People do not operate the same way. Give your staff the details and tools they need in order to succeed, advises ILC member Karen Raisch-Siegel of LifeWorks of Southwest General.
It’s vital health clubs build a relationship with their representatives and senators, but don’t just take our word for it. Congressman Ron Kind agrees and he’s been sponsoring the PHIT Act for 10 years.
Award-winning fitness industry professionals share their insights on how to create a successful club brand.
These three franchise leaders spotlight how ownership of small chains of fitness franchises is quickly becoming the new normal.
To deliver experiences that go beyond members’ expectations, you need to first cultivate a team of great people, says Derek Gallup, EVP of GFORCES at UFC Gym.
Starting your journey with the end in mind isn’t the only advice Lynne Brick of Brick Bodies has, but it’s one everyone in the fitness industry needs to remember.
From the front desk staff to the CEO, every health club employee plays a part in making a difference in the big fight against the global physical inactivity epidemic.
The next generation of health club leaders can take their career to the next level by attending The IHRSA Institute. And two scholarships can help you get there.
The industry is in a state of change unlike anything Healthplex Sports Club General Manager Dennis Mathias says he has experienced—making it an exciting time to be a business leader.
Past IHRSA Institute attendees share what made the event one to remember and one to experience.
Growing your business is great for your bottom line, but it's also great for the health of your community and the world. That's why even if you're a small town health club, international organizations could help your business.
IHRSA and CBI is pleased to introduce 22 of the industry’s most accomplished and promising young fitness professionals.
For Greta Wagner, every crisis is just a problem ready to be solved. The trick is reminding yourself that one way or another, the solution will always come. Move through each challenge calmly, and never be afraid to ask for help.
For Rochester Athletic Club’s Matt Remick, the ability to spread positivity and impact members’ lives is what makes being a leader in the fitness industry so rewarding.
Michele Melkerson-Granryd uses her voice to influence and shape the future direction of the industry as an IHRSA board member and a member of the ILC.
In-Shape CEO Francesca Schuler is here to challenge your preconceptions about fitness industry employees, career paths, and leaders.
HealthQuest’s Wade Williams says “being a hungry student of the industry” will help you continually grow and evolve as a business leader in the fitness industry.
What can be done to get more women in positions of leadership in the fitness industry? Helen Durkin, J.D., IHRSA’s executive vice president of public policy, has some ideas.
Working behind the scenes is great, but according to Larry Conner, you must also lead by networking with others in the industry and in the community.
European health clubs have faced several changes in the past year. While change can be challenging, it’s also an opportunity for savvy business leaders.
Helping to make members’ lives better is the most fulfilling part of being a business leader in the fitness industry, says Universal Athletic Club’s Rick Casselbury.
Brandon Bean was given the task of evolving the world’s most venerable brand while protecting its unique legacy.
Once you connect your personal purpose to the work that you do, everything changes.
Colin Grant, the CEO of the Pure Group, which has 35 yoga and fitness facilities in South Asia, has never considered failure an option.
The IHRSA Institute, a highly focused ‘leadership boot camp,’ will give you all the tools you need to take your club and career to the next level.
Fitness industry leaders can use these six strategies to think bigger than ever before and take their businesses to new heights.
Above all, highly effective fitness industry leaders are proactive—especially when it comes to their health club's culture.
The recipient of the 2018 IHRSA Woman Leader Award in honor of Julie Main leads by example and by offering the kind of support she lacked early on.
Losing his sight yielded unique insights that allowed Isaac Lidsky to succeed at life. He'll tell how at IHRSA 2018.
Learn how to take the pulse of your gym and jump into building a fierce people culture.
Understanding how you, and your employees, communicate is vital to your success as a leader—especially in the fitness industry.
IHRSA and Club Business International are pleased to introduce our readers to 22 of the industry’s true “Rising Stars.”
We asked five fitness industry leaders (who just so happen to be women) to share their thoughts on how gyms can foster a supportive environment for female employees.
Entrepreneur and jazz virtuoso Josh Linkner will explore the connection between improvisation and innovation in his IHRSA 2018 keynote address.
Leah Busque, the founder of TaskRabbit and an on-demand service star, knows how to turn brilliant epiphanies into reality.
When clubs stop doing things the way they've always been done, they start winning.
IHRSA 2018 keynote speaker Lisa Bodell, the founder of futurethink, insists that you need to sacrifice the status quo in order to create space for true innovation.
For ACE's Graham Melstrand, the most fulfilling part of being a business leader in the fitness industry is creating "more meaningful relationships with the healthcare and public health communities."
Luke Carlson of Discover Strength tells us that "being a manager or a leader is ... the most important calling or work that we can engage in."
The company’s CEO praises employees who cry at work, and the president hams it up as Star Trek’s Captain Kirk in satirical videos.
Dave Bundy, owner of the Global Fitness Center, tells us the most fulfilling part of being a business leader in the fitness industry is "working in an industry where most people want to be there every day and are excited about helping more people get active."
Brad Wilkins, senior vice president of operations at Cooper Aerobics, reminds fitness industry leaders to "stop every once in a while and reflect on what you’ve accomplished."
Women have been making strides in the fitness industry, but not without facing challenges along the way. We asked five recipients of IHRSA's Woman Leader Award to share their advice.
Mark Miller, COO with Merritt Clubs, explains that you won't know everything starting out, and that's okay. Stay open and humble and you can make a major impact on individual and community lives.
Midtown Athletic Clubs COO Jon Brady gives advice on working in the fitness industry and shares what the most fulfilling part of being in the fitness industry is for him.
The Atlantic Club COO Kevin McHugh takes us back in time, sharing the one piece of leadership advice he wishes he had when starting out in the fitness industry.
CEO of Little Rock Athletic Club, Frank Lawrence, shares his business expertise and what's been the most fulfilling part of being an industry leader.
The fitness industry has produced—and benefited from—many strong, pioneering women. It was hard to pick just four!
The IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show brings together influential health and fitness industry leaders every year, where they share tips and tricks on leading the field and your company to the top.
From big box stores to mom-and-pop shops, employees are apt to goof around when their boss’ back is turned. But it doesn't have to be that way at your club.
Being a leader is more than just owning a successful business. Meredith Poppler offers her thoughts on what people can do to become industry leaders.
IHRSA’s 2016 Woman Leader Award recipient has spent 32 years striving to provide a GoodLife for all of the citizens of Canada.
There's a lot of advice on how to be a leader out there, but not all applies to the fitness industry. That's why we spoke to successful club owners and fitness professionals.
"While you need to have a passion for fitness, you also need a solid understanding as to what ultimately drives profitability," says Janine Williams of Leisure Sports.
Jim Worthington of Newtown Athletic Club tells us that a benefit of being a leader is “there is something to be learned from everyone…Innovation and inspiration comes when it is often least expected and often it can be found in unusual places.”
Business owners must spend some time away from operational discussions and engage in larger, creative conversations to effectively lead the industry into the future.