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IHRSA's 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016

2016 has been an eventful year for IHRSA and the fitness industry. We opened a European office to better serve our members, launched our Club Business Exchange, held yet another successful IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show, and published a number of in-depth research reports.

So it comes as no surprise that much of those ongoings—and more—are reflected in our most-read blog posts from the past 12 months. See for yourself...

10. Personal Trainer Packs Big Fitness Design Into Tiny House

Our tenth most-read blog post of 2016 made a big splash by featuring a tiny home. We spoke to Mike De Vivo, a Corporate Fitness Works personal trainer, whose a fitness-themed, 330-square-foot house was featured on HGTV.    

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Share Your Fitness Throwback Thursday (#TBT) with IHRSA 

Health clubs have been helping Americans find fitness and health for over 70 years, and as a united industry since 1981. Clubs have, through the decades, kept up with the latest in fitness trends and fashions—from belly bands to step aerobics to kettlebell class. 

Yesterday, the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition kicked off their #0to60 campaign with a comic Funny or Die sketch on the history of fitness featuring comedian Nick Offerman (best known for his portrayal of Ron Swanson in “Parks and Recreation”) and First Lady Michelle Obama. 

IHRSA sponsored the video and is a proud partner of the #0to60 campaign

In celebration of the decades the health club industry has been working towards a fitter, healthier America, we’re asking our member clubs to share some of their vintage photos and videos from the last 60 years. 

Have a photo of someone using the belly band? An aerobics class featuring leg warmers and leotards? Photos of your club in the 1990s? Share it! You can email us your photos or share them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram—but be sure to tag us at @IHRSA and use the hashtag #WhyGetActive! 

To help get you in the spirit, enjoy this fitness demo from Brick Bodies owners Lynn and Victor Brick, circa 1985. 


What's Next for Fitness Industry Pioneers Lynne and Victor Brick?

These industry pioneers have passed on the reins of Brick Bodies to their daughter, Vicki, and embarked on a new franchise route. 

Club Business International recently spoke to the Bricks to look back on their successes and find out more about their plans for the future. 

CBI: Tracking you down has been a bit of a challenge—you seem to be particularly busy these days. What’s going on?

LYNNE BRICK: Right now, we’re serving on the board of directors of one of our companies, Brick Bodies Fitness Services, Inc., to help our daughter, Vicki, the CEO, with the big decisions—things such as relocating an existing club, selecting a site for a new one, major renovations, and reworking debt. We’re also managing Planet Fitness Growth Partners, LLC (PFGP), our Planet Fitness franchise, where our principal responsibilities are strategic planning, corporate culture, and staff morale. Victor serves as CEO, and I’m the CCO, or chief culture officer. I also serve on the franchise advisory council for Planet Fitness, and chair its fitness committee.

CBI: And, on the personal front?

LB: Well, we’ve moved from Baltimore to Miami Beach, but, because our corporate headquarters for Brick Bodies and PFGP is still in Baltimore, we spend a good bit of time there. ... We remain committed to our own personal health and fitness, and have recently embraced yoga; and Victor has mastered Shavasana, otherwise known as “the dead man’s pose.”

CBI: You’ve been involved in the industry for over 30 years now. Remind us how you started out.

VICTOR BRICK: In 1982, Lynne was a nurse at the University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center, the first such facility in the world. I was a recreation director and a part-time college basketball coach, and in search of additional income. I answered an ad in the Baltimore Sun for a weight loss and aerobics instructor at the Bel Air Athletic Club, in Bel Air, MD, and was hired.

I was thinking Ken Cooper–style aerobics—running, swimming, and biking—but this was aerobic dance. Realizing I was in over my head, I talked Lynne, a dancer, into taking over the classes. She was a hit, so, soon, we were renting space at another club and running a part-time aerobic dance business. Lynne was teaching 22 classes a week, we had 300 students paying $39 each for a six-week session, and were netting $200–$300 per session. We thought it couldn’t get any better than that.

CBI: But, obviously, it did. What happened next?

VB: Lynne became pregnant with our second child, Jon, and couldn’t teach as many classes, so we had two choices: We could just let the business go, or pursue our dream of getting into the fitness industry full-time.

We decided to take a leap of faith, and, in August of 1985, borrowed $125,000 from my parents to buy the Padonia Fitness Center in Timonium, MD, which still serves as our headquarters today. At first, there were times when we literally cried ourselves to sleep wondering how we’d make payroll, but with luck, hard work, and help from our great staff and members, we turned the corner in October of that year, and, since then, have never looked back.

CBI: Which has brought you, today, to ... ?

VP: Today we have five Brick Bodies coed and two Lynne Brick’s women-only clubs in Baltimore, and 43 Planet Fitness franchises in four states and Washington, D.C. Taken together, we’re serving over 375,000 members.

Continue reading Lynne and Victor Brick's interview in the July issue of CBI.


Brick Bodies Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary for a Good Cause

On Saturday, November 7, 2015, long-time IHRSA member Brick Bodies will be hosting its 30th Anniversary Bull and Oyster Roast at the Timonium Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall in Timonium, MD.

But 30 years of successful operation is not all that will be celebrated. During the event, Brick Bodies owners Lynne and Victor Brick will officially launch the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation, a 501c3 organization dedicated to supporting mental health research and education. The Foundation’s mission is to “advance learning about how exercise, diet, relationships, and health care fit together to benefit mental health. 

The Foundation honors Victor’s eldest brother, John W. Brick, who suffered a life-long battle with schizophrenia. John died at the age of 62 due to complications from the disease.

“Although his premature death affected us greatly, even sadder was that fact that, due to his illness, John never really knew one full day of happiness his entire adult life,” recalls Lynne Brick. “We feel that a fully integrated approach, including healthy lifestyle choices as well as conventional health care, would not only have prolonged his life but, more importantly, would have improved the quality of his life as well. That is why we started the Foundation.”

The Bricks invite all fellow IHRSA members in the Timonium, Md. area to the event, which will feature all you can eat and drink (fare includes oysters, beer and wine), a live 80’s cover band, fitness demos, a silent auction, raffles, prizes and much more.

The Bricks also graciously ask fitness professionals everywhere to considering supporting the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation either with a donation or event sponsorship.



 The bull and oyster roast will feature all you can eat oysters, beer and wine, a live 80’s cover band, a silent auction, raffles, prizes, fitness demos and more. 

Learn more about Brick Bodies at


IHRSA members take on #IceBucketChallenge

It's not very surprising but we've already seen a bunch of those in the health and fitness industry accept IHRSA's #IceBucketChallenge challenge.

And, as we promised, we will try to post or publicize as many as we can.

We are happy to report that some IHRSA member clubs are taking the challenge a step further. L&T Health and Fitness, a Corporate Fitness Works company, whose COO (and IHRSA board member) Allison Flatley drenched herself with ice water, is planning a fundraising effort to benefit ALS around the challenge. And  La Cima Club in Irving, Texas, has Augie's Quest as one of the beneficiaries for its upcoming Charity Classic.

And for those of you who are unaware of how the #IceBucket Challenge started, watch this video.

Here are a few of the Ice Bucket Challenge videos (and one photo compilation):

Augie's Quest compilation, including Lynn Nieto, The Atlantic Club, Zumba and more.

Ashburn Village Sports Pavilion, Ashburn, Va.

Brick Bodies, Baltimore, Md.

La Cima Club, Irving, Texas

L&T Health and Fitness 

ASF International












Bricks, Dawes named Influential Marylanders

Victor and Lynne Brick, owner of Brick Bodies and Lynn Brick's Women Health and Fitness, were named 2014 Influential Marylanders. The distinction is compiled by The Daily Record newspaper and has only 53 people on the list.

Dominique Dawes, co-chair, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, was also named an Influential Marylander in the Freestyle category, the same one the Bricks were honored in.

Those on the list were recognized for their contribution in civic leadership, communications, education, finance, freestyle, health care, law, philanthropy, real estate and technology.

Brick Bodies also owns 23 Planet Fitness locations in Maryland and Tennessee, giving the Brick Bodies Fitness Services 30 locations and more than 200,000 members.

For more, visit The Daily Record


Brick Bodies offer weight management for American Heart Month

The Brick Bodies Timonium location and nearby Mercy Medical Center are teaming up to provide weight management classes in recognition of American Heart Month in February.

The program is more than weight loss as exercise also is an important part of everyone's goal to have a healthy heart. Lynn Brick, co-founder of Brick Bodies, said the following will be offered:

  • One-on-one counseling by a certified nutritionist from Mercy Medical Center
  • Healthy eating choices and low-carb diet philosophy for proper nutrition
  • Tailored workout routines for maximum weight loss and physical results

Mercy has posted a press release explaining the entire program.


Brick Bodies and Planet Fitness raising money for typhoon victims

Brick Bodies and Lynne Brick's, co-ed and women-only clubs, respectively, and Planet Fitness are hoping to raise $50,000 for relief in the Philippines typhoon devastation earlier this month.

The companies have started the Philippines Disaster Relief Fund and will match donations, up to $50,000.

Brick Bodies founder Victor Brick is of Filipino decent and has many relatvies in the country.

"We are especially committed to helping the people of the Philippines as my mother was of Filipino decent and I still have many relatives there," said Victor Brick. "We ask that you all join us in our efforts to help the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in their hour of need."

Visit Brick Bodies website for more on Typhoon Haiyan relief effort and to contribute.




Brick Bodies is moving from original location

Brick Bodies is making a monumental move early in the new year when it relocates its original Padonia club after 27 years.

While only a half-mile away, the new site will have all the bells and whistles, as well as four times as much space.

"We always said that, although we had outgrown Brick Bodies Padonia years ago, the location was so good that we would not move the club unless our CFO, Glenn Norris, could hit the parking lot of the new club with a golf ball driven from the roof of the existing club. On a good day, we think he can", said Victor Brick, Founder/CEO Brick Bodies.

The new location, to open at 4 a.m. onm Jan. 7, will have three pools, a basketball court, expanded childrens services and more.

To check out the new location, and for more information, click here.


The Brick Family Business: The Next Generation  

In this industry, we’re known for our positive outlook.

But be honest.

Have there been days when you look at the obesity and inactivity statistics and find them startling and a little overwhelming? Or you think about the economy and get bogged down with a sense that it’s taking too long to recover? On those days, do you feel a hint of pessimism, for a few moments at least?

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