AFS Reports from IHRSA 2018!

By Josh Leve, AFS Founder & CEO The annual Convention & Trade Show of the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) was held March 21-24 in San Diego. From the AFS corporate perspective, we held over 30 meetings with a wide variety of fitness industry leaders including major equipment suppliers, new-wave technology firms, certifying organizations, influential trainers, and leading studio operators. It was great, as always, to connect with AFS Advisory Council members, including [...]

By |April 19th, 2018|Categories: SFIC|


NEWS RELEASE AFS Launches SUCCEED! 1st-ever major Business Convention & Expo for current and aspiring studio/gym owners! (OAKLAND, CA, April 12, 2018) – The Association of Fitness Studios (AFS) today proudly announced the launch of SUCCEED! – the first-ever major Business Convention & Expo for current and aspiring studio/gym owners! The event will be April 12-14, 2019 at Hotel Irvine, in Irvine, CA. SUCCEED! will be an event like none other in the fitness industry with 2.5 [...]

By |April 19th, 2018|Categories: SFIC|

FitMatch Launches a New Social App!

FitMatch is a social app that connects fitness enthusiasts such as workout buddies, training partners, running partners and much more. Whether you're in need of a spotter, running partner or swimming buddy, FitMatch makes it easy to connect with people in your area, using geolocation technology. Each user can create a brief bio and share photos to find the perfect workout buddy in your area that matches your personality and fitness interests. The matching algorithm [...]

By |March 26th, 2018|Categories: SFIC|

Ngo Okafor, Successful Personal Trainer & Creator of FitMatch

Ngo Okafor is an entrepreneur and trainer, a father and a philanthropist. He spent his childhood bedridden in Nigeria, where his dedication and hard work lead him to have his mother photo copy class notes when he was confined to the hospital to keep up with his school work. Ngo moved to the United States to study computer science at the University of Connecticut. He took up boxing at the relatively advanced age of age [...]

By |March 26th, 2018|Categories: SFIC|

Tips for Becoming a Successful Personal Trainer

Are you interested in becoming a personal trainer? This kind of work certainly has a huge range of advantages from the fun and social aspects of the working environment to the individual challenges of specific clients and their goals. But becoming a great personal trainer isn’t easy. Here, Dakota Murphey shares some tips to help you on your way to success. Get the right qualifications The term ‘personal trainer’ is not regulated legally, so anyone [...]

By |February 22nd, 2018|Categories: SFIC|

Risk Management through eLearning in the Sports & Fitness Industry

The fitness industry today has an unusually high employee turnover rate, especially among millennials. As a result, facility owners are constantly having to train new staff members, resulting in increased expenses and lost revenue. eLearning can be a valuable tool to both retain staff members and to reduce the cost of training new employees. eLearning keeps its users up to date with industry standards, trends and current events. Mobile learning is also a cost-effective means [...]

By |February 21st, 2018|Categories: SFIC|

All Fitness Facilities Need Professional Liability Protection

What are the primary liability exposures for fitness facilities? By Jennifer Urmston Lowe / National Account Manager / Sports & Fitness Insurance Corp. There are four primary types of liability exposure common to all health clubs, gyms and fitness studios: First, premises liability. This relates to the facility itself and applies to any member, guest or visitor. Examples of premises liability injuries that can lead to claims include slip and fall on the sidewalk, over [...]

By |February 14th, 2018|Categories: SFIC|

The Liability of Cannabis-Enhanced Fitness Classes

As medical and recreational marijuana use becomes legal in some states, many health club and gym owners are trying to figure out if cannabis-enhanced classes could be a growth opportunity. An article in Club Industry explores how some yoga and fitness businesses are allowing members to consume their own marijuana before class, while others are offering their own organic edibles as part of the program. While this can be a viable way to attract new [...]

By |February 14th, 2018|Categories: SFIC|

Do Waivers Really Work or Are They “Not worth the paper they are written on”?

By Jennifer Urmston Lowe Sports & Fitness Insurance Corp. When I talk to health club and gym owners at any of our industry events, I almost always get one of two responses regarding the subject of liability waivers. Either the owners think their waiver is going to protect them from claims and they don’t need to pay for “those high insurance premiums” or they think the waiver “isn’t worth the paper it is written on” [...]

By |February 14th, 2018|Categories: SFIC|

November 2016 ResourceBeat Article – The Importance of AEDs in Health Clubs & Gyms

By Jennifer Urmston Lowe, National Account manager, Sports & Fitness Insurance Corp. This article is intended to provide an overview of automated external defibrillator (AED) devices in response to the recent Club Industry article covering a case in which an AED was featured (INSERT LINK?). AED’s should be used as part of a formal, comprehensive safety program. There are a number of resources listed below that can help with guidelines for establishing an AED safety [...]

By |February 14th, 2018|Categories: SFIC|

Sexual Harassment: How to Protect Your Fitness Business

By Jennifer Urmston Lowe, National Account Manager, Sports & Fitness Insurance Corporation With recent headlines showing a growing number of claims of sexual harassment and sexual abuse across varying work places and industries, it is more important than ever to understand what sexual harassment is and how to prevent it in order to protect your members and employees, as well as, your fitness business. What is Sexual Harassment? According to the United States Equal Employment [...]

By |February 14th, 2018|Categories: SFIC|

It’s a New Year! Protect Your Fitness Business in 2018!

With the New Year, it is a good time to review your fitness business. Are you offering new classes or are you hosting any special events? It is important to also review your insurance coverage and to make sure you are covered for any new programs, services or products. Always reach out and ask your agent if you are covered when you change your offerings or if you host any special events on site or [...]

By |January 25th, 2018|Categories: SFIC|

Building Sustainable Results, Beyond The January Rush, Through Nutritional Supplements

Fitness professionals are often called upon to be the first responders of New Years Resolutions. We’ve all seen the influx of new customers in the first quarter of the New Year with their exodus by Q2. According to Nielsen’s Global Consumer Exercise Survey, 78% of adults exercise and according to the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), 68% of adults consume dietary supplements regularly. Think about it... nearly 7 out of 10 of your customers are already [...]

By |January 25th, 2018|Categories: SFIC|
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