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ICYMI: Videos of IHRSA 2017 Keynotes Now Available for Purchase

Back in March, some dynamic keynote speakers captivated the IHRSA 2017 audience in Los Angeles, sharing their insights on consumer data, innovation, branding, and storytelling. Their presentations lit up social media, with many attendees sharing quotes, photos, and takeaways.

If you’re an IHRSA member and you weren’t able to attend the keynote presentations, or if you just want to watch them again, we have good news—MP4s of three IHRSA 2017 keynote presentations are now available for purchase.

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Continuing Education Credits / Units at IHRSA 2017

IHRSA is delighted to once again be offering registered convention attendees a comprehensive schedule of Continuing Education Credits / Units at IHRSA 2017. Download the continuing education form here to submit to your certifying organization. 

The following organizations are offering CECs / CEUs at IHRSA 2017:

  • American Council on Exercise (ACE)
  • Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA)
  • Cooper Institute
  • International Fitness Professionals Association (IFPA)
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
  • National Council on Strength & Fitness (NCSF)
  • National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA)
  • National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT)
  • National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • SCW Fitness Education (SCW)

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IHRSA 2017 Profile: Catching Up with Shabnam Islam

Shabnam Islam is a professor, personal trainer, and IHRSA Live host extraordinaire. Here why she's excited for IHRSA 2017.

Shabnam Islam teaches and believes in the life-affirming power of fitness

I'm really looking forward to IHRSA in March! I’m honored to be the anchor of IHRSA’s Live Studio. I believe that my diverse background allows me to showcase the dynamism that IHRSA brings to its convention year after year.

I’ve attended many fitness conferences over the years, but IHRSA is a completely different experience. Not only was I astonished by the vast size of the convention, but the high level of organization and professionalism, with respect to every aspect, was impeccable.

The IHRSA Live Studio provides attendees with yet another great opportunity to showcase their passions, products, services, or brand—so, if you haven’t made your plans to attend IHRSA 2017 in beautiful Los Angeles, I’d highly suggest that you do so now! Take advantage of all that the IHRSA experience offers  . . . and who knows, we may have a chance to meet!”

Read Get Active! magazine’s extensive profile of Shabnam.


Calling IHRSA Members Dedicated to Fitness Innovation and Technology

Are you an IHRSA member who recognizes the increasing significance and impact of technology in the global health and fitness club industry? 

If you answered ‘yes,’ we need your insight! 

IHRSA’s New Innovation & Technology Advisory Council 

We’re creating an advisory council on technology and innovation in order to ensure that IHRSA members have the necessary information and resources they need to capitalize on innovation and technology trends in their businesses. 

“Technology is changing the customer journey and the perception of brands,” says Rasmus Ingerslev, chair of IHRSA board of directors. “The next 20 years of technological development will match the last 100 years. The health club industry’s traditional four walls are being affected by wearables, tracking, streaming, and online exercise. This doesn’t mean the health club industry can’t compete, just that the industry must stay alert and up-to-date on these trends to become and remain relevant.” 

Objectives of the council include: 

  • Aligning the industry with vetted technology oriented companies, organizations, and key influencers to leverage information and experience.
  • Capturing and interpreting the articulated and unarticulated needs of the industry’s current and future customers relating to technology and innovation.
  • Educating IHRSA members on the current innovation and technology landscape to aid them in making sound innovation and technology decisions.
  • Establishing IHRSA as a credible source of knowledge on the future of technology in—and relating to—the health and fitness industry.
  • Helping IHRSA and IHRSA members improve, expand, and enhance their current products and service offerings.
  • Exploring visionary strategic partnership opportunities for IHRSA.

Interested? Here Are the Details: 

The new council, which will meet three times per year—in person at IHRSA’s 36th Annual International Convention & Trade Show in March and during two virtual meetings—will consist of 10-16 members appointed by IHRSA. 

Council members will serve for a two-year term, with an additional term at IHRSA’s discretion. New council members will be recruited regularly in order to ensure a diversity of experience (e.g. non-industry indigenous companies, technology thought leaders, IHRSA membership types, etc.). 

IHRSA members were invited to apply for the council on our website by November 18. We’ll announce the inaugural council members prior to IHRSA 2017—taking place March 8-11, 2017, in Los Angeles, CA.


This Week in the Fitness Industry: Peleton CEO Stresses Importance of Group Exercise Environment

Peleton CEO Stresses Importance of Group Exercise Environment
Boutique studios continue to grow in popularity among consumers, and some savvy health clubs are offering boutique-style classes to remain competitive. But boutique fitness has its limitations, such as location, price, and availability. In a recent interview in The New York Times, Peleton Co-founder and Chief Executive John Foley talks about how he hopes to solve those problems by providing users with a boutique experience in their own homes. “What the consumer wants, what is making people addicted to these classes, whether it’s yoga or boot camp or spin or high-intensity interval training or whatever, it’s the group environment,” he said. “It’s the other people. It’s the instructor. It’s the music. It’s the motivation.” 

Meet the IHRSA 2017 Keynote Speakers

A talent management guru, an internationally acclaimed branding expert, and an entrepreneur with an unlikely success story will keynote IHRSA 2017. This March, the IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show returns to Los Angeles, CA, and will feature more than 100 education sessions taught by some of the most successful individuals in the health club industry. Here’s a preview of three dynamic keynote speakers who will set the tone. 

Fitness Trackers Might Be Detrimental to Weight Loss Efforts
Some people buy fitness trackers with the goal of losing weight—but perhaps they shouldn’t. A new study found that wearing a fitness tracker may undermine weight loss efforts. For the study, 470 people were put on a low-calorie diet and asked to exercise more. Soon, all started losing weight. After six months half the group began self-reporting their diet and exercise, while the other half were given fitness trackers to monitor their activity. After two years, both groups were equally active—but those with the fitness trackers lost less weight. "These technologies are focused on physical activity, like taking steps and getting your heart rate up," John Jakicic, a researcher of health and physical activity at the University of Pittsburgh and the lead author on the study, told NPR. "People would say, 'Oh, I exercised a lot today, now I can eat more.' And they might eat more than they otherwise would have."

IHRSA Generates Support for PHIT on Capitol Hill
(Click to enlarge)Several IHRSA members and staff, along with members of the PHIT Coalition, conducted a lobby day on Capitol Hill today to generate additional support for the PHIT Act. Members of the PHIT Coalition, co-chaired by IHRSA and the Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), met with members of the House and the Senate, asking them to co-sponsor the PHIT Act. Currently, PHIT has 101 bipartisan sponsors, with 88 from the House and 13 from the Senate. PHIT, the Personal Health Investment Today Act, would allow Americans to use flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs) to pay for health club memberships, fitness equipment, exercise videos and youth sports league fees. If passed, it would allow individuals to tap their pre-tax account up to $1,000 per year to cover these expenses—families would be granted up to $2,000. Read our full coverage of the PHIT Act lobby day.


Meet the IHRSA 2017 Keynote Speakers

A talent management guru, an internationally acclaimed branding expert, and an entrepreneur with an unlikely success story will keynote IHRSA 2017

This March, the IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show returns to Los Angeles, CA, and will feature more than 100 education sessions taught by some of the most successful individuals in the health club industry. Here’s a preview of three dynamic keynote speakers who will set the tone. 

Seth Mattison, founder and chief movement officer of FutureSight Labs 

Session: Relationship Revolution: Building Better Connections in the Digital Age (sponsored by MYZONE

Date: Wednesday, March 8 

Expertise: Seth Mattison is an internationally renowned expert on workforce trends and generational dynamics. As founder and chief movement officer of FutureSight Labs, Mattison advises many of the world’s leading brands and organizations on the key shifts happening around talent management, change and innovation, leadership and the future of work. 

Named to the Editors’ Picks for Favorite Speakers of 2013 by MeetingsNet, Mattison offers actionable content that can immediately impact business performance. With his finger on the pulse of today’s changing workforce, Mattison blends storytelling from his own personal experience working with category-leading brands while leveraging cutting-edge research to develop fresh perspectives on the key strategic issues most relevant for today’s leaders. 

Martin Lindstrom, author, change agent, and brand futurist 

Forget BIG Data – Small Data Defines the Future (sponsored by Technogym

Date: Thursday, March 9 

Expertise: Martin Lindstrom is recognized as one of the world’s leading brand experts, having pioneered the introduction of brands on the Internet (1994), using our five senses in branding (2004), introducing neuroscience in advertising (2007) and exploring the next generation of subconscious communication (2010). He was named a top “Thinkers 50 Global Management Thinker” in 2015. 

Lindstrom was named one of TIME magazine’s "World's 100 Most Influential People" and is the author of several New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling books, including Buyology, Brandwashed, and Small Data. He is a trusted brand-and-innovation advisor to numerous Fortune 100 companies, including McDonald’s Corporation, PepsiCo, American Express, Microsoft, Nestlé, The Walt Disney Company, and GlaxoSmithKline.

Johnny Earle, branding expert, and founder of Johnny Cupcakes 

Viral Business: Inspiring Customer Loyalty (sponsored by Matrix Fitness

Date: Friday, March 10 

Expertise: Over the past decade Johnny Cupcakes, founded by speaker Johnny Earle, has grown from a "joke" to a multi-million dollar, highly exclusive t-shirt brand driven by a community of world-wide collectors. Johnny shares his story of how he took his t-shirt brand from the trunk of his rusty car at age 19, with a learning disability, to some of the world's most sought after retail locations. 

In this session, Johnny will piece together how his success reinforces the power of details, experience and loyalty. Johnny's presentation provides comprehensive blueprints for getting any small business, passion or idea off the ground, while also expanding the way existing creators think.

Soraya Darabi, co-founder of Zady

Session: Relationship Revolution: Building Better Connections in the Digital Age (sponsored by Daxko / CSI Software)

Date: Saturday, March 11

Expertise: Darabi has her finger firmly on the pulse of today’s constantly-changing media landscape. As a leader in next-generation digital communications and e-commerce over the past decade, Darabi has helped numerous brands and companies of all sizes anticipate, understand, and maximize emerging digital trends. 

She began her career as the first-ever manager of digital partnerships and social media for the New York Times, where she formed and implemented the global news leader’s digital and social media strategies, which are still in place today. Most recently, Darabi is co-founder of and was named one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business.” 

Learn more about IHRSA 2017, March 8-11 in Los Angeles, CA.