What equipment would you include in your dream studio?
You certainly have plenty of choices. The fitness equipment industry sold $4.3 billion worth of gear in 2010—a 4.1% increase from 2009—according to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association. While a substantial chunk of that revenue came from high-dollar devices like treadmills and elliptical trainers, a vast variety of specialized pieces of exercise equipment have also made their mark on the fitness industry.
Which ones add the most challenge and variety to customer workouts?
As a fitness entrepreneur, you work hard to provide your customers with great workout experiences. But do your staff members effectively deliver on your goals? Or is there a gap between your expectations and the service your clients receive?
To find out, you might want to arrange a “secret shopping” evaluation of your fitness business. Discover the pros and cons of secretly shopping your company by hiring a professional evaluator—or by doing it yourself. It’s a unique way to determine what your customers really think.
How does a small business evolve into a franchise? Here are two examples of real-world success: From license to franchise: Healthy Inspirations. Healthy Inspirations is a successful weight-loss program that Casey Conrad founded as a small business. “I opened a stand-alone location and, because of my exposure in the industry, people started asking if they could license the concept,” she says. newsletter_teaser: Check out this great article from the IDEA Online Library and discover the ingredients you need to turn your fitness business into a recipe for success.
People often talk about how it takes 21 days to start a habit. But did you know that it takes just 10 days to drive new revenue and raving fans into your business? Creating simple, replicable 10-day group programs can be a moneymaker in any fitness business. Learn how to execute this format from takeoff to touchdown, and get ready to increase your bottom line and deepen your impact in your community.
With savvy customers often looking for that little bit extra when they invest in fitness, customer service skills can make or break a business.
“It is the personal, little things that make a difference,” says Nicki Anderson, owner of Healthy Innovations Inc., in Naperville, Illinois. “You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on advertising [to draw clientele]. You simply have to care, bring value to your clients and always go a step beyond their expectations.”
Here are Anderson’s top tips for providing tip-top customer service for your clients and facility members:
Studio and club owners, you may want to adopt and publicize your environmentally friendly practices as part of your efforts to promote a culture of health. As an example of how an alignment of positive energies creates a win-win dynamic, ”greener” firms are associated with higher employee productivity, according to a study published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior (2012; doi: 10.1002/job.1827). “Adopting green practices isn’t just good for the environment. It’s good for your employees, and it’s good for your bottom line.