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Why Bad Floors May Be Putting Your Health Club On Shaky Ground 

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A health club at peak capacity is a great sight for club operators, but it may not be too good for your ears—or your nerves. With today’s trends of Olympic lifting and other functional fitness activities, your club may sound more like you’re hosting a Metallica concert than a first-class neighborhood facility. Without high-tech quality flooring absorbing the sound and punishment from weights, machines, and active bodies, your club may be creating an environment that runs counter to the image and culture you want to promote. 

Make no mistake: Noise, vibration, and acoustics matter. So does the integrity of your flooring when members drop barbells and kettlebells, and it’s a more common occurrence these days than ever before. 

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Dr. Timothy Shriver Announced as New UNESCO Chairholder

The Institute of Technology Tralee appointed Dr. Timothy Shriver as UNESCO Chairholder in Inclusive Fitness, Sport & Recreation, PE. In his new, role Shriver’s globally inclusive research and advocacy is set to support the UNESCO Chair's mission to shift towards a more equitable world through physical education, sport, recreation, and fitness.

Shriver also currently chairs Special Olympics International where he has worked to create new Special Olympics programs in athlete leadership, cross-cultural research, health, education, and family support.

Shriver has testified before Congress on numerous occasions, challenging government leaders to support the Special Olympics community. His advocacy work will support the UNESCO Chair’s vision of inclusive access to physical activity at the Sixth International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport held in Kazan, Russian Federation July 13-15, 2017.

"As an industry dedicated to finding solutions to the world’s inactivity crisis, we are excited by the efforts of the UNESCO chair working toward universal access to fitness for all. We look forward to making that goal a reality.” Joe Moore, president & CEO, IHRSA


Shriver is the co-founder and chair of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, the recipient of numerous honors and degrees, as well as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the president of the Kennedy Jr. Foundation, Board of WPP Group, LLC, and co-founder of Lovin’ Scoopful Ice Cream Company.

He is the author of the 2014 New York Times bestseller, Fully Active: Discovering What Matters Most, as well as a contributing writer for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, and Commonwealth Magazine. Dr. Shriver is the executive producer of “The Ringer,” a Farrelly Brothers film, and “Front of the Class,” a Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie, in addition to co-producing of the DreamWorks Studios’ 1997 release, “Amistad,” and Disney Studios’ 2000 release, “The Loretta Claiborne Story.”

The social leader, author, educator, film producer, and entrepreneur says he is “honored” to have been appointed as the UNESCO Chairholder.


5 Reasons People Are Talking About the IHRSA Institute

The staff at IHRSA could talk endlessly about how great The IHRSA Institute is, and how much it will change your career and your health club. 

But at the end of the day, the most trusted endorsements come from your peers. Therefore, check out what past attendees are saying about The IHRSA Institute.

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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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