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?
Service-oriented personal training directors excel when they develop a knack for recognizing innovations and trends in programming and equipment. Are you evolving? As you branch out into new areas of growth, it’s important to get intimately acquainted with the trends and fads within the equipment realm and train your staff accordingly.
Stories of failed exercise equipment leading to injury have been making headlines. Recently the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary
recall of 3 million fitness balls, for example. According to a press release, manufacturers received reports of balls bursting while in use. “Many of the injuries that occur with stability balls come from a poor-quality product [not made to handle] repetitive use in the gym,” states Abbie Appel, IDEA presenter and author, and Resist-A-Ball® master instructor.
It’s been 3 months since all
fitness facilities and studios in California were required to have an automated external defibrillator (AED) program in place (the implementation date was July 1). If this requirement applies to you, are you up to code? If you don’t live in California, visit www.ncsl.org/programs/health/
aed.htm to see if your state
STRATEGIES TO HELP YOUR STAFF AND MEMBERS WELCOME AND APPRECIATE YOUR NEW EQUIPMENT SELECTIONS.
flyers, on your website or through word of mouth. When citing intended improvements, state the reasons why you are adding or removing equipment. This gives members a chance to voice their concerns or approval and lets them feel they are being heard.
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The Pros and Cons of Automated External Defibrillators
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By Sean Riley, MS, JD
Association and the American Red Cross (Gmelich 2000). Moreover, a licensed physician must be involved in the design of any emergency plan that includes the use of defibrillators. Equipment Maintenance. The AED must be properly maintained....
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o far this year, this column has focused on how to select the best fitness and cardiovascular equipment for your facility; where to place it on the fitness floor for the biggest return on investment; how to foster mutua...
Designing Your Floor Space for Maximum Profits
HOW TO GET THE BIGGEST RETURN ON YOUR EQUIPMENT INVESTMENT.
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nowing how to position your new fitness equipment in your facility is both a skill and an art. There are so many design considerations and so many conflicting opinions to balance. Because it is such a complex process, many clubs hire individuals who specialize in organizing f...
Brokering the Best Deal
HOW TO NEGOTIATE A PRICE THAT GIVES YOU THE BIGGEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK.
By Amy Boone
aving learned how to determine your club's fitness equipment needs (see the January issue of IDEA Fitness Manager), you are now in a position to negotiate a deal with the manufacturer that will best suit the needs of your staff and club members. Many fitness facilities use on...