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IHRSA in Norway discussing Convention & Trade Show

Hans Muench, left, director, IHRSA Europe, and Pavi Gym CEO Marcos Requema, at Health & Beauty 2014 in Oslo, Norway.Hans Muench, director, IHRSA Europe, and Credi Care, IHRSA's Scandinavian region strategic partner, were at Health & Beauty 2014, talking about IHRSA 2014 33rd Annual International Convention & Trade Show, which is March 12-15 in San Diego.

Pavi Gym Life Fitness, Qi Craft (distributor of Technogym in the Nordic and Baltic countries), Queenax and Exeline were among the companies at the event.

For more on Health & Beauty 2014, visit the event website.


Researcher have way to figure out 'fitness age'

For those who feel you should be performing better, or worse, given your age and the shape you are in, Norwegian professors have figured out "fitness age." The low-tech assessment figures out how well your body functions physically, relative to how it is expercted to perfom based on your age.

Participants in a study gave researchers pertinent physical and lifestyle information. They then ran on a treadmill to get their peak oxygen intake (VO2 max).

Read more on the NY Times blog, as well as finding out your fitness age.


IHRSA, CREDI CARE forge partnership

Hugo Molmesdal of CREDI CARE, right, and Hans Muench, IHRSA director of Europe..A strategic partnership was announced between the IHRSA, the world body for health clubs, and CREDI CARE of Norway.

“IHRSA is pleased to work with a strong partner in one of the fastest growing markets," said Hans Muench, director of Europe. "We have a long way to go to achieve proper recognition and acceptance, vis a vis government, health insurance providers, press and the general public". 

“It was a great experience to attend IHRSA´s 32nd International Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas, USA in March" said André Saxegaard. "With more than11,000 attendees from 75 countries sharing best practices, I was able to make friends and contacts, create new networks, as well as listen and learn from other leaders in our industry who are contributing to the business that we are so passionate about.” 

By partnering with CREDI CARE, IHRSA is leveraging global strengths and local expertise in order to grow the sector. Among the plans for 2013 to improve the professionalism and growth of the Norwegian fitness sector are regional seminars, regular networking events, a new Internet and social media platform and organized trips to the 33rd International IHRSA Convention and Trade Show in San Diego, Calif., March 12-15, 2014.

From left, Hugo Molmesdal, Hans Muench, André Saxegaard and Synnove IversenThe International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association is a not-for-profit trade association. IHRSA has over 10,000 health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs, and supplier members worldwide. IHRSA and its members are dedicated to making the world healthier through regular exercise and fitness promotion.






Great vibes at CrediCare 2013 in Norway

An attendee of the CrediCare conference in Norway talks to a Life Fitness representative.More than 200 club owners and staff attended the CrediCare conference in Norway earlier this month.

CrediCare is one of the largest companies in Norway that provides administrative support for financial transactions for the health club industry. The company is 31 years old, founded by Berndt Bertelsen. It has an education and medical division, and also has a company in Sri Lanka to assist with data processing and programming.

There were presentations and speakers from both inside and outside of the industry at the conference, focusing on improving business. IHRSA Director of Europe Hans Muench gave a keynote speech and two sessions.

A casino-themed evening at CrediCare 2013.A festive casino night allowed the 230 attendees to wind down. Prizes were awarded, including the top prize to Mona Christiansen of Toten Treningssenter for an all-expense paid trip to IHRSA 2014 in San Diego.