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IHRSA's Augie's Quest efforts gets gold star ... actually, award

Augie, Lynne, Elvis and Las Vegas performers during the 2013 BASH for Augie's Quest.IHRSA’s connection with Augie’s Quest is to both support further research for a cure of ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and fitness pioneer and friend, Augie Nieto. It certainly is not done for any awards or recognition. 

Recently IHRSA was recognized by ASAE – an association that supports and represents associations – with its Power of A Gold Award for its role as facilitator in bringing the fitness industry together to support Augie’s Quest, which funds research and drug development to end ALS.

Read on for more on the ASAE award.


August CBI is now online

The August CBI magazine is now online, chock full of news, features and commentary.

  • Read up on industry and IHRSA members news in regular features like News & Know How, In Brief, On the Move and Member News. 
  • See what CBI editor Craig Waters, IHRSA Board Chairperson Robert Brewster, and IHRSA CEO and President Joe More have to say.
  • Feature stories on actress Elizabeth Mitchell; merger between women-owned L&T Health and Fitness and Corporate Fitness Works; new generation of group aquatic classes; and more.

Check out this and more in CBI magazine.


Wanted: health club member success stories

Teena Henson at 332 pounds and 166 pounds.It’s hard to put in word when people ask me, “What is your story?” To me it isn’t a mere story; it is my life. I’ve heard the expression, “Your ‘a ha’ moment.” Well, my moment came in 2011 while listening to a commercial on the radio for Anytime Fitness. I said, “God, I wish you would put one of those in Gilmer.” Two weeks later, an ad appeared in the local paper that Anyime would be opening in my hometown. “Now,” I thought, “it’s in your hands. What are you going to do?”

I walked into the doors of the gym on March 8, 2011, and never looked back. Left behind is the person of 332 lbs. and the new improved woman of 166 lbs. has arrived. Self-confidence has replaced self-loathing.

That is an except of Get Active! magazine’s “Results” column, which highlights a health club member success story. Has one of your members lost 100+ pounds, or otherwise drastically improved their life and/or health? If so, IHRSA, and our readers, want to hear about it!

Please send details to kwalsh@ihrsa.org by Aug. 15. Be sure to include print-quality before and after photos as well as details about the person and what makes their story special. The winning submission will be featured in an upcoming issue! 

Read the rest of the above sample "Results" column here.


Almost half of Americans worry about their weight

In 1990, one in every three Americans worried about their weight. Almost 25 years later that number has increased to almost one in two.

According to a Gallup Consumption Habits survey, taken July 7-10, 45% of Americans worry about their weight "all" or "some of the time." The number jumps to 67% for those who have a weight problem.

Even thought 45% say they think about their weight, only 29% say they are actively trying to lose weight.

Check out more results on the Gallup website.


Mid-Atlantic clubs conference focusing on being unforgettable

Photo courtesy MACMAThe Mid-Atlantic Club Management Association (MACMA), an organization consisting of health, racquet and sports clubs in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, held its annual conference this month.

The three-day event was held at the Westin Annapolis. The theme "Sail to the Top" with Dr. Bryan Williams' keynote "Linking Sales & Service Excellence." He talked about "making yourself unforgettable" by giving five-star service and the double platinum rule - treating others in a way they don't even know they want to be treated.

He listed his three rules to ensuring better sales:

  • Wow me, and I will spend more
  • Listen to me, and I will spend more
  • Care about me, and I will spend more

IHRSA raffled off two full 2015 Annual International Convention & Trade Show passes, won by Kristi Ullmer of Universal Athletic Club and Ellen Lolich of L&T Health and Fitness.

For more, check out the MACMA website. 


IHRSA rolls out two professors for Institute faculty

We tout the IHRSA Institute as “graduate-level education” because of the top-notch instruction, relevant networking and team building events, and a streamlined format. It’s where up-and-comers and those hoping to move up in the health and fitness industry come to learn. 

So it stands to reason that there will be the look and feel of going to college.

Being held at the lush, green University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in a prototypical college town, the look is definitely there. The Institute faculty will also feature two UNC professors – in addition to the strong health and fitness industry leaders speaking – who will instill their knowledge and expertise to the close to 100 attendees, giving it an even more college feel.

The Institute runs Tuesday, Aug. 5, through Friday, Aug. 8, at the Rizzo Conference Center at the Kenan-Flagler Business School on the UNC campus.

For more on the professors, and their keynotes, read on.


Minnesota's exercise incentive is not dead

FIT Minnesota - the coalition of health clubs promoting increased activity in the state - is continuing to work toward the enactment of a financial incentive for Minnesotans to exercise.

During the 2014 session, FIT Minnesota successfully re-introduced legislation that would allow employers to deduct up to $600 per year and employee, for employee health club memberships. Neither the state house or senate passed its version of the bill prior to the session's May adjournment, however, advocacy in support of the proposal is far from over.

Check out more on this, and other news and advocacy updates on the members-only Minnesota state page at ihrsa.org/minnesota.


Acquisition means new brand for Healthworks

The big news this week was Equinox acquiring a bunch Sports Club/LA clubs and one Reebok Sports Club/NY in Manhattan.

In Boston many wondered what would happen to the Sports Club/LA in Chestnut Hill, a posh area just outside of city limits.

Healthworks, a women-only fitness center with four locations, has decided to purchase the location. And it being right across the street from Healthworks Chestnut Hill, some changes to its current model had to be made.

“It will be a more luxurious brand and it will be co-ed,” said Tara Wislocki, Healthworks spokesperson.

For more, read the Boston Magazine story.



West Wood Clubs bring its healthy outlook to Dublin school

West Wood Club in Ireland got to take on a different set of clients recently, and they were very happy to do so.

The Clontarf, Ireland, location visited the Belgrove Boys School in Dublin for its Healthy Living Week where they worked with students on nutrition, fitness and health. They talked about nutritional value of foods and how important it is to their body, even showing them how to make their own energy drinks. They also played sports like rugby, soccer, American football, and did circuit training type of exercises.

"We want to instill in these guys the knowledge and confidence to feel good about themselves, be confident about themselves, and just live healthy, healthy lives," said trainer Luke Heapes.

The staff at the school also saw the significance of the visit.

"From a teacher's point of view I think it is extremely important for the kids. They have so many things in their lives - XBox, PlayStation, iPads ... it doesn't lend to a healthy lifestyle," said Niall Ring, a teacher at the school.



Fitness on Demand changing the face of group exercise 

It’s hard to believe that Lift Brands launched Fitness On Demand (FOD) just three years ago, in early 2011. So much has happened since then, propelling the company to grow far beyond expectations.

Based in Excelsior, Minnesota, FOD delivers digital group exercise so that clubs can offer classes more efficiently and at a lower cost than with live instructors - any time members want to work out. Just a year after its debut, the nascent firm was already boasting a roster of 60 different offerings that were being presented at more than 250 fitness facilities worldwide.

Fast-forward two years, and we mean fast. In that time, FOD has expanded in nearly every conceivable category: from 10 to 33 employees; from 60-plus to more than 600 unique titles; to a presence in approximately 1,000 facilities across the globe; and to year-over-year revenue growth, in 2013, of 130%. “It’s been crazy, but fun,” observes Garrett Marshall, the company’s business development director.

Read on to see more about Fitness on Demand's past, present and future.