Richard Idgar, the chief operating officer (COO) of EoS Fitness, was elected to the board of directors for the Health & Fitness Association (formerly IHRSA). Idgar will serve a four-year term on the board, beginning July 1, 2024.

Formed in 1981, the Health & Fitness Association encompasses multiple fitness industry sectors, including health club operators, fitness studios, equipment and service providers. The Association announced five new board members at its annual meeting on March 8 in Los Angeles, CA.

“I am honored to be part of the legacy of leaders, entrepreneurs and operators in the health and fitness industry who have served on the board of the Health & Fitness Association,” said Idgar. “It’s evident that our industry holds significant sway in advocating for health and fitness in our communities, and I’m eager to serve alongside esteemed leaders in our field to influence, direct and further amplify this impact.”

Idgar’s dedication to health and fitness extends over two decades. He worked at numerous national fitness brands before joining the EoS Fitness team in 2015. He began his career in 2003 as a general manager at Gold’s Gym in Hollywood, CA, honing his management style, sales skills and mentorship approach. He joined the Equinox Sports Club, where he played an instrumental role in the company’s growth, including acquiring Equinox Sports Club West in Manhattan.

In addition to his fitness industry background, Idgar brings valuable firsthand entrepreneurship experience to the Health & Fitness Association board of directors. He founded and operated Fit Food LLC, a health-minded catering business serving high-profile television shows and movie studios, including American Idol, Glee, So You Think You Can Dance, and Warner Bros. Studios.

Idgar joined the EoS Fitness team as a regional vice president and quickly worked his way up to COO. He displayed a strong commitment to mentoring and coaching managers while further developing and elevating EoS offerings. His ongoing contributions to EoS include driving growth in the number of locations and the programming and facilities. Starting with 16 locations in three states, Idgar has overseen EoS expansion during his tenure to more than 125 gyms open or on the way across six states.

“Richard is among a stellar group of new board members with a genuine passion for the fitness industry,” said Health & Fitness Association President & CEO Liz Clark. “I look forward to hearing Richard’s fresh insights and tapping into his experience in the fitness industry as well as his entrepreneurial expertise as we continue the evolution of our association.”

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