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Weigh In: Should IHRSA’s Personal Trainer Guidelines Recognize ANSI?

The IHRSA Standards and Membership Review Committee of the IHRSA Board of Directors is reviewing a request to expand the IHRSA Personal Trainer Guidelines to recognize the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as an “acceptable accrediting organization” under the guidelines. And we want to hear from you.

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Lessons in Fitness Leadership: Be Open, Be Humble

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. 

Mark Miller
Merritt Clubs

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

This industry, for so many of us, has been our lives. I think the reason being is, what other industry allows one to blend their passions for health and fitness and make a major impact on individual and community lives?

In addition, one of my favorite things to see is the development of our team and their families. It is so incredible to think about our team members and watch them grow, experience life with them, and see the impact we have on them, both personally and professionally.

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The 2017 IHRSA Institute in Photos

During the first week in August more than 80 fitness industry professionals gathered at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School for The IHRSA Institute, sponsored by ABC Financial, American Council on Exercise (ACE), Core Health & Fitness, MYZONE, and Power Systems. 

The IHRSA Institute proved, once again, to be an invaluable event that fosters leadership through first-class education, networking, and mentoring. Over the course of four days, attendees participated in executive-level sessions on topics from sales to finance, networked during meals and receptions, and shared experiences and strategies during roundtable discussions. And some even got their sweat on during daily early-morning workouts.

Whether you missed out or just want to reminisce about the experience, take a look at some of the photo highlights from this year.


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How to Bring the Obstacle Course Craze to Your Gym

This is an IHRSA featured post, brought to you by Power Systems.

Fitness trends come and go, attracting people who throw themselves into the next big thing only to abandon it weeks later. Health club operators are smart to take the long view before investing in a flashy new workout obsession. It’s not always clear what has staying power, but when something takes hold, you ignore it at your peril. 

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Help the Fitness Industry Lead the Movement to #PassPHIT

To say that the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act has been top of mind lately is an understatement.

In light of all the changes happening on Capitol Hill and the questions that have yet to be answered surrounding healthcare reform, fitness industry leaders have been vocal about their support of PHIT. Industry leaders—and IHRSA—believe that the federal incentive designed to increase access toand the affordability ofphysical activity is necessary in order to reduce rates of inactivity and guarantee a healthy future for our nation.

Jim Worthington, IHRSA board member and owner of the Newtown Athletic Club in PA, recently spoke to the importance of passing this piece of bipartisan legislation as a featured guest on the Fit-C podcast.

Newtown Athletic Club's cardio area

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EcoGym Galvanizes the Community by ‘Surfing the Wave of Sustainability’

This is an IHRSA featured post, brought to you by SportsArt.

The fitness industry is driven by passion. You still need to run a successful business, but fitness professionals pride themselves on a commitment to a larger mission: bringing health and wellness to the world’s population. By offering ways to help prevent chronic diseases like type-2 diabetes, a health club is a private business serving a public good. 

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Exercise is Prevention. Prevention is the Cure for Chronic Conditions

You’ve heard this statement before: prevention is the best cure for any type of chronic disease.

But what is prevention, really? What does it consist of and how can its components work together to create a healthier world for all of us? 

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How to Make Your Gym’s Brand Work as Hard as You

This is an IHRSA featured post, brought to you by Iron Grip.

Your gym’s brand never rests. It has to keep working even after you close the doors and turn off the lights of your facility every night. In a highly competitive marketplace, you can’t miss any opportunity to build and protect your brand.

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Reduce Your Gym’s Electricity Costs on Summer Peak Demand Days

This post was originally published by APPI, an IHRSA group purchasing supplier.

The pool at Active Sports Clubs

You can greatly benefit from reducing energy consumption on the five days of the year when the highest demand on the electricity grid occurs. Peak demand typically arises in afternoon hours during summer months.

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U.K. Independent Clubs Need Laser Focus to Compete with Low-cost Gyms

The United States and the United Kingdom have a lot in common, from our shared language to our shared love of caffeinated beverages (be they coffee or tea). However, while we have a number of similarities, we also have many differences—especially when it comes to the health and fitness market.

Ask any American health club owner what poses the biggest threat to independent clubs and they will likely tell you the same thing: boutique fitness studios.

But if you ask a U.K. club owner the same question, chances are you’ll get a different answer: low-cost gyms.

The U.K. health club industry earns more revenue than any other country in Europe, according to the 2017 IHRSA Global Report. (Click to enlarge)

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