World Indoor Climbing Summit

Yesterday David attended the World Indoor Climbing Summit in Sofia, Bulgaria. Held at the impressive Sofia Tech Park, the event aims to gather members of the climbing community from all over the world.

David was invited to discuss the UK Fitness market and how the climbing industry can learn from it. He joined a panel with Ivaylo Penchev (Walltopia), Doug Miller (Sales Makers) and Per-Anders Dagborn (Sports Club Vallentuna).

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July: Gym Owner Monthly

Pure Gym and GLL have strengthened their positions as the UK’s leading private and public operators (by number of gyms and members). Pure Gym have become the first operator to reach 200 clubs and impressively passed the 1 million member mark earlier this year. GLL, with 194 gyms, are also likely to break the 200 milestone in the next year.

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The 2017 State of the UK Fitness Industry Report reveals that the UK health and fitness industry is continuing to grow. This growth is being primarily driven from the private sector, which has more clubs, more members and a greater market value than ever before.

There are now over 9.7 million fitness members in the UK which has boosted the penetration rate to an all-time high of 14.9%. 1 in every 7 people in the UK is a member of a gym.

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Goodbye waif. Hello weights.


Our stats were recently published in an article called 'Goodbye waif. Hello weights' by Sally Williams in The Times Magazine. The article features a number of female fitness role models and discusses the belief that "strong is the new skinny". See how we were quoted below:

  • "One in seven people in the UK is a member of a gym, according to a May 2016 Leisure Database Company report, a rise of 5.3 per cent on the previous 12 months". 

  • "You have bloggers, on-demand channels, trackers, wearables, apps, and many of them are now picking up on the fact that, for women, strong is good" says David Minton, director of the Leisure Database Company. "It's just in the new vocabulary". 

See original article via this link

Purchase and download our 2016 State of the UK Fitness Industry report here


The Best January Gym Deals

#HealthyJanuary is well under way, so what better way to stick with your health and fitness New Year resolution than picking out the best gym deals available. We researched what deals both public and private operators are offering and posted them below:


A 3 day pass for Pure Gym would normally cost you £12.99 but as part of the January deals, they are offering it for free using their promotional code ‘WELCOME’. The offer is valid only on open Pure Gyms and the use of the code expires 31/01/16. 

The Gym Group is offering to both members and non-members (after signing up) three free one to one training sessions but note that it applies only to sites that were open or opened during 2015. 


DW Sports Fitness are proposing you join their #FitnessEvolution and become a member for just £5. If this doesn’t suit you, you can always get 2 months free if you buy a 14 month membership up front, and you won’t be charged a joining fee either.

Virgin Active and Nuffield Health have both stated that if you buy into their membership in January, they will pay for the remainder of the month but remember that terms and conditions always apply.

Blue Monday, or more commonly called Monday 18th January 2016, is apparently the most depressing day of the year according to…the internet. Rather than getting down and out about it, jump on Fitness First’s Red Monday, they’re aiming to turn people’s frowns upside down by offering free entry to non-members at their clubs across the UK. They’ve even partnered with the fitness expert Joe Wicks, or ‘The Body Coach’ as he’s known, to offer free HIIT sessions throughout Red Monday.

If you are a member of The Times, David Lloyd have released an exclusive offer of a 14-day free trial at their clubs across the UK. It’ll allow you to use the gyms, exercise classes and squash and tennis courts in their clubs. You can start your trial at Énergie Fitness Clubs, like David Lloyd, are offering the same two week free deal for their gyms but have partnered with the Daily Star and the Daily Express. 


Better has no joining fee until Jan 31st and it could save you up to £35! The offer is valid from 1st January until 29th February 2016 meaning you have no excuse but to keep fit throughout Jan and into Feb! 

Everyone Active are offering an impressive deal – to join their centres from £1 and the offer is open between December 27th 2015 and 31st January 2016. However, please note that the offer states “from £1” and the cost will vary dependent on which participating leisure centre you’re looking to join. If you have children and they are enrolled in swimming lessons at Everyone Active, some leisure centres also offer an extra 25% off your pay monthly activity membership – get all of the family active! 

1Life are inviting non-members to sign up and pay a joining fee of only £1 and unlimited access to their facilities. The offer will end 31/01/16. Additionally, you can register for a free 1Life Card which includes a free 3 day trial, free activity passes and discounts from their partner brands.

If you’re a regular swimmer Places for People Leisure have the perfect deal for you! They are offering two free swims after you’ve been ten times. 

Fusion Lifestyle are giving out two day free passes from 1st January to 29th February and must be used within that time period. This offer is only valid to new customers.  

With all this information you can now keep fit for a good price!

2015 State of the UK Fitness Industry Report Published Yesterday

The 2015 State of the UK Fitness Industry Report reveals that the UK health and fitness industry is in good health, it has more clubs, more members and a greater market value than ever before. 1 in every 8 people in the UK are members of a gym, an all-time penetration rate high of 13.7%. 

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