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The IHRSA 2014 European Club Leadership Award

Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Boston, MA USA – October 17, 2014 - IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association has announced that Olav Thorstad, CEO of Health & Fitness Nordic, is the recipient of IHRSA’s 2014 European Club Leadership Award. The award was presented on Friday, October 17th in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, during the 14th Annual IHRSA European Congress. 

The IHRSA European Club Leadership Award annually recognizes a leader in the European fitness club industry who has done the most to advance their company and the industry through strong leadership and performance.  

Olav Thorstad joined SATS in November of 2007 as the Country Manager for Norway, and in less than 2 years became CEO for all activities of SATS Holdings. When SATS, Elixia, and Fresh Fitness merged, Thorstad was elected CEO of the new joint company, Health & Fitness Nordic, in June 2014. The new company counts more than 200 clubs in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland and more than 550,000 members.

Thorstad, a visionary with a holistic view of the industry, shares his insights and leadership via international and national summits and seminars to help other industry operators.      

“We are happy to honor Olav for his great leadership, strong understanding of business cultures, and his ability to attract and retain talent that shares his vision,” said Joe Moore, IHRSA President and CEO.

The IHRSA Awards Program seeks to “recognize, celebrate, and inspire.” For more information about IHRSA’s annual industry awards, including prior recipients and open applications, please visit IHRSA.org/awards. 


IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association is the not-for-profit Association for Health Clubs. IHRSA’s worldwide membership represents over 10,000 health, fitness and sports facilities as well as industry suppliers. IHRSA's mission is to grow, protect and promote the health and fitness industry, and to provide its members with benefits that will help them be more successful. IHRSA and its members are dedicated to making the world healthier through regular exercise and activity promotion. To find an IHRSA club, please visit healthclubs.com

About the IHRSA European Congress

IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association hosts an annual meeting for leaders in the European Health Club Industry. With an average of over 500 of the industry’s business leaders in attendance, the annual IHRSA European Congress offers one of the best networking opportunities for the industry in Europe. The event features seminars presented by an array of speakers from within and outside the industry, with a dual focus on improving operational performance and seizing new opportunities. 




Four Keynote Speakers announced for IHRSA 2015

IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association has announced four keynote speakers for IHRSA 2015, the association’s 34th Annual International Convention & Trade Show, taking place in Los Angeles, California.

The four keynote presenters in order of presentation are:

  • Arianna Huffington, President & Editor-In-Chief, Huffington Post Media Group, Redefining Success: The Third Metric That Can Benefit Your Bottom Line (sponsored by SPRI)
  • Magnus Lindkvist, Author & Trendspotter, Thinking About the Future in an Uncertain World (sponsored by Technogym®)
  • Adam Bryant, Author, and Columnist, The New York Times Corner Office, Quick and Nimble: Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation (sponsored by Matrix Fitness)
  • Kelly McGonigal, Author, and Lecturer, Stanford University, The Willpower Instinct (sponsored by MYZONE®)

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IHRSA Releases Profiles of Success 

BOSTON - October 11, 2014 – IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) released its annual Industry Data Survey (IDS) results and the accompanying publication, IHRSA Profiles of Success. The report provides a detailed analysis of the annual performance of health and fitness clubs, including results in key metrics such as revenue and membership growth, payroll, member retention, non-dues revenue, and EBITDA. Profit center analysis as well as income statement and balance sheet data are also provided. Now in its 33rd year, IDS results indicate strong performance indicators from leading IHRSA clubs who participated in the comprehensive survey.

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Atlantic Club CEO Signs NCPPA Pledge

MANASQUAN, NJ, October 1, 2014 – Patricia Laus, founder and CEO of The Atlantic Club, the Jersey Shore’s premier health and fitness club, joined Peter Cancro, founder and CEO of Jersey Mike’s Subs, to sign the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA) CEO Pledge. The pledge is part of a new national initiative that urges every CEO in the country to recognize physical activity as an important contributor to both employee health and financial performance. The ceremonial signing took place at The Atlantic Club’s Manasquan location during a luncheon event attended by local human resource professionals where Tom Richards, Vice President of Public Policy for the International Health and Racquet Sports Association and a member of the Board of The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity presented health and wellness programs that are adoptable by companies both large and small.

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IHRSA Launches Health Club Employee Compensation & Benefits Survey

Boston, MA - September 10, 2014 - Today, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) announced the launch of the IHRSA Employee Compensation & Benefits Survey. This biennial study gathers compensation and benefits practices among leading North American health clubs. Base salary and wage data - along with benefits such as health insurance, retirement plans and vacation - are gathered for nearly 60 job titles. The survey also gathers educational and certification requirements for corporate and club-level positions.

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