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Technogym steps up pace to win world fitness race
November 18, 2018 | Financial Times | Rachel Sanderson in Milan

Technogym, the Italian maker of top end gym equipment, is launching a new platform to broadcast live and on-demand workouts from top gyms worldwide as the race for fitness tech heats up.

The Milan-listed company, founded by owner and chief executive Nerio Alessandri in 1983, will launch Technogym Live in January starting first in the UK and Italy. It will allow owners of Technogym equipment fitted with broadcast consoles to watch cycling, running, rowing, boxing and boot camp classes from its partner fitness studios around the world.

The move comes as fitness has become a new frontier for the tech industry. Fitness streaming apps, such as audio app Aaptiv, connected to home equipment such as start-up Peloton Interactive stationary bicycles have become a big growth area.
fitness  gyms  Peloton  platforms  Technogym  connected_devices  wellness 
november 2018 by jerryking
The dumb-bell economy: inside the booming business of exercise
FEBRUARY 9, 2018 | FT | Jo Ellison.

Where once consumers looked for acquisitions to express their status, our spending habits are shifting towards more holistic expenditures. In the past 20 years, the leisure industry has emerged as one of the most dynamic, disruptive and fashionable of forces. It’s all part of a new focus on the “lifestyle experience”, a trend that has possessed consumers and found luxury brands spiking with sporty new offerings — sneakers, leggings, apps and accessories — designed to harness the burgeoning market. As Harvey Spevak, the executive chairman and managing partner of the Equinox group, likes to say: “Health is the new wealth.”
.....2019 will see the first Equinox hotel opening in New York’s Hudson Yards, the first in a rollout of Equinox hotels earmarked for billions more in investment. The hotels will be founded on the same full-service ideal as the clubs. “Our vision for the hotels is to cater to the high-performance traveller,” says Spevak, “and we think about it as we do, historically, from a science perspective. We call it MNR — movement, nutrition and recovery — where a high-performance lifestyle and a healthy lifestyle is a three-legged stool.”.....as our lives have become busier, atomised and more urban, the gym has emerged as the new place in which to gather: to be part of a community....not only are millennials more likely to buy gym memberships, they’re driving the boutique business as well. The rise of the group workout, club membership and all of the attendant accessories that come with it have become part of the new language of “wellness”......Where you work out, who you work out with, and what you wear to work out in have become totems of fashionability. Spevak traces the first shoots of the wellness trend to 9/11, when he saw a jump in the number of people becoming focused on holistic health and taking care of themselves.
....But more than anything, the fitness boom must be a corollary of a digital revolution in which working out has become a ubiquitous feature of our online life; ....Minton agrees that a gym’s success depends on cultivating this tribal loyalty, delivering a unique experience and then selling product that marks its members out. “Some of the most interesting clubs are those that are expanding into less obvious areas,” he says. “We now have over 600 boutiques across the UK and they are growing faster than traditional gyms as they have a smaller footprint and can take pop-up spaces.......The experiential market is throwing a lifeline to retailers, as well. “The fashion link is growing,” adds Minton. “Fitness apparel brands like Lululemon, Sweaty Betty, Reebok, Nike all now offer free in-store workouts, which provide them with an opportunity to market their brand lifestyles more directly and forge a connection with the consumer.”.......“The demise of retail is a permanent shift,” says Spevak. “It doesn’t mean retail’s going to go away, but it’s going to look very different. The consumer, in my opinion, will continue to buy nice things for themselves, but I think in the scheme of priorities the experience is more important than the handbag.”
fitness  exercise  London  United_Kingdom  gyms  wellness  rollouts  strength_training  boutiques  leisure  Equinox  millennials  experiential_marketing  small_spaces  pop-ups  non-obvious  upscale  retailers  in-store  digital_revolution 
february 2018 by jerryking
Now at Saks: Salt Rooms, a Bootcamp and a Peek at Retail’s Future - The New York Times
By DAVID GELLES AUG. 4, 2017

Venerable department store was dealing with the upheavals throttling the retail industry. As stores around the country reckon with Amazon.com, discount chains and changing consumer habits, they are turning to “experiential” offerings that entice people to enter their doors..... “Selling stuff in stores is not the answer,” he said. “You have to build an emotional connection with them. Where else can you take a fitness class and buy a Chanel handbag?”

It isn’t clear how many of Saks’s discerning clientele are actually interested in getting a lemon scrub after purchasing a $5,100 Alexander McQueen dress. During multiple visits over the past week, The Wellery was sparsely populated.
retailers  Saks  shareholder_activism  future  department_stores  experiential_marketing  wellness  Nordstrom  Macy's  emotional_connections  experimentation  bootcamps  Amazon  shifting_tastes  contra-Amazon  dislocations 
august 2017 by jerryking
Healthy Reader
April 3, 2012 | WSJ | By LAURA LANDRO

Exit Strategies In his new book, "The Best Care Possible," Ira Byock, a professor at Dartmouth Medical School and an expert on palliative care, is nothing if not blunt: "Americans are scared to death of dying. And with good reason," he writes. "We make dying a lot harder than it has to be." This remarkable book, subtitled "A Physician's Quest to Transform Care Through the End of Life," begins by explaining why our current methods of caring for people with advanced illnesses are "dysfunctional" and "neglectful." (Among the biggest problems: Busy clinicians tend to give short shrift to communicating fully with patients, treating pain or coordinating tests and office visits.) Then, through a series of exchanges with patients and their families, Dr. Byock illustrates how the medical community and society can "make the best of what is often the very worst time of life." An absorbing read.

To learn more visit irabyock.org.
dying  book_reviews  Laura_Landro  wellness  hospice  palliative_care  books  end-of-life 
may 2012 by jerryking
Selling Health Food to China - WSJ.com
DEC. 13, 2010 | WSJ | By LAURIE BURKITT . MNCs Use
Traditional Ingredients in Market Battle. ...In China, where diabetes,
cancer and other chronic illnesses are on the rise, people are growing
more health conscious, creating a fast-growing market for companies
selling health foods. Food-product giants such as Nestlé SA and PepsiCo
Inc. have begun introducing foods that have a traditional Chinese
folk-medicine twist. Among the ingredients the MNC's are using:
wolfberry plants, chrysanthemum teas and tremella, a fungus commonly
thought in China to help improve the skin, strengthen bones and control
weight. In 2009, sales of wellness foods and beverages in China
increased 28% from 5 yrs. earlier to $1.5 billion, driven by the elderly
and women, according to Euromonitor International, a mkt-research firm.
The figure is small compared with the category's $162 billion in U.S.
sales last year, but the world's biggest food companies are eager to
cash in on the growing Chinese market.
health_foods  China  multinationals  Nestlé  Pepsi  wellness 
december 2010 by jerryking
The Wellness Industry as an Echo of the Internet in the 1990s - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com
May 23, 2010 | New York Times | By STEVE LOHR. "...He
estimates that more than 95 percent of the financial resources in
America are spent in the “sick-care system” in hospitals, clinics and
doctors’ offices, where patients turn up ill, often with chronic
conditions like heart disease and diabetes.

Dr. Lawrence, who attended the conference, figures that half the money
in the sick-care system is misspent, and that much of health spending
needs to move to wellness — to keep people out of costly hospitals and
clinics...."
wellness  healthcare  Steve_Lohr  health_informatics  innovation  medical_devices  sleep_apnea  internet 
may 2010 by jerryking

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