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Entries in Spain (9)


New Report Examines Spanish Health Club Market

Published in September 2016 by Management Around Sports, in conjunction with the University of Alcalá de Madrid, The Market Report on Spanish Health Clubs is the most comprehensive survey and overview of the Spanish health club market available anywhere.

Sponsored by Precor, the new report contains information and analysis on the total number of health clubs in Spain, membership structures, pricing information, facility size, amenities offered, health club consumer demographics, and much more. English language translation and graphic design was funded by IHRSA.

According to the comprehensive report:  

  • Spain is home to some 4,350 health clubs, with an average size of 3,859 square meters.
  • On average, each club has 3,037 members with an average age of 36.5 years old.
  • Spanish health club members are slightly more likely to be female (50.6%) than male (49.4%). 

The full, 91-page report is available as a PDF download for $69.95 (IHRSA members) or $139.95 (non-members). Purchase The Market Report on Spanish Health Clubs. Questions? Please contact


UFIT Spain Launches at IHRSA European Congress

The UFIT Conference and Launch of UFIT Spain took place at the IHRSA European Congress in Seville, Spain today.

Universal Fitness Innovation & Transformation (UFIT) is a global social change movement, led by the UNESCO Chair in the Institute of Technology Tralee, Ireland, aiming to increase fitness opportunities for all, in particular people with disabilities.

Catherine Carty, manager of the UNESCO Chair in Inclusive Fitness, Sport, PE and Recreation, opened the conference by providing an overview of the UFIT program. Dr. Javier Pérez Tejero (CEDI), the lead of UFIT Spain, underlined the significance of this revolutionary initiative and its development and brought potential future Spanish taskforce members with him that are eager to roll out the UFIT programme in Spain. The official UFIT “SIVA” song and an inspiring message from its producer, Pati Umaga, concluded the welcoming address, and later inspired dancing of the attendees.

The conference included two keynotes. The first by Colin Milner who addressed the “The Aging Opportunity” and the second by Scott Goudeseune who discussed “Why [we should] do UFIT?” The two panel discussions, involving leading global experts, got to the crux of UFIT. Some of the topics explored: the needs, the benefits, the barriers and the opportunities of inclusivizing fitness and of implementing UFIT.  

The first panel, ‘Just do UFIT’ was chaired by IHRSA Executive Vice President of Global Products Jay Ablondi and included Scott Goudeseune (ACE, USA), Dr. Javier Pérez Tejero (CEDI, Spain) and Kilian Fisher (IHRSA, International) who shared their experiences and vision. On the second panel, Fred Hoffman led Mariusz Damentko (Special Olympics Eurasia), Lauren R. Darensbourg (President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, USA) and Graham Melstrand (USREPS/ CREPS, USA & Canada) on an exploration of ‘the Business Case.'  

One of the many key messages was made by Lauren R. Darensbourg stating, ”UFIT enables fitness professionals to open up their eyes to diverse group populations.” Gerard Masdeu Yélamos (UFIT Global Coordinator) then presented the global UFIT experience. In the closing address by Catherine Carty highlighted “the momentum and willingness to drive inclusion across the fitness industry is evident and energizing.” Dr. Javier Pérez Tejero then officially launched UFIT Spain and brought the conference to a great end uniting the Spanish taskforce with each other and also taskforce members of other countries.


Spanish chain Fitness19 opens first Portugal location

José Luis GaytánFitness19, a Spanish fitness franchiser of high-volume/low-priced gyms, has opened its first location in neighboring Portugal, kicking off the expansion plans it initiated at the end of 2013.

Located in Vila Nova de Gaia, Oporto, the 21,500- square-foot club features functional training zones, boxing and free weight areas, and a range of half-hour fitness classes.

Fitness19 is opening in Portugal at an opportune moment, as inflation and tax increases have made it difficult for many residents to afford the average club membership fee of $45 a month. At approximately $32 a month, the new Fitness19 club offers an affordable, accessible, and high-quality option for those who value an active lifestyle.

José Luis Gaytán, the operations and expansion director of Fitness19, con- tends that focusing on the fitness activities and services that people use and value - as opposed to extras such as cafés and spas - maximizes both member satisfaction and franchise profitability. 


Technogym presents at European Congress

Technogym had a presentation on its My Wellness Cloud at the 13th Annual European Congress in Madrid, Spain.

For more photos from the four-day event, go to the IHRSA Flickr page at

To follow what is happening at European Congress, check out the IHRSA blog, Facebook page and #ihrsamadrid and @IHRSA on Twitter for more throughout the event.


36 nations represented at European Congress

As in past years, the 13th Annual IHRSA European Congress will have an international feel. 

After the pre-registration has closed - there will be onsite registration - the count stands at more than 500 attendees representing 36 countries. Spain, the host country, leads the way with 138 registered participants; Russia (87) and France (55) round out the top three.

The event opens tomorrow, Oct. 17, and runs through Oct. 20 at Melia Castilla in Madrid.



  • Argentina - 2
  • Australia - 2
  • Austria - 12
  • Belarus - 1
  • Belgium  - 6
  • Canada - 1
  • Denmark - 9
  • Estonia - 4
  • Finland - 18
  • France - 55
  • Germany - 8
  • Ireland - 7
  • Israel - 2
  • Italy - 32
  • Kazakhstan - 2
  • Kuwait - 2
  • Latvia - 1
  • Lithuania - 3
  • Martinique - 1
  • Morocco - 2
  • Netherlands - 5
  • Norway - 11
  • Poland - 3
  • Portugal - 24
  • Russia - 87
  • Saudi Arabia - 2
  • Serbia - 2
  • Slovenia - 1
  • Spain - 138
  • Sweden - 2
  • Switzerland - 10
  • Ukraine - 2
  • United Kingdom - 21
  • Uruguay - 4
  • Venezuela - 3
  • United States - 23


Attendees should certainly download the IHRSA App for scheduling, networking and more. Also, we ask that all attendees keep those who are not there up to date by posting on our Facebook page and Tweeting at #ihrsamadrid13 and @IHRSA. More information on the App, and our Facebook and Twitter pages, can be found here.

For more on the European Congress, go to


What to see in Madrid, other than European Congress

So, you are headed to Madrid for the 13th Annual IHRSA European Congress and you have some extra time on your hands. Of course we don't expect anyone to spend all of their time in Meliá Castilla, where the event will be held.

No need to Google, go to Trip Avisor or pull out your Fodor's "Spain." We at IHRSA have compiled areas in nine different categories you should consider visiting while in the capital of Spain.

Read on for the list of places to visit in Madrid.


European Congress is Oct. 17-20 in Madrid

IHRSA has chosen yet another spectacular locale to host the European Congress. And while Madrid, Spain, has so much to offer, really, it is all about what is inside the Meliã Castilla hotel.

The 13th Annual IHRSA European Congress will offer the normal IHRSA event highlights, like excellent general session speakers, thought-provoking educational sessions, discussing on trends in the industry, networking opportunities and tours of nearby clubs.

The event, which runs Oct. 17-20, 2013, is expected to attract around 400 from the industry.

For more, read on.


European Congress brochure is in the mail

Attention IHRSA clubs in Europe: it is that time of year.

Yes, the IHRSA European Congress is quickly approaching and it is time to start thinking of attending. Already, attendees from 20 different countries have registered.

The Congress brochure was mailed last week and clubs in Europe should have received it. 

The brochure outlines the event, in Madrid from Oct. 17-20, with highlights, speakers, educational sessions, accommodations, registration form and more.

For more information and to register, visit For those who have not received the brochure, e-mail


Ojmar in Spain is locking in customers

Commercial Director Aitor Elorza and Ramon OjmarIHRSA recently paid a visit to the Basque region of Spain to drop in on Ojmar.

The company is almost 100 years old and started out as a weapons manufacturer. It now provides complete solutions for fitness, leisure and swimming centers from traditional locks and keys to RIFD solutions (chip card, wristband). 

Ramon Gabikagogeaskoa, CEO/general manager, who is an American of Basque descent, began to develop the leisure market in 2001 in preparation for the change to the Euro. Ojmar now has customers in 50 countries, which has been driven by Commercial Director Aitor Elorza, and now represents over half of its turnover. 

The company, which has registered more than 50 patents, exports more than three-fourths of its production. Ojmar has an office in China, although all design, production and quality control is still performed in the Basque factory. In 2013 Ojmar plans to open an office in USA. 

Ojmar will be exhibiting at the IHRSA Trade Show in Las Vegas, and has been an ongoing sponsor of IHRSA European Congress.