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Wednesday
Jun142017

Fitness Equipment Manufacturers Team with Apple for Gym Connect

Innovations in fitness technology have revolutionized the health club experience, with exercise equipment and wearable fitness trackers getting exponentially smarter. Tech-inclined fitness enthusiasts can now access detailed workout data at their fingertips. The only problem? Metrics on the treadmill and their wrist never quite match up.

That’s where Apple’s Gym Connect comes in. The new feature, which will be available on WatchOS 4 in the fall, aims to solve the data disconnect for Apple Watch users.

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Tuesday
Jun132017

A New Role for Cristiano Ronaldo: Crunch Fitness Franchisee 

Real Madrid star forward Cristiano Ronaldo is adding a new role to his resume—health club franchisee.

As one of Crunch Fitness’ newest regional franchisees, the soccer phenomenon intends to transform his new signature initiative—CR7 Crunch Fitness—into a winning brand in Spain and Portugal.

Club Business International spoke to Ronaldo—one of the world’s highest-paid and most popular athletes—about his new franchise, “workaholic” tendencies, and “Live Life Fit” philosophy.

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Monday
Jun122017

Why Club Leadership Award Winners Love the IHRSA European Congress

Let’s be honest—it’s not hard to find people who love the IHRSA European Congress. 

Each autumn, about 500 health and fitness executives gather in a vibrant European city to attend thought-provoking presentations, network with industry peers, and visit leading local clubs. What’s not to love?

Still, we wanted to get a fresh take on the conference as we gear up for the 17th Annual IHRSA European Congress, 23-26 October in London. So we asked past European Club Leadership Award winners what they love about the event. 

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Thursday
Jun082017

Lessons in Fitness Leadership: Being Patient Can Lead to Better Results

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.

Frank Lawrence
CEO
Little Rock Athletic Club


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

Trying to make a difference and trying to be an advocate for our industry by creating a fitter, healthier life for all people.

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Thursday
Jun082017

Fit to Lead: Danish Prime Minister’s Running Meetings Set the Bar for World Leaders

On a rainy Monday in April, eight people ran about three miles around a lake near Marienborg, the official residence of Denmark's prime minister. But this was no ordinary jogging group. 

Seven of the runners were leaders and influencers from a variety of industries, from television to the corporate world. The eighth runner—and the person who called the meeting—was Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen himself.

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Wednesday
Jun072017

To Grow Your Health Club’s Non-Dues Revenue, Focus on Your Strengths 

This post is an IHRSA Institute preview.

When Merritt Clubs management noticed the prevalence of before- and after-school care programs near their Eldersburg, MD, location, something clicked. They already had the infrastructure—the club’s summer camps were consistently successful—so why not start a before-and-after care program of their own?  

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Tuesday
Jun062017

What Is WHIP and How Will It Help Americans Get Active?

Our national political landscape is always changing. With the appointment of a new administration, we are in the midst of a cycle of change, characterized by changes to the healthcare system, changes to tax reform, changes to the way our country is run, and changes in how we perceive and act on information that is presented to us.

This change can be frightening for some, but just because it has the power to be, doesn’t mean that it has to be.

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Monday
Jun052017

ICYMI: Videos of IHRSA 2017 Keynotes Now Available for Purchase

Back in March, some dynamic keynote speakers captivated the IHRSA 2017 audience in Los Angeles, sharing their insights on consumer data, innovation, branding, and storytelling. Their presentations lit up social media, with many attendees sharing quotes, photos, and takeaways.

If you’re an IHRSA member and you weren’t able to attend the keynote presentations, or if you just want to watch them again, we have good news—MP4s of three IHRSA 2017 keynote presentations are now available for purchase.

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Friday
Jun022017

Worldwide Health Club Revenue Up in 2016, Passing $83 Billion

The global health club industry continues to grow, with more than 200,000 clubs serving 162 million members and generating $83.1 billion in revenue in 2016, according to The 2017 IHRSA Global Report: The State of the Health Club Industry.

The top 10 markets across the globe account for roughly two out of three health clubs and nearly three out of four members worldwide. While the U.S. leads all markets in club count and memberships at 57.2 million and 36,540, respectively, Brazil is second in club count at 34,509, and Germany is second in number of members at 10.1 million. All three markets are also among the top 10 worldwide in revenue with the U.S. ranking first ($27.6 billion), Germany third ($5.6 billion), and Brazil tenth ($2.1 billion).

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Thursday
Jun012017

Identify and Monitor Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to Keep Your Health Club Fit

You didn’t get into the health and fitness industry to monitor financial key performance indicators (KPIs). But that doesn’t make them any less vital.

While tracking KPIs may seem tedious, the process will help you to run your club more efficiently, increase revenue, and help more members get fit. Besides, if you don’t keep an eye on your KPIs your business could falter.

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