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Executive Editor Stuart Goldman looks back at the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association conference and trade show in Las Vegas.
It’s been a few days since we came back from the IHRSA show in Las Vegas, and while we’ve posted a few items here on this blog and elsewhere on the website, I wanted to put all of your leftover Easter eggs in one basket and give you my views from the show.
In the past, I’ve posted blog after blog after blog item from a show, and sometimes the amount can get a little out of hand. But thanks to our new-look system, I can break up items more easily. Think Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback on Sports Illustrated's website, only Peter pulls an all-nighter Sunday to finish his column during the NFL season. I'm just pulling a, oh, two-weeker. Feel free to scroll up and down as you like. Extra points for lasting through the whole thing.
So without further ado, on with the show (blog):
FACT: Augie Nieto worked out more at the IHRSA show than I did.
If you haven't seen Augie on the Octane xRide, you have to check out Pam Kufahl's blog from last week. I shot the video, and I own all the subsidiary rights, both foreign and domestic. I'm thinking about tagging "A Stuart Goldman Joint" to my next directorial project.
Speaking of Augie, the Bash for Augie's Quest was another huge success. It's amazing how much the industry comes through year after year for this cause. This year's event raised more than $1.6 million, increasing the overall total to almost $37 million in eight-plus years. Curves co-founders Gary and Diane Heavin once again went large, contributing $100,000.
Since we were in Las Vegas, the Bash was not short of Elvis impersonators. I saw three there that I remember. There was tall Elvis, John Cusack Elvis and lip-syncing Elvis. I say if you're going to go through the motions of the Elvis get-up, you should at least sing like him.
Pat Monahan of Train was the featured artist, and he and his friends put on quite a show. I forgot how many hits Train has had over the years. Monahan was pretty funny with the crowd, too. Random side note, my favorite exchange from this "50 Ways to Say Goodbye" Train video:
David Hasselhoff: "Hey, Pat."
Pat Monahan: "Hey, Hoff."
Also, my favorite lyric: How could you leave on Yom Kippur?
I enjoyed meeting and interviewing Zumba Fitness co-founders Beto Perez and Alberto Perlman during the show. I think this will be my not-scheduled-but-website-worthy interview story similar to last year's interview with Andre Agassi and Gil Reyes that pretty much came together at the last minute. I hope to have my story online in a few days, and I hope that is before their CBI cover story (that's another magazine, folks) in May. Perlman told me I had good questions, so I hope that translates into a halfway decent story.
Like Augie, the Zumba folks pretty much stole the show, both on the show floor and during their Zumbathon fundraiser that Augie also attended (and did a few moves, I hear). After the Bash, and after Pat Monahan left the stage, Beto led an impromptu Zumba class with the DJ. IHRSA's photos tell us that many of the Newtown Athletic Club folks were there. (Don't deny it, Jim and Linda!) Not only did IHRSA present Perlman with the John McCarthy Industry Visionary Award, but Augie's Quest presented the Zumba founders with its Leadership Award.