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in brief... swiss fi tness goes airside
Airport Fitness Studio, the fi rst ever 20,000 visitors at the airport, as well as
michelle obama: let’s move health club to be built within a fl ight being open to the local community.
First Lady Michelle Obama terminal in Switzerland, opened in The 2,000sq m fi tness and spa
announced the launch of ‘Let’s Move’ Zurich airport in December. centre features a split-level fi tness suite
at the White House last month. Owners Thermalbad Zurzach AG equipped with the latest Life Fitness
With the goal of solving childhood wanted to build a fi tness facility to cardio and strength equipment, plus
obesity within a generation, the accommodate the 24,000 workers and a full schedule of group exercise. The
campaign will encourage more gym has been laid out based around
physical activity for kids, as well as the Life Fitness Journey, with zones –
pushing for healthier food in schools differentiated by colour – including the
and clearer food labelling. Circuit Series Space, Hammer Strength
“It wasn’t that long ago that I Space, Core Space and Personal Training
was a working mom, struggling to Space for one-to-one sessions. The
balance meetings and deadlines with centre also offers an extensive spa/
soccer and ballet,” Obama said. wellness area – including hammam,
“There were some nights when steamroom, ice room, a range of saunas
everyone was tired and hungry, and relaxation rooms – and a restaurant.
and we just went to the drive-thru Members are welcomed into the
because it was quick and cheap. The 2,000sq m centre features a centre by a life-size replica of an
“One day, my paediatrician pulled full-size replica aeroplane cockpit aeroplane cockpit, measuring 6 x 4m.
me aside and told me: ‘You might
want to think about doing things a
little bit differently.’ That was a wake-
international fi tness week
up call that I was the one in charge,
even if it didn’t always feel that way.” Fitness First clubs around the
Organisations behind the world hosted special events during
initiative include The Food and International Fitness Week (1–7 Feb),
Drug Administration, the American a campaign that encouraged people to
Academy of Pediatrics, the National ‘fi nd what works for you’ and get active.
Football League and media brands Each day of the week was themed. On
Disney, NBC and Viacom. the Monday, for example – which had
a ‘health’ theme – clubs in Hong Kong
espinners for virgin active offered free body MOTs. France held a
Virgin Active sites in Italy, Spain and weight loss and health seminar on the
Portugal are investing in Star Trac’s Tuesday: ‘shape’ day. In the UK, on ‘career
eSpinner® to cater for the growing fi t’ day (Thursday), emergency service
demand for Spinning® at the clubs. workouts tested people’s fi tness levels
The bikes take the experience of against those of the police/fi re service.
Spinning onto the gym fl oor, with And on the Friday – ‘business day’ – clubs
a 15” screen offering instructor- in the Philippines held postural analysis Former Spice Girl Melanie Brown
led workouts. A total of 32 bikes workshops for sedentary offi ce workers. gives her support to the initiative
will now be installed in 16 clubs
across Italy, with four bikes going to
Virgin Active Zaragoza in Spain and dir to venture into lower-budget clubs
another four being installed in Virgin
Active Gaia, Portugal. Barcelona-based operator DiR is set lower-budget clubs will cost €25–28
to launch a new venture in smaller, a month, with the fi rst sites due to
lama awards for holohan lower-budget clubs. open in September/October this year
Dublin-based Holohan Architects The privately-owned chain has a and a predicted three to four openings
won two awards at last month’s strong presence in Barcelona’s health planned in total for 2010. As with the
Zurich LAMA Awards ceremony. and fi tness market, with 14 gyms and higher-end DiR clubs, all lower-budget
The €16.6m NUI Galway Sports a pilates studio already operational in facilities will be located in Barcelona.
Centre won ‘Best Sporting Facility the city and a further two sites under The clubs will measure 1,200–
– Not Publicly Funded’ while the construction and due to open this year. 1,500sq m and offer a gym with CV and
€7.5m Aura Youghal Leisure Centre Founder and CEO Ramon Canela resistance equipment, group cycling and
won ‘Best Recreational Facility’. now wants to expand the chain’s one studio for group exercise. Towels,
The national awards look at how offering “to offer different options shower gel and shampoo/conditioner
projects enhance local communities. to clients”. Membership at the new will also be included in the price.
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