BOSTON, MA—October 22, 2022—IHRSA President & CEO Liz Clark issued the following statement today regarding news reports of the presumed loss of global health and fitness industry leader, Rainer Schaller, and his family while traveling in a twin engine, nine passenger plane from Mexico to Costa Rica on October 21:

"The global IHRSA family joins our health and fitness colleagues around the globe in shock and sadness as we learn of the presumed loss of Rainer Schaller and his family. Rainer was a giant in our industry, an innovator, and entrepreneur, and he was a leader who worked to shape our industry and benefit the health and well-being of the public. We hold Rainer, his family, colleagues, and loved ones in our thoughts and prayers today and in the days ahead."


IHRSA, the Global Health & Fitness Association, is a not-for-profit trade association representing the global fitness industry of over 200,000 health and fitness facilities and their suppliers. Founded in 1981, IHRSA maintains a leadership role in advancing physical activity, which is critical for peak health and to fight the battle against obesity and chronic lifestyle diseases.

As the world's leading authority on the commercial health and fitness 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 is the publisher of Club Business International, the leading monthly magazine for the global fitness industry. IHRSA's International Convention & Trade Show will be hosted from March 20-22, 2023, in San Diego, CA.

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