IHRSA Europe

The IHRSA Europe office, staffed by multi-lingual professionals, opened in January 2016 to better serve and engage members, and to grow membership across the continent. IHRSA strives to provide pan-European networking and learning opportunities, and to quantify and track the growth of the European industry.


Benefits of membership include the latest industry news and information on successful practices in sales, marketing, operations, and programming from around the world; valuable operations, management, and research information to help you run your club more efficiently; education, motivation, and inspiration for you and your staff; optional reciprocal access to thousands of clubs worldwide; and more!

Club memberships are available to investor-owned fitness, racquet and athletic facilities which pay property taxes and do not accept tax-deductible contributions for capital or operating costs. Associate memberships are available to manufacturers or suppliers of products and services of use to IHRSA member clubs.

Contact IHRSA Europe

Boulevard du Souverain 280, 1160, Brussels, Belgium
Telephone: +32 2 739.3028
Email: ihrsaeurope@ihrsa.org

International Senior Staff

    Cathy McNeil
    Vice President, Marketing & International Operations
    Boston, Massachusetts USA
    Email: cmm@ihrsa.org


    Alison Giannaras
    Associate Vice President, International Development
    Boston, Massachusetts USA
    Email: aok@ihrsa.org


Europe Staff

    Jeroen van Liempd
    IHRSA Europe Managing Director
    Brussels, Belgium
    Email: jl@ihrsa.org


    Florian Cartoux
    IHRSA Europe Director
    Brussels, Belgium
    Email: fc@ihrsa.org


    Paulina Santiago
    IHRSA Europe Marketing & Communications Manager
    Brussels, Belgium
    Email: ps@ihrsa.org


    Bertrand Mbiaffié
    IHRSA Europe Membership Care Coordinator
    Brussels, Belgium
    Email: bm@ihrsa.org


European Partners

IHRSA is working closely with country associations to build a stronger European industry. Connect with IHRSA European Partners.


Meetings & Events

For more than 30 years, The IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show has been the event that defines the industry, with attendees from over 80 countries.

IHRSA 2017 will deliver stimulating presentations from compelling business leaders, the most complete line-up of leading industry presenters, and education on the topics that matter most to health club operators, whether brand new to the industry or an industry veteran. PLUS, the industry's premier trade show will showcase the hottest, the latest, and the most innovative products on the planet. This year's event will be at the Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall in Los Angeles, California, March 8-11, 2017.


The European Congress features presentations delivered by executives from inside and outside the health club industry, providing thought-provoking commentary on trends shaping business and the fitness industry. Networking events, focus group discussions, and evening and lunch receptions provide the opportunity to build relationships with colleagues from throughout Europe.

If you are involved in a decision-making capacity in the health club business – whether as an owner, general manager, department manager or investor – this is a must-attend event. Single club companies, multi-site companies, franchise clubs – all will benefit. Join us inLondon, England October 23-26, 2017, for the 17th Annual IHRSA European Congress.

Apply for European Club Leadership Award 
IHRSA recognizes a member who has advanced their company and the industry through strong leadership and performance in the European market. The recipient will receive a full registration to the Congress, and be honored during an award presentation at the event. Visit ihrsa.org/awards to apply by 8 September 2017.


European Market Research Reports

The IHRSA European Health Club Report, a comprehensive examination of market conditions in Europe, was published in October 2013 and is sponsored by FIBO, Les Mills, miha bodytec and OJMAR. The report examines market size, health club membership data, dues, and penetration rates on key health club markets in Europe. In addition, the report profiles 100 leading club operators in Europe, including Fitness First, Virgin Active, Health City, Fitness World, SATS, and Elixia.


The 2011 IHRSA International Report, which is sponsored by Life Fitness, was published in June 2011. It focuses on the health club industry in the Asia-Pacific region, with a snapshot of mature markets in Europe. Highlights of this publication include: a fitness macroeconomic overview; prevalent club operating models; competitive analysis; individual country market reports; and industry prospects and trends. Download the full table of contents of this report (PDF).





Magazines and Publications

IHRSA publishes a variety of magazines and publications, providing you with industry news and information on successful practices in sales, marketing, operations and programming from around the world.

CBI, the world's leading magazine for the health and fitness industry, is read by nearly 24,000 health club owners, managers and professionals in 80 countries around the world. Read the current issue.


IHRSA's Russian language magazine covers world and regional news for the health and fitness industry. Get the latest issue.


Focused on IHRSA member benefits, best practices and news of interest to the European industry. Insight is sent monthly to IHRSA Member Clubs in Europe.


This is your source for valuable operations, management & research information to help you run your club more efficiently! Visit ihrsa.org/store for publications, videos, and mp3s on the issues that matter to your club.