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Profiles of Success: revenue, membership on upswing

There is a lot of good news to take out of the 2013 IHRSA Profiles of Success, The Annual Industry Data Survey of the Health and Fitness Industry, which was published today.

The encouraging numbers were in the overall category of revenue and membership. Responding clubs to the Industry Data Survey, which is used for the report, saw revenue grow by 4% and membership up 3%.

"Although performance varied across club segments, overall, IHRSA's annual IDS indicates that leading clubs have continued to report improved results," said Jay Ablondi, IHRSA's executive vice president of Global Products. "The clubs profiled in this sample rely on an experienced management team operating in a conservative manner and responding quickly to member needs. This, in turn, creates a well-managed club and satisfied members.”

The 2013 IHRSA Profiles of Success provides detailed information about health and fitness club benchmarks and other aspects of club performance, including membership growth and traffic, facility reinvestment, financial statement data, and more. The report also contains an overview of the U.S. health club industry as well as a snapshot of member demographics. This year's report also includes a profit center section that analyzes revenue and profit margins from racquet sports, spas, pro shop/retail, food & beverage, and children’s/youth programs.

For more on the 2013 Profiles of Success, read on.

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Scoop up the next webinar with Big Vanilla membership director

Don’t let the name of his club fool you, there is nothing plain about our next webinar speaker’s presentation.

Chuck Hall, executive director and membership director at Big Vanilla Athletic Club, will steer attendees on how to increase memberships with ways to direct your team.

Sales Success: Managing Your Team to Increased Membership Sales, sponsored by Cybex, is Thursday, Aug. 8, 2 to 3 p.m.

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Traveling this summer? Use IHRSA's Passport Program

IHRSA makes it easy for your traveling members to exercise through the IHRSA Passport Program.

Offered free as a part of IHRSA membership, this reciprocal guest access program could provide your members with 50% off guest fees at participating clubs worldwide.

Read on for details and more.

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Second Quarter Index shows strong increases in numerous areas

In these difficult economic times, any increase in revenues or memberships in the fitness industry is a good thing. 

IHRSA recently announced the results of the 2012 Second Quarter Index and the numbers look great. There were double-digit percent increases in total sales, membership dues revenues, non-dues revenues and EDITDAR (earning before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and rent). 

The Index provides a snapshot of performance results for the commercial health club industry. 

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Good reads can assist in reaching goals

It’s one thing to tie up the sneakers and hit the gym. But understanding why and how to do it, as well as how great athletes got to where they are, can make a huge difference. has compiled 27 books in six categories – two of them Fitness and Running - that offer different takes on fitness, health and wellness. Two other categories – Cookbooks and Nutrition – are directly related to fitness. 

Examples include “The First 20 Minutes” by Gretchen Reynolds, a New York Times writer who will help readers accomplish any fitness goal; and “Running With the Mind of Meditation” which helps improve patience, energy and focus while running.

Also in This Week in the Fitness Industry:

  • Lemond Fitness to be bought by Hoist
  • More Americans exercised this August
  • Reebok to focus on fitness
  • How to get back cancelled memberships 
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