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UFC Gym secures deal to open 100 health clubs in India US-based operator UFC Gym will

Under their Artaxerxes Fitness

open 100 clubs in India over the

& Lifestyle venture, Ansari and

next 10 years, following a fran-

Palia hope to open 10 clubs

chise deal with entrepreneurs

each year, with the first location

Istayak Ansari and Farzad Palia.

launching later this year in Andheri West in Mumbai. The deal is part of UFC’s plans to establish itself in the rapidly growing Indian fitness market – a sector that is estimated to be growing at an annual rate of around 18 per cent.

The first UFC Gym in India will launch later this year

“The Indian fitness market is booming and we’re excited to

building member communities

made his name as director of

bring UFC Gym’s unique train-

at each gym location who will

SPITMAAN Group and through

ing experience to its residents,”

work together as a team to

ventures in real estate.

said Tamer El Guindy, UFC

achieve their individual goals.”

The Indian fitness market is booming and we’re excited to bring UFC Gym’s unique training experience to its residents

Gym’s senior vice president of

Tamar El Guindy

global franchising.

2009, UFC Gym has opened

brings a range of experience

more than 150 locations

to UFC – Ansari grew the

throughout the US and

for UFC Gym to introduce its

Gold’s Gym brand from six

across 10 other countries.

‘Train Different’ philosophy to

to 96 franchisees in Asia in

India’s fitness enthusiasts, while

just nine years, while Palia

“This is a great opportunity

Film production backlot inspires Equinox Century City club design


The Artaxerxes team

Since first launching in

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FIBO China visitor numbers rocket 28 per cent The growth of FIBO China

luxury 30,000sq ft

and convertible wall systems

2017, which saw attendee

club inspired by a

that enable an indoor-outdoor

numbers rise by 28 per

classic film production

programming experience.

cent, has led organisers to

backlot has been unveiled in California by Equinox.

“We utilised studio lighting, sound-proofing materials and

move the Shanghai show to a larger venue for 2018.

Located in Century City,

film equipment lenses as design

LA, the panoramic club will

touches that nod to this vibrant

year’s event, which took place

include expansive locker

community,” said Aaron Richter,

from 7-9 September at the

rooms with luxurious

senior design VP for Equinox.

Shanghai Convention and

amenities, a 4,000sq ft (371sq m) outdoor lounge

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Visitor numbers at this

Exhibition Center, rose to

industry platform,” said FIBO

20,589 from 16,097 in 2016.

director Silke Frank. “Not

Attendees to the fourth The club features studios for yoga, Pilates and cycling classes

Over 20,000 people attended FIBO

edition of the event came from 47 countries, and 80 per cent were trade visitors. “We can quite rightly say

just in China but in Asia as a whole,” she added. FIBO 2018 will be held at the Shanghai National Expo and Congress Center.

that FIBO China has become established as a fitness


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