Do you allow members to use your fitness and spin studios for personal use when you're not having classes? Why or why not?
Occasionally, we have members who would like to use our indoor bikes or fitness studio for a personal workout. I am just curious if other facilities allow this or if your spin & class spaces are kept for classes only. Why/why not and how you justify/explain your policy to members.
I know I am a little late in this discussion but I thought I would still add to it. I manage a small government facility, we have 300+ members, and they often inquire about using the indoor cycle bikes outside of class settings, and we do not permit it. 1. Most people naturally prefer to cycle at a high cadence with no resistance, to set up there seat where they have more than a 30 degree bend in there knee, and to ride in a hunched over position...which are all indications for bad injuries. 2. Indoor cycle bikes are not as durable as a treadmill or upright bike. Ongoing repairs to maintain them from improper use alone will dig into your maintenance budget. I usually explain that the indoor cycling bikes were not designed to be use outside of a class setting. An instructor needs to be present to make sure that you are properly set up on the bike, and spinning at acceptable cadence and resistance to ensure that there is no risk for injury.
We lock our studio after each class and do not permit the use of spin bike/studio unless a class is in session, primarily for safety reasons. We do have recumbant and upright bikes in the cardio section of our facility.
I used to work for a small personal training studio, which offered only personal training. But for those clients who were still using personal training sessions, the studio was available to them so they could use the bikes, treadmills and elliptical machines even when it wasn't their day to train. I think it was a great way to keep them active and keeping them from joining another gym just so they could use those machines.