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An Open Letter to the Fitness Industry Leaders of Tomorrow

Dear Future Industry Leadership Council Member, 

Chances are you already are a leader—you just aren’t aware of it. 

You may be asking yourself “How is that true? What does being a leader truly mean? And how are other people able to identify me as one when I can’t even be sure of that myself?” 

The answers to all of those questions lie in the singular character trait all successful leaders share—passion.

Passion is the key to unlocking and capitalizing on any opportunity that comes your way, and joining forces with people who share the same passions and interests puts you in the company of those who want to use their collective power to make a lasting impact on society. After all, if a group of people can get anyone to look at the world through a different microscope—even if it’s only for a few seconds—they have succeeded in using their passion to perform good work.

So, if you have this passion and can leverage its potential for change by working creatively with others to solve problems, then believe it or not, you are a leader. 

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Lessons in Fitness Leadership: People Make the Difference

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.

Steve Capezzone
Healthtrax International
Glastonbury, CT

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

Being in a leadership position and having the opportunity to be a change agent is so important. To me, leadership means being directly involved in influencing public policy initiatives, having access to other operators to learn from and network with, and having the ability to call upon other leaders to help make an impact on the industry.

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 can’t just pick one piece of advice because I have found that there are many strategies that—if implemented correctly—can help a person improve their leadership abilities.

First, people make the difference! A lot of people talk about new clubs and equipment and that’s important, but what really makes a difference in this business is the people. They create the stickiness for our members and create the environment that can make or break your work.

So, surround yourself with the best people you can. It makes work more enjoyable and has a huge impact on your bottom line. 

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IHRSA Generates Support for PHIT Act on Capitol Hill 

(Click to enlarge)Several IHRSA members and staff, along with members of the PHIT Coalition, conducted a lobby day on Capitol Hill today to generate additional support for the PHIT Act.  

Members of the PHIT Coalition, co-chaired by IHRSA and the Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), met with members of the House and the Senate, asking them to co-sponsor the PHIT Act. Currently, PHIT has 101 bipartisan sponsors, with 88 from the House and 13 from the Senate.

PHIT, the Personal Health Investment Today Act, would allow Americans to use flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs) to pay for health club memberships, fitness equipment, exercise videos and youth sports league fees. If passed, it would allow individuals to tap their pre-tax account up to $1,000 per year to cover these expenses—families would be granted up to $2,000.

In addition to the day’s lobbying efforts, members of IHRSA’s Board of Directors are presenting the first-ever “IHRSA Get Active Leadership Award” to Congressional Fitness Caucus co-chairs, Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI) and Bob Dold (R-IL). This inaugural award honors Members of Congress with especially strong track records of supporting policy initiatives that promote physical activity.

Presenting the IHRSA Get Active Leadership Award to Rep. Ron Kind

“This lobbying day provides the perfect occasion to rightfully acknowledge and honor Reps. Kind and Dold for their long-term commitment to helping Americans live healthy lifestyles,” says Helen Durkin, IHRSA’s executive vice president of public policy. “By presenting them with the ‘Get Active Leadership Award’, we hope to raise the visibility of their efforts and to inspire others on Capitol Hill to recognize the important role that public policy has to play in enabling all Americans to embrace and live more physically active lives.”

Missy Moss, Steve Cappezone and Allison Flatley, members of IHRSA’s Board of Directors; Suzanne Trainor, IHRSA’s public policy assistant, and Tom Scanlon and Jay Sweeney, the association’s Washington D.C. lobbyists, represented IHRSA and its members at the event.


IHRSA Welcomes New Members to the IHRSA Board of Directors

IHRSA proudly welcomes Steve Capezzone, Jason Reinhardt, and Anastasia Yusina as newly elected members of the IHRSA Board of Directors. The board-elect will serve a four-year term from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2020. 


Steve Capezzone is CEO of New England Fitness & Wellness. He is a 35-year veteran of the industry with Healthtrax. In July of 2015, Steve purchased eight facilities from Healthtrax, and just purchased a ninth center last month. As a graduate of the University of Connecticut, Steve started with Healthtrax as a fitness technician, and worked his way up to the Chief Operating Officer position. Steve’s strong background in fitness, sales, facilities and medical partnering make him a strong and versatile leader for these centers.


Jason Reinhardt is the owner and founder of Go M.A.D. Fitness, which stands for Go Make A Difference and currently has two locations in southeast. Michigan. Jason is an industry veteran who has held several executive leadership positions over his 18 years in the industry. Jason is a seasoned speaker for IHRSA and has served on the faculty for The IHRSA Institute. Jason shares his passion for health and fitness with his wife Kelly and two boys Cole and Brady.

Anastasia Yusina, graduated from Moscow University, Paris Institute of Political Sciences, and Moscow International Relations Institute. She holds a Ph.D. in economics. Anastasia is president of Fitness System Holding, founder of Orange Fitness and City Fitness health clubs, and developer of the Gravity Studio microGym concept in Florida. She is a member of the IHRSA European Council and was awarded the 2011 IHRSA European Club Leadership Award.