CBI October 2019

Alan Leach, the CEO of Ireland's West Wood Club, shares the fascinating story of this industry six-facility chain based in Dublin.

“I truly believe that the biggest threat to any fitness business isn’t the economy ... or boutiques, or the newest fitness fad. … The biggest threat is the fitness business itself.”

Alan Leach, CEO

West Wood Club - Dublin, Ireland


News & Know How

  • News: Sportec 2019 sets record; Life Time reboots NYHRC; new CEO for ukactive; North Castle doubles down; David Lloyd bets on seniors; Patchell-Evans honored; Duncan Banntyne returns; and much more.
  • Latin American News: Gold’s Gym revisits and relaunches in Peru; Fitpass proceeds to move into the Chilean market; and Companhia Athletica embarks on THE TRIP in Brazil.
  • First Person: Catherine Carty, UNESCO chair manager, wants the disabled to know that “U-FIT-In.”
  • On the Move: EoS supports Workout for Water; The Camp has 110 sites; Blink Fitness fields NBA forward; CFW launches design division; and more!

IHRSA Report

  • On the Horizon: IHRSA’s Rising Stars are The Right Stuff of our future, says chairperson Jason Reinhardt in this month’s First Set.
  • Best Practices: Don Murphy, Gold’s Gym CEO, suggests successful steps to increasing group x classes.
  • Value: Physician referral programs produce benefits for all involved—doctors, patients, and clubs, IHRSA’s Alexandra Black Larcom says in this month's Grow, Promote, Protect.
  • Value Proposition: Exerp: The chance to develop a management platform to help chains multi-task with ease has made Exerp the choice of major club companies.
  • Fair Competition? IHRSA’s President and CEO Joe Moore weighs in on competing with for-profit and government facilities in this month's Last Rep.