Fitness and Corporate Social Responsibility – Running on empathy

By its very nature the fitness industry supports a healthier planet, but in an age of heightened social awareness, and scrutiny of business ethics, is this still enough? We spoke to fitness corporate social responsibility (CSR) expert Ray Algar, who says to truly thrive in a post-recession, the fitness industry ...

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Oxygen Consulting and DataHub partner to help operators unlock the social value they generate

  As part of the DataHub’s continued drive to enrich the sector’s understanding of the data it holds, a new strategic partnership has been agreed with Oxygen Consulting. The partnership is designed to help both private and public sector leisure operators more clearly define and champion the social value generated through ...

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Ray Algar discusses change in the health club industry

Recently I was interviewed for the Australian Fitness Business Podcast about the research I have been undertaking as well as the ongoing mission of Gymtopia. During the thirty-minute show, we discussed:     The two fundamental strategic paths that fitness brands are now pursuing. The rise of fitness substitutes. The November fitness project. ...

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Gymtopia social good platform building momentum

                        Gymtopia has come a long way since its 2013 inception. We have now published inspiring stories from five continents outlining how the global health and fitness industry is using its community of members and staff to help people and communities. The stories are powerful and impactful so do drop by ...

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One place for all of the stories of good by health/fitness industry

IHRSA has today published  a great bog post about the work of Gymtopia under the heading 'One place for all of the stories of good by health/fitness industry'. ------- "The health and fitness industry does plenty of good on a daily basis by helping every person who walks through the door onto ...

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Gymtopia update

Gymtopia is receiving growing interest from the health and fitness industry on the back of its recent ukactive Matrix Outstanding Achievement Award. During October, Leisure Management magazine published a six-page articles featuring four of the amazing projects case-studied on the Gymtopia website. You can download this article in the press area ...

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Click to join, click to give: The Gym Group

This is the second of a year-long series of Gymtopia projects being serialised in Health Club Management magazine. This second article discusses UK-based The Gym Group and their online charity giving programme.      

Gymtopia article series with Health Club Managment – article 1 Cia Athletica Brazil

This is the first of a year-long series of Gymtopia projects being serialised in Health Club Management magazine. This first article discusses a gym member shoe donation programme by Cia Athletica clubs in Brazil. You can read here why I developed Gymtopia.

Why giving back to communities matters to The Gym Group

Recently, I caught up with John Treharne, CEO of UK-based, The Gym Group. We were discussing Gymtopia, my new project, and the various Charity partners that the The Gym Group supports. Here is the interview: ------------- Ray Algar: When was The Gym Group founded and why was it started? John Treharne: ‘The Gym ...

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il club, piattaforma del bene comune

Gymtopia è la nuova piattaforma web tramite la quale i club di tutto il mondo possono raccontare le proprie iniziative benefiche. Un modo per aiutare chi ne ha bisogno, rendere più profonda la relazione con i socie la comunità, tutto a vantaggio della propria “reputazione sociale” edell’immagine del settore