I'll be honest. That futuristic building above isn't a gym.

I'm not quite sure what it's potential purpose is, but it could well be a gym.

However, by now society has not prioritised such grand buildings to be spaces of health. And that is where our problem lies.

Gyms, in their current form, do not serve the purpose of supporting health. While they excel in delivering fitness and creating insider communities, they have failed to combat the growing obesity crisis and emerging mental and social health situations. The blame cannot be placed on gyms entirely when significant external factors play even more substantial roles on society. Though the protector of health has failed to evolve to manage societies health struggles as gyms continue to focus on flawed goals surrounding body image, failed to create an open culture and ultimately are not making the health & fitness journey desirable for more people.

As new digital services emerge, creating exciting and accessible health solutions, gyms are experiencing an identity crisis and seeking to reaffirm their position as the guardians of health & fitness.

I see an alternative future.

What follows is the mission statement and reason for creation of a concept I call active spaces under the Affinity brand.

At Affinity Active Spaces we are looking to answer three vital questions that will change the state of health & fitness delivery.

1) What does health truly mean and how can we work to advance it holistically?

2) How do we create desirable spaces to evolve health at scale now and into the future?

3) What makes health development meaningful and accessible to everyone?

An active space is an intentionally broad term simply to define spaces that develop both the body and mind.

Active spaces are not a type of facility such as health club, big box or boutique, nor is it a franchise or workout. An active spaces is not a fitness app, digital platform, subscription service or amalgamation tool.

It is a new concept, a way to structure and operate a health & fitness business. It is the next evolution to the gym as we know it.

Active spaces are dedicated to supporting the dynamic and holistic health problems of the modern world. Tackling inactivity, obesity, mental health and social health with strategies that resonate most with the consumer to build lasting commitment to health.

What makes this concept so influential is it fundamentally changes the perception of the spaces we use to develop our health. Health, fitness and wellness industries have long been fragmented, dominated by the fitness and gym landscape. Active spaces bring health together, a central point where we have a true desire to improve our health in all its forms, surrounded by those who share our values, beliefs and passions, to whom we create an affinity. They form a barrier to the medical services and ensure preventative solutions are the leading form of public health. A space not only for solving health problems, but promoting versatile health development, taking a new role in society.

We know the positive impact physical activity has on overall health, but it's time to build on that. To realign health delivery we must look to answering the questions of what health really means, how we deliver it and how to get more people to believe in it.

This change comes together in three core concepts.

1) Complete Health

'What does health truly mean?'

Our motto is 'Health Means More'. It means more than fitness, working out or the gym. We are managing our health all day every day and need to feel in control of every aspect.

Health should be viewed holistically and delivered synergistically through 6 dimensions -

Physical Health - How we move, how we build

Nutritional Health - How we fuel our bodies

Mental Health - Awareness and management of our positive and negative mental states

Social Health - How we develop relationships, how we communicate and connect with people

Health Intelligence - Drawing from experience and perspective to understand more about how our body operates to feel a stronger connection to our health

Health Longevity - What we choose to do today will affect our tomorrow

Every action we take falls into a principle. Every principle impacts the others. We know this inherently but we need the support to manage this consistently.

This isn't about creating an unattainable ideal of perfection, insinuating that complete health can be mastered. It's acknowledging the journey we all go on in life to manage our health so we can live happy, fulfilled and purposeful lives. It's our belief that a conscious effort of progression will enhance that pursuit while maintaining the humility that mistakes will be made and lessons learned everyday.

2) The Active Space

'How do we create spaces to evolve complete health now and into the future?'

Evolution, Not Revolution

Every gym and fitness space was created with a passion and belief towards improving the health of the community they build. It started with one person or group seeking to turn their beliefs, values, character and experiences into a business that helps others who share their ideals. It is this passion and commitment to community that changes lives. This is what we need to carry into the new era of active spaces. The core tenets of success in personalisation, accountability, trust, motivation, inspiration, dedication, versatility, accessibility, enjoyment and community create the sustainable growth each person desires. It is these skills that make the gym, in its best form, the prime candidate to lead us into the future of health.

Unfortunately, these core tenets of success have not been enough to shift the balance of health and increase market penetration past 20%. Fitness alone has not been enough to convince people to commit to their health. The gym landscapes fixation on body image and historical business practices of focusing on how to sell more memberships instead of asking how to change more lives has created a negative perception of the gym to the majority of people. The negligence of mental health, social health and nutritional support, all of which have been made harder to manage in the modern world, has made external factors deteriorate health away from the gym. Health simply has to be delivered holistically to make it sustainable.

Active spaces deliver health in all its forms with systems in place to manage each area to ensure progression is being made and problems are solved as and when they arise. This dynamic view of health requires the relevant support to the fitness coaches from nutritionists, physiotherapists, psychologist and other specialists all working together under the ethos of the active space. As a means to evolve, gyms and fitness providers can create strategic partnerships with companies and individual specialists that share their values will provide the collaboration needed to effectively manage each area of health. This will provide their community the access they need to ensure their complete health needs are met. Gyms will move from being fitness focused to health focused delivering results in all areas.

To deliver complete health the gym in its current form needs to evolve quickly to be omnipresent by dominating the online space and build systems around personalisation and community.

Technology Creates Opportunity

The active space is equally a digital space.

Technology presents the opportunity to harness those core tenets of success that gyms excel in and deliver them at scale in line with the businesses values and ethos.

The Neural Network - Health Hubs

The digital presence of the active space creates 24/7 access to health development. Going beyond live and on-demand fitness classes, the online health hub creates a variety of holistic health experiences in the form of events, workshops, discussions, seminars, conversations, courses, entertainment and more, all designed to serve their communities health desires on their terms. As the active space evolves the experiences will increase in volume, quality and diversity, with similar opportunities existing in the physical space.

Brand success will be based on values, character, ethos, and delivery, making each space have the capacity to be a global influence as their culture and community transcends regions and borders to bring people together who share the meaning of being associated with what that active space stands for. Just as the influencers and celebrities of today use their personality and relatability to achieve global reach, the brand personality of the active space is able to make expansive digital communities and deliver unrivalled value.

Community and social fabrics are the biggest driver of health. Cultivating true community online is dependant on social factors like intentional collective development, relatable and representative leadership and the feeling safety, security and value for all. The health hub will be the neural network of the active space creating consistent conversation, cooperation and cohesive application of health to both the in-person members and extended online community.

Personalisation will be scaled to ensure each member has the support of the community while moving towards their health goals with the personal touch felt from their coaching.

Digital innovation set to emerge including AI, wearable tech and VR will change the industry and provide opportunity for active spaces to further develop their platforms. Instead of tech taking over the role of the gym, the impact and popularity of active spaces will encourage brand collaboration, integrative solutions and specialised innovation so that new tech and specialist health brands align the active space's delivery.

The Heartbeat - Community

The personality and heart of the brand will remain in the physical location which provides the tangible and consistent base where the coaches, leaders and community gather.

Active spaces will expand their influence on their local or regional community. Their adoption of complete health strategies will create larger community membership bases with success amplified by their online presence. Membership options will become broader to include online only and various in-person or hybrid subscriptions. Events will grow in size and stature, breaking down the online-offline barriers and producing incredible health experiences desired by all.

The in-person experience is undoubtedly the strongest health developer through community and connectivity. As community evolves through advanced connectivity and shared ideals around more holistic health it will drive commitment and development. The active space will become the centre of the local community as a space where members no longer go for just a 1hr workout, but spend hours developing different areas of their health together.

3) People and Perception

What makes health development meaningful and accessible to everyone?

It would be easy for the fitness industry to continue serving 20% of the population and see incredible returns. Meanwhile the healthcare (or sickcare) industry is substantially bigger because of the failings of health commitment.

To truly evolve the gym into active spaces we have to fundamentally change the way health is perceived and the desire of the consumer to believe in it. The goal for health commitment has to be a mass participation level which matches that of the smartphone. Can't be done? Mark Zuckerberg convinced half the planet to use Facebook meant for a social connection at Harvard University. I refuse to believe we can't have a society that doesn't fundamentally believes in health as the starting point for lifestyle.

Leading With Complete Health

Complete health makes the active space more appealing than fitness centric gyms. The idea that we have a safe and secure space, surrounded by people who care for us, all sharing the belief that health is developed across multiple dimensions fundamentally changes our ideas towards being healthy. This moves us away from the toxic development of body image, perfection and anti-weakness. The active space becomes a desirable space, not somewhere we 'should go' or 'have to go' which the majority concern the gym as. We can work on different elements of our health, ultimately working on them all as we develop.

Away from the physical space, consumers will develop their own health spaces utilising easily accessible digital resources and connectivity to engross themselves in their health development. Going to the active space (physical or digital) to work on our mental health or social health will become as natural as going to the gym to work on our fitness is today. A holistic view of health brings back core principles of control and xxx which define our health journey and drive us forward with purpose.

By leading with complete health over fitness we are showing that health outcomes are linked to the experiences with live through every 24hrs. We are reframing health away from fitness and showing members that they have control of their health. Those in the inducted into the fitness industry understand the power of living our lives through experiences that define our health. Understanding the importance of good sleep, the impact of diverse training, the simple mental health trick of walking, the importance of building relationships and enjoying others company and understanding what we eat changes how we feel. Coaches, XXX and xXXX are some of the  happiest, driven and fulfilled people I know because of their work and how they live their lives through experiences.

Experiences Not Services

The best health experiences are driven by emotion. The music, coaching motivation, xxx and xxx all create an atmosphere of happiness, purpose and determination. The positive emotions that connect us with our health journey and make the discomfort, difficulty and challenge desirable. These same emotion led experiences need to be structured through different areas of health. Humans crave experiences, the excitement of

Delivering experiences takes a whole system approach, led by the underlying values and character of each active space. Here the leaders, coaches, community will dictate the best experiences and how to deliver them in a way that resonates most with each person. The context, outcomes, learning, social, emotion and immersion will dictate the success of each experience.

Understand experiences further here

Meeting People Where They're At

We are all on a health journey. The spectrum is broad and subjective, leaving everyone in a different place with a different perspective. Meeting each person where they are in their health journey is vital to helping them believe in their journey going forward.

Complete health is a framework for health that everyone resonates with, but without the active space to reinforce their values and character they will not fully commit. The philosophy is fluid to the modern world, not only working alongside existing beliefs and diverse cultures, but attentive of where external influences affect our health and how we can remain in control where situations seem to remove it. This prevents the common health problems of yo-yo dieting,

Below the superficial nature of the fitness industry there is a purpose and desire at the core of each persons commitment to their health journey. The responsibility of the active space is to find that, nurture that and support the dynamic growth of every community member. Here you will find greater commitment, excitement and xxx that redefines the health journey picking up those people who have been lost or disenfranchised by the fitness industry

Social Fabrics

Our decisions are socially influenced, on both the macro and micro scale. Finding ourselves in a community or tribe creates both comfort and constructive challenge in our beliefs and values. The active space is embedded in community where the health of the collective is equally important to that of the individual. It is a space of growth, which often requires discomfort, at the same time enjoyment, passion and meaning to all. We are able to rely on the coaches, leaders and fellow community members for the information and development we need across our health, instead of being susceptible to adverse health opinions and beliefs from those with motives that do not provide true value to health enhancement.


The fitness industry is fighting a difficult battle to deliver health at scale.

One thing for sure is that the fitness industry and surrounding health & wellness industries are resilient and passionate about helping people develop their health.

Significant financial growth of the industry, beyond the tech disruptive period, will be achieved by accessing a wider percentage of the market and supporting commitment to health development.

We need an evolution that puts the active space at the heart of all health development. A place people really resonate with.

This is what Affinity will strive to do. Give the power to the leaders that seek to influence constructive, lasting change.

This slightly grand ideology towards a health utopia isn't without strategy and capacity to execute - you can explore some of other content on this page or view how Affinity Active Spaces delivers these strategies to businesses via this link -

For a more detailed view of active spaces check out the first Active Spaces Podcast here -