Category: Fitness

Captivate Facility Members

As you might expect, manufacturers in the business of selling entertainment systems strongly believe in the positive impact of entertainment on membership. “It’s one thing to solicit a potential member,” says Dale Kredell, CEO of Broadcast Vision,”but it’s the amenities you add to your facility that really encourage them to join and participate.”

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How Technology Helps

Randy Ivey, e-business development manager for Aphelion Inc., in Houston, Texas, and chairman of the task force behind the FISA survey, explains why technology is important for facilities: “The simplest explanation is that it saves time and money. Why should a club owner continue to perform mundane tasks that take away from what is most important and what they do best?

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Motion Peers Reaching Others Through Motion

Through its P.R.O.Motion program, James Madison University is not only teaching elementary and middle school students about the importance of exercise, it’s laying the groundwork for lifestyle change. The program, which began in the fall of 1996, focuses on building self-esteem at a young age and relating feelings of self-confidence with being healthy. “With the sense of self-worth, individuals can gain the power to make positive lifestyle choices,” says Kirsten Ryan, coordinator of aerobics and wellness for the university’s recreation program.

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Program Results

During the past four and a half years, 383 men and 749 women have completed our basic exercise program. The 1,132 participants were an average age of 51.7 years, with 238 between 21 and 40 years, 553 between 41 and 60 years, and 341 between 61 and 80 years. As shown in Table 1, all three age groups began the basic exercise program with similar average body weights (between 172.7 and 179.9 pounds), and similar average body composition (between 25.6 and 27.2 percent fat). After two months of training, the three age groups experienced similar reductions in body weight (1.7 to 2.6 pounds), and significant improvements in body composition (2.0 to 2.3 percent fat).

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Prevention Equals Profit, Part 3

Cost and payment. Depending on geographic location, clubs can expect to pay from $30 to $45 an hour for service. Some companies charge per equipment piece, such as $5 per weight machine and $20 per cardio machine per month. And while preventive maintenance may seem like a large monthly expense, club owner Patrick Cunningham is quick to justify the expenditure.

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Prevention Equals Profit, Part 2

Choosing a service company
Few facilities have the staff or expertise to keep their equipment in shape without professional help. Fitness equipment exposed to heavy use requires monthly, if not weekly, attention to ensure proper operation and maximum safety. But just like auto mechanics, some service providers may be better than others. So how do you know when a company is right for your club? Consider the following:

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Prevention Equals Profit, Part 1

Face it. Besides programming and customer service, a fitness facility’s biggest selling point is the equipment it has to offer. Without an adequate number of machines that are safe to use, look good and that are in good working order, a health club is little more than a room with four walls and good intentions.

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Hiking Preparation and Precautions Post 3

Fall

Similar precautions given for spring hiking relate to fall hiking as well. Weather changes from warm to cold and brings sudden events such as heavy rain or even snow. Fog might occur, causing a loss of direction and orientation. In that case, a compass and detailed map are needed as well as constant awareness of your surroundings. Again, layered clothing is important for comfort and body temperature regulation. Water-resistant boots are always desirable, but even more in spring and fall.

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Hiking Preparation and Precautions Post 2

Spring

While spring weather is invited and enjoyed by many, the hiker needs to be aware of its sometimes hidden dangers. Layered clothing is even more important due to temperature changes during the day. Also, changes in weather are more frequent and extreme. The frozen ground melts and produces an abundance of moisture to surrounding elements such as rocks. Thus, each step needs attention, especially downhill. There is a greater chance for rain during this season, so carrying rain gear is especially necessary.

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Hiking Preparation and Precautions Post 1

Hiking in the summer, hiking in the winter or hiking in-between. Each has its moments … and dangers. Not only is weather a factor when hiking, so is the terrain. Different elements under your feet require distinct techniques when walking upon them. When weather causes them to change, the walking techniques change as well.

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