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Fitness Industry Innovation Podcast

Mar 6, 2019

Mike Alpert has been the President and CEO of The Claremont Club since 1997. In his time at the club, he has built an amazing culture and community of caring for and nurturing others, and he is  and a man who truly champions the the notion of purpose-driven enterprise better than anyone in the fitness industry. He joins Kelly Card to share his insights about what this means for other players in the fitness industry.


Everybody knows about the benefits of exercise, and Mike has long been passionate about connecting the fitness industry with the chronically injured and chronically ill, particularly the global health initiative Exercise is Medicine®. He shares more about the programs offered by The Claremont Club under this initiative, and how has he engaged fitness and medical professionals at the local and global level to work towards bringing healthcare and fitness together. The Claremont Club is truly a purpose-driven enterprise, working to bridge the gap between the medical and fitness industries and help its clients achieve their health and wellness goals. Tune in to find out more!


Key Takeaways:

[:47] Kelly introduces her guest for this episode – Mike Alpert.

[2:25] What is Exercise is Medicine®? What are some of the innovative fitness / wellness / medical programs that Mike offers at The Claremont Club?

[4:09] What does Mike see as the missing links / elements that have prevented the fitness industry from connecting to the healthcare space over the years? How is Mike bridging the gap?

[6:40] Mike shares his insights on the trend that modern health clubs must be a place that offer services for people not only to lose weight but also to live a healthy, better life.

[9:30] What is the position of The Claremont Club in Mike's community?

[12:12] Kelly and Mike discuss the sense of purpose that is evident in every facet of The Claremont Club, in every program and in every employee.

[14:14] The Claremont Club offers a variety of programs catered to different people with different needs. How can listeners take the step toward offering similar programs in their own clubs?

[17:08] The big thing that has been missing all these years has been the medical, scientific data and research that can support what health clubs see every day, and they finally have it. Mike explains more.

[20:57] Anyone who doesn't think that the medical component won't have a significant part of the fitness industry in the future is going to lose out.

[21:38] Kaiser and other healthcare providers are really changing how they think about prescriptive exercise. Mike and Kelly discuss what this radical shift means for the industry.

[23:47] Mike shares his suggestion for an accreditation program to get the backing from physicians for exercise programs at health clubs.

[25:00] What are some of the tools that club operators can use to prepare themselves for conversations with doctors?

[28:40] Get in touch with Mike and follow his work via phone, email or contact The Claremont Club Wellness Director, Denise Johnson for more information about their programs.

[30:35] Kelly and Mike share some final thoughts on integrating the medical and fitness industries.


Mentioned in This Episode:

ABC Financial Services

Kelly Card

Mike Alpert

Call Mike Alpert at (909) 625 9504

Email Mike Alpert

The Claremont Club

The Claremont Club Programs

The Claremont Club on YouTube

Club Insider Monthly Articles on Exercise is Medicine® by Mike Alpert

Exercise is Medicine®

Kaiser Permanente

City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center

Sloan Kettering Institute

MD Anderson Cancer Center

Exercise is Medicine - The Claremont Club's Journey - Condensed Version on YouTube

For information about The Claremont Club Programs: Call Denise Johnson, Wellness Director at (909) 625 6791 ext 236

Email Denise Johnson