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The Club Insider Archives: April 2013

IHRSA Soars!!!
By: Norm Cates

Norm CatesNorm CatesOn the heels of IHRSA's 32nd Annual Convention and Trade Show Club Insider has reached out to IHRSA leaders Bill McBride, Joe Moore and Brent Darden, for their comments on IHRSA, in general, and on the recent IHRSA event held in Las Vegas, March 19 - 22nd. For anyone who's not familiar with IHRSA, the 32-year running, Boston-based International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association has over 9,500 member clubs in over 70 countries. IHRSA is a 501(c)3 Not-For-Profit Trade Association whose focus is success for their member clubs. Read More

Joe Weider Passes Away At 93
By: John Rogers

Joe Weider, a legendary figure in bodybuilding who helped popularize the sport worldwide and played a key role in introducing a charismatic young weightlifter named Arnold Schwarzenegger to the world, passed away at the age of 93. Read More

The "Insider Speaks"
Thought Provocation: IHRSA's 2013 Keynote Speakers

By: Justin Cates

Justin CatesJustin CatesAs a student of business, both in the theoretical sense and the practical application of principles, one of my favorite features of every IHRSA Convention and Trade Show is the diverse lineup of keynote speakers each year. Over the years, these great speakers have come from a vast array of backgrounds, from business to politics to science. This year was no different, and my hope for this article is to articulate the takeaways I left with and how they can be looked at in relation to our industry and its growth during this pivotal time in our history. Read More

Is This The New "F" Word?
By: Donna Krech

Donna KrechDonna KrechI suppose the reason I have so many followers and fans on social media is due to the adversity I've overcome in my life and the success I've seen. Real people relate to real people's stories. The speaking I am blessed to do and the books and programs I share also bring people to my Facebook and Twitter pages. Read More

By The Numbers
By: Jeffrey Keller

Jeffrey KellerJeffrey KellerManagers and owners hear it more and more, "You better know your numbers." They repeat it to their staffs, but many of them don't truly understand what's necessary to achieve their monthly goals or hold their sales staff accountable in doing so. Every club manager and owner knows that their life-blood is their Monthly EFT. But, are they achieving their growth goals appropriately, or are they out there on a wing and a prayer? Read More

The Top Ten Marketing Tips
By: Derek Barton

Derek BartonDerek BartonWhy do we love Top Ten lists, whether it's the Top Ten Movies of all time, the Top Ten TV Shows or the Top Ten Dumbest Pick-up Lines? I guess we love to see if our favorites are on those lists. When they are, we love it. When they're not, we're astonished, "What were they thinking!?" Read More

Rick Caro Receives IHRSA's First Lifetime Achievement Award
Rick Caro, a 40-year fitness and health industry veteran, was honored with the inaugural IHRSA Lifetime Achievement for his tireless work, innovative ideas and leadership. Caro received the honor on March 20, at 8AM, during the Opening Session of IHRSA's 32nd Annual International Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas. Read More

Global Fitness Industry Energizes and Innovates at IHRSA 2013
BOSTON, MA - Thousands of people from over 80 countries attended educational and motivational seminars, group workouts, a great trade show and phenomenal networking and social events during IHRSA 2013, The International Health Racquet and Sportsclub Association's (IHRSA) 32nd Annual International Convention and Trade Show. The high-energy event, held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada March 19-22, celebrated industry success, best-practices, product and service innovation and the industry's commitment to increase physical activity levels. Read More

Raising the Bar
Health Clubs Continue to Thrive

BOSTON, MA - The International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) announced the release of the IHRSA Index results for the quarter ending December 31, 2012 and the full year of 2012. The Index demonstrates the financial performance of the commercial health club industry. Read More

Jeff Skeen's Fitness Connection Receives Top Awards from Supplement RX
McLEAN, VA - At the 2013 IHRSA convention, Supplement Rx, a leading national supplement company, presented Fitness Connection, a subsidiary of Titan Fitness, with two awards. Fitness Connection was acknowledged as the number one company for supplement sales as well as having the top individual club location for sales in 2012. Read More

Rick Caro's 17th Annual Financial Panel
LAS VEGAS, NV - In keeping with recent IHRSA history featuring 16 years of IHRSA Financial Panels, IHRSA Co-Founder, Rick Caro, delivered the 17th Annual IHRSA Financial Panel to a large audience in attendance at IHRSA32 in Las Vegas Read More

Bash for Augie's Quest Raises More Than $1.6 Million for ALS Research
TUCSON, AZ - The Muscular Dystrophy Association announced that the eighth annual BASH for MDA's Augie's Quest held Thursday, March 21 raised more than $1.6 million to help fund research for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease). Read More

24 Hour Fitness Shakedown Stuns Key Leaders!
LAS VEGAS, NV - Shortly before IHRSA 2013 in Las Vegas, Carl Liebert, President and CEO of 24 Hour Fitness, announced layoffs of over a dozen key management level employees as well as other moves. Read More

Crunch Franchising Announces Deal with Fitness Holdings and RLB Holdings to Open 42 Locations in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania
NEW YORK, NY - Crunch, the health club chain best known for making serious fitness fun through unique programming and cutting-edge training, has inked a deal with Fitness Holdings LLC and RLB Ho Read More

IHRSA 2013 Slideshow
Check out photos from IHRSA 2013! Read More

Norm's Notes for April 2013
By: Norm Cates

Norm CatesNorm CatesHello Everybody! This is your Club Insider Tribal Leader and Publisher Since 1993 checking in! Read More

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