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14 Ways You Can Support IHRSA and the Health Club Industry

A few weeks ago, I received a very nice comment from an IHRSA member “Eddie” through LinkedIn.

Eddie asked, “I'm contacting you to see if you could recommend any avenues to get involved with/volunteer within the IHRSA organization. I have visited the website on multiple occasions but haven't found any leads. I thoroughly enjoy and value what the organization is and does for the industry. So, I'm just looking for some ways to help if possible. I would appreciate any recommendations you might have.”

I’ve been fielding questions from IHRSA members, ILC members, and IHRSA customers since 1992, and yet, this inquiry was a first for me.

After consulting with some members of the IHRSA team, we came up with the below list of ways to give back. And, while many might not be considered “traditional volunteer opportunities”, I hope that there are a couple on the list that Eddie will pursue. And I hope there are some on the list that are of interest to the rest of you wonderful IHRSA members. And, please let me know if you have any additional suggestions.

Opportunities to Support IHRSA’s Efforts to Grow, Promote & Protect the Industry 

  • Become an advocate for your business and industry with help and information from the Advocacy Action Center.
  • Contribute to support IHRSA's advocacy efforts at Every dollar helps!
  • Spread the word about the IHRSA Foundation, and contribute to support its mission. Again, every dollar helps. 

Opportunities to Promote Health and Physical Activity 

  • Use and share the #WhyGetActive message on social media .
  • Enlist the businesses in your community to participate in the CEO Pledge to encourage workplace wellness.  
  • Encourage healthy lifestyles and wellness in your community by downloading and using IHRSA member e-books and toolkits.

Opportunities to Share Knowledge 

Opportunities to Help IHRSA Grow

Again, I hope there are some opportunities on the above list that are of interest to you. And, please let me know if you have any additional suggestions on ways to give back.


This Week in the Fitness Industry 6-28-13

This Week in the Fitness Industry has done it again - a variety of news that is intriguing, informative and ... something else that begins with the letter "I" that we can't think of right now.

  • Gold's Gym expands
  • Refurbished euipment company Q&A
  • Volunteering is healthy
  • Location is imperative when opening a club

Read more here.