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IHRSA 2016 Convention Videos Now Available

Videos from 70 IHRSA 2016 convention sessions are now available on the IHRSA Store.

Choose from titles such as: 

  • Raising Capital in the New World of Crowdfunding;
  • Future-Proofing Your Club: Innovation of Technology and Your Business;
  • Grow Your Business With Small Group Training;
  • Recruiting, Career Tracking, and Retaining Top Personal Trainers;
  • Keys to Successful Nutrition Programming in the Health Club Setting;
  • And dozens more! 

See the full selection. Each was recorded in March in Orlando, FL, during IHRSA 2016, and is available on either DVD ($49.95 each plus shipping) or as a downloadable file ($37.46 each) sent to you immediately via e-mail upon purchase. 

Questions? Please contact or call Healthy Learning at +1 (888) 229-5745.


Is the IHRSA Institute Right for You?

A lot of people ask me if The IHRSA Institute  is appropriate for them. Attendees have been new to the industry, or are club owners, managers and executives who have been in the industry for as many as 25 years. Some consider The IHRSA Institute a primer for the industry; others look at it as a way to refine their skills and get reinvigorated about their business and the industry.

But instead of me telling you about it, I'd like to share what your peers had to say:


"Dollar for dollar, I think The IHRSA Institute is one of the best (if not THE best) investments I've ever made. Period. Alice Diamant, Fitwell, USA.

Alice had several years of business experience outside the club industry and was developing her new club, which just recently opened.


"I come from a small country and we are very behind in everything. The IHRSA Institute was an amazing opportunity to meet the leaders in the business and to see where my company needs to be in future.” – Angel Chankov, Manager of Athletic Fitness, Bulgaria.

Angel has been working in the industry for 10 years.

Without the knowledge and expertise that our managers acquired at The IHRSA Institute in years gone by, I doubt that we’d have survived the catastrophic recession in Ireland. I couldn’t recommend The IHRSA Institute highly enough.” – Paul Begley, Group Financial Controller, West Wood Club, Ireland.

 Paul has worked in the industry for 12 years.  This was his second time attending.


"The IHRSA Institute was just great – well organized with outstanding session topics covering all of the bases. It was especially worthwhile for me, given that I was new to management.” –  Michelle Glaeser, General Manager of Adventure 212 Fitness, USA.

Michelle was the recipient of The Institute’s 2014 John McCarthy Merit Scholarship. She has been in the industry for 8 years.

These are just a few of the comments I've seen – all of which were overwhelmingly positive. Read an article in the upcoming issue of CBI (June) to learn more about The IHRSA Institute experience and see what other participants had to say.

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Improve Your Retention Numbers at IHRSA 2015

There are new possibilities every day for inspiring your team, for engaging current members to improve retention, and for reaching out to prospects with content that’s so compelling that they’ll want more. 

You’d like to improve your retention numbers—just like most clubs—but you don’t know quite how do it.

The Customer Service & Retention Track at IHRSA 2015 can help. You’ll have a wide range of educational sessions to choose from that are taught by the smartest and most successful retention thought leaders in the industry.

Learn all you need to know about

  • inspiring customer loyalty 
  • the secrets to superior customer service and engagement 
  • creating a top-notch service culture 
  • retention strategies that produce measurable results 
  • how to “wow” your customers by exceeding their expectations 


Come to IHRSA 2015 and bring your department heads—so you’re all on the same page. THIS is the training you’ve been looking for and the best investment in your business that you’ll ever make.


IHRSA 2013: Class is in Session

It's Tuesday, March 19 and IHRSA's 32st Annual Convention and Trade Show is officially underway. Educational sessions began at 8:00am. 

We'll be posting updates throughout the day. Stay tuned to IHRSA Live for more updates.