Curious about which cities in the United States have the most health club members? According to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), the honors go to Denver for the year 2002.
IHRSA reports that U.S. health club memberships grew to a record 36.3 million members in 2002, up from 33.8 million the previous year. The largest increase was in the over-55 age group, which increased by 23 percent and in 2002 numbered 6.9 million strong.
Fitness facility managers, you may want to think before outfitting your group exercise room with floor-to-ceiling mirrors on the wall: Doing so may lead your members to bemoan that they are not the fairest of them all.
Program directors dream of employees who are responsible, respectful, well-rounded and educated. When a director builds a bridge between the group fitness and personal training departments, this dream team becomes reality. The result
is a unified staff with a dual focus: satisfying both the fitness needs of members and the fiscal needs of the company.
n When providing feedback on an
employee’s behavior, describe the behavior and include the impact it has on you and/or the department. State honestly how the behavior makes you feel: “I feel angry when you arrive
late to our meetings.”
n Focus on specific examples as they relate to the action.” “When you are late it causes a delay in the meeting and we don’t end on time.”
n Don’t imply that you know why the
receiver is behaving that way:
“You’re trying to make me angry.”
Female fitness managers and program directors: Have you found that
mentors have helped you? Other business women have. A new survey looked at the role that mentors play specifically in a woman’s career success. The “Importance of Mentoring in the Workplace,” a CareerWomen.com QuickPoll, reveals that the majority of women (62%) have a formal or informal mentor—someone who has influenced their personal and professional development and contributed to their career success.