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Congressional Champions Ask President Biden to Include GYMS Act in Next Relief Bill
Posted: June 7, 2021 in IHRSA

IHRSA AdvocateBOSTON, MA - On May 28, IHRSA's GYMS Act champions in the House of Representatives, Representatives Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), sent the following letter to President Biden, requesting that the GYMS Act be included in any future recovery or jobs act legislation. The letter highlights the devastation the industry has suffered as a result of COVID-19 related shutdowns, the importance of the industry to Americans recovering their health in the wake of this pandemic and broad bi-partisan support for the GYMS Act in the House of Representatives. Read More...

National Survey Reveals More Than 100 Million Americans Miss Pre-Pandemic Exercise Routines Resulting in “Basement Burnout”
Posted: June 2, 2021 in Chains

Orangetheory FitnessBOCA RATON, FL - After more than year of working out in front of computers and televisions, ordering new fitness equipment and searching for motivation to keep going, Americans are ready to shake off their "Basement Burnout," a new national survey found. Orangetheory Fitness, a global fitness brand known for its results-driven and science-based full-body workouts, partnered with Kelton Global to survey Americans on national sentiment around the pandemic's impact on consumers' fitness routines. Read More...

Gyms See Membership Increase as COVID Restrictions Ease
Posted: May 21, 2021 in Chains

Crunch FranchiseNEW YORK, N.Y. - Crunch Franchise CEO, Ben Midgley, discusses fitness center reopenings and how the industry is bouncing back as COVID restrictions ease. Read More...

Planet Fitness Study Finds More Than Three in Four Americans (77%) Say the COVID-19 Pandemic Has Negatively Impacted Their Overall Health
Posted: May 3, 2021 in Chains

Planet FitnessHAMPTON, N.H. - Results from a national study**, commissioned by Planet Fitness in April, show more than three in four (77%) Americans report that at least one aspect of their overall health and wellbeing has been negatively impacted by the pandemic. The American Psychological Association similarly found*** that more than half of U.S. adults (53%) have been less physically active than they wanted to be since the pandemic started, with a majority (61%) experiencing undesired weight changes, averaging 28 to 41 pounds gained. But, there is light at the end of the tunnel, with Planet Fitness finding that 92% of impacted Americans noting they are proactively doing at least one thing to improve their mental health. Read More...

Study Finds Inactivity a Key Risk Factor for Severe COVID-19
Posted: April 14, 2021 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - Physical activity has beneficial effects on several physiological systems associated with COVID-19 and can also benefit immune health, metabolic health and mental health. Evidence over the past year has found associations between physical inactivity and other lifestyle factors and the odds of severe COVID-19. Specifically, there’s a link between physical activity and COVID-19 outcomes. Read More...

IHRSA Drives Momentum as GYMS Act Gains Support
Posted: March 2, 2021 in IHRSA

IHRSA AdvocateBOSTON, MA - On February 5, 2021, U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) filed H.R. 890, the Gym Mitigation and Survival (GYMS) Act. Since then, IHRSA has been working on overdrive to gain support for the bill and strengthen the industry's voice in Congress with the creation of the GYMS Act Dashboard and deeper collaboration with fitness organizations. The bill would create a $30 billion fund to provide grants to affected businesses in the health and fitness industry disproportionately affected by state and local government closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More...

U.S. Fitness Industry Revenue Dropped 58% in 2020
Posted: February 25, 2021 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - After posting record numbers in 2019, the U.S. health club industry was off to a promising start last year. No one would have imagined that by spring, virtually all gyms and studios would be closed. The pandemic took a harsh toll on fitness club operators, employees and consumers. And, it may take years for the industry to recover from the damage. Five indicators speak to the indelible mark COVID left on the industry last year: Industry revenue plummeted by 58%; 17% of fitness facilities permanently closed in the U.S.; Eight major fitness companies filed for bankruptcy; More than 1 million industry employees lost their jobs; Americans lacked access to their go-to outlets for fitness and health. Read More...

ACSM Celebrates Black History Month with Special Webinar on COVID-19 Vaccine Adoption and the Black Community
Posted: February 8, 2021 in Suppliers

American College of Sports MedicineINDIANAPOLIS, IN - February is Black History Month, a dedicated time to acknowledge the contributions of Black people to American society and culture, as well as a time to reflect on the racial injustices and discrimination still taking place today. As part of Black History Month, ACSM will host a a special webinar from 4 - 5 PM EST on February 18. Read More...

Community Gyms Coalition and IHRSA Applaud Introduction of Bipartisan GYMS Act to Save Thousands of Gyms and Fitness Studios from Bankruptcy
Posted: February 5, 2021 in IHRSA, Other News

Community Gyms CoalitionWASHINGTON, D.C. - The Community Gyms Coalition (CGC), representing more than 15,000 community gyms and fitness studios in the U.S., and the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), representing over 20,000 health and fitness facilities in the U.S., have welcomed the introduction of the bipartisan GYMS Act (H.R. 890) by Congressmen Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA). Read More...

Anytime Fitness Franchise Owners Across Canada Call on Provincial Leaders to “Tell Us What It Will Take” to Safely Reopen Health Club Industry
Posted: February 1, 2021 in Chains

Anytime FitnessMINNEAPOLIS, MN - Owners of independently-operated Anytime Fitness locations across Canada are sending letters to provincial leaders and health officials in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec, where health clubs remain closed, inviting them to work together with the health club industry to establish province-approved safety and sanitation protocols that permit these essential businesses to reopen. Anytime Fitness, with more than 200 locations across Canada, provides health and wellness services to more than 100,000 Canadians and is one of the country’s largest health club brands. Read More...

ACSM Statement on COVID-19 Vaccine
Posted: January 27, 2021 in Suppliers

American College of Sports MedicineINDIANAPOLIS, IN - As a trusted champion for health, ACSM supports science, the use of science in public policy and the use of the COVID-19 vaccination to control the pandemic and save lives. ACSM encourages its members and certified professionals, as well as the public, to get the vaccine when it is made available. Read More...

What the COVID-19 Vaccine Means for the Fitness Industry
Posted: January 12, 2021 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - Within weeks of the emergence of COVID-19, scientists had already begun work on developing a vaccine. By fall, both Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna’s vaccines were leading the race, and in November, both had reported their vaccines were over 90% effective in preventing COVID-19 infection in phase 3 clinical trials. In December, health authorities in several countries approved or provided emergency authorization for use of these vaccines, and healthcare workers and long-term care residents received the first vaccines. As of January 8, 2020, three vaccines are approved for use in certain countries/regions. The vaccine is key to returning the world to business as usual, but the effect will not be immediate. We will likely be dealing with COVID-19 restrictions, protocols and effects throughout 2021. Read More...

Pennsylvania Fitness Alliance Issues Statement on Lifting of Prohibition on Indoor Fitness Facilities
Posted: January 5, 2021 in Other News

PA Fitness AllianceNEWTOWN, PA - Governor Tom Wolf (D-PA) has lifted a set of COVID-19 regulations. These regulations included a ban on indoor operations at gyms and fitness facilities. In response, Jim Worthington, on behalf of the Pennsylvania Fitness Alliance, issued the following statement... Read More...

Medical Experts: Let Gyms Keep Serving Their Communities
Posted: December 23, 2020 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - Decisions about COVID-19 must be based on facts and evidence. Research and data are increasingly demonstrating both the safety and importance of the health club industry. To amplify medical and science-based experts' voices, IHRSA is gathering a diverse group of medical and health professionals who believe in both the importance of exercise and the vital and safe role health and fitness clubs play with proper risk mitigation steps. Read More...

What the $900 Billion Omnibus COVID Relief Bill Means for Gyms
Posted: December 23, 2020 in IHRSA

IHRSA AdvocateBOSTON, MA - Congress has finally passed a COVID relief bill, and this alert summarizes what you need to know about the $900 billion package. While it is good to see Congress finally take action, the bill fell short of expectations. Unfortunately, the bill does not contain specific grants for health and fitness businesses. The good news is some Democratic leaders are already describing it as a “down payment” for a larger relief bill expected to come in the new 117th Congress, following the change in administration. There are a few provisions that should prove helpful to many clubs, including... Read More...

Power Wellness Safely Surpasses One Million Medical Fitness Center Visits
Posted: December 23, 2020 in Chains

Power WellnessLOMBARD, IL - Collectively across 29 locations nationwide, Power Wellness has managed over one million visits since reopening their first client’s location in May 2020. As a result of strictly enforced safety protocols, the reported COVID-19 positive reports from staff and members have been below 0.05%, and generally identified as arising from external contacts. Ongoing independent research is demonstrably indicating that fitness centers are less likely to spread COVID-19 than other retail service industries. Read More...

Representatives From 12 States Support Fitness Industry Relief Bill
Posted: December 22, 2020 in IHRSA

IHRSA AdvocateBOSTON, MA - With what is potentially the most chaotic lame-duck session in U.S. history, the Health and Fitness Recovery Act of 2020 (H.R.8485) continues to pull in new sponsors. Currently, the bipartisan Health and Fitness Recovery Act has 22 sponsors from 12 states and D.C. The bill’s most recent sponsors include U.S. Reps. Brendan Boyle (D-PA), Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Dwight Evans (D-PA), all of whom signed on in mid-December. U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) filed the Health & Fitness Recovery Act to address the fitness industry’s dire need for economic relief brought on by the impact of coronavirus. Read More...

In-Shape Health Clubs Declares Bankruptcy Amid Pandemic
Posted: December 16, 2020 in Chains

In-ShapeBAKERSFIELD, CA - In-Shape Health Clubs, which has locations throughout California, has declared bankruptcy. In a letter to members, In-Shape Health Clubs CEO, Francesca Schuler, said because of the pandemic the majority of their gyms have been closed the majority of this year leading the chain to have to restructure its business model. The letter said members will not see their membership status change moving forward. Read More...

ClubIntel Announces Release of Longitudinal Follow-up Study Entitled: The Member Journey in the Era of COVID-19
Posted: December 15, 2020 in Suppliers

ClubIntelDALLAS, TX - ClubIntel, a global leader in conducting market research related to the health and fitness club industry, has announced that it will release its landmark follow-up study of the U.S. health and fitness facility member journey during the COVID-19 crisis. The study, called a recurring survey, reached out to the initial group of 2,000 U.S. health and fitness facility members who participated in ClubIntel’s initial study. A few insights from this recurring study of 2,000 U.S. members include... Read More...

Ten Resources for Staying Open
Posted: December 1, 2020 in IHRSA

IHRSA: Success By AssociationBOSTON, MA - The U.S. is experiencing another surge of COVID-19, with new case counts surpassing 140,000 per day. As states struggle with how to contain the surge, local lawmakers are discussing new restrictions on business operations. Oregon and New Mexico have announced another round of shutdowns. Several states (Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut) are using broad curfews or business-specific curfews in an attempt to combat the spread of the virus. And, other states, such as California, are using regional approaches, which have already resulted in closures in some counties. Read More...

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