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The Academy Health Club Harrogate gets makeover

Te Academy Health Club in Harrogate is embarking on a comprehensive gym refur- bishment expected to cost £500,000. Te refit will feature Technogym’s pre-

mium Artis line of equipment, including the new Omnia functional training solution for small group training. Work on the gym refurbishment started on 15 August and the gym will reopen on 1 September. “We are proud to be the oldest, most

established and most experienced club in Harrogate. We have a constant commit- ment to offer members the best experience from start to finish, whatever their choice of activity,” said club MD Philippa Shackleton. Details:

Nuffield eyes further gym buyouts

Nuffield Health’s recent acquisition of nine Virgin Active health clubs is likely to be followed by several more in future – with a par- ticular focus on London – as the healthcare organisation seeks to expand its footprint, according to deputy chief executive KP Doyle. Speaking

to Lei sure

Opportunities, Doyle said the Virgin acquisitions are a continuation of the organisa- tion’s push towards extended care pathways, particularly as five of the sites are within five miles of existing Nuffield hospitals. Doyle, who stood down as Nuffield Health’s

KP Doyle: We’re constantly talking to other operators about gyms

CFO in December, only to return two months later in his new capacity, said the organisa- tion is constantly talking to other operators about health club opportunities. Te deal with Virgin Active – of which financial details have not been disclosed – came about as a result of the club overlap caused by Virgin Active’s 2011 takeover of Esporta, he added. “We’re always in discussions with other operators about portfolio opportunities – l

Te researchers are spotlighting obesity issues

12,000 cancers each year due to high BMI, says study

Around 12,000 cases of cancer each year are caused by people being overweight or obese, according to a new study recently published in Te Lancet medical journal. Te scientists hope the research – the

largest of its kind – will inspire politicians, medical experts and health providers to take action against the obesity epidemic. Looking at data provided by GP records

on 5.24 million individuals over the age of 16, researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Farr Institute of Health Informatics were able to define which people were over- weight using a method to calculate BMIs. Tey were then able to detect that out of

22 of the most common cancers, 17 of the illnesses had the problem of excess weight associated with them. Te findings showed the strongest links came in the cancer of the womb, with excess weight being respon- sible for 41 per cent of cases. Elsewhere, being overweight was found to be respon- sible for 10 per cent or more in cases of gall bladder, kidney, liver and colon cancer. Details:

4 Virgin to launch ‘tech-savvy’ London clubs

Virgin Active has unveiled plans to launch two new ‘technology-focused’ clubs in London during the early part of 2015. According to the gym chain, the new

clubs – in Merchant Square, Paddington and the Walbrook Building, Cannon Street – will be its first fully ‘connected’ health clubs in the UK, with digital technology “built into every step of a member’s jour- ney, from arrival, to the gym floor.” Te clubs will see the latest gym equip-

ment link up with fitness apps and devices, enabling members to accurately track and measure all aspects of their exercise routine. Following on from the recent sale of

Te Richard Branson-founded chain is turning to tech

nine Virgin Active clubs to Nuffield Health (see story above) the newly announced sites are part of Virgin Active’s three year, £100m investment programme, partly intended to meet members’ growing demand for the lat- est technological innovation in clubs. Te gym chain cites research that says 48

per cent of 20-24 year olds (and 51 per cent of 25-34 year olds) feel having the most up to date technology is important or essential for their gym experience, suggesting the new clubs are intended to attract younger clientele.

Read Leisure Opportunities online: As part of the technology offering, HD inter-

active screens will allow members to book classes, view which personal trainers are on the club floor and provide virtual workout advice. Te company is also working towards a contactless solution which will see members receive an interactive wrist band and will do away with the need for membership cards and locker keys. Te two new clubs will be kitted out with Technogym equipment, which will offer members a number of web-based features. Details:

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think everyone in the industry is looking to reshuffle the decks in their favour – and this deal helps us to continue our strategy towards establishing a national network of fitness and wellbeing facilities,” commented Doyle. “In future we’ ll certainly be look-

ing at more deals similar to this one, particularly in markets where we’re under- represented like London, where we would like to boost overall integrated wellness offer- ings, with more diagnostic facilities as well.” Details:

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