IHRSA and REX Roundtables Agree on Strategic Partnership

Stemming from this partnership, new Roundtables, a talk show, and more are on tap.

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BOSTON, MA—The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) announced a strategic partnership with REX Roundtables for executives on various initiatives. The partnership aims to enhance the business, leadership, and management skill set of fitness industry owners and operators to strengthen the overall industry.

“REX Roundtables is known for their expertise in bringing industry leaders together with a highly productive networking and learning ecosystem that strengthens professional relationships,” said Nicole Johnson, Senior Director. “IHRSA’s collaboration with REX will facilitate the formation of additional roundtable groups and also enhance a broader sharing of knowledge and expertise that will benefit the entire industry.”

Eddie Tock, CEO of REX Roundtables, agrees. “REX is excited to partner with IHRSA to combine our expertise with theirs,” said Tock. “IHRSA’s tireless work in helping clubs stay open and persevere during this current crisis has brought industry stakeholders together and strengthened our industry.”

IHRSA and REX’s relationship is long-standing, as many REX members served on the IHRSA Board of Directors and some as president. The pandemic fortified their partnership. In 2020, IHRSA staff regularly attended REX Roundtables events to grasp its full value for the fitness industry—proving to be a critical and unique avenue to release knowledge and expertise.

“With over 32 years of experience in facilitating roundtables, we have helped owners and managers pre-COVID build successful businesses,” said Tock. “During COVID, the power of peer support and empathy proved invaluable for the clubs involved with REX. And as we come out of COVID, this strategic partnership will allow IHRSA and REX to help our industry reposition, rebuild, and revive.” Perhaps this sentiment is best captured in the video (below) produced in partnership between REX and IHRSA that was inspired by the idea of reconnection in light of the highly anticipated 2021 IHRSA event.

In addition to offering new REX/IHRSA Roundtable groups, IHRSA and REX are launching Talks & Takes, a monthly industry talk show sponsored by ABC Fitness Solutions. Talks & Takes features industry veterans Brent Darden, Sara Kooperman, J.D., Bill McBride, and Blair McHaney discussing current topics and hot issues and closes with a lively “after chat” question and answer period. The first episode aired on January 27. Learn more and register for future shows here.

As part of the new agreement, each month in Club Business International (CBI) magazine, REX will share key insights and learning from its extensive, global roundtable discussions. REX will also work with IHRSA on specific educational and networking programming for the IHRSA Convention.


Eddie Tock, eddie@rexroundtables.com
Nicole Johnson, nj@ihrsa.org

About REX Roundtables

REX is designed specifically for business owners and executives who are passionate about getting better and achieving dramatically better results. A REX Roundtable is a personal, advisory board composed of 15-18 smart and successful individuals who meet regularly to help each other improve the performance of their business and the quality of their personal lives. REX carefully crafts the chemistry of each Roundtable so there are no competitors, strong similarities, yet a broad range of complementary expertise among the members. Founded in 1989, REX has over 250 members with 2,700+ clubs in more than 25 countries.


IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, is a not-for-profit trade association representing the global fitness industry of over 200,000 health and fitness facilities and their suppliers.

IHRSA maintains a leadership role in advancing physical activity, which is critical to peak health and fight the battle against obesity and chronic lifestyle disease. As one of the world’s leading authorities on the commercial health club industry, IHRSA’s mission is to grow, promote, and protect the health and fitness industry, while providing its members with benefits and resources. IHRSA and its members are devoted to making the world happier, healthier, and more prosperous through regular exercise and activity promotion.

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