Management/Operations en Top 10 Tips for Retailing in Your Gym <div class="field-byline"> Elivate Fitness </div> <div class="field-deck"> CONTENT BROUGHT TO YOU BY ELIVATE </div> <div class="node-body article-body">We have 10 tips to help you make your gym a retail-friendly space.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management/Operations Wed, 03 Sep 2014 18:57:00 +0000 32151 at Why You Need a Succession Plan before You Leave Your Club Company <div class="node-body article-body">As the relatively young fitness industry reaches maturity, health club operators will be faced with new decisions about how and when they will hand off operations to a new generation.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Management/Operations Operations Freemium Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:39:00 +0000 31561 at <p>Rick Beusman, left, took over Saw Mill Sports Management from his father, Curt Beusman, right, in the mid-1990s based on the recommendation from an outside consulting firm that the company hired. <em>File photo by Gabe Hopkins.</em></p> Is It Time to Unbundle Your Membership? <div class="node-body article-body">Clubs both domestically and abroad are offering more lower-cost base memberships and replacing lost revenue by focusing on personal training packages and premium offerings to boost their bottom lines.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Operations Freemium Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:00:00 +0000 30721 at <p>North Point Fitness is not only a club in Roswell, GA, it is a licensed personal training system that many clubs offer in their premium packages. <em>Photo courtesy of North Point Fitness</em>.</p> Putting the Financial Burden of Continuing Education on Staff Could Cost You in the Long Run <div class="node-body article-body">For individual fitness professionals, continuing education can be more of a burden than a benefit. The cost of keeping pace with the industry does not always correlate to a higher paycheck. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Certification/Education Human Resources Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:09:00 +0000 30081 at <p>Additional workshops or certifications are essential for fitness professionals to diversify their training portfolio and keep pace with competition. <em>Photo by Thinkstock</em>.</p> Compensation of Personal Trainers Varies Among Clubs <div class="node-body article-body">The increasing popularity of outcome-based fitness has put even more pressure on fitness facility operators to examine compensation systems to stay competitive and retain talented trainers.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human Resources Training/Group Exercise Freemium Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:49:00 +0000 30061 at <p>Sixty-five percent of personal trainers are employees of fitness facilities while 27 percent are independent contractors, according to a recent study. The remaining 8 percent are both employees and independent contractors. <em>Photo by Thinkstock</em>.</p> Improving Quality of Work Life for Employees Is Key <div class="field-byline"> Ann Muder, contributing writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">In a business that often involves long hours and stress, it is easy for health club employees to forget about keeping a good quality of work life.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human Resources Operations Freemium Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:52:00 +0000 30021 at <p>Part of ensuring employees have a good balance of work and life involves providing them with the resources and support they need to do their jobs well.<em> Photo by Thinkstock.</em></p> Your Legal Obligations to Deal with Anorexic Members in Your Health Club <div class="field-byline"> David L. Herbert, contributing columnist </div> <div class="node-body article-body">When fitness facility operators and fitness professionals suspect a member of having an eating disorder, a number of questions arise, many of which relate to your legal obligations in the matter.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Liability/Insurance Management/Operations Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:49:00 +0000 29751 at <p>When health club professionals notice a member who has an eating disorder, they should treat the member as they would any member with a health issue. <em>Photo by Thinkstock.</em></p> Four Silent Dangers That Put Your Pool Facility at Risk <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Swimming pool and hot-water spas offer many benefits to fitness center operators and their membership. With these benefits comes the responsibility to effectively manage the facility, minimizing risk. Four silent dangers can put your facility and members at risk, but you can take steps to prevent them.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> clubs Operations Step by Step Sun, 01 Jun 2014 16:00:00 +0000 30121 at Survey Results on Trainer Compensation Shows Hourly Pay Has Decreased <div class="node-body article-body">Personal trainer pay has decreased by $3.50 per hour in the past two years, according to a survey of the fitness industry by IDEA Health and Fitness. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human Resources Training Training/Group Exercise Freemium Thu, 15 May 2014 22:03:00 +0000 28891 at <p>On average, personal trainers made less per hour or session in 2013 than they did in 2010, according to a survey of trainers by IDEA Health and Fitness. <em>Photo by Pamela Kufahl.</em></p> Better Business Bureau Remains Relevant for Health Club Operators <div class="field-byline"> Sarah Protzman Howlett, contributing writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Some club operators say the BBB is more impartial and has a more objective view of a company compared to other business review websites, such as Yelp or TripAdvisor.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Operations Freemium Thu, 15 May 2014 21:01:00 +0000 28881 at <p>Some respondents for this story&nbsp;liked that the BBB has a rating system based on a fitness club&#39;s history of customer service performance rather than one or two instances of complaints that stick out on social media. <em>Photo by Thinkstock.</em></p>