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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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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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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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Research Shows Functional Fitness Can Improve Overall Health

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

Health clubs contend with new training systems on a regular basis, and the pace seems to be picking up. One of the largest growth categories is “functional training,” a term that’s a catch-all for a number of styles that utilize a variety of unique training tools like kettlebells, medicine balls, and bodyweight exercise—like TRX Suspension Training—that model natural movement.

Does it work? On an empirical level, results vary, as the saying goes. But what does the scientific research say?

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5 Ways to Make Your Commute More Active 

Americans spend an average of 26 minutes commuting to work every day (and another 26 to get home). New research suggests that how those minutes are spent can have an impact on health and longevity.

A study published in the British Medical Journal found that people who biked to work—instead of taking public transit or driving—were 41% less likely to die prematurely. People who biked part of the way to work saw a 24% lower risk. Walking also had benefits—people who walked to work were 27% less likely to have a heart attack and 36% less likely to die from heart related issues.

Given the benefits possible from a more active commute, we’ve highlighted five ways you can (creatively) get more exercise and get to work at the same time.

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Lessons in Fitness Leadership: Embrace the Fitness Evolution

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.

David Van Daff
Sr. Vice President & General Manager, Fitness

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

The fitness industry affords you the opportunity to make a career of helping people help themselves. That is truly rewarding and fulfilling on many different levels.

Helping guide people toward achieving their health and fitness goals is by far, the most gratifying aspect of a career in fitness.

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Strategic Plan Rewind: Working Backwards to Reach Your Goals

This post is an IHRSA Institute preview.

You can learn a lot about the pitfalls of strategic planning by observing fitness resolutioners.

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How to Keep Kids Safe at Your Club

There are many reasons to offer kids fitness programs and child care within your club. However, it’s important that you and your staff are well prepared for the risks associated with developing these types of programs. The American Academy of Pediatrics estimates that, every year, about 3.5 million children under the age of 14 are injured while playing sports or participating in other recreational activities. Even though many of these injuries occur outside of a club setting, it is crucial to be aware of the unique safety and legal issues you could face when working with children.

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How IHRSA is Partnering to Make the World Healthier

by Amy Bantham, IHRSA's vice president of health promotion and health policy

“Networks of cooperation undertaken in good faith by those with a common goal lead to better results.”

These were the words that most resonated with me during former President Bill Clinton’s opening address at the 2017 Partnership for a Healthier America Summit, which took place May 10-12 in Washington, D.C.

I was honored to represent IHRSA and the industry at this event, which brings together public and private sectors with the common goal to end childhood obesity.

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5 Ways Your Health Club Benefits from Community Outreach

Community outreach programs—those that offer important club resources to the community outside the constructs of membership—can help your club in a number of ways.

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