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ABC Financial, Club Apps team up

ABC Financial and Club Apps have partnered to enhance users' capabilities.

Members will now be able to manage all areas of their experience through the club's app. Examples include:

  • Class Reservations – View, filter, share, reserve and pay for classes.
  • Personal Training Booking – View trainer availability and bios, book training appointments and buy sessions.
  • Member Account Management and Bill Pay – View, manage and update membership account information, personal gym schedule management and bill pay.
  • Member Purchases – Buy classes, sessions, services and products with your card on file or a payment type of your choosing.

Club Apps is a provider of custom mobile apps for health clubs. ABC Financial provides software and payment processing for the health and fitness industry.

For more, check out the ABC Financial blog.


This Week in the Fitness Industry 12-13-13

We have lists, studies and recess. Yeah, I said "recess."

This Week in the Fitness Industry has a collection of top 2014 trend lists, a new class modeled after elementary school recess, a study on cardio vs. weight training, and fitness club job prospects.

Check them all out here.


What is the best reservation method for classes?

Group classes—boot camps, spinning, Zumba, or anything else offered at health clubs—can be a great asset. They can bring in members, cushion retention rates, and if there is a cost in addition to one’s membership, added revenue for the club.

At the same time there can be pitfalls associated with classes, like friends reserving spots and pushing others out, classes being sold out, very few (or no) sign-ups not making it cost-effective, among others.

There are many ways to avert the problems. Some clubs go with online reservation software, while others are old school with a first-come, first-served method where numbers are passed out. 

Some clubs even opt for the path of least resistance by just offering new class times when a popular class routinely fills up.

Read on to see what IHRSA clubs do.


Classes that are good good for your heart, and fun

Exercise is great for one's heart. Everyone knows that.

So, what classes are the best? went one step further by listing fitness club classes that are great for your ticker as well as loads of fun. Since many of these are classes at independent clubs this could introduce you to some new options, like Punk Rope, The Gun Show and SkyRobics.

Click here to read more about them.



IDEA World Fitness Convention is July 5-8

IDEA Health & Fitness Association's 30th's IDEA World Fitness Convention, July 5-8 in San Diego, will offer breakout sessions on marketing, social media, etc., group classes, product highlights, receptions, a trade show and more. 

New classes expected to be unvieled include barre and pole dance spinoffs, a Michael Jackson-style cardio, surfing simulation and more. TRX Suspension Trainer will focus on the senior population, too. 

For more, check out Yahoo! News. To register, go to the IDEA website.