Club Industry 2013: After Vegas vacation, Club Industry headed home

Despite the air of enthusiasm among exhibitors about Club Industry's move to Las Vegas, turnout didn’t increase. In fact, the numbers were down. Not by much, the show director told SNEWS, but enough to return to Chicago for 2013.
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After one Vegas vacation, Club Industry is ready return home to Chicago in 2013.

Despite the general air of enthusiasm among exhibitors about bringing Club Industry to Las Vegas, turnout among exhibitors and attendees didn’t increase with the move. In fact, said Show Director Adam Anderson, the numbers were down. Not by much, he said, but enough to make the show organizers move back to Chicago in 2013.

Numbers down, confidence up

Though final numbers weren’t ready, Anderson noted this year’s show was missing longtime exhibitors Matrix and Woodway, two of five exhibitors that didn’t show in Las Vegas.

“We were only down five companies and exhibitors, which we thought was pretty good considering the state of the fitness industry now,” Anderson said. Most of those companies, he added, were Midwest companies that didn’t make it out to Vegas. Many of them already have made verbal commitments to exhibit at Club Industry 2013 in Chicago.

Attendance also was down, Anderson said, adding that he believes attendance at next year’s show will be better.

“We were down in attendance a little bit,” Anderson added. “We had more of a West Coast audience. We realized after this year we really had built a strong following in Midwest and East Coast. We’re excited to bring the new people we met this year back to Chicago next year.”

Despite attendance being down among both exhibitors and attendees, Mary Drapetis of Perform Better said she liked having the show in Las Vegas and was sad it was going back to Chicago.

“I like it better here,” she said. “It has been dwindling and it feels bigger here.”

She said since it’s so late in October next year, she’s not looking forward to the cold weather in Chicago.

The highlight reel

Anderson said some of the highlights of this year’s show were definitely the new equipment and technology being launched. He was particularly taken with TechnoGym’s Wellness Cloud, which the company launched back in March 2012.

Club Industry Magazine awarded the Best of the Best Awards in several categories, but among the equipment manufacturers, Octane, Precor and Star Trac all took home honors.

“Best elliptical” went to Octane’s Lateral X; the “best stationary bike” was the Precor RBK 885; and the “best treadmill” was the Star Trac E-TRxe.

Anderson said othersuccesses this year included the Zappos tour, the UNLV facility tour, the second Club Industry CEO Summit and the Personal Trainer of the Year Awards. Anderson said there were more than 600 entries for the Personal Trainer of the Year Award, which went to to Valorie Ness of Catalyst Fitness Midtown in Atlanta.

Club Industry will take place at McCormick Place, Oct. 23-25, 2013.

--Ana Trujillo

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