Source: IHRSA

Boston, MA, January 7, 2013 -- Today, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association announced the launch of its official mobile app serving the worldwide health and fitness industry. "The IHRSA App is a great resource for health club owners, operators, suppliers and other industry stakeholders," said Jay Ablondi, IHRSA's executive vice president of global products. The IHRSA App enables users to access daily news updates, CBI magazine, blogs, tweets, job listings, the IHRSA Buyer's Guide, and other industry content. The IHRSA App also converts seamlessly into a comprehensive event application that enhances the attendee, sponsor and exhibitor experience before, during, and after IHRSA events, such as IHRSA 2013, the association's 32nd Annual International Convention & Trade Show, March 19-22 in Las Vegas. "We all know that the business world is going mobile," said Ablondi. "The IHRSA App is a must-have download for anyone in the health club industry who wants to be 'in the know' -- because it gives users the industry at their fingertips." "The IHRSA App is brilliantly done and I am amazed of the extent of information and tools they have been able to gather in the app. It really is a valuable tool -- especially when you are on the go. I can't wait to use it at the IHRSA Convention in Las Vegas" said Rasmus Ingerslev, CEO of Wexer Virtual and Fresh Fitness, based in Denmark.

Use the IHRSA App to: Keep current with the latest fitness industry news and job opportunities; Read the digital edition of CBI, IHRSA's monthly magazine; Watch industry videos via YouTube; Easily find products and services through the IHRSA Buyer's Guide; Network with other IHRSA members via Facebook and Twitter; Find out about the benefits of IHRSA membership.

IHRSA Convention & Trade Show attendees can use the IHRSA App to personalize their IHRSA 2013 experience by identifying the sessions, exhibitors, speakers and other show features that interest them most. Users may mark items as favorites, manage their agenda with sessions, appointments, and connections, and keep up with the latest IHRSA show news and social networking. Other IHRSA events - such as monthly webinars and the IHRSA European Congress (October 17-20 in Madrid, Spain) - will be added throughout the year.

Features for the upcoming 2013 IHRSA Convention & Trade Show include: Sessions & Speakers: View and select sessions to attend, contact speakers, and create your personal schedule; Maps: View, plan, and locate sessions, exhibitors, and sponsors through the interactive mapping tool; News and Social Media: View and keep up to date on the latest developments using Twitter, Facebook, the official IHRSA blog, and healthclubs.com/jobs job postings; Exhibitors & Sponsors: View, select, and contact exhibitors and/or sponsors and add them to your personalized event; My Event: View your schedule, favorite speakers, exhibitors, and much more through My Event.

The IHRSA App connects to a desktop web portal to make it easier to maximize your event experience before you leave home. Users can sync their plans to their phones when they log in to both the portal and mobile app.

The IHRSA App is available as a free download for all mobile devices from ihrsa.org/app. Alternatively, simply search for "ihrsa" in the iTunes app store or Google Play. About IHRSA The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs, and suppliers worldwide. IHRSA and its members are dedicated to making the world healthier through regular exercise and fitness promotion.

Find an IHRSA club at healthclubs.com. IHRSA and the health club industry will convene in Las Vegas, NV from March 19-22, 2013 for IHRSA's 32nd Annual Convention & Trade Show.

Emily Attwood is Managing Editor of Athletic Business.