What are considerations to having a fitness center open 24 hours unstaffed?
My fitness center is in a retirement community, we are considering having the doors always opened but we aren't sure what problems to consider, besides safety, or even how to go about sharing responsibility to check. How do our trainers keep their credentials?
I know Anytime Fitness is 24/7/365. If you have one in your area, drop by and see how they have approached it.
As far as your trainers credentials, at our facility we have a file with a copy of our certifications and cpr with expiration dates.
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have you checked with the system that 24/7 clubs are using? Here is an interesting link: http://www.fitness360online.com/fitness-marketing-products/access-and-su....
Hope things will work out for you.
My opinion is if you are going to have to monitor your club with cameras, why not staff it?
I would do a survey to figure out if this would be something your community would respond to.
Would al retired person work out at 2 am? Do you offer your center to neighboring communities?
Snap Fitness is in this area and advertises that they are open 24 hours. The way they do this is with a trainer available during the peak daytime hours. The doors are locked when unoccupied by a trainer; so, the members have their own "key" to gain entry at other times of the day/night.
This is what I have seen and it seems to work.
Take care and good luck with your place.
Also Anytime Fitness operates the same way as Natalie described for Snap Fitness. In your case, you will need to make sure that there is always a trainer at the gym because of the customers you are targeting. Since you are dealing with retirees, keep in mind their age and their health issues or limitations they might be having. As Susan stated, how many retirees or senior citizens will be using the gym at those hours? Is it worth it to have it open and staffed 24/7 if the number of the people working out at those times doesn't support such decision? A surveillance camera can help, but it's not a substitute or as efficient as an onsite personnel.
As far are your trainers keeping their certification credentials, they need to keep up with the requirements of continuing education from their organization. If not, then they will lose them. You can also check on them to make sure they are doing so.
Working in the environment I can tell you many stories from requiring police response to oh my god factor. Your retirees have family that visit or many other scenarios can be played out in 24 hrs.
Remember any response to negative operation in this situation is reactive. Are there other amenities besides a workout area that may better warrant 24 hr understaffed operation.
There are two side to every coin except the "trick" coin's. Be willing and able to deal the opposing (+/-) factor/s of these operations or go in blind and somebody may show you a little trick once or more.
The vast amount of people we are training have clinical conditions and there is no way of knowing whether one's clinical condition is controlled or not.
I, personally, believe it's fraught with risks.
I am unsure what you mean by keep their credentials in regards to your question. We have had an issue with trainers not hired by us coming in when we are not staffed and training others - however it is usually caught in some way and addressed.
Just keep in mind - the more you are staffed the more success you will have. Whether it is with new members or PT revenue. Just because the gym is open 24 hours does not mean it will be more successful. It may mean more overhead cost. Difference in insurance. It may be the opposite you may open up to a whole new market if you don't have many 24 hour near your area.
Trainers that are independently contracted should cover all the paperwork for their credentials and requirements.
I think its always best to ensure you have a software system that can manage theft by trainers. We all know this is a major problem in the health and fitness industry. I would suggest looking into a club management solution that provides a security feature that can eliminate theft by PT.
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Best of luck!