Coronavirus Resources for Health Clubs
A comprehensive list of all IHRSA resources created to help health clubs navigate the coronavirus outbreak. This page will be updated regularly.
Member Communications & Engagement
Coronavirus Conversations: Using Tech to Engage Staff, Members [WEBINAR]
Technology can keep your club’s community alive during the pandemic. In this webinar, SC Fitness’ José Teixeira shares tech strategies to engage your members and staff while your club is closed. Webinar presented on April 14, 2020.
What to Communicate in a Pandemic to Engage Your Gym's Members [ARTICLE]
During times of social distancing, fostering relationships with your members is more important than ever. Here’s what to communicate to keep members engaged and informed while your doors are shut.
What Is Good Health Club Member Service in a Time of Crisis? [VIDEO]
We asked five fitness industry leaders from four countries to share how health clubs should adapt their approach to member service during the coronavirus pandemic, at a time when many clubs are closed.
Fitness Industry Roundup: Suppliers Step Up [ARTICLE]
Brands behind exercise equipment, obstacle course races, and low-carb beer are stepping up to help the industry however they can as the coronavirus outbreak disrupts daily life.
Photos Show How Health Clubs Are Encouraging Social Distancing [ARTICLE]
IHRSA health clubs are coming up with solutions to help enforce social distancing protocols, from equipment screens to custom signage. This article also includes examples of clubs encouraging social distancing by taking workouts outdoors, spacing out equipment, and welcoming members at a special check-in desk.
Guide to Writing a Press Release for Your Club’s Reopening [GUIDE]
When preparing to announce your health club’s reopening plan, the safety of members, staff, and the community is a top priority. Here's a guide filled with everything you need to craft your press release.
How Clubs Incentivized Members to Stay During Closures [ARTICLE]
We talked to IHRSA members around the world about the new ideas they put in place to keep their members on board through pandemic-related closures. Some incentives clubs used were “bring a friend” time periods, online flash sales, extending membership contracts, and free personal training sessions.
Through Video, Health Clubs Show How They’re Safely Reopening [ARTICLE]
Health clubs are using video to show members how they are cleaning their facilities and to give them a glimpse of what it will be like when they return to the club. See examples of clubs showing their front desk check-in process, social distancing measures, sanitation practices for high-touch areas, and more.
How to Handle a Coronavirus Case in Your Club [ARTICLE]
New cases will continue to emerge as more people venture out and as businesses reopen. Here’s how to communicate with your members if someone at your club tests positive. This article covers member privacy, member communication, working with health authorities, and contact tracing.
New Membership Sales Strategies Clubs Are Using to Reopen [ARTICLE]
Health clubs around the world are seizing opportunities for new and exciting strategies to regain membership and revenue. See how clubs are leveraging their communities, technology, and referrals.
How Can Gyms Develop and Protect Their Brands During a Crisis? [VIDEO]
If you want to protect your brand and keep your members engaged during a crisis—be it a pandemic or social—then Diva Richards, owner of Hard Work No Excuses, has some advice for you. In this video, Richard covers developing your brand, protecting your brand, member loyalty, how to take a stand, how to communicate that your gym is safe, and more.
Fighting to Save the Fitness Industry
COVID-19 Relief & Information for the U.S. Fitness Industry [LIST]
A comprehensive list of all U.S. specific COVID-19 relief and closure information to help health clubs navigate the coronavirus outbreak while many clubs are closed. This page will be updated regularly.
What IHRSA Has Been Lobbying for During the Economic Crisis [ARTICLE]
It can be hard to keep track of everything happening in Washington D.C. as the coronavirus crisis upends Capitol Hill. We’ve highlighted all that IHRSA has been doing federally on your behalf in March and April.
Will the $2 Trillion Stimulus Package Help the Fitness Industry? [ARTICLE]
Here’s what we do—and don’t—know about the largest stimulus package in American history. President Trump signed the CARES Act into law on March 27.
IHRSA Implores Congress to Include Fitness Industry In Stimulus [ARTICLE]
As the trade association fighting for the fitness industry, IHRSA has requested that Congress include health clubs, fitness centers, gyms, studios, and fitness industry suppliers in the economic stimulus package.
IHRSA Ramps Up Fight for Fitness Industry at Federal Level [ARTICLE]
America’s fitness industry is one of the hardest hit by the forced closures mandated by the coronavirus crisis. To ensure the inclusion of every health and fitness club in relief efforts, IHRSA and industry leaders are ramping up federal lobbying.
Coronavirus Stimulus Packages Around the Globe [ARTICLE]
Governments throughout the world are passing measures to provide financial relief to the hard-hit health and fitness club industry and their staff, as well as broader measures to support all business.
A Small Victory: Gyms Included in Phase 1 of Reopening Plan [ARTICLE]
During an April 16 press conference, President Trump and the White House coronavirus task force discussed the three-part reopening plan, which included the recognition that health clubs are vital to Americans and therefore, are necessary to include in Phase 1.
IHRSA Tells U.S. Governors to Reopen Clubs, Provides Framework [ARTICLE]
As states begin opening their economies, IHRSA and U.S. fitness clubs make the case that health clubs are vital and well-prepared for opening as soon as safely possible. IHRSA lays out four areas of focus to safely and successfully reopen clubs across the country.
Potential Legislation Impacting Gyms In a Post-pandemic World [ARTICLE]
The fitness industry could face backlash from state legislatures as part of fallout from the actions of club operators during coronavirus closures. Here’s what it could look like.
First 10 States to Reopen Provide Rules Affecting Health Clubs [ARTICLE]
Requirements for businesses to reopen vary wildly from state to state. Here's what the first 10 states required, with a special focus on spacing/limits, face coverings, and entry prohibitions.
Getting Your Health Club Back to Business [ARTICLE]
Maximize your health club’s reopening efforts by lobbying on behalf of the industry using IHRSA resources. This article covers IHRSA’s actions for reopening and directs you to six tools you can use to reopen your club. It also explains how you can help influence your state officials to allow clubs to reopen.
Finance, Strategy, & Leadership
Potential Savings During COVID-19 Closure [CHECKLIST]
This checklist provides tips to help you save money while your club remains closed. Inside, you’ll find information about potentially reducing expenses on products & services, mortgage & rent, insurance, utilities, and music & video licensing.
Fitness Industry Veteran on the Opportunity for a Fresh Start [ARTICLE]
“Pushing the reset button and planning your revival will help ensure a successful future,” writes Brent Darden to gyms struggling while closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fitness Industry Roundup: Gyms Are Rising to the Challenge [ARTICLE]
Although the fitness industry has been among the hardest hit during the coronavirus crisis, many health clubs are stepping up to help first responders, keep the community together, and provide members (and non-members) with ways to exercise.
Coronavirus Conversations: Global Perspectives on Health Clubs & Physical Activity [WEBINAR]
Hear international perspectives on how the pandemic is impacting communities around the world. Plus, learn about recovery strategy and ways to keep your members and staff moving and engaged even while your club is closed. Webinar was presented on April 9, 2020.
Financial Considerations for Reopening Your Health Club [ARTICLE]
You’ve likely reconsidered your financial strategy many times in the last few months, and as you reopen, you’ll need to take an even closer look. This list will help you navigate the new normal.
Fitness Industry Expert’s Five-stage Plan for Reopening [ARTICLE]
Membership experience expert Blair McHaney shares his data-driven five-stage plan for reopening.
Reopening Strategy Lessons from HV/LP Health Clubs [WEBINAR]
Hear from a panel of high-volume, low-price (HV/LP) health club operators on the key steps to reopen your club. Sponsored by Zeamo.
Fitness Industry Roundup: The Good Deeds Continue [ARTICLE]
The fitness industry doesn't quit when it comes to helping communities, members, and employees.
Surviving COVID-19: A Legal Guide for Health Clubs [ARTICLE]
Attorney Tony Ellrod shares legal and other issues being posed as health clubs traverse a world impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The Four-pronged Framework to Health Club Reopening [ARTICLE]
We’ve provided a framework to help clubs around the world manage risks associated with COVID-19 in exercise facilities.
Rebound Strategies: Legal Approaches to Health Club Reopening [WEBINAR]
Attorney Adam Sloustcher returns to discuss new legal considerations and answer your questions as clubs reopen. Sponsored by Club Automation + CSI Spectrum.
Rebound Strategies: A Health Club Management Snapshot [WEBINAR]
VivaGym’s 100+ locations in Spain came to a standstill when the coronavirus hit. Learn management strategies from CEO Juan Del Río Nieto as he discusses how VivaGym handled closures, staffing changes, their reopening plan, and more.
8 Takeaways from IHRSA’s HV/LP Reopening Strategies Webinar [ARTICLE]
Rick Caro, president of Management Vision, Inc., Todd Magazine, CEO of Blink Fitness, and Ben Midgley, CEO of Crunch Fitness Franchise, discussed the future of high-volume/low-price clubs as reopening approaches for many businesses in the world in a recent webinar. Here are our top eight takeaways.
Challenges & Opportunities in Strategy as Gyms Reopen [ARTICLE/VIDEO]
Loni Wang, owner of Catic Wellness Group in China, shares how her health club fared with reopening. In this article and video, Wang discusses adapting to new guidelines, the fitness industry’s current business model, using digital platforms, building relationships with the medical community, and more.
HV/LP Reopening Strategies Webinar: Your Questions Answered [ARTICLE]
Rick Caro, president of Management Vision, Inc, gathers information from Blink Fitness CEO Todd Magazine and Crunch Franchises CEO Ben Midgley to answer questions they couldn’t get to during their HV/LP webinar. Topics include: new cleaning challenges, changes to the facility, attracting key staff, member strategy, and future concerns.
Challenges & Opportunities in Finance as Gyms Reopen [ARTICLE/VIDEO]
In Part 2 of our series with Catic Wellness Group Owner Loni Wang, we will discuss the financial challenges and opportunities ahead for fitness club owners. This article and video cover paying staff, managing cashflow, paying rent, negotiating with landlords, exploring alternative sources or revenue, and working together with trainers.
Research Shows Health Clubs Are Safer Than You Think [ARTICLE]
Contrary to popular belief, early research provides evidence for the argument that health clubs pose no additional risk in transmitting coronavirus compared to other public places. This article examines research out of Oslo, Norway and reporting from Arkansas, USA showing that clubs are clean.
IHRSA Forum [FORUM]
The IHRSA Forum is a virtual meeting room to connect people with questions to people with answers. We invite Forum participants to ask questions, discuss current events, share information, experiences, and lessons learned. The Forum will have open access to anyone in the industry with an IHRSA Account login in the spirit of sharing and community.
Coronavirus: Prevention & Best Practices for Your Gym [ARTICLE]
The world has been experiencing a coronavirus pandemic since late 2019. This article provides basic information about the outbreak and how your club can help keep members and staff safe and informed.
Pool, Hot Tub, & Sauna Safety During COVID-19 [ARTICLE]
Many health clubs have pools, hot tubs, or saunas. Learn how to keep members as safe as possible while using those facilities during the coronavirus outbreak.
Coronavirus Conversations: Club Operations Part 1 [WEBINAR]
Colin Grant, CEO of Pure International Group, shares his experience overseeing Pure’s 30+ locations across South Asia in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Webinar presented on March 18, 2020.
Fitness Industry Keeps World Moving During COVID-19 Pandemic [ARTICLE]
Health clubs and industry suppliers are coming together to help people stay active during the coronavirus crisis.
Implementing a Strategy to Convert Fitness Services to Virtual [ARTICLE]
As COVID-19 forces health clubs to close their doors, an alternative for keeping a steady flow of business has arisen. Learn how to make virtual exercises and classes available for members.
Coronavirus Conversations: Club Operations Part 2 [WEBINAR]
In the second part of our club operations series, Pure Group CEO Colin Grant tackles crucial topics on many club owners’ minds, from shutting down your club to preparing to reopen. Webinar presented on April 2, 2020.
5 Tips for Negotiating With Your Health Club’s Landlord [VIDEO]
No one is immune from the pressure COVID-19 is putting on the economy. Industry veterans Chris Craytor and Brad Simpson say we’re all in this together, and have five tips to share if you need to talk to your landlord while your business is closed.
Managing Health Club Membership During the Coronavirus Crisis [ARTICLE]
It's time to think about membership dues, suspensions, and cancellations as mandated closures continue.
6 Tips for Club Operators to Survive During this Crisis [VIDEO]
Industry veteran Theo Hendriks says to survive this crisis, don't be too proud to share your problem, and communicate, communicate, communicate.
Proper Pool Maintenance Key to a Safe Reopening for Clubs [ARTICLE]
What to consider before reopening pools, spa pools, hydrotherapy pools, and other water-based recreational facilities in your health club.
Key Operational Questions before Reopening Your Health Club [LIST]
We’ve put together a list of key questions to consider as you begin to navigate your operational strategy when opening your business following COVID-19 closures.
Health Club Closures & Openings by Country [ARTICLE]
This list gives the status of health clubs and fitness facilities by continent and country. It will be regularly updated.
Fitness Industry Roundup: Supplies, PPE & Antibody Testing [ARTICLE]
Health clubs and fitness suppliers are using their resources to aid the community during the coronavirus crisis. See how.
What We Can Learn from a Swedish Health Club that Never Closed [VIDEO]
Annie Fältman, owner of 360 Träningscenter in Sweden, has a unique perspective of COVID-19’s impact on business operations. She shares her experience on the new norms of club business in Sweden. In this video, Fältman covers what it was like being open during the pandemic, how they’re reassuring members, how members have reacted, and what the future looks like.
3 Key Stats Show Role Health Clubs Play in Safeguarding Health [ARTICLE]
Did health club members stay active while the club was closed? Are they ready to return? Insights from four key global fitness markets—the U.S., Spain, Poland, and India—provide some answers.
5 Takeaways: Legal Expert Talks Health Club Reopening [ARTICLE]
Attorney Adam Sloustcher joined us for a webinar to discuss new legal considerations for staff as clubs reopen. Here are our five key takeaways. Sloustcher covers temperature checks, face masks, communication and documentation, employee considerations, and liability waivers.
Cleaning & Safety
Social Distancing In Your Health Club [ARTICLE]
What does social distancing mean and how to implement it in your fitness facility as you consider reopening.
18 Safety Considerations for Your Health Club Reopening Plan [ARTICLE]
Health clubs around the world are starting to think about when—and how—to safely reopen. Here are 18 safety considerations to incorporate into your planning.
Cleaning, Disinfecting, & Sanitizing Your Gym During COVID-19 [ARTICLE]
Keep your staff and members safe by staying on top of your cleaning schedules and adding new preventative measures.
How One Virginia Gym Owner Is Approaching Safely Reopening [ARTICLE]
If you’re wondering what reopening your health club will look like, Gold’s Gym franchisee and fitness industry veteran Lori Lowell has three safety measures and four tips to share with you.
What Safety Procedures Are Health Clubs Using to Reopen? [ARTICLE]
To ensure the safety of members and employees during reopening, health clubs are implementing new procedures to monitor for illness, create space for social distancing, clean, and communicate with members.
IHRSA Announces Key Considerations & Risk Assessment Tools [TOOLS]
Due to the growing need for guidance in reopening health and fitness clubs, industry leaders from across the globe have formed a reopening group to provide clubs with recommendations.
Cleaning Terms All Health Club Operators Need to Know [ARTICLE]
Arm yourself with the right vocabulary as you plan your health club's reopening and effectively communicate your cleaning efforts to members.
How to Keep Your Health Club Clean in the Great Reopening [ARTICLE]
Suppliers are eager to help with sprays and wipes that provide protection from contagions and give your members peace of mind. We spoke to a few who specialize in sanitation and maintenance to learn more about products like masks, gloves, electrostatic dispensers, face shields, thermometers, and more.
Coronavirus Conversations: Legal FAQ & Staffing Operations [WEBINAR]
Adam Sloustcher, Attorney, Fisher & Phillips, LLP and Aaron Moore, Director of Operations, VIDA Fitness address legal, operational, and staffing concerns health clubs are facing during the coronavirus pandemic. Webinar presented on March 25, 2020.
Questions to Ask Before Laying Off Your Staff [CHECKLIST]
When health clubs are forced to close their business, it opens the doors to many questions. This product provides knowledge for club owners in tough times as well as resources for critical questions to ask when laying off staff.
Understanding the Families First Coronavirus Response Act [ARTICLE]
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act includes mandatory employer-provided emergency sick pay and emergency paid family leave for certain circumstances related to COVID-19. Learn about the law that took effect on April 1.
Navigating Health Club Staffing During Coronavirus Closures [ARTICLE]
As payrolls take a hit, explore your options before planning your health club’s path forward.
Curated Member Retention Resources for Your Health Club Staff [LIST]
We’ve put together our top webinars, e-books, and articles on health club member retention so your staff can strengthen their skills while your doors are closed.
Curated Sales & Marketing Resources for Your Health Club Staff [LIST]
Check out our selection of sales and marketing webinars, e-books, and articles that your staff can use to strengthen their skills while your health club’s doors are closed.
Curated Hiring & Training Resources for Your Health Club Staff [LIST]
A selection of resources on employee hiring, training, and retention designed to help your human resources team keep their skills sharp while your club’s business is disrupted.
Curated Strategy & Finance Resources for Your Health Club Staff [LIST]
These strategy and finance webinars, e-books, and articles are designed to strengthen your staff’s knowledge and strategic thinking during these uncertain times.
Resuming Health Club Staffing Operations: 5 Key Areas [CHECKLIST]
When your club reopens many things will need to change—including how you approach staffing operations. This checklist looks at five key areas to help you through the transition. The areas include workplace safety, staff training, policies and procedures, communication, and supporting employees.
Health Through Exercise
Virtual Workout Resources [LIST]
IHRSA and the World Health Organization present a range of resources for FREE to help those confined at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, including children's books from IHRSA, virtual classes, and classes streamed via social media, such as Facebook Live and Instagram.
Below are some resources collected from IHRSA members that you may find helpful. While we are including these in the spirit of sharing, please note that IHRSA did not vet or contribute to these resources.
Resources for Clubs by IHRSA Members
- AV Now Introduces Express Entry Temperature Check Tablet
- COVID-19 Reopening Wireless Microphone Sanitization Information from AV Now
- Ecore Launches Athletic Fitness Readiness Initiative
- Zogics Announces its Clean Guide for Fitness Facilities
- Virtuagym’s Webinar Series: The Coronavirus Advice Your Fitness Business Needs to Hear
- CREP Offers Critical Pandemic Guidelines for Exercise Profession
- Matrix Fitness Introduces an Industry Support Resource Page
- Life Fitness Helps Guide Safe Reopenings of Health Clubs, Gyms
- Uptivo LIVE: Helping Fitness Professionals During Social Distancing
- YogaFit Responds to COVID-19 with Free Resources & Virtual Options
- SoulBody Fitness features Virtual Teacher Trainings
- Free Webinar: Future Focus: How Forward Thinking Creates More Sustainable Businesses, No Matter What Happens
- Glory Star’s Newest Star: TAURI, a Temperature Check System
- Integrity Square Webinar #3: What Will The New Normal Look Like (Slides available here)
- FitnessOnDemand Launches FLEX: Turnkey Mobile Content Solution for Club Operators
- Free Webinar: Coaching the Coaches: Advice from Long-time Gym Owners
- Spartan Offers 1 Million Free Event Entries to Support the Fitness Industry
- Les Mills Case Study: How to lead your club through a crisis
- TRX Provides Free Access to Its World-Class Professional Education
- Club Solutions Virtual Roundtable: Navigating the Crisis No. 2
- Fitness Business Podcast Mastermind Panel for COVID-19 Planning
- Industry Insights COVID-19 Impact & Implementation Study
- Club Solutions Virtual Roundtable: Navigating the Crisis No. 1
- Rex Roundtables Outreach: Surviving, Reviving, & Thriving
- Gympass Live Classes BETA
- Coalition of Health & Fitness Leaders to Host Panel on '10 Steps to Coaching Online'
- ACE Fitness Commends U.S. Government for Relief Bill
- NASM's Guide for Personal Training and Staying Healthy During the Coronavirus
- Coronavirus: 5 tips to keep your club's members engaged from Les Mills
- Working Out at Home by Concept2
- Life Fitness Offers Free At-Home Workouts for Clubs & Exercisers
- 'Stronger Anywhere' by Gold's Gym: Connecting the World Through Fitness
- VivoAquatics: Caring for Your Pools & Spas During COVID-19
- BurnAlong Partners with Gyms & Studios to Keep Classes Going Online
- FIT-C Dealing With The Coronavirus Podcast
- Club Industry’s Town Hall on the Effects of the Coronavirus on Your Fitness Business - Part 1
- SBA to Provide Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus Up to $2 Million in Disaster Assistance Loans
- Endorphinz Offers Streaming Solutions Amid COVID-19 Shutdown
- Helping Your Club to Overcome Coronavirus—Les Mills
- Coalition Offers Online Coaching Support Amid COVID-19 Concerns
- FIT-C Preparing For A Rebirth. The Future Of Health Clubs and Gyms Post Covid-19 Podcast
- CREP Offers Critical Pandemic Guidelines for Exercise Profession
- Virtuagym: Are Fitness Clubs Around the World Opening Up Again?
- Precision Nutrition Launches Free Exercise Library: 400+ Expert Videos with How-to Instructions
- Kathie and Peter Davis, Inspire360 Launch 'Fit Pro Relief Fund'
- Daxko's Re-Opening Playbook
- SportsArt’s Checklist Offers Safety Guidelines for Reopening Fitness Centers
- Virtuagym’s Podcast Series: Your Fitness Business & COVID-19
Virtual & Home Workout Resources for Your Members
The World Health Organization has requested IHRSA and its club and supplier members to help everyone stay active during the coronavirus crisis. IHRSA is delighted to present a range of resources for FREE to help those confined at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, including children's books from IHRSA, virtual classes, and classes streamed via social media, such as Facebook Live and Instagram.
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