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This Week in the Fitness Industry: Australia‚Äôs Goodlife Health Clubs Bought by Quadrant Private Equity

Australia’s Goodlife Health Clubs Bought by Quadrant Private Equity
A new holding company called Fitness and Lifestyle Group Pty Ltd (“FLG”) (funded from Quadrant Entities) has entered a binding agreement to purchase the Goodlife business in Australia. Chris Hadley, QPE executive chaiman and chairman of FLG, said, “we are delighted to join the team at Goodlife, the business fits our investment strategy of bringing together a great brand, strong management team, and culture, with industry growth opportunities. We intend to invest significant capital to further grow the business.” The acquisition by Quadrant is an exciting opportunity for Goodlife and testament to the successful business strategy led by Goodlife Health Clubs CEO, Greg Oliver, which has seen incredibly strong trends in member growth and retention over the past 18 months. Read the full press release on Goodlife Health Clubs. 

IHRSA Prepares for the 17th Annual IHRSA / Fitness Brasil in São Paulo

We’re gearing up to head south to the 17th Annual IHRSA / Fitness Brasil, Latin America’s largest fitness industry conference and trade show, held in São Paulo, Brazil, September 1-3. Since Brazil has been struggling with an economic recession and political instability—all on top of the Summer Olympic Games—much of this year’s event will focus on change and transformation in the industry. The program is designed for all types and sizes of clubs—from established clubs to those that are just starting out in the industry. The program provides educational opportunities in a variety of interactive formats: traditional seminars, how-to sessions, and best practices. IHRSA is committed to investing in Latin America, which, with 55,809 health clubs, has more clubs than any other region worldwide, according to the IHRSA Global Report 2016. The Brazilian health club industry is the largest in Latin America by far, with 31,809 clubs and nearly 8 million total members. Learn everything you need to know about IHRSA / Fitness Brasil. 

McDonalds Removes Fitness Tracker Toy from Happy Meals
In recent years McDonald’s has been trying to improve its unhealthy image—especially when it comes to Happy Meals. The fast food giant has been offering more nutritious options, allowing kids to swap fries for fruit and soda for water. But the chain suffered a major setback last week when it had to recall the fitness trackers that were distributed with Happy Meals because it was causing wrist irritation, The Wall Street Journal reports. The toy tracker began appearing in Happy Meals in the U.S. and Canada on Aug. 9, and its removal from Happy Meals is voluntary, a McDonald’s spokeswoman said. “We have taken this swift and voluntary step after receiving limited reports of potential skin irritations that may be associated from wearing the band,” McDonald’s said in a statement. “Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our customers and we are fully investigating this issue. Our restaurants are now offering our youngest guests an alternative Happy Meal toy.”

Highlights from the Canfitpro World Fitness Expo

Earlier this month, IHRSA staff attended and exhibited at Canfitpro World Fitness Expo in Toronto, Canada—the largest fitness expo in Canada, attracting more than 16,000 fitness professionals, business owners, and consumers from all over the world. The Canadian Industry Forum—presented with the Fitness Industry Council of Canada (FIC)—featured several topical discussions, including boutique fitness studios and the advance of technology. Read our full coverage of the Canfitpro World Fitness Expo.


Highlights from the Canfitpro World Fitness Expo

Earlier this month, IHRSA staff attended and exhibited at Canfitpro World Fitness Expo in Toronto, Canada—the largest fitness expo in Canada, attracting more than 16,000 fitness professionals, business owners, and consumers from all over the world.  

The Canadian Industry Forum—presented with the Fitness Industry Council of Canada (FIC)—included the following people and topics: 

Barbara Allen, program manager from the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, spoke on consumer protection rules for fitness clubs. This department is responsible for the protection of consumers from unfair business practices. The session was designed to inform fitness club owners, operators, and trainers about their rights/obligations under the Consumer Protection Act, and what to expect if they ever are inspected. 

David "Patch" Patchell-Evans, founder and CEO of GoodLife Fitness in Canada (and a former IHRSA Board president), spoke about some of the trade-off decisions that you will go through as you grow your business. He went into more details on the important choices you'll encounter as you grow your business from one club to two clubs, two clubs to five clubs, from five clubs to 10 clubs, and beyond.

Helen Vandenberg, owner of Heavens Elevated Fitness, spoke on the changing landscape of the health club industry in Canada, the rise in boutiques/studios, changing technologies affecting the industry, and the more specialized, more unique options consumers have. 

Scott Wildeman, senior vice president of Fitness and Operations of International Fitness Holdings, spoke on the prescription for exercise and the importance of the doctor-gym relationship. He also stressed the importance of the sales process, staff education, and the on-boarding process for these members as clubs need to inspire them to stay at the club after their initial introduction. 

Frank Napolitano, president of 24 Hour Fitness, shared some of the similar trends happening in the U.S. and the rise of the boutiques/studios. He also spoke on the changing trends in marketing and advertising corresponding with the advance in technology. 

Jack Trummer, vice president of the Americas and APAC for Precor, also spoke on the rise of the studio, and went into how consumers are looking for the experience. He spoke on the “omni-channel strategy” to address the multiple ways people buy, and then went on to explain how to connect with people in multiple different ways to reach the most people. Finally, he explained that it's what you are doing besides just opening the door that will make you succeed. 

Colin Milner, founder and CEO of the International Council on Aging (ICAA), went into demographics and the huge opportunity that is out there with the age 50-and-up demographic, which controls a tremendous amount of spending power at a club. The age 50-and-up group has a desire for active lifestyles and social interaction which can be found at health clubs. He went on to describe the importance of design and appeal—both aesthetically and functionally—to attract this generation. 

Thank you to Fitness Business Canada for their continued support and for including the IHRSA staff in their booth at the trade show.


IHRSA Announces 2016 Industry Award Recipients

We’re excited to announce that three award recipients will be honored during IHRSA 2016, March 21-24 in Orlando, FL.

“I am privileged to honor these three outstanding members of the IHRSA family as this year’s award recipients” said Joe Moore, IHRSA president and CEO. “And, on behalf of IHRSA and the entire industry, I thank them for their exceptional commitment and service to their communities and their customers.” 

  • The Woman Leader Award in honor of Julie Main will be presented on Monday, March 21st to Maureen (Mo) Hagan.
  • The Associate Member of the Year will be presented on Tuesday, March 22nd to Visual Fitness Planner.
  • The Outstanding Community Service Award will be presented on Wednesday, March 23rd to The Claremont Club of Claremont, CA. 

Woman Leader Award: Maureen (Mo) Hagan

IHRSA celebrates the legacy of Julie Main by presenting the Woman Leader Scholarship Award to a woman who exemplifies what Julie stood for: courage, perseverance, excellence, and professionalism. Maureen (Mo) Hagan, vice president of program innovation for GoodLife Fitness and canfitpro, is this year's honoree. 

“I am moved to win an award named after one of the most inspirational female leaders our industry has ever seen,” Hagan said. “This is a key milestone for me in my life, one that I will always cherish.”

Outstanding Community Service: The Claremont Club

The Outstanding Community Service Award is presented to an IHRSA member that has made a longstanding commitment to making a difference in, and beyond, their community. The Claremont Club of Claremont, CA, is the recipient of this year’s Outstanding Community Service Award.

The impact of The Claremont Club’s community outreach is felt far and wide, and at the heart of it is the belief that exercise is medicine. Among the life-changing programs offered by the club are Living Well After Cancer, Project Walk (dedicated to improving the quality of life of clients with spinal cord injuries), summer camp scholarships, and Adopt-a-Family, which offers support to families during the holiday season.

“We are humbled and honored to be recognized as the 2016 recipient of the IHRSA Outstanding Community Service Award,” said Mike Alpert, president and CEO of The Claremont Club. “The programs that have become core to our club and a large part of our culture are proof that exercise and fitness in the right environment have a remarkable impact on the quality of life of those struggling with chronic injuries and illness.”

Associate Member of the Year: Visual Fitness Planner

The Associate Member of the Year Award is presented annually to recognize an IHRSA Member for their significant contributions to the advancement of the health club industry, as well as their support of IHRSA, its members and its mission through program and event participation, advertising, and sponsorship.

Visual Fitness Planner was selected as this year's honoree due to their passion for the industry and commitment towards helping club operators better use technology to solve their needs and grow revenue. 

The IHRSA Awards Program seeks to “recognize, celebrate, and inspire.” For more information about IHRSA’s annual industry awards, including prior recipients, please visit


The IHRSA Canadian Health Club Report

Today, IHRSA is happy to announce the release of The IHRSA Canadian Health Club Report, sponsored by Orangetheory® Fitness. This publication is the first-ever industry report on the Canadian health club industry. Produced in partnership with Fitness Business Canada, Canfitpro, and Fitness Industry Council of Canada, this report provides a comprehensive overview of the Canadian fitness industry and insights from club operators, investors, experts, and other key stakeholders.  

The IHRSA Canadian Health Club Report is divided into the following sections:

  • Fitness Industry Outlook: this section discusses Canada in the global community, the health and activity levels of Canadians, and a legislative review of public policy concerns surrounding the industry; 
  • Club Operator Insights: interviews from industry leaders and experts regarding the outlook of the Canadian health club market;
  • Canadian Health Club Survey: results and analysis of the first ever Canadian health club business survey, which gathered financial and operational benchmarks along with compensation practices for common industry job titles;
  • Snapshot: Canadian Fitness Professional Survey Results: an excerpt of results of a fitness professional survey conducted by Canfitpro;
  • Canadian Club Operator Profiles: this section provides a snapshot of more than 20 club companies in Canada. 

Read on for more on the Canadian Health Club Report.


Canfitpro draws 7,000 fitness enthusiats

The 20th annual Canfitpro International Fitness and Club Business Conference and Trade Show in Toronto earlier this month was a huge success, with about 7,000 attendees.

The event featured Jillian Michaels as the keynote speaker, 200 presenters, including longtime IHRSA members Nigel Champion, David Patchell Adams, Victor and Lynn Brick, Joe Cirulli and Jay Blahnik. IHRSA Senior Research Manager Melissa Rodriguez was part of the “Crystal Ball” session panel.

The two-day trade included Matrix, Life Fitness and Octane booths. 

Visit Canfitpro for more information