Boston — The Club Industry East show held May 27-30 in Boston offered attendees insight into how to target their audience, offer programming appropriate to today's changing clientele and enhance ancillary revenue. The conference featured more than 85 seminars in nine tracks.
Dr. Nancy Snyderman offered the keynote about how societal changes have affected people's weight, eating habits and physical activity levels, something the NBC News chief medical editor writes about in her book, “Diet Myths That Keep You Fat.”
In a town hall meeting, panelists from the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association, Millennium Partners Sports Club Management, National Council on Strength and Fitness, and the International Association of Continuing Education and Training discussed pending personal trainer licensing legislation. (For more about this legislation, go to www.fitnessbusinesspro.com). The panelists discussed variations in bills from Massachusetts, New Jersey and California, and whether the industry should do more to regulate itself.
Will Phillips, CEO of REX Roundtables and founder of greenhealthclubs.org, moderated a panel session in which the three panelists discussed green architecture, recycling and new cardio equipment that converts energy generated by exercising members into electricity (see related story on page 12).
Traffic in the exhibit hall was steady for most of the event, with attendees visiting nearly 100 exhibitors.
“Club Industry East was a solid effort that brought together all elements of the fitness world,” says Group Show Director Zari Stahl. “We were gratified with the interest in our keynote address and special events.”
Next year's show is scheduled to take place in New York City.