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Entries in Woodside Health and Tennis (2)

Wednesday
Jul092014

Members: group exercise aids retention rates

Group exercise is huge. Anyone who has stepped in a club in the past couple years can see that. 

Now that there is a good sample size to see what the effects of more classes, more variety, and specialized classes in a group format are, club owners and manager are starting to realize the importance.

Any good club manager is sure to check out his or her clubs’ group exercise participation, percentage of members who take part, and what are the retention rates of those who enroll in classes. 

Last week IHRSA provided its members with some new numbers to check out, in IHRSA Member Retention Report, Volume 2, Number 2. And the facts show clubs exactly what they have been seeing inside their own walls - 88% of group exercise members retained their membership compared to 82% of gym-only members. The risk of cancelling was 56% higher in gym-only members compared to group exercisers.

See what IHRSA members think.

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Wednesday
Jun262013

Club workouts keeping pace with popularity of endurance event craze

Members of Dakotah! Sport and Fitness take part in a class for an endurance event.There is no doubt that the endurance race craze is here to stay. 

In addition to the extremely popular Tough Mudder with its incredible marketing and packed-to-the-gills entrants, there are similar events - but less taxing on the body - like the Spartan Race, Warrior Dash, triathlons, half marathons and others. A little down the ladder are “mini” events like the Rugged Maniac, local obstacle course races and 5K and 10Ks, to name a few.

It appears that individuals are looking for new challenges. Jumping over fire, running down muddy mountains, and going out for a few hours of miles and miles of running, biking and swimming are the new ways to push yourself.

With all the options out there, and more and more people hitting the gym and getting in shape, it is the natural progression that “boot camps,” group exercise classes and personal training specifically for these events are now being offered.

Read on for more.

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