Hackney was a different place a decade ago. Back in 2010, the area was infamous for being the most deprived borough in London and the sixth most deprived local authority in the country. Back then, to outsiders at least, the mere mention of its name was enough to elicit looks of both sympathy and concern, which, given that it was home to a notorious stretch of road known as ‘murder mile’ and was synonymous with crime, violence and poverty isn’t any wonder. But gentrification works fast in the capital and just two years later, in 2012, the year The Olympic Games was held on Hackney’s doorstep, The Observer commented on how: “The area’s traditional demographic – white working class, Turkish, Asian and Afro-Caribbeans – increasingly share the space with newcomers, who attend arty happenings…and then go for some organic Sussex wine.”
Hackney’s transformation has accelerated in the years since, and the borough is now commended for its social mobility credentials, while the number of mums sipping on “flat whites, nibbling courgette cake and chatting as their kids fight over an abacus” – again witnessed by The Observer– has multiplied too. Like most areas, gentrification has brought positives and negatives, with the main negative in Hackney being that some of the community’s residents and businesses, good people who have been there all along, have been pushed out, while the liberal elite has been transported in. But whoever the borough has been home to, one business has stood firm and continues to offer a place for all local residents to train at affordable prices. Just as it has done since 2010.
Owned by three born and bred Hackney boys, Afolabi Akinola, Joshua Oladimeji and Emeka Obanye, Elite Evolution is a black-owned gym. It’s important to say that because, as Oladimeji observes, the word black is associated with so many negative narratives, when it’s associated with something positive, we should all shout about it. And what could be more positive than three young, black entrepreneurs who for the past decade have successfully fought to keep their business in Hackney, while holding second jobs in education and the prison system, in order to serve the community that moulded them.
“I felt like it was our responsibility,” says Oladimeji. “We didn’t shy away from that, we believe that we needed to be positive, we needed to be out there and we needed to show that there’s a safe space for anybody to come in and feel like this is somewhere they can train, where they can work out and won’t be discriminated against. [And for trainers] they’re not thinking that they can’t go higher than being just a trainer. They can be managers. They can be owners.”
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A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit against Gov. Gavin Newsom and San Joaquin County and Lodi officials that had been filed by the owner of three Sacramento-area gyms after officials ordered the shutdown of fitness centers last spring because of COVID-19.
After a Zoom hearing in Sacramento federal court, U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez agreed to requests by the defendants that the lawsuit be dismissed and found that the coronavirus pandemic was so dangerous that officials were within their authority when they first ordered the closures.
The orders were “a constitutional response to an unprecedented pandemic,” Mendez said.
Attorney John Killeen argued for the state that since Newsom’s original stay-at-home orders the state has loosened restrictions on fitness centers, including allowing some outdoor exercising and indoor workouts in San Joaquin County at 10% of capacity.
“A number of restrictions have been lifted,” Mendez said.
“I just don’t see any basis for allowing this lawsuit to go forward in the district court,” he added.
The suit was brought by Sean Covell, owner of Fitness System gyms in Land Park, West Sacramento and Lodi, and argued that the shutdown orders violated the Constitution and were costing his operations huge amounts of revenues and lost memberships.
The lawsuit was one of numerous complaints filed by fitness centers, churches and businesses against orders Newsom and health officials issued to combat the spread of COVID-19.
The lawsuits have largely been unsuccessful, although some are pending and yet another involving gyms in Dixon and Sacramento was filed in federal court in Sacramento on Monday.
Need Some Fitness Motivation? These 5 Bollywood Celebrities Will Inspire You to Hit the Gym Right Away
Don’t we all love to procrastinating workouts and these never-ending work from home schedule has taken a serious hit on our fitness routine. We all are winded by grocery shopping or household chores or long strenuous work from home schedules. Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance, according to much researches. Need some inspiration to hit the gym? Take a cue from Bollywood celebs who take fitness very seriously. Take inspiration from these Bollywood celebrities and kick start your week with a bang. 1. Milind Soman: Actor-fitness enthusiast Milind Soman’s boasts serious fitness motivation, and as anyone who follows him on Instagram can attest, you can’t escape his fitness inspiration. His posts will motivate you to burn those calories. Milind was seen hitting the grind to do some core exercise. d 2. Kriti Sanon: Actor Kriti Sanon loves fitness, she recently posted how brushed aside her mid-week blues. The actor treated her fans with quarantine workout. Kriti used various props including a resistance band, dumbbells, kettlebells to work her arms and glutes. Check out her video. 3. Shilpa Shetty: Actor Shilpa Shetty makes sure she never misses her fitness routine. Shilpa who is in Manali for her upcoming project gave a glimpse of her workout to her fans on social media. She wrote, ‘Start your day on a positive note with yoga.’ 4. Kangana Ranaut: After gaining 20 kgs for her film Thalaivi, actor Kangana Ranaut is now in a super fitness mode to shed those extra kilos. Kangana is determined to get back to her earlier size, agility, metabolism, and flexibility. 5. Katrina Kaif: Actor Katrina Kaif is not just gorgeous but has an amazing fit body. She is one of the fittest actors in the industry. Katrina’s routine consists of functional training, pilates, and cardio, which are boosted by exercises using TRX, Bosu, Powerplate, Kettlebells, Medicine, and Swiss Balls, revealed celebrity fitness trainer Yasmin Karachiwala in an interview with NDTV. Check out the workout routine in quarantine.
Regular physical activity will help you in delivering enough oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and which will improve your cardiovascular system. And as proven, when your heart and lung health start to improve, you will eventually have more energy to tackle daily chores.
The coronavirus has made a routine trip to the gym feel like a health threat.
Many epidemiologists consider gyms to be among the highest-risk environments, and they were some of the last businesses to reopen in New York City in early September.
Now gyms must comply with a long list of regulations. Checking in requires a health screening; masks are mandatory, even during the most strenuous workouts; only one-third of normal occupancy is allowed; and everyone must clean, then clean some more.
At a Planet Fitness in Brooklyn, Dinara Izmagambetova, who wore a floral black face mask and had a sheen of sweat after completing a two-hour workout, said she was thrilled to be back in a gym. But safety measures had made it a less sociable experience, she said.
“I could ask someone” how to use a machine before the outbreak, Ms. Izmagambetova said. “Now I’m doing a lot of Googling.”
Despite all the safety guidelines, some fitness enthusiasts are reluctant to go back and many have adapted to virtual workouts and exercising outdoors. Sales of fitness equipment like kettlebells and Peloton bikes have skyrocketed as people brought their workouts home.
Christopher Carbone plans to cancel his membership at a Planet Fitness branch near his home on Staten Island because of concerns about people who touch “the same equipment many times and excess sweat and breathing in range of others.”
Instead of going to the gym, Mr. Carbone will keep working out at home with a small set of hand weights.
In normal times, gyms often served as places of solace, where fitness buffs and casual exercisers could sweat out the stresses of the day.
Many former patrons are eager to return to their routines, and gym owners desperately need their business.
But even as gyms have reopened, their future remains unclear. Some of them have had to shut down again after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently designated parts of Brooklyn and Queens coronavirus hot spots.
A Retro Fitness location in Rego Park, Queens, formerly in one of Mr. Cuomo’s “red zones,” expressed regret about closing on its Facebook page.
“We have done our best to stay open as long as possible to serve you,” the post said, adding, “We support the city/county’s decision as being in the best interest of our members, staff, and community to help curb the spread of Coronavirus.”
The gym was recently allowed to reopen as some restrictions were eased.
Despite scientists’ concerns, infection clusters connected to gyms in the United States have been relatively rare so far, though they have been reported in Hawaii and California.
“We’re not seeing outbreaks tied to gyms as heavily as something like a bar or school,” said Saskia Popescu, an epidemiologist from George Mason University.
Still, a number of the 2,000 or so gyms in New York State and fitness centers across the country face a fight for life. At least one-fourth of the more than 40,000 gyms in the United States could close by the end
NEW YORK, Oct. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — sbe, the leading international hospitality group that develops, manages and operates award-winning brands, today announced a multi-faceted global partnership with leading luxury wellness and lifestyle brand, DOGPOUND. The initial rollout will commence on October 21st, 2020 and will be highlighted by the launching of a customized fitness program at renowned sbe properties SLS South Beach and SLS Brickell. This will be closely followed by the addition of Mondrian Doha and other sbe properties as the partnership expands internationally.
A favorite among celebrities and supermodels from around the world, this will be the first hotel partnership for DOGPOUND, providing sbe guests with exclusive access to a dynamic array of virtual training sessions, previously only available to DOGPOUND clients. In the initial launch phase, DOGPOUND’s expert fitness trainers will coach sbe guests through virtual one-on-one fitness training sessions in the comfort of their sbe hotel rooms. Tailored to each guest’s fitness level and equipment access, the DOGPOUND trainers offer a bespoke approach to training that will include key stretches, bodyweight moves, and an overall, well-rounded fitness experience.
“We’ve noticed a significant rise in requests for health and wellness services at sbe properties and sought out a partner that aligned with our consumer’s luxury lifestyle and could provide the best-of-the-best,” said sbe Chief Business Officer Philippe Zrihen. “DOGPOUND has a cult following as one of the most innovative and trendsetting companies in the lifestyle fitness space. As our guests look for new ways to stay healthy, this partnership provides them with remarkable, results-driven personal training and a wellness-focused community at the touch of a button.”
In the coming year, sbe and DOGPOUND will expand the virtual workout program to additional properties with potential for even more unique fitness opportunities or additional avenues of collaboration.
“This is a first for our company and we jumped at the chance to bring our private training sessions and nutritional programs to global travelers through a partnership with sbe, a luxury brand we’ve long admired,” says DOGPOUND Founder and CEO, Kirk Myers. “Since each workout is catered to the individual, no session is the same, meaning sbe guests can return to their hotel room day after day, week after week, for a completely new experience. We’re providing access to some of DOGPOUND’s top trainers so sbe guests can CRUSH IT from anywhere in the world.”
sbe’s collaboration with DOGPOUND further advances the hospitality group’s health and wellness platform in response to growing interests among lifestyle consumers – 80 percent of whom are more engaged with their health than they were prior to the pandemic, according to a recent survey by Slingshot. Providing a full-service approach to wellness, sbe already partners with leading fitness companies Therabody to provide deep muscle therapy amenities, and Goldsheep for branded activewear, with more collaborations expected to be announced.
“Wellness is no longer a nice-to-have when guests are picking their preferred hotel, it is a must-have. DOGPOUND is a natural complement
New spa, state-of-the-art gym and outdoor swimming pool planned for major health and fitness club near Edinburgh
One of the UK’s leading leisure groups is inviting locals to shape a new state of the art health and fitness club in Midlothian.
Tuesday, 20th October 2020, 4:45 pm
The plans hope to bring a range of premium family-focused health and leisure facilities to the the site between Edinburgh and Dalkeith.
The proposed facilities include a health and fitness club with three badminton-court sports hall, a large state of the art gym with several group-exercise studios for various uses such as group cycling, HIIT training and mind and body exercise.
Both a permanent and a seasonal tennis court are suggested, as well as indoor and outdoor swimming pools, terrace and luxury indoor spa with spa garden.
The plans also include a clubroom which aims to attract families, couples and individual users. An adults only business hub for flexible working, and a soft play and activity space for children are also suggested.
A Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) was submitted to Midlothian Council in September, highlighting the intent of the developer to lodge a planning application this year.
David Lloyd noted that if the plans are approved, there will be nearly 250 car parking spaces with EV charging points as well as covered cycle spaces and various landscaping features.
Sandy Smith, development director at Buccleuch Property, owners of Shawfair Park said: “As a long-term investor in Shawfair and Midlothian we are very pleased to be working with David Lloyd Leisure in bringing these proposals forward.
“David Lloyd Leisure’s family-focused offering will be a fantastic addition to Shawfair Park and a valuable amenity to local residents and businesses who will be able to play tennis, swim and lead a healthy life-style with-in easy reach of their front doors.”
David Lloyd will consult with the local community digitally to provide residents with further information on the proposals. The public consultation website will go live at 9am on Thursday, October 29 with a consultation event taking place the same day from 4-8pm. Consultants will be available to answer any questions through a live two-way chat system during these times. Any suggestions for changes to the proposals shared during the event will be included in a Pre-Application Consultation report.
Brendan Mitchell, group acquisitions manager for David Lloyd said: “We are delighted to be providing the local community with the opportunity to shape our proposals for this exciting new health, leisure and fitness club in Midlothian.
“Clearly these are difficult times, and we’re pleased to offer an exciting vision to help people maintain physical and
Macquarie reiterates its Outperform rating on Planet Fitness (PLNT +0.2%) on the membership and franchisee resiliency it sees for gym operator.
Analyst Paul Golding thinks Planet Fitness is poised to win the COVID-19 gym consolidation. “We see brick-and- mortar fitness continuing this wave of consolidation as independent and mid -tier gyms pull the plug, especially in CA and NY, given the prolonged shutdowns,” he notes. The list of gym closings includes 24 Hour Fitness, Flywheel and Town Sports.
“Planet’s almost 2,100 (est.) stores provide convenience, flexibility, and value for members trading down or looking to complement a virtual setup at home,” notes Golding.
For Q3, Macquarie models 34 new store openings, a total membership figure at quarter end of 14.7M, revenues of $121M vs. $109M consensus and adjusted EBITDA of $42M.
Looking further down the road, Macquarie sees FY21 EPS from Planet Fitness of $1.63 vs. $1.66 consensus and FY22 EPS of $2.23 vs. $2.17 consensus.
See all the consensus estimates on PLNT.
An interesting comparison for Planet Fitness is Dick’s, which benefited greatly this year from bankruptcies from within the sector.
Since the coronavirus pandemic shut down gyms in March, most of us have been scrambling for new ways to exercise and stay healthy. Luckily, setting up a home gym isn’t as hard (or as space-consuming) as it once was. This is largely thanks to the best high-end fitness equipment we’ve ever had access to.
But what is “high-end fitness equipment” anyway? Essentially, we’re talking about premium, all-in-one workout stations that can fit in most houses or apartments. This could take the form of a fitness mirror, connected stationary bike or connected treadmill. The best high-end fitness equipment also delivers access to coaching and personal training, replacing the fitness studios that were blowing up before coronavirus.
What to Know Before Buying High-End Fitness Equipment
Everyone has different requirements and preferences when it comes to breaking a sweat. Here are a few considerations to keep in mind while choosing the best high-end fitness equipment for your needs.
Activities: Before making any purchases, take note of your favorite workouts and exercise activities. Do you like long, grueling cardio workouts or quick weight training sessions? Or maybe you’re looking to try out new activities such as boxing or yoga? Be sure to look over what’s possible with any piece of fitness equipment to make sure it can help you reach your goals.
Muscle Groups: When building a minimal home gym, it’s important to check off as many muscle groups as possible with the proper gear. Ideally, you’ll want a piece of gear (or a training device) that can hit your legs, abs, chest, arms and back while improving cardio.
Space: Unless you have a mansion with a dedicated home gym room, space will probably be a major concern when shopping for fitness equipment. Figure out a room in your home where you can workout, and measure it before buying any new gear.
Connectivity: The best high-end fitness gear should have some sort of connection to a training program. Even if you’re already a certified athlete, access to training programs will improve your performance and help motivate you to keep exercising.
What is the Best At-Home Fitness Equipment?
Whether you’re looking to improve your cardio, learn yoga, build muscle, or all of the above, read on. We’ve rounded up some of the best pieces of high-end fitness equipment around, including mirrors, bikes and rowing machines. They’re ideal for advancing your fitness goals while gyms are closed, but they just might permanently replace the gym altogether.
BEST ALL-IN-ONE WORKOUT: Tempo
Tempo is an all-in-one fitness station that can fit in nearly any house or apartment. If you’re looking for maximum versatility and minimal space usage, this is the best piece of high-end fitness equipment around.
The Tempo device is a vertical, standing touchscreen with an equipment shelf underneath. The shelf is loaded with dumbbells and bars that offer various degrees of resistance – similar to the racks of weights you’d find in a gym. The touchscreen shows