With the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Laguna Mountains to the east, the Anza-Borrega Desert to the north and Mexico to the south, San Diego is a beautiful city with ample opportunities for recreation and fitness, making it the perfect setting for the 27th annual International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association's (IHRSA) International Convention and Trade Show.

This is the first time the show has been held in San Diego in nearly a decade. The change in location and the conference's motto — IHRSA 2008: The One for All — signals an emphasis on a more global and inclusive event, says Joe Moore, IHRSA president and CEO.

“With such a variety of attendees, from operators of small studios, innovative franchises and every variety of independent club operation, they gather for one reason,” Moore says in a statement, “to make the world a healthier place through regular exercise.”

This year's event will draw more than 12,000 attendees and more than 400 exhibiting companies, according to IHRSA spokesperson Rosemary Lavery. The show begins Wednesday, March 5, and runs through Saturday, March 8, at the San Diego Convention Center, which is located across the street from San Diego's popular Gaslamp Quarter that houses more than 125 restaurants, coffee houses and nightclubs.

IHRSA 2008 will feature a number of special events. From 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, Bob Woodruff, ABC News anchor and reporter, will give the keynote titled “In an Instant.” Woodruff will recount his own personal experiences and perspectives on career and family after surviving a roadside bomb attack that struck his vehicle while reporting near Taji, Iraq.

From 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 7, global business visionary Kjell Nordström will give the second keynote titled “Funky Business.” Nordström will address the importance of being different and creative.

“Kjell Nordström brings us a ‘funky’ look at how to achieve business success,” Moore says. “A global top-10 rated management thinker, his presentation on ‘Funky Business’ has generated worldwide raves as he takes an irreverent look at an important topic — how to compete successfully.”

Feature presentations at IHRSA 2008 include Dick Vitale's “The Game of Life” from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, and Ronald Davis' “Improving the Health of the Nation Through Policy, Lifestyle and Treatment.” Vitale, a well-known college basketball analyst, will share his secrets for tackling problems with optimism. Presented by the American Journal of Health Promotion (which is holding sessions in conjunction with IHRSA 2008), Davis' presentation will focus on his experience as a doctor and president-elect of the American Medical Association.

The show also features multiple opportunities for networking. Attendees and suppliers can mingle while enjoying entertainment, hors d'oeuvres and cocktails at the opening reception from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, at the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina.

Attendees are also invited (pre-registration required, plus an additional fee) to attend The Beach Bash for Augie's Quest to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association's ALS research program from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, March 7. In March 2005, Augie Nieto, who co-founded Lifecycle Inc. (now known as Life Fitness Inc.), was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Natalie Morales of “The Today Show” will emcee the fundraiser, and all attendees are encouraged to wear their best surfing attire for a true California experience.

Because a growing number of IHRSA 2008 attendees come from outside the United States, IHRSA is offering an International Club, a place for world travelers to relax, have meetings, mingle and check their e-mail. The conference will also offer a series of educational sessions that will be simultaneously translated into a variety of languages, including Spanish and French.

The trade show floor will be open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 6; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 7; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 8. The floor will also be open for early morning workouts and classes from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 7, and Saturday, March 8.

This year's show features 11 educational tracks, including a series of sessions that focus on how to help your club go green by becoming more environmentally conscious. Certification examinations and workshops will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5.

Atendees can end the show on a fun note, by attending the IHRSA 2008 farewell barbecue (pre-registration required, additional fee applies) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 8. The relaxed outdoor barbecue will give all attendees a final chance to mingle and network, and — most importantly — one last dose for all to enjoy the San Diego sun.

IHRSA 2008 Schedule of Events

Wednesday, March 5
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Certification examinations and workshops
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. Concurrent sessions
10:30 a.m. - noon Tax-exempt competition forum
10:30 a.m. - noon Concurrent sessions
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Feature Presentation,
session topic and speaker to be determined
3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Concurrent sessions
5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Keynote: “In an Instant,”
Bob Woodruff, ABC News anchor and reporter
8 p.m. - 10 p.m. IHRSA 2008 opening reception
Thursday, March 6
6:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Exercise classes
7 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Networking focus groups continental breakfast
8:30 a.m. - noon Workshops
9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Industry leadership council meeting
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Supplier seminars
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. IHRSA's Global Leadership Summit
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 12th Annual IHRSA Financial Panel:
“An Updated Financial Outlook on the Club Industry, ”
Moderated by Rick Caro, president, Management Vision Inc.
1 p.m. - 6 p.m. Trade show, San Diego Convention Center, halls A-F
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Concurrent interactive forums
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Feature presentation: “The Game of Life,”
Dick Vitale, college basketball analyst, ESPN
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Concurrent interactive forums
6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Regional receptions
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Planet IHRSA reception for international attendees
Friday, March 7
6:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Early morning workouts and exercise classes
7 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Networking focus groups continental breakfast
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Keynote: “Funky Business,”
Kjell Nordström, global business visionary
11 a.m. - noon Feature presentation:
“Improving the Health of the Nation Through Policy,
Lifestyle and Treatment,” Ronald Davis, MD,
president-elect, American Medical Association
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Concurrent sessions
11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Trade show, San Diego Convention Center, halls A-F
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Concurrent interactive forums
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Fourth annual IHRSA Technology Summit
4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Concurrent interactive forums
6 p.m. - 10 p.m. The Beach Bash for Augie's Quest, to benefit the
Muscular Dystrophy Association's ALS research program
Saturday, March 8
6:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Early morning workouts and exercise classes
7 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Continental breakfast
9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Feature Presentation,
session topic and speaker to be determined
9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Concurrent sessions
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Trade show, San Diego Convention Center, halls A-F
11 a.m. - noon Interactive forum
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Interactive Forum
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. IHRSA 2008 farewell barbecue

For more information about IHRSA 2008, go to www.ihrsa2008.org.

Exhibitor List (As of January 7, 2008)

Company name Booth numbers
2XL Corp./Gymwipes 4411
A Best Enterprises Inc. 712
A-1 Textiles 4326
AB Coaster 535
ABC Financial Services Inc. 726
Ab Solo 4046
ActivTrax 4425
Aerobic Microphones Australia Pty Ltd 633
Aerobics & Fitness Association of America 3938
Aeromat/EcoWise Fitness Product 3349
Aeson Flooring Systems 636
Affiliated Acceptance Corp. 3936
Airex 4340
Alexandave Industries Co. Ltd. 322
Alloy Fitness Network 839
American College Of Sports Medicine 304
American Council On Exercise 1026
American Specialty Health 739
Angela Lagana srl 4739
ASF International 2936
Aspen Information Systems 4228
Athletic Business 4321
Athletix Products by Contec Inc. 917
AV Now Inc. 625
Avanti Fitness Inc/CardioGym 4316
Balanced Body Pilates 3236
Ball Dynamics International LLC 1042
BH Fitness 1446
Big Ass Fans 604
Biometrics Nutrition & Fitness 1618
Body Bar Systems 4310
Body Bike North America 622
Body Care Resort Inc. 644
Body Masters Sports Industries Inc. 2944
Body Togs Inc. 406
Body Training Systems 3148
Bodyblade/Hymanson Inc. 4447
Body-Solid 2446
BOSU by Fitness Quest Inc. 3826
Brudden Equipamentos 228
California University of Pennsylvania 4620
Cardiac Science Corp 4224
CDM Sport 510
Celsius Inc. 4221
CEMCO Physical Fitness Products Inc. 722
Centaur Floor Systems LLC 1238
CheckFree 2026
Chi Herbal Formulas 517
City Blends Ltd. 426
Clean Holdings 1148
Club & Spa Synergy Group Consultants 504
Club Industry's Fitness Business Pro 4226
The Club Insider News 4424
CMS-Club Marketing and Management Services 2452
Club Resource Group 1944
Concept2 Inc 1622
Conexion 1304
Connect 18 4520
Connor Sport Court 4325
Continua Health Alliance 620
Coral Springs Software 443
Courtlite by Pacific Energy Solutions 635
Creative Agency Group 1310
Creative Fitness Marketing 1247
Creative Health Products 4512
CRS Products International Inc. 1314
CSI Software 1604
CTA Sport 942
Cybex Intl Inc. 2104; 2004
DietMaster Pro by Lifestyles Tech 4322
DiGilock 1844
Dimension One Spas 3454
DINOFLEX Manufacturing Ltd. 1318
Dr. Smoothie 4644
DSM Food Specialties, Pep to Pro Department 642
Dynaforce 3D 128
Dynamic Research Co.Inc 436
EKHO eart Rate Monitors 614
EO Products 4642
EVERLAST Performance Flooring 1952
Everywhere Products LLC 4641
Expresso Fitness Corp. 3346
Extreme Engineering 4728
EZFacility.com 4542
Fabiano Designs 623
First Service 1316
Fit Rewards 4217
Fitistics LLC 736
FitLinxx 1744
Fitness Anywhere 4146
Fitness Business News 509
Fitness Equipment Depot 817
Fitness Fit Wear 713
Fitness Flooring 822
Fitness Insurance 1043
Fitness Law, Thomas J. Klc & Associates 506
Fitness Management 4122
Fitness Pak, a division of InterWest Insurance 4216
Fitness Underwriters 718
Fitnessbotics Inc. 407
FitnessClubSound.com 1142
FitQuake 310
Fitter International Inc. 1047
Flaps Co. 520
FOREMAN Products Inc. 1248
FreeMotion Fitness 1726
Fundamental Fitness Products 4342
G2i Inc./Gerflor 4721
GDI dba Gottadigit.com 709
Gentle Touch Whitening 4441
Getmembers.com 4348
Glaceau 2046
Go Figure Inc. 4448
Goalsetter Systems Inc. 4623
GOJO Industries Inc. 4225
GP Industries Inc. 1112
Graham Meus Inc. Architects 807
GRAVITY by efi Sports Medicine 920
GymValet/B&D Specialty Concepts Inc. 719
h/p/cosmos Sports & Medical 3650
Hampton Fitness Products 704
Hanzal Morris Design Group Inc. 547
Harbinger/Grizzly Fitness USA 626
HardKore Inc. 1648
Health Club Panel Network 4350
Health Mate Sauna 818
HealthCare Intl. 1850
HealthClubCampaigns.com 3653
Healthways 4218
Helixco 4836
Hoffman Insurance Services/insureyourclub.com 3757; 716
HOIST Fitness Systems 3536
Hollman Inc. 4128
Hoop Gym 616
Hugger Mugger Yoga Products 1038
Human Dynamo 4724
Human Kinetics, Active LivingPartners 2145
Humane Manufacturing LLC 4327
Hydromassage 741
Hydrorider 944
Hydrother 1150
HYPERSTRIKE 708
Ideal Products Inc. 641
International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association 3656; 3554; 3556; 3558; 3655; 3657
IHRSA Regional Associations 4052
Inflight Fitness 403
Inko Sport America 438
Inner Circle 4256
Intek Strength 804
Intelametrix Inc. 4421
International Play Co. 524
International Tanning Equipment 2036
Iron Grip Barbell Co. 1626
Island Oasis 417
I-Trainer International Inc. 837
Ivanko Barbell Co. 1204
JD Max Fitness 508
Jenkins Athens Insurance 809
JLR Associates 4041
Joel B. Cantor, AIA Architect 4223
Johnny G Krankcycle 848
K&K Insurance Group Inc. 3940
Keiser Corp. 1418
KI Software 1147
Kids' Athletic Club 4640
Kidzpace Interactive 4317
KORR Medical Technologies Inc. 224
Landice Treadmills 4136
LEADBOX.COM 1041
Legacy Lockers 717
Lemond Fitness Inc. 2150
Les Mills Intl. 826
Life Fitness 1704
Lifecore Fitness 4439
Lightspace Corp. 4528
Lincoln Equipment Inc. 711
Magnum Fitness Systems 3744
Marpo Kinetics 621
Mateflex 1413
Matrix Fitness Systems 2426; 2530
Maxion Design 4124
Maxuvibe 4628
MBT Physiological Footwear 326
McArthur Towel & Sports 519
MicroFit Inc. 1415
Millennium by Harms Software 3252
Milnor Laundry Systems 1411
MINDBODY Online 819
Mondo 1048
Motivatrix 3950
Motus USA 1126
Munters 3254
MUSCLEDADDY Products 126
Muscle Dynamics/Maxicam 3816
Musculart Inc. 516
National Academy Of Sports Medicine 3942
National Exercise Trainers Associate 720
National Fitness Business Alliance 4426
Nautilus 3216
NESTA 410
New Leaf Health & Fitness 4236
National Federation of Professional Trainers 526
Nice Pak Commercial 618
Nicros Climbing Walls 648
North West Rubber 503
NSCA Certification Commission 1312
Nury Tec Inc. 952
Octane Fitness 3924
Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative (OLC) 1409
Oka b 710
Optimal Design Systems Intl. 522
P&F Brother Ind. Corp. 4349
Paramount Acceptance 3749
Paramount Fitness Corp. 1404
Parisi Speed School 3250
PaviGym USA 1137
Pea Pod Print 4523
Peak Performance 4229
Peak Pilates 3736
Penco Products Inc. 227
Perform Better 3548
Performance Food Centers 4635
Personal Fitness Professionals 4540
Petra Hygienic Systems 3946
Philadelphia Insurance Companies 225
Pneumex Inc. 2354
Polar Electro Inc. 1104
Popular Equipment Finance Inc. 2652
Power Lift 422
Power Plate 3616
Power Systems Inc. 4036
PowerBlock 4450
Precor Inc. 2126
Productive Fitness Publishing 714
Professional Fitness Institute 408
Progressive Products 514
ProMaxima Strength and Conditioning 1750
PureFit Inc. 530
Ravon Invest. 748
RB Rubber Products Inc. 815
Ready Care Industries 4536
RealRydera International LLC 2950
Relaxation Station, Sponsored by Twin Oaks Software 1034; 4328; 4329
Retention Management 835
Sales Makers 1717
Salsbury Industries Lockers 747
Salutron Inc. 2552
Sante Plus Inc. 3353
Saris Cycling Group 4416
Savvier Fitness 4250
Scazu Inc. 4624
SCIFIT 3136
Shape.net Software 404
Soft Play 4118
Special Projects Audio 4547
Speed Queen 1417
Spinning, Mad Dogg Athletics Inc. 4436
Sport Coatings 4437
Sports & Fitness Insurance Corp. 4116
Sports Solutions Inc. 4336
SportsArt Fitness 1326
SportsBeat 715
Sportsmark 4227
Sportwall Intl. Inc. 3844
SPRI Products 2018
Star Trac 2915
Steam Sauna 640
Steelstretch Sports Performance Apparel 619
STOTT PILATES 1120
Strive Enterprises 2752
Sun Ergoline 4242
Sunlight Saunas 836
Supplement RX Nutrition Systems 532
Susan K. Bailey Advertising 4423
Suunto 613
Swiss Therapeutic Training Products 4636
Tanita Corporation 603
Technogym USA Corp. 2404; 2418; 2504
Teks, Training Enhanced Kenetic Systems 637
The Dietz Partnership LLC 4622
Thin & Healthy's Total Solution 4222
TKO Sports Group USA LTD 1346
TMI Salt Pure Corp 4323
Total Sports Creates Inc. 418
Treeforms Inc. 4435
Tropic Craft Inc. 4215
TROY Barbell 1138
TRUE Fitness 3336
TuffStuff Fitness Equipment Inc. 904
Tuflex Rubber Flooring 4639
Tune Belt Inc. 4126
Twin Oaks Software 1035
U.S. Rubber Sportfloor Systems 740
UltraSun USA Inc. 4736
Umax Strength 607
Unelko Corp. 4153
UniMac 4315
United Leasing 1249
Valeo Inc. 610
Vectra Fitness 4043
VersaClimber 1322
Vibration Health Solutions 507
Vision Financial Corp. 738
Visual Fitness Planner 125
Vitabot Online Nutrition 948
Volo Innovations 448
Volume Fitness 2052
WaterRower Inc 4035
Wellness Health Education Network 841
Wellness Image 950
Wellworks 935
WOODWAY 3916
Woori Health Bank Co. Ltd. 1051
Worldwide Sport Nutrition/MET-Rx 811
XPSIZE/First Degree Fitness 536
YogaFit Training Systems Worldwide Inc. 4219
Youth Fitness Solutions 936
Zoom Media 940