Congress and legislatures across the country are heading home for the holidays—which means there will be little happening before the new year. So let’s review all our advocacy actions accomplished in 2021 that lay the groundwork for success in 2022.
A 2022 Victory Begins With Efforts in 2020
By capitalizing on the hard work throughout 2020, we were able to get the Health & Fitness Recovery Act (HFRA) filed in the U.S. House of Representatives in fall 2020.
We worked with Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA)—our HFRA champions and sponsors—and a diverse group of stakeholder organizations from across the fitness industry to redraft, redesign, and rebrand the HFRA as the GYMS Act.
Gyms, Studios, and Health Clubs Work Together on the GYMS Act
The GYMS Act brought together businesses that previously only saw each other as competition. This bill was a singular vehicle and message that the entire industry and a coalition of organizations could use as we lobbied for relief.
With our industry more united than perhaps ever before, we flexed our growing muscles and pressed our case in Washington, D.C., and the results showed.