The 36th annual International Convention and Trade Show of the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) takes place March 8-11 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
March 8 kicks off with the Making Connections Orientation (7:30 a.m.). From there, a full day of conference programming follows, including a keynote presentation from FutureSight Labs founder Seth Mattison (10:30 a.m.) and the 8th annual Women’s Leadership Summit (1 p.m.). The first day closes with the Opening Welcome Reception at 7:30 p.m.
Exercise classes (6:30 a.m.) and the The Fast Track Continental Breakfast (7 a.m.) jumpstart March 9, the latter of which features three 20-minute presentations. (Both events will repeat on March 10.) Other morning highlights include a keynote presentation from author Martin Lindstrom (8:30 a.m.) and the opening of the trade show floor (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
March 10 features another keynote from Johnny Cupcakes founder Johnny Earle (8:30 a.m.) and continued trade show activity (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Notably, Friday closes with the 12th annual Bash for Augie’s Quest. The initiative, established by industry mogul Augie Nieto, seeks to find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). (Nieto was diagnosed with the disease in 2005.) Last year’s bash raised more than $1.4 million in research funds.
March 11 will feature the final keynote presentation from Zady co-founder Soraya Darabi (11:30 a.m.).
Last year’s event in Orlando drew 10,700 fitness industry professionals and more than 415 exhibitors, according to IHRSA.