This week, IHRSA Interim President & CEO Brent Darden gives updates on IHRSA’s efforts to bring the industry together, discusses studies showing the impact of COVID-19 on mental health, and more.
We review three studies that show a link between higher levels of physical activity and incident cardiovascular disease, outline the vital role physical activity plays for breast cancer patients and survivors, and find an association between higher levels of exercise capacity and lower odds of COVID-19 hospitalization.
State Fitness Alliance leaders have been working hard to protect the health and fitness industry in their states. Here are some tips and strategies from their efforts.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, epidemiological evidence continues to suggest that physical activity is vital and essential, and that health clubs are not primary drivers of COVID-19 transmission.
Helping people has always been what the fitness industry is all about. This week, Brent shares some examples, including the response to multiple crises, a push to strengthen the industry’s voice, and more.
In this case study, Pure Group CEO Colin Grant writes how misconceptions around health clubs, gyms, and studios were set straight; how facts speak for themselves; how customers were safe and informed; and how the industry rallied together and worked to create a better future.
“This is an industry that can once again show its resilience, come together in ways it never imagined back in March 2020, and set new standards for governmental agencies and our current and future club members,” writes Industry stalwart, Rick Caro.
With the next wave of COVID-19 forcing world governments to consider shutdowns again, we've put together eight steps gyms can take to help keep their clubs open or reopen as soon as possible.
The physical, mental, and emotional damage from the pandemic is increasing nationwide. Experts are pushing data and facts to keep gyms open as part of a solution to fight the negative effects brought on by the virus, lockdowns, and isolation.
Physicians say a healthy lifestyle is the closest thing to a vaccine we have, and give more reasons to prove health clubs are safe and essential.
U.S. leaders show their commitment to fitness—will that translate to more support for the GYMS Act? This week, IHRSA Interim President & CEO Brent Darden discusses that and reveals more startling stats on exercise levels.
This week, IHRSA Interim President & CEO Brent Darden discusses the GYMS Act and what you can do to get it passed. Plus, some top trends from market experts and an impactful IHRSA Foundation project.
This week, IHRSA Interim President & CEO Brent Darden gives insights on how clubs are faring so far in 2021. He also announces a just-released IHRSA resource on sharing industry data, legislative updates, and a new partnership with REX Roundtables.
This week, IHRSA Interim President & CEO Brent Darden shares some good news on the state of member confidence, positive research and polling outcomes, a new dedication to the IHRSA Foundation, and what U.S. clubs can do as the new Congress begins.
This week, IHRSA Interim President & CEO Brent Darden answers some top PPP questions, gives an updated number on club closures, unveils a new industry talk show called “Talks & Takes,” and more.
This week, IHRSA Interim President & CEO Brent Darden introduces resources that will spark ideas in the fight against inactivity, assure indoor safety, strengthen lobbying know-how, and announces the launch of a new event in Europe—the IHRSA SMART Summit.
This week, IHRSA Interim President & CEO Brent Darden remembers the late Stephen Tharrett, who contributed to the industry in a multitude of ways. Brent also introduces five initiatives and changes IHRSA is taking on to better serve members and the industry.
This week, IHRSA Interim President & CEO Brent Darden shares new research and data related to the fitness industry that is sure to lift your spirits.
This week, IHRSA Interim President & CEO Brent Darden asks you to make the Active & Safe Commitment.
This week, IHRSA Interim President & CEO Brent Darden shares how you can help spread the word that gyms are safe.
This week, IHRSA Interim President & CEO Brent Darden not only shares updates on IHRSA and the industry, but also takes a moment to give thanks and share what he is grateful for.
This week, IHRSA Interim President & CEO Brent Darden discusses news of a COVID-19 vaccine, introduces the Global Health & Fitness Alliance, shares data from ClubIntel, REX Roundtable, McKinsey & Company, and more.
Could health clubs play a role in COVID-19 contact tracing? Plus the latest check-in data, an update on letters to U.S. governors, new studies from the U.K. and Boston University, and more!
IHRSA continues to fight to keep clubs open around the globe and promote the message that exercise is essential—now more than ever.
This week, IHRSA Interim President & CEO Brent Darden shares research findings on current club revenues, revenue projections for 2021, and information on online bookings and appointments. He also gives an update on the presidential debate, the Health & Fitness Recovery Act of 2020 (H.R. 8485), and more.
In the final part of our series with Catic Wellness Group Owner Loni Wang, we cover the topic of leadership. Below are the challenges and opportunities that she faced.
This week, IHRSA Interim President & CEO Brent Darden shares a message from U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, new research findings, as well as more information from a recent COVID-19 outbreak.
"It's time to innovate or fold," writes Crystal Washington, futurist, technology strategist, and IHRSA Innovation Summit keynote speaker. Learn her perspective on the way ahead for the fitness industry.
On this week’s Take 5, IHRSA Interim President & CEO Brent Darden shares how clubs are helping to tell the public that they are safe. He also shares updates on research, The Health & Fitness Recovery Act of 2020, and more.
In the first installment of a new weekly video update, Darden covers legislation to save the fitness industry, state fitness alliances, a health club air quality study, and more.
America was unhealthy before the pandemic, now it’s out of control. One expert hopes to see healthcare reform by promoting physical activity in the future.
It’s time to push the throttle in order to secure success and longevity. With that in mind, we’ve put together nine focus areas that you should keep your eye on to guarantee your club’s success in the future.
Lori Deemer, M.D., concludes that social isolation, decreased physical activity, and loss of function—all factors of the pandemic—are leading Americans to an unhealthy future.
Some health and fitness clubs in the U.S. have been closed since March. One doctor believes it’s time that policymakers see—once and for all—how important clubs are to overall health.
“In these times more than ever, we need the ability to get back up when we fall,” says Sundquist, who will share his inspiring story at the IHRSA Innovation Summit on September 17.
Robert Sallis, M.D., says, “Whatever it takes to get places where people can exercise and be active to open, we have to do it, it's an essential part of life.”
Cancer research experts have a vision for the future where cancer treatments include tailored exercise prescriptions.
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.
The Associate Member of the Year Award is presented annually to recognize an IHRSA member for their significant contributions to the advancement of the health club industry.
Richard Bilton, owner and president of Companhia Athletica, has served on the IHRSA board of directors and was instrumental in helping IHRSA launch IHRSA / Fitness Brasil in 2000.
FFC Oak Park has demonstrated a passion for helping people, through event hosting, sponsorship, and generous giving.
We celebrate the legacy of Julie Main by offering the Woman Leader Award to a woman who exemplifies Julie's qualities of leadership and drive.
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.
Industry veteran Theo Hendriks says to survive this crisis, don't be too proud to share your problem, and communicate, communicate, communicate.
“Pushing the reset button and planning your revival will help ensure a successful future,” writes Brent Darden to gyms struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
You can help position the industry for decades of success by getting involved and being the leader the industry needs.
CBI and IHRSA are pleased to present 20 of the industry’s most accomplished and promising young fitness professionals.
Being a leader means you can “advocate for one of the best products being ‘sold,’” according to ILC member Paula Neubert.
Michelle P. King, director of inclusion at Netflix, will discuss gender inequality in the workplace at the 11th Annual IHRSA Women’s Leadership Summit, sponsored by Club Automation.
The IHRSA Expert Series shares knowledge, tips, and experience to help you grow, protect, and promote your business and the whole health and fitness industry.
Crystal Washington, an author, futurist, and charming guide to all-things-internet, will “Imagine the Future” with the attendees of IHRSA 2020.
Scott Stratten, business provocateur and president of UnMarketing, Inc., gives us a sneak peek at his IHRSA 2020 keynote, "UnSelling: The New Customer Experience."
Author, UnLearning expert, and business provocateur Scott Stratten will define and describe “The New Customer Experience” during IHRSA 2020.
It is critically important for club operators to know about pending litigation, court decisions, and legislation that impacts their business, says Mark Durall, general manager at Olympic Athletic Club.
IHRSA and CBI are proud to highlight 20 women who have made the industry what it is today and are defining what it will be tomorrow.
Protect the profitability of your health club and become a fitness leader at the same time with this advice from Dr. David Rehr, professor and director of the Center for Business Civic Engagement at George Mason University.
Scott Gillespie of Saco Sport & Fitness recalls the day he rediscovered his passion for training at one of his first IHRSA conventions.
Author and comedian Josh Sundquist will discuss the meaning behind and the importance of “1mt1mt” at IHRSA 2020.
Every facet of the industry can have an impact on someone’s life. You “have the opportunity to make a career of helping people help themselves,” says David Van Daff of Fusionetics.
Olympic Athletic Club General Manager Mark Durall saw a problem brewing and took steps to stop it. What happened next saved his club and the industry time and money—and it’s something anyone could do.
The fitness industry impacts lives every day, going “far beyond the calories burned, the inches lost or gained, dumbbells, treadmills, and walls,” according to ILC member Anna Welsh.
Your local and national legislators want to hear from you. IHRSA Assistant Vice President of Government Relations Jeff Perkins has some advice on the best ways to reach with lawmakers.
Two IHRSA European Congress speakers share their strategies to lead strong teams in a changing world and unlock the secrets of elite sellers.
Surround yourself with the best people and build a stellar team by first recognizing your own strengths and weakness, Steve Capezzone of Healthtrax International advises.
How do you realize your career goals when you have no direction? Debbie Peterson breaks it down.
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.
Past IHRSA Institute attendees share what made the event one to remember and one to experience.
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.
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 are 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.