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Friday
Dec092016

This Week in the Fitness Industry: Aerobic Fitness Should Be Considered a Vital Sign

Report: Aerobic Fitness Should Be Considered a Vital Sign
A new statement from the American Heart Association says aerobic fitness should be considered a vital sign and be part of annual physical exams, The New York Times reports. “The statement points out that fitness can be a better indicator of someone’s risk for heart disease and early death than such standard risk factors as smoking, obesity, and high blood pressure,” the article states. “The authors recommend that each of us should have our aerobic fitness assessed as part of medical examinations and, if our fitness is on the low side, we should be advised and helped to start exercising. The authors also suggest that if your physician does not begin to determine your aerobic fitness in the near future, you should do so yourself, using any of several scientifically validated online tools.”

acac Fitness & Wellness Center to Open New Location
acac Fitness & Wellness Centers announced last week the acquisition of a facility in Germantown, MD. The new club is located inside of the Johns Hopkins Health Care and Wellness Center. acac will begin operations in the facility, which currently operates as Healthtrax, in December 2016, according to a release. “We are thrilled to become part of the Johns Hopkins Health Care and Wellness Center,” said acac owner Phil Wendel. “The center is an exciting concept in total health for individuals and families. It is a one-stop shop for health with traditional medical services, community health education, physical/occupational health services and a full- service fitness center all under one roof.” The new location offers indoor aquatics, racquetball, basketball, Kids Zone childcare, cardio, free weights, stretching, group exercise, and group cycle classes. In addition, acac will offer wellness programs in partnership with Suburban Hospital, and acac’s award-winning Physician Referred Exercise Program (p.r.e.p.) will feature prominently in the club.

How Presidents Have Stayed In Shape Since the Founding Fathers
Presidents have been physically active since the Founding Fathers set up shop in Washington D.C., according to a CNN article. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were skilled horseback riders. Later, Herbert Hoover would exercise on the South Lawn of the White House with his advisors, playing a game that would become known as Hooverball. Theodore Roosevelt built a tennis court near the south side of the West Wing in the early 20th century, and in 2009 Barack Obama had new lines and removable baskets added to the space so it could be used for a full-court game of basketball. Read our blog post about how former presidents stayed in shape while in office. 

IHRSA Members Can Save on Music Licensing with BMI
IHRSA group purchasing supplier Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) supports songwriters, composers, and publishers by taking care of an important aspect of their careers—getting paid for the music they create. BMI supports businesses and organizations that play music publicly by offering blanket music licenses that permit them to play more than 10.5 million musical works. BMI is the bridge between songwriters and the businesses and organizations that want to play their music publicly. As a global leader in music rights management, BMI serves as an advocate for the value of music, representing more than 10.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 700,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. Learn more about how to save on music licensing with BMI.

Wednesday
Dec072016

How to Save on Music Licensing at Your Fitness Club

Music is an integral part of the fitness club experience. From aerobics classes to TVs in the gym to background music setting the mood throughout your facility, music is an important motivator that makes working out fun. 

IHRSA group purchasing supplier Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) supports songwriters, composers, and publishers by taking care of an important aspect of their careers—getting paid for the music they create. BMI supports businesses and organizations that play music publicly by offering blanket music licenses that permit them to play more than 10.5 million musical works.

Both relationships save each time and money.

How IHRSA Members Can Save on Music Licensing 

IHRSA created this partnership with BMI to both educate members on music licensing and to save them money on music licensing fees. 

BMI is the bridge between songwriters and the businesses and organizations that want to play their music publicly. As a global leader in music rights management, BMI serves as an advocate for the value of music, representing more than 10.5 million musical works created and owned by more than 700,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. 

IHRSA members are entitled to: 

  • A one-time 10% BMI licensing fee discount for members who license online
  • Yearly 5% BMI licensing fee discount for all IHRSA Members who pay their subsequent BMI licensing fees online  

In addition, all BMI Fitness customers are eligible for a yearly 5% timely payment discount. Chain discounts may also be available.

Steps to Start Saving on Music

All IHRSA members who use music in their fitness facilities are eligible for these savings.

A BMI License provides you with the legal authorization you need to use a very powerful product—music. This product is the music creator’s property, so a licensing agreement protects your business or organization from penalties involved in copyright infringement. Your payment of music licensing fees ensures the continued creation of music—for you and your organization.

BMI offers annual blanket licenses that provide the copyright permission necessary when a business performs music in public. A “public performance” of music is defined in the U.S. copyright law to include any music played outside a normal circle of friends and family. Your IHRSA discount is automatically applied when your club licenses and/or pays online.

License online, pay your fees, and get information about BMI and music licensing. Have other questions? Call our customer service representatives at (800) 925-8451. 

Tuesday
Aug092016

4 Opportunities to Save with IHRSA’s Group Purchasing Program 

It’s budget time! Want to save some money in 2017?
 Then you’ll want to make good use of one of IHRSA’s most valuable member benefits: the IHRSA Group Purchasing Program

By utilizing it, you can avoid the frustrating, time-consuming process of searching for the best deal when shopping for a variety of club needs, including insurance, utility services, maintenance supplies, and even music licensing. 

This program is available both to the association’s club and associate member companies. Just consider the opportunities: 

Savings Opportunity #1: Insurance 

Every club requires insurance, and, by taking advantage of IHRSA’s Group Purchasing Program,
 you can obtain coverage at attractive rates from 
Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY) Property/Casualty through any insurance agent, including your current one. You can choose from general liability, professional, directors and officers (D&O), and cyber. A wide
range of specialized coverages also are available. 

The program performs as promised, said Herb Lipsman, the former COO of the Houston Oaks Country 
Club and Family Sports Retreat, in Hockley, TX. “We were always looking to control our costs. ... That’s why I was pleased when I heard about IHRSA’s insurance program. Our savings more than covered our IHRSA annual dues and convention registration.” 

Savings Opportunity #2: Utilities 

With energy prices at a historic low, now’s the time to contact a consultant from Affiliated Power Purchasers International (APPI) for a free consultation. APPI is an independent energy-consulting firm that helps clubs manage and reduce their energy costs. A staff of engineers, tariff and regulatory specialists, and financial and legal professionals can assist you in navigating the maze of energy options. 

An exclusive IHRSA membership benefit: APPI can obtain the best price and contract terms from many electricity and natural gas suppliers, manage all paperwork for a seamless transition, and provide ongoing customer service and energy solutions. 

Savings Opportunity #3: Maintenance Supplies 

Grainger, a leading distributor of industrial supplies, offers more than one million products from over 3,000 facility-maintenance suppliers. As an IHRSA member, you’ll receive 10% off all Grainger catalog and online products,18% off select janitorial/sanitation products, deep discounts on frequently purchased items, and free standard shipping on Grainger.com orders. 

Savings Opportunity #4: Music Licensing 

If your club is like most, then licensed music is a vital part of your offering. If so, you’ll want to consider Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), a non-profit organization that represents the interests of more than 500,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. As a member of IHRSA, you can save up to 15% off your BMI Fitness License by licensing and paying your fees online. 

To cash in on these member-only savings, visit our Group Purchasing page. Or, if there’s a supplier you’d like to see added to the program, please contact IHRSA Senior Manager Theresa Duffy.

Tuesday
Oct012013

Healthy weight doesn't always mean healthy BMI

A new study shows that despite healthy body weight adults may still have an unfavorable body mass index (BMI). 

The study of more than 1,500 people came back with one in five men and one in three women with a higher than average BMI.

BMI is a measure of weight in relation to height. High BMI can result in heart disease, heart attacks, diabetes and high blood pressure.

The study continued on previous research that showed despite healthy weight indviduals may still be carrying excess body fat.

Visit the Reuters website for more on healthy weight and BMI.