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IHRSA Releases One Million Strong: An In-Depth Study of Health Club Member Retention

One Million Members Can’t Be Wrong:

New IHRSA Report Examines Health Club Membership Retention Results from a Comprehensive North American Sample 

June 25, 2015 – BOSTON – Today, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association released IHRSA One Million Strong: An In-Depth Study of Health Club Member Retention in North America. Written by Dr. Paul Bedford and sponsored by Life Fitness, the report provides a comprehensive retention analysis of more than one million membership records.

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IHRSA Global 25 Highlights World’s Top Health Clubs 

June 22, 2015 – Boston, MA – Today, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) announced the release of The IHRSA Global 25, which lists the top 25 health club companies worldwide ranked by membership, number of locations and revenue.

“In 2014, the leading companies that make up The IHRSA Global 25 listings continued to demonstrate solid performance across all key metrics,” said Joe Moore, IHRSA president and CEO.

In fact, 15 of the top 25 club companies had revenue growth of 10% or more in 2014, demonstrating that the industry has ample growth opportunities for well-run companies.

One such company is Anytime Fitness. The always-open club offering sits on top of several of the IHRSA Global 25 charts. Anytime Fitness placed No. 1 in terms of “Number of Franchises,” “Revenue Growth,” “Top 10 Five-Year Revenue Growth,” and “Top 10 Five- Year Unit Growth.”  Since its inception in 2002, Anytime Fitness has grown to nearly 3,000 units.

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IHRSA Releases 2015 Global Report

Top Health Club Markets Continue To Grow 2015 

IHRSA Global Report Shows More Than 180,000 Health Clubs Serve 145 Million Members 

June 3, 2015 – Boston, MA – Today, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) released The 2015 IHRSA Global Report: The State of the Health Club Industry. A perennial IHRSA bestseller, the report provides a comprehensive overview of the health club industry worldwide, which in 2014 totaled $84 billion in revenue as more than 180,000 clubs attracted 144.7 million members.

The IHRSA Global Report offers the most comprehensive overview of health club markets worldwide, providing topline statistics on nearly 70 markets,” said Jay Ablondi, IHRSA's executive vice president of global products. “Leading markets continue to post strong performance indicators, while emerging markets are poised for growth.”

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IHRSA Offering Opportunity for Full Institute Scholarship


May 20, 2015 - Boston, MA: IHRSA is accepting applications for the John McCarthy Merit Scholarship for the 2015 IHRSA Institute, which will be held August 4-7 at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Applicants must be from IHRSA member clubs.

Named in honor of IHRSA’s first Executive Director, the John McCarthy Merit Scholarship has a value of $2,850 and includes a full registration to the IHRSA Institute as well as a $500 travel stipend. Qualified candidates should be able to demonstrate their passion for, and absolute commitment to, the health club industry's future, as well as provide evidence of their service, sales, and leadership skills. Deadline to apply is June 5. ihrsa.org/institute-registration#institute-scholarship

The Institute’s graduate-level education, led by a faculty of industry experts and university professors, provides a balanced, structured curriculum. With an attendee limit, small class sizes are guaranteed in order to facilitate interaction and lively discussion.

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'Try Tennis Free' Nationwide Campaign

This news release was provided to IHRSA by the Tennis Industry Association

Nearly 2,000 Tennis Facilities Offer 'Try Tennis Free' in Nationwide Campaign

Facilities and teaching pros across the U.S. are offering free introductory tennis sessions in the month of May as the tennis industry rallies around a key campaign to get more people on the courts and enjoying the sport's many benefits.

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C., May 19, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As the tennis-industry-wide "Try Tennis Free" national campaign passes the midpoint in the month of May, nearly 2,000 facilities across the country have signed on to offer free tennis sessions designed to bring non-players and former players into the sport.

Consumers, particularly new or returning players, can visit PlayTennis.com or TryTennisFree.com to find local facilities and tennis teaching professionals offering a free introductory session, lesson, clinic or other event.

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