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This Month in Club Insider: October 2022

The LIFE and TIMES of Ray Wilson
Ray Wilson Passes Away at Age 94

By: Norm Cates

Norm CatesNorm CatesThe health and fitness club industry lost a TRUE LEGEND on August 22, 2022 when Mr. RAY WILSON, a man who has had a very prolific 75+ year career in the health, racquet and sports club world of development, building and operations, passed away at the age of 94. This Memorial Cover Story is intended to honor and recognize the many contributions Mr. Ray Wilson made to our industry during his amazing 75+ year career. On August 22nd, when Ray passed away at his beachside home in Mexico, he left nine offspring. That number consisted of two sons who previously worked in the health and fitness club industry with him: his son, Packy Wilson, and his elder son, the late Perry Wilson, as well as Randi, Everett, Rhonda Yarro, Sue McKinely and Ray Wilson, Jr. Read More

Exercise IS Medicine
By: Mike Alpert

Mike AlpertMike AlpertMillions of Americans are in poor health as a result of poor lifestyle habits. Many more are affected by chronic illness. The current solution is costly drugs and costly procedures, which are driving up health insurance costs and putting a tremendous financial burden on our Healthcare system. First, here are some facts to consider... Read More

Rising Up - Rising Out - Rise Together
By: Sara Kooperman, JD

Sara Kooperman, JDSara Kooperman, JDIt seems like every organization, every company and every inspired CEO is providing us a guide towards emerging from the pandemic. I have read multiple articles, all with numerous different approaches but none that target what I believe to be the most important elements: balance and patience. The pandemic has been a completely new experience for our society. It has emerged not as a copy of the 1920s, nor as a duplication of our 2007 - 08 recession, but as a world situation like no other. Surviving any unique event requires patience. Patience means constant review and evaluation. It reminds me of balance. Balance is not static. Balance is constant movement. Little shifts of weight, small hedges in one direction or another, constant slight corrections. Read More

OSHA's Whistleblower Protection Program and What Employers Need to Know
By: Paul R. Bedard, Esquire

Paul R. Bedard, EsquirePaul R. Bedard, EsquireThe Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) included the creation of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA is charged with ensuring safe working conditions for employees by setting and enforcing safety standards. OSHA also provides education, training, outreach and assistance to employers to help ensure employee safety across a variety of industries. Health clubs are classified by OSHA as, "Physical Fitness Facilities." These types of facilities are defined by OSHA to include, "health clubs, spas and similar facilities featuring exercise and other active physical fitness conditioning, whether or not on a membership basis." Establishments providing aerobic dance and exercise classes are also referenced within this OSHA classification. Read More

Designing the Ultimate Member Experience
By: Jeffrey Pinkerton

Jeffrey PinkertonJeffrey PinkertonIf you were going to design the ultimate member experience in group fitness, how would you do it? And, just for the sake of clarity, I am not asking you how you would design a single group fitness workout. I think we can all agree that different people gravitate towards different styles of training. Among my family of six, we all have different favorites when it comes to getting strength, cardio and mobility into our workouts. What I mean is: If you had unlimited resources and you could put together a team to craft the ultimate member experience in group fitness, where would you start? Who would you hire and who would you consult? What would be the primary objective and the must-have ingredients? What expertise would be required? Read More

Key Takeaways From SCW Atlanta Mania 2022
By: Chris Stevenson

Chris StevensonChris StevensonSCW Atlanta Mania is in the books, and it was a blast! There was a perfect combination of educational sessions, networking events and fun. Marisa Hoff and I presented several sessions at the event, so what follows are the topics we spoke on and a key takeaway from each one... Read More

Two Steps to Successful Medical Fitness Center Marketing and Enrollment
LOMBARD, IL - As we enter the fourth quarter of 2022, enrollment at medically-integrated fitness centers is close to attaining pre-COVID levels. Power Wellness has uncovered two keys contributing to our centers' success with attracting and retaining members that differ from commercial gym marketing and sales: Positive Branding and Personalization. Read More

IHRSA Fitness Brasil 2022 Achieves 'Indisputable' Success
BOSTON, MA - After a three-year absence due to the pandemic, IHRSA Fitness Brasil returned ready to revive the Latin American health and fitness industry. The Transamerica Expo Center in Sao Paulo was vibrant with energy and optimism during the four-day event. Honored to welcome IHRSA Fitness Brasil 2022 attendees was IHRSA President and CEO, Liz Clark. During her welcome address, Liz updated the crowd on Global Health & Fitness Alliance efforts, including its most recent publication, Economic Health & Societal Well-being: Quantifying the Impact of the Global Health & Fitness Sector report, and the recently launched IHRSA Portugues website. She also praised the ability to gather in person again. Read More

Norm's Notes for October 2022
By: Norm Cates

Norm CatesNorm CatesHello Everybody! This is your Club Insider Founder and Tribal Leader Since 1993 checking in with our 346th monthly edition! College football season is rolling along, and I am enjoying every minute of it! Read More

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