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26 Feb 2019
Sweat 2019: boutique fitness sector still thriving and nowhere near 'breaking point'

The current boutique fitness boom is nowhere near reaching a "breaking point".

That was the message from the first panel session at the Sweat 2019 conference, held in central London today (26 February).

While there are now more than 300 boutique fitness studios in London, Jason Tubbs, managing director of studio operator Another Space, said the industry was still far away from "peak of boutique" and that there is still room for continued growth in the sector.

"At Another Space alone, we get between 600 and 900 enquiries and 1,000 reviews of our boutique classes a week," Tubbs revealed.

Also on the panel discussing the state of the boutique fitness sector was Chris Heron, founder of The Engine Room.

Discussing the threats and opportunities for the sector, Heron said: “The biggest threat to the boutique fitness market is investors who think it looks like easy money. It isn’t and operators who think it is can give the sector a bad name.”

Among the opportunities for the sector is the fact that only 17 per cent of visits to London's boutique studios are by men – creating an untapped market for operators.

HCM's editor Liz Terry (@elizterry) is live-tweeting from the event


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22 May 2019
Monaco positions itself as wellness destination with first health & wellness festival
The principality of Monaco will host its first-ever health and wellness festival, ‘In Your Element’, from 5-7 July, in partnership with the Columbus Monte Carlo hotel and Monaco’s World Class Gym.
21 May 2019
Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams to keynote at Active Uprising 2019
Sports psychologist Jeremy Snape and Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams are among the keynote speakers at this year's Active Uprising.
17 May 2019
IAAPA returns to Shanghai in June with rebranded Asian expo
Formerly the Asian Attractions Expo, (AAE) the newly-rechristened IAAPA Expo Asia (IEA) takes its first steps under its new name from 11-14 June.
17 May 2019
GWS to focus on the future of workplace wellness
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has announced a new topic for the event: how purpose needs to be at the very heart of corporate culture and how creating a purpose- focused company is the path to more profitable, successful businesses.
17 May 2019
Wellness Week 2019 launches at the Technogym Forum
Wellness Week 2019 has kicked off in Romagna, Italy. The event will run from 17 to 26 May.
16 May 2019
Jenny Patrickson: mental health qualification gaining interest
A new qualification focusing on mental health – one of the first of its kind for the physical activity and fitness industry – is creating interest across the sector.
15 May 2019
Work begins on £520m Birmingham Commonwealth Games village
Construction work has begun on the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Village – the largest infrastructure project directly related to the Games.
15 May 2019
BaseballSoftballUK looks for lasting legacy from MLB's London series
BaseballSoftballUK is hoping to use this year's Major League Baseball (MLB) London Series to give the sport a push and increase its popularity across the country.
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