Personal trainers
Basildon, UK
Everyone Active
Personal trainers
Basildon, UK
Everyone Active
Personal trainers
Hemel Hempstead, UK
Everyone Active
Personal trainers
Berkhamsted, UK
Everyone Active
Personal trainers
Hertfordshire, UK
Everyone Active
Personal trainers
South Oxhey, Watford, Hertfordshire, UK
Everyone Active
Personal trainers
Hamble, UK
Everyone Active
Personal trainers
Bracknell, UK
Everyone Active
Personal trainers
Crawley, UK
Everyone Active
Personal trainers
Shouldham Street, London, UK
Everyone Active




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