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Wednesday
Mar222017

Innovation & Technology Advisory Council Convenes at IHRSA 2017

Disseminating Industry Best Practices Tops Agenda

Boston, MA, March 22, 2017 - IHRSA convened the inaugural meeting of the Innovation & Technology Advisory Council on March 10 during IHRSA 2017, IHRSA’s Annual International Convention & Trade Show in Los Angeles, California.

IHRSA Chair Rasmus Ingerslev announced the formation of the council in September 2016 as a means to reach out to the technology community, within and outside of the fitness industry, to help identify important technology-related issues and trends.  

“The goal is to gather the smartest minds in and around our industry in order to ensure that all IHRSA members are ‘in the know’ in regards to how technology will impact our industry,” said Ingerslev. “One issue that all council members agreed upon during the meeting is that there seems to be a wide gap of knowledge amongst club operators in the industry. Therefore, one of the immediate goals of the council will be to help IHRSA provide information and education to club operators to aid them in making sound innovation and technology decisions.”

The advisory council contains a diverse group of individuals representing club, supplier, and technology companies. They include:

• Jeff Bartee, Principal Product Manager for Network Fitness, Precor

• Greg Cibura, CTO, Fitness Formula Clubs

• Jeffrey Cooper, Senior Manager Business Development, Samsung

• Samir Desai, CIO, Equinox

• Dan Laughlin, Digital Solutions Manager - North America Technogym

• Mike Leveque, COO, MyZone

• Leon Rudge, Director Digital Experience ISBU, Life Fitness

• Todd Thorson, CTO, Midtown Health

• Al Noshirvani, Executive Chairman, Motionsoft

• Mike Rucker, VP Technology, Active Wellness

• Andy Smith, CEO, The Daily Burn

• Jamie Ward, CEO and Co-Founder, PayAsUGym

• Adam Zeitsiff, CIO, Gold’s Gym

“We are thrilled with the response we have received from those volunteering to serve and share their immense knowledge,” said Joe Moore, IHRSA’s president and CEO.

In addition to Ingerslev, IHRSA board members attending the initial meeting included incoming Board Chair Derek Gallup of New Evolution Ventures, Missy Moss of Nike Fitness Centers, Ray O’Connor of Wisconsin Athletic Clubs, as well as IHRSA Board-elect members Bryan O'Rourke of Gold’s Gym Houston and Integerus, and Carrie Kepple of Les Mills, New Zealand. Participating for IHRSA was Jay Ablondi, EVP of Global Products, Tom Durkin, vice president of technology & web publishing, and Marianne Aiello, digital content manager.

Objectives of the council include: 

  • Aligning the industry with vetted technology-oriented companies, organizations, and key influencers to leverage information and experience.

  • Capturing and interpreting the articulated and unarticulated needs of the industry’s current and future customers relating to technology and innovation.

  • Educating IHRSA members on the current innovation and technology landscape to aid them in making sound innovation and technology decisions.

  • Establishing IHRSA as a credible source of knowledge on the future of technology in—and relating to—the health and fitness industry.

  • Helping IHRSA and IHRSA members improve, expand, and enhance their current products and service offerings.

  • Exploring visionary strategic partnership opportunities for IHRSA.

IHRSA will facilitate the work of the Innovation and Technology Advisory Council members. View IHRSA’s existing technology and innovation articles.

About IHRSA

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is a not-for-profit trade association representing commercial health & fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs and suppliers worldwide. 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 members represent health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs, and suppliers worldwide. IHRSA and its members are dedicated to making the world healthier through regular exercise and activity promotion.

Tuesday
Mar212017

EXERCISE IS MEDICINE

CLAREMONT, CA—March 8, 2017—For the past 11 years, The Claremont Club has taken a leadership position in the global fitness and wellness industry. The Claremont Club supports the American College of Sports Medicine’s signature initiative called Exercise is Medicine through documentary and testimonials. As an industry leader, The Claremont Club has taken the initiative to help merge the experts in healthcare with the experts in fitness to begin working together, instead of so independently.

The Claremont Club is known for developing new ways to serve its community and for delivering programs to many different populations that really need it, including individuals struggling with chronic illness and chronic injuries, improving their overall health – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

The Club has proven that exercise has had a profound effect on people struggling with Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) and other neuromuscular illnesses, including Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s, Stroke, ALS, PLS, and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) through their activity based therapy in Project Walk. The Club has also had tremendous success with their Living Well after Cancer and Pediatric & Young Adult Cancer programs, helping improve the quality of life for over 800 cancer patients and their families. The activity-based programs at the Club have helped lead individuals away from various pills and procedures, while reducing the occurrence of secondary complications and hospital visits. Instead of dividing the fitness industry from that of healthcare, The Claremont Club has a unique approach and a new perspective on combining the two to ensure maximum results, revolutionizing the health and fitness industries.

No matter how healthy or how ill, The Claremont Club is inclusive and reaches out to everyone, bringing people from all different walks of life together. The Claremont Club’s model is a leap of faith, as it not only welcomes individuals struggling with chronic illnesses and chronic injuries with open arms and gives them a home, but gives them hope, acceptance, possibilities and a renewed outlook on life.

The documentary features commentary from an array of individuals including leading physicians, fitness experts, REX (Roundtables for Executives) officials, IHRSA (the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association) executives, and testimonials from Living Well after Cancer participants and Project Walk clients, several who are now employed at the Club. Testimonials from Linda Johnson, John Surina, Jason Smoot and others support the Club’s belief that they have a societal obligation to build and maintain healthy communities.

Exercise is universal, goes beyond age and gender, and should be available to anyone and everyone. The Claremont Club believes that great Clubs should be about health and not just how a person looks.

The Exercise is Medicine initiative is one The Claremont Club hopes to share with health clubs around the world, so that people with these chronic injuries and illnesses will receive the help they so desperately need. The Club believes that it is time for legislative reform to help provide long-term financial aide to people who struggle with these chronic injuries and illnesses.

ABOUT THE CLAREMONT CLUB

The Claremont Club is one of Southern California’s finest health, fitness, tennis, aquatic, wellness and social centers located on 19 beautiful acres in the City of Claremont, CA, and cutting edge programming, The Claremont Club prides itself on creating and implementing programs for special populations and is committed to providing the highest quality service to our members and their families.

Tuesday
Mar212017

Retaining Star Performers from the Front Desk to the Front Office

IHRSA 2017 Health Club Employee Compensation & Benefits Report Details Compensation Data for Nearly 60 Job Titles

BOSTON, MA - March 21, 2017 - Today, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) released The 2017 IHRSA Health Club Employee Compensation & Benefits Report, a detailed analysis of compensation and benefits practices for the health club industry. Salary and compensation results provided in the report are based on data from more than 200 North American facilities.

“Payroll is one of the largest expenses among health clubs, as hiring and investing in staff plays a critical role in serving and retaining members,” said Jay Ablondi, IHRSA’s executive vice president of global products. “IHRSA has regularly conducted employee compensation research for more than 15 years to help club operators analyze and gauge their compensation practices against other club businesses.”

The new report provides compensation data for nearly 60 job titles, including base salary and total compensation for club and executive-level staff as well as hourly pay and commissions data for club-level employees. Data on medical insurance, retirement plans, leave days, and other benefits are also analyzed in the report.

Key findings:

  • 91% of participating clubs provide medical insurance to salaried employees

  • Clubs reported an average health insurance premium increase of 8.9% from 2015-2016

  • 66% of clubs offer a retirement plan

  • 62% of clubs match employee contributions to retirement plans

  • Clubs provide an average of 8 paid leave days to salaried employees with less than one year on the job

“New to this year’s report is an infographic snapshot of benefits practices as well as graphics summarizing compensation data for the most commonly requested job titles,” said Melissa Rodriguez, IHRSA Senior Research Manager. “Along with the in-depth report data across various levels of the organization, club operators can refer to these snapshots for a quick overview of pay for CEO, general manager, personal trainer, and group exercise instructor job titles.”

The report also provides a brief macroeconomic outlook on compensation and unemployment. According to a separate nationwide WorldatWork Salary Budget Survey, companies offered salary increases of roughly 3% to employees in 2016. In 2017, firms are projecting similar salary budget increases of 3%.

The 2017 IHRSA Health Club Employee Compensation & Benefits Report is based on voluntary survey data provided by IHRSA member clubs in the United States and Canada. The report provides compensation information for senior management/corporate staff, salaried club-level employees, and hourly club-level employees. Salary information for job titles is provided by geographical region, club type, and size in total annual revenues.

The 2017 IHRSA Health Club Employee Compensation & Benefits Report is available at ihrsa.org/compensation-report. The PDF can be purchased either in full for $399.95 ($199.95 for IHRSA members) or in three separate parts for $149.95 each ($79.95 each for IHRSA members).

Contact IHRSA Research at research@ihrsa.org or +1-617-951-0055 ext. 194 with questions or for more information.

About IHRSA

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is the trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, racquet and 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 regularly conducts industry and consumer research, along with club operator studies. For more information on IHRSA research, visit ihrsa.org/research.

Monday
Mar202017

Brick Bodies Announces the Opening of New State-of-the-Art Health Club in the Historic Rotunda

Brick Bodies location to provide first full service health club to the Hampden Community

Timonium, MD (March 20, 2017) – Brick Bodies Fitness Services, Inc. is excited to announce the opening of its new state-of-the-art coed health club in the historic Rotunda. With its’ emphasis on small group training and creative programming, the new 26,270 square foot health club will be the first of its kind in the Hampden area and will be opening in late May/early June.  The New Brick Bodies Rotunda is located at 727 West 40th St, Baltimore, MD 21211 next to the ICON Residence at the Rotunda.  This brand new club will feature:

  • ·       Top of the Line Free weights, Including 4 Squat Racks with Platforms
  • ·       Cutting Edge Pin-Loaded Strength Equipment
  • ·       Mezzanine with Cardio Theater & Over 60 Cardio Machines
  • ·       Spacious Group Exercise Studio with Specialty Lighting
  • ·       Extensive Group Exercise Schedule with Unmatched Variety of Classes
  • ·       Modern Spinning Studio with Over 40 Bikes
  • ·       Abs & Stretching Area
  • ·       World Class Personal Training for Groups and Individuals
  • ·       Team Training Studio featuring Boot Camp-Style Circuit Training
  • ·       Turf Training Area for Unique and Challenging Workouts
  • ·       Sophisticated and Modern Mind/Body Studio Featuring Yoga & Barre
  • ·       MyZone Heart Rate Training Screens Displayed Throughout the Club
  • ·       Locker Rooms with Saunas and Programmable Locker
  • ·       Free Parking & More

We are excited to bring a health club of this magnitude to the historic Rotunda.  Our core purpose is to change people’s lives for the better and we anticipate that this health club will do just that for those in Hampden community.” said Vicki Brick, CEO of Brick Bodies Fitness Services, Inc.

Brick Bodies Rotunda is currently offering the first 100 members a special presale rate to join for nothing down.  For more information log onto BrickBodies.com

About Brick Bodies Fitness Services, Inc.:

Brick Bodies Fitness Services, Inc. owns and operates health clubs in the Baltimore area servicing 27,000 members. Founded in 1985 by internationally acclaimed industry leaders Victor and Lynne Brick and currently managed by their daughter, CEO Vicki Brick, Brick Bodies is recognized as one of the premier health club chains in the country. In 2010 Brick Bodies was named the top Ma and Pa health club chain in America by Fitness Magazine and in 2015 and 2016 was named Best Gym in Baltimore by the readers of Baltimore Magazine. They accomplish their core purpose to help change peoples' lives by making fitness fun with a variety of creative fitness programs and by creating a nurturing, non-intimidating environment where everyone feels comfortable.

 

Monday
Mar202017

TennisClub.com Joins Tennis Industry Association As a Technology Business Partner

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (March 20, 2017) — To help tennis providers manage and grow their businesses, the Tennis Industry Association (TIA) is identifying viable technology development companies that offer “software as a service” (SaaS). The newest partnership is with TennisClub.com, a software company that provides marketing, advertising and club management solutions for tennis providers and facilities.

“TennisClub.com is cloud-based and easy to use from any computer or mobile device,” says Mike Delaney, VP of Business Development. “Our customer contact features allow managers to constantly keep in touch and engage customers with offers that can be booked and pre-paid online.”

Managing Director Brian Brouda adds, “I believe our single integrated platform is the best product on the market for tennis managers to connect with today’s consumer.”

“The software as a service industry has been growing at a very rapid pace," says TIA Executive Director Jolyn de Boer. “In tennis, there are now many companies that offer business solutions, including software platforms designed for tennis providers and facilities. Our goal and opportunity is to research and highlight these companies and services offered so facilities and providers can determine which of these services best fit their needs to improve their operations and their members’ experiences, and at the same time, save time and money in the process.”

Approved TIA SaaS Business Partners, such as TennisClub.com, will become part of the family of TIA Recommended Software and Business Solutions, and also receive membership benefits and services to help the facilities, retailers and providers using their specific technology product. The TIA maintains a network of thousands of facilities, retailers and tennis businesses that can utilize SaaS products in their daily operations.

For more information, contact TIA Business Manager Brian O’Donnell at (843) 473-4504 or brian@tennisindustry.org. To learn more about TennisClub.com, contact Delaney or Brouda at 800-315-4851 or visit www.tennisclub.com.

About TennisClub.com

TennisClub.com operates on two levels: It’s a club management software for tennis facilities and a search engine for tennis enthusiasts. TennisClub.com brings supply and demand together by providing clubs with a suite of technological solutions that promote their tennis offerings to a public that is looking to engage and participate in more tennis activities.

About the TIA
The Tennis Industry Association, the not-for-profit trade association for tennis, is THE unifying force in the tennis industry whose mission is to promote the growth and economic vitality of the business of tennis by working closely with its industry partners and in support of the USTA in their development of initiatives to increase tennis participation. Core TIA activities include producing more than 70 U.S. and global research reports annually on participation and consumer/trade research, managing the largest relational database, along with hosting annual TIA Tennis Forum, Leadership meetings and the TOM Conference at major tournaments and events. Visit TennisIndustry.org or call 866-686-3036.