I work in a hydrotherapy pool and try to give my clients the best workouts I can think of. However, I do have those certain clients who cancel what seems about every other week. I am thinking I need to give them more of a reason to come in other than exercise and I would really like to add a component or two to try to “make it fun” for them and so they don’t always feel like they are working out. (Most of them are older and set in their ways so they can be a challenge already). For some of my clients I have played tug of war, encouraged boxing aimmed at me, had noodle fights, played with the medicine ball etc. But I am open to all sorts of suggestions that can be adapted to the pool.
Thanks in advance!
Balloons are a cheap and easy way to have fun and get exercise. They can play balloon volleyball, or can see how long they can keep it in the air. Music is a great way to increase enjoyment (if you have control over it). Ask them what they would like to hear.
You might also want to look at your cancellation policy: My clients sign an agreement to pay if they cancel with less than 24 hours notice. (I rarely enforce this since most only cancel in a real emergency). Of course you want to keep it fun, but they need to take some responsibility as well.
I would suggest altering your contract with your members so you don’t lose money every time they cancel. A lot of gyms do this so you wont scare members away. However, making things more fun never hurts, just make sure you market it correctly so people know that it will be a fun experience.
How about some mini beach balls? There are a lot of fun “exercises” you could do with these.
You mention your group is a little bit older, and that population also likes the social aspect of a workout. Having the group pair up into partners or something that involves a game or two may work well. I also like the idea of music–great for not only the enjoyment factor but also for coordination.
Hope some of these ideas help!