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Friday
Jan302015

Scanner Helps Show Workout Results

Fit3D scanner takes away having to check out yourself in the mirror. (Image courtesy of stockimages at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)This Week in the Fitness Industry is back. Well, it is Friday.

In today's installment we have the following:

  • full-body scans that aids workouts
  • ACE studies accuracy of wearables
  • popularity of cardio theaters
  • best health and fitness TED Talks

Check out all of these in This Week in the Fitness Industry.

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Friday
Jan302015

Cherry Hill Teen Fitness Program Benefits Many

Cherry Hill Health & Racquet Club instituted a win-win program this summer that helped gets kids more active.

Its Teen Fitness Connection allowed youngsters to use the club at no cost. Cherry Hill also donated $20 to the Cherry Hill Education Foundation, which goes to the child’s school physical education department, for every student that participated in the program.

“Our club staff is thrilled with the continued success of this community program. Our hope is for teens to get active every summer, and continue to experience the health benefits of exercise year-round.” states CHHRC General Manager Brian Kosa.  “We look forward to working with the CHEF, to continued increase our involvement from the Cherry Hill schools, and tap into our teachers, administration, and counselors to motivate our teens and get the word out.”

Learn more at www.chhrc.com/teenfitness.

Thursday
Jan292015

IHRSA Webinar: The Right Group Training Offerings

The majority of health clubs out there offer group fitness and time with personal trainers. The question, as a club owner, is why should a prospective client choose your facility?

Vito La Fata, the host of IHRSA’s next webinar, can help you find that question. “Group Training: Revenue, Results, and Raving Fans with Small Group and Semi-Private Training,” is Thursday, Feb. 5, 2 to 3 p.m. EST.

La Fata has plenty of experience and knowledge in the field. He is CEO and founder of Fitness Profit Systems, which develops plans for companies to turn fitness and into profit, as well as founder of Fitness Evolution.

He sees three essential pitfalls by clubs that are not successful in group training and personal training: no way to get members to take part in group training; no specific classes that would be of interest to members; and competing solely on price.

Read on to learn more about La Fata's webinar.

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Thursday
Jan292015

IHRSA Attends London Parliament Fitness Center Opening

The Right Hounorable John Bercow, center, Speaker of the House, tests an indoor cycling bike.IHRSA European Council member David Minton, director of The Leisure Database Company, was on hand for the recent re-opening of a fitness center at the London House of Commons for members of London Parliament and their staff.

The more than 7,000 government employees can enjoy strength and cardiovascular equipment, group exercise, indoor cycling, reflexology and a steam room.

IHRSA Director of Europe Hans Muench was also at the ribbon cutting.

 

Thursday
Jan292015

WELLBEATS Announces New CEO

WELLBEATS, which was formerly Fitness On Request, has a new president and CEO.
Jason Von Bank, who previously was head of business development at Schwan’s Home Service and managing director of Schwan’s Care, will be in charge of WELLBEAT’s growth plan.

The company is cloud-based software that provides virtual group fitness and wellness to its clients.

“We are thrilled Jason is joining WELLBEATS,” said Ed McConaghay, outgoing interim CEO. “He has the perfect set of skills and executive experience to take the company to the next level.”

For more on the hire, check out the WELLBEATS website.

Wednesday
Jan282015

India Fitness Industry May Be the Next Big Thing

A Gold's Gym in India.Is India the next fitness industry hotspot?

With clubs opening up all over the country as well as new companies, trade shows and even TV shows popping up, some believe it is ready to explode.

"It's a crazy time where there's a lot of investment," said Nick Orton, chief executive of BodyPower, to the BBC.

Learn more on the BBC website.

Wednesday
Jan282015

Health Promotion & Wellness Track at IHRSA 2015 Is a Necessity 

Radka Wilson accepts the Julie Main Scholarship from Bill McBride.Radka Wilson knows the importance of wellness programs at the club.

The Julia Main Award Winner – which recognizes perseverance, excellence and professionalism, as well as contributions to the industry and their community – started the Back to Life wellness program at her former employ, World Bank Fitness Center. She saw not only the many cancer survivors the program benefited but also the numerous new members the program brought to World Bank.

Wilson will share her knowledge of instituting wellness programs at clubs during “Wellness Programming for ‘The Rich and Famous’ That Everyone Can Afford, during IHRSA 2015, 34th Annual International Convention & Trade Show, March 11-14 in Los Angeles.

The session, which is Wednesday, March 11, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., is in the Health Promotion & Wellness education track.

Read on to learn more about Wilson's session and all of the Health Promotion & Wellness sessions.

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Wednesday
Jan282015

This Week in IHRSA Public Policy:

The IHRSA Advocacy team works every day on efforts to Grow and Promote the industry while Protecting your business and bottom line from Harmful Legislation. This week the Advocacy team is working on:  

  • Multiple issues in Indiana, including tax incentives for health club memberships
  • Proposals to impose a sales tax on health club services in California and Maine
  • New restrictions on membership contracts in New Hampshire and Vermont
  • An AED mandate for clubs with pools in Kentucky
  • Multiple issues in New York, including contract restrictions and rewards for health club membership
  • Financial incentives to promote physical activity in Oregon
  • Personal trainer regulation and repealing the sales tax on health clubs in Washington D.C.

To learn more about what's happening in your state, visit ihrsa.org/state. And be sure to stay up-to-date on what's happening in your state by emailing gr@ihrsa.org.

Wednesday
Jan282015

Durkin Commends Cancer Organization for Joining Fight Against Obesity

Helen Durkin, IHRSA's executive vice president of Global Public Policy, penned the featured article today in Disruptive Women in Healthcare, an online community of thought leaders, both in and outside healthcare.

Her article discusses the link between obesity and cancer development and applauds a position statement from the American Society of Clinical Oncology confirming their commitment to join the fight against obesity.

It also highlights the important services health clubs provide in cancer wellness treatment, as well as the efforts of The IHRSA Foundation to support programs that encourage these types of initiatives that use exercise, nutrition, and stress management as a way of helping cancer survivors lead healthier lives.

Read the entire story on the Disruptive Women website.

Tuesday
Jan272015

Industry Leadership Council Keeps Our Industry Strong

While 2015 may have only just begun, the Industry Leadership Council's 2015 campaign to support IHRSA's Industry Defense and Promotion efforts has been well under way since November. It is thanks to the support of Industry Leadership Council (ILC) Members that IHRSA and the industry have the resources necessary to:

  • track and monitor legislation in all 50 states,
  • launch grassroots advocacy campaigns where needed,
  • educate and influence policymakers nationwide, and 
  • take advantage of opportunities to increase exercise participation as they arise. 

To see and thank this year's list of 2014/2015 ILC Contributors visit ihrsa.org/contributors.

To thank ILC Members for their generous support and leadership, ILC members are elligible to attend special events at the annual IHRSA convention, including private Q&A sessions with keynote and feature presenters, invitations to the Global Leadership Summit featuring David Meerman Scott, and more

To learn more about IHRSA's efforts to grow, promote and Protect the Health Club Industry, download the Industry Leadership Report or visit IHRSA.org/Industry-Leadership-Council or email Meredith Poppler.