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Global Fitness Industry Records Another Year of Growth 

151.5 Million Members Get Active At More Than 186,000 Health Clubs

May 25, 2016 – Boston, MA – Today, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) announced the release of The 2016 IHRSA Global Report: The State of the Health Club Industry. An IHRSA bestseller, the report provides a comprehensive overview of the health club industry worldwide. In 2015, global health club industry revenue totaled $81 billion, as 151.5 million members visited nearly 187,000 clubs.

“As the most up-to-date resource on the state of the global health club industry, The IHRSA Global Report is a must-have reference for all stakeholders in the health club industry, including club operators, developers, investors, and analysts,” said Jay Ablondi, IHRSA's executive vice president of global products. “This year’s report shows collective growth in markets worldwide, with mature markets leading the way.”

The top 10 markets account for roughly two out of three health clubs and three out of four members worldwide. While the U.S. leads all markets in club count and memberships at 55 million and 36,180, respectively, Brazil is second in club count at 31,809, Germany second in number of members at 9.5 million. All three markets are also among the top 10 worldwide in revenue with the U.S. ranking first ($25.8 billion), Germany second ($5.4 billion), and Brazil seventh ($2.4 billion).

Health club performance is also strong in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East. In the Asia-Pacific, 13 markets in the region attract 17 million members at more than 31,000 health clubs. While there is room for growth in the Middle East and North Africa, 10 countries in this region have a combined total of roughly 5,600 health clubs and approximately 3.4 million members.

“A new enhancement to the report this year for the U.S. market is a graphic illustration of health club utilization trends over the past seven years,” noted Ablondi. “For example, total health club visits annually in the United States increased by 25% since 2009.” 

The report is divided into four sections:

■          The "Industry Overview" section details the industry's performance in 2015, along with analysis and insights from industry experts and leading club operators.

■          The "Industry Research" section includes data on revenue, number of facilities and number of club members for nearly 70 markets. New this year are key statistics for 10 markets in the Middle East and North Africa. For the U.S. market, there is a breakdown of data for the number of health clubs by state, and infographic insights for consumer growth and member visits.

■          The "Company Profiles" section highlights more than 300 leading health club companies from around the world.

■          The "Supplier Profiles" section features fitness equipment manufacturers and suppliers, whose innovative products and services help club operators to be more profitable.

The 2016 IHRSA Global Report is available at ihrsa.org/ihrsa-global-report in print or as a PDF to IHRSA members ($74.95) and non-members ($149.95).

Related research: Additional comprehensive analysis of 16 markets in the Asia-Pacific region can be found in The IHRSA Asia-Pacific Health Club Report, available as a PDF at ihrsa.org/asia-pacific-report to IHRSA members ($299) and non-members ($599). The IHRSA Latin American Report contains market data and analyses on 15 Latin American markets and is available at ihrsa.org/latin-american-report as a PDF in English, Portuguese or Spanish language editions to IHRSA members ($74.95) and non-members ($149.95). A wealth of additional health club operational and consumer reports may be found at ihrsa.org/research-reports.



IHRSA is a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs and suppliers worldwide. Its mission is to grow, promote, and protect the health and fitness industry. As one of the world's leading authorities on the commercial health club industry, IHRSA is the source of the world's only primary consumer research and industry economic and operating studies. For more information on IHRSA research, visit ihrsa.org/research.


Blink Fitness Names David Collignon as Vice President of Operations

NEW YORKMay 18, 2016 -- Blink Fitness - the premium-quality, value-based gym has announced the appointment of David Collignon as the Vice President of Operations. For the past three years, Collignon has served as Vice President of Strategic Sourcing and Procurement for Equinox Holdings, which includes Equinox, PURE Yoga, SoulCycle, and Blink Fitness.

In addition to Collignon's intimate knowledge of Blink and the fitness category, he has extensive multi-unit retail operations experience with The Children's Place, at one point overseeing 80+ locations and more than 1,300 employees.  He was part of leading  significant national retail expansions in support of 50 to 100 new locations annually, across all aspects of operations.  Earlier in his career, David held area manager and store manager roles at Eddie Bauer, J. Crew, and Calvin Klein Factory Stores. 

"David will be a great addition to Blink's world-class leadership team.  His extensive multi-unit retail experience will be particularly helpful as we look to accelerate our already strong growth and expand our national footprint," said Todd Magazine, President of Blink Fitness.  "In addition, his deep understanding of the fitness industry, particularly the luxury space, will enable Blink to increase its member experience advantages over other brands in the high volume, low priced segment."

Blink Fitness is distinguished by its unique brand philosophy, "Mood Above Muscle™," which puts the inner-benefits of fitness front and center.  Reflected in a recent ad campaign titled "Every Body Happy," Blink promotes a change to the ongoing rhetoric around fitness via spirited visuals of confident and happy gym goers who come in all shapes and sizes.

Blink Fitness is growing rapidly, with more than 50 company-owned locations currently open or in development in the New York Tri-State area. In the spring of 2015, Blink Fitness launched a national franchising program with a goal of reaching more than 300 company-owned and franchise clubs nationwide by 2020. Blink's first two franchisees signed on this past December.

For more information about franchise opportunities, visit blinkfranchising.com. Follow Blink Fitness on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for the latest news and trends.

About Blink Fitness 

Founded in 2011, Blink Fitness is a premium quality, value-based fitness brand with more than 50 locations open or in development throughout New York and New Jersey. Blink Fitness puts Mood Above Muscle™ which celebrates the positive feeling you get from exercise, not just the physical benefits.  Each club employs the company's signature Feel Good Experience™ that highlights enthusiastic staff members, a clean environment, an open, spacious, and colorful design, energizing music and fitness training that is motivating and affordable. 

For more information about Blink, visit blinkfitness.com. Franchising details are available on blinkfranchising.com.


Sportsclub Greenville to Host Stop on LPRT with Aspirations for SC Ovarian Cancer Foundation

Greenville, SC – May 13, 2016 – Andrea Merritt of Sportsclub announced today that the Club will host a stop on the Ladies Pro Racquetball Tour (LPRT) September 8 – 11, 2016.

Home of three locations and 8 racquetball courts, Sportsclub will present the Sweet Caroline Open as an occasion to promote and grow the sport of racquetball in their community as well as an opportunity to raise awareness and money for the South Carolina Ovarian Cancer Foundation.

We’ll kick off the weekend with a fundraiser for the South Carolina Ovarian Cancer Foundation sponsored by the Ob Hospitalist Group at the Swain Family Vineyard on Thursday, September 8th. In addition to an evening filled with fine wine and dining, all International Lady Racquetball Pros will be introduced and a presentation will be made by the State Racquetball Association and Board.

On Friday, September 9th and Saturday, September 10th, the ladies will take to the courts for what is sure to be an exciting tournament, filled with action. “We are thrilled to host this event and expect approximately 170 players,” says Sportsclub’s Women’s Racquetball Coordinator Lynette Froehlich. “Throughout the tournament, the LPRT will livestream coverage of matches, providing fans across the globe access to watch the best women players from around the world,” Froehlich added.

The event will conclude on Sunday, September 11th with the finals, prize presentations, and local news coverage.

Interested attendees are invited to visit www.lprtour.com for more information.

About Sportsclub

With three Club locations, Sportsclub has been serving its community for more than 40 years. Known as the Upstate’s premiere choice for fitness and wellness, Sportsclub’s more than 18,000 members enjoy access to state-of-the-art equipment, over 250 Group Fitness classes per week, Nationally Certified Personal Trainers, and first class amenities.

For more information about Sportsclub, please visit our website at www.sportsclubsc.com


UFIT USA Launch and Global Launch of the Marseille Declaration

News release provided by UFIT.

Washington, D.C. - On the 16th of May 2016 two exciting launches took place at the American Heart Association in Washington DC; (1) the UFIT USA Launch and (2) the Global Launch of the Marseille Declaration. Both initiatives are the kick off to a social change movement aiming to increase fitness opportunities for people with disabilities and by that striving for more inclusion in society.


Universal Fitness Innovation & Transformation (UFIT) is a global social change movement, led by the UNESCO Chair in the Institute of Technology Tralee, Ireland. UFIT’s innovation aims to increase fitness opportunities for people with disabilities by connecting fitness clubs and centres; with local disability service providers and groups; and allied professionals guiding the process in a client-centred and bespoke manner while taking the fitness management and staff through an inclusive journey that builds their skills, knowledge and competency to facilitate the inclusion of all in their service offerings and operations. UFIT was launched in Marseille, France, on October 19, 2015 in association with IHRSA’s 15th Annual European Congress. At this launch, it was agreed that the Marseille Declaration would follow as an instrument to drive support for inclusion in the Fitness Sector. UFIT has been very well received by leaders in the fitness sector and a USA Taskforce has been established with key representatives of the fitness sector. The USA Taskforce is committed to inclusivizing and increasing the UniversAbility© of the sector. The taskforce recognizes UFIT and the Marseille Declaration as instrumental mechanisms to fulfilling their commitment.

Members of the taskforce represent:

  • President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition;
  • The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD);
  • The International Health, Racquet and Sports club Association (IHRSA);
  • The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM);
  • The American Council of Exercise (ACE); and
  • The US Registry of Exercise Professionals (US REPS); and
  • The UNESCO Chair, Institute of Technology Tralee, Ireland.

The UFIT USA Launch started off with a welcome address by Catherine Carty, the manager of the UNESCO Chair, Dr. Oliver Murphy, President of the Institute of Technology Tralee, and Cllr. Terry O’Brien, from the Chair Board of Governors of the Institute. Then a video message by Pati Umaga, the UFIT Music Partner followed, including his song “Sive”. After that various members of the US Taskforce officially launched UFIT USA and the Marseille Declaration. Among them were Shellie Pfohl and Lauren Darensbourg from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition; Scott Goudeseune from ACE; Joe Moore, Helen Durkin and Kilian Fisher from IHRSA; Jim Whitehead from ACSM; James H. Rimmer from NCHPAD; Wade Delk from US REPS and Mary Davis from Special Olympics International. For more information on the program, speakers and the US Taskforce Organizations, please look at these links: Program, Infographic 1, Infographic 2

What is the Marseille Declaration?

The Marseille Declaration is supported by UNESCO and represents a commitment to inclusion by and for the Fitness Sector and is in full alignment with UNESCO’s International Charter of Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport (2015) and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006). As a Social Change Movement the Declaration should be signed by all those who believe in the power of the Fitness Sector to act as a key societal conduit through which we can foster greater social inclusion of people with disabilities and other marginalized groups.

The Marseille Declaration Launch took place in combination with the UFIT USA Launch. The Declaration was signed multiple times today and thereby marks the great commitment and start for future signings and commitment to inclusivize the Fitness Sector.

Who can sign the Marseille Declaration? All those who believe in the power of the Fitness Sector to act as a key societal conduit through which we can foster greater social inclusion of people with disabilities and other marginalized groups. Including

  1. Federations, Club and Facility Operators, Fitness Professionals, Equipment Manufacturers and Suppliers, Architects and Designers, Training Providers, Educational Institutions, Employers Professional Bodies and all Allied Sector Agents and Agencies.  
  2. Disability Advocacy groups and Disability Service Organisations and individuals who would like to avail of fitness sector service offerings and career offerings.  
  3. All those related Physical Activity, Sports and Disability Sports organisations.  
  4. Sports Stars, Celebrities and Public Figures Internationally.  
  5. Public Authorities.  
  6. Social Enterprises and Trade Unions
  7. Global Bodies such as UNESCO, United Nations, UNICEF, WHO, OECD, OSCE and NGOs operating towards the attainment of better societies, social justice, equality and human rights.  
  8. The Global Public.

Contact gerard@justdoufit.com if you are interested in signing the Marseille Declaration. 

The UNESCO Chair in Inclusive Fitness thanks all partners and supporters, specifically the US UFIT Taskforce partners and collaborators and looks forward to seeing the UFIT programme carried out in various parts of the world. Moreover, the UNESCO Chair is excited to see many more federations, organisations, groups and individuals signing the Marseille Declaration.

For further information please have a look at our websites and social media:

We also invite you to support us by taking to social media and help us to get trending by using the main hashtag #YouFitIn as well as tagging us in your tweets/facebook posts @UNESCOITTralee and/or @justdoUFIT.



K&K Insurance unveils New Website offering Fitness, Dance and Sports Instructor Insurance

MISSISSAUGA, ON. (May 17, 2016) – K&K Insurance Brokers Inc., Canada, a subsidiary of Aon plc (NYSE:AON), today launched a convenient website that provides the ability for fitness, dance and sports instructors to quickly obtain a quote and buy liability insurance online at www.kandkcanada.com. Proof of coverage is provided instantly via email upon payment by credit card. The program is available across Canada except in Quebec. 

The instructor program offers commercial general liability coverage that protects the insured against covered liability claims for bodily injury and property damage arising out of premises, operations, products and completed operations, personal and advertising injury. 

Premium is based on total attendance; limits of $1 million, $2 million and $5 million are available. Coverage is provided through an insurance carrier rated A- (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company. 

All descriptions, summaries or highlights of coverage are for general informational purposes only, are not intended to constitute legal or other professional advice and do not amend, alter or modify the actual terms or conditions of any insurance policy. Coverage is governed only by the terms and conditions of the relevant policy.

Media Contact:

For further information, please contact K&K Insurance Brokers Inc., Canada: Joan Warren-Phenix 905.214.6401.

About K&K Insurance Brokers Inc., Canada

K&K Insurance Brokers Inc., Canada is a managing general agent offering insurance products and services for the sports, motorsports, recreation, leisure and entertainment industries. K&K Insurance Brokers Inc., Canada is a licensed insurance producer in all provinces and territories of Canada.