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Monday
Oct232017

Crunch Supports Puerto Rico with Group Exercise Fundraiser

When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico this September it devastated homes, businesses, and whole communities. The fallout is still being felt throughout the island, including at health clubs like Crunch. 

“We have amazing franchisees in Puerto Rico who had their clubs back open to serve the communities within in 11 days and they wanted to do as much as they could to support the people of Puerto Rico, and we wanted to support them in that effort,” says Ben Midgley, CEO of Crunch Franchise. “Puerto Rico loves Crunch and we love Puerto Rico.” 

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Thursday
Oct192017

Serbian Association for Recreation and Fitness Drives Growth in a Young Market

The Serbian fitness industry is a young market—and with that youthfulness comes opportunities for growth.

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Wednesday
Oct182017

5 Woman Leaders Share Advice for Overcoming Challenges in the Fitness Industry 

Ellen Latham accepting the Woman Leader Award at IHRSA 2017

Each year, IHRSA recognizes an outstanding fitness industry professional with the Woman Leader Award—an honor that includes a scholarship to attend IHRSA’s Annual International Convention & Trade Show

The award is presented in honor of Julie Main, a woman whose tenacious work ethic and unbreakable spirit was an inspiration to all who knew her. As such, Woman Leader Award recipients are chosen because they exemplify Julie's qualities of leadership and drive.

With the deadline for the 2018 Woman Leader Award fast approaching (applications are due November 10), we asked five past winners what piece of advice they would share with aspiring woman leaders who will encounter challenges in their careers. Here’s what they said.

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Tuesday
Oct032017

To Grow Personal Training Revenue, Teach Staff to Create Positive Experiences

This post is a preview of the October 12 webinar, "Top Tips for Growing Fitness Revenues."

Photo: Healthtrax

When you’re looking to increase your gym’s personal training revenues, your first instinct may be to crunch the numbers. But, while the financials may shed some light on opportunities for cost savings, you may be better off starting with the core of your business—the people.

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Thursday
Sep282017

3 Ways Youth Are Shaping the Health Club Market 

In 2016, health club membership grew by 3.6% from 2015, while the total number of users, including members and non-members, rose by 3.1%, according to IHRSA’s recently released 2017 Health Club Consumer Report.

Photo: The Atlantic Club

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Friday
Sep222017

How Health Clubs Can Create Adaptive Digital Strategies

This post is an IHRSA European Congress preview.

Many health clubs struggle with creating successful digital strategies that stand the test of time. At the IHRSA European Congress, 23-26 October in London, UK-based futurist and author Ben Hammersley will share his marketing expertise during his Technogym-sponsored keynote presentation, “Adaptive Digital Strategy.”

IHRSA spoke to Hammersley to learn more about digital strategy, emerging technology, and consumer behavior. Here’s what he said.

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Friday
Sep152017

How STRONG by Zumba’s High-Intensity Workout Will Get Your Gym Members Moving

This is an associate feature post, sponsored by Zumba Fitness.

High-intensity, bootcamp-style exercise classes are not new to the fitness industry. However, STRONG by Zumba stands out from the rest and is revolutionizing the group fitness game.

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Wednesday
Sep132017

How Xercise4Less Became the Market Force It Is Today

Six years ago, when the Yorkshire Post, based in Leeds, England, reported on the expansion of the U.K. health club chain, Xercise4Less, the story’s headline dubbed it, “The People’s Gym.” That moniker stuck and, in essence, pinpointed the chain’s identity, its ethos, and its mission: to make the club’s extensive exercise facilities accessible and affordable for all.

At that time, Jon Wright, the company’s founder and a former Leeds rugby player who worked in fitness sales after finishing college, had already opened four clubs in the north of England, but spoke of something different—his passion to “make fitness accessible for the many, not the few.” Since then, the company has championed that message, which reads a bit like political manifesto.

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Friday
Sep082017

How Health Clubs Are Helping Communities Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Health clubs have always been in the business of serving others, so it comes as no surprise that in light of the events that have taken place in Houston, the fitness industry has joined forces to support and lend a helping hand to individuals and fellow clubs affected by Hurricane Harvey. If you are looking to make a donation to support the relief efforts in Houston, please visit the American Red Cross, One America Appeal or one of the industry-related funds mentioned.

(Photo: iGo Figure Membership Management Software)

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Thursday
Aug312017

Creating and Keeping a Killer Membership Sales Team

New member sales still provide the majority of any fitness facility’s revenue, and any health club operator worth their salt knows that you can’t drive membership without a killer sales team.

But creating and keeping a successful sales team is another story.

(Photo: Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness)

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