After a three-year hiatus, the Club Industry East 2008 Conference and Exposition is back in New York City.

This year's show, April 16-19 at the Javits Center, features keynote speakers and educational sessions, along with a trade show floor packed with the latest fitness equipment, all in the heart of New York City. The Javits Center is within walking distance to some of New York's biggest attractions, including Times Square and Rockefeller Center.

The previous two Club Industry East shows were held in Philadelphia and Orlando.

“We're very excited about returning to New York,” says Zari Stahl, Club Industry East group show director. “We have a great audience in New York. With tons of health clubs and fitness facilities in the New York tri-state area, it's a vibrant show with a great cross section of attendees.”

This year's theme, Focus on Growth, was chosen to inspire fitness facility owners of all kinds — for-profits, nonprofits, schools and universities, and military — to look to the future and plan for success, using the education, motivation and innovation they get from the show to grow their businesses, Stahl says.

More than 3,000 people are expected to attend the four-day show, and more than 100 companies will showcase their latest products and equipment on the trade show floor. The floor will be open from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, and Friday, April 18; and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 19.

The show will feature two free keynote speakers. At 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 17, Gunnar Peterson, Beverly Hills, CA-based trainer to the stars, will dish about his celebrity clients as well as what makes him so successful as a personal trainer and fitness leader. Peterson is regularly featured in consumer magazines such as Elle, In Style, Men's Health, Women's Health and Self. He has also appeared on various TV shows, including “The Today Show,” “CNN Headline News” and “Extra.”

Recent media coverage of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has some people concerned about the cleanliness of their fitness facility. Get the facts about MRSA from an expert. At 11:45 a.m. on Friday, April 18, Michael Phillips, New York University Medical Center's lead infectious disease doctor, will explain what MRSA is and what it means to the fitness industry. Learn who is at risk,how people get exposed,how to prevent MRSA infections inyour facility, and how to educate your clients and staff about MRSA.

“This is for everyone's protection to make them aware and educate them on MRSA,” Stahl says. “It's a hot topic, and this is one of the best guys in the city to address it.”

Other hot topics will be discussed during the show's educational sessions. Thirteen certifying agencies are offering credits for attending these sessions (for a full list of the organizations and the sessions, go to http://east.clubindustryshow.com/east2008). The sessions have been divided into six tracks: management and business development, sales and marketing, wellness and medical integration, creative programming, personal training, and customer service and retention.

New sessions at Club Industry East 2008 include: “Fitness Web Sites 101,” “How to Survive a Low-Cost Competitor,” “What I've Learned in My First Year as a Club Owner” and “Tapping into the Kids' Sports Performance Market.” Back by popular demand are the sessions “Creating a Weight Loss Program for Your Club,” “Thirty Retention Programs in 90 Minutes” and “High Intensity Training.”

The show will also include sessions about reaching seniors, pregnant clients, children, group fitness and other specialty populations, says Stacey Orlick, conference director.

Be sure to start the show off on Thursday, April 17, with the welcome reception that will be held on the show floor from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy beverages and sample some of New York's best-known fare while networking with suppliers and other attendees. It's a great way to kick off a show that is sure to be as fast-paced as the city it's in.

Club Industry East 2008 Schedule of Events

Wednesday, April 16
Noon - 1:30 p.m. B educational sessions
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. C educational sessions
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. D educational sessions
Thursday, April 17
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. E educational sessions
10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. F educational sessions
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Keynote: Gunnar Peterson, personal trainer to the stars
12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Exhibit hall open
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. G educational sessions
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Welcome reception in the exhibit hall
Friday, April 18
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. H educational sessions
10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. J educational sessions
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Keynote: Michael Phillips, MD, hospital epidemiologist, New York University Medical Center
12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. Exhibit hall open
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. K educational sessions
Saturday, April 19
9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. L educational sessions
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Exhibit hall open
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. M educational sessions

Can't make the show?

If you can't make it to New York, you can get a taste of the show by going online to Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro's blog, Behind the Scenes, at www.blog.fitnessbusinesspro.com/fitnessbusinessproblog. The editors will write up their thoughts and observations about many of the keynotes, sessions and products at the show.

Club Industry East 2008 Exhibitor List
(as of February 12, 2008)
Company Name Booth Number
ABC Financial Services Inc. 246
AB Coaster 127
Abcore Fitness Inc. 130
Advantage Sport USA Inc. 356
American Council on Exercise 136
Aspen Information Systems 521
Athletix Products by Contec Inc. 543
Ball Dynamics International 535
Biometrics Nutrition & Fitness 247
Body Care Resort 560
Body Togs Inc. 157
California University of Pennsylvania 533
CheckFree (now part of Fiserv) 501
Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro 102
Club Insider News 547
CloseGrip 144
Creative Agency Group 260
Crunch Fitness 539
CSI Software 254
Everlast Perfomance Flooring 335
Expresso Fitness Corp. 331
E-Z Facility.com Inc. 549
Fabiano Designs International 235
Fitness Anywhere 341
Fitness Equipment Depot 540
Fundamental Fitness Products 546
Gym Source 323
GymValet/B&D Specialty Concepts Inc. 545
Gymwipes-2XL Corp. 361
Hampton Fitness Products 106
Hydromassage 231
ICA-Indoor Courts of America 261
IdeaCast 125
Intek Strength 529
IntelaMetrix Inc. 550
I-Trainer International 138
K&K Insurance Group Inc. 511
KI Software/Motionsoft 537
Landice Inc. 124
Les Mills 110
Liberty Paper & Janitorial Supply 249
Life Fitness 103
Marpo Kinetics 541
Matrix Fitness Systems 223
Mind Your Body 257
National Fitness Financial 123
Octane Fitness 431
OKA B 505
Optimal Design Systems International 460
Paramount Acceptance 360
Paramount Fitness Corp. 115
Perform Better 140
Performance Food Centers 350
Philadelphia Insurance Companies 447
Power Systems Inc. 513
Precor Inc. 315
R/T Fitness 147
Scazu Inc. 448
Scranton Products 161
Shape.Net Software 446
SKIBOW 517
SoloStrength 507
Sports Art America Inc. 131
SPRI Products 347
Star Trac 303
STRIVE 203
Tan & Health Supply 523
TMI Salt Pure Corp. 461
Twin Oaks Software Development 110
Versa Climber 114
Vitabot 357
VitaMix 457
Volo Innovations Inc. 346
WaterRower Inc. 527
Wellness Business Systems 132
Wellness Health Education Network 454
Woodway 509
Worldwide Sport Nutrition/MET-Rx 120
X Vest Inc. 112
XSport Fitness 330

To learn more about the Club Industry East 2008 Conference and Exposition, including detailed information about educational sessions, events and exhibitors, go to http://east.clubindustryshow.com/east2008.