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This Week in the Fitness Industry: 700 Anytime Fitness Gyms to Host Free Outdoor Workouts

700 Anytime Fitness Gyms to Host Free Outdoor Workouts
Hundreds of Anytime Fitness gyms will host free outdoor exercise events nationwide, according to a release. The “May Free Workouts” began in 2015 as a grassroots effort by a few Anytime Fitness gyms, and has grown into a nationwide campaign to promote physical activity. About 700 facilities are expected to participate, hosting activites such as yoga in the park, Zumba classes, kickboxing lessons, and tug-of-war competitions. “We believe a healthy lifestyle is achievable for anyone,” said Chuck Runyon, co-founder & CEO of Anytime Fitness. “May Free Workouts are designed to encourage community members to get up and move in an active, motivating atmosphere. Because when fitness is enjoyable and done in an encouraging, fun environment, it becomes easy to reach your goals.”

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IHRSA Staff Congratulates Norm Cates on his Lifetime Achievement Award

Club Industry announced this week that IHRSA’s founder and first president Norm Cates is this year’s recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award.

Here are a few words of congratulations from the IHRSA staff:

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Heading to IHRSA 2017? Here’s a List of Our Favorite Things in LA

IHRSA staff put a lot of thought into every element of the IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show, and the event location is no exception. Last year we changed it up and headed south to Orlando, FL, and this year we’re excited to return to Los Angeles for the third time. 

While much of the staff’s time during IHRSA 2017 will be spent indoors—ensuring that attendees have a great experience at the Trade Show, keynote presentations, education sessions, exercise classes, and more—most of us manage to find some time to explore the city. (And soak up some much-needed sunshine after a long New England winter.)

So for our third installment in our IHRSA staff advice series, we’re sharing our favorite things to do in LA. Hope to see you there for IHRSA 2017, March 8-11!

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Want to Own IHRSA 2017? Check Out Our Expert Tips for Attendees

The IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show is an abundance of riches.

This year, IHRSA 2017 will feature more than 100 education sessions, 350+ Trade Show exhibitors, and scores of networking opportunities. It’s amazing, but it can be a lot—even for the most seasoned attendee.

So to help you have your best convention experience yet, we compiled a list of tips from the people who know it best—IHRSA staff. Read on to find out how to register faster, why you should download the event app, what kind of shoes you should wear (hint: we’re all about comfort), and more!

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IHRSA Staff’s 14 Can’t-miss Events at IHRSA 2017

No one knows the IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show quite like IHRSA staff.

We’ve been doing this for years—some longer than we’d like to admit. But that doesn’t stop us from getting excited for our favorite convention events each March. So we’ve decided to pass our enthusiasm (and expertise) on to you!

We asked several IHRSA staff members to tell us their can’t-miss events at IHRSA 2017. Here’s what they said.

If this is your first time at IHRSA or you want to maximize you networking opportunities, then I invite you to attend the “Making Connections” Orientation on Wednesday, March 8 at 7:30 am. We’ll begin with a fun exercise, then I’ll give you the inside scoop on must-see sessions based on the topics most important to you. 

– Nicole Johnson, Senior Sales Manager 

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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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This Week in the Fitness Industry: Ice Bucket Challenge Results in ALS Breakthrough

Ice Bucket Challenge Proceeds Results in ALS Breakthrough
Unless you were living under a Wi-Fi-less rock in 2014, you’re well familiar with the Ice Bucket Challenge—the viral ALS fundraiser that had people—including IHRSA staff—record themselves pouring buckets of ice water over their heads and challenging their friends and family to do the same. Public figures such as Ellen DeGeneres, Taylor Swift, President George W. Bush participated in the challenge, garnering more than 400 million views on social media. The challenge raised $220 million worldwide, which funded the largest ever study of inherited ALS. And now, the viral sensation is paying off—the ALS Association reported that the study identified a new gene, NEK1, that ranks among the most common genes that contribute to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, according to Reuters. "Global collaboration among scientists, which was really made possible by ALS Ice Bucket Challenge donations, led to this important discovery," said John Landers of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Physical Inactivity Costs Global Economy $67.6 Billion a Year
Sedentary lifestyles—linked to increased risks of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer—costs the global economy $67.5 billion a year in healthcare and productivity losses, according to a study of one million people, Reuters reports. However, researchers found that just an hour a day of exercise—such as brisk walking—could eliminate most of that cost. Inactivity causes more than 5 million deaths a year—nearly as many as smoking, which kills 6 million a year, according to the World Health Organization. The study also found that people who sat for eight hours a day but were otherwise physically active had a lower risk of premature death than those who spent fewer hours sitting but were also less active. These findings suggest that exercise is particularly important, no matter how many hours a day are spent sitting.

Founder of Fresh Fitness and Fitness DK Launches New Innovative Chain of Clubs
REPEAT is Denmark’s newest fitness concept. The first two sites will open in Odense, the country’s third-largest city) and Copenhagen come September. The name “REPEAT” is a play-on-words—REPEAT is the third health club chain to be established by entrepreneur Rasmus Ingerslev. However, REPEAT, or rather repetition, is what it takes to be successful with your exercise and, according to the fitness entrepreneur Ingerslev, REPEAT will be both innovative and different from what you would normally expect of a health club. Read the full blog post about REPEAT.

Congress Introduces Legislation to Slow Federal Overtime Rules
Recently, legislation was introduced to slow the new federal overtime rules, which, as released this May, will mandate overtime pay for salaried workers making less than a new threshold of $47,476 per year, or $913/week. Previously, the white collar exemption excluded salaried employees making over $23,660 from overtime protections, e.g. time and one-half for all hours worked in excess of forty hours per week. The new rules stand to affect 4.2 million workers. Read our full coverage of the federal overtime rules legislation.


This Week in the Fitness Industry: Blink Fitness Hides Mirrors, Reebok Launches #TrainerTribute

Blink Fitness Hides Mirrors to Promote Good Health over Looks
Blink Fitness recently launched its “Monday Without Mirrors” program, a month-long initiative in which key mirrors in clubs will be covered in order to challenge members to think about how exercise makes them feel and not just how it makes them look. The effort is in the same vein as the “Every Body Happy” campaign, which the Equinox-owned company launched earlier this year. "Fitness has never been just about looking a certain way for us," Todd Magazine, president of Blink Fitness, said in a release. "Through our 'Monday Without Mirrors' initiative, we're encouraging our members to take a stand with us—that exercise is good for our health. It's good for our minds. It builds confidence. It's not just about what you see in the mirror." For more on Blink Fitness, read Todd Magazine’s interview in Club Business International. 

Team IHRSA Plays in NEHRSA's 35th Annual Golf Tournament

Some IHRSA staffers participated in NEHRSA's 35th Annual Golf Tournament on Thursday, June 9 at the Shining Rock Golf Club in Northbridge, MA. Joe Colotti (top right) from Executive Health & Sports Center as well the NEHRSA Board, addressed the crowd during the event.  

Reebok’s #TrainerTribute Campaign Recognizes Fitness Instructors
Reebok’s new #TrainerTribute campaign “pays homage to the professional fitness instructors who see and cultivate the limitless potential of their students,” according to a press release by the fitness brand. “Reebok argues that their contributions to society are as valuable as those made by healthcare providers and educators; they motivate their clients to be healthy and teach people how to lead an active, productive lifestyle.” On June 9, the series kicked off with a film focusing on boxing and combat-style training. The campaign will continue throughout 2016, with more films featuring other fitness disciplines, such as CrossFit and Studio. For the campaign, Reebok has partnered with Handstand, an app that locates nearby personal fitness trainers. All instructors that sign up to Handstand will automatically become members of ReebokONE, the brand’s global network of fitness trainers. 

Kids Running Programs Are on the Rise
New running programs are aiming to get children involved in the sport with the hope of making physical activity a part of their daily lives, reports The New York Times. Organizers of Global Running Day encouraged around a million children to pledge to run in the Million Kid Run on June 1, and Girls on the Run, a national organization that sponsors running programs, works to get girls into the sport from third through eighth grade. “There is no hard and fast rule for when kids can start running, said Dr. Danelle Fisher, the chair of pediatrics at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, CA,” The Times reports. “The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children and teenagers should not be encouraged to run full marathons, and many races already restrict entry by age. Runners must be 12 years old to run one of the New York Road Runners’ half-marathons and 18 to run the New York City Marathon.”