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The popularity of Pilates training shows no signs of abating, judging by the results of this year's IDEA Group Fitness Trendwatch report. In fact, Pilates came in second among all fitness trends rated in 2002, bested only by yoga. That is remarkable when you consider that many fitness facilities have yet to inves...
What today's most innovative program directors predict your members will be asking for in the future.
By Dia n e L o fshul t
The world has changed drastically since our last Group Fitness Trendwatch report. People everywhere are still reacting to the events of September 11 in ways large and small. Immediately after the attacks, fitness facilities reported a surge in at...
Do you charge for specialty classes? A few years ago when specialty classes
requiring specific equipment or more highly trained—and hence, more expensive instructors—grew on the fitness scene, owners and managers played with the idea of charging fees
in addition to membership fees. What happened?
It appears that the extra charges never became part of the game, and
facilities instead chose to absorb the costs. What is the balance between charging extra to cover costs and
upsetting the membership?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls account for the highest number of accidental injury deaths in adults 65 years and older. To address this concern, more and more fitness facilities are offering balance training for their older members. Should you?
Chances are many of your adult members have children. Does your fitness facility have programs and services that cater to youngsters, and ultimately, to their parents? If not, consider adding classes and programs specifically designed for kids—from tots to teens. These programs can improve your membership retention rates and create a profit center.
Perhaps what is most frustrating about the rising number of people with diabetes, heart disease and obesity is the fact that in many cases exercise and diet can prevent these conditions. And prevention is more cost-effective than treatment, which is why partnerships between fitness facilities and hospitals are growing.
What Exactly Is the Core Board?
The new core board program and equipment developed by Reebok offer users three-dimensional motion on an oblong platform. The platform has feet that hold the board in place on the floor while the platform itself reacts to movement. Participants must adjust their balance in response to the
Strategically developing your fitness business is like planning a garden. A gardener has many elements to consider—location, climate, space—and the elements can go together different ways. There are as many “right” ways to put together fitness programs and equipment as there are garden styles. And like a gardener, you have the opportunity to change things around every year.