Where were you when everything changed?
That’s the question people will ask whenever they refer to IHRSA 2023—it’s the event that brought the health and fitness world together to redefine the industry for years to come.
Don’t call it a comeback. All the familiar features of pre-pandemic IHRSA conventions were there—the energetic crowds on the Trade Show floor; the compelling keynotes; the parade of happy faces reconnecting; the immersive panels and sessions; and the spirited receptions and parties.
But March 20-22 in San Diego was something more. It christened a new IHRSA with a fresh vision, a broader coalition, and a motivated membership ready to change the world in big and small ways. Even the unseasonable rain and chill in San Diego didn’t dampen the enthusiasm.
The numbers back it up, as almost 8,500 attendees representing 82 countries converged in San Diego, with more than 330 exhibitors set up on the Trade Show floor. Those who made the trip experienced several firsts, including a historic CEO Fireside Chat that featured four of the most accomplished leaders in the business (more on that below).
IHRSA President & CEO Liz Clark called it a “redemption” in her President’s Address on Monday morning, March 20. What was once termed a recovery, a restart, or a relaunch has evolved into a laser-focused mission empowered by a fierce commitment to advocacy and service. The industry is ascendant in global relevance, clearly on its way to being permanently established as essential for the health and well-being of consumers worldwide.