About IHRSA

A global community of health and fitness professionals committed to building their businesses and improving their communities’ health and well-being

Thousands of clubs, millions of people all working toward one goal: helping more people get active.

Committed to the growth, protection, and promotion of the health and fitness industry, and the success of our members.

The mission of the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is to grow, protect, and promote the health and fitness industry, and to provide its members with the benefits that will help them be more successful. IHRSA and its members (health clubs and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs, and industry suppliers) are dedicated to make the world healthier through regular exercise.

Shaping a Healthier World for All

IHRSA and the fitness industry are dedicated to increasing access to physical activity across the world. There are many ways in which we strive to achieve this goal: we advocate for a universally inclusive fitness industry, one in which people of all races, backgrounds, ages, orientations, and abilities feel intentionally welcomed and included; we actively partner with several national, international, and global organizations working to help more people get active, such as the World Health Organization (WHO), and the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition; and we run global campaigns promoting inclusive physical activity, like the Get Active for All Campaign. Together, we can make the world a healthier place and create a better future for our industry.

Events that Power the Fitness Industry

IHRSA’s vibrant and dynamic events set the pace for the global health and fitness industry. From the famous IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show to the IHRSA European Congress to the IHRSA Institute, our educational events and trade shows provide countless opportunities for professionals to come together, learn, and improve their businesses.

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Research that Drives Growth

The depth of IHRSA’s health and fitness industry research is unparalleled. We regularly study consumer behavior to understand why people join gyms and what motivates them to stay. Our groundbreaking publications go beyond mere statistics—they give you insight, KPIs, and actionable strategies to strengthen your bottom line.

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Leading the Fight for the Future

IHRSA’s advocacy team is on the front lines, working with the Industry Leadership Council, our members, and industry partners to promote and protect the interest of health clubs in the U.S. and around the world. Together, we’re building the next generation of health club advocacy committed to highlighting the critical role our industry plays in solving the growing crisis of obesity and inactivity.

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We're All About Our Members

Team IHRSA is dedicated to helping our members succeed so that the industry can thrive. Headquartered in Boston, with a European office in Brussels and staff smattered across the globe, we’re always willing to go the extra mile (or kilometer) for you.

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Trailblazing Board of Directors

The IHRSA Board of Directors is a prestigious group of business leaders who work together to set the strategic course for IHRSA and the health and fitness industry. Board members serve IHRSA and the industry by providing guidance, strategic direction, and insight that has lasting global impact on IHRSA, IHRSA membership, and the industry at large. Their work is focused on the strategic, long-term direction of the organization, including external scanning, goal and strategy development, policy development, and overall evaluation and accountability.

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The IHRSA Foundation

In 2012, we established The IHRSA Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization working to promote good health through exercise. The foundation aims to build capacity across the health and fitness industry so fitness professionals can deliver evidence-based health promotion programs for a wide array of disease prevention and chronic disease management purposes. Our programs and research will be available to the general public, and support the platform adopted by IHRSA to promote the health and fitness industry as a primary solution to the physical inactivity epidemic.

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