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IHRSA Releases New Seasonal Report on Health Club Consumer Trends

BOSTON – Acknowledging that health club consumer behavior is heavily influenced by the time of year, IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association published the first-ever IHRSA Health Club Consumer Seasonal Trend Report (Fall 2014). The new Seasonal Trend Report presents and analyses the behavior of American health club-goers from fall 2013 to winter 2014 (October 2013 – March 2014).

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"Big Picture" Leaders Needed

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is seeking new members for its Industry Leadership Council (ILC).

IHRSA and the ILC are looking for forward-thinking, strategic-minded club owners, operators and industry suppliers who appreciate being part of something bigger than themselves and their immediate business; and who understand the benefits of collaborating, even if it’s with a competitor, to grow opportunities for the entire fitness industry.

“Members of IHRSA's ILC see beyond the front doors of their clubs and understand the importance of investing their time and resources in advocacy to elevate the entire industry,” said Brent Darden, owner of TELOS Fitness Center in Dallas, Texas, and former chair of the IHRSA Board of Directors. “We need more club operators to join the ILC, to make us stronger, to increase our voice and to share their passion beyond their immediate business”.

In addition to expertise and experience, ILC members contribute funds to ensure that IHRSA, as the sole protector and advocate for the health club industry, has the financial resources necessary to protect fitness clubs against harmful legislation and taxation, and to keep the fitness industry at the forefront of health promotion and wellness policy.

These financial contributions support IHRSA’s efforts to track, monitor and act on both positive and negative legislation in all 50 states; educate lawmakers on the industry and particular issues; provide expert testimony at local, state, and federal hearings; forge alliances with influential health promotion organizations and business leaders; lead advocacy campaigns whenever and wherever needed, and fund lobbyists in battleground states.

“As important as it is to be smart business owners, it is even more important to our future to be engaged industry leaders,” said Chuck Runyon, cofounder and CEO of Anytime Fitness. “The years ahead present an unprecedented opportunity for the health club industry to become a substantial part of the solution to our nation’s current health and economic problems. By pooling our resources—our passion, creativity, intelligence, expertise, funding, and willingness to collaborate—we can positively change the landscape for our clubs, our members, our communities, and the entire industry. With the influence we bear as an industry pulling together, we can make America a better, healthier place.”

Download the 2014 Industry Leadership Report to learn more. 

ILC members come in all shapes and sizes, from major industry chains and franchise groups to small training studios and industry suppliers. A complete list of 2014/2015 ILC members is posted at ihrsa.org/contributors. ILC members receive special ILC member-only communications, special meeting invitations, convention registrations and industry data. Benefits depend on the level of contribution. 

To learn more about the issues IHRSA is fighting for and against, please visit ihrsa.org/industry-defense or download the 2014 Industry Leadership Report, or email Meredith Poppler.


IHRSA Publishes 2015 Commercial Fitness Buyer’s Guide

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Assocation (IHRSA) has just published F.I.T. 2015, the latest edition of its annual buyer’s guide, which is the health club industry's only comprehensive guide to commercial fitness equipment and other essential products and services.

“Recognizing the critical importance of being fresh, different and better, health clubs continue to capitalize on equipment, reinvesting an average of 1.6% of their total revenues in equipment in 2013,” said Jay Ablondi, IHRSA’s Executive Vice President of Global Products. According to the 2014 IHRSA Profiles of Success, the average fitness-only facility spent a median of $33,200; and multipurpose clubs, $43,552. The average for all clubs was $40,393.

A valuable year-round resource for club operators, Fitness Industry Technology (F.I.T.) is designed to simplify the purchasing process. The material is organized by product category and accompanied by charts to allow for comparing product features. The guide's easy-to-read format simplifies the buying process and connects suppliers with customers. 

Product categories are divided into bikes, climbers, educational resources, ellipticals, group exercise, locker room amenities, Pilates, strength, technology and treadmills. A valuable feature for many F.I.T. readers is comparison charts for products in bikes (recumbent and upright), climbers, ellipticals, treadmills and computer applications. 

Also included in the 220-page publication are new product showcases and a directory of all IHRSA associate members.

The digital edition as well as the PDF are both available for free at ihrsa.org/fit-buyers-guide. Print copies can be purchased for $4.95 (IHRSA members) or $14.95 (non-members). F.I.T. is also distributed at all major industry trade shows, including IHRSA 2015, which is set for March 11-14, 2015, in Los Angeles, California.


IHRSA Member Retention Report examines how clubs can avoid 45% of cancellations 

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) announced the release of the IHRSA Member Retention Report (Volume 2, Issue 3). Conducted in partnership with The Retention People (TRP), this edition explores how members value different types of communication, including in-person, phone, social media, text and email. The impact of various media on retention is also explored. Based on findings from TRP research, the report shows that face-to-face interactions with reception and fitness staff may have the greatest impact on retention.

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Over 550 Fitness Industry Leaders attend IHRSA European Congress

IHRSA’s 14th annual European Congress concluded on 19 October in Amsterdam, The Netherlands at The Beurs van Berlage with attendance of over 550 delegates from 36 countries and 5 continents.

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