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Find your secret sauce at this Convention session

Elena Ciccotelli, the founder and CEO of TrainerDiva, felt this year was the perfect time to attend her first IHRSA convention.  

With her business in the “growth and expansion phase,” possibly opening a bricks and mortar studio in the next year, there are many direction she can go, as far as education sessions, during the 32nd Annual International Convention & Trade Show, which is March 19-22 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. 

One of the sessions she is most excited about is Scott Gillespie’s, Discovering What Makes You Special: Finding Your Secret Sauce, on Wednesday, March 20, at 1:30 p.m. She said as soon as she decided to sign up she pored over the schedule, specifically the Marketing track. 

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Preparation, certification can save lives at your club

In his little more than a decade at Desoto Athletic Clubs in Southaven, Miss., David Creech has seen two members die while working out. Neither could have been avoided as an aneurysm in the brain and heart attack were the causes. 

Recently another member was working lat pull-downs when he fell down and his heart stopped beating. He lived, thankfully. 

The reason the survivor was able to make his way back to the club, at a much later date, was the fact that an AED – automated external defibrillator – was on site. 

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Don't take safety in the club lightly

With so many people coming and going out of a health club every day, it is imperative for possible dangers to be nipped in the bud. 

A procedure many clubs employ in order to keep injury reports to a minimum is “sweeps” of the area. Usually this consists of a staff member walking through the club checking for problematic areas. This can include frayed wires, sharp edges, pulled-up carpet, loose pieces on equipment, among others. 

No amount of time used by an employee to find possible trouble spots is considered wasted. There are enough instances where injuries or health situations are out of the hands of the clubs. When a cut or slip can be avoided and doesn’t have to be logged on an injury report then it is a good thing. 

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Single-minded Success

Scott Gillespie, the owner of Saco Sport & Fitness, a 25,000-square-foot, 3,000-member independent club in Saco, Maine, owns a new conviction: “Moving makes life good, and moving together makes it great.” He applies the belief to his members, prompting them to pursue wellness; to his staff, prodding them to cultivate club growth; and to other club operators, encouraging them to work for the industry’s good. It’s Gillespie’s “holistic” formula for everyone’s success.

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