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Entries in L and T Health and Fitness (9)


IHRSA members take on #IceBucketChallenge

It's not very surprising but we've already seen a bunch of those in the health and fitness industry accept IHRSA's #IceBucketChallenge challenge.

And, as we promised, we will try to post or publicize as many as we can.

We are happy to report that some IHRSA member clubs are taking the challenge a step further. L&T Health and Fitness, a Corporate Fitness Works company, whose COO (and IHRSA board member) Allison Flatley drenched herself with ice water, is planning a fundraising effort to benefit ALS around the challenge. And  La Cima Club in Irving, Texas, has Augie's Quest as one of the beneficiaries for its upcoming Charity Classic.

And for those of you who are unaware of how the #IceBucket Challenge started, watch this video.

Here are a few of the Ice Bucket Challenge videos (and one photo compilation):

Augie's Quest compilation, including Lynn Nieto, The Atlantic Club, Zumba and more.

Ashburn Village Sports Pavilion, Ashburn, Va.

Brick Bodies, Baltimore, Md.

La Cima Club, Irving, Texas

L&T Health and Fitness 

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Two women-own corporate wellness companies join forces

Allison Flatley, left, Brenda Loube, center, and Sheila Drohan.In late March, two women-owned, IHRSA-member companies confirmed, unequivocally, the dramatic and positive impact that women are having on American business that’s detailed in The 2013 State of Women-Owned Business Report, commissioned by American Express OPEN.

Corporate Fitness Works (CFW), based in St. Petersburg, Florida, announced that it had acquired L&T Health and Fitness (L&T), which has its headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia, for an undisclosed sum.

Both are leading providers of management and consulting services in the corporate health and fitness market. For 2013, CFW reported that it had revenues of $5.4 million and more than 200 employees, 150 of them full-timers. L&T had revenues of nearly $10 million, 372 employees, 141 of them full-timers, and, since 2000, had been ranked one of the “top 100 fitness companies” in the U.S.

Read on to see how the deal went down, and more.


August CBI is now online

The August CBI magazine is now online, chock full of news, features and commentary.

  • Read up on industry and IHRSA members news in regular features like News & Know How, In Brief, On the Move and Member News. 
  • See what CBI editor Craig Waters, IHRSA Board Chairperson Robert Brewster, and IHRSA CEO and President Joe Moore have to say.
  • Feature stories on actress Elizabeth Mitchell; merger between women-owned L&T Health and Fitness and Corporate Fitness Works; new generation of group aquatic classes; and more.

Check out this and more in CBI magazine.


Mid-Atlantic clubs conference focusing on being unforgettable

Photo courtesy MACMAThe Mid-Atlantic Club Management Association (MACMA), an organization consisting of health, racquet and sports clubs in Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, held its annual conference this month.

The three-day event was held at the Westin Annapolis. The theme "Sail to the Top" with Dr. Bryan Williams' break-out session "Linking Sales & Service Excellence." He talked about "making yourself unforgettable" by giving five-star service and the double platinum rule - treating others in a way they don't even know they want to be treated.

He listed his three rules to ensuring better sales:

  • Wow me, and I will spend more
  • Listen to me, and I will spend more
  • Care about me, and I will spend more

IHRSA raffled off two full 2015 Annual International Convention & Trade Show passes, won by Kristi Ullmer of Universal Athletic Club and Ellen Lolich of L&T Health and Fitness.

For more, check out the MACMA website. 


#WhyGetActive campaign brings awareness on Capitol Hill

L&T Health and Wellness staff who were at the #WhyGetActive campaign on Capitol Hill.IHRSA held its #WhyGetActive campaign on Capitol Hill yesterday with blood pressure and body composition screenings, by L&T Health and Fitness, active video games like Dance Dance Revolution, massages and a light workout.

The event, part of IHRSA's worldwide social media campaign to get people more active, was also an opportunity to highlight the work on the national level like the Personal Health Investment Today Act, which would allow pre-tax investment accounts like a Health Savings Account to pay for sports activities, fitness center dues, purchases of exercise equipment. The allotment would be $1,000 for individuals and $2,000 for families. 

There were interactive exhibits by American Council on Exercise, American College of Sports Medicine, The Entertainment Software Association, International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, L&T Health and Fitness, National Academy of Sports Medicine, National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity, PHIT America Alliance, SHAPE America, Sports & Fitness Industry Association, The League of American Bicyclists, and VIDA Fitness.

For more on the campaign, visit the IHRSA #WhyGetActive page



L&T Health and Fitness holds Women's Health Week event

L&T Health and Fitness organized an event last month that supported National Women’s Health Week.

On May 15 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., L&T hosted a Tabata style workout - exercises using one’s body weight.  It was open to anyone, not just L&T members, and about 35 people participated.

“(The event) proved to be a great opportunity for local area fitness center members to get out of the facility, interact with members from other facilities, and support a great cause that empowers women to make health a priority,” said Allison Flatley, chief operating officer.

National Women’s Health week; which is an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health.


Join IHRSA's #WhyGetActive campaign

Two IHRSA 2014 attendees tell the world why they get active.IHRSA hopes its simple question will go a long way to helping more people around the world live a healthier lifestyle.

This month IHRSA launched its #WhyGetActive campaign. It asks, “Why do you get active?", with the hope that the movement will show how the benefits regular exercise can benefit physical and mental health, productivity, economic stability, and general quality-of-life.

The inspirational movement had a soft launch during the IHRSA Annual International Convention & Trade Show in San Diego in March where hundreds of attendees shared with IHRSA why they pursue active and healthy lifestyles. They then shared it on social media using the hashtag #WhyGetActive.

For more on the campaign, read on.


Corporate Fitness Works acquires L&T Health and Fitness

Corporate Fitness Works and L&T Health and Fitness announce the two are joining together to provide the two companies strong services.

Corporate Fitness Works, offers fitness consulting and management services for more than 25 years. L&T, a longtime IHRSA member, provides management, health promotion services, instructor training, program design and delivery, and facility design and consulting. 

IHRSA board member Allison Flatley, who is chief operating officer at L&T will continue in that position for the combined company.

"The industry can expect the best-of-the-best as the two companies form one perfect fit," she said.

Visit the respective websites fro more on L&T and CFW.


Congressman James Moran gets a visit during Summit

From left, Radka Dopitova, World Bank Fitness Center; Teresa Fortunato O’Mara, L&T Health and Fitness; Jon Sewell, L&T Health and Fitness; Allison Flatley, L&T Health and Fitness; Jill Bakner, L&T Health and Fitness; Congressman James Moran; Gail Fast, L&T Health and Fitness; Renee Goldsmith, L&T Health and Fitness; Erin Saucier, L&T Health and FitnesThe Summit for a Healthier America, which took place in Washington, D.C., last week, affords attendees an opportunity to meet with their political representation.

At the meetings, which are set up by IHRSA beforehand, club owners and employees can talk about pending legislation that could affect their business or show the senators and representatives the good work their club is doing in the community to combat the obesity epidemic and sedentary lifestyles.

Close to 50 meetings were held on Wednesday, May 15, during the Summit.

And be sure to check out IHRSA's Capitol Report tomorrow, Wednesday, May 22, for a story on the event. Click here to sign up for the Capitol Report