Over the past several weeks, we’ve been moved by the call to dismantle our society’s racial injustices that has swept the U.S. and other countries around the world. As both a global trade association and an employer, we at IHRSA have spent this time listening and learning. There is a long way to go, and much to learn. To quote Gold's Gym below, "Racism has no place in our gyms, our communities, or in our country." To that, we add that racism or any kind of discrimination has no place in our great industry. For 40 years, IHRSA has advocated for the rights of people of all backgrounds and abilities to improve their health and wellness at health clubs. We will continue to fight for this right as we develop a better understanding of the barriers Black people face in the fitness sector.
As we create a broader strategy on diversity and inclusion, we are working to highlight IHRSA member clubs and suppliers that are taking a stand and making a difference. Below are just a few examples of clubs and suppliers making statements. We hope that together we will continue this conversation and work to create a better future for our industry.