Let's face it: 2001 won't go down as the greatest year in our industry's history. The recession and economic uncertainty cut into consumer spending, which, in turn, cut into memberships sales.

If you're afraid that 2002's business climate will be as equally cold, then you need to heat things up. And what better place to heat things up than the warm, Southwestern destination of Phoenix?

IHRSA 2002, the association's 21st annual international convention and trade show, will be held from March 6 to 9 at the Phoenix Civic Place. Promising plenty of innovation and lots of inspiration, IHRSA's show is the perfect destination for club operators looking to make the most out of 2002.

Fitness professionals interested in adding new products to their facilities will be happy to hear that the show hall will occupy 250,000 square feet of space. Exhibitors will display entire equipment lines, and, in some cases, introduce new models. Best of all, the early morning workouts will allow operators to try out the equipment firsthand — to see how it will fit into their clubs.

In addition to providing an opportunity to shop for new products, IHRSA 2002 will offer an excellent networking opportunity, with more than 70 countries represented at the event. And the educational tracks will provide attendees with information on a variety of topics — from club management and sales to programming and operations.

Many great guest speakers will also be on hand in Phoenix, sharing their thoughts on timely subjects. Expect standing-room only on Saturday, March 9, when Dr. Kenneth Cooper will present “The Role of the Health Club Industry in Addressing America's Health Care Challenges” — a free session open to all attendees.

To find out more about IHRSA 2002 — and to learn how to attend — visit www.ihrsa.org.

Schedule at a Glance

Tuesday, March 5

8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Certification Exams & Workshops (pre-registration required)

3 p.m.-8 p.m.
Registration Desk Open

Wednesday, March 6

7 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Registration Desk Open

9 a.m.-9:45 a.m.
Attendee Orientation Session

9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Responder Training

9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Supplier Seminars (pre-registration required)

9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Certification Exams & Workshops (pre-registration required)

10 a.m.-noon
Concurrent Workshops

11 a.m.-6:30p.m.
Golf Tournament

12:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m.
Fair Competition Open Forum (pre-registration requested)

12:15 p.m.-1:45p.m.
Latin American Forum

2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Concurrent Workshops

4:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.
European Forum

4:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.
Concurrent Workshops

7:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
Opening Reception

Thursday, March 7

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

7:30 a.m.-9 a.m.
Networking Continental Breakfast

7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Registration Desk Open

9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
IHRSA Annual Meeting
General Session
Customers From Hell and What They Can Teach You Gary Heil

10:45 a.m.-noon
Concurrent Sessions

10:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
Global Industry Summit (by invitation only) 10 Essential Steps to Build Your Brand Al Ries, author/consultant

1 p.m.-6 p.m.
Trade Show

1:45 p.m.-3 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

1:45 p.m.-3 p.m.
IT Forum

1:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m.
Tennis Forum

3:30p.m.-4:45p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Industry Awards Reception, featuring Nova 7

7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Spa Business Reception (by invitation only) Presented by IHRSA & ISPA

7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Planet IHRSA, the International Attendee Reception (by invitation only)

Friday, March 8

6:30 a.m.-7:25 a.m.
Exercise Class

6:30 a.m.-7:25 a.m.
Exercise Class

6:30 a.m.-7:25a.m.
Tsubo-Tai Class

6:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
Early Morning Workout

7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Registration Desk Open

7:30 a.m.-9 a.m.
Networking Continental Breakfast

7:35 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
Yoga Class

9:15 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
General Session

21st Century Leadership & Emotional Intelligence
Robert Cooper

10:45 a.m.-noon
Concurrent Sessions

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

12:30 p.m.-3 p.m.
Club Controller's Networking Forum
Sponsored by CheckFree Health & Fitness

1:45 p.m.-3 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

1:45 p.m.-3 p.m.
Canadian Forum

3:15 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Human Resources/Legal Counsel Forum (pre-registration required)

3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.
CFO Forum (by invitation only)

3:30 p.m.-5 p.m.
Minority Forum

Saturday, March 9

6:30 a.m.-7:25 a.m.
Exercise Class

6:30 a.m.-7:25 a.m.
Exercise Class

6:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
Early Morning Workout

6:45 a.m.-8:45 a.m.
Concurrent Workshops

7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Registration Desk Open

7:30 a.m.-9 a.m.
Networking Continental Breakfast

7:35 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
Yoga Class

9 a.m.-10 a.m.
Feature Presentation

The Role of the Health Club Industry in Addressing America's Health Care Challenges
Dr. Kenneth Cooper

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

10:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions

11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

7:30 p.m.-10 p.m
Grand Finale

R&R

With its full range of exhibitors, events and seminars, the IHRSA 2002 show will certainly keep you busy. But why would you want to be busy the entire time you are in Phoenix? As the old saying goes, “All work and no play makes you one boring fitness professional.” (Or something like that.)

Whether looking for a great dining experience or tourist sites, you'll find plenty to do in Phoenix. And if you enjoy outdoor activities — oh, boy, is Phoenix the city for you.

Like to golf? Phoenix boasts 180 of the state's 300 golf courses. And over the last six years, Greater Phoenix has added more golf courses than any other place in the United States. So bring your clubs.

Looking for a little adventure? Well, then, March kicks off whitewater-rafting time. If you prefer dry land, Phoenix offers a variety of trails to challenge any hiker or biker.

To find out more about things to do in Phoenix, check out www.phoenixcvb.org

Exhibitor List and Booth No.

A Best Enterprises, Inc. 2019
A-1 Textiles & Hospitality 2619
Ab Dolly Plus 300
Ab Hur Oy 2232
Adams Design and Marketing 2519
Aerobics & Fitness Association of America 338
Affiliated Acceptance 2720
AGM Group 1621
Air Structures 431
Airex/Alusuisse Composites 3017
AM-FINN Sauna Co. 2647
American Body Building 2434
American Council On Exercise 824
American Fitness Professionals 2813
AMT Systems, Inc. 1914
The Apex Fitness Group 2542
Aphelion, Inc. 2742
Aqua Massage International, Inc. 200
AremisSoft Hospitality 1625
Ascent Products, Inc. 3018
ASF International 2318
Aspen Information Systems 435
Association Insurance 2646
Athletic Business 2017
AV Now 2446
The Balance Bar Co. 2930
Balanced Body 1610
Balazs, Inc. 1316
Ball Dynamics International, Inc. 3035
BetaData Systems, Inc. 2024
BIOMETRICS Nutrition & Fitness 2342
Biotonix 1414
Body Bar Systems, Inc. 2613
Body Masters Sports Industry, Inc. 2124
Body Training Systems 1816
BodyCycle/Millenium Fitness International 1812
Bodystat USA, Inc. 3029
BookingPlus, Inc. 2212
BOSU Balance Trainer 1949
BroadcastVision Fitness Cinema 3124
Card Integrators 2113
CardioTheater/ClubCom 1936
CardioTech 1738
Caredesign 1417
Cascade Fitness Technologies 202
CEMCO Physical Fitness 337
Centaur Floor Systems LLC 2217
Century Inc. 3118
Chadsworth & Haig 1515
CheckFree Corp. 2312
Classic Woodworking, Inc. 1841
Clormatic, A Division of Huron Tech Systems 1421
Club Industry 2123
The Club Insider News 1324
Club Marketing & Management 100
Club Resource Group 110
Club Systems 3236
Club-Pak 2938
Coco Consulting & Trading 205
Computer Outfitters 1920
Concept2, Inc. 2924
Consumer Targeted Direct Mail Advertising 1847
Cosmopro, Inc./Pevonia Intl. 1517
Creative Agency Group Hartford Insurance Co. 2940
Creative Health Products, Inc. 2934
CRS Products International, Inc. 2115
CSI Software 1718
CSSI 2936
CYBEX International, Inc. 420
CYCLEFX/Hollywood Engineering 405
Cymetry Inc. 2844
Cytech, Inc. 737
DDF (Doctor's Dermatologic) 1510
Delta Play Co. 1907
Design Tec 2213
DietMaster Pro by Lifestyles Technologies Inc. 2346
Digilock 209
DINOFLEX Manufacturing Ltd. 2129
DMX/AEI Music 1423
Dodge-Regupol, Inc. 116
Donald DeMars International 3132
Dr. Smoothie Enterprises 2842
EBM Publications 1839
EFI Sports Medicine 638
Ektelon 3137
Electro-Steam 2118
Elixir Tonics & Teas 3133
Eltron Card Printer Products 3136
Encore Marketing International Premier Fitness & Wellness 2112
Entre Prises Climbing Walls 2612
Environmental Pool Systems/POOL THING 1740
Exerflex 806
F.I.T. Leasing 335
Fabiano Designs International 2644
Faust Management Corp. 1322
Fiberesin Industries, Inc. 2021
Fidelity Global Resource Group 2636
First Credit Services, Inc. 2713
First Service 2127
Fit America, Inc. 332
FitLinxx 230
Fitness First 1624
Fitness Management Magazine 2116
Fitness Pak Insurance 409
Fitness Plus 2445
Fitness Venture Group 2643
FitnessMX.com 1648
Fitnus Chart Series 207
FitSync 2114
Fitter International Inc. 3224
Flex Fitness Systems 634
Fortress Locker Systems 2244
Free Motion Fitness 1110
FreeStyle USA 2442
Full Swing Golf, Inc. 2142
Futrex, Inc. 3135
The Gatorade Co. 2044
Gerflor Industries, Inc. 2945
Gerstung 2216
Giovane Medical Services Inc. 1813
Goalsetter Systems, Inc. 1834
GP Industries 234
Graham Meus Architects 037
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters 240
Gym Pro Shop, Inc. 2843
Hafele America Co. 1948
Hampton Fitness Products 130
Harbinger Sports 2412
HealthCare Dimensions 3016
healthclub.com 1628
HealtheTech, Inc. 1924
Healthy Inspirations 1935
Heavy Metal Fitness Products 2104
HOIST Fitness Systems 2534
Hollman, Inc. 906
Hot Skins Bodywear 2345
HRH Insurance 2517
Humane Manufacturing LLC 2716
Icarian Fitness Equipment Fitness Products International 624
IDEA Health & Fitness Association 1326
Ideal Products 3130
In-Flight Products 304
Inertia Strength Systems 1737
InSTEP 1528
Inter-Images, Inc. 1916
International Fitness Club Network 330
International Play Company, Inc. 238
International Tanning Equipment 2317
Iron Grip Barbell Co. 723
Island Oasis 2914
Ivanko Barbell Co. 206
Jacob's Ladder Exercise Equipment. 2942
Jewell Insurance Associates 1320
Joel B. Cantor AIA Architect 3034
Johnsonite 2548
K & K Insurance Group, Inc. 3014
Keiser 732
Kidzpace Interactive, Inc. 3039
Korr Medical Technologies 2735
KOS-USA 2634
Langdon Wilson Architecture Planning Interiors 2449
Life Fitness 510
Life Measurement, Inc. 2738
Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins 3036
Lonseal, Inc. 2737
LPG USA, Inc. 1627
M-F Athletic Co. 334
Magnetic Automation Corp. 1807
Magnum Fitness Systems 220
Mateflex 2518
Matrix Fitness Systems 738
Maxion Design 3134
Medtronic Physio-Control Corp. 2818
MedX 96, Inc. 2624
MembersFirst 437
MicheleBell.com 1846
MicroFit, Inc. 2418
Milpar Enterprise Co., LTD. 105
Mondo USA 2917
Motion Picture Licensing Corp. 2916
MT International, LLC 2815
NAPMA National Association of Professional Martial Artists 907
NASA 120
National Academy Of Sports Medicine (NASM) 2640
National Payment Systems 336
Nautilus 528
New Balance Athletic Shoe 2524
New Leaf (A Unit of Angeion) 1930
Next Proteins International 2031
Nicros, Inc. 3032
Northwest Rubber Mats, Ltd. 305
Novagrass International, Inc. 1837
NSCA Certification Commission 3030
NuGym Inc. 2638
NuStep, Inc. 1742
OBI Software 1634
Ohlson Lavoie Corporation 1623
Omron Healthcare, Inc. 2014
OpenAire, Inc. 2545
Oreck XL Vacum 1636
Oscoda Plastics, Inc. 2013
Otomix 2616
Paramount Fitness Corp. 210
Pawling Corp. 1912
Peak Body Systems - A Division of Progressive Dynamics 1836
Peak Performance 1746
Pellerin Milnor Corp. 3131
Perfetto Sportswear 2012
Persona 1850
Personal Training on the Net 1815
Petra Hygienic Systems International Ltd. 2443
PHI Enterprises, Inc. 1750
Philadelphia Insurance 2350
Philips Medical Systems 3031
The Pilates Coach 1620
Planet Yoga, Inc. 1626
Polar Electro, Inc. 706
POLESTAR Education 1615
Power Music 2733
Power Systems 2817
Powerhouse Pilates 1617
POWERJOG, Inc. 400
PowerLung, Inc. 1424
PowerWave 1416
Precor Commercial Division 610
Premium Performance Training 1635
Pro Maxima M.F.G. 3038
Q-Sport, LLC 1639
Quantum Fitness Corp. 602
Quik n' Crispy 2821
RacerMate, Inc. 2027
Rapidtron 1942
RB Rubber Products, Inc. 401
Reebok International, Ltd. 724
RMA (Racquetball Manufacturer Association) 201
Robbins Sports Surfaces 1842
Rockville Partitions Inc. 1638
Roma Steam Baths, Inc. 239
RSN Promotionals, Inc. 2739
Runagain Enterprises 3042
Safe-O-Mat Locks 2416
Sales Makers 433
Salutron, Inc. 1419
Sasaki Associates 1835
Schwinn 538
SCIFIT 838
ShapeMaster USA 341
Sockwise, Inc. 2715
Soft Play, L.L.C. 1748
Speed Queen, Alliance Laundry 1844
Sports & Fitness Insurance 608
Sports Mark 2029
Sports Solutions, Inc. 1611
Sports Supplement Encylopedia 2107
SportsArt America 3024
SPRI Products, Inc. 2918
Stagestep, Inc. 1637
Star Trac 710
Steam Sauna 1622
Stone Soap Co., Inc. 407
STOTT PILATES Inc. 2424
Strive Enterprises 2132
Structures Unlimited, Inc. 2816
Summit Cycles 1947
Summit Flexable Products 2617
Summit Learning Systems 235
Sun Ergoline/Sun Industries 2649
Susan K. Bailey Advertising 2242
Sussman Lifestyle Group 1420
TanAmerica 1310
Tanita Corp. of America 1734
Technogym USA Corp. 410
Teeter Hang Ups Division of STL International 1945
Thera-Band Products/Hygenic Corp. 2547
Thomas Plummer Co. 2745
TKO Sports Group, Inc. 922
Trackmaster 340
Treeforms, Inc. 2621
Tri-C Club Supply Inc.-Duffy's 1520
Tropic Craft Aluminum 3041
TRUE Fitness 910
TUFF STUFF 2324
Tuflex Rubber Flooring 2512
Tune Belt, Inc. 1928
Under Armour Performance Apparel 2838
Uni Mac 2516
Universal Companies, Inc. 1735
Utah College of Massage 1521
VersaClimber 2120
VITAWELL SPA/Oxide 104
WaterRower, Inc. 2712
Wings Marketing, Inc. 1422
Woodway USA 2016
Worldwide Sport Nutrition 2026
Yeadon Fabric Domes, Inc. 2520
YogaFit Training Systems Worldwide 301
Youth Fitness Solutions 237