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Entries in ILC (8)

Thursday
Apr132017

Lessons in Fitness Leadership: Take More Risks

The Lessons in Fitness Leadership series highlights IHRSA’s industry leaders and thanks them for their continued commitment to growing, promoting, and protecting the health club industry. By sharing their business expertise, we hope that you will get to know them, what they've learned along the way, and how they view leadership.

Eric Schmitz
President
California Athletic Clubs


What is the most fulfilling part of being a business leader in the fitness industry? 

It is being of service to others. Being of service to staff, members, and guests. That is the fundamental reason why this industry is so great.

Another is the positive impact that I have on growing leaders in our organization. Seeing our leaders grow as individuals is fulfilling.

 

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Thursday
Mar092017

Westergaard Shows Fitness Industry Leaders the Importance of ‘Branding Now’

“So maybe there are similarities between branding and fitness,” said Nick Westergaard, chief brand strategist at Brand Driven Digital during the 20th Annual IHRSA Industry Leadership Council Summit, sponsored by ABC Financial.

If we delve deeper into the connections between branding and fitness, it is evident that they are both big goals for many people. However, in order to get in shape or build better brands, all of us must effectively utilize to-do lists and the resources available to us to be successful—which is often tougher than we think.

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Wednesday
Mar082017

IHRSA 2017 Day 1 in Photos

Registration is Underway

It's been great to see so many eager attendees gearing up for the Convention at in the Registration area!

 

"Making Connections" Orientation

More than 50 first-time attendees learning the ropes at the "Making Connections" Orientation on Monday morning.

 

The Woman Leader Award Goes to Ellen Latham

Ellen Latham, co-founder and partner of Orangetheory Fitness, is this year's recipient of the Woman Leader Scholarship Award. Each year IHRSA celebrates the legacy of Julie Main by presenting the award to a woman who exemplifies what Julie stood for: courage, perseverance, excellence, and professionalism.

"To be recognized among my peers with an award that celebrates the life and legacy of one of the giants in our industry is truly humbling,” Latham said.

 

Seth Mattison Talks Building Better Connections

Seth Mattison, founder and chief movement officer of FutureSight Labs, explained how fitness professionals can build better connections in the digital age in his keynote presentation, sponsored by MYZONE.

 

 8th Annual Women’s Leadership Summit

As women, it’s our responsibility to promote our brand through communicating our values. We determine how we want to be known, said Sima Dahl, founder of Sway Factor, Inc. at the Women's Leadership Summit, sponsored by American Council on Exercise.

 

Gearing Up for the Trade Show

The Trade Show floor is nearly ready for attendees to check out state-of-the-art equipment, products, and services from more than 370 exhibitors. The Trade Show hours are Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Nick Westergaard Speaking at the ILC Summit

Westergaard explained how today's digital dynamics can help you build a better brand during his ILC Summit presentation, sponsored by ABC Financial.

Thursday
Feb092017

Lessons in Fitness Leadership: Advocate for One of the Best Products Being ‘Sold’

The Lessons in Fitness Leadership series highlights IHRSA’s industry leaders and thanks them for their continued commitment to growing, promoting, and protecting the health club industry. By sharing their business expertise, we hope that you will get to know them, what they've learned along the way, and how they view leadership. 

Paula Neubert
Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club
Greenwood Village, CO 


What is the most fulfilling part of being a business leader in the fitness industry?

You get to be a leader and advocate for one of the best products being “sold.” Think about it…how many businesses allow you to spend your days talking to people, helping them reach goals that make them healthier and happier, and give you the opportunity to be energized and motivated just by stepping out of your office door and taking a walk around the club? I am proud and honored to be part of this industry!

If you were able to go back in time, what is one piece of leadership advice you would have given your younger-self about working in the fitness industry?

Listen and observe. Learn something every day!

What prompted you to join the Industry Leadership Council (ILC)?

A phone call from IHRSA Board members. I didn’t know a lot about the ILC, but they helped me understand more about this group of leaders and the advocacy work they do to help our industry. As a brand new ILC member, I’m looking forward to learning more and experiencing ILC member benefits.

Thursday
Jan122017

Lessons in Fitness Leadership: It’s Okay to Not Have All the Answers

The Lessons in Fitness Leadership series highlights IHRSA’s industry leaders and thanks them for their continued commitment to growing, promoting, and protecting the health club industry. By sharing their business expertise, we hope that you will get to know them, what they've learned along the way, and how they view leadership.

Bill McBride
Active Wellness
San Francisco, CA


What is the most fulfilling part of being a business leader in the fitness industry?

Helping people learn and grow.  I really enjoy helping operators and staffs get better at how we approach our industry through training, development, standards, and excellence.  Supporting people in their professional and personal growth is very fulfilling. 

It’s all about the people—this industry is such a community. Competitors are friendly with each other. A lot of us believe in the concept of a rising tide floats all boats. It’s about building something bigger than you and your own company, but in helping grow the industry. It is very important and critical when working towards industry goals not to insert any personal agendas. Collaboration for the industry’s progress is very fulfilling to me on a deep level.

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Thursday
Dec152016

Lessons in Fitness Leadership: Be Sure to Ask Questions 

The Lessons in Fitness Leadership series highlights IHRSA’s industry leaders and thanks them for their continued commitment to growing, promoting, and protecting the health club industry. By sharing their business expertise, we hope that you will get to know them, what they've learned along the way, and how they view leadership. 

Bill Beck
Club Fit
Briarcliff, NY


What is the most fulfilling part of being a business leader in the fitness industry? 

Far and away the best part of being a leader in this industry is knowing that the work we do every day helps make people’s lives better. We’re responsible for motivating people to live healthier lives, which, in turn, helps them spend more quality time with the people in their lives that matter most to them. 

I’ve always been a big advocate for IHRSA but after having a leadership position on the Board of Directors, I am able to truly recognize and appreciate the great work that we do in the world. I can’t say thank you enough to the Board for this opportunity and for always caring about our members, our people, and the work that we do.  I would encourage anyone looking to take on a more active leadership role to apply. 

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Wednesday
Nov022016

8 Experts Offer Advice on Becoming a More Effective Fitness Leader 

What does it take to be a true leader in the health and fitness industry? We spoke with some experts to find out. 

In developing the IHRSA's Lessons in Fitness Leadership series, we interviewed successful club owners and fitness professionals who are members of our Industry Leadership Council. Read on to learn their top leadership tips.

'Get Outside of Your Box'

Jim Worthington of Newtown Athletic Club in Newtown, PA, has four pieces of advice for anyone new to the industry: 

  1. “Make time to 'walk the talk' and work out every day.
  2. “Read industry trade journals voraciously to understand trends.
  3. “Attend IHRSA conferences every year without fail.
  4. “Network with a vengeance with everyone in the industry." 

Scott Gillespie of Saco Sport & Fitness in Saco, ME, agrees with Worthington about the importance of gaining a broader perspective.

"Never lose the very special connection you have with the market you choose to serve, but get outside of your box!" Gillespie said. "Get and stay connected to the ever-evolving bigger picture through industry associations and groups—like IHRSA and the ILC."

For Bryan O'Rourke of Integerus Advisors, a consultancy to the health and fitness industry, the key lies with being a "giver" rather than a "taker."

"All great things take time, constant effort, and most importantly, entail us all working together to reach common goals," he said. "Giving to the ILC and being a leader who seeks to do things for others first, builds the foundation for all of us together."

Business and Financial Smarts a Must

As Janine Williams of Leisure Sports in Pleasanton, CA, notes, far too many health clubs aren't built to last. The reason? Operators lack the business and financial acumen to achieve long-term success.

"While you need to have a passion for fitness, you also need a solid understanding as to what ultimately drives profitability," she said. "This includes understanding the potential threats and opportunities within your marketplace and whether these threats and opportunities are internal or external by nature."

Chuck Richards of the Sunset Athletic Club in Portland, OR, believes the health and fitness industry is about to enter a period of rapid growth. With all the changes coming our way, many health club operators will have trouble deciding what to do next.

"Getting perspective is important," Richards said. "Look at the implications. Don't think you necessarily need to go in every direction all of the time. There are so many ways to be successful. There are so many opportunities. Going in too many ways will dilute your best efforts." 

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Thursday
Oct272016

Lessons in Fitness Leadership: Get Involved and Share Your Voice

The Lessons in Fitness Leadership series highlights IHRSA’s industry leaders and thanks them for their continued commitment to growing, promoting, and protecting the health club industry. By sharing their business expertise, we hope that you will get to know them, what they've learned along the way, and how they view leadership. 

Lynne Brick
Brick Bodies
Baltimore, MD 


What is the most fulfilling part of being a business leader in the fitness industry? 

The most fulfilling part [of being a leader] is three-fold:  

  1. To connect with other industry leaders and learn from them.
  2. To inspire rising stars and other rising leaders to exert their leadership skills and give back to the industry.
  3. To inspire our staff to discover their greatness.  

If you were able to go back in time, what is one piece of leadership advice you would have given your younger-self about working in the fitness industry? 

I have two pieces of advice. They are: 

  1. Don't be afraid to fail.
  2. Begin with the end in mind. 

What prompted you to join the Industry Leadership Council (ILC)? 

I joined the ILC because it is one of the best ways that our industry can contribute to IHRSA's mission to protect the industry. It is best to be involved, contribute, and share one’s voice to avoid negative legislation as opposed to sitting on the sidelines and wondering what's happening. 

What has been your most memorable experience as part of the ILC? 

My most memorable experience was when we defeated the expansion of the sales tax in Maryland. We recruited bus loads of members and staff in addition to other clubs in our region and stormed the capital of Annapolis, Maryland. We starting chanting “Don’t tax health” and doing push-ups in front of the building where the hearings transpired, called “Lawyers Mall.”

Later when there was an opportunity to speak in front of the committee hearing on behalf of our industry, along with our lobbyist, I simply asked each legislator to do some seated shoulder rolls and explained that sitting is the “new smoking” and as a state we need to encourage citizens to move, not inhibit or create barriers by including health club memberships under the expansion of the sales tax.   

Bottom line: We won!