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Expect new ideas from fresh faces of IHRSA board

New board members, from left, Jim Zupancic, Derek Gallup and Gustavo Borges.Throughout IHRSA’s 33-year history, the members of IHRSA’s board of directors have agreed on one thing: their four-year tenure has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of their professional lives.

Serving on the association’s board offers a unique opportunity to work with the best, the brightest, and the most prestigious group of business leaders in the health and fitness industry. It also affords a chance to help set the strategic course for both IHRSA itself and the industry at large.

“There’s nothing like it for individuals who are looking to share their expertise, affect public policy, and, potentially, make a difference in the lives of millions of people,” says Joe Moore, the president and CEO of IHRSA.

Each year, as two to four current board members complete their terms of service, their positions are filled by newly elected members. This process ensures that seasoned and new members sit side by side, facilitating an exchange of ideas and a balance of views, which ensures that IHRSA—and the industry – will move forward.

This month, CBI introduces you to the three newest board members - Gustavo Borges, Derek Gallup, and Jim Zupancic.

Read on to learn more on each new board member.

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GoodLife aiming to become one of world’s largest

It's all about our members in the latest This Week in the Fitness Industry. Associate members receving national recognition, acquistions and new brands are among the items:

  • MINDBODY and Wellbeats fastest-growing U.S. companies
  • Star Trac is Vendor of the Year
  • GoodLife Fitness growing with current model and new brand
  • Sport & Health purchased

Read more on all of these in This Week in the Fitness Industry.

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Inclusive fitness means fitness for everyone

Fitness for Health founder Marc Sickel and a client.Before joining Fitness for Health in Rockville, Md., the last time that Locla Byron, 70, had walked up a flight of stairs without holding on to the railing was when she was six years old.

Byron was born with cerebral palsy, a general term for a set of neurological disorders that severely impair muscle function, and, so, throughout her life, she’d struggle to do simple things that most take for granted - things like maintaining good balance.

Then, through her doctor, she heard about Fitness for Health, a fitness center that works exclusively with people with disabilities.

Six months into her training at the facility, s regimen that involved a variety of exercises, games, and equipment adapted specifically for the handicapped, Byron walked up a flight of stairs without the support of a railing - for the first time in 64 years!

Fitness for Health is at the forefront of the emerging inclusive fitness (sometimes called adaptive fitness) movement, an effort to create and provide exercise facilities, equipment, and programs tailored to individuals with special needs.

Read on for more on inclusive fitness.

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Are 30-minute personal training sessions the new trend?

Remember in the late-1980s movie “There’s Something About Mary” when Ben Stiller’s character picks up a hitchhiker who says he has a better idea than the then-popular “8 Minute Abs” video by trimming a minute and finishing it in seven minutes?

That is not the premise behind 30-minute personal training sessions that are gaining momentum across the country. There is much more behind the 30-minute options than just under-cutting the traditional hour-long segment.

That isn’t to say that everyone is a promoter of cutting a session in half. Of course, there are pros and cons on both sides.

Read on to see what personal trainers, managers and a professor of exercise science have to say on the 30-minute vs. 60-minute personal training sessions subject.

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Don't let legal issues put you in a difficult spot

Helen Durkin, IHRSA's executive vice president of Global Public Policy.Educational sessions at IHRSA events are a great way to help you with almost every part of running a health club. Sales, membership, programs, marketing, social media and more are offered at almost every convention or gathering run by IHRSA.

It is also a chance for us to delve deeper into some of our offerings. As the organization that grows, protects and promotes the health and fitness industry, IHRSA, too, has many offerings that can help in running a gym or club.

Helen Durkin, executive vice president of Global Public Policy, and Tom Richards, senior legislative counsel, hosted an education class during the IHRSA Institute earlier in August to explain some of the bigger and more prominent legal issues for clubs. They went over specific scenarios their department often runs into while also taking questions from the crowd, providing the best answers.

Read on to see what they talked about and some sample issues.

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