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Entries in Lessons in Fitness Leadership (28)

Thursday
Jul062017

Lessons in Fitness Leadership: Stay in Rock-Solid Contact with Positive People

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. 

Jon Brady
COO
Midtown Athletic Clubs


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

We get to work in a dynamic, innovative industry where we have the chance, every day to help change people’s lives for the better. This is such a fulfilling and purpose-fueled business, and I am grateful to be a part of it. As a leader, I get the chance to guide others on their journey and to give back what I have learned, so the mission to make our communities healthier and happier places has an ongoing and far-reaching impetus.

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Thursday
Jun222017

Lessons in Fitness Leadership: Build Relationships Early

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.

Kevin McHugh
COO
The Atlantic Club


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

In particular, I think it is our direct ability to enhance the lives of all people of all ages and fitness levels. This is a unique premise when compared to other industries.

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Thursday
Jun082017

Lessons in Fitness Leadership: Being Patient Can Lead to Better Results

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.

Frank Lawrence
CEO
Little Rock Athletic Club


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

Trying to make a difference and trying to be an advocate for our industry by creating a fitter, healthier life for all people.

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Thursday
May252017

Lessons in Fitness Leadership: Embrace the Fitness Evolution

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.

David Van Daff
Sr. Vice President & General Manager, Fitness
Fusionetics


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

The fitness industry affords you the opportunity to make a career of helping people help themselves. That is truly rewarding and fulfilling on many different levels.

Helping guide people toward achieving their health and fitness goals is by far, the most gratifying aspect of a career in fitness.

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Thursday
May112017

Lessons in Fitness Leadership: Small Victories Equal Big Victories

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.

Jason Reinhardt
Owner and Founder
Go M.A.D. Fitness


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

The ability to make a difference through health and fitness. I don’t think any other industry makes the same kind of difference in the lives of others as ours does. Working in this industry is rewarding, motivational, and inspiringwe inspire youths to be active from a young age, while also encouraging seniors to be active as a way of prolonging life. To me, continuing to make a difference through health and fitness is most fulfilling. 

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Thursday
Apr272017

Lessons in Fitness Leadership: There Is Value in Pausing and Reflecting

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.

Lindsey Rainwater
CEO and Founder
Lindsey Rainwater LLC


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

The most fulfilling part of being a leader has a lot to do with helping people, finding solutions to their problems, and realizing what they’re really capable of. Anything that I do to help a service provider in the industry is helping move us forward—and inadvertently changing lives. 

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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
Mar302017

Lessons in Fitness Leadership: Business is Always About People

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.

Derek Gallup
New Evolution Ventures
Lafayette, CA


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

Every day I wake up and launch out of bed energized knowing that I get to work with fitness professionals who are inspiring and passionate about helping others live healthier, more energetic, and longer lives by incorporating fitness into them. We have products and services that are not just good for people, they are the closest thing to the fountain of youth that we have ever found. 

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Thursday
Mar162017

Lessons in Fitness Leadership: Patience and Time are Powerful

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.

Guy Cammilleri
World Gym International
Los Angeles, CA

 

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

The fitness industry is a fun and sociable industry. With World Gym, where we have over 220 locations on six continents, our community is diverse but we all share something in common, a commitment to personal fitness and love for what we do. Those common bonds transcend our geography, affiliations, and cultures. It is fulfilling to work with such a diverse group of people all over the world who share common goals. One goal is to get more people into gyms so they can become more healthy and fit, which we believe is good for their happiness. It is pretty fulfilling to be selling health and happiness instead of products that might have more adverse effects.

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Thursday
Feb232017

Lessons in Fitness Leadership: Give More Details and Direction

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. 

Karen Raisch-Siegel
LifeWorks of Southwest General
Middleburg Heights, OH


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

The most fulfilling part for me is that I have the privilege to make a positive difference in the lives of my employees, members, and community. It is quite humbling and surreal how the decisions I make affect so many lives.

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 would tell myself to calm down, slow down, and that everyone is doing the best they can. I’ve learned that people don’t operate in the same ways I do—and that’s okay, and that I need to provide them with more details and direction. 

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

I attended the ILC meeting at IHRSA 2016 in Orlando. I was very moved by the advocacy initiatives that IHRSA pursues and all that the Industry Leadership Council does for our industry. I didn’t even know it existed in the past, I’ve been so busy in my world that I feel like I’ve been living in my own small bubble.

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

I am very new to the ILC so my most memorable experience so far was listening to the 2016 ILC Summit keynote speaker, Ann Handley. She spoke about how our story is what makes us different, and that we need to find a way to tell bolder, bigger and braver stories. It was an excellent session on marketing and very useful. I’m looking forward to taking advantage of the ILC sessions once again this year.