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4 Fitness Business Leadership Strategies from IHRSA 2017

There was no shortage of influential health and fitness industry leaders at IHRSA 2017 leadership track sessions last month in Los Angeles, and presenters and attendees alike were ready to share their tips and tricks to maintaining leadership practices.

Here are the top fitness business leadership strategies we gleaned from the best of the best.

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Why Mentors Were ‘Critical’ to Mo Hagan’s Success at GoodLife Fitness

Maureen “Mo” Hagan, IHRSA’s 2016 Woman Leader of the Year, spoke to Club Business International about spending 32 years striving to provide a GoodLife for all of the citizens of Canada.

CBI: An obvious place to start: At IHRSA 2016 in Orlando, you were presented with the Julie Main Woman Leader of the Year Award. What does that mean to you?

Maureen “Mo” Hagan: It means, among other things, that I have an obligation to provide, to the best of my ability, what Julie Main offered—inspiration, leadership, personal commitment, and support for others. To pay it forward, I’ve created “The Role MO-del Influencer” award and scholarship, which will be presented to a deserving GoodLife associate. The recipient will attend IHRSA 2017 in Los Angeles with me.

CBI: Did you ever have an opportunity to meet Main? ... For industry newcomers, she was the co-owner and president of the West Coast Athletic Clubs, in California, and a former president of IHRSA. She died in 2009 following a long and courageous battle with cancer.

MH: Yes, I attended her convention sessions, and was blessed with a number of opportunities to meet her at IHRSA social events. I was always impressed by her kindness, patience, and eagerness to help her peers.

CBI: In your acceptance speech at IHRSA 2016, you gave special credit to the mentoring you’ve enjoyed. How important are mentors?

MH: They’re critical. Mentors have helped, guided, and taught me as I developed professionally. Fortunately, I’ve had many inspiring role models since I entered the industry in 1983. The first was Lynne Brick of Brick Bodies Fitness Services, Inc., and Planet Fitness Growth Partners, LLC. I’ve learned so much from her vision, leadership approach, and the confident way she’s conducted herself in what was once a male- dominant industry.

I’ve also learned a great deal from Jane Riddell, the COO of GoodLife, who’s been called the “architect” of our corporate culture—one that’s predicated on core values such as caring, passion, and personal fitness.

And, of course, David Patchell-Evans, or “Patch,” the founder and CEO of GoodLife, has inspired me, and encouraged me to take risks I wouldn’t have taken otherwise.

CBI: Speaking of Patch, he’s one of the most ambitious, energetic, and successful individuals in the industry. What’s it like to work with him?

MH: You can only imagine! It’s an education in itself, and I mean that in the most positive way. He’s a hard-driving entrepreneur who looks to the future, and, while
he expects others to work hard too, he’s never asked his people to do anything he wouldn’t do himself. Patch has always made himself available—and still does—as much as he can. He’s encouraged me to bring ideas forward and to seek out new ways of doing business.

The GoodLife work environment is dynamic, if not always easy. In the end, though, it’s always rewarding.

Continue reading Mo Hagan’s interview in the December issue of CBI.


Maureen (Mo) Hagan Receives the Woman Leader Award in Honor of Julie Main

IHRSA celebrates the legacy of Julie Main by presenting the Woman Leader Scholarship Award to a woman who exemplifies what Julie stood for: courage, perseverance, excellence, and professionalism. Maureen (Mo) Hagan, vice president of program innovation for GoodLife Fitness and canfitpro, is this year's honoree. 

"I am moved to win an award named after one of the most inspirational female leaders our industry has ever seen," Hagan said. "This is a key milestone for me in my life, one that I will always cherish." 


IHRSA Webinar: Servicing the health needs for older adults

It is no secret that the largest population, or the fastest growing, in many countries is the older generation - those who have retired or are nearing that time, usually in their 60s, 70s and 80s.

It certainly is not an age group that most clubs cater to. The large majority do not want to be at a club, and as far as retention goes, they are less likely to be longtime members.

Maureen Hagan is an expert in the area of programming for older adults. She is leading the next IHRSA Webinar, sponsored by Cybex, “Booming Opportunity: Servicing the Health & Fitness Needs of Older Adults,” on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Read on for more on older adults programming webinar.


Older generation influx will call for programming need

Maureen Hagan presented a session during the IHRSA convention on catering to the older generation.Try these numbers on for size: every day for the next 17 years, 10,000 Baby Boomers will turn 65; the senior population will double, with the 85 and older segment the fastest growing part of the elderly population. 

So, what does that mean and why does the fitness industry need to know this? 

The next set of numbers may answer those questions for you. According to IHRSA, the number of health club members who are 55 years and older grew 343% from 1987 to 2003, compared to 180% for ages 35-54. 

Figure it out yet? 

The fitness industry certainly needs to be aware of the opportunity and responsibility in front of them, which is being cognizant of the needs for older populations, as well as knowing how to provide those needs. 

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