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Canadians favour fitness over finances when it comes to 2017 resolutions

London, Ontario – One in three (33%) Canadians say improving their personal fitness and nutrition is their top new year’s resolution, compared with only 21 per cent who chose to focus on financial goals, based on a recent Ipsos survey.

The survey, conducted on behalf of GoodLife Fitness, also found 13 per cent of Canadians resolved to dedicate more time to travel and leisure, 11 per cent plan to quit bad habits like smoking or drinking, and 10 per cent would spend more time with family and friends.

“It’s great to see more Canadians choosing fitness and nutrition as their number one resolution for 2017 because it suggests people are making positive choices when it comes to eating well and being active, with the goal of feeling better overall,” said David ‘Patch’ Patchell-Evans, founder and CEO of GoodLife Fitness.

More than half (53%) of Canadians say improving their overall quality of life is the primary motivation for pursuing a health and wellness resolution. Preventing health risks (45%), losing weight (42%) and increasing their energy (41%) ranked as other top reasons to exercise more and eat better.

Many Canadians say they’re willing to make lifestyle changes to achieve their fitness and nutrition goals. Nearly half (45%) say they would plan to change their eating habits by developing a healthy meal plan, while one in three (34%) say they would set a weight loss goal for themselves.

Other Canadians are looking to become more active. Four in 10 (41%) would spend more time outdoors, while one in four (24%) say they’d find a friend to be active with. One in five Canadians (18%) say they would join a gym.

“These are all concrete steps toward a healthier lifestyle. Whether it’s joining a fitness club, consulting with a personal trainer, making a meal plan or just getting out for a walk, Canadians are finding ways to eat healthier foods and exercise more in 2017,” said Patch. “The important part is to build healthier habits into your daily routine. That way you’re more likely to stick with your resolution beyond the first few weeks.”

To find out more about what helps Canadians stay motivated to work out, GoodLife Fitness polled 1,100+ longer-term members who have work out at the gym a minimum of 10 times per month, over the past two years or longer.

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TRX Named 2017 Associate Member of the Year

Boston, MA (January 17, 2017) - IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association has announced that TRX is the 2017 Associate Member of the Year.

The Associate Member of the Year Award is presented annually to recognize an IHRSA Associate Member for their significant contributions to the advancement of the health club industry, as well as their support of IHRSA, its members, and its mission through program and event participation, advertising, and sponsorship.

TRX, a leading producer of functional training programs, education, and equipment for the industry was selected as this year's honoree.

"We are delighted to honor our good friends at TRX for their ongoing support of IHRSA and for their work to grow the industry,“ said Joe Moore, IHRSA President and CEO. “When Randy Hetrick launched the first Travel X, the precursor to the TRX Suspension Trainer in 2004, he foresaw what the future of functional training would be for millions of fitness consumers. Since then, TRX has been a leader in delivering innovative products and programs designed to not only inspire people to be more active, but more importantly, help them achieve their fitness goals.”

"We're thrilled to be selected as IHRSA's Associate Member of the Year. This will be one of the great highlights of 2017 for TRX. Since my first 10'x10' booth in 2005 through today, IHRSA has played a pivotal role in our history and success as a company," said Randy Hetrick, Founder and CEO of TRX. "Being recognized among this best-in-class group of associates for the contributions and impact that TRX is making across the industry means a lot to me and my team. We look forward to continuing to revolutionize the industry and lead the way in functional training for many years to come."

The award will be presented during IHRSA 2017, IHRSA’s 36th Annual International Convention & Trade Show in Los Angeles, California, March 8-11.

The IHRSA Awards Program seeks to "recognize, celebrate, and inspire." For more information about IHRSA's annual industry awards, including prior recipients, please visit IHRSA.org/awards.

About TRX ®

As the global leaders in functional training, TRX’s mission is to empower everyone in their pursuit of better. TRX developed the world’s best training equipment, workout programs, and education courses to help everyone, of any fitness level, become a better version of themselves. TRX has also become the industry’s leading provider of specialized education courses for fitness professionals. They have redefined the application of bodyweight training to enhance human performance and have successfully disrupted the mature landscape of the health club industry. In 2015, the company increased its footprint beyond the military and commercial club sectors, by adding schools and consumer retail as top-priority strategic markets.


IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association is a not-for-profit trade association representing 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. IHRSA's events provide a vast array of speakers on business and corporate culture, instructional sessions on all aspects of succeeding in the health club industry, social events to mix and mingle with peers, and the most spectacular trade shows in the industry.

About IHRSA 2017

IHRSA 2017, IHRSA’s 36th Annual International Convention & Trade Show will take place in Los Angeles, California at the Los Angeles Convention Center & JW Marriott at L.A. Live, March 8-11, 2017. For more information and to register, visit ihrsa.org/convention. Media are invited to register for press credentials by emailing smv@ihrsa.org.


Intenza Fitness Expands Compatibility of Broadcastvision CAB Product for Cable, Satellite and IPTV Set Top Box Control

Broadcastvision Entertainment - http://www.broadcastvision.com – announces the popular Intenza E2 console with embedded touch screen TV is now CAB compatible to operate with ANY cable, satellite or IPTV set top box.

The CAB (Console Adapter Box) provides club owners the flexibility, increased channel line-up, and cost savings of set top box operation and frees exercisers from hand-held remote controls. Developed in 2011, the CAB is compatible with major brand cardio equipment including Intenza, Technogym, Spirit, Cybex, Precor, True, Matrix, Life Fitness, Startrac, Freemotion, Octane and many more.

In addition to the innovative CAB for consoles with entertainment buttons, the Axcess Universal Controller is the only fitness entertainment controller that offers menu navigation and allows exercisers to operate any Cable, Satellite or IPTV set top boxes in conjunction with any manufacturer’s personal viewing screen. This eliminates burdensome handheld remote controls and expensive modulation or MDTA Multiplexor systems. The exerciser obtains audio and controls the personal viewing screen exclusively through the Axcess Universal Controller.

Broadcastvision is your trusted source for high quality commercial grade fitness entertainment products including AudioFetch (TV audio to Apple and Android smartphones), AudioFetch Express, CAB for cable, satellite and IPTV set top box control, Universal Personal Screen Controller, 863MHz / 900MHz Wireless, FM Wireless, Large Screen TVs and Mounts, Sound Systems, Digital Signage, Branded Music and Messaging and Personal Viewing Screens.

Broadcastvision is a pioneer and leading market innovator in the fitness entertainment industry. Visit http://www.broadcastvision.com or call 888.330.4BVE (4283).


‘Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge’ at 2017 TOM Conference

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (Jan. 11, 2017) — The “Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge,” which will take place at the 2017 Tennis Owners & Managers (TOM) Conference in Orlando, Fla., March 27-29, will showcase new and innovative products designed to help grow tennis businesses.

From now until Feb. 15, companies and individuals can submit their pitch for their products, software, services, etc. at TheTOMConference.com by filling out a short application form. Finalists from the online application process will have the opportunity to present their innovative product or service to a panel of judges—and in front an audience of tennis industry leaders and top tennis facility owners/managers—at the TOM Conference in a “Shark Tank”-like competition.

There is no cost to enter the Challenge. Finalists will be chosen from among the online applicants, and those finalists will receive media exposure through the TIA in the lead-up to the conference, along with special recognition at the event itself. The winner of the Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge will receive $1,000, a one-year TIA membership, a national press release, coverage in Tennis Industry magazine, additional exposure through TIA marketing and social media channels, and a commemorative plaque.

Leadership Performance Strategist Carlos Salum of the firm Salum International Resources will lead a panel of judges that will determine a winner. To apply for the 2017 Tennis Industry Innovation Challenge, visit TheTOMConference.com/innovation-challenge/.

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 T.O.M. Conference at major tournaments and events. Visit TennisIndustry.org or call 866-686-3036.


New Edition of Pool & Spa Operator Handbook Released

Colorado Springs, CO, January 10, 2017 - The National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) is proud to announce the eighth installment of the Pool & Spa OperatorTM Handbook since 2004. The 2017 edition includes needed updates and additions that were provided by NSPF Instructors and industry experts throughout the past three years, since the last publication in 2014.

“Caring for pools and spas requires knowledge of chemistry, engineering, microbiology, physics, public health, regulations and more,” states Thomas Lachocki, Ph.D., CEO of NSPF. “We are able to provide new, relevant details in the handbook thanks to all who help us keep pace with these fast-changing technological and regulatory knowledge areas,” he concludes.

General changes to the Handbook include updated text, charts, pictures, cover art, and acknowledgments. More specific changes include:

  • ●  Updated Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) information
  • ●  Modified volume formula
  • ●  Updated stats on CDC inspections
  • ●  New studies on crypto, norovirus outbreaks, treating crypto, and legionella stats
  • ●  Disinfectant charts and active strength percentages
  • ●  Modified breakpoint chlorination, potassium monopersulfate, and metallic algicides information and added a section on chloramine prevention
  • ●  Updated recommended pool temperatures per the Red Cross
  • ●  Added information about the expanding industry of Float Tanks
  • ●  Updated CDC stats about drowning, data on the Virginia Graeme Baker Act,and added Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) text
  • ●  Added information on Advanced Service Technician training

“We enable the swimming pool and spa industry to continue entrusting us with their training needs, by ensuring that our products are updated to industry standards with expert input from educators and leaders worldwide. Our products help keep pools safer, open, and efficient, encouraging people to live healthier lives,” states Rose Lyda, Product Development Manager.

For more details about the 2017 publication of the Pool & Spa Operator Handbook, please reach out to customer service at service@nspf.org or order a copy today.

About the National Swimming Pool Foundation  

We believe everything we do helps people live healthier lives. Whether it’s encouraging more aquatic activity, making pools safer, or keeping pools open, we believe we can make a difference. NSPF offers products and programs that are technically sound, convenient, and beautifully designed. In 2012, we launched the Step Into Swim Campaign , a 10 year initiative to create one million more swimmers. In 2016, to further their mission, NSPF combined forces with Genesis, an educational leader for builders of residential pools and spas. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit located in Colorado Springs, CO., proceeds go to fund research and to help create swimmers. The National Swimming Pool Foundation has been keeping pools safe and open since 1965. Visit nspf.org, genesis3.com, or call 719-540-9119 to learn more.