BOSTON, MA—February 20, 2023—IHRSA, the Global Health & Fitness Association, today announced that its Board of Directors has elected two new members. Ori Gorfine, president of US Fitness Holdings, and Richard Beddie, CEO of ExerciseNZ and chief of staff to the International Confederation of Registers for Exercise Professionals (ICREPs), each assume positions on the association’s Board of Directors. Ori fills a vacant seat and Richard will represent IHRSA’s Global Health & Fitness Alliance, a group of international senior industry leaders and stakeholders.
“As we move further into a new legislative session in the nation’s capital, IHRSA Board of Directors’ work is critical in helping the association raise our profile as an industry and work to secure passage of important legislation like the PHIT Act,” said Board Chair Chris Craytor, CEO of acac Fitness & Wellness Centers and CEO of Welld Health. “Each member’s experience and diverse background helps ensure that IHRSA continues to reflect the important role our industry plays in helping consumers achieve better physical and mental health. I appreciate Ori and Richard’s investment of time and energy to support the association and industry, and to continue our work of guiding IHRSA’s ongoing transformation in the days ahead.”
Ori Gorfine is the President of US Fitness Holdings, which owns and operates 55 full-service health clubs in five states and the District of Columbia with numerous new clubs planned, all under the Onelife Fitness banner. Prior to his time at US Fitness, Ori partnered with a fellow entrepreneur to launch Balance Gym, growing it to five locations in the District of Columbia. He earned a master’s degree in international security from the University of Nottingham and a B.A. in international relations and philosophy from George Washington University.
Richard Beddie is the CEO of Exercise New Zealand and board chief of staff for the International Confederation of Registers for Exercise Professionals (ICREPs). Previously a multi-club owner, Richard has extensive governance experience in global exercise and recreation bodies and he is currently vice chair of IHRSA’s Global Health & Fitness Alliance Advisory Council. Richard earned both a B.S. in statistics and a MBA from the University of Canterbury, specializing in the fitness industry.
IHRSA, the Global Health & Fitness Association, is a not-for-profit trade association representing the global fitness industry of over 200,000 health and fitness facilities and their suppliers. Founded in 1981, IHRSA maintains a leadership role in advancing physical activity, which is critical for peak health and to fight the battle against obesity and chronic lifestyle diseases.
As the world's leading authority on the commercial health and fitness club industry, IHRSA’s mission is to grow, promote, and protect the health and fitness industry, while providing its members with benefits and resources. IHRSA is the publisher of Club Business International, the leading monthly magazine for the global fitness industry. IHRSA's International Convention & Trade Show will be hosted from March 20-22, 2023, in San Diego, CA. To apply for a complimentary media pass, fill out this form.