New IHRSA Resource Connects Fitness Industry Amid Crisis

SOURCE: IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association
Boston, MA—March 26, 2020—The IHRSA community is vast, comprising nearly 10,000 members from over 70 countries. The wider fitness industry is even broader, with over 200,000 facilities according to the 2019 IHRSA Global Report

And now, just about every one of those 10,000 IHRSA members and 200,000 worldwide facilities has questions and concerns about how to handle the coronavirus crisis.

With thousands of members and hundreds of thousands of clubs in all shapes and sizes located all over the world, IHRSA staff asked the question, “How do we bring the global fitness industry together to ask questions, collaborate, and share information?” 

IHRSA members always have questions to ask and expertise to share. The coronavirus crisis has only made the questions more urgent, and the resources and knowledge more valuable. With that in mind, IHRSA launched the Forum to provide not only IHRSA members but the entire fitness industry a centralized location to discuss all things related to running a club, with an immediate emphasis on addressing the coronavirus crisis. 

The IHRSA Forum is a virtual meeting room to connect everyone in the fitness industry with questions to those with answers. We invite Forum participants to ask questions, discuss current events, share information, experiences, and lessons learned. The Forum will allow club operators to connect to discuss solutions to the problems many in our industry are facing. The Forum will have open access to anyone in the industry with an IHRSA Account login in the spirit of sharing and community. Creating an IHRSA Account is free and only takes a few minutes.

“I hope that IHRSA members as well as non-members find it a useful way to engage with club operators across the globe,” says Tom Durkin, IHRSA’s vice president of technology. “We hope that this new Forum will ignite vibrant discussions on all things related to running a club, both in the coronavirus era and post-crisis.”

The new IHRSA Forum provides a space for club owners and operators to ask questions, share advice and resources, and learn from others. It’s easy to become part of the conversation in helping health clubs across the globe.

The Forum is open to everyone in the fitness industry. An individual from the fitness industry will simply need a free IHRSA Account to participate. IHRSA members should use their IHRSA Account credentials. Once you create the IHRSA Account, logging in to the Forum is simple. The invitation is open for individuals, IHRSA members, and non-members to create their complimentary IHRSA account.


IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, 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 activity promotion.

IHRSA maintains a leadership role in advancing physical activity, which is critical to global health and the battle against obesity and chronic lifestyle disease. IHRSA provides its members and clubs around the world with benefits and resources to help them better prepare for and get through all situations that arise. IHRSA supports policies that promote more active lifestyles to foster a healthier, happier, more prosperous world.

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