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How PHIT and Emerging Tech Could Change Policies and Your Gym
Posted: October 25, 2018 in IHRSA

PassPHITBOSTON, MA (by IHRSA's Jeff Perkins) - PHIT has passed the House, but it remains in the Senate. With the midterm elections just days away and senators returning to their districts to campaign, work in the Senate is at a standstill. That means PHIT’s best chance of passing during this Congress is after the midterm elections (also known as the lame duck session). Procedural rules in the Senate make it harder to pass legislation in the Senate than in the House. In the Senate, a bill only needs a simple majority --51 votes-- to pass, but to guarantee you get to a vote, at least 60 votes are required for what is called cloture. Assuming 51 Republicans will vote yes, we need at least nine Democrats. Now is the time to get your Senator onboard with PHIT before the lame duck session in November. Read More...

IHRSA Introduces Mobile App for Passport Program
Posted: October 4, 2018 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - The IHRSA Passport Program is getting a mobile makeover with the launch of a new app in 2019. The user-friendly app will allow gyms and gym-goers to conveniently access the program on any mobile device. IHRSA has chosen TrainAway, based in Copenhagen, to digitalize the IHRSA Passport Program, capitalizing on the company’s innovative technology and user interface to give members of participating IHRSA facilities access to a worldwide network of health clubs when they travel. In 2018, more than 1,500 health clubs worldwide participated in the IHRSA Passport Program. Read More...

PHIT Act Passes the House, Now Moves to Senate
Posted: July 25, 2018 in IHRSA

PassPHITWASHINGTON, D.C. - In a major step to help overcome the “Inactivity Pandemic” and improve the health of Americans, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act by a bipartisan vote of 277-142. The PHIT Act now moves to the Senate for consideration. The action in the House comes less than two weeks after being passed by the House Ways and Means Committee by a vote of 28-6. The PHIT Act was part of a larger package of health savings account (HSA) reform measures. Read More...

PHIT’s Next Step – A Vote in the House this Week!
Posted: July 24, 2018 in IHRSA

PassPHITBOSTON, MA - For the first time ever, PHIT was reported out of the House Ways and Means Committee! This step clears an important legislative hurdle. Now, PHIT will be considered by the entire House, this week! That is where you come in. We need your help to get PHIT passed in the House. Please ask your member of Congress to vote for PHIT on the House floor! Your support can help us redefine the nation’s physical activity culture! Read More...

IHRSA Women’s Leadership Summit Coming to AB Show 2018
Posted: July 1, 2018 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA and MADISON, WI - IHRSA and Athletic Business announce an agreement that will bring the IHRSA Women’s Leadership Summit to New Orleans, LA, during AB Show 2018. Last March, over 150 women came together for the 9th Annual IHRSA Women’s Leadership Summit at IHRSA 2018 in San Diego, CA. On November 8, IHRSA will build on the success of its annual event focused on learning, building and expanding networks and improving leadership skills during an interactive half-day event in New Orleans. Read More...

Health Savings Accounts Bill Includes PHIT – Help Pass It!
Posted: March 6, 2018 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - Congressman Mike Kelly (R-PA) has introduced the Bipartisan HSA Improvement Act (H.R. 5138). This Health Savings Accounts (HSA) reform bill bundles a number of HSA bills, including and most importantly to the health and fitness club industry, the PHIT Act! This HSA reform bill is now the best vehicle for getting PHIT included in the omnibus spending bill. Put simply, PHIT will pass if the omnibus spending bill includes the HSA bill. Read More...

The 2017 IHRSA Advocacy Impact Report with 2018 Legislative Forecasting
Posted: February 6, 2018 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - IHRSA's advocacy efforts are routed in the twin goals of protecting and promoting the health club industry. While you may prefer less government involvement in the club industry, the reality is, your state and national government introduce policies that could have a significant impact—for better or worse—on your business. One of IHRSA's jobs is to maximize the good, while minimizing the bad. Read More...

IHRSA Announces 2018 Industry Award Recipients
Posted: January 24, 2018 in IHRSA

IHRSA AwardsBOSTON, MA - IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, has announced that three award recipients will be honored during IHRSA 2018, the association’s 37th Annual IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show in San Diego, CA, March 21-24, 2018: The Associate Member of the Year Award will be presented on Thursday, March 22 to Myzone; The Outstanding Community Service Award will be presented on Thursday, March 22 to Sisters Athletic Club of Sisters, OR; The Woman Leader Award in honor of Julie Main will be presented on Friday, March 23 to Kristen Green of Aquafit in South West Sydney, Australia. Read More...

Bill Dussor, Longtime IHRSA Staff Member, Passes Away
Posted: January 15, 2018 in IHRSA

Bill DussorBOSTON, MA - Sadly, we at IHRSA lost one of our own on Saturday. Bill Dussor, Director of Meetings & Trade Shows emeritus, passed away on January 13 after a long battle with colon cancer. While Bill was respected and well-liked by the many industry leaders that have served on the IHRSA Board of Directors during his tenure at IHRSA over the past 26 years, the reality is that the vast majority of IHRSA members probably never had met Bill; but if you ever attended an IHRSA event, then you’ve experienced the fruits of his labor. Bill worked diligently and tirelessly behind the scenes, logging an insane amount of late-night and pre-dawn work hours ensuring that each event went off without a hitch. Read More...

Is Your Gym Prepared for the 2018 Legislative Session?
Posted: January 1, 2018 in IHRSA

IHRSA AdvocateBOSTON, MA - It’s the beginning of January, which can mean only one thing in the health club business; you are busy. You’re busy preparing to handle the influx of New Year’s resolutioners looking to better their health. You’re busy experimenting with different ways you can retain the members you already have, and you’re busy determining what your business plan will be for the entire year. With everything on your mind, you may have missed IHRSA's Policy Chat on what the 2018 legislative session could bring and how it’s results could impact your business. That's why we created this review of IHRSA’s predictions for the year ahead. Knowing how to address issues that are just starting to take shape could save you from having to re-plan and making further adjustments to your business strategy in the future. Read More...

IHRSA Announces Board of Directors Nominees
Posted: December 12, 2017 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, has announced three nominees for the IHRSA Board of Directors. The three nominees are: Chris Craytor, President/COO of acac Fitness & Wellness Center, Charlottesville, VA; Michele Melkerson-Granryd, General Manager of Castle Hill Fitness 360, Austin, TX; Monica Marques, Owner, Partner, Fitness Director of Companhia Athletica, São Paulo, Brazil. All three will stand for election on Friday, March 23, 2018, during the IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show in San Diego, CA. Read More...

New IHRSA.org Designed to Help Gym Owners Supercharge Their Growth
Posted: November 30, 2017 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, is thrilled to unveil the new IHRSA.org, a revamped website designed to help health and fitness industry professionals supercharge business growth. “In the internet age we live in, the problem most of us face is that there is too much, way too much, information being thrust upon us,” says IHRSA President and CEO, Joe Moore. “With the launch of the new IHRSA.org, we hope to alleviate information overload for gym owners—specifically, IHRSA members.” Read More...

IHRSA Releases 2017 Profiles of Success
Posted: November 15, 2017 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) released its annual Industry Data Survey (IDS) results and the accompanying publication, IHRSA Profiles of Success. The report provides a detailed analysis of the annual performance of leading health and fitness clubs, including results in key metrics such as revenue, membership growth and retention, traffic, payroll, non-dues revenue, and EBITDA. Club reinvestment and profit center analysis as well as income statement and balance sheet data are also provided. Read More...

650 from 40 Countries Attend IHRSA European Congress
Posted: October 31, 2017 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationLONDON, ENGLAND and BOSTON, MA - A record-breaking 650 delegates came together in London for the 17th annual IHRSA European Congress, which concluded on October 26. Participants traveled from 40 countries and five continents to network and learn about how new developments in technology are impacting the health and fitness club industry. “IHRSA is especially grateful to our local host, David Minton, Director of The Leisure Data Base Company, and his staff for helping to make this our most successful Congress ever,” said Joe Moore, President and CEO of IHRSA. Read More...

IHRSA Releases 2017 Health Club Consumer Report
Posted: September 27, 2017 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) has released the 2017 Health Club Consumer Report. This annual publication, based on a nationwide sample of more than 24,000 interviews, provides demographics and health, sports and fitness participation data on America’s health club consumers. Read More...

More Than 500 Leaders Expected at IHRSA’s European Congress in London
Posted: July 19, 2017 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - “The Congress is coming back to London after 13 years and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Florian Cartoux, IHRSA’s Europe Director. “London boasts some of the most exciting and diverse clubs in the country, and, in terms of revenue, the UK continues to be the biggest market in the fitness industry in Europe... This Congress provides an opportunity to return to the heart of fitness in Europe.” Read More...

Shape the Future of the Health Club Industry by Joining the IHRSA Board
Posted: July 13, 2017 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - If you’re an IHRSA Member Club operator interested in promoting the Association and the fitness industry, and having a little fun while you’re at it, now is the time to consider applying to the IHRSA Board! The IHRSA Board of Directors is an elected group of industry leaders who are chosen to provide strategic direction and insight to the association. The mission of IHRSA is to grow, protect, and promote the health and fitness industry, and board members act as ambassadors charting the course of the Association. Read More...

2017 IHRSA Institute Scholarship Recipients Announced
Posted: June 13, 2017 in IHRSA

The IHRSA InstituteBOSTON, MA - The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) announced the recipients of two scholarships to attend The IHRSA Institute, August 1-4, 2017, at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. The John McCarthy Merit Scholarship has been awarded to Melinda Tempest, Owner of Ballarat Body & Soul Health & Fitness Studio in Ballarat, Australia. The Curt & Jane Beusman Scholarship has been awarded to Matthew Wright, Senior Director of Fitness for Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness in Glastonbury, CT. Read More...

IHRSA Releases 2017 Global Report
Posted: May 25, 2017 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) announced the release of The 2017 IHRSA Global Report: The State of the Health Club Industry. An IHRSA bestseller, the report provides a comprehensive overview of the health club industry worldwide. In 2016, global health club industry revenue totaled $83.1 billion, as 162.1 million members visited 201,000 clubs. Read More...

IHRSA Staff Congratulates Norm Cates on His Lifetime Achievement Award
Posted: April 26, 2017 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationFrom the IHRSA Blog - Club Industry announced this week that IHRSA’s founder and first president Norm Cates is this year’s recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award. Here are a few words of congratulations from the IHRSA staff... Read More...

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