HCM Issue 3 2022

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300th

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When the time comes to chart the history of our great sector, HCM will be there as having been responsible for creating the richest primary source material

Celebrating 300 editions of HCM Steven Ward, Chief transformation officer, GO fit, ukactive 2006-2019

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Steven Ward

This edition marks the 300th publication of what was Health Club Management magazine – now known by its ubiquitous abbreviation of HCM – and universally recognised for its unfaltering devotion to its mission of uniting the world of fitness. When the time comes to chart the history of the evolution of our great sector, HCM will be there as having been responsible for creating the richest primary source material. Through the emergence, growth, professionalisation and ongoing evolution of an industry, HCM has been there to tell the stories and inspire us all. The new formats. The entrepreneurs. The latest innovations in products. The magazine, along with its website, ezine, social feeds and HCM Handbook, has helped us to follow the development of careers, detect the new trends

and share what matters to us all with our global industry peers. Through the course of 300 editions, we’ve seen the rise and fall and rise again of great industry brands. We’ve seen the impacts on the industry of dramatic events, economic crashes, pandemics and conflict and also huge phases of growth. We’ve debated the topics on the mind of industry leaders, sought to be reflective on our place in the world, and considered what we might have to do to continue to elevate the value and importance of physical activity to society. We’ve seen our great industry thrive and push through challenges, in a constant state of evolution, with each new generation of industry-leading companies bringing new energy, impetus and drive to the sector.