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The 2020 IHRSA Global Report: Clubs Post Record Numbers in 2019
Posted: June 26, 2020 in IHRSA

2020 IHRSA Global ReportBOSTON, MA - The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) has released The 2020 IHRSA Global Report. Before the coronavirus pandemic, the publication shows the global health club industry finished the decade with record performance. Worldwide, industry revenue totaled US$96.7 billion in 2019, as more than 184 million members belonged to nearly 210,000 health and fitness facilities. A perennial IHRSA bestseller, The IHRSA Global Report provides a comprehensive overview of the health club industry. Read More...

Gyms Ramp Up Safety and Cleaning Protocols to Welcome Back Members
Posted: June 25, 2020 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - Most of the nearly 50,000 U.S. health clubs were mandated to close in mid-March. Fitness professionals have spent this time increasing their cleaning and safety protocols and creating safety plans to share with their regional authorities to receive permission to reopen. Clubs are using a four-pronged framework to plan safe and thoughtful reopening protocols while working with local health boards. IHRSA developed this framework to help clubs mitigate risk and provide a safe and supportive place for physical activity. Read More...

IHRSA Launches Campaign for Relief and Stimulus from Congress
Posted: June 15, 2020 in IHRSA

IHRSA AdvocateBOSTON, MA - America’s health and fitness clubs, which were flourishing before the shutdown, were one of the first businesses mandated to close. With near-total closures, no real opportunities to earn revenues since mid-March, and severely restricted operations for the foreseeable future, the hard-hit fitness industry requires federal relief. As the voice for the health club industry in Washington D.C., IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, has continuously been sounding the alarm on the dire consequences the industry is facing since the early days of the pandemic, even before Congress took up what became the CARES Act (“Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security” Act). IHRSA asks Congress for federal relief for the fitness industry so that fitness clubs and gyms across the country may continue to provide vital services (safe, secure, proven places to achieve their health and fitness goals) for their communities. Read More...

Senate Passes 8 Badly Needed PPP Fixes
Posted: June 4, 2020 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - On Wednesday evening, the Senate unanimously passed a bill that aims to provide fixes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The bipartisan bill, known as the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act was passed almost unanimously by the House last week. The bill now heads to President Trump for his signature. The bill would... Read More...

IHRSA Announces Key Considerations & Risk Assessment Tools
Posted: May 28, 2020 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is pleased to announce the release of the key considerations document for sports, fitness, aquatics & ancillary facilities and clubs in the context of COVID-19 with accompanying risk assessment and mitigation tools. A working group, instigated and led by IHRSA, produced these documents. In addition, consultation took place with ICREPS (International Confederation of Registers for Exercise Professionals) and EREPS (European Register of Exercise Professionals). Read More...

IHRSA Outlines Safe & Successful Reopening of Clubs Worldwide
Posted: May 21, 2020 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - It's been over four months since the first countries began mandating the closure of more than 200,000 fitness clubs across the globe, with China closing clubs on 24 January. Since the lockdown period began, global exercise levels have declined sharply. The more than 200 million global health club members have been without access to their health clubs. This lockdown has had a disastrous impact on mental health, stress and depression, all serious afflictions mitigated by regular exercise. Because of this, IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, is assisting the industry to open as quickly as safely possible. Read More...

First 10 States to Reopen Provide Rules Affecting Health Clubs
Posted: May 20, 2020 in IHRSA

OPENBOSTON, MA - IHRSA reviewed the guidelines and requirements issued in the first 10 states to allow indoor fitness operations to resume. Every state has, or will have, general guidelines for businesses related to coronavirus-sanitation protocols. All fitness centers should review their state’s general business protocols in addition to any health club-specific requirements. The following states demonstrate the wide breadth of guidance and requirements released so far... Read More...

Potential Legislation Impacting Gyms In a Post-pandemic World
Posted: May 20, 2020 in IHRSA

IHRSA AdvocateBOSTON, MA - The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent closure of virtually all health clubs across the country have impacted the industry in unprecedented ways. Although the crisis is far from over, it is important to consider what the world might look like post-pandemic. It is a common practice of legislators to create laws reactively. While most clubs have conducted themselves responsibly during these turbulent times, the actions of a handful of operators could result in a legislative backlash against clubs. Read More...

IHRSA Outlines 4 Key Areas to Safely & Successfully Reopen Clubs
Posted: May 16, 2020 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - It's been over a month since states began mandating the more than 40,000 U.S. clubs, employing nearly 800,000 Americans pre-shutdown, to close. Now, as states prepare to reopen, IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, and fitness industry leaders are ramping up efforts and guidance to help club operators work with their local administrators to reopen safely. Read More...

IHRSA Shares Videos that Celebrate 2020 Award Recipients
Posted: May 6, 2020 in IHRSA

IHRSA AwardsBOSTON, MA - IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, is pleased to share these videos honoring the industry’s 2020 award recipients announced earlier this year. The IHRSA Awards Program seeks to “recognize, celebrate, and inspire.” These videos were originally scheduled to premiere during IHRSA 2020. Read More...

IHRSA to Host Webinar on Safely Reopening Health Clubs
Posted: May 5, 2020 in Suppliers

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, is set to host a webinar to assist club operators around the world learn best practices on reopening from industry leaders. Rick Caro, President, Management Vision, Inc., will moderate a discussion with Ben Midgley, CEO, Crunch Franchise and Todd Magazine, CEO, Blink Fitness. The webinar will take place Thursday, May 7, at 3 PM EDT. Read More...

IHRSA Joins America’s Recovery Fund Coalition
Posted: May 4, 2020 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) announced it has joined America’s Recovery Fund Coalition, an alliance of more than 100 trade associations and business organizations advocating for a grant-based federal assistance program to power the resilience of American enterprise. Together, the coalition’s members span 30 business sectors and employ 45% of the nation’s workforce, more than 58 million workers. Read More...

Fitness Industry Contacts State Governors on Safely Reopening
Posted: April 27, 2020 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - After approximately a month of forced closures, states are slowly but surely opening for businesses. To help the more than 40,000 U.S. clubs, employing nearly 800,000 Americans pre-shutdown, open as soon as is safely possible, IHRSA is reaching out to governors across the country. These efforts are putting the health of staff, members and communities first. When reaching out to each state’s governor, IHRSA shared the following rationale for the importance of health clubs to the health of the state... Read More...

A Small Victory: Gyms Included in Phase 1 of Reopening Plan
Posted: April 21, 2020 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - In a recent press conference, the White House Coronavirus Task Force announced that health clubs are to be included in Phase 1 of reopening. IHRSA sends gratitude to President Trump for recognizing the importance of the fitness industry. The inclusion of health clubs speaks volumes on the central and essential role health clubs, their staff and their suppliers play in enhancing the health and wellness of the population. Although reopening U.S. businesses is a process that will not happen overnight, and will differ throughout each county, this is a small step in the right direction towards normalcy. Read More...

Take Advantage of Federal & State Relief for Your Fitness Club
Posted: April 6, 2020 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - With mandated health and fitness facility closures spanning the globe, the fitness industry is on the frontline of the impact of COVID-19. In the U.S., there are over 40,000 health and fitness facilities that together employ over 800,000 part- and full-time employees. That’s 40,000 facilities that are now frantically seeking answers to keep their health clubs open and 800,000 Americans in danger of losing their jobs. The entire fitness industry is at risk. We need to find a viable solution to keep health clubs, studios and the companies that supply them in business until they can reopen. If we don't, it's the future health of the country we'll be putting at risk. We aren’t trying to scare you, but we need to bring attention to how devastating the Coronavirus pandemic could be to the fitness industry. That’s why IHRSA is working around the clock to put together resources, answer questions, solve problems and keep the industry alive and working together. Read More...

New IHRSA Resource Connects Fitness Industry Amid Crisis
Posted: March 26, 2020 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - The IHRSA community is vast, comprising nearly 10,000 members from over 70 countries. The wider fitness industry is even broader, with over 200,000 facilities according to the 2019 IHRSA Global Report. And now, just about every one of those 10,000 IHRSA members and 200,000 worldwide facilities has questions and concerns about how to handle the coronavirus crisis. With thousands of members and hundreds of thousands of clubs in all shapes and sizes located all over the world, IHRSA staff asked the question, “How do we bring the global fitness industry together to ask questions, collaborate and share information?” Read More...

IHRSA Announces 2nd Webinar in Coronavirus Conversations Series
Posted: March 24, 2020 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - As soon as the outbreak became apparent, IHRSA began providing the fitness industry, clubs and suppliers, with resources so they could protect their gyms, customers and members from COVID-19. Following the success of the first webinar in the series to help clubs with their preparedness, IHRSA is now announcing the second webinar, Coronavirus Conversations: Legal FAQs & Staffing Operations, on Wednesday, March 25, at 3 PM EDT. This webinar will be made available as an on-demand video for those who cannot join live. Read More...

IHRSA Implores Congress to Include Fitness Industry In Stimulus
Posted: March 20, 2020 in IHRSA

IHRSA AdvocateBOSTON, MA - The entire fitness industry is looking at you for your support. Congress is rapidly putting together a stimulus package that needs to include the health and fitness industry. Help IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, gain momentum in Congress by sending a letter to your Senators and Representatives for health clubs that need relief, and don't forget to spread the word! Read More...

IHRSA Announces Webinar Series: Conversations on Coronavirus
Posted: March 17, 2020 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association is collecting and sharing best practices from clubs all over the world to help the entire fitness industry deal with the repercussions of Coronavirus, to help clubs that are open as well as those that have been forced to close. IHRSA Membership is not required. The first webinar in the series to help clubs with their preparedness is Coronavirus Conversations: Club Operations Part 1 on Wednesday, March 18, at 5 PM ET. This webinar will be made available as an on-demand video for those who cannot join live. Read More...

IHRSA 2020 Is Canceled. Read IHRSA’s Official Statement.
Posted: March 12, 2020 in IHRSA

IHRSA 2020 CanceledBOSTON, MA - After careful consideration, it is with a heavy heart that IHRSA and the IHRSA Board of Directors have made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel IHRSA 2020, scheduled to take place March 18-21 in San Diego, CA, USA. It will not be rescheduled. IHRSA exists to serve its members and the health and fitness industry. The Convention is one of the primary ways in which we do that, which is why we were holding out hope that the event could go on. We originally believed that continuing with IHRSA 2020 was the best course of action so that we could bring the industry’s best minds together, to talk about and discuss solutions to the virus’ impact on our global industry. Now, based on the latest guidance and official declarations, it is clear that canceling is the right course of action. Thankfully, IHRSA is more than just one event. Our mission is to grow, protect, and promote the industry and with or without a Convention, that is exactly what we will continue to do through the strength of the IHRSA membership, association, and community. We thank the entire IHRSA community for understanding the extreme difficulty of this situation. We are grateful for each and every one of you. It is your passion for the industry that helps make the IHRSA event a success year after year. And, it is that same passion that will drive us into the future. Read More...

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