By: WCC staff
The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) has released some exciting data that conclusively found that fitness facilities are safe and are not contributing to the spread of COVID-19. Millions of member check-in data across 2,873 gyms, sports clubs and boutique fitness centers were analyzed over the course of three months (May 1 – August 6,2020) by IHRSA and MXM. MXM is a technology and knowledge transfer company specializing in member tracking within the fitness industry.
IHRSA and MXM closely examined and compared member check-in data (number of gym visits) from fitness facilities across the country with self-reported infection rates such as Planet Fitness, Anytime Fitness, Life Time, and Orangetheory® Fitness. The study found that a nominal 0.0023 percent tested positive for COVID-19 after nearly 50 million check-ins over that three-month period. There is no evidence that the positive cases originated in gyms themselves. Gyms nationwide have robust COVID-19 safety measures in place.
IHRSA and the Medical Fitness Association (MFA) have formed a strategic partnership! The goal of this partnership is to promote exercise as a primary prevention tool and cost-effective treatment option for people with chronic illnesses.
“The overarching goal of revising the trend of obesity, physical inactivity, and unfulfilled well-being will only be achieved through united efforts and collective influence. We believe that forging a strong relationship with the Medical Fitness Association will help position the health and fitness industry as a crucial part of the healthcare continuum,” said Brent Darden, interim president and CEO of IHRSA.
Our facility offers medical fitness programming and follows the safety and cleaning protocols established by the MFA. Learn more about our affiliation with the Medical Fitness Association at the Member Services desk.
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. Learn more at ihrsa.org.
MXM is the world’s leading experts on Operational Member Experience Management and the only company that solely focuses on the Fitness/Wellness Industry. Learn more at mxmetrics.com.
About the Medical Fitness Association
The Medical Fitness Association is a non-profit organization formed in 1991 to assist medically integrated health and fitness centers achieve their full potential. Learn more at medicalfitness.org.
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