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Economic Impact Payments: What You Need to Know
Posted: March 31, 2020 in Other News

IRS.govWASHINGTON, D.C. - The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service has announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some seniors and others who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the stimulus payment. Read More...

Overcoming the Business Challenges of COVID-19 – A Survey of Collective Discovery and Sharing
Posted: March 31, 2020 in Suppliers

ClubIntelDALLAS, TX - Vincent Van Gogh said, “Normality is a paved road; it’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow.” Today, our world, and our industry finds itself in an era far removed from normality. But, as Van Gogh eluded too, normalcy is comfortable, but it doesn’t spur innovation or success. At ClubIntel, we believe that in this time of uncertainty that each of our business can blossom into beautiful flowers if we work together collectively to discover what others in our industry are doing to address today’s challenges and converting them into flowers along the path. Read More...

How the CARES Act Can Help ACSM Members
Posted: March 31, 2020 in Suppliers

American College of Sports MedicineINDIANAPOLIS, IN - Last week, Congress passed, and President Trump signed into law, new legislation that will provide $2.2 trillion in economic stimulus for families and businesses that have been impacted by the Coronavirus. ACSM Vice President of Government Relations, Monte Ward, offers a summary of a few of the provisions related to the legislation that may be useful for ACSM members and certified professionals such as state-specific resources, information on taxes and rebates and details specific to education. Read More...

How to Prepare for Coronavirus
Posted: March 31, 2020 in Suppliers

USPTALAKE NONA, FL - Dear Members, during this time of unprecedented uncertainty, the USPTA Board of Directors is concerned about the safety and wellbeing of your families, colleagues, customers, partners and the many friends who make up the USPTA family. Our hearts are with those who have been affected personally by the outbreak of Coronavirus. As each day goes by dealing with COVID-19, more and more facilities are being closed, tennis departments are shutting down or your income is being cut. If that is happening, please check with your employer regarding their human resources policies. As an Association, we will be doing the following... Read More...

Planet Fitness Provides Business Update in Response to COVID-19
Posted: March 30, 2020 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Planet Fitness, Inc. (NYSE: PLNT), one of the largest and fastest-growing global franchisors and operators of fitness centers with more members than any other fitness brand, has provided a further update on its response to COVID-19. Read More...

Business Far from Usual: A Message from 9Round’s CEO
Posted: March 30, 2020 in Chains

9Round: 30 Min Kickbox FitnessSIMPSONVILLE, S.C. - COVID-19 has presented many challenges to business owners, including the need to adjust and adapt quickly to customers’ new way of life. But, it is also presenting a unique opportunity that 9Round CEO, Shannon “The Cannon” Hudson, discusses. Continue reading to see his thoughts on the situation and to learn how 9Round is charging forward despite this pandemic. Read More...

Fitness Media Giant “Muscle & Fitness” Completes Fully Digital Transition
Posted: March 30, 2020 in Suppliers

Muscle & FitnessNEW YORK, N.Y. - For generations of fitness enthusiasts, Muscle & Fitness Magazine has been the holy grail for all things fitness, strength, nutrition and physique transformation, along with the world's fittest celebrities. Last month, it was announced that Muscle & Fitness and the iconic Olympia Fitness & Performance event brand were sold to JW Media, an Arizona based fitness media and events company. Today, Muscle & Fitness is announcing the completion of phase one of a fully integrated digital strategy, a process that included staff transitioning, content expansion, original programming development and an overall shift in visitor engagement. Read More...

30 At-Home Activities for Kids
Posted: March 29, 2020 in Independents

Newtown Athletic ClubNEWTOWN, PA - At home with your family the next few weeks? If you’re looking for activities to keep your family active & engaged during this difficult time, we’re here to help! Here are 30 fun, easy and cheap activities for kids, to keep them (and you!) entertained while at home... Read More...

ACE Fitness Commends U.S. Government for Relief Bill
Posted: March 27, 2020 in Suppliers

ACESAN DIEGO, CA - The American Council on Exercise, on behalf of its 90,000+ certified exercise professionals and health coaches, commends the U.S. Congress and state legislatures for the approval of legislative relief for small businesses and their employees, independent contractors and self-employed individuals who are either affected by the COVID-19 pandemic or are likely to be. 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...

Amid the Spread of COVID-19, Blink Fitness Is Teaming Up with WorkWell NYC to Provide Free Blink Fitness App Access to all Local Government Employees
Posted: March 26, 2020 in Chains

Blink FitnessNEW YORK, N.Y. - Blink Fitness has announced a partnership with WorkWell NYC that will allow all New York City government employees free access to the Blink Fitness App offerings as part of an overall discounted membership program. Earlier this month, Blink Fitness unlocked all content on its mobile app, which was historically a premium-only benefit, to all new and existing members until April 30, 2020. Read More...

Just Launched Life Time On-Demand Classes and Personal Training Soar During Temporary Closure
Posted: March 25, 2020 in Chains

Life Time  - The Healthy Way Of Life CompanyMINNEAPOLIS, MN - Life Time, the company best-known for bringing an average of 3,000 to 4,000 members daily to its sprawling luxury athletic resorts, pivoted its business model to meet members where they currently are... at home. Life Time launched its On-Demand classes with a goal of ensuring members, who in an instant lost access to their clubs and community, could participate in their favorite classes and do their favorite workouts from their homes. In less than one week, the company is seeing nearly 50,000 streams per day, the same number of visits it recorded participating in its classes live in-club. Read More...

Octane Fitness Response to COVID-19
Posted: March 25, 2020 in Suppliers

Octane FitnessVANCOUVER, WA - To our fitness industry partners and customers, founded with a bold mission to Fuel Your Life and Fuel Your Business, Octane Fitness remains resolutely committed to this goal during this extremely challenging time. While we all experience immense change and uncertainly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you can be confident that Octane Fitness remains your dedicated business partner. Read More...

COVID-19: Best Practices for Your Gym
Posted: March 24, 2020 in Suppliers

UpSwellThe coronavirus (COVID-19) has everyone on edge right now. It is a scary time for many during this uncertain, anxiety-inducing season. As of March 24, there have been over 50,000 confirmed cases in the United States, and experts say the number is likely to keep growing. This virus has exponentially taken the world by storm, and so far, it is unclear when we will see the end of its spread. Fitness centers and gyms across the country are quickly having to adapt during this pandemic. Many have been temporarily forced to close their doors, as others are changing their hours or limiting class sizes in response. As your gym is facing these challenges, consider the following suggestions for minimizing the spread of illness and improving member retention... 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...

Town Sports International Holdings, Inc. Announces Appointment of Phillip Juhan as Chief Financial Officer
Posted: March 22, 2020 in Chains

Town Sports InternationalNEW YORK, N.Y. - Town Sports International Holdings, Inc. (“TSI” or the “Company”) has announced the appointment of Phillip Juhan as Chief Financial Officer of the Company, effective immediately. Mr. Juhan, age 45, has served as Vice President of Business Operations for the Company since August 13, 2018. 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...

Fitness International, LLC, Operator of LA Fitness, City Sports Clubs and Esporta, Announces Gym Closure Update
Posted: March 20, 2020 in Chains

LA FitnessIRVINE, CA - Earlier, it was announced that we made the difficult decision to temporarily close all of our clubs to the public through at least March 31, 2020, even where not mandated by government orders. If we are unable to open on April 1, we will suspend all member billings until clubs in the member's market reopen. Read More...

ACE Urges Policymakers to Not Leave Independent Contractors, Sole Proprietors and Small Family Businesses Behind
Posted: March 20, 2020 in Suppliers

ACESAN DIEGO, CA - ACE commends the U.S. Congress and state legislatures for the recent rapid exploration of legislative relief for small businesses and their employees who are either affected by the COVID-19 pandemic or are likely to be. We are encouraged by the bipartisan commitment to this cause. At the same time, ACE urges policymakers, as relief legislation options are considered, to take great care to avoid leaving independent contractors and self-employed people behind. Read More...

Why COVID-19 Treatments May be Coming in Months, While ALS Research Takes Years
Posted: March 19, 2020 in Other News

ALS TDICAMBRIDGE, MA - For those who have been waiting years, even decades, for a cure for a disease like ALS, it can be both hopeful and frustrating to hear about the possible rapid development of treatments for COVID-19. Assuming that an effective treatment can be found, there are many reasons why a treatment for an infectious disease like COVID-19 might be easier to develop than one for a condition like ALS. Read More...

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