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IHRSA Opening the Gate

With more than 8,000 eager attendees from more than 60 countries, the IHRSA show is sure to be full of energy. And there's no doubt that there will be plenty to do. With well-known keynote speakers and numerous seminars to choose from, the opportunities for learning and networking are practically limitless over the four-day show held March 16-19 at the Moscone Center South in San Francisco.

Start the show off right, relax and raise a pint, as the spirit of Ireland overtakes at the show's official opening ceremony, “Erin Go Bragh!” Be there Wednesday, March 16, at 8 pm as live Irish music and a pint of Guinness allow for some great networking that you won't want to miss.

The first keynote speaker, nutrition guru Dean Ornish, will speak on the “Power of Lifestyle Change” on Wednesday, March 16, at 1 pm. Ornish is the president of the Preventative Medicine Research Institute and the author of the New York Times' bestselling books: Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease; Eat More, Weigh Less; and Love & Survival. With an extensive education and background in health, Ornish is sure to be enlightening.

Later that day, head over to the “Get Active America! 2005 Rally” being held at 7:30 pm. Last May, more than 150,000 Americans visited IHRSA clubs during the first Get Active America! Week, and, at this event, find out what's in store for the second edition of the industry effort to promote physical activity and prevent obesity.

Then on Thursday, March 17, join keynote speaker and former Commander in Chief of U.S. Central Command, General Tommy Franks, at 8:45 am for “Leadership, Management…and the Difference.” During the session, General Franks will illuminate the difference between managing people and leading them to be responsible, empowered and confident.

On Friday, March 18 at 9 am, be sure to catch keynote speaker Phil Jackson, who led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships in his nine years as coach and guided the Los Angeles Lakers to the 2000 and 2001 NBA title. He'll be speaking about “Creating Championship Teams,” something his record shows that he knows how to do.

The final keynote speaker on Saturday, March 19, at 1 pm will be football analyst and former Washington Redskins star quarterback, Joe Theismann. In his presentation, “Managing to Win!” Theismann will outline the game plan that brought him success both on and off the football field by urging individuals and organizations to set goals and correct errors each step of the way — an approach that's sure to build momentum.

In between keynotes, be sure to check out seminars, panels and forums covering 16 tracks. Tracks include: fitness and personal training, healthcare and wellness, human resources, leadership, management and operations, member services and retention, programming and community development, sales and marketing, special populations, supplier seminars, tennis, advocacy, behavior change strategies, combating obesity, financial analysis and program management.

If that wasn't enough to do, don't forget the trade show floor, which will open its doors on Thursday, March 17 at 1 pm. The floor will also be open for you to peruse Friday, March 18 at 11 am and Saturday, March 19 starting at 8:30 am. Expect to see countless vendors of various fitness products and services.

But don't worry about finding the time to fit in a good workout. Make sure to visit the trade show floor for early morning exercise classes and workouts at 6:30 am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

And, for one final IHRSA hurrah, check out the grand finale on Saturday, March 19 at 7 pm. Enjoy several ethnic cuisines at the closing reception as you celebrate the industry once more before leaving the streets, and the gates, of San Francisco.

Special Events

Tuesday, March 15

9:00am - 4:30pm

Pre-Convention Workshop

Building a Health Promotion Business or Product Line in a Health Club Setting — Michael O'Donnell, Ph.D., American Journal of Health Promotion (Pre-Registration Required)

Wednesday, March 16

8:00 am - Noon

Certification Exams

8:30 am - 10:00 am

Concurrent Sessions

8:30 am - 12:00 pm


30 Days to Success — Guaranteed — Mike Chaet, Club Marketing & Management

8:30 am - Noon

Tennis Forum

8:30 am - 4:30 pm


Group Fitness Management Seminar — Cathy Spencer Browning and Terry Browning, Body Training Systems

10:30 am - Noon

Concurrent Sessions

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Fair Competition Open Forum
(By Invitation Only)

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Supplier Seminar

Profit from the ‘Science Behind Exercise’ with New Leaf's Metabolic Testing & Programming for a Healthy Waist Line & Bottom Line — Stephen A. Black, MEd, PT, ATC/L, NSCA-CPT, Rocky Mountain HPC and Gary McCoy, MA, NASM, ACPT, Evolve Corp.

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

General Session

The Power of Lifestyle Change — Dr. Dean Ornish, Preventive Medicine Research Institute

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Concurrent Supplier Seminars

  • Feed Your Group Exercise Bottom Line with Multi-Week ‘Series’ Programming

  • The Shocking Truth: Lives are Being Saved by AEDs at Health Clubs

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

1st Annual IHRSA Technology Summit

Generating Revenue & Enhancing Profitability Through Technology

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Independent Club Council (ICC) Meeting
(By Invitation Only)

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Industry Leadership Council (ILC) Meeting
(By Invitation Only)

4:45 pm - 5:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions

7:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Get Active America! 2005 Rally

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Opening Reception

Thursday, March 17

6:30 am-8:30 am

Exercise Classes

7:00 am-8:30 am

Continental Breakfast

8:30 am - 8:45 am

IHRSA Annual Meeting

8:45 am - 10:00 am

General Session & Awards


Leadership, Management … and the Difference — General Tommy Franks (USA-Ret.)

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Global Industry Summit

Magnetic Service: Creating Passionately Devoted Customers — Chip Bell
(By Invitation Only)

1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Trade Show

1:15 pm - 2:45 pm

9th Annual IHRSA Financial Panel

An Updated Financial Outlook on the Club Industry

  • Moderated by Rick Caro, Financial Management, Inc.

  • Panelists will include Wall Street Experts from both Debt & Equity Perspectives

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Concurrent Networking Open Forums & Sessions

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Concurrent Networking Open Forums & Sessions

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

MACMA Member Reception

Thirsty Bear Brewing Co.
(By Invitation Only; To RSVP Call 888-596-2262)

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

American Council on Exercise (ACE) Achievement Awards

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

New England Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (NEHRSA) Reception
(By Invitation Only; To RSVP Call 800-228-4772)

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

California Clubs of Distinction Member Reception

The Sports Club LA San Francisco
(By Invitation Only; To RSVP Call 888-313-1532)

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Planet IHRSA Reception

(Registered International Club Attendees Only)

7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

IHRSA's Leadership Recognition Dinner

Grand Hyatt at Union Square
(By Invitation Only)

Friday, March 18

6:30 am - 8:30 am

Exercise Classes & Early Morning Workout

7:00 am - 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - 10:30 am

General Session & Awards Presentation

Creating Championship Teams — Phil Jackson

11:00 am - Noon

Concurrent Feature Presentations

  • Personal Finance Tips for Everyone — Jean Chatzky, Financial Editor, NBC's Today Show

  • Insight Selling — Heather Shea Schultz, Canaan Consulting Group and former President/COO of The Tom Peters Co.

  • Kill Darius! — Jay Singer, ACCESS Dynamics, LLC

  • Metabolic Biochemistry & Anti-Inflammatory Sports Medicine: The Athletes' Unfair Advantage — Dr. Barry Sears and Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra

  • Healthy Aging & the Compression of Morbidity: The Ultimate Goal of Health Promotion — Dr. James F. Fries, Stanford University

11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Trade Show

12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Networking Forum

Club Controller's Networking Forum — Anita Lawlor, IHRSA (Pre-Registration Requested)

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Concurrent Networking Open Forums & Sessions

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

ACE Member Forum / Town Hall Meeting

Saturday, March 19

6:30 am - 8:30 am

Exercise Classes & Early Morning Workout

7:00 am - 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast

8:30 am - Noon

Trade Show

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Concurrent Sessions

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Special Presentation!
Managing to Win!
— Joe Theismann

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Grand Finale

Exhibitor List

Exibitor Booth Number
(As of Jan. 19, 2005)
A Best Enterprises Inc 410
A-1 Textiles & Hospitality Products 737
ABC Financial Services Inc. 411
ActivTrax, LLC 2611
Aerobics & Fitness Association of America 838
Affiliated Acceptance Corporation 2429
Air Structures American Technologies Inc. 826
American College Of Sports Medicine - ACSM 118
American Council On Exercise 1531
American Hotel Register Co. 231
American Specialty Health 412
Ancor Information Management 54
Apex Fitness Group 2601
Aphelion, Inc. 424
ASF International 1333
Aspen Information Systems Inc. 2616
Association Insurance Group 3321
Athletic Business 733
Balanced Body Pilates 541
BIOMETRICS Nutrition & Fitness 406
Biospace Inc. 2811
Body Bar Systems 2526
Body Bike North America 130
Body Masters Sports Industry Inc. 1623
Body Training Systems 2721
Bodyblade/Hymanson Inc. 2346
BodySpex 140
BookingPlus Inc. 2708
BOSU/Fitness Quest 2525
Brewer's Ledge Inc. 1544 437
Card Integrators 2511
CardioVision 2803
Cat Eye Fitness 3019
CEMCO Fitness Products Inc. 741
Centaur Floor Systems LLC 310
CheckFree Corp. 1823
City Blends Inc. 2331
Clean For You, LLC 107
Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro magazine 727
Club Life Media 2715
Club Marketing & Management Services, Inc.-C.M.S. 100
Club Pak - Jenkins/Athens Insurance Co. 313
Club Performance Network 2633
Club Wipes USA 2539
Computer Outfitters 104
Concept2, Inc. 414
Conexion 2507
Connor Sports Flooring Corp. 2537
Coral Springs Software 208
Core Spinal Fitness System by MedX 1929
COSMED S.r.l. 441
Creative Agency Group Hartford Insurance Company 311
Creative Health Products, Inc. 2732
CSI Software 717
CTA Sports 233
CYBEX International, Inc. 1001
Digilock 315
DINOFLEX Manufacturing Ltd. 126
DMX MUSIC - Corp. Off. & Local Sales Office 2630
Dr. Smoothie Enterprises 2533
drj designs, inc. 944
Dyna-Flex International 87
EFI Sports Medicine 1835
Entre Prises Climbing Walls 530
Exerflex 723
Exertron Sports Medical LLC 36
Expresso Fitness Corp. 2619
First Service 735
FitCentric Technology, Inc. 3106
Fitness & Wellness Insurance Agency 337
Fitness First Products 73
FITNESS INSURANCE.COM A division of Jewell Insurance 2629
Fitness Management Magazine 306
FitnessInsite 2141
Fitnsurance Protocol Management Co. 37
Fitter International Inc. 844
FreeMotion Fitness 1023
Gerflor 101
Gerstung 2501
GETMEMBERS Direct Mail 339
GP Industries 2137
Graham/Meus Inc. Architects 2738
GYM WIPES-2XL Corporation 2719
h/p/cosmos Sports & Medical GMBH 200
Hampton Fitness Products 301
Harbinger Sports 1541
Healthcare Intl - First Degree Fitness 111
HealtheTech, Inc. 2144
Healthy Inspirations 325
Hex Tanning 439
Hitech Trainer 2636
HOIST Fitness Systems, Inc. 511
Hollman, Inc. 2519
HurUSA (distributed by Med-FitSystems) - Ab Hur Oy 527
Hydrorider by Coco Consulting 2801
In The Paint 2610
InFlight Fitness 142
Intelametrix 2808
International Play Co. Inc. 338
Iron Grip Barbell Co. 1523
Ivanko Barbell Co. 825
J & R Technical Services Inc. 2829
Jacobs Ladder 120
JCH International 213
K & K Insurance Group Inc. 2517
Keiser 1921
Kellion Golf 110
KID-FIT “Physical Education For Preschoolers” 3211
KoalaPlay Group 331
Konami Sports Life Corp. 1937
Landice Treadmills, Inc. 238
Les Mills International Ltd. 2231
Life Fitness 1301
Life is Good Inc. 2831
Life Measurement Inc. 2431
Lincoln Equipment Inc. 2635
Lyon Workspace Products 945
Magnetic Autocontrol 2538
Mateflex 82
Matrix Fitness Systems Corp. 831
Max Rack 241
McArthur Towel & Sports 2505
MembersFirst 2530
M-F Athletic Company/Perform Better 2044
MicroFit Inc. 2513
Millenium Fitness/BodyCycle International 101
Milnor Laundry Systems 828
Moor Spa Inc. 106
Motion Picture Licensing Corp. 3311
MyGym Fitness System 2339
National Academy Of Sports Medicine (NASM) 2701
National Council of Strength and Fitness 237
Nautilus Health & Fitness Group 2201
Negative Space 228
New Leaf Health & Fitness Products - A Unit of Angeion C 2121
Northwest Rubber Mats Ltd. 72
Novagrass International Inc. 235
NSCA Certification Commission 432
NuStep Inc. 2817
Oakstone Wellness Publishing 45
Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative 538
OpenAire Inc. 2714
OPTP 434
Orthometrix Inc. 207
Otomix 1444
Pacific Health Labs 3420
Paramount Fitness Corp. 1323
Parterre Vinyl Flooring System 2728
Peak Performance 2522
Personal Training on the Net 307
Petra Hygienic Systems 326
Philips Medical Systems 830
Pilates Method Alliance 2531
Plastic Display Co. 336
Pneumex 2625
PolarElectro, Inc. 417
Power Systems 321
Powerbar Inc. 122
Powerful Promotions, Inc. 434
Powergrid Fitness Inc. 3215
PowerMax Fitness Corp. 88
Precor Inc. 1601
Pure Inventions 2731
QuanComm Inc. 121
RB Rubber Products Inc. 2613
Ready Care Industries 2812
Recognition Systems, Inc. 430
Retention Management 2608
Rogerball Inc. 61
Safe-O-MatLocks 2612
Sales Makers 408
Salutron Inc. 433
Sasaki Associates 2609
Select Amenites Perpetual Motion Sport 53
Soft Heat Inc. 2730
Speed Queen, Alliance Laundry Systems 119
Spencer Medical Inc. 2639
Sports & Fitness Insurance Corp. 834
Sports Display Inc. 2439
Sports Mark 2712
Sports Solutions Inc. 2435
SportsArt America 1635
Sportsbeat, Inc. 2634
SPRI Products Inc. 1829
Springfield Corporation 2825
Stagestep Inc. 330
Star Trac 815
STL International Inc. Teeter 2534
Sunlight Saunas 2641
Susan K. Bailey Advertising 2618
Synergie By Dynatronics 327
Tanita Corporation of America 2821
Technogym 1901
The Club & Spa Synergy Group 2638
The Pilates Coach 739
TKO Sports Group Inc. 62
TMI Salt Pure Corp. 210
Trainer's Wholesale 227
TravelFit 129
Treeforms Inc. 2604
Tropic Craft 2524
Troy Barbell & Fitness 534
TRUE Fitness 401
Tune Belt, Inc. 836
Turnstile Security Systems Inc. 2614
U.S. Rubber Recycling Inc. 123
VersaClimber/VersaPulley 2423
Visual Fitness Planner 2709
Vita-Mix 335
VoiceScapes On-Hold Marketing 236
Woodway USA 215
Worldwide Sport Nutrition 204
WRS Group Ltd. 38
Yeadon Fabric Structures Ltd. 729
Youth Fitness Solutions 2827
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