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IHRSA’s Ambassador to Russia Ushers in a Fitness Renaissance

In 2002, Leila Timergaleeva was a young attorney in Moscow’s resurging, rough-and-tumble corporate world. Then, one afternoon, she walked into a Gold’s Gym and her life changed.

“As soon as I entered that Gold’s, I saw smiling faces at the front desk, which isn’t common in Russia,” she says. “I knew I wanted to belong to this world.”

While she lacked experience with fitness or health clubs, Timergaleeva asked the manager if there were any positions open.

“He said, ‘You’re a successful lawyer. Why do you want to work here?’” she says. “I said, ‘Give me a job. I’ll prove I’m good,’ not knowing how much they paid.”

The Gold’s manager offered her a position as a sales representative, and she took it immediately. Eight months later, she was promoted to membership director.

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Muench Relaxes Before European Congress Begins Today

From left, Theo Hendriks, Leila Timergaleeva, Hans Muench and Timergaleeva’s mother at the SkyLounge in Amsterdam.Hans Muench, director, IHRSA Europe, spent some down time at SkyLounge before the European Congress gets under way.

He, Theo Hendriks, Leila Timergaleeva and Timergaleeva's mother enjoyed a great view, along with drinks and food, at the restaurant that overlooks one of the many beautiful waterways in Amsterdam.

Hendriks is CEO of The Sports Leisure Group and is the local host partner on behalf of the IHRSA Europe Council. He ensure attendees get the local perspective on what to see and do in Amsterdam. Timergaleeva is IHRSA´s ambassador for Russia and is responsible for the large Russian contingent at IHRSA events.

European Congress begins today and runs through Sunday. More than 500 industry professionals are expected to embark on the Beurs van Berlage, the site of the event.

To follow all the happenings, check out this story.


Eve of European Congress sees attendees arriving

Leila Timergaleeva, IHRSA´s Ambassador for Russia, enjoys apfelstrudel, an Austrian dessert.The European Congress hasn't started, officially, but that doesn't stop attendees from trickling in to the Hilton Vienna, catching up with colleagues and peers and enjoying the city.

Some of those spotted so far are Alastair Watson of Keiser, Leila Timergaleeva, IHRSA's Ambassador for Russia, and Christophe Andanson of FHRSA, France.

With attendance now topping 450 from 34 countries, it promises to be a great event.

Be sure to check out and Twitter hashtag #ihrsacongress for continuing coverage, photos and more.