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Entries in Healthtrax (5)


Find creative ways to employ staff during down times

Image courtesy of iosphere/FreeDigitalPhotos.netSummer is one of those times during the year that there is a need to change staffing. In some areas of the world the summer sees an influx of members, club visits and events and happenings at a club. Other places around the globe see a slowdown due to alternative options outside during nice weather.

With changes in needs it is important for a club to think ahead so they aren’t caught off-guard. Last-minute decisions can result in some areas seeing responsibilities slip through the cracks - lack of coverage, confusion on new schedules and messy areas among them – all due to poor planning.

For the most part, unless the heat is oppressive and a place with air conditioning is the best place to burn off calories and get the endorphins going, a health club slows down from June through September.

Read on to see how some health clubs rearrange staff during slower times.

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Members tell us how they'd spend $25K windfall

It is every business owner’s dream – a big chunk of change pretty much falls from the sky. The only caveat is it has to be used for the place of business.

Seems very unlikely, of course, but it certainly is fun to think about. Plus, with the options wide open, it also may tell you a little something about yourself.

Since the money can be used in a few different areas – necessities that you would have put money toward anyway, extras you’ve always wanted but never could squeeze it in a line item in the capital improvements budget, professional development, building up-keep and add-ons, and advertising/marketing, to name a few.

Interestingly, we posed this question – free $25,000 to be used in the club - to member clubs and got answers that touched on different areas the respondents would designate the windfall.

What do you think the answers were? Read on to see.

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Different ages should exercise differently

This Week in the Fitness Industry, again, has quite a variety of stories:

  • different exercises for different age groups
  • health-related apps not gaining popularity
  • midlife exercise could lessen chance of dementia
  • woman pays it forward with free classes
  • and, a round-up of this week's IHRSA blog entries 
  • Check them all out!

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    Proper etiquette can make or break a club

    There are many ways to get the importance of gym etiquette across to your members. 

    With the Internet, you can add putting the club’s rules and regulations  on your website, Facebook page and Pinterest board, as well as sending Tweets and e-mails as reminders, to name a few. Add in the old stalwarts - signs on the wall and a printout that goes along with new member packets – and there should be no problem keeping your facility clean and your members happy, right? 

    Well, unfortunately, that is not always the case. Especially now, in the first quarter of the year, when many new members come to your club on the heels of a New Year’s resolution or the start of getting their body ready for the beach. 

    The transgressions can range from the obvious, like not wiping off a machine after use or hanging around a machine or area to talk to another member, to the not-so-obvious, like not having a towel in the sauna or a loud text message alert on the gym floor. 

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    Replacing equipment is not as easy as writing a check

    A trade show attendee tries out Jacob's Ladder at IHRSA's annual Convention & Trade Show.In a perfect world, all of the equipment in a club would last 15, 20 years. With so many moving parts, constant use, and different members using pieces in a variety of ways, as well as putting different types of stress on them, it is inevitable that apparatus breaks down sooner than owners and managers would like. 

    But what is the best way to go about replacing treadmills, spin bikes, free weights and whatever else is in disrepair? Should you switch out all of the same models from one company at the same time, or is staggering it OK? 

    And what about input? How much do you value your employees’ and members’ opinions over what you may have seen at a trade show?

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