The IHRSA 2016 European Club Leadership Award Goes to Gabriel Saez

Seville, Spain and Boston, MA USA – October 17, 2016: IHRSA, The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association has announced that Gabriel Saez, Chairman and CEO of Ingesport / GO FIT in Spain, is the recipient of IHRSA’s 2016 European Club Leadership Award. The award was presented on Monday, October 17, in Seville, Spain during the association’s 16th Annual European Congress.

The IHRSA European Club Leadership Award annually recognizes a leader in the European fitness club industry who has done the most to advance their company and the industry through strong leadership and performance. 

Saez founded his company in 2009 at the height of the global economic recession. Since then, the company has grown to 14 clubs, with four more under construction, and serves 180,000 members.

“Children are the futurea fact that is not lost on Gabriel,” said Rasmus Ingerslev, chair of the IHRSA Board of Directors, in presenting the award. Noting that more than 20,000 children are served by Saez’s clubs through family and school programs, Ingerslev added, “Gabriel believes that the earlier we encourage children to be active, the better our chances of creating a healthier world.”

Among Saez’s most notable accomplishments is his role in helping to create a national federationSpain Activeto bring together the Spanish industry. The goal of the organization is to influence the government to support policies that encourage healthy lifestyles.

The IHRSA Awards Program seeks to “recognize, celebrate, and inspire.” For more information about IHRSA’s annual industry awards, including prior recipients and open applications, please visit


The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) 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. 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.

About the IHRSA European Congress

IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association hosts an annual meeting for leaders in the European Health Club Industry. With an average of over 500 of the industry’s business leaders in attendance, the annual IHRSA European Congress offers one of the best networking opportunities for the industry in Europe. The event features seminars presented by an array of speakers from within and outside the industry, with a dual focus on improving operational performance and seizing new opportunities. Learn more at

The 2016 IHRSA European Congress is sponsored by American Council on Exercise (ACE), Anytime Fitness, LLC , eGym GmbH, GANTNER Technologies, GYMPASS, Innov8 Wellness Ltd., Johnson Health Tech. Co., Ltd. / MATRIX FITNESS, Keiser Corporation, Les Mills International, Life Fitness, miha bodytec GmbH, milon industries GmbH, MINDBODY, MYZONE, National Strength & Conditioning Association Spain (NSCA), Netpulse, OJMAR, PaceMaster, Perfect Gym Solutions S.A., PILOXING,Polar, Precor, QualiCert - Qualitop International, Technogym SpA, T-Innova, Thinkerly S.r.I., Thomas Wellness Group, Virtuagym. Wattbike Ltd, Wexer Virtual and Zumba Fitness, LLC.