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24 New UK Gyms to Open in January

To get a sense of how the UK health club market is expanding in January, London-based consulting firm LeisureDB broke down the details in an infographic. 

Click the image to view LeisureDB's blog post.


Browns Continue to Play and Educate in 50 Sports in 50 Weeks

Jacqui Brown, foreground, and Ben spent a lot of time on the ice when playing ice hockey in Russia. (Photo courtesy 40 Sports in 50 Weeks)If, as the saying goes, variety is the spice of life, then the Browns will have an entire kitchen pantry full of different sports experiences when their 50 Sports in 50 Weeks adventures ends.

The past six weeks is a microcosm of that for sure.

Beginning with wheelchair rugby on Nov. 24, the Browns - Paul and Jacqui and their son, Ben - then learned, participated and taught boxing, floorball, cross country skiing, ice hockey and dog sled musings. Their travels saw them spend two weeks in each of England, Finland and Russia.

In the endeavor’s blog, Paul wrote the following about their first ice hockey experience

“Here we were, a week ago have never tried the game and now we were playing along-side several of the game’s greats and most passionate enthusiasts…what a great way to get off the couch.” He mentioned that Gold’s Gym in Russia helped put together the sessions.

The Browns are putting on 50 Sports in 50 Weeks, a globe-trotting adventure that will take them from their home in Australia to Siberia, the United States, Europe, back to Australia, and many, many destinations in between. At each spot they will learn the intricacies and fundamentals from a well-known athlete in the sport, often in an iconic spot or stadium. In some cases they will watch a championship event, taking in the sport as a spectator.

IHRSA will chronicle the adventure monthly - the second Monday of the month - to show where the Browns have been and how each week went, but also to bring to light their mission.

Check out all of the 50 Sports in 50 Weeks blog entries.

The 50 Sports homepage, with blog entries, photos, schedule and more can be found at