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IHRSA Releases 2019 Profiles of Success
Posted: November 7, 2019 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) has 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...

Health Club Leaders from 35 Countries Gather at IHRSA’s European Congress in Dublin
Posted: October 18, 2019 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationDUBLIN, IRELAND and BOSTON, MA - Over 500 fitness industry professionals came together in Dublin, Ireland for the 19th Annual IHRSA European Congress, which took place October 14 - 17. Participants traveled from 35 countries across continents to network and learn about what leaders need to know now as the health club business continues to undergo rapid change. Read More...

Keynote Speakers & Agenda Announced for IHRSA 2020
Posted: October 4, 2019 in IHRSA

IHRSA 2020BOSTON, MA - The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association has announced that four keynote speakers will be headlining the 39th Annual IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show in San Diego, California. IHRSA 2020 promises to be the most exciting event of the year for industry leaders, filled with phenomenal keynote and education sessions, numerous opportunities to network and brand new and exclusive educational offerings. The convention and trade show will take place March 18 - 21 in San Diego, CA. Read More...

Health Club, Gym, & Studio Usage Reach All-Time High
Posted: September 30, 2019 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) has released the 2019 Health Club Consumer Report. This annual publication, based on a nationwide sample of more than 20,000 interviews, provides demographics and health, sports and fitness participation data on America’s health club consumers. "U.S. health club usage reached an all-time high in 2018 as more than 71 million people utilized health and fitness services at a fitness center, gym, or studio,” said Jay Ablondi, IHRSA’s Executive Vice President of Global Products. Read More...

2019 IHRSA Women’s Leadership Summit Lineup Announced
Posted: August 30, 2019 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, has announced the lineup for the IHRSA Women’s Leadership Summit, hosted by Athletic Business, on November 14, 2019, in Orlando, FL. Debbie Peterson, business coach, author, and speaker, will kick off the event with a keynote titled “Mindset Strategies for Career Growth.” And, Michele Melkerson-Granryd, IHRSA Board Member and General Manager of Castle Hill Fitness 360 in Austin, TX, will moderate “People, Perspective, & Purpose,” a panel discussion with three influential industry leaders: Lynne Brick, Carol Nalevanko and Greta Wagner. Read More...

IHRSA Announces World Wellness Weekend Collaboration
Posted: August 2, 2019 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, and World Wellness Weekend are excited to announce their collaboration in promoting the third annual World Wellness Weekend, running September 21-22, 2019. On World Wellness Weekend, spas, fitness centers, salons, yoga studios and sports organizations will open their doors to the community, offering fun, free wellness activities. This weekend provides an opportunity for fitness, beauty, tourism and sport professionals to showcase their diverse offerings, and for community members to experience new wellness services in places they may never have tried before. Read More...

Recipients of Two 2019 IHRSA Institute Scholarships Announced
Posted: June 25, 2019 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - The IHRSA Institute has been a foundation for developing business leaders in the health club industry for more than 30 years. IHRSA is pleased to announce the recipients of two scholarships to attend the 2019 event this summer: Maureen Eggers, Health & Fitness Manager for Washington Athletic Club in Seattle, WA, is the recipient of The John McCarthy Scholarship. Jason Stokes, General Manager and Managing Partner of Sportsplex-New Windsor in New Windsor, NY, is the recipient of The Curt & Jane Beusman Scholarship. Read More...

IHRSA Report: Worldwide Health Club Membership Now 183M Strong
Posted: May 31, 2019 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) released The 2019 IHRSA Global Report. According to the publication, global health club industry revenue totaled $94 billion (USD) in 2018, as more than 210,000 clubs served 183 million members. A perennial IHRSA bestseller, The IHRSA Global Report provides a comprehensive overview of the health club industry. Read More...

How IHRSA Can Help Your Club Stop a Proposed Sales Tax
Posted: May 17, 2019 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - What do lawmakers do when they want to discourage smoking or drinking too much sugar? They tax those products. So, why would these lawmakers do the same to healthy lifestyles when the country, actually most of the developed world, is dealing with: chronic illness, lack of access to places to exercise and rampant obesity. Read More...

IHRSA Thanks Lawmakers for Prioritizing Kids’ Health
Posted: April 24, 2019 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - To encourage healthy lifestyles for kids and raise awareness about childhood obesity and physical inactivity, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate have designated the week of April 22 – 26 "Every Kid Healthy Week." In Pennsylvania, over 30% of adolescents aged 10-17 are overweight or obese. These resolutions, House Resolution 842, and Senate Resolution 72, create an opportunity to engage youth, and their families, in regular physical activity, and educate them on the risk factors associated with a sedentary lifestyle. Read More...

Latest IHRSA Data: Over 6 Billion Visits to 39,570 Health Clubs Last Year
Posted: March 27, 2019 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - More than 71.5 million consumers utilized U.S. health clubs in 2018, a record-high since IHRSA began tracking health club utilization in 1987. The number of individual members totaled 62.5 million, up 2.6% from 60.9 million in 2017. In all, consumers frequented their health clubs for more than six billion visits in 2018. Read More...

More Than 12,000 Convene in San Diego for IHRSA 2019
Posted: March 21, 2019 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - Fitness industry professionals from nearly 80 countries were in San Diego, CA for IHRSA 2019, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association’s 38th Annual International Convention & Trade Show, held March 13 - 16, 2019. IHRSA attendees experienced the cutting edge of fitness industry equipment and technology during the two-day Trade Show and early morning workouts, attended education sessions given by industry experts, worked out and power walked, networked and socialized. Read More...

IHRSA Applauds Newly Introduced Legislation to Support Hard-working Americans in their Efforts to Exercise and Lead Healthy Lifestyles
Posted: March 12, 2019 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - IHRSA announced its support for the Personal Health Investment Today Act (PHIT), just newly introduced into the 116th Congress. The legislation champions Americans in their efforts to live healthier lifestyles by making it easier to cover exercise expenses with pre-tax dollars. IHRSA’s pivotal role in promoting this bill is part of its broader leadership stance in advancing physically active lifestyles in the battle against chronic disease and out-of-control health care costs. Read More...

New IHRSA Report Details Advocacy’s Impact on Health Club Operations
Posted: February 18, 2019 in IHRSA

IHRSA AdvocateBOSTON, MA - While there are a multitude of reasons to belong to an industry trade association, such as education, networking and research, often, the most overlooked benefit is advocacy. Perhaps, advocacy is overlooked because it’s not as tangible as a research report or convention registration. That doesn’t mean it’s not vital to your business. Read More...

IHRSA Releases Resource to help Clubs Navigate Music Copyright Issues
Posted: February 12, 2019 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - The U.S. Copyright Act of 1976 makes it illegal to play copyrighted material in businesses, like health clubs, without the consent of the copyright owner. Music copyright laws can be confusing. Simply buying a CD or purchasing a streaming music subscription may not be enough to protect a health club or fitness business from inaccurate interpretations or unfair enforcement of the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976. To help clubs navigate the murky waters surrounding music copyright law, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) has released a legal briefing paper on the topic. Read More...

IHRSA Announces 2019 Industry Award Recipients
Posted: February 1, 2019 in IHRSA

IHRSA AwardsBOSTON, MA - IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association has announced that three award recipients will be honored during IHRSA 2019, the association’s 38th Annual International Convention & Trade Show in San Diego, California, March 13 - 16, 2019: The Associate Member of the Year Award will be presented on Wednesday, March 13 to MINDBODY. The Woman Leader Award in honor of Julie Main will be presented on Thursday, March 14 to Francesca Schuler, CEO, In-Shape Health Clubs. The Outstanding Community Service Award will be presented on Friday, March 15 to Midtown Sanctuaire of Montreal, Canada. Read More...

IHRSA and the Industry Leadership Council Gear Up for 2019
Posted: January 31, 2019 in IHRSA

Industry Leadership CouncilBOSTON, MA - The country’s health is at stake. Many citizens and communities are suffering from sedentary lifestyles that fuel epidemic levels of lifestyle-related illnesses. Chronic diseases now cost the U.S. an estimated $2 trillion annually in medical costs and another $794 billion in lost worker productivity. The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) and the fitness club industry believe that lawmakers should actively support, or at least stay out of the way of, their constituents efforts to incorporate regular physical activity. Instead, fitness businesses are continuously threatened by legislation that would make running and/or joining a health club more costly and difficult. Read More...

IHRSA Announces New Board Nominees
Posted: December 18, 2018 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, has announced four nominees for the IHRSA Board of Directors. The four nominees are: Frank Lawrence, CEO - Little Rock Athletic Centers, LLC; Chris Smith, CEO and President - SNFW Fitness BC Ltd.; Chris Stevenson, Owner - Stevenson Fitness; Greta Wagner, Executive Director, EVP - Chelsea Piers. All four will stand for election during IHRSA’s annual meeting in March at the IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show in San Diego, CA. If elected, each will serve a four-year term from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2023, joining the distinguished company of the current IHRSA Board... 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...

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