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Thursday
Nov162017

Young Fitness Industry Leaders Should ‘Reflect on What You’ve Accomplished’

The Lessons in Fitness Leadership series highlights IHRSA’s industry leaders and thanks them for their continued commitment to growing, promoting, and protecting the health club industry. By sharing their business expertise, we hope that you will get to know them, what they've learned along the way, and how they view leadership.

Brad Wilkins
Senior Vice President Operations, Cooper Aerobics
COO, Cooper Wellness Strategies 

 

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Wednesday
Nov152017

7 Ways Your Gym Can Improve the Lives of Members with Diabetes

We all remember the string of diabetes commercials from the early 2000s. You know the ones I’m referring to. They stared Wilford Brimley, known for The Thing (1982) and Cocoon (1985), and a horse fully decked-out in cowboy gear.

Well, in these commercials, the first thing he talks about is monitoring his diet and exercise to help manage his condition. Something many of the more than 100 million Americans living with diabetes do as well.

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Monday
Nov132017

Blink Fitness Social Media Campaign Celebrates Members with Disabilities 

Blink Fitness’ new social media campaign, “All Bodies Are Able Bodies,” aims to celebrate real members with disabilities, according to a release. The effort includes a series of videos in which Blink members and staff share what having a disability means to them, how it has positively impacted their lives, and how they push themselves to be stronger and happier through exercise. 

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Tuesday
Oct312017

5 Scary Pieces of Fitness-related Legislation that Could Have Become Law

You’ve worked hard building a successful gym and business. The last thing you need is legislation that would make running your gym more expensive.

Over the years, we’ve seen bills that could have shaken the fitness industry to its core, frightening the toughest of owners. With the help of gym owners and their members, we’ve worked tirelessly to guard the industry and defeat scary legislation that’s introduced. So, as a trick-or-treat this Halloween, we’re counting down five scary bills from years past. 

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Wednesday
Oct252017

7 Things Your Gym Can Do for Cancer Patients and Survivors

Roughly one in every 200 people living in the United States could develop some form of cancer.

Let’s just think about that for a moment. That means there could be an estimated 1,685,210 new cases of cancer in the U.S. alone. That’s pretty scary, but thanks to advances in medical science and programs at gyms like yours, people are living longer, healthier lives with a cancer diagnosis.

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Monday
Oct232017

Crunch Supports Puerto Rico with Group Exercise Fundraiser

When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico this September it devastated homes, businesses, and whole communities. The fallout is still being felt throughout the island, including at health clubs like Crunch. 

“We have amazing franchisees in Puerto Rico who had their clubs back open to serve the communities within in 11 days and they wanted to do as much as they could to support the people of Puerto Rico, and we wanted to support them in that effort,” says Ben Midgley, CEO of Crunch Franchise. “Puerto Rico loves Crunch and we love Puerto Rico.” 

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Thursday
Oct192017

Serbian Association for Recreation and Fitness Drives Growth in a Young Market

The Serbian fitness industry is a young market—and with that youthfulness comes opportunities for growth.

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Wednesday
Oct182017

5 Woman Leaders Share Advice for Overcoming Challenges in the Fitness Industry 

Ellen Latham accepting the Woman Leader Award at IHRSA 2017

Each year, IHRSA recognizes an outstanding fitness industry professional with the Woman Leader Award—an honor that includes a scholarship to attend IHRSA’s Annual International Convention & Trade Show

The award is presented in honor of Julie Main, a woman whose tenacious work ethic and unbreakable spirit was an inspiration to all who knew her. As such, Woman Leader Award recipients are chosen because they exemplify Julie's qualities of leadership and drive.

With the deadline for the 2018 Woman Leader Award fast approaching (applications are due November 10), we asked five past winners what piece of advice they would share with aspiring woman leaders who will encounter challenges in their careers. Here’s what they said.

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Tuesday
Oct032017

To Grow Personal Training Revenue, Teach Staff to Create Positive Experiences

This post is a preview of the October 12 webinar, "Top Tips for Growing Fitness Revenues."

Photo: Healthtrax

When you’re looking to increase your gym’s personal training revenues, your first instinct may be to crunch the numbers. But, while the financials may shed some light on opportunities for cost savings, you may be better off starting with the core of your business—the people.

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Thursday
Sep282017

3 Ways Youth Are Shaping the Health Club Market 

In 2016, health club membership grew by 3.6% from 2015, while the total number of users, including members and non-members, rose by 3.1%, according to IHRSA’s recently released 2017 Health Club Consumer Report.

Photo: The Atlantic Club

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