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2019 In Review

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What a year! What a decade! We hope things are going great for you, your family, your team and your facility (or facilities). As we look back, what a year it has been. What a decade it has been! As always, this year, as we have for decades now, our goal with Club Insider is to bring to you another stacked slate of informative cover stories by Publisher and Tribal Leader Since 1993, Norm Cates, and Partner and Assistant Publisher, Justin Cates; high-level best practices articles by the always-improving Club Insider Contributing Author Team; and key industry news and insights via selected press releases, and of course, monthly installments of Norm Notes.

At Club Insider, the new decade brings Year 27 of our Mission, which is: "To help the owners and operators of health and fitness clubs professionalize their clubs and gain the trust and business of their community." We are honored to serve this great industry with that Mission and to serve you, our loyal readers. Simply, without you, this publication would not exist.

So, from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you; first, for dedicating your professional lives to this great industry; second, we thank you for turning to us in this capacity to partially help you accomplish that life's mission. It is our honor. It is our purpose. Now, I welcome you to read on as we recap yet another fun and exciting year in the ongoing history of the health and fitness club industry.

A Summary of Our 2019 Cover Stories

We began 2019 with our January Cover Story about Scott and Linda Felsted's VASA Fitness. Interviewing CEO, Rich Nelsen, we learned the story of VASA's rapid expansion to 40 locations and how it's ushering in what they call the HV/LP 3.0 model.

Our February Cover Story, we featured Team Quest4ALS and their fundraising effort for Augie's Quest. Under the leadership of Kevin McHugh, Jim Worthington, Larry Conner and Paula Neubert, the group has participated in numerous Rock and Roll Marathon and Half Marathon events over the past three years and raised over $1.3 million for ALS Research.

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