Fitness Challenges produces two magazines (Fitness Challenges and Coaches Challenges) as well as this annual event, attended by over 300 industry professionals. 22 sponsors exhibited at the event in the south of France.
Keynote speaker was Emma Barry of New Zealand (now living in Los Angeles) who has become a sought after expert in the boutique sector.
Fred Hoffmann, and American living in Paris, is also active on the global speaker circuit, and talked about technology and social media.
Fitness Industry Insights: France
The French market has some strong chains, led by Basic Fit with about 200 installations (part of the Amsterdam publicly listed company with almost 700 own installations). However, there are more CrossFit lines (1200, see table).
Comparing studios and mid market clubs, a strategy canvas highlighted distinct differences, and a comparison of data across Europe shows that there is still plenty of growth for the French market.
Recommended Reading: France Fitness Market
Shared by Christophe Andanson, Owner of Planet Fitness, and compiled by Roland Berger. A french study titled: “Le Sport, une industrie en forme! Les défis d’un marché en mutation”. A look into the diversity of the market and how new players are changing the ecosystem:
Thanks to a good drilling in grammar in high school in Toronto I am able to „flip a switch“ and speak/understand French even when only confronted with the situation/environment once per year.
Till next time!