The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association is the fitness industry's only global trade association representing over 10,000 for profit health and fitness facilities and over 600 supplier companies in 75 countries.



From educational tools and events to promotional programs and public policy initiatives, IHRSA brings you success... by association!

Join | Renew
Pledge Your Support

Search IHRSA Blog

Welcome to the IHRSA Blog

The Online Home of news.

Blog Home |  Subscribe to our RSS Feed

Entries in #icebucketchallenge (4)


Augie takes #IceBucketChallenge with 200 close friends

The #IceBucketChallenge doesn't seem to be losing steam. And many around the country who are taking part are doing so after IHRSA President and CEO Joe Moore issued the challenge to the entire fitness industry.

Among the benefactors - we all hope - of this worldwide phenomenon is Augie Nieto and Augie's Quest, which supports fast-track, innovative research seeking effective treatments, and, ultimately, a cure for ALS. The co-founder of Life Fitness has been sharing videos, retweeting and spreading the word of the many accomplishments during the #IceBucketChallenge.

And this week he took the challenge, along with 200 others, including Domonic, the youngest person ever diagnosed with ALS.

Click here for IHRSA's staff pouring ice water over their heads.




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












Why I did the #IceBucketChallenge twice

Dumping ice water on your head isn't the most fun thing to do. Especially if you, like me, are from warm sunny Florida and happen to hate the cold. But, when my turn came and a friend nominated me for the Ice Bucket Challenge, I filled a bucket of ice water and dumped it over my head outside my gym. I donated a little money, nominated my brother and two of my friends, and thought I was done. Phew.

Then Chris Clawson nominated IHRSA. And despite being "done", I kind of wanted to do it again. Because ALS is a terrible degenerative disease that often affects young, active people and yet is largely unfamiliar to the general public. Because I remember stories about my great uncle Harry, whom I never met due to this disease. And because I remember attending the BASH for Augie's Quest the past three years, and being so impressed with Augie and his battle to defeat ALS. So for the good cause of raising money and awareness for ALS research and supporting one of the industry's own, I got cold and wet twice in one week. It actually wasn't that bad.

A few other IHRSA staff also did the ice bucket challenge twice. Read on to see who and why they doused themsevles twice.

Click to read more ...


IHRSA accepts the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

IHRSA won't shy away when the gauntlet has been laid down in front of us. When the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was issued to us by Chris Clawson and Life Fitness, we gladly accepted.

The organization is no stranger to supporting ALS research. We host the BASH for Augie's Quest at the Annual International Convention & Trade Show every year, and support other endeavors by participating, sharing on our blog and by social media to help spread the word.

Augie Nieto, the co-founder of Life Fitness, was diagnosed with ALS in 2005. Ever since, he and his wife, Lynne, have partnered with the MDA for form Augie’s Quest, which supports fast-track, innovative research seeking effective treatments, and, ultimately, a cure for ALS.

So, as IHRSA President and CEO Joe Moore says in the video, we challenge the health and fitness industry to accept the challenge.

Click here to donate to Augie's Quest.