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your health breda Dutch budget operator Your Health opened its latest club last month, in the town of Breda. Located in a residential area,


the 1,000sq m club is equipped by Precor and Suunto. It offers a CV and resistance training fi tness suite, personal training, group cycling classes – with further group exercise sessions due to launch shortly – changing/shower rooms and a bar. Open seven days a week, monthly


membership starts at €15.95, including all classes and showers. The target membership is 2,500. Owned by Regina Wilting and


Moenish Chedi, the chain has clubs in Almere, Amersfoort, Delft, Ede and Zwolle. It plans to grow to 15–20 sites over the next three years.


cyprus university site Precor has equipped a new facility at Cyprus International University (CIU), which opened late last year. The €12m new-build site is aimed


at CIU students, teenagers, staff and the general public. The 780sq m, 53- station gym includes CV and weights areas, two studios, an Olympic pool and a climbing wall. There are also squash, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, and sports fi elds.


‘yoga for single moms’ Actress Michelle Williams is reported to be launching a yoga centre for single mothers. The Brokeback Mountain star, who has a daughter by the late actor Heath Ledger, is one of the names behind The Yoga for Single Moms Project, which is launching a pilot programme in Boston, Massachusetts. The idea is that, if you can fi nd the time, the project does the rest, providing childcare while mum is in the yoga class – all for free.


vivafit singapore Women-only franchise Vivafi t is expanding into Singapore following the signing of a master franchise agreement last month. The fi rst site will open in April. Projections are for 100 clubs in Singapore by 2020, as well as expansion into Malaysia.


16 gyms as well as a sports rehab clinic


SportsFit Health Club, the UAE’s fi rst specialist fi tness facility with an on-site sports rehab clinic, opened its doors in December in the Arabian Centre, Mirdiff. Offering full medical support –


covering everything from sports injury rehabilitation and physiotherapy to


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osteopathic care and occupational therapy – SportsFit also has mixed and ladies-only gyms equipped by Precor, complemented by the Nike+ system. The PT division receives full medical


support from the clinic. Each trainer is qualifi ed to the highest standards and each individual exercise programme will be overseen by a medical professional. The club not only offers state of the


art facilities, but also very competitive pricing: opening rates are approximately half those of some of the UAE’s more established health clubs. SportsFit is owned by AC Sportsfi t,


dir opens clubs 18 and 19 SportsFit has mixed and ladies-only


Barcelona-based DiR opened its 18th and 19th clubs last month. The 3,000sq m Sant Cugat site,


acquired by DiR at the end of last year, previously operated as independent Club Seven. Offering a gym, group cycling studio, paddle court, swimming pool and spa area with saunas, steam room and solarium, forthcoming new facilities will include a beauty salon and a restaurant. DiR Tuset is an ultra-modern, top-


end, 4,000sq m club in the centre of Barcelona, with a medical centre, spa and restaurant among its extensive facilities. Both new clubs have been equipped


by Life Fitness and Technogym. Tuset’s medical centre is equipped by MedX.


DiR’s new clubs are equipped by Life Fitness and Technogym


specialist cycling venue for lille


French operator Domyos Club opened its latest site in Lille in November, its second in the city. The club, which was created in


just fi ve weeks, is located in what’s said to be the world’s largest cycling mall – see www.btwin-village.com for further information. The whole site is dedicated to cycling, with 3,000sq m of specialist retail stores, outdoor and indoor cycling tracks – including one to Olympic specifi cations – and the fi tness club, Btwin Fit.


Read Health Club Management online at healthclubmanagement.co.uk/digital The club measures 1,500sq m, with


one large group cycling studio (64 bikes), a fi tness studio and 500sq m of cardio and weight training equipment. The offering is similar to the


concept at the operator’s other sites, whereby monthly membership is complemented by a ‘pay by the hour’ option (5 an hour) which contributes signifi cantly to overall revenues. Domyos is owned by the Oxylane


Group, which also owns the Décathlon brand of retail outlets and sports kit.


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a joint venture between SportsFit FZ LLC and Lals Group LLC. The company intends to open further clubs across the UAE, creating affordable facilities for both fi tness and medical requirements.


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