Facilities: Fitness & Training
Blog: After a Sad Week, Count Your Blessings
by Rob Bishop & Barry Klein April 2013
"This is just like New Orleans."
In the wake of the tragedy in Boston this week, we were reminded of that quote from 2005. It came from one of our health club members and is seared into our brains. And it reminds us never to become the kind of people who would say that. Such a statement colors our opinion of customer service and how we respond to difficult situations.
Helping Fitness Facilities Help PTSD Sufferers
by Christopher Prawdzik is former editor of National Guard magazine and The Officer journal. March 2013
Fred Minnick, a former staff sergeant for the Wisconsin Army National Guard, spent nine years in the military, including a year in Iraq. A photojournalist and public affairs officer, he published Camera Boy: An Army Journalist's War in Iraq in 2009, which chronicled his efforts as a public affairs officer in a war zone. His experience in Iraq was tough. He saw combat, and he watched two of his close friends die. One of the great coping mechanisms, he says, was his ability to exercise, particularly running. Unfortunately, when he returned home, he broke his foot and lost that outlet. While he was laid up, he began to suffer the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Blog: 'Low-Price' Doesn't Necessarily Equal 'High-Value'
by Rob Bishop & Barry Klein February 2013
So, who started putting the words "high value" after "low cost" when describing health clubs that we all know and love (and we hate) as the "low-cost providers"?
Despite Discomfort, We're Intrigued By Enhancement Fees
by Rob Bishop & Barry Klein January 2013
To charge a fee, or not to charge a fee, that is the question. Enhancement fees - one-time annual charges collected from every member of a health club ...
'End Tables' Achieve Separation Between Fitness Equipment
by Andrew Cohen November 2012
Fitness equipment is placed in rows because it is space efficient, and because the symmetry of the view helps alleviate the sense of clutter.
American Health Clubs Contemplate a Move Toward European-Style Design
by Andrew Cohen October 2012
There are all sorts of exercisers, all sorts of health clubs and all sorts of countries. So forgive the many generalizations that follow.
Rob & Barry: We Couldn't Care More About Our Members
by Rob Bishop & Barry Klein September 2012
Imagine that you've just tested your pool water and found it to be - the actual numbers are irrelevant to the story - just fine. A member approaches you 10 minutes later, still in her bathing suit, dripping water on your shoes, and says, "The pH in the pool is high." You say, "I just checked it and it seemed fine, but I'm happy to look into it," even though you'd rather say, "Really? You must be a human chemical testing kit, because the water is actually perfect!" At that moment, would you rather be in the fitness business, or on a beach someplace?
Five Questions to Ask When Purchasing Fitness Equipment
by Rob Bishop & Barry Klein June 2012
After years of trying out new fitness equipment, weighing the many options out there and regularly pulling the trigger on breathtakingly high-priced purchases, we feel like we have a handle on the process.
The Challenge Faced by Mid-Priced Clubs
by Rob Bishop & Barry Klein May 2012
So, let's say you operate a fitness facility that's about 15,000 square feet in size. You offer a little bit of everything — weights, cardio, personal training, classes of all kinds.
Properly Cleaning and Disinfecting Fitness Equipment
by Emily Attwood February 2012
A health club's top-of-the-line fitness equipment, complete with interactive workout monitoring and web access, can be a draw for new members.