IHRSA (International Heath, Racquet & Sports Association)International Convention and Trade Show, the IHRSA Board President, Chris Craytor, presented the Advocate of the Year Award to the Fitness Formula Clubs (FFC) Founder and CEO, Gale Landers.

“This award reminds us all of the importance of public policy for fitness,” said Craytor. “Gale has worked tirelessly to advocate for health clubs and fitness on a state and federal level.”

Landers is the current Chairman of the National Health and Fitness Association (NHFA) Advisory Council, an Illinois Fitness Alliance (IFA) Board Member, and has worked closely with US Rep Mike Quigley (IL-5) and US Senator Tammy Duckworth (IL) to introduce the GYMS Act coming out of COVID-19.

Craytor added, “Gale gives freely of his time and has generously contributed financially to grow, promote, and protect our industry, on behalf of us all.”

Landers is currently working with the NHFA Advisory Council to pass the PHIT Act, recently re-introduced to Congress.

“If we learned one thing coming through COVID-19, it was how incredibly valuable it is to be proactive with our health by building and reinforcing our immune system. We as a nation need to focus on supporting a healthy-care lifestyle vs just paying for sick care. Passage of the PHIT Act will allow millions of Amercians to use their HSA or FSA to pay for gym memberships, fitness programs, and youth sports activities up to $1,000 annually for individuals, and $2,000 for families,” said Landers.

As part of the presentation, Craytor awarded Landers with a United States flag that had recently flown over the Capitol Dome. IHRSA released a statement which in part read, “We applaud Gale for all his efforts and passion, and we thank him for the indelible mark he’s left on the industry.”

About Fitness Formula Clubs

Established in 1984 by Founder and CEO Gale Landers, FFC owns and operates 10 upscale, mid and large size multi-use health, sports, fitness and spa centers in the Chicago area. The company provides corporate wellness programs, health insurance reimbursable nutrition therapy services, signature group fitness programs, spa treatment services, individual and group training, physical therapy and medically-based rehabilitation programs. Each Chicagoland location is dedicated to supporting the local community. FFC is recognized by the fitness industry for creating a distinct member experience delivered by its staff professionals.


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