I am so excited that I am headed to the IHRSA Convention this week. IHRSA stands for the International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association. It is the trade association representing health and fitness club industry. I’ve been to the convention several times (twice since I started blogging–read about 2010 here and here (this one tells the amazing story of Kristina Ripatti, the LAPD police officer shot in the line of duty, left a T2 compelling and inspiring.), and 2012 here, here, here, and here (yes there was that much to write about). This year, the convention is at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

IHRSA always has some excellent speakers. This year, they include Chip Conley, author and founder of Joie de Vivre Hotels; Bert Jacobs, co-founder and Chief Executive Optimist of Life is good!; and Peter Sheahan, author and Founder and CEO of Change Labs Australia. There are also some great sessions, which focus on all aspects of the fitness business. Some of the sessions that I have marked to attend are “Create a Successful Personal Training Team,” “Personal Training Management: Building a Foundation for Success,” “A New Medical Model: Integrating the Health Club Professional with the Health Care Team,” “Physical Therapy in the Health Club Setting,” “Manage by Example: Creating a Culture of Service Excellence,” and several others. I still working on my agenda. I’ll miss most of Tuesday’s sessions because I can’t leave the desert until Tuesday mid-morning, but I will make to Vegas in time for the Opening Welcome Reception.

One of the most interesting parts of the IHRSA Convention is the Trade Show. Here is my post about it from 2012.  This is what I wrote about it last year, and it is still appropriate:

Just imagine a whole convention center floor filled with all the latest equipment, technology, accessories, clothing, then add hundreds of fit and fabulous exhibitors, demonstrating, exercising, motivating, talking and teaching. To that mix add thousands of spectator/participants testing out the equipment, taking the exercise classes, measuring, planning, dreaming about how it would all fit in their perfect fitness center. Lot’s of color, music, noise, it’s all there, and it all adds up to quite an experience.

















The photos are all from IHRSA 2012 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

There are a few other things going on during IHRSA week. The company that I work for, WTS International will be hosting a dinner for the staff that are coming to the convention. WTS is a leisure management company that offers services that include conceptual and strategic planning, needs assessment, design consultation, operational consulting, and spa, fitness, and activity management. We operate worldwide, so it will be fun to get together with old friends and meet new ones.

There is another meet-up planned. As you may know, I am a FitFluential Ambassador. Since many of us are in the fitness business, there will be several other Ambassadors attending IHRSA, plus the CEO of FitFluential, Kelly Olexa will be there too. Unfortunately, the get together is scheduled for the same time as my WTS dinner. I hope to scoot in either before or after because I really look forward to meeting Kelly and other blogging friends.

Since I will be in week nine of my La Jolla Half Marathon training program, I will have a couple runs scheduled during the week. A run in Las Vegas, especially on the strip, can be very, um, interesting. Check out my video from my last visit to Vegas:

I’m also bringing my yoga mat (my iphone is loaded with lots of classes), plus there are some great workouts offered at the convention.

So a busy week ahead. My blogging may be spotty, but I will have my computer and will be reporting in. Plus, you can check out #IHRSA2013 on Twitter to get updates on all the goings-on. And of course, I will follow up with reports on everything. And pictures. Lots of pictures.

What does your upcoming week look like? Fitness people..anyone going to the IHRSA Convention?


Disclosure: I received a full registration to the IHRSA convention as a member of the media. Plus I am an affiliate for Yoga Download and earn a few cents if you purchase using the link.

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      She did! Her story really affected me. I was fortunate to be invited to a meet up. She is such an athlete. You should have seen her workout routine both before and after her injury. She really is amazing.
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