This is no Jane Fonda workout
Fri, March 28, 2014 at 14:53
IHRSA in David Lloyd Leisure, David Patchell-Adams, GoodLife, Henry Polessky, Octane Fitness, This Week in the Fitness Industry

If you have listened to a commercial or pop music stations lately, you then have certainly realized that electronic dance music (EDM) is hotter than Miley Cyrus and Rhianna combined. Also known as trance or rave music, producers (that is what they are known as) like Deadmau5, Skrillex, Avicii and Zedd are household names for those in the know.

A former nightclub dancer in the UK has taken this music’s popularity and created Clubbercise, a workout that includes the music, a dark room and lasers – just like you would see at an EDM show.

And there is a charity aspect – money from the classes will be donated to Oxfam.

Clubbercise is expected to be rolled out in a couple chains in May. 

The 2010s aerobics? (Health Club Management)


‘Patch,’ GoodLife going strong

Anyone associated, even slightly, with the health and fitness industry has heard of David Patchell-Adams. The lanky, shaggy-haired founder GoodLife Fitness, known at “Patch” by new and old friends alike, is heavily involved in the industry and shows no sign of stopping, or as many would think as he turns 60, selling the company.

“I have no intention of selling out. Why? I can’t think of anything I’d rather do than this,” he said in a Toronto Globe and Mail story.  “Sixty, if you’re fit, is the new 25.” 

The story goes into great detail of how he fell into the industry (rehabbing after  a motorcycle injury in the 1970s), how it became one of the biggest fitness chains in the world, and what he has planned for the future.

The Canadian company is one of the most popular nationwide – up there with Tim Hortons – with revenue upwards of $500 million annually.

Everything you wanted to know about GoodLife Fitness (Globe and Mail)


Health center opens in grocery store

A YMCA in upstate New York has taken the fitness industry to a level it hasn’t been seen, in this country at least – opening a satellite location in a grocery center.

The Capital District YMCA in Albany, N.Y., opened the doors to the Healthy Living Center in Hannaford Supermarket in October and its popularity is skyrocketing.

But, health and fitness centers that aren’t in the typical bricks and mortar structures aren’t out of the norm – Companhia Athletica in Brazil has the majority of its clubs in malls, Celebrity Fitness has many clubs in upscale high-rise buildings, and a couple years ago a fitness chain opened truck stop locations, to name a few.

Get twice as healthy in one spot (Albany Biz Journal)


Quick briefs

David Lloyd Leisure is looking to purchase 20% stake in Talwalkars, a UK fitness chain.

David Lloyd Leisure purchase? (The Economic Times)

Minnesota Business Magazine named Octane Fitness to its 100 Best Companies to Work For list for the third straight year.

Octane a great place to work (Broadway World)

Henry Polessky, honored, posthumously, was awarded the Fitness Industry Council of Canada’s inaugural Canadian Leadership Award.

Canadian Leadership Award (Fitness Industry Council of Canada)




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