What is IHRSA?
IHRSA, the 'International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association' is the trade association serving the health and fitness club industry. IHRSA's mission is to grow, protect and promote the health and fitness industry, and to provide its members with benefits that will help them be more successful.
IHRSA members represent health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs, and suppliers worldwide. IHRSA and its members are dedicated to making the world healthier through regular exercise and fitness promotion.
IHRSA at a Glance
IHRSA members are for-profit businesses operating in the health, racquet and sportsclub industry. Our members have set the pace for the industry's expansion and evolution.
- Club Members: Over 10,000 in 70 countries (June 2012)
- Associate Members: Over 600 Industry Suppliers
- Governance: We are guided by a Board of Directors elected from, and by, the membership.
- Affiliations: IHRSA has affiliations with dozens of relevant government agencies and organizations such as the First Lady's Let's Move! campaign, and the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, multiple related international organizations, and several U.S. regional associations.
Health Promotion Initiatives
The fitness industry is poised to step up as a solution to the growing public health crisis of obesity and overweight. IHRSA represents and supports this goal through outreach and programs which help promote healthy, active lifestyles, such as the annual Summit for a Healthier America, Get Active! magazine, Healthclubs.com, Get Active America!, I Lost It at the Club!, The Joining Forces Network and The Vision for a Healthier, More Prosperous America.
IHRSA is the primary defender and promoter of the health club industry in Washington, DC, in state capitals across the country, and on a global level. IHRSA's Advocacy efforts seek to prevent the government from doing things that are harmful to health clubs, and to strengthen initiatives that will help grow the number of people exercising in health clubs. Learn more.
Webinars, Meetings & Trade Shows
IHRSA's events provide a vast array of speakers on business and corporate culture, instructional sessions on all aspects of succeeding in the health club industry, social events to mix and mingle with peers, and the most spectacular trade shows in the industry. IHRSA Members are invited to enjoy each of these events at special, discounted registration rates. Learn more.
IHRSA hosts the industry's most important events including:
- IHRSA's International Convention & Trade Show
- IHRSA Summit for a Healthier America
- IHRSA / Fitness Brasil Conference & Trade Show
- European Congress
- Webinar Series
Research, Publications & Information
Through annual surveys, the IHRSA Research Department collects and reports key operational data on all aspects of the health club industry from consumer attitudes to industry trends. Our magazines, publications and online resources address all the needs of running a successful fitness business. If you are looking for industry benchmarks, best practices or trends, then IHRSA's research, magazines and information resources have you covered. Visit IHRSA Research, the IHRSA Store and the IHRSA Resource Center.
Work at IHRSA
IHRSA employs 51 staff. Our top-notch Executive team and staff are mostly based in our global headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts. IHRSA offers a business-casual environment, and a generous full-time benefits package. We invite you to learn more and view our current openings.