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Talking point: How can clubs get the most out of virtual?

HCM’s Steph Eaves gets tips from our panel of experts

Published in Health Club Management 2018 issue 9

It took years for virtual to be accepted by the market, however, things have reached a tipping point recently as operators have been adopting it in earnest, in a bid to get an edge over the competition and reduce costs.

As with all new things, implementation brings expected and unexpected benefits, such as the power to experiment with new classes without financial risk and a straightforward way to connect to the fast-growing home fitness market.

However, there’s a balance to be stuck between virtual and live classes, to ensure it works for the benefit of all, as our experts explain.

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Everyone’s on their smartphones, so we saw this as a massive opportunity to gamify group fitness
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John Foley

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Music is a hugely important part of our business and, in many ways, we’re a music discovery platform
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Christopher Ruddock, INCUS

I quickly got hooked on how data could improve people’s enjoyment of sport, and having demonstrated a basic prototype, I entered a competition to go to America to develop the concept as a business

Tesqua upgrades its in-club experience

Tesqua Health and Sports Centre, Netherlands, has partnered with FunXtion, experts in digital fitness, to create an immersive, instructor-driven, group exercise boutique concept within its existing facility
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Krissy Cela

I’ve never tried to cover up my imperfections, I’ve been as authentic as I can be throughout my influencer journey
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Jean-Michel Fournier

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Artificial intelligence

When you hear the words ‘artificial intelligence’, do you think of talking computers and helpful androids? Think again. We find out how AI can be used in fitness

Sight & sound

The audio visual aspect of your club is one of the biggest factors in keeping members motivated and engaged with your offering. So how can you optimise this? We asked four of the top audio visual suppliers in the industry for their tips
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Paul Juris

Director of sports science, Brooklyn Boulders
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Rachael Blumberg

Platefit: creator and founder
People know yoga, Pilates, HIIT and Barry’s Bootcamp, but many don’t know vibration training and it’s my intention, passion and purpose to make it available and bring it to the world
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Featured supplier: Gympass partners with Wexer to launch on-demand workouts for operators
Gympass has launched Gympass Plus - including an on-demand platform powered by Wexer - for its 2,200+ operator partners. The platform comprises more than 500 workouts from 18 content providers including Zumba and Gaiam.
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Finally, the time has come: fitness and health facilities around the globe are gradually resuming operations.
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Move is the fitness marketplace connecting our partners with customers through the largest variety of ...
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Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore
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01-04 Oct 2020
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Talking point: How can clubs get the most out of virtual?

HCM’s Steph Eaves gets tips from our panel of experts

Published in Health Club Management 2018 issue 9

It took years for virtual to be accepted by the market, however, things have reached a tipping point recently as operators have been adopting it in earnest, in a bid to get an edge over the competition and reduce costs.

As with all new things, implementation brings expected and unexpected benefits, such as the power to experiment with new classes without financial risk and a straightforward way to connect to the fast-growing home fitness market.

However, there’s a balance to be stuck between virtual and live classes, to ensure it works for the benefit of all, as our experts explain.

More features

Pivot to digital

The coronavirus pandemic has inspired a huge pivot to digital right across the industry, from sole traders to large chains and trusts. Kath Hudson looks at some of the offerings pulled together in lightning fast time to keep members active and sane

Soft power

With the coronavirus pandemic forcing gyms across the world to temporarily close their doors, staying connected to your members digitally has never been more important. Software suppliers tell Steph Eaves how they’re contributing

Wattbike partner on world-first group cycling software

Wattbike has partnered with Intelligent Cycling to transform indoor cycling with innovative new technology that enables automatic personalisation for riders in a group cycling class

PureGym scales up Funxtion’s digital integration

With the spread of COVID-19 forcing more people into isolation, PureGym worked with FunXtion to rapidly include a digital on-demand workout offering to support members at home

Class action

Jean-Michel Fournier, CEO of digital fitness outfit Les Mills on Demand, envisions the future of group fitness tech

Get smart

A new, smart exercise mask will analyse breath for a wide range of performance-related indicators, as Tom Walker explains
interview

Changing the game

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Toni Knowlson, Amazon Web Services

We see this technology as an enabler in ensuring sporting organisations remain relevant
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We give data reports showing the most popular instructors, so they can get credit for driving users

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