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A peek into health clubs of the future

The year is 2040, and your members want a workout. They leave their homes, climb into their personal piloted drones, and head for your club. They park their vehicles beside others in a clean, well-lit garage, and step onto the moving sidewalk to be transported into the building. They enter the lobby, which is airy and open and crafted from environmentally sustainable materials.

At the front desk, they’re greeted by an avatar, their virtual trainer, who knows exactly how many times the member has worked out during the past month, how well they slept last night, what they ate for breakfast, and that they opted to fly to the club today.

The virtual trainer has gleaned all this information from the member’s wearable – or, perhaps, even embedded – fitness-tracking device, and has already programmed a workout for them. Perhaps it’s a ses-sion on the treadmill, or one with free weights, or a group interval class conducted by another avatar. The trainer knows the member’s short- and long-term goals and current, real-time status, and has the perfect workout ready.

Welcome to the club of tomorrow!

See how some in the fitness industry feel the club of the future will look.

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IHRSA 2014 speakers featured in free webinar

The next IHRSA Webinar will be of interest for everyone in the industry. And that isn’t just a sales pitch, especially since this one is free.

You could be a first-time IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show attendee, a seasoned veteran, or even someone who unfortunately won’t be joining us and 10,000 of our closest friends in San Diego in two months. 

Read on to see who we have at the webinar and what they are talking about.

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Much has already happened in 2014

We are less than two weeks into the new year and already so much has happened in the health and fitness industry.

And seeing many of us are still catching our breath from the holidays, as well as the frigid cold across the U.S. due to the Polar Vortex, we are doing a recap of some of the big news from IHRSA members. 

Of course, all of this can be found daily on the IHRSA blog.

Read on to see what Technogym, LA Fitness, Crunch Fitness, Celebrity Fitness, FIT-C and Active Sports Clubs has been bisy doing.

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Technology council conducting survey for trend report

For those who are not comfortable with it, they avoid it at all costs. If you are adept then it is welcomed it with open arms.

Either way, technology in the fitness industry is here to stay. Not only should it be part of everyday life but, if you want your business to survive, it really needs to be incorporated into all areas.

To help get everyone up to speed on what is out there, how different levels of the company should be using it, and what your peers are doing, the Fitness Industry Technology Council (Fit-C) is conducting an online survey that will be used for a technology trends report that will be available in 2014. The report will be free and shared with IHRSA.

Read on to see more about the technology survey and how to participate.

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Why did you come to IHRSA’s Summit for a Healthier America?

Attendees of IHRSA's 10th Annual IHRSA Summit for a Healthier America answer why they are attending the Summit.

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