Hello Tyler Thompson,
Good question for keeping up with the times.
Have a journal for each member to log their information before and/or after their session. You can also have seminars about the use of such devices and offer different tips each day. I don’t know if contests would work since the devices are not most accurate and someone could find ways to alter the numbers.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
Hi Tyler Thompson,
At our club we noticed a lot of our members coming in with Fitbits and other wearables as well. Our club mobile app links with member wearables. We’ve found that members love seeing all their progress–inside our gym and out–tracked in our app.
This guide has a lot of helpful information, and helped our club get started: http://blog.netpulse.com/the-guide-to-wearables-2.0
One thing that may help you help your members is what to do with all of the information once they have it. Educate them on the “why” they are wearing it. Example: If it tracks your heart rate and you see the pattern of your heart rate, then offer gym members a small and simple education/information session on where their heart rate should be during their workout for maximum benefit to them. Of course it will depend on client goals, but educating them is a way for them to both utilize the information and get them in your gym longer.
I see a lot of clients with these devices as well–but knowing what to do with the information is just as valuable. Hope this helps as one idea for you.
Or, you could always offer to give a few of these trackers away to try and gain new members. 🙂
A very important thing to do with any of these devices is to really learn all that they are able to do and how to use them effectively. I have found that more than half of the people using them don’t know very much about what they are capable of doing/monitoring.
If you are operating a big facility, you might want to have a couple people on your staff become the “tech” people for wearables. I give staff with extra responsibilities bonuses or slightly higher wages. Depending on the situation.