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Entries in IHRSA 2014 International Convention and Trade Show (110)


Griffin has used IHRSA conventions to further his career

There is a lot of talk at this time of the year about how attending the IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show can benefit you and your business.

Dan Griffin, general manager of Club Operations at Oxford Athletic Club, started his fitness career in 1977 and has been learning, moving up and managing ever since. And some of the resources he has used, and continues to use, are IHRSA's conventions and trade shows.

Read about him in January's CBI magazine.


IHRSA 2014 HR track: your most important asset

Image courtesy of Ambro / FreeDigitalPhotos.netNo matter the size of a company, the human resources department often has to be a jack-of-all-trades. From hiring to employee concerns to even facilities problems, whoever is in charge of the department has a lot on their plate.

Theresa Amaya, regional director of Human Resources for Highgate Hotels, will lend her 15 years of experience when she facilitates, “HR Basics: Developing & Investing in Your Most Valuable Asset,” on Friday, March 14, 1:30 p.m.

This IHRSA 2014 33rd Annual International Convention & Trade Show session is in the roundtable format in the Human Resources educational session track. Amaya feels the style is great for the subject because there is a wide range of issues that can arise at any company.

IHRSA is writing about all of the educational session tracks offered at IHRSA 2014, leading up to the March 12-15 event.

For more on Amaya's session, read on.


Escape Fitness gives a hint to what it will show at IHRSA 2014

Leading up to its appearance on the trade show floor during IHRSA 2014 33rd Annual International Convention & Trade Show, Escape Fitness is blogging about the company and the show.

The second installment talks about Escape's booths at both FIBO and LIW to give a peek into what the UK company will be showing in San Diego in March - flooring, design, equipment and training.

Check out blog entry #1 and blog entry #2 on the Escape Fitness blog.



Check out what is new, offered for IHRSA 2014 international attendees

IHRSA doesn’t include “International” in the title of its biggest and best show for nothing. 

The offerings and events at IHRSA 2014 33rd Annual International Convention & Trade Show for those not from the United States – more than 2,300 from 84 countries in 2013 – are the reasons the numbers continue to rise each year.

Those coming to the IHRSA 2014, in San Diego from March 12-15, will see more events, more translations and more countrymen than every before.

For IHRSA 2014 new offerings, translations and more, read on.


Get pumped for IHRSA 2014 by taking a look back at last year's highlight videos

If you have been perusing social media with the intent on looking for news, mentions and the momentum for the IHRSA 2014 33rd Annual International Convention & Trade Show, some common themes have been "are you getting excited?" and "looking forward to IHRSA 2014."

Here are a couple videos to pump you up even more for the event, only five weeks away.



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IHRSA 2014 Innovations & Opportunities track: real estate tactics

For those who are looking into the real estate aspect of a club – leasing or renting, expanding, renovating or deciding on a location – there is a lot to consider. 

That may sound obvious, but sometimes in order to get the best price, results and member experience it requires stepping back from the project or seeking advice in order to get perspective.

Chris Craytor, vice president of Development at ACAC Fitness and Wellness Centers in Virginia and Pennsylvania, will be able to give some of his perspective during his discussion, Health Club Real Estate Tactics and Strategies on Saturday, March 15, at 9 a.m., as part of the Innovations & Opportunities track.

IHRSA is writing about all of the different educational session tracks leading up to the 33rd Annual International Convention & Trade Show, which is March 12-15 in San Diego.

Read on for more on Health Club Real Estate Tactics and Strategies.


Escape Fitness getting pumped for IHRSA 2014

It looks like a group on the other side of the pond is excited for IHRSA's 33rd Annual International Convention & Trade Show.

Escape Fitness, a UK-based fitness and solutions store, has started its countdown to the show in San Diego on March 12-15 with the first of a six-part series leading up the team arriving in the States. The first part is an introduction and history of the IHRSA event.

Check it out on the Escape Fitness blog.


Download IHRSA’s Free App to receive 2 for 1 admission to the IHRSA 2014 Trade Show

Today’s business world is a mobile one, and those who have easy access to the information and contacts they need have a much better chance of success than those who don’t. More than 5,000 health club industry professionals already have that easy access to the information and networking resources they need through the IHRSA App.

What are you waiting for? Login to the IHRSA App today and visit the Monthly Special section to receive 2 for 1 admission* to the IHRSA 2014 Trade Show, March 13 & 14.

Recent updates include the agenda, list of speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, and networking functionality for IHRSA 2014, to be held in San Diego, March 12–15. 

Offer expires 3/11/14. This offer is not valid for onsite registration.

*Non-transferable. No substitutions. This offer may not be combined with or applied to any other promotions, discounts or previously purchased registrations. 


First-time convention attendees give advice on navigating event

With so much to choose from, first-timers who attend the IHRSA Annual International Convention & Trade Show will get plenty out of the experience.

The problem is the words “so much.” What seems like endless educational sessions, keynote speakers, trade show booths, roundtables, networking events, special events and more can cause the most fit person into someone who feels like a couple squats or running 10 minutes on the treadmill is like doing the Ironman Triathlon. 

For convention-goers, especially rookies, the awe of it all can cause you to deter from your intended plan of attack. But you will still come out with a lot more take-home information they than imagined. But much more exhausted, too.

Read on for more on Convention first-timers.


IHRSA 2014 Programming track: successful spas

For some people the term “spa” is fluffy - seen as a perk, extra service or something only for the well-off. Sure, in some situations and businesses, that is exactly how it can be defined.

But there are other areas that, paired with fitness, can be an essential part of one’s well-being. 

“Most people see spas as an ancillary service that they may (go to) if they feel like it,” said Danielle Terranova, Corporate Spa director at Healthworks Fitness Centers in Boston, “People can be a little passive on how it can lead to overall, wellness and a health lifestyle. It is a necessity to maintaining the body through relaxing and targeted muscle groups.

“If your objective is to achieve overall health, to ignore skin care, acupuncture seems to be a limited view of wellness.”

Terranova won’t be attempting to convince spa doubters at the IHRSA 2014 33rd Annual Convention & Trade Show. However, she will present, “Strategies for Developing & Managing a Successful Spa Business in Your Club on Saturday, March 15, 9 to 10 a.m., in the Programming track.

Read on for more on the Programming track.