It's not hard to see the silver lining here: the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association's (IHRSA) International Convention and Trade Show turns 25 this year, and to celebrate, the fitness industry is taking over Las Vegas, March 20-23, 2006.

The show's theme, “Celebrating Silver. Going for Gold,” reflects on where the industry has been during the past 25 years and where it's going, according to IHRSA. The show will also mark another passage — John McCarthy's final trade show as executive director of IHRSA.

“We take brief pause to celebrate our accomplishments as an association and industry over the past 25 years, then enthusiastically turn to our most important objective: to dramatically increase health club membership and likewise amplify our capacity to positively influence the overall health and well being of people worldwide,” McCarthy says.

The event will feature more than 400 exhibiting companies and nearly 240,000 square feet of trade show space, which is necessary to accommodate the 10,000 people who are expected to attend the four-day conference and trade show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, says Brooke Correia, IHRSA spokesperson.

The show will also offer several learning opportunities with educational tracks in fitness and personal training, health care and wellness, human resources, management, member service and retention, operations, programming, sales and marketing and technology. Because the show is held in conjunction with the American Journal of Health Promotion's 2006 Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference, advocacy, financial impact, innovation and practical skills will also be offered as educational tracks.

In addition, two keynote presentations and three featured speakers highlight the show. Keynote speakers Jim Collins, author of Built to Last and Good To Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't, and Ken Blanchard, author of The One Minute Manager, will both speak on leadership and advancing your business. Collins will reveal the successful habits of visionary companies from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 21, and Blanchard will present on what great leaders know and do from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 22. Featured speakers include Deepak Chopra, founder of the Chopra Center for Well Being; Stephen Lundin, organizational culture expert and author of FISH!; and Steven Blair, president and CEO of the Cooper Institute. Chopra will speak on working for peace and the soul of healing, Lundin will present on his FISH! philosophy, and Blair will discuss the physical inactivity epidemic.

Other show events include the second annual technology summit from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 20, and the gala evening to raise money to support Augie's Quest to Cure ALS from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22, at the Las Vegas Hilton.

As usual, show attendees will also have a chance to check out new fitness trends and products first hand at exercise classes at various times throughout the show and during early morning workouts from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 22, and Thursday, March 23. The trade show floor will be open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21; from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22; and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 23.

Whether you want to buy new products or learn about new trends, this show offers a “golden” opportunity for you to advance your business and knowledge.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

MONDAY, MARCH 20

8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.
Concurrent sessions

8:30 a.m.-noon
Workshops

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Workshops

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Certification workshops and exams

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Workshops

10:30 a.m.-noon
Fair competition open forum

10:30 a.m.-noon
Concurrent sessions

1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
General session
: Working for Peace Featuring Deepak Chopra, founder, Chopra Center for Well Being

2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
2nd Annual IHRSA Technology Summit

Featuring Pete Kight, founder and CEO of CheckFree Corporation

3 p.m.-4 p.m.
Concurrent sessions

4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Concurrent sessions

7 p.m.-8 p.m.
Feature presentation

FISH! Philosophy
Featuring Dr. Stephen C. Lundin, Organizational Culture Expert and Author, FISH!

8 p.m.-10 p.m.
Opening reception

TUESDAY, MARCH 21

6:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m.
Exercise classes

7 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
Networking focus groups and continental breakfast

8:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m.
IHRSA annual meeting

8:45 a.m.-10 a.m.
General session, awards presentation

‘Good to Great’ and ‘Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies’ Featuring Jim Collins

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Concurrent seminars

11 a.m.-1 p.m.
10th Annual IHRSA/Life Fitness Global Industry Summit

1 p.m.-2:30 p.m
10th annual IHRSA financial panel

1 p.m.-6 p.m.
Trade show

2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Concurrent networking open forums

4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Concurrent networking open forums

6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Planet IHRSA Reception
(Registered International Club Attendees Only)

7:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
IHRSA's Leadership Recognition Dinner

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22

6:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
Exercise classes and early morning workout

7 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
Networking focus groups and continental breakfast

9 a.m.-10 a.m.
General session and awards presentation

The Secret: What Great Leaders Know … and Do Featuring Ken Blanchard, Ph.D.

11 a.m.-noon
Concurrent sessions

11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Trade show

2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Concurrent sessions

4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Concurrent networking open forums

7 p.m.-10 p.m.
Augie's Quest to Cure ALS Gala Evening

THURSDAY, MARCH 23

6:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
Exercise classes and early morning workouts

7 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
Continental breakfast

8 a.m.-9 a.m.
Concurrent sessions

9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Concurrent sessions

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
IHRSA Tennis Forum

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Workshop

10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Trade show

2:30 p.m.-4 p.m.
Feature presentation

The Physical Inactivity Epidemic
Featuring Dr. Steven N. Blair, President and CEO, The Cooper Institute

6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Grand finale

EXHIBITORS' LIST
(As of January 19, 2006)

INSTITUTION NAME BOOTH #
3D Art Pte Ltd 2079
A Best Enterprises, Inc. 1380
A-1 Textiles & Hospitality 1580
ABC Financial Services, Inc. 1941
Abloy Security, Inc. 877
Ab-ulous Meals 2949
Accufitness, LLC 2387
ActiveXL 2374
ActivTrax 2740
Admiral Furniture 1693
Advecor 417
Aeson Floor Systems 642; 545
AFAA 2372
Affiliated Acceptance 1782
AGM Group/Aeromat 2179
AirStructures Worldwide, Ltd. 978
All American EFX 321
All American Pharmaceutical 323
American College Of Sports Med 1792
American Council On Exercise 2749
American Hotel Register 1778
American Specialty Health 2744
Anti-Oxidant Laser Scanner 2489
Apex Fitness Group 739
Aphelion (now part of CheckFree) 1259
Aqua Detox USA 2977
Aqua Products 1284
ASF International 2217
Aspen Information Systems 2965
Association Insurance Group 2661
Athletic Business 1376
Athletix Products by Contec 1588
Australian Barbell Co 1781
AV Now, Inc. 2971
B & D Specialty Concepts, Inc. TBA
Balanced Body Pilates 2071
Ball Dynamics International 1791
BEST Lights, Inc. 1489
Big Ass Fans 2887
Biodex Medical Systems 324
BioGuard Commercial Pool Care 2750
BIOMETRICS Nutrition & Fitness 1677
Biospace, Inc 1981
Blends-4-You 2733
Blue Fish Corp. 1182
Body Bar Systems, Inc. 1692
Body Bike North America 2879
Body Masters Sports 2057
Bodyblade/Hymanson, Inc. 2680
BodyRev 538
BodySpex 2488
BodyWedge 21 LLC / BW21 LLC TBA
BookingPlus Inc. 2551
BOSU, Balance Trainer by 2533
Britanne Corp. 2937
Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) TBA
BroadcastVision Entertainment 1787
Brudden Equipamentos Ltda 2741
BSDI 706
California Tanning Supply TBA
California, University of 234
CalorieKing Wellness Solutions 981
Cardiac Science, Inc. TBA
CARDIOLATES 1386
Cascade Fitness Technologies 2953
Cascade Water Gallery 2483
Cat Eye / Source Distributors 339
CDM Sport 1381
CEMCO Physical Fitness 2257
Centaur Floor Systems LLC 2641
Chorus Systems GmbH TBA
City Blends Cafe 2571
Clinician's Choice, Inc. 2686
Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro 1589
CLUB INSIDER 2934
Club Marketing & Management 112
CLUB PAK — Jenkins/Athens 641
Club Performance Network 2658
Club Resource Group 617
Club Wipes 2286
Colorado Altitude Training 1593
Commercial Building & 1491
Computer Outfitters 2764
Computerease Ltd 1388
Concept2, Inc. 2617; 2619
Conexion 2287
Connor Sport Court 1378
Cooper Institute for Aerobics 2924
Coral Springs Software 2942
CORE Sports Performance 523
COSMED SRL 517
Creative Agency Group 738
Creative Fitness Marketing 527
Creative Health Products, Inc. 2652
CRS Products International 2645
CSI Software 2241
CTA Sport 1780
Cuts Fitness for Men 2721
Cuts Fitness for Women 2723
CYBEX International 1617
DietMaster Pro 439
Digilock 2282
Digital Pulse Analysis 2933
DINOFLEX Manufacturing Ltd. 624
DiPietro & Associates, Inc. 2983
Dosho Design, Inc. 2687
Dr. Smoothie 2283
drj designs, inc. 2479; 2579
Duomed, Inc./Armasport 2922
Easy Zone Weight Loss and 2819
efi Sports Medicine 2425
Electro-Steam 2625
Emergency First Response 1286
Entre Prises Climbing Walls 1275
EQUILIBRIUM 2771
Exertron Sports Medical LLC 1890
Expresso Fitness Corp 2355
EZ Facility.com, Inc. TBA
Fabiano Designs 2649
First Service 626
Fit Rewards 2748
FitDV Inc. 2961
FitLinxx, Inc. 1271
Fitness and Wellness Insurance 521
Fitness Anywhere, Inc 2180
Fitness Fit Wear 2939
Fitness Flooring 2052
Fitness In Motion TBA
Fitness Management 975
Fitness Pak Insurance 1683
Fitness Underwriters 2378
FitnessAge 2762
FitnessInsurance.com 2549
Fitnus Chart Series 1578
FitRhythms 639
Fitter International, Inc. 2883
FitvibeUSA 524
FormoStar Direct TBA
FreeMotion Fitness 1337
FUNdamental FITness PROducts 2484
GAMETIME 2684
Gerstung 1953
GETMEMBERS.com 2081
Gliding Professional 2678
GP Industries 2849
Graham/Meus Architects Inc. 2627
Gymstick International 2683
GymWipes-2XL Corp 2677
GyroGym, Inc 516
h/p/cosmos sports & medical 771
Hampton Fitness Products 1391
Harbinger Sports 2541
Health Club Managers, Inc. 2921
Health Mark, Inc. 2918
Health Mate Sauna 2940
HealthCare International, Inc. 1387
HealtheTech, Inc. 1179
HEX Tanning 2046
Hoffman Insurance Services 419
HOGGAN Health Industries, Inc. 616
HOIST Fitness Systems 2225
Hollman, Inc. 2050
HR Pro Shop 2957
HRH Insurance Agency of MA 2754
Hugger Mugger LLC 2824
Humane Manufacturing 525
Hur 2417
HYDROCO, INC. 2835
Hydromassage 979
Ideal Products, Inc 2820
IHRSA 2635; 2655; 2653
In The Paint 2756
InFlight Fitness 317
Inko Sport America 1889
Intek Strength 1071
IntelaMetrix 2845
International Court Soccer 2959
International Play Co 2185
Iowa Sports 1776
Iron Grip Barbell Co 1553
Island Oasis / Power Blendz 421
Ivanko Barbell Co 1671
Jacobs Ladder 520
JCH Int'l 2760
Joel B. Cantor AIA Architect 2284
Justwise Group Ltd 2186
K & K Insurance Group, Inc. 1679
Keiser 1471
KI Software 971
Kidzpace Interactive, Inc. 2654
Konami Sports Life Corp. 1871
korebalance by SportKAT 2926
KORR 2785
Les Mills North America 2871
Life Fitness 1317
Life is good 1078
Life Measurement, Inc. TBA
Lifestyle Family Fitness 2822
Lifewave by Vital Edge 1279
Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins 2987
Living Essentials/Chaser 1689
M.S. Plastics and Packaging 1481
Mateflex Modular Surfaces 1374
Matrix Fitness Systems 2041
Maxion Design 1876
Mayo Clinic Health Management 802
McArthur Towel & Sports 522
Medifit Corporate Services 702
MEMBERSFIRST, INC. 1281
MicroFit, Inc. 2621
Millenium Fitness/BodyCycle 416
Milnor Laundry Systems 2629
MindBody Online 1583
Mondo USA 2334
Motus USA 631
Moving Prospects 2843
Muscle Dynamics 2333
Muscle Marketing USA, Inc. 2390
My Training Card 1493
Mystic Tan, Inc 423
Nat'l Academy Of Sports Med 643
National Council on Strength 2385
National Exercise & Sports 2925
Nautilus 717
New Leaf Health & Fitness 2263
Nicros Climbing Walls 976
Noramco Fitness/Super Treads 1480
North West Rubber 2381
NSCA Certification Commission 1878
NuStep, Inc. 630
Nutrakinetika Corp. 2722
Oakstone Wellness 709
Octane Fitness 839
Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative 1382
OpenAire Inc. 2581
Optimal Design Systems 1586
OPTP 2827
Oreck Vacuum TBA
Organizational Wellness 708
Orthometrix, Inc. 338
Otomix 2648
Panasonic 2753
Paramount Acceptance 2682
Paramount Fitness Corp. 1139
PaviGym - USA 872
Peak Performance 1951
peakwellness.com 2587
Penco Products, Inc. 2586
Perform Better 1579
Performance Food Centers 2382
Personal Training on the Net 2660
Petra Hygienic Systems 2728
Philips 1947
Pilates Method Alliance Inc. 1083
Planet Body, Inc. TBA
Plastic Display Leadboxes 1681
PNEUMEX, INC. 1379
Polar 2371
Popular Leasing 1694
Posi-Trak 1079
Power Music Inc 2083
Power Plate North America 939
Power Systems 2759
Powertec, Inc. 2471
Precor Inc 1641
PrePak Products 2778
Prime Time Boxing Camp 2929
Productive Fitness 2758
Progio/Companion Worlds TBA
Promaxima Fitness 1777
Promote It International 2379
Pure Inventions LLC 1786
PureFit Inc. 2656
Quantum Fitness Corp. 2859
Rapidtron 2181
RB Rubber Products, Inc. 2828
Ready Care Industries 2557
RenoSys Corp 2944
Retention Management 2776
RMT Fitness 1788
Rocky Mountain University 710
Safe-O-Mat Locks 2280
Sales Makers 2565
Salsbury Industries 2679
Salutron, Inc. 2781
Saris Cycling Group 2853
Sasaki Associates 2718
Schmidt Structural Products 2588
SCIFIT 1959
Secure Minutia 2288
Shape.net Software 2486
Shuttle Systems 2585
Smooth Fitness 2349
Soltron 1163
Spectral Journeys, Inc 1479
Speed Queen — Alliance Laundry 316
Sports & Fitness Insurance 2370
Sports Display, Inc. 2048
Sports Solutions Inc. 1680
SportsArt Fitness 1353
Sportsbeat, Inc. 2823
Sportsmark Enterprises Corp. 1880
Sportwall International, Inc. TBA
SPRI Products 2247
Stamina Products, Inc. 420
Star Trac 1917
Steam Sauna 2927
STL International, Inc. 620
STOTT PILATES 1151
Strive Smart Strength 2341; 2435
Stroops 2291
Structures Unlimited, Inc. 2923
Summex Health Management 806
Sun Ergoline 1159
Sunlight Saunas 980
Susan K Bailey 2841
Synergie By Dynatronics TBA
Taraflex Sports Flooring 1178
Targit Fit 2717
Technogym USA Corp. 1017
The Club & Spa Synergy Group 2720
The Core Spinal Fitness 1371
The Pilates Coach 2273
The Silver Sneakers 740
The Wellbridge Co 2826
Thomas Plummer Co 2663
TKO Sports Group, Inc. 325
TMI Salt Pure Corp 2726
Treeforms 1678
Tropic Craft 1882
Troy Barbell & Fitness 2671
True Fitness 1657
True Star Health TBA
TruForm Fitness 2478
Trumba Corp. 2936
Tuff Stuff Fitness Equipment 2361
Tune Belt, Inc. 2271
Twin Oaks Software 2725
U.S. RUBBER SPORTFLOORS 539
UltraSun USA, Inc. 2941
UniMac 2829
United Leasing, Inc. 2742
Vaccination Services & Health 808
Vectra Fitness 2235
VersaClimber 1563
Vertispace 1185
Visual Fitness Planner 535
Vitabot 2482
VivaTru 2951
VoiceScapes On-Hold Marketing 2659
Vortex Fitness Equipment, LLC 1585
W.W. Grainger, Inc. 2651
Waring Products 1081
WaterRower, Inc. 1483
Welch Allyn, Inc. TBA
Wellcoaches Corp 810
Wellcorp, Inc. 608
Wellsource, Inc. 711
WIN Products, Inc. 2825
Woodway 1169
Worldwide Sport Nutrition 2561
X-Vest 531
YEADON FABRIC DOMES, INC. 2664
YogaFit Training Systems 2555
York BarBell Co 1879
Youth Fitness Solutions, Inc 2919
Zoom Media 2724