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The Future of the Health and Fitness Club Industry
Posted: September 29, 2020 in Suppliers

UpSwellWe are faced with a perplexing time for the health and fitness club industry. Many gyms remain closed while others are trying to proceed with reopening and boost fitness memberships and sales. With limited access to the gym, people are changing how and where they are exercising. So what exactly does the future of fitness look like, and what marketing strategies for gyms will dominate in 2021 and beyond? Read More...

CDC: Close Contact, Dining Out (Not Clubs) Linked to COVID-19
Posted: September 25, 2020 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - Data on exactly how COVID-19 is transmitted, and which places of public accommodation present the highest risk for transmitting COVID-19, are still emerging. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a new study examining which places people testing positive and negative for COVID-19 most likely visited. The study found that people who tested positive for COVID-19 were more likely to have dined at a restaurant and to have a close contact who was positive for COVID-19 compared to people who tested negative. The authors note that situations in which adhering to mask-wearing and social distancing are difficult appear to create higher risk environments for COVID-19 transmission. Fitness centers providing ample social distancing and implementing (and enforcing) mask policies would not create such an environment. Read More...

IHRSA’s Lobbying for the Fitness Industry Continues
Posted: September 24, 2020 in IHRSA

IHRSA AdvocateBOSTON, MA - Although health and fitness clubs are open, to some degree, in every state, things are still bad for the fitness industry. Restrictions, maximum capacities, member cancellations and cleaning protocols, for example, are making it tough for many businesses to stay afloat. This is an update of IHRSA’s lobbying activity. Read More...

Blink Fitness Offers Innovative Solutions to Help Members with Capacity Guidelines
Posted: September 15, 2020 in Chains

Blink FitnessNEW YORK, N.Y. - Blink Fitness has announced the launch of a new reservation system and capacity tracker, allowing members to plan their next visit from the comfort of home. Open Blink locations around the U.S. are operating at limited capacities in accordance with local and state guidelines, with most at just 25 - 33% of their normal capacity numbers. The gym's new reservation system allows members to book hourly time slots before arriving, instilling confidence and reliability as they return to their exercise routines. Similarly, if members are curious to understand their gym's current capacity status, Blink's tracker allows for real-time insight prior to arrival. Read More...

Power Wellness Safely Reopen 80% of Their Fitness Centers
Posted: September 15, 2020 in Chains

Power WellnessLOMBARD, IL - Power Wellness has successfully reopened over 20 managed medical fitness centers nationwide, helping re-employ over 1,200 team members. In the coming weeks, Power Wellness expects to reopen the remainder of their clients’ locations in New Jersey, New York, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Read More...

The 2020 Club Industry Show Has Been Cancelled
Posted: September 8, 2020 in Other News

Club Industry ShowST. LOUIS, MO - Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Club Industry has unfortunately been forced to cancel the 2020 Club Industry Show, which had been planned for October 14 - 16, 2020, in St. Louis, Missouri. Club Industry remains committed to delivering the Gold Standard in education, information, networking and resources for the fitness community during this unprecedented time. We are exploring other avenues to deliver to you the exceptional and relevant content that you have come to expect from Club Industry. Read More...

SIBEC North America 2020 Has Been Postponed
Posted: September 8, 2020 in Other News

SIBECCORONADO, CA - Due to the COVID-19 circumstances, we are disappointed to announce that we have been forced to postpone the 2020 Sibec North America event. While we are disappointed that we are unable to bring the industry together face-to-face this Fall, we are excited to announce that the next Sibec will be held on May 10-13, 2021, at Loews Coronado Bay Resort in Coronado, CA Read More...

National Study Confirms It’s Safe To Work Out At The Gym: Current Data Shows No Evidence of COVID-19 Spread in Gyms
Posted: September 2, 2020 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - After analyzing millions of member's check-in data across 2,873 gyms, sports clubs and boutique fitness centers over the course of three months, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) and MXM, a technology and knowledge transfer company specializing in member tracking within the fitness industry, conclusively found that fitness facilities are safe and are not contributing to the spread of COVID-19. Read More...

The Fitness Industry Demands Deal to Protect Workers
Posted: September 2, 2020 in IHRSA

IHRSA AdvocateWASHINGTON, D.C. - On September 2, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, while testifying before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, pledged to call Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to ask her to restart talks on a new COVID-19 relief package. In response, Brent Darden of the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) released the following statement... Read More...

Blink Fitness Plans to Reopen Gyms in the New Jersey Market
Posted: August 31, 2020 in Chains

Blink FitnessNEW YORK, N.Y. - Blink Fitness has announced that, in accordance with local and state reopening guidelines in New Jersey, the Union, Irvington, East Orange, Perth Amboy, Willingboro, Passaic, South Orange, Clifton, Parsippany, Journal Square, Lodi, Paramus, Plainfield, Ironbound, Nutley and Linden gyms will be reopening. Read More...

Blink Fitness Plans to Reopen Gyms in the Long Island, Westchester, Syracuse, Rochester and New York City Markets
Posted: August 21, 2020 in Chains

Blink FitnessNEW YORK, N.Y. - Blink Fitness has announced that, in accordance with local and state reopening guidelines in New York State, Long Island, Westchester, Syracuse, Rochester and New York City, gyms will be reopening on the following dates with modified operating hours... These abbreviated hours will allow for thorough cleaning and disinfecting procedures overnight. With the reopening process carefully developed and executed, Blink is excited to welcome members and employees back into the gym. Read More...

California Fitness Alliances Announces Launch of Industry Association Advisory Board
Posted: August 19, 2020 in Chains

CFASACRAMENTO, CA - The California Fitness Alliance (CFA), California’s united voice for fitness operators, professionals and enthusiasts, has created an Industry Association Advisory Board in addition to its already robust Advisory Board panel. Doris Thews, CEO of Team Thews Fitness Consulting, Amy Thompson from IDEA Health and Fitness Association (IDEA) and Josh Leve from the Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) are spearheading the Industry Association Advisory Board, which will bring a holistic perspective to the cause, supporting the 180,000 employees and millions of members of California’s gyms, health clubs and studios as CFA urges Governor Newsom to once again safely reopen gyms in California. Read More...

What the Situation in Washington D.C. Means for Health and Fitness Clubs
Posted: August 17, 2020 in IHRSA

IHRSA AdvocateWASHINGTON, D.C. - Keeping track of what’s happening in Washington can be a lot, so here's a brief update on the situation in D.C. and what it means for the fitness industry. Negotiations between the White House and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi broke down during the week of August 10. President Trump signed executive orders seeking to address unemployment insurance and payroll taxes. It is unclear what, if any, practical effect these executive orders will have. At this time, substantive talks around a new COVID-19 relief bill have not resumed, and senators have left Washington D.C., subject to recall to vote if a bill should come together. Read More...

Life Time Launches Nationwide Distance Learning Support Camp to Help Families as School Starts This Fall
Posted: August 12, 2020 in Chains

Life Time  - The Healthy Way Of Life CompanyMINNEAPOLIS, MN - With schools across the country turning to virtual or hybrid school schedules for the 2020 - 2021 school year, many parents are faced with finding a way to balance work and school schedules for their families. Life Time, the nation's premier healthy lifestyle brand, which serves more than 270,000 kids nationwide every month, is launching Distance Learning Support Camps for children aged 5 - 12. The first-of-its-kind camps from Life Time are designed to help families' bridge gaps in their child's school calendar and keep kids connected this fall in a safe, clean environment. Read More...

EXOS’ COVID-19 Reopening Approach and Standards
Posted: August 10, 2020 in Chains

EXOSPHOENIX, AZ - COVID-19 has made many things in the world unpredictable, but a member's health at a facility shouldn’t be one of them. In response to the changes in our world, EXOS, a leader in the field of human performance, created an internal task force dedicated to safely and thoughtfully reopening EXOS-branded and client-based fitness centers safely... Read More...

Congressional Failure to Act Could Cost Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs
Posted: August 7, 2020 in IHRSA

IHRSA AdvocateWASHINGTON, D.C. - On the eve of the end of the Paycheck Protection Program, Joe Moore, president and CEO of the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), released the following statement... Read More...

ACSM Publishes Call to Action Addressing COVID-19 and Return to Sports and Physical Activity
Posted: August 7, 2020 in Suppliers

American College of Sports MedicineINDIANAPOLIS, IN - The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has published a call to action statement addressing COVID-19 and safely returning to sports and exercise. Authored by ACSM subject matter experts, the statement highlights the current science around COVID-19 and provides 12 action steps to consider. “COVID-19: Considerations for Sports and Physical Activity” is ACSM’s first call to action statement and published in the August issue of ACSM’s Current Sports Medicine Reports. Read More...

Arizona Superior Court Sides With Mountainside Fitness
Posted: August 5, 2020 in Chains

Mountainside FitnessSCOTTSDALE, AZ - Victory Tuesday, August 4, for Mountainside Fitness and other health clubs across Arizona who have been financially impacted by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s arbitrary shut downs. Up until this date, the Governor had not given gyms and fitness centers an avenue for re-opening. On Tuesday, August 4, Arizona Superior Court Judge Timothy J. Thomason ruled Governor Ducey’s executive order to shut down gyms violated procedural due process and the Governor must give health clubs an avenue to re-open. Read More...

The Claremont Club Permanently Closes
Posted: August 4, 2020 in Independents

The Claremont ClubCLAREMONT, CA - As the Coronavirus Pandemic rages on, the toll on human life and the economy continues to escalate. For the health and fitness club industry, one of the more shocking and saddest losses has occurred with the permanent closure of The Claremont Club in Claremont, California. Mike Alpert, President and CEO, announced the closure in letters to staff and the membership. Read More...

IHRSA Refutes Negative Press, Provides Leadership for Industry
Posted: August 4, 2020 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - Overall, health and wellness are essential to reducing the risk of severe COVID-19. So, why is it that health and fitness clubs seem to get so little respect while giving members a safe and clean space to improve their health? The answer is simple: the fitness industry is receiving an abundance of negative press that is overshadowing the safety protocols and cleaning guidelines that health and fitness clubs have put in place to keep members, staff and the community safe. The issue at hand? Op-ed writers, misinformed medical professionals and self-proclaimed internet experts have labeled fitness facilities as dirty or germy spaces, which could not be further from the truth. Read More...

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