IHRSA Advocacy

IHRSA’s Advocacy Services are a Primary Benefit for all IHRSA Members. These services include: 

  • Promoting Health Clubs as the solution to the inactivity epidemic
  • Growing the Number of People Exercising in Clubs through proactive legislation, and
  • Protecting Clubs from Hazardous Legislation, Misguided Regulations and Taxes
  • Legal and Legislative Information
  • Health Promotion and Activity Promotion

Promoting Health Clubs as the Solution to the Inactivity Epidemic

As the sole organization advocating for the interests of the club industry, IHRSA advocates in state capitals and Washington, DC to promote the growth and profitability of the health club industry. And IHRSA regularly communicates the importance of physical activity and the benefits of exercise in a health club through Media Outlets and Public Relations. 

Growing the Number of People Exercising in Clubs

IHRSA leads the charge in advocating for legislation (at both the state and the federal level), policies and programs that promote primary prevention and personal responsibility, and/or remove barriers to active lifestyles.

Protecting Clubs from Harmful Legislation

IHRSA defends the industry by preventing state legislatures from implementing harmful consumer protection legislation, restricting automatic renewals, licensing personal trainers and taxing membership dues. 

Legal & Legislative Information

IHRSA provides legal and legislative information on issues such as ADA, AEDs, Bonding, Employment Law, Injury Liability, Single Gender Clubs and Transgendered People.  

Health and Activity Promotion

IHRSA is continually making the case that physical activity is part of the solution for the healthcare, chronic disease, and obesity crises. Learn more about IHRSA's Health Promotion efforts at ihrsa.org/health-promotion.


Visit The Industry Leadership Page to Learn ways you can become more active in Advocacy issues that affect our industry and your business.

Ways to be Involved in Industry Advocacy

Join the Industry Leadership Council

The Industry Leadership Council is made up of club owners from all types of club companies as well as industry suppliers that understand the importance of investing time and resources to Grow, Promote and Protect the industry. 


Join the Campaign for a Healthier America

A national grassroots project bringing together exercise enthusiasts to make healthy lifestyles a priority for all Americans.


Be Knowledgeable About Your Activity in Your State - IHRSA monitors and tracks legislation in all 50 states. 

Keep Up-to-Date on Federal Activity That Could Affect the Industry - Keep track of IHRSA's presence in Washington, DC, including the bills we support, the coalitions we work with and how 'primary prevention' is gaining attention on the national agenda. This section also includes information on The Affordable Care Act.


Capitol Report - Weekly e-mail newsletter about legal and legislative issues affecting the club industry. 

In Brief - This monthly column in CBI magazine explores timely legal issues that affect the industry. 

Briefing Papers - Series of informative, easy-to-understand legal issue papers. Each paper answers commonly asked questions about industry issues and the law.

International Public Policy - Find out what issues the industry faces at the international level.