How to Prepare for IHRSA 2019

March 7, 2018

IHRSA 2019 is almost here! Thousands of fitness professionals will pour into San Diego, CA again this year to network with one another and share their knowledge of the industry. This year will feature over 100 education sessions, more than 400 exhibitors from around the globe at the trade show, and numerous networking events. Attending IHRSA makes it easy to connect with the industry’s most successful and passionate people and hear their stories and advice for building a fitness business.

Are you ready?

Determine What Sessions to Attend

With over 100 educational sessions, there are plenty of presentations to attend. These sessions are taught by some of the most successful individuals in the health club industry. Hearing what they have to say will allow you to walk away from IHRSA with dozens of new ideas and strategies that you can implement at your club. Make sure you run through this year’s agenda to determine which educational sessions will be most useful for helping your fitness business reach its goals.

With so many sessions to attend, it’s hard to keep track of when and where presentations are happening. Make sure you download the 2019 IHRSA mobile app to help you stay organized. The app will allow you to curate your own personal schedule based on what you want to attend and access location and speaker information at any time.

Expand Your Network at IHRSA 2019

With so many successful industry professionals attending IHRSA this year, it is the perfect opportunity for you to expand your professional network! There are several networking events built into the event, such as the Opening Reception, the Continental Breakfasts, and the Making Connections Orientation. But don’t stop there! Continue to reach out to speakers and other event attendees during the time that you are there.

One easy way to expand your network at IHRSA 2019 is through the mobile app. If you download the app, you’ll be able to see the other attendees and connect with them directly on the app. This is a simple way to reach out to someone new and find a time that works for you both to meet.

Don’t forget to meet the event sponsors! The sponsors of IHRSA love getting to know the attendees of the events and may have some helpful advice or tools that your fitness business can take advantage of. ABC Financial is proud to be an IHRSA sponsor again this year. We have been able to serve over 7,000 health clubs throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Puerto Rico. So stop by booth #3414; we’d love to meet you!


Explore San Diego in Your Free Time

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San Diego is a beautiful city with so much to explore, so make time to get out and explore all that the city has to offer! The San Diego Convention Center sits right on the edge of the ocean and has breathtaking views. If you have the evening free, take a walk along the marina and through some of the parks nearby. The convention center is also only a short walk of the historic Gaslamp Quarter, with dozens of shops and restaurants.

Here are a few of our favorite restaurants to try:

  • Tin Fish Gaslamp– try San Diego’s famous fish taco (walking distance)
  • The Old Spaghetti Factory– you may need the carbs after your morning workout session, try the lobster mac-and-cheese (walking distance)
  • Stone Brewing Tap Room– a great place for networking and sipping some San Diego craft beer after a long day
  • Gaslamp Strip Club– you can cook your own steak
  • Cafe 222– delicious California breakfast


We hope to see you at IHRSA 2019!