I am curious what both group fitness instructors and club managers think about Fitness on Demand group fitness classes in a gym setting. It allows members to watch group fitness classes on a TV at the gym without an instructor on site. basically- it’s fitness videos on demand at the gym. I have seen them at 24 hour gyms, and am now getting suggestions from a vendor to add them to my gym (not a 24 hour gym with lots of -i think- great group fitness programming with real, live instructors!).
Hi Joanne. I hear what you’re saying, but I think that there is a stark difference (from a possible liability point of view) from a gym showing regular/general television programming, and that same gym showing a specific ‘fitness on demand’ DVDs or video. In my opinion, the viewing public may have an expectation that by showing an exercise video (particularly since the gym is in the ‘exercise business’) that the gym is either explicitly or implicitly endorsing that program or exercises. Whether right or wrong, since the gym is ‘in the business of exercise’ it could be argued that it was in a position to ‘select’ what exercise programming it decided to show, and as a result was therefore endorsing the program. It’s similar to lets say a physician purchasing and showing a particular health/medical program in their office versus their simply showing regularly programmed television. If you’re in ‘the business’ you could be held to a higher standard for the things your say or do that relate to that business. Just my personal opinion – NOT a legal one.
Why not stay home and do a video? I’m not sure of the concept. I agree with Joannes statement and also with LaRue.
I would look into the pros and cons along with your business model and your target audience.
It seems odd that a gym would offer this particularly if there are great group leaders wanting to teach!
Nothing will replace personal touch and human contact
I believe that a human instructor will always be better than a video. I am there to correct form, encourage and praise. Trainers are also able to handle an emergency.
If videos were the answer, our country would look and act differently. Not to mention, we are a social being.
I would just stay home and save the money I would have spent for membership. Plus, all that time wasted going to the gym. Besides the legal issues you may run into, the reason you have trainers at your gym is to make sure the clients get the correct form and instruction when working out, plus for your gym to make some extra income from personal training. Why would you want to give something for free when you can charge for it?