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Molly Kemmer selected as 2015/2016 Chairperson

This news release was provided by EXOS.

Molly Kemmer selected as Chairperson of the IHRSA Board of Directors

Providing Strategic Direction to the Leading Global Health and Fitness Industry Organization

PHOENIX--EXOS is proud to announce that Molly Kemmer, who currently serves as a regional director for EXOS|MediFit, has been selected as the chairperson of the board of directors for the International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), the trade association that serves the global club and fitness industry with a mission to grow, protect, and promote the health and fitness industry, and to provide its members with benefits that will help them be more successful.

“When contemplating the chairperson role, I thought about what this opportunity meant to me personally, and what it would mean for my organization”

Kemmer, who is in her fourth year of board service with IHRSA, is the third female in 34 years to serve as chairperson. With the support and collaboration of the IHRSA board, Kemmer plans to use her role to anticipate and shape the future of the industry.

“When contemplating the chairperson role, I thought about what this opportunity meant to me personally, and what it would mean for my organization,” said Molly. “This position will allow me to honor my passion in service, facilitate conversations on a higher level, and develop needed initiatives to bolster the long-term impact and relevance of our industry in impacting global health.”

“We’re all fortunate to have Molly’s leadership in her new role as IHRSA chairperson,” said Mark Verstegen, founder and president of EXOS. “We’re proud of Molly, and we’re excited to support her vision for IHRSA and its members.”

Molly will begin her duties as chairperson on July 1, 2015 with service for the 2015/2016 term.

About EXOS

EXOS is pioneering human performance. Founded in 1999 to maximize the potential of athletes, EXOS (formerly named Athletes’ Performance) has grown to become a leader in proactive health and performance, trusted by elite athletes, the military, and innovative companies worldwide. EXOS designs and delivers health and performance game plans that guide people to achieve higher levels of success. With world-class partners, facilities, technologies, and specialists spanning six continents, EXOS is progressing the intelligence behind human performance wherever necessary. To learn more, visit TeamEXOS.com.


Hanna McElwain, 480-449-9000


IHRSA Releases new Seasonal Consumer Report

BOSTON – March 26, 2015 – Today, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association released the latest edition of the IHRSA Health Consumer Seasonal Trend Report (Spring 2015), which presents and analyzes the behavior of American health club-goers over the spring and summer months. The report most notably finds that health club members tend to be between the ages of 18-44, but that the most active users are over the age of 35. Meanwhile, members 35 and older visited their club 20-50% more often than members under 35, on average. Among non-member users, adults over the age of 55 visited health clubs far more frequently than those in younger generations.

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Thousands Celebrate Fitness Industry Success, Innovation and Leadership at IHRSA 2015

At the recently completed IHRSA 2015, the International Health Racquet & Sportsclub Association’s 34th Annual International Convention & Trade Show, thousands of fitness industry leaders celebrated the successes of a thriving industry, showcased the newest and most innovative equipment, programs, and technology, and reinforced the industry’s commitment to increase physical activity levels across the globe. The high-energy event, gathering thousands of health club operators, suppliers, and fitness industry professionals together from over 80 countries, was held in Los Angeles, California, March 11-14, 2015.

“I am sincerely grateful to each and every attendee, exhibitor, sponsor, and presenter for their dedication to this wonderful industry of ours, and to their commitment to help people across the world live happier, healthier more active lives,” said Joe Moore, IHRSA president and CEO. 

IHRSA 2015 by the Numbers

  • Attending IHRSA 2015 were over 13,000 industry professionals, including 8,000 convention and trade show attendees
  • 84 countries – a new record – were represented by this year’s 8,000 convention and trade show attendees.
  • The exhibit hall, with 388 exhibiting companies, occupying 178,000 square feet of exhibit space, buzzed with excitement during the two-day trade show and early morning workouts.

Education Highlights

Each day of the four-day event was highlighted by an inspiring keynote presentation. Arianna Huffington kicked off Wednesday evening with a message of personal health and happiness on Redefining Success: The Third Metric that can Benefit Your Bottom Line, sponsored by SPRI.

Thursday was highlighted with an awe-inspiring visual and audio presentation from Futurist Magnus Lindkvist on Thinking About the Future in an Uncertain World, sponsored by Technogym. And on Friday, attendees learned from Adam Bryant’s years of interviewing CEOs for the New York Times CEO Corner Column about Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation, sponsored by Matrix Fitness.

And last, but certainly not least, closing keynoter Kelly McGonigal’s presentation on The Willpower Instinct, sponsored by MYZONE provided convention attendees with plenty of science backed willpower motivation to take back to their clubs.

The convention also included a well-received inaugural Health Promotion & Wellness Track, a special presentation from Social Marketing Evangelist David Meerman Scott on The New Rules of Sales & Service during the Global Leadership Summit sponsored by ABC Financial, and a Women’s Leadership Summit with a presentation on The Art of Reinvention by Cecily Sommers, sponsored by American Council on Exercise. 

In addition to the four keynotes and the leadership summits, convention-goers had over 160 educational, exercise, and networking sessions to choose to attend, many simultaneously translated into Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Japanese throughout the four-day event.

2015 Award Recipients

Three industry leaders were recognized during IHRSA 2015 for their commitment to the industry and serving their local communities. The Outstanding Community Service Award was presented to The Midtown Athletic Club of Rochester, NY; The Julie Main Scholarship was presented to Lori Lowell, Gold's Gyms Virginia & Wisconsin; and the Associate Member of the Year was presented to Twin Oaks Software. Additional information on the 2015 Award Recipients is available here. Criteria and past award winners are available at IHRSA.org/awards

Augie’s Quest Ten-Year Reunion Bash

For the 10th consecutive year, IHRSA proudly hosted The BASH for Augie’s Quest, an aggressive cure-driven ALS research initiative established by fitness industry pioneer Augie Nieto, who has been fighting ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease) since 2005. The 2015 BASH exceeded expectations by raising over $1.8 million thanks to multiple event sponsors and moving performances from John Andrasik of Five for Fighting and headliner Gavin DeGraw. Since 2007, Augie’s Quest has raised over $44 million in support of finding effective ALS treatments. Read more about the Bash and Augie’s Quest here.

IHRSA 2015 Multi-Media

IHRSA 2016

Over 250 people took advantage of an early registration option to IHRSA 2016, which will take place in Orlando, March 21-24, 2016. To register, visit IHRSA.org/go2016 

IHRSA 2015 Sponsors

IHRSA gratefully acknowledges all of the sponsors that helped to make IHRSA 2015 possible: ABC Financial Services, ActiveMotion Bar, American Council on Exercise (ACE), American Public University, Anytime Fitness, ASF Payment Solutions, Augies Quest, Balanced Body, Bodybuilding.com, bootybarre, Cascade Health and Fitness LLC, ChinaFit, CSI Software, Cybex International, Inc., Fitness Brasil, Fitness Business Canada, Fitness Industry Council of Canada, FitRewards, GANTNER Electronic GmbH, GOJO Industries, Inc., W.W. Grainger, Inc., GymGroups, Healthy Learning™, iGo Figure Software, InControl Medical, Intel® Corporation, InTouch Follow-Up, Iron Grip Barbell Company, Jonas Fitness, Inc., JumpSport Fitness, Inc., Leisure Industry Week (LIW), Life Fitness, Listen360, Management Around Sports, Matrix Fitness, Mercado Fitness, Merrithew Health & Fitness™, MINDBODY, Inc., Motionsoft, MYZONE®, Netpulse, Nexersys, Octane Fitness, Ojmar US, Parisi Speed School, PFP media, PILOXING®, Polar Electro, Inc., Power Plate®, Power Systems, Inc., Precor Incorporated, Prime Fitness USA, PulseOn North America, REX Roundtables for Executives, Savvier® Fitness, SPRI, Stages Cycling, Star Trac, TAG Business Strategies, Technogym SpA, Total Gym® , TRUE Fitness, TuffStuff Fitness International, Twin Oaks Software, Virtuagym, Visual Fitness Planner™, World Gym International, Xercise Lab and Zumba Fitness LLC.


The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, racquet and sports clubs, and suppliers worldwide. IHRSA and its members are dedicated to making the world healthier through regular exercise and activity promotion. Preparations are well underway for IHRSA 2016 in Orlando, Florida, March 21-24, 2016, while the next event on the IHRSA Calendar is the IHRSA Institute for Professional Club Management, taking place August 4-7, 2015 at UNC in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


LoDo Will Be Home to New Colorado Athletic Club

Press release provided by Wellbridge

Colorado Athletic Club announced today that it will occupy the entire second floor of 1601 Wewatta, a new Class A, 300,000-rentable-square-foot office building located in the Central Platte Valley district of Lower Downtown (LoDo) Denver.

As part of the Wellbridge family of clubs, the 38,000 sq. ft. location will be the eighth Colorado Athletic Club along the Front Range, and the third in downtown Denver. Featuring specialized studios to accommodate everything from small group training and indoor cycling to hot yoga and Pilates, Union Station will soon have a full-service, flagship athletic club.

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IHRSA-TRP Net Promoter Survey Tops 102,000 Health Club Members  

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association announced that the latest Net Promoter Score® (NPS®) for the North American health club industry is 43. The score is based on responses from 102,787 health club members. IHRSA conducts the survey in partnership with The Retention People (TRP), a major research firm that specializes in health club member retention and loyalty. IHRSA member clubs can participate in the IHRSA-TRP member loyalty survey at no cost (a $1,500 value).

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