Welltodo Today: BarreCore’s Latest Expansion, Forensic Fitness, China’s Consumers Are Spending On Wellness

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Today’s key global wellness news articles from around the world, impacting the industry and influencing the business of wellness.

 

Spas, yoga and champagne: the attempt to reinvent department stores

Champagne bars, blow-dries, yoga classes and a £20 million escalator – these are just some of the tactics department stores are deploying in a quest to reinvent themselves. The drastic makeovers have been forced by the rise of cheaper, more convenient online competitors, the pound’s slump and increases in the national living wage, which have all driven up costs.

Trend to Watch: Wellness Spend Surging in China

The Chinese face economic issues, but no matter what, they are becoming increasingly wellness conscious. Organic, non-genetically modified and low-fat food sales are booming. And in the personal care market, big brands are losing share, while natural brands and products are surging.

Barrecore to open eighth London studio

Boutique fitness operator Barrecore is planning to open its 12th UK studio next month – in the London borough of Wandsworth. Opposite Wandsworth Town tube station, the 2,000 sq ft (186sq m) studio will be the second London location south of the River Thames and eighth in the capital city.

One-On-One With Flywheel Sports CEO Sarah Robb O’Hagan

We spoke with Sarah Robb O’Hagan, CEO of Flywheel Sports, one of the nation’s fastest growing indoor cycling brands, about the company’s introduction of at-home bikes and streaming workout classes as well as the burgeoning growth prospects for Flywheel and the boutique fitness industry. Writer: Thomas J.

How has the fitness video adapted to the YouTube age? – BBC News

In the 1980s, a Lycra-clad Jane Fonda sold millions of her pioneering workout video cassettes. But videotape gave way to DVDs, then along came the internet and digital streaming. So how has the workout video adapted?

Foot Locker may suffer as the athleisure boom winds down

Flickr via istolethetv Foot Locker stock is down over 15% since the company reported first-quarter sales and profits that missed expectations. Sports apparel companies have been the primary benefactors of the athleisure trend, as sneakers and yoga pants find a place both inside and outside the gym.

Why forensic fitness is the future

Nowadays, bespoke is the modern buzzword – we can personalise everything from our luggage to our lunches. So it was inevitable that a one-size-fits-all approach to fitness would eventually be sidelined in favour of something more precise: these days, hitting peak wellness means going right down to genetic level.

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