Sun, SIBEC & surprised winners!

A great week at LeisureDB....

  • Nat attended the annual SIBEC Europe Conference in Tenerife last week. Alongside two days of fitness industry networking and meetings, she enjoyed 25 degrees of winter sun and the stunning Ritz Carlton hotel and it's 9 pools. YES, 9! The event was wrapped up with an amazing dinner at a banana plantation and a beach party!

Dinner at the banana plantation...

Dinner at the banana plantation...

Spinning with a view...

Spinning with a view...

View from the funicular down towards the beach...

View from the funicular down towards the beach...

The winners!

The winners!

  • On Saturday, David attended and presented at the annual Energie Evolution Conference where he discussed 'Innovation Impacting the Fitness Industry'. You can read a full write up regarding his talk, via this link.


  • Last night, the Metal Box Factory hosted the inaugural Christmas pub quiz. The evening was run by Moonpig/Photobox and raised money for XLP London, a charity working to create positive futures for young people. The fantastic event included a Christmas jumper competition, plenty of pizza and a very unlikely winner! We just went for a laugh but managed to scoop the winning prize!!

SIBEC UK - May 2016

SIBEC UK – May 2016

Article from David Minton, Director @ The Leisure Database Company

Innovative Companies Impacting the Fitness Industry

For the first time I’ve compiled a purely personal list of some of the most innovative companies who have already, or will shortly, impact on our industry. It’s not meant to be exhaustive, just fun and maybe a little thought provoking. I’ve given each sector a name and picked one company I admire this week.

Apps: Apple App Store, opened in 2008 and by 2015, 100 billion downloads had been recorded. Apple ignited the app revolution and the iOS ecosystem has created over 627,000 jobs. It is expected that the app economy will exceed $150 billion worldwide by 2020. Yes there really is an app for everything, or soon will be.

BioTech: EnteroMedics, developer of vBloc, a neurometabolic therapy for disrupting the signals between the brain and stomach could fight obesity faster than HIIT. We always thought the magic pill would come first but BioTech seems to have done it.

Data Science: Under Armour have invested heavily in UA Record and UA HealthBox to create your body’s dashboard.

Drones: love them or hate them, DJI is the largest seller of consumer drones which enables race organisers and individuals to track and record activity from the sky, GoPro in the air.

Energy: SolarCity, there’s justifiable obsession with Elon Musk (Tesla Motors and SpaceX) who wants to reduce your energy costs with solar panels and he aims to make mass adoption possible.

Enterprise Software: Slack, it’s free and it’s the creative home of our work lives, its real-time messaging for modern teams, simpler and more productive than email.

Finance: Blockchain, a permissionless distributed database that’s upending traditional banking and the finance world, is now moving into other sectors including health and fitness. One to watch!

Hollywood: Netflix, the first global TV network that’s coming to a screen near your CV equipment and on your phone.

Internet of Things: Cisco, estimate 15 billion items are already connected and by 2020 all fitness equipment (along with our fridges, cars, home, work and pets) will be connected to a sector worth $6.5 billion.

Kick Ass Kit: Sweaty Betty, created in 1998 and a British pioneer in activewear, go join the waiting lists for the free instore classes and outdoor runs.

Livestreaming: Twitter’s Periscope, has had a head start but bigger players from the online video space are moving into livestreaming so it could soon become a duopoly.

Music: Spotify, it found the beat with Running, predict with Taste Rewind, discover with Found Them First, and an amazing 71% of listeners add at least one track from Discover Weekly. Fan Insights gives artists demographic and geographic analysis. Been listening whilst exercising recently, they know. Like they know what the most popular music genre, track, artist is in your city, town or village right now.

New Media: Buzzfeed, for showing how content can go viral and teaching brands to create not sell.

Photos: Instagram, many fitness sites are neglecting this highly engaging and superior indexing platform, why? The LeisureDB Social Media Fitness Index Q1 2016 will show the top 20 private fitness brands collectively have under 50,000 followers. Must try harder!

Retail: Amazon Echo and Prime, I just spoke to the future and it delivered! FOC fitness CDs (and some wine and treats) within the hour* – how do they do that?*One hour delivery only in London at present. 

Social Media: Facebook, the only platform all sites are on, the top 20 private fitness brands have almost 1 million followers (Leisuredb Social Media Fitness Index Q1 2016 coming soon). In 2014 Facebook bought Moves, an app that keeps track of your daily exercise as part of its multi app strategy and now with move-o-scope you can map all your activity which looks pretty cool.

Smartphones: Apple introduced the iPhone early 2007 and late 2008 the first phone to use Android was released. In less than ten years the smartphone has changed human behaviour in ways that few things could. The do-it-all smartphone has elbowed aside MP3 players, CDs, hard drives, calculators, paper maps, diaries, Blackberry, Nokia, cameras to name but a few. At the same time the smartphone has revolutionised the way consumers work, play sleep and wake up.

Style: Everlane, radical transparency about costs, mark up, creative process and details of manufacturing factories with photos. The fitness industry could learn a lot from this openness and consumer engagement in the product.

Video: YouTube, Randi Zuckerberg (Mark’s sister) put this as her number one social media channel, so checkout our ’60 Second UK Fitness News’ each week by subscribing to the ‘Fitness Industry UK’ channel.

VR and AR: Oculus Rift, it’s almost two years to the month when Facebook announced it had purchased the virtual reality start up for around $2 billion. The first fitness applications were at IHRSA and FIBO.

A week at LeisureDB HQ

Article in The i Paper

Article in The i Paper

On Monday 16th we released our 2016 State of the UK Fitness Industry Report and we’re thrilled to say it’s been another year of success…the fitness industry is thriving! Thank you to everyone who’s mentioned or quoted us!

Last Thursday, David visited the Retention Convention in Birmingham and the line-up of speakers was pretty special. Dr Paul Bedford, or Guru Paul as he’s also known, discussed ‘Big Data, AI and its impact on Retention’. With the number of UK Fitness members exceeding 9 million for the first time ever, it’s vital we identify the best strategies for retention.

Tomorrow and Thursday takes Natalie to the Midlands for this year’s SIBEC UK event, another great opportunity to network within the fitness industry. Be sure to say hello!

Back at HQ, Charlotte and Abi are both working hard on LeisureDB’s next publications. Coming soon will be the 2016 State of the UK Swimming Industry Report and we can’t wait to let you know if the industry has changed. We’re also very excited to announce our brand new Social Media Fitness Index (Q1 2016). For the first time ever, we’ve ranked the top 20 private operators according to their best use of social media. Who will be number 1?