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Entries in IHRSA Advocate (4)


June Policy Update: Legislation That May Impact Your Gym

The IHRSA Public Policy team monitors legislation on both a state and federal level for our members. If you are wondering how as a gym or club owner that is relevant to you, we can answer that. It’s very relevant and important that the latest and most up-to-date information on anything and everything that could impact your business is available to you. That’s where we come in.  

We monitor things like potential sales tax hikes on gym memberships, regulations on auto renew contracts, rules for free gifts or trials, and more. Our team works with grassroot efforts and lobbyists to ensure the best outcome for the fitness industry.

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The Many Things IHRSA Staff is Thankful For This Year

The following post was originally published in the IHRSA Advocate.

It is that time of the year again—the time where we come together to list, appreciate, and reflect on all the things we are grateful for.

Often times, good health finds a spot at the top of this list. And, because we are in the business of providing access to good health, we decided to ask IHRSA staff members why they are most thankful to work in an industry that prioritizes giving over receiving.

Here are some of their responses:

"I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve this amazing industry for so many years, for my happy, healthy 95 year-old Dad who is a great example of the benefits of life-long regular exercise, and my two brand new grand-babies who will soon be able run and play."

- Anita Lawlor, Chief Operating Officer

“I’m thankful to be a part of an industry that truly has a positive impact on people’s lives…both day-to-day and long-term.”

- Marc Gagnon, Senior Meetings Manager, Education


“I am thankful for my IHRSA family and for the continued support from so many industry colleagues and friends over my 20+ years at IHRSA.”

- Lynne Devaney, Vice President of Sponsorship and Business Development



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5 Presidents Who Made the White House Their Health Club 

The following post was originally published in the IHRSA Advocate.

Belief in carving out time for physical activity transcends presidential terms and political parties. Here are five former presidents who made the White House their very own health club.

1. Ronald Reagan converted an unused White House bedroom to a gym for daily strength training and cardio. His exercise routines headlined Parade Magazine as How To Stay Fit: The President’s Personal Exercise Program (December 1983). After describing his favorite types of indoor and outdoor exercises, Reagan wrote, “I would urge each of you reading this article to think about how you could get a little more physical activity into your life.”

In addition, Reagan has also been rumored to have been caught exercising on a few occasions. He reportedly said, “If you see somebody jumping up and down on the second floor of the White House, that's me rebounding.”

Because of this, Reagan earns #1 on the list of presidents that transformed the White House into a health club.

2. Gerald Ford exercised daily in the swimming pool he had constructed for the White House in 1975. Before politics, the athletic Ford considered playing professional football for the Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions, who were both impressed by his performance at the University of Michigan.

We can only guess that future presidents also made good use of the pool; George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon, and Ronald Reagan have all reported that they also enjoy swimming. Ford earns #2 in White House health club design.

3. Teddy Roosevelt had a tennis court built on White House grounds in 1902 and used it frequently. To round out his fitness regimen, President Roosevelt was known to go jogging around the Washington Monument and to enjoy boxing. He earns #3.

4. Herbert Hoover played Hoover-ball—a hybrid of tennis and volleyball using a medicine ball and an eight-foot net. The game was created by White House physician Admiral Joel T. Boone. Hoover completed this workout six times per week. Hoover earns #4, with extra points for including others in the group fitness routine.

5. Calvin Coolidge championed the “Iron Horse”—an electrical machine designed to mimic horse-riding. The Iron Horse, which Coolidge rode in the comfort of the White House, came with multiple settings used to adjust speed. Coolidge rounds out IHRSA’s list at #5 and earns the additional award of “most unique exercise machine installed at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.”


Meet the IHRSA Advocate: Your New Guide to Health Club Industry Advocacy 

Keeping up with the latest industry advocacy information can be challenging. The legislative process can sometimes move quickly and bill revisions can be easily missed. That is why our public policy team created the IHRSA Advocate—to allow you to continue effectively managing your business without missing a beat. 

What’s “The IHRSA Advocate?” 

The IHRSA Advocate is a new bi-weekly advocacy e-newsletter that will help you recognize and understand the latest information on health club policies and trends, and summarize exactly how these initiatives impact your daily business operations. 

What Topics Will It Cover? 

Every other Tuesday, the IHRSA Advocate will bring subscribers current information on legislative advancements, legal updates, health policy information, recent industry meetings and events, and general advocacy news. 

Why Should I Read It? 

Because this is important information that will help you become more aware of the problems your business faces and will give you insight into how you can resolve these issues. And besides thatthis information will be compiled for you and placed in the palms of your hands.

Still interested in learning more? Don’t miss out. Sign up to receive your bi-weekly dose of industry advocacy updates directly to your inbox. Solution seekers welcome.