Ignorance is No Excuse: Know the Laws that Affect You

Coach and Director of Content and Community


Meredith Poppler has been with the prodigious fitness industry trade association IHRSA for over 25 years. Currently Vice President of Communications and Leadership Engagement, her main focus is on advocacy communications. That means she not only keeps her finger on the pulse of all legislative activity that affects the fitness industry, she wants to make sure you know it, too. And you should know this, because not knowing the laws that apply to you and your business can be devastating.


In this interview, Meredith discusses some dangers and concerns you may not be aware of. She points out that a good starting point is realizing that not all 50 states (and Washington, DC) have the same laws and regulations. The differences can be big issues, small matters, or anything in-between. But the point is you can’t assume from one state to another how, for example, you can run your business, or what your membership contract says, or even what font size your contract can be. Yes, things can get a little stupid.

Dan is a seasoned marketing professional with a knack for being where things are happening. He helped open up the nascent southern California market as a corporate trainer for Starbucks when there were less than a dozen locations in Los Angeles, took up the banner of one of the first 100 CrossFit affiliates when no one had heard of it, and interviewed student protesters in Tiananmen Square in 1989, right before the tanks rolled in. Dan has professional marketing experience with start-ups,...Read more