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Building the Club of the Future

Leap Fitness, a Massachusetts-based IHRSA member club group, has partnered with Boston Sports Medicine.

According to WickedLocal, a Massachusetts news outlet, Leap CEO Bobby Verdun and Boston Sports Medicine Director Michael Velsmid are collaborating on creating a full-service club that marries fitness with medicine.

 The article quotes Michael Velsmid, “This partnership with Leap is exceptional because now we can follow our patients from start to finish. We can see the results and the fruits of our team’s labor to make people well. You don’t get to do that a lot in medicine. We see the before, not always the after."

The article goes on to say that "the partnership will serve Leap members and non-members alike. Most health insurance providers cover the cost of physical therapy and subsidize a health-club membership as well. With both offerings available at Leap, patients and members can leverage both services in a single location."

Read the full article on Wicked Local.

IHRSA recently produced two new resources, The Value of the Exercise Prescription, and the Medical Wellness Toolkit, to help IHRSA members engage with medical professionals. And for a deeper dive, IHRSA has developed a Health Promotion & Wellness Track for IHRSA 2015.


ABC Financial partners with Club OS

ABC Financial has announced a new partnership with Club OS that will enhance customers' prospecting, sales growth and member retention.

ABC's DataTrak will now be able to offer real-time information between the companies' software platforms and marketing tools. 

"ABC Financial is excited about our partnership with Club OS," said Paul Schaller, president of ABC Financial, in a statement. "Giving our clients direct access to the tools Club OS provides will prove to be invaluable for the owners, trainers and members." 

ABC Financial serves more than 4,800 clubs with approximately 4.5 million members.

More information can be found in the PRNewswire release.


FITwave partnership could net 7 million new users

FITwave International Technologies and Links Modular Solutions have formed a partnership that will enable FITwave to expand in the New Zealand and Australia markets.

The agreement also will see FITpas - FITwave's caloric tracking and scoring product - in some of Links's products. It could be in front of up to 7 million more people.

“FITpas is a universal solution to activity tracking in the healthcare industry, ideal for both fitness enthusiasts and less active individuals," said David Dunlap, president and CEO of FITwave International Technologies. While a low percentage of the fitness market (the 20%’ers) are seeking new ways to evaluate higher forms physical fitness, the overwhelming majority (the 80%’ers) simply need more ways to track activities and set goals, not commonly associated with a typical fitness regimen."

Click here for the entire press release


IHRSA forges partnership in Croatia 

Signing ceremony with Hans Muench, left, director of IHRSA Europe, and new IHRSA partner Laurent Duchene.

At the FRIC Fitness and Wellness International Congress in Rijeka, Croatia, on June 22, a strategic partnership was announced between IHRSA and CLT Sportski Savjeti (representative for Les Mills in Croatia).

“IHRSA is pleased to work with a strong partner in the newest EU country," stated Hans Muench, director of IHRSA Europe. "By partnering with CLT, IHRSA is leveraging global strengths and local expertise in order to grow the sector and raise awareness about the health benefits of exercise.” 

For the complete press release, go to the IHRSA Media Center.