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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...

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...

NAC Owner and IHRSA Chair-elect, Jim Worthington, Appointed to Presidents’ Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition
Posted: May 4, 2018 in Independents

Jim WorthingtonNEWTOWN, PA - On May 4, 2018, the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition (PCSFN) announced that it appointed 40-year industry veteran, newly-elected Chairman of the IHRSA Board of Directors, Owner of the Newtown Athletic Club (NAC) and physical activity champion, Jim Worthington, to serve. Mr. Worthington will be serving with other newly appointed individuals including: Herschel Walker, Mariano Rivera, Bill Belichick, Dr. Oz, Lou Ferrigno and Misty-May Traenor. The President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition was formed in 1956, and since then, has worked to create and promote programs that allow Americans to adopt healthy lifestyles that stress the importance of regular physical activity and good nutrition. Read More...

Jim Worthington, Newtown Athletic Club Owner, Elected Chairman of IHRSA
Posted: March 28, 2018 in Independents

Jim WorthingtonNEWTOWN, PA - Jim Worthington, owner of the Newtown Athletic Club (NAC) was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the IHRSA (International Health Racquet and Sportsclub Association) on Friday, March 24, 2018 in San Diego, CA. The election took place at the 2018 IHRSA International Conference where education, networking and the largest fitness equipment trade show in the world are provided for 10,000 clubs representing 90 countries. During his tenure as Chairman of the Board, Mr. Worthington will be responsible for leading the largest fitness trade association in the world to become the solution for the global obesity crisis as well as to protect, promote and grow the fitness industry. 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...

Myzone Named 2018 IHRSA Associate Member of the Year
Posted: January 3, 2018 in Suppliers

MYZONEBOSTON, MA - IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, is pleased to announce Myzone is the 2018 Associate Member of the Year. The Associate Member of the Year Award is presented annually to recognize an IHRSA Associate Member for their significant contributions to the advancement of the health club industry, as well as their support of IHRSA, its members, and its mission through program and event participation, advertising and sponsorship. 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...

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