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Coutts wins IHRSA leadership award


IHRSA’s European Club Leadership Award was presented to Nick Coutts in October, during the 13th Annual IHRSA European Congress in Madrid, Spain. This award recognises the European


health club leader who has done the most to advance his or her company, and the fitness industry as a whole, through strong leadership and performance. Coutts has worked in the industry since


1991, first for Holmes Place – including as CEO of Holmes Place Iberia – and, since 2011, as CEO of Fitness Hut. Fitness Hut, which operates six clubs in Portugal, provides what Coutts calls ‘premium low-cost’ fitness “at a time when the local population is economically stretched and not able to pay traditionally priced health club fees”.


Coutts has worked in the health and fitness industry since 1991, starting his career at Holmes Place


Coutts also received a career achievement


award at the 2012 MANZ Portuguese national fitness convention and frequently presents at industry events. “In contributing towards these


Fitness Hut currently has six clubs in Portugal, which are classed as a ‘premium low-cost’ offering


Events diary Visit www.ihrsa.org/calendar


7 November 2013 Powerful Connections: Key Strategies to Guarantee Success with Social Media (Webinar)


12–15 November 2013 ChinaFit / IHRSA China Management Forum – Nanjing, China


12 December 2013 Simple Truths of Service (Webinar)


12–15 March 2014 IHRSA 2014: The Annual International Convention and Trade Show – San Diego, California, US


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conferences, my belief and motivation is to spread the word with regard to providing premium low-cost fitness – affordable yet high quality – rather than trying to protect my secret from the competition,” he says.


Healthy weight does not equal healthy BMI


A new study has discovered that adults with a healthy body weight may still have an unfavourable body mass index (BMI). The study of more than 1,500 people


showed that one in five men and one in three women have a higher than average BMI, in spite of the fact that their actual body weight falls within what is considered to be a normal range. These findings are important, because high


BMI can result in heart disease, heart attacks, diabetes and high blood pressure. The study – conducted by researchers


at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, US and published in The American Journal of Cardiology – came off the back of previous research which showed that, despite being of healthy weight, individuals may still be carrying excess body fat.


AGAP’s conference took place in September


Registration is open for IHRSA 2014, the association’s 33rd Annual International Convention & Trade Show, taking place on 12–15 March at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California, US. The fitness industry’s premier annual


gathering consistently attracts thousands of industry professionals from all over the world for four days of inspiration, education and networking. Registration rates will increase after 15


November, and again after 24 January. Visit www.ihrsa.org/convention to learn more and to register at the lowest available price.


300 take part in AGAP conference in Portugal


IHRSA partner AGAP held its annual conference just outside of Lisbon, Portugal, from 27-28 September. More than 300 participants took part


in presentations on various topics over the two days, beginning with Exercise is Medicine. Meanwhile Carla Carvalho Dias, founder of both Visão Integrada and Top Service Academy in Portugal – who also spoke at IHRSA’s European Congress in October – received a standing ovation following her lecture on customer service. Another highlight of the event was a


sponsor showcase featuring 16 companies, including top suppliers such as Technogym, Precor, Nutrisport and Gerflor.


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About IHRSA


Founded in 1981, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association is the only global trade association, representing more than 10,000 health and fitness facilities and suppliers worldwide. To learn how IHRSA can help your


business thrive, visit www.ihrsa.org Locate a quality IHRSA club at www.healthclubs.com


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