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004 Industry News
Cost still biggest barrier to physical activity, ﬁnds HAFOS 2014
Cost remains one of the most signiﬁcant barriers to physical activity, with cut-price deals the most eﬀective way to incentivise exercise among UK consumers, according to the latest Health and Fitness Omnibus Survey (HAFOS). More than a third (37 per cent) of UK consumers stated that a lowcost membership of £10-15 per month would entice them to join a gym, found HAFOS 2014 ‒ conducted by Leisure-net Solutions. Lower cost was also the strongest encouragement factor ‒ cited by 60 per cent of consumers ‒ and reducing fees would also persuade the same amount of respondents to try out their local leisure centre. The prominence of price in consumer concerns was a strong endorsement for the low cost gym sector, which continues to thrive. The survey of 1,304 people across England and Scotland found price to once again top the agenda for consumers. However, operators should instead focus on ensuring their members are able to make full use of facilities, according to researchers. While lower cost is always the most quoted encouragement factor, our detailed analysis continuously shows lowering pricing will not in itself make a diﬀerence, said Leisure-net Solutions director Mike Hill. Price is closely related to value for money and a gym membership only becomes expensive if it s not being used regularly. That tipping point when members feel they re not getting value for money is lower for budget gyms, so while people don t see cost as a barrier to being more active ‒ the main barriers remain work-related time pressures ‒ a large percentage do say lower costs would encourage them to join gyms/leisure centres.
Bannatyne ﬁnance director arrested ‒ accused of multi-million pound fraud
The Bannatyne Group s director of ﬁnance, Christopher Watson, has been arrested by Durham Police on suspicion of fraud. He sits on the company s main board. Durham Police have made a short statement, saying: We conﬁrm a 45-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a multi-million pound fraud on a Darlington-based business and the man has been bailed pending further inquiries. A spokesperson for Bannatyne said We have no comment to make except to say that it does not aﬀect the current operation of our successful business. Chair of Bannatyne, Duncan Bannatyne, has grown the business from small beginnings into a huge multi-site operator with businesses encompassing health and ﬁtness, hotels, spa and wellness and conference facilities. Bannatyne also opened Casa Bannatyne, an orphanage for HIV positive children in Romania in 2004, having seen ﬁrst-hand the desperate situation following the downfall of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. He s on record as saying the Bannatyne s Health Clubs business had a tough time during the recession and earlier this year it entered into a £92m sale and leaseback deal with M&G Investments on the ground leases of 39 of its 48 clubs.
East Lindsey to tackle obesity issues with new leisure trust
East Lindsey District Council (ELDC) has
set up a charitable trust to run leisure and cultural services within the district and to implement a health programme to tackle the area s growing obesity problem. Magna Vitae, described as a key strategic partner to the council, will operate facilities such as the Meridian Leisure Centre in Louth, Embassy Theatre in Skegness, and Horncastle Swimming Pool from January 2015. Also under its remit will be the area s cultural programme, which features the acclaimed SO Festival, Wolds Words, a boutique festival celebrating the written word, and the summer seaside illuminations. One of its main aims is to enhance the wellbeing of residents with a series of health improvement programmes. We have a vision to enable more people to be more physically and culturally active, the trust s objective is to provide and assist with the delivery of recreational facilities, particularly for those who have a need due to their age, inﬁrmity, disability, ﬁnancial or social circumstance, said a spokesperson. Over 30 per cent of adults and 22 per cent of children in East Lindsey are classiﬁed as obese ‒ well above the national average. The area, which covers most of the Lincolnshire coastline, and is the ﬁfth largest district in England, also has higher than average levels of poverty and disability, particularly in its seaside towns. ELDC currently runs several health initiatives aimed at getting constituents more active. Heelers is a gym-based programme for GP-referred residents at four of its leisure facilities. It also employs staﬀ known as Health Trainers who act in advisory roles for those who need to make lifestyle changes, while its Food for Life team delivers cookery courses and nutrition advice to show residents the beneﬁts of a healthier diet.
Young personal trainers lacking soft skills, say employers Physical activity employers are concerned by the lack of soft skills possessed by young personal trainers (PT) and believe these qualities require greater prominence within industry qualiﬁcations. That was one of the key ﬁndings from a new survey commissioned by Premier Training International (PTI) as the provider bids to highlight key areas of improvement for PT training, tuition and qualiﬁcations.
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Vivaﬁt continues its global growth Women-only ﬁtness franchise Vivaﬁt has continued its global roll-out in dramatic style over recent months. India has been a particular focus for the operator, with the ﬁrst clubs opening in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, and Cochin in Kerala in October. Also in October, a 450sq m club opened in Jakarta, Indonesia ‒ the country s ﬁrst Vivaﬁt ‒ while November saw the cutting of the ribbon of the ﬁrst Vivaﬁt in Oman, in the capital city of Muscat. Also in November, a further site opened in Singapore ‒ a market the brand ﬁrst entered in 2011, where the master franchisee holds an agreement to open 100 gyms. Finally, October saw the signing of a master franchise agreement for Taiwan ‒ with plans for 150 gyms by 2020 ‒ while in November, an agreement was signed for the territory of Bahrain.
Employers said they ﬁnd the quality of graduates emerging from training providers varies greatly, with only half of those surveyed happy with the standard of PTs they recruit. Firms generally perceive younger PT graduates to be lacking in both interpersonal (soft) skills and business aptitude. Employers added that they ﬁnd that more mature graduates (aged 30 and upwards) bring better life skills into their role and generally perform better. As well as older graduates, employers also said that more females and generally greater diversity amongst the PT graduate population would be welcomed. Employers have universally requested the need for more interpersonal and business skills amongst the PT community and this is something we re actively looking to address, Debra Stuart, CEO of PTI. It is also clear from the survey that the industry needs to move away from a one size ﬁts all approach. People of diﬀerent age groups and diﬀerent life circumstances have diﬀerent training needs ‒ very often, people with wider life experiences can bring incredible strengths to their role as a PT. The UK survey, conducted between August and September 2014, interviewed over 450 individuals. These included employers, qualiﬁed PTs and students currently studying for PT qualiﬁcations.
Parks and trails could mobilise city dwellers Providing public parks, walking and biking trails is the most costeﬀective way of increasing physical activity in urban populations, according to a new systematic review in the American Journal of Health Promotion. Lead author of the report, Virpi Kuvja-Kollner, says that although these interventions can be costly, they have long life spans and have been shown to be eﬀective. The main focus in promoting physical activity should be to get people who are not active to get moving instead of just promoting more exercise to those who are already active, she says. She called for community planners to take into account promoting physical activity by combining walking and hiking trails near public transport.
006 Industry News Fitness & Beauty Professional
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adidas has introduced the newest model of the iconic Energy Boost with an improved ﬁt, look and feel to help runners embrace the road with conﬁdence and style. Energy Boost provides unrivalled responsiveness with heel to toe BOOST™ foam that stores and returns energy to ensure the more energy you give, the more you get. BOOST foam is made of thousands of durable Energy capsules that maintain their soft cushioning season after season so every run with BOOST feels like the ﬁrst. The new Energy Boost also provides improved comfort with an elegant stretch mesh upper that hugs the shape of your foot and allows for added ventilation to keep your feet cooler during runs. Regardless of the environment you run in, Energy Boost is unwavering. BOOST cushioning remains consistent in any weather condition while standard EVA expands and hardens in varying temperatures. From the sweltering heat to the blistering cold, BOOST maintains its cushioning properties. Energy Boost allows runners to focus on the path ahead by providing a consistently comfortable and energetic run every time they lace up, said Adrian Leek, senior vice president of adidas running. BOOST responsive cushioning and the supporting technologies in Energy BOOST eliminate unwanted variables and provide runners with complete conﬁdence. The ﬂexible Torsion System eﬀortlessly adapts to any surface and remains stable through every stride and the Energy BOOST will be available at adidas Sport Performance stores, select retailers and through e-commerce at www.adidas.com/running. Keep up with the adidas running story by following www.facebook.com/adidasrunning and www.twitter.com/adidasrunning. Additional Product Information • • • • • • •
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008 Industry News
I started drinking 6 Vitamin Shots on the run up to my wedding. I did so because I was constantly tired and felt mentally drained all the time, I guess you could say I was suﬀering quite seriously from fatigue. I was ﬁnding it hard to concentrate on my work and drinking other ﬁzzy energy drinks was making my skin break out and of course, was dramatically increasing my daily calorie intake. On top of all that, I had no motivation or energy to go join the gym and so my aim of losing 2 stone was so far out of reach, it seemed like an impossible task... Then I was introduced to 6 Vitamin shot by a friend. Not only did it taste good (far better than the ﬁzzy energy drink alternatives) but it was packed full of vitamins (so bye bye to my vitamin supplements) and almost immediately I was motivated to join the gym and even found myself having the energy to start going 3-4 times a week. At work I felt like I had regained my concentration and my mental functioning was back up to scratch, so juggling workload and wedding planning along with other social commitments became far easier with my anxiety levels decreasing beyond that which they ever have. I am a notorious worrier, but my attitude completely changed after drinking 6 Vitamin Shots as I felt I was completely capable of managing all that was going on in my life. What s more, in times of increased pressure, my immune system always seems to weaken and my body is prone to all types of colds and viruses. Well, I didn t even have one virus on the run up to my wedding, which was really surprising giving my past record for taking ill on the run up to big events. The pinnacle of the positive eﬀects of drinking 6 Vit (and I am sure most brides would agree) was the change in my aesthetics. My skin was clear and by the time I was walking up the aisle, I had dropped 2 stone and a whopping 2 dress sizes (a massive relief as I had purchased a wedding dress which was far too small at the time as a way of pushing myself to make my target weight...without 6 Vitamin, that may not have been possible and I dread to think of that scenario). Six months on from my wedding and I cannot live without my daily 6 Vitamin Shot. I have changed jobs, my husband and I have renovated the house and I have maintained my wedding weight keeping up with my gym visits. Life is good and I honestly wouldn t be without 6 Vit.
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010 Industry News
German premium operator Elements opens its ﬁrst club in Frankfurt
Obesity cuts lives short by up to 8 years Being severely obese can cut a person s life short by up to eight years and cause decades of ill health, according to a study carried out by researchers from McGill University in Canada. The ﬁndings, published in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology journal, showed that being obese at a young age is more damaging to health and life expectancy. The data highlights an opportunity for the health and ﬁtness industry to oﬀer its expertise in providing comprehensive preventative health services ‒ particularly for youngsters ‒ in the form of lifestyle interventions and facilitating GP exercise referrals.
Premium health, ﬁtness and spa operator Elements ‒ operated by Migros Freizeit Deutschland, a subsidiary of Migros Zurich ‒ has opened its ﬁfth club, and its ﬁrst in Frankfurt. Located near the Eschenheimer Tower, the 3,500sq m club is spread over three ﬂoors and oﬀers a spacious workout area including gym ﬂoor, a functional zone, electronic circuit training and two group exercise studios. Regular performance and body composition testing is available on request.
The case for the physical activity sector to become a central pillar of public health delivery is gaining a groundswell of support. Speaking at the recent 2014 ukactive Summit, Labour MP Andy Burnham pledged that physical activity would be available on prescription from every GP surgery if Labour wins the 2015 General Election. Meanwhile, NHS patients in Devon have been told they must undergo weight management courses before they are eligible to receive routine surgical procedures. The regional health service is battling to tame an annual budget deﬁcit of £14.5m, which is being exacerbated by the obesity and inactivity epidemic.
Outdoor ﬁtness is also oﬀered, including running and cycling clubs for expert advice to improve technique and performance.
In the McGill University study, a computer model was used to calculate the impact of weight on life expectancy throughout life, which uncovered a clear gender diﬀerence in terms of vulnerability.
Alongside the ﬁtness oﬀering, the new club oﬀers a day spa with a 600sq m hammam, relaxation pool, herbal steamroom and day spa and massage area. The interior of the club was designed by architecture practice KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten (Frankfurt) and interior designer Ushi Tamborriello (Rieden, Switzerland).
In comparison to 20-39 year-olds of a healthy weight, severely obese men of the same age lost 8.4 years of life and women lost 6.1 years. Men also spent 18.8 more years living in poor health, while the respective ﬁgure for women is 19.1.
Elements already has three clubs in Munich and one in Stuttgart, with two further clubs in the pipeline for the Frankfurt area ‒ one in Eschborn, scheduled to open in summer 2015, and a second site in the centre of Frankfurt that will open in 2016.
For people in their forties and ﬁfties, men lost 3.7 years of life and women lost 5.3 years to obesity. Men and women in their sixties and seventies lost just one year of life to obesity, but still faced seven years of ill health.
New scheme oﬀers shopping vouchers to those who exercise
A physical activity loyalty card (PAL), which rewards users with shopping vouchers, has been launched in Northern Ireland with the aim of combating inactivity. The scheme has been developed by the province s National Institute of Health Research, the Public Health Agency and Queen s University in Belfast, primarily to target employees in the public health sector who need to lead more active lives.
The pattern is clear, said Steven Grover, professor of medicine at McGill. The more an individual weighs and the younger their age, the greater the eﬀect on their health - as they have many years ahead of them during which the increased health risks associated with obesity can negatively impact their lives. Our computer modelling study shows that obesity is associated with an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, as well as diabetes, added Grover.
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012 Industry News
Body weight training named top exercise trend for 2015 Body weight training looks set to be the hottest exercise trend for the health and ﬁtness sector in 2015, according to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends.
Now in its ninth year, the annual survey ‒ which was completed by more than 3,400 health and ﬁtness professionals worldwide ‒ seeks to forecast key patterns in various ﬁtness environments. Thirty-nine potential trends were given as choices in the survey, with the 20 most popular then ranked and published by ACSM. Hailed for its minimal use of equipment ‒ making it widely aﬀordable ‒ body weight training came out on top for the ﬁrst time, usurping 2014 s top trend: HIIT. Arguably one of the oldest forms of workout, body weight training ‒ which includes push-ups, planks, lunges and squats ‒ has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years, with brands such as TRX developing a plethora of exercises and workouts based around simple pieces of equipment. It s no surprise to see that body weight training has continued to grow in popularity and remain such a strong contender on the ﬁtness trends list, as the industry and the consumer have recognised the eﬃciency, portability and versatility of this form of training, said TRX master trainer and UK education manager Matt Gleed. Functional training is established within the ﬁtness industry with health clubs, standalone studios and PTs all now seeing the advantages of including functional training areas to provide more opportunities for staﬀ to engage with customers than a traditional gym environment. Elsewhere on the list, last year s number one trend HIIT dropped down to number two, while the growth of highlyeducated exercise professionals placed in third spot for the second year running. Building on this theme, demand for personal trainers came in ﬁfth spot, maintaining the topic s presence in every ACSM Fitness Trends list to date.
ukactive set to elect new governing board following review
Exercise oﬀers fresh hope for children with arthritis
Physical activity sector representative body ukactive is to elect a new board early in the new year with fewer members, following a formal review of the organisation s governance structure. ukactive announced in June that a governance evaluation ‒ led by management specialist Portas Consulting ‒ would take place as part of the body s ongoing repositioning from health and ﬁtness representative to wider physical activity advocate. The ukactive board had previously agreed in March 2014 that a new administration was required, featuring a streamlined panel of between eight and 12 board members. It was also concluded that there was a need for a wider range of specialist knowledge, networks and experience, with female members making up at least 25 per cent of the remodelled board. At the ukactive AGM on 28 November ‒ where the review recommendations were formally approved ‒ it was announced that all 22 members of the existing board would resign, with the exception of chair Fred Turok and treasurer Debra Stuart, who would be retained during the transitional period.
Traditionally believed to worsen symptoms, research in Canada now suggests that exercise can actually be beneﬁcial for children suﬀering from juvenile arthritis, a condition which aﬀects about one child in every 1,000. In the ﬁrst study to analyse the beneﬁts of strength training in children with arthritis, as well as analysing the chronic pain they experience, a University of Saskatchewan graduate student, Cameran Van Oort, developed a seven week resistance training programme for children aged eight to 18. At the beginning and end of the study, Van Oort measured inﬂammation of the joints, function, strength and size of the muscles. As well as showing improvements in strength and endurance, the participants all enjoyed the exercise.
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014 Beauty Essentials: Tanning Products
Tanning Bed Goggles Guide Tanning bed eyewear is not something to be taken lightly, and any avid tanning bed goer would tell you this. They may make you look a bit funny (okay, a lot funny!) but since nobody sees you while you re inside the tanning bed, does it really matter how they make you look?
What are tanning bed goggles used for?
It might not matter how they make you look, per se, but not wearing them can destroy the way you see things, literally. While in a tanning bed, you are being swarmed with UV rays which is what you want in order to get a tan, but these same rays can be even more damaging to your eyes, and any decent tanning salon will make sure you are protecting your eyes with tanning bed goggles.
Do you need tanning bed eyewear while tanning? Why wear those funny little things that make you look like a chameleon when all you can do is simply close your eyes, right? WRONG! You may be able to get away with doing this at the beach, but the truth is, your eyelids are not a good line of defense against the UV rays and you really should wear the goggles. Consider what a tanning bed does to your skin, then picture it happening to your eyes.
How do you choose the right pair? Tanning salons typically have their own tanning bed eyewear that they lend for sessions, but you don t have to use something that s been on every face that walks into that salon. If you purchase your own tanning bed eyewear, you ll not only know where it s been, but you will know it s quality is something you can trust, because you bought it. So how exactly do you choose the right pair?
Here s some pointers for you to consider: • • • •
You get what you pay for: In other words, do not buy the cheapest pair you can ﬁnd, or you might just ﬁnd out the hard way as to why they were such a bargain! You don t shop around for the cheapest doctors, dentists, or choose the car with the cheapest seat belts, so why seek out the cheapest protection for something as important as your eyes? Choosing a color: Although neon green might be your favorite color, and they look totally rad on you, keep in mind that neon colors may glow in the presence of a tanning bed, and this might be a bit annoying to you. If not, go for it and enjoy the glow! Comfort: When is comfort not a thing to be considered? You ll want to look for a pliable material that easily conforms to your face shape. Also, any band that goes around the head, you ll want to make sure it s just a good overall ﬁt. Comfort is the number one complaint about bad tanning bed goggles. Size/shape: When it comes to tanning bed goggles, is bigger better? This depends. The bigger goggles may be more comfortable and seem to ﬁt better, but you might get bigger tan lines. It s nothing that a little concealer can t cover up, right? Don t forget to pay attention to the width of the nose bridge if you are concerned about tan lines across the bridge of your nose. Durability: Okay, so you won t be doing any rock climbing while in the tanning bed, but it doesn t mean you won t throw them into a bag of tanning products and bang the bag around in your travels. You want tanning bed eyewear that will last, not have the lenses popping out on you! Durability is the second biggest complaint about tanning eyewear.
Once you make a decision on your tanning eyewear, it will be a decision that you won t regret (unless they re ill-ﬁtting, of course!) so make sure you do all of your homework, and try on before you buy if you can. Happy tanning!
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016 Beauty Essentials: Tanning Products
Tanning Guidelines It is important to prevent UV over exposure and to protect the health of your skin whilst tanning. The tanning guidelines below will ensure you achieve the optimum colour results as well as ensuring you do not overexpose yourself when tanning: •
Ensure that you moisturise your skin with a gel or cream that has been speciﬁcally developed for indoor tanning. It's important to use moisturiser before and after a session, as moisturisers reduce the drying eﬀects of UV exposure when tanning. Allow at least 24 hrs to pass before tanning again, whether it be indoors or outdoors. Industry and medical standards advise waiting 48 hours, which is the time it takes for skin to create melanin and to tan. When tanning naked, ensure that you protect sensitive areas of the body that normally are not exposed to UV light. Skin on the underarms, backs of legs, buttocks and genitalia can suﬀer severe sunburn from the same light intensity that only tans the rest of your body. You can expose the sensitive areas gradually by covering them halfway through tanning sessions for the ﬁrst three or four times you tan naked. It is a good idea to protect your lips with a lip balm that blocks UV light; lips cannot produce melanin, so they are at risk from overexposure during a tanning session. If you are sunburned, soothe your skin with a moisturiser, and don't try to tan again until the redness completely subsides.
The most important thing to remember when using a sunbed is that there are limitations on how long your session should last. For a novice user or someone who is very fair skinned, freckled, burns easily and who doesn t naturally tan much in the sun the sessions should be kept very short. This is that a person s ability to tan is eﬀected by the levels of melanin in their skin. A person with more melanin will ﬁnd it easier to tan and will also be less at risk of the risks of using sunbeds, such as skin cancer, although it is still essential for them to use protective measures. Do not be tempted to exceed the recommended times or frequent the tanning salon too often in the mistaken belief that more time on the sunbed will automatically lead to a deeper tan. Not only can this be detrimental to your long term health, you are harming your skins ability to tan. Overexposure to UV can actually cause depletion of melanin levels and make it more diﬃcult to tan in future sessions. As a rule, someone with low melanin levels in their skin should limit their session to a maximum of 5 minutes. People with an olive complexion can extend this time, but it is best not to stay on the sunbed beyond 15 minutes to minimise long term damage to your complexion and your health. The frequency of the sessions should be limited to 3 times a week or less, and once you have achieved the depth of tan you desire cut down your visits so that you are only visiting the tanning salon often enough to maintain the tan. The staﬀ at the tanning salon should be able to advise you on how to tan safely and eﬀective based on your personal skin type. Sunbed lotion is an essential part of the tanning experience. While its protection will not diminish all the risks associated with sunbeds it is safer to wear lotion than nothing at all. Sunbed lotion can minimise the length of sessions needed as they usually contain Tyrosine, which encourages the skin to produce melanin more quickly, or small amounts of the self tanning ingredient DHA, which bronzes the skin. So tan up to 60% faster with a cream such as Australian Gold or MyTan. Better skin...better tan!
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018 Beauty Essentials: Tanning Products
Mintel reports UK selftan market driven by young consumers
New research from Mintel reveals over a quarter of 1624 year old men and women have used selftan products in the last year.
UK young men are reported to be amongst the country s highest fake tan users. Over a quarter (27%) of 1624 year old men have used this product category. According to Mintel, faketan usage is only slightly higher among women aged 1624 (29%) and 2544 (24%). According to senior personal care analyst Roshida Kahnom; high usage of selftanning products amongst young men suggests that they may be aspiring to recreate looks inspired by celebrities.
With summer becoming a distant memory, and as the nation gears up for a wet winter, our research suggests that young men are looking to extend the summer look with a year round tan. Moreover, it seems male interest in selftan doesn t stop there across all consumer groups, males aged 1624 are the most likely to have used salon spray with tan (20%), compared to a national average of just one in ten (9%).
Older consumers less willing to try products with unnatural results However, the analyst notes that with selftanning products traditionally associated with unnatural results, older people may be less willing to try it.
Additionally, selftanning products can be tricky to apply, which may make it diďŹƒcult for older people who tend to have looser and less hydrated skin. Product innovations in selftanning for older people, designed for looser skin, could make it more appealing to older people. However, beyond the young generation, selftan products suďŹ€er from their association to unnatural results. Meanwhile, over the last 12 months, almost a quarter (23%) of 1624 year old men say they have used a pretan accelerator, while the same number (21%) have used a sunbed or tanning salon. Some 12% of the same group have used gradual tanner, while 8% have used oral tanning supplement again proving to be the highest group of users. In terms of overall usage of self tanning products, on average 16% of Brits have used self tan in the past twelve months, followed by gradual tanner at 15%. One in ten (10%) have used pretan accelerator, while the same number (10%) have used tanning oil or lotion without SPF. Just 7% have used oral tanning supplements.
020 Spa Review
The Murad Method
You can t get more central than The Marylebone Hotel. Turn right at the front door and you are almost on Oxford Street, while another left turn and you re in the heart of Marylebone High Street with its village-style ambiance and boutiques. A stay at the hotel combines this enviable location with a boutique vibe and the hallmarks of an Irish welcome â€’ friendliness, sincerity and quality service. As part of the Doyle Collection, the Marylebone, like it s counterparts in the group, has several aces up its well-designed sleeve.
of Dr Murad and seen the products, (available at Marks & Spencer), but with a hefty price tag had not really given them a second glance.
Breakfast is one, Aromatherapy Associates products in the suite bathrooms another, while access to a top notch spa a third.
It wasn t until I heard that Jerry Hall has recently revealed the secret to her youthful skin as regular Dr Murad facials that I started to investigate the brand more fully. Add the fact that Nicole Scherzinger and Thandie Newton are fans and I decided to get a piece of the action for myself.
It was obvious on arrival at The Third Space spa that it s ďŹ lled with hotel guests like myself (on a weekend treat) as well as in-the-know regulars who are there for a Murad makeover. I d heard
Firstly who is Dr Murad? Well, he s a leading American dermatologist, pharmacist and researcher who has devoted the past 30 years to making beautiful skin for everyone.
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He says, A healthy complexion is a reﬂection of total wellness both inside and out. Good skin care can lead the way to overall health. Take all the necessary steps to achieve healthy skin - including the right products, the proper nutrients and positive lifestyle choices - and over time, your whole body will be healthier too. This inclusive health approach has certainly been adopted recently yet he was advocating dietary supplements (such as ﬁsh oils) way ahead of the current trend. Not only that but he pioneered glycolic acid back in 1989 and has written several books. His ﬁrst, The Murad Method (2003) is part science, part savoir faire. He believes in eating water ‒ via raw foods, rather than guzzling litres, as well as feeding the skin from the inside out. Sleep is a key factor in his overall regime (with a humidiﬁer in the bedroom!) as is gentleness. It s the latter which I found most compelling during the one hour facial at The Third Space which began with the usual questionnaire on what I wanted to achieve. It s always tempting to answer these facetiously (world peace or supermodel good looks) so I wrote radiance tentatively. My therapist decided therefore that a key component of the facial would be Murad s Intensive-C Radiance Peel. I had pre-conceived notions this would include a lot of scrubbing and buﬃng but the initial cleansing was brief yet thorough, done under a short blast of steam. Extraction is not part of the deal being contrary to Dr Murad s belief in being gentle with the skin. The peel was administered and is a serum lightly applied for a limited time period; in my case three minutes only. I was dubious that this would do little, if any good. It was removed and then I had a luxurious facial massage followed by a mask. The therapist also included an arm and hand massage as part of the treatment and after another cleanse administered moisturiser and eye cream. The approach was simple and delicate ‒ in accordance with Murad s cleanse, target, hydrate philosophy. When the therapist handed me the mirror I was surprised with the results. Radiance was indeed the buzz word; achievable in one treatment alone and with so little eﬀort. Upon further investigation the Instensive-C Radiance Peel s secret ingredients are none other than glycolic acid (to help with exfoliation), as well as Vitamin C and Indian Fig which enhances luminosity, and Myrtle extract which supports collagen and skin elasticity. I was told that the serum also helps counteract pigmentation and sun damage, so as a cure all for stressed or post-holiday skin, it s a three-in-one wonder. I m not usually a sucker for post facial product recommendations, but on this occasion I felt compelled to buy. So I may not be a supermodel, but at least I can have supermodel skin. Dr Murad has added another fan to the legions!
022 Leisure Time: Pools & Pool Accessories
The countdown has begun to the fastest growing Pool & Spa show on 2015 for the UK. The UK Pool & Spa Expo at Hall 10 of the NEC, Birmingham will commence on Thursday 22nd January. The doors will be open for business from 10am to welcome national and international trade visitors to come and see over 100 exhibitors showcasing their new product lines, best sellers and most competitive pricing structures. The next two days will be ﬁlled with technical content seminars, a new product zone entry way display, networking opportunities for visitors and exhibitors alike, on the stands, in the central hub and at the end of day one drinks party and on the second night, the prestigious Pool & Spa Awards Ceremony.
the entrance foyer to the event, every visitor will be met by the latest designs and innovations being brought to market. L.A. Spas, GMT International, Groundscare Products, Wellis and Darlly Europe are a few of the exhibitors that will be showcasing here. Registration is now open for the event and both trade and consumers can apply for their free tickets now by visiting www.ukpoolspa-expo.co.uk.
On the third day the event will be opened up to consumers, and with non trade magazines and prime time TV documentaries telling us that the market is still very much alive and growing UK Pool & Spa Expo will be the place for these savvy consumers to see the best of the industry, with products from around the world and a host of new launches.
The NEC Birmingham is a venue that works perfectly for our formula and we are sticking with it, with great access by rail, road and air, it makes it the ideal choice to attract as many visitors as possible, with parties, bars and hotels all onsite this really allows us to blend a strong business platform with the important social and more relaxed side of the event. The networking opportunities are priceless and never will buyers or sellers get to speak to so many people in one setting at one time ‒ it is an invaluable prospect.
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international visitors and exhibitors much more accessible. From its conception UK Pool & Spa Expo wanted to open the UK wet leisure industry to the world, oﬀering an independent and professional event for global buyers and companies to develop relationships ‒ and this has worked.... In 2014 we had visitors from over 49 countries from every continent making up almost 20% of our visitor list. On top of all this you we want to ensure our visitors have a great onsite experience. With FREE WIFI, FREE CAR PARKING, networking and the widest range of pools and spas in one setting ‒ UK Pool & Spa Expo is the place for your company to do business.
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While wellness is the smallest of the three main pool, spa and wellness sectors, the industry agrees; it is increasing at by far the fastest rate. Led by luxury-end property developers and households, the wide range of wellness possibilities, from sauna and steam to experience showers, means that where the top end lead; the main market will follow.
Switched on pool and spa businesses should be preparing to meet that demand. The sauna market is such a good ďŹ t with the pool business that it s the ideal direction for businesses to expand, says Shaun Adams of Golden Coast. If you have what it takes to sell pools, you can use the same skills, equipment and facilities to sell, install and maintain saunas, says Shaun and adds: What is more, many sauna buyers will be your existing pool customers. Around 50 per cent of companies, responding to the latest research in the State Of The Wet Leisure Survey, conducted by Golden Coast, were involved in selling and installing saunas, compared to around 40 per cent in the previous year. The obvious addition to 2015 portfolio; wellness can still be daunting for some pool and spa businesses. With this in mind, specialist manufacturers, Anapos, provide the complete product and install solution.
We oďŹ€er a complete design to installation service on behalf of other companies, using unmarked vans so we are seen as a satellite team to the main contractor, says Matt Roberts, recently appointed as the company s trade services director.
We can add marketing support so that companies can seamlessly promote wellness as part of their products and services on websites and in stores. Like other wellness suppliers, Anapos report a sharp spike in wellness project enquiries in the past nine months. We have experienced a signiďŹ cant growth in high-end residential projects where developers are looking to add wellness either in its own right or as part of a swimming pool package, says Martyn Wood, Anapos national sales director. The increase in interest in the home wellness market puts more pressure, in turn, on commercial venues to constantly raise the bar but they will always look at return compared with investment. With this in mind, we are seeing lots of interest not just in traditional sauna and steam but acute interest in the use of ice, experience showers, salt inhalation and salt saunas.
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026 Gym Review Fitness & Beauty Professional
Is this a gym or a nig Gym oďŹ€ers $25,000 'velvet rope experience'
Lots of people start the new year with a resolution to get back in shape, but would any of them pay $25,000 to do it? High-end gym E-at-Equinox is betting a few will be willing to drop the equivalent of a year s pay for some on the privilege of sweating at one of their exclusive locations in New York City and Greenwich, Conn.
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For $25,000 a year, members of the clubs ̶ there are locations in New York City and Greenwich, Conn. ̶ enjoy all sorts of plush amenities, from freshly laundered E workout attire to private showers and changing cabanas, the club literature touts. Members also have their own very private entrance, replete with a retinal scanner to identify them when they arrive. (In other words, no more crowded locker rooms and no carrying around that membership card.) But just as important, says Equinox vice president David Harris, the E annual membership comes with an extensive ﬁtness evaluation and two training sessions a week with a Tier 4 personal coach. (Equinox says Tier 4 is the gym s most elite training program ̶ an exercise prescription that takes into consideration body composition, metabolic rate, gait and ability to move.) Of course, the club oﬀers all the usual equipment, from treadmills to free weights, but Harris says the focus is less on what s there and more on what you do with it under a trainer s careful supervision. And that applies regardless of whether you re a beginner or a pro. We take the view that everyone is an athlete, Harris says. The program will also consult with a client s doctors for additional medical input. Getting in shape doesn t have to equate to a ﬁve-ﬁgure annual proposition, ﬁtness experts say. It s all about moving and making smart (and safe) use of equipment. Fitness is a basic concept, says Michael Rattenni, chairman of Triumph Group Management, which provides management services to more than 100 health clubs across the country.
Most pros agree that proper evaluation and a well-conceived training regimen are the keys to success, but these can be had at a much more aﬀordable price.
Memberships at fairly deluxe clubs ̶ ones with full staﬃng, full service and comprehensive facilities, as Jarred Fajerski, executive director of the hospital-aﬃliated Lifebridge Health & Fitness program in Baltimore, deﬁnes them ̶ shouldn t run more than $2,000 a year, with occasional training going for up to $100 a session. (You can also ﬁnd clubs and trainers well below that mark, but Fajerski warns that you may get what you pay for. ) To some extent, the cost issue is not disputed by the Equinox chain, which has more than 60 traditional clubs throughout the United States, with membership prices that begin at around $1,800 annually and training that starts at $100 per session. (Tier 4 training, which is oﬀered at some standard Equinox clubs, costs at least $160 a session.) As for what makes the E experience worth the extra dough, Harris says it is about privacy and a concierge-style degree of attentiveness that takes going to the gym to a whole other level. It s a velvet rope experience, he says.
028 From The Bar: Coﬀee
Harris + Hoole post $20m loss
To be brutally honest, it can be hard to understand the Tescobacked coﬀee chain Harris + Hoole. On one hand their parent company is actively scaling back their expansion ‒ Tesco closed six stores earlier on this year due to poor trading ﬁgures ‒ but they triumphed in the recent European Coﬀee Awards when they took home the gong for the Best Coﬀee Chain in the United Kingdom and Ireland. You would imagine that the Harris + Hoole question could morph into a linger problem that haunts the corridors of Tesco HQ, a bit like the West Lothian Question is the topical spectre of British politics. The entity is obviously held in high esteem by those industry professionals who voted for the continental awards, but incoming revenue streams are quite hard to come by. And now Harris + Hoole has recorded another annual loss. According to the latest set of accounts
ﬁled with the UK s Companies House, the plus featuring coﬀee shop made a pre-tax loss of $20m in the year to February 23rd this year. Worryingly that ﬁgure is more than twice the losses incurred the previous year ($9m).
Chief executive Nick Tolley has attempted to play down these numbers, claiming that they were to be expected. The losses, he explains, reﬂect the early life cycle stage of a number of the shops open at the end of [the year-long period] and also the early development costs of the business. The UK coﬀee market is highly competitive and already served by a number of international, national and local competitors. Harris + Hoole s strategy continues to focus on delivery the best coﬀee experience on the high street by training the most engaged baristas in the industry, forging close relationships…and using the highest grade [of] ethically sourced coﬀee, Tolley added. Avid readers and followers of the coﬀee sector may well remember that outrage was associated with Harris +
Hoole s early years. When the company ﬁrst started appearing, people were happy to visit this independent-looking and enthusiastic shop that seemingly oﬀered an alternative to the likes of Starbucks and Costa Coﬀee, but were then shocked to ﬁnd the corporate retail giant Tesco was pulling the strings. In this writer s opinion it is probably this conﬂict that is holding the chain back to some degree, but just how much is open to a lot of reasoned debate. But nobody can doubt the chain s potential. But despite the obvious potential, ﬁnancial backing and independent stance and philosophy, this $20m loss has the ability to derail its future. Tesco s former chief executive, Phillip Clarke, made the move to install Harris + Hoole shops into some of their larger stores in a proactive bid to increase custom. However, Mr Clarke was replaced in September by Dave Lewis who has indicated that he would be willing to sell oﬀ non-core assets, which has placed Tesco s long-term relationship with Harris + Hoole in doubt.
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Coﬀee makes exercise feel easier
Caﬀeine improves attention and reduces symptoms of fatigue When it comes to exercise and sport, coﬀee consumption gives us the motivation to go for it , helping us to exercise harder and longer. As well as enabling you to perform for 30% longer, caﬀeine, which naturally occurs in coﬀee, improves alertness and the ability to sustain motor skills to make exercise feel easier, positively impacting our persistence, vigour and output levels. Consuming the equivalent of 3-4mg of caﬀeine per kilogram of bodyweight one hour prior to exercise improves endurance and performance4 in cycling high intensity running, repeated sprinting and sports such as football and rugby. An average mug of instant coﬀee contains approximately 100mg of caﬀeine. BCA Physical Performance Some athletes consume caﬀeine to enhance their endurance, alertness and motor skills. These beneﬁts result from the actions of caﬀeine in the brain where it reduces the chemical messages that normally induce fatigue and stimulates energy production and fat oxidation. Mike Gleeson, a leading professor in exercise biochemistry at Loughborough University, says: Studies show that if you consume enough caﬀeine at the right time, it can enhance your physical performance. New research shows black instant coﬀee consumed one hour prior to exercise can improve endurance performance in a similar way to pure caﬀeine (of equivalent amounts), which suggests coﬀee may be a very eﬀective way to consume caﬀeine before exercise. Studies have found caﬀeine consumption has a greater eﬀect on physical performance in those who are recreationally active than in trained athletes, and can improve cycling, running and high-intensity sports such as football and rugby over a 80-90 minute period. Coﬀee is a popular drink in the UK with around 70 million cups consumed every day.10 The overwhelming weight of scientiﬁc information suggests that moderate coﬀee consumption of four to ﬁve cups per day (400mg of caﬀeine) can contribute to a healthy, balanced diet and may confer some health beneﬁts. Contrary to popular belief, coﬀee is also an important source of ﬂuid in the diet and exercise lovers who drink it do not need to compensate by increasing their intake of water. This will come as welcome news to the 1.4 million people that have taken up some form of exercise or sport in the afterglow of the 2012 Olympics and those buoyed by the year of sports we will enjoy in 2014, including the FIFA World Cup and the Commonwealth Games. Professor Mike s key insights on coﬀee and making exercise feel easier • Drink coﬀee one hour before morning or lunchtime exercise. If you want to exercise in the afternoon or evening, enjoy a coﬀee with your lunch to avoid the eﬀect of the lunchtime dip • For competitive sports, consuming coﬀee improves attention to detail, observance of your surroundings, and reduces symptoms of fatigue through caﬀeine s eﬀect on the central nervous system3 • Hydration is important for endurance exercise performance. Coﬀee, when consumed in moderation (four to ﬁve cups of coﬀee or 400mg of caﬀeine per day), provides similar hydrating qualities to water and does not cause dehydration13 For pregnant women the NHS recommends consuming no more than 200mg of caﬀeine per day from all sources.
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034 Salon Design
GUY CHRISTIAN The brief was to ﬁt out a 1,400 sq. ft. unit, creating an airy, spacious salon and create a unique salon with the rawness of a warehouse environment contrasted with opulent elegance and ultimate client comfort. To provide optimum lighting for working conditions coupled with atmospheric lighting eﬀects to highlight salon features and styling stations. Beauty Planet Designs and Olymp worked with Guy Christian in taking elements from the original City Road salon and creating a spacious, open salon with sleep, straight lines softened with opulent, rococo and gothic touches, rich colours and high end salon furniture by Olymp and The eﬀects of strategically positioned LED lighting throughout, custom ‒ built bespoke pieces by Beauty Planet retail area, reception desk and light-box styling stations created a unique and Salon Designs. stunning ﬁnish.
There are now six Andrew Collinge salons, a male grooming and barbers, two Graduate salons and Andrew Collinge is one of the most a Training Academy sought after hairdressers in the world in the North West. and an International Ambassador for the industry. There are very few areas Beauty Planet Salon of the hairdressing industry that have Designs has created 3D for Andrew not beneﬁted from the inﬂuence, Collinge salon. creativity and expertise of Andrew Collinge.
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036 Gym Session: Lockers & Security
Locker buying advice from the specialists
In this article we will be focusing solely on steel lockers. These general-purpose lockers are the industry standard with a multitude of uses from staﬀ lockers to personal eﬀects. Construction & quality
All steel lockers follow the same basic construction, but each manufacturer adds their own features and often the manufacturing process impacts on the ﬁnal product. For example, lockers that are riveted together tend to have a lot of spare predrilled holes on the sides and top of each locker ‒ this can make the locker installation look ugly if the sides are exposed.
Security & strength
From a security perspective the weak point on a steel locker is always the door. You should check that doors have been reinforced; look for a full height reinforcement bar on the back of the door and corner stiﬀeners to stop the door twisting. Behind the door look at the steel door jam (see picture for more details), this frame is what prevents the door from being pushed in. Some designs only have a frame on one side ‒ the best lockers have a four-way frame making the doors almost impossible to push into the locker.
Choosing a lock type
Choosing the right lock mechanism is a complex issue with a huge variety of options: key lock, swivel catch, combination lock, coin return, coin retain and even RFID and electronic locks. For most situations, key, swivel or combination are the simplest and most cost eﬀective solutions. If budget is the key factor then you can often get the most features for your money using the swivel catch ‒ for example combining the swivel catch with a combination padlock is cheaper than a specialist combination lock.
If you choose a keyed locker then key management is always a headache. Make sure you choose a manufacturer that supplies master
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040 Gym Session: Lockers & Security
Are Gym Lockers A Safe Place For Personal Items? When you go to the gym, you often have personal belongings on you, such as car or house keys, mobile phones, MP3 players and iPods just to name the basics. And rather than risk carrying small items such as keys and phones around on the gym ﬂoor where they could get lost or stolen, many people opt to use a secure gym locker. But are these gym lockers really so secure? Over the past few years there has been a inﬂux in the number of thefts reported at gyms and leisure centres, and not just on the gym ﬂoor. Gym lockers have been targeted, now leaving people wondering where is actually safe for belongings at the gym. And it isn t just mobiles and keys that
often get left in gym lockers during gym visits, with more and more people choosing to go to the gym on route to or from work or other destinations. The amount of valuables left in the lockers by those gym users increases tenfold, with jewellery, wallets, purses full of cash and credit cards left in what they consider to be a safe place. With cameras not allowed in changing facilities and many lockers having below standard or old locks on them, it isn t surprising that thieves are getting bolder when it comes to targeting sports lockers. So what can be done to combat this growing security issue? Improving Gym Locker Security There is a need for gyms and leisure centres to act if this crime wave of gym locker thefts is to be stopped. One of the main ways in which gyms can improve security is by ensuring their gym lockers have high standard locks and provide a certain level of security. For example, digital combination and multi user combination locks are often a better choice than standard locks to increase security.
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