The IHRSA Institute

July 31 - August 3, 2018 | Rizzo Center
Kenan-Flagler Business School | The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2017 IHRSA Institute Sponsors

The IHRSA Institute is a great event if you are an . . .

  • Owner 
  • CEO  
  • General Manager 
  • Department Head
  • or Developing a New Club 


Whether you are just starting in the fitness industry or you are established in your career, the courses, roundtables and networking opportunities will provide the chance to learn the latest trends, find and share solutions, benchmark your operation and plan for future success. Check out the 2017 program for a full understanding of the depth and breadth of topics that will be covered.

A Unique Program for an Unparalleled Learning Experience

The Institute is designed to provide a strong overall base for anyone working in the fitness industry. The faculty includes both industry experts and college-level professors. Classes are small and intimate. Through classroom discussions and social activities, you will learn from the faculty as well as your peers. Real-life examples and in-depth conversations with faculty and students–in the classroom and beyond–will help you learn the necessary skills to run a successful club.

All-inclusive Executive Education for the Fitness Industry Professional

Executive education programs at prestigious universities like the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are priced at $4,000 or more. The IHRSA Institute has been designed to provide you with an industry-specific program–but at a much lower price.

The all-inclusive registration fee covers lodging, meals and events, and over $800 worth of valuable IHRSA publications and management resources. You will leave the IHRSA Institute with a network of industry leaders you can call on for advice throughout your career.

The 2017 IHRSA Institute Highlights

Top level health club professionals attended educational seminars, group workouts and amazing networking events over four days. To review the excitement of the 2017 IHRSA Institute, take a look at our IHRSA Live Coverage. View the full 2017 IHRSA Institute program.

What Your Peers Are Saying About the IHRSA Institute

“Going to The IHRSA Institute was one of the best professional investments and decisions I have made to date. Being in the industry nearly 10 years it was a very humbling experience to hear best practices from others who have been involved for 30+ years! I cannot wait to attend next year!”

 – Daniel Lenzi, De ned Fitness, Inc. Albuquerque, NM


“Being new to the industry, I am in the process of seeking out opportunities to grow and learn as much about the industry as possible. The IHRSA Institute went above and beyond even my highest expectations in that the topics and the presenters were on point. The opportunity to meet and get to know industry leaders was awesome!”

– Mark Sanford, acac Fitness and Wellness Centers, Charlottesville, VA

“The IHRSA Institute exceeded my expectations in all areas. Each session gave me tangible systems or ideas that I could take back and implement in my club. I already know that the contacts I made will be people I come to share ideas with for years to come!”

– Michele Melkerson-Granryd, Castle Hill Fitness, Austin, TX