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Managing Your Employees’ Fears After COVID-19

As a gym owner, you have likely been concerned with keeping the fears of your paying members at bay in the post-COVID-19 world. You probably have spent the mandatory lockdown coming up with ways to maneuver your business through the crisis and putting plans in place for your grand reopening strategy once the stay at home orders are lifted.  But what about your employees? Many workers are facing huge numbers of uncertainties surrounding their jobs, as well as worrying about their own health and that of their families.  Now is the time to plan how you will address your employees’ fears and keep your [...]

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Reopening Your Gym After COVID-19

So many business owners are facing uncertainty due to the COIVD-19 crisis. Will your business weather this period of being closed down? How well can you recover once you reopen? What are the best ways of minimizing financial losses and maximizing health and safety standards for your staff and members? The best way to combat this uncertainty is to drive forward with a clear and determined strategy for reopening. This strategy should focus heavily on enforcing stringent health, safety, and sanitization protocols. When you take the guesswork out of your plan, you reduce your own anxiety as a business owner [...]

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Maneuvering Your Gym Through the COVID-19 Crisis

The outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 (also known simply as “coronavirus”) and the resulting COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly every industry worldwide. Gyms, classified as “nonessential businesses,” have been ordered to close until the pandemic wanes and health officials deem that it is safe for the public to return to normal daily activities in public.  As a gym owner, you are no doubt feeling the strain of this unplanned closure during the normally busy spring months. Thankfully, there are many things you can do with this time to not only lessen the impact of this crisis on your business, but also to [...]

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What kind of atmosphere are your gym members looking for?

No two individuals want the exact same experience from joining a gym. Likewise, no two gyms offer the same atmosphere and experience to their customers.  Trying to please everyone is needlessly complicated and may actually undermine your authority as a “specialist” in a certain fitness niche.  For example, no one goes to a box gym chain expecting world-class martial arts training, and no one would go to an old school boxing or lifting gym wanting to join a spinningclass.  Your atmosphere tells your customers what your gym is all about. The fitness niches your trainers excel in, the services yourcustomers are likely to find in your facility, and even the likely [...]

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Maintaining an Optimized Facility

As a gym owner, you work hard to devise engaging fitness programs, keep a qualified rotation of trainers on staff, and offer a variety of equipment for your customers to enjoy. But there is one often-overlooked aspect of maximizing your client retention and member satisfaction: optimizing the building itself. Your physical building space is the face of your business. Before your clients walk up to the front desk and greet the first employee they see, they will make a snap judgement about your gym based on what they see around them. Consider the environment and ambiance of your gym, and [...]

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7 Reasons Client Programming Is The Key To Fitness Club Success

Structure Your Offerings with Client Programming for Fitness Client programming is your menu of good things that you offer your market. In the fitness business, it’s one of the fundamental dimensions that define a successful training practice. The big-box fitness brands can afford to stand back and cover all of the programming bases. As a small gym business owner, you are probably better served if you focus on one or a few. The irony, of course, is that the corporate brands would do better if they could do the same. However, in my experience, excellence doesn’t scale all that well. [...]

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Keep Your Fitness Center Clean And Make Safety The Priority

How Much Old School Is Too Much? There is a certain romance to the idea of a hardcore backstreet gym where you find the driven athletes and bodybuilders. One that’s as run down on the inside as it is on the outside. You can imagine the grisly old owner-slash-coach taking payments in cash and keeping accounts in his head. Only Hollywood writers and Elmore Leonard could get away with this idea of a seedy and decrepit shed. The reality is that the club industry is hyper-competitive and if you want to attract the type of consumers who are committed to [...]

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Save Your Gym Business With A Grant Cardone Style Turnaround

Pulling Your Small Gym Business Back From The Brink A few years back, Grant Cardone, the business turnaround expert, responded to the cry for help from the owners of a Gold’s Gym franchise, in Whippany New Jersey, saving them from a foreclosure that would have left the entire family penniless. The video is well worth a watch. You can apply the key points of what Cardone implemented to any struggling gym. In fact, the methods of organizing and structuring the sales process, the heart of the plan, go for any customer service-centered company. This post is not the first to [...]

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Gym Cleanups Make Good Gym Rescues

When television production companies catch onto a formula that’s cheap to produce and popular with viewers, they really work it for all it’s worth. Having an expert, who rescues failing small businesses, is a simple and compelling formula within the genre of reality TV. The premise is usually that a business, in some specific industry, gets help and a makeover just as it’s about to go under. The super-expert, no-holds-barred host comes in with a camera crew and they proceed, in a period of about three days, to whamp the tar out of the downtrodden business owner. They clear out [...]

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Crunch Fitness Business Model

All Crunch and No Judgment Every once in a while I like to give a shout-out to a company that’s doing their own thing in the fitness industry and being rewarded for it with success. Crunch Fitness and their franchisees are a great example of exactly that. They have a business model that is unique and creative. I’m not suggesting that you should run out and get a Crunch Fitness franchise; I’m writing this out of interest and passion for the industry. I have no affiliation with Crunch Fitness or their franchisees. The last review that I posted was for [...]

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Know Your Gym’s Mission

Who Are You? A Foundation of Values You know in your heart why you founded a gym and what you want to achieve with it. But as a small business owner, your success depends on the support, hard work and cooperation of all the people who are part of your organization. Your employees need to know why they are doing their jobs and be able to see a road map to find their way on the journey. Before you implement strategies to get you to where you want to go, you have to know where exactly that is. As an [...]

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The Value of Clean Working

Keeping your gym clean is a topic that I like to return to occasionally. I do so because it’s one of the keys to success in gym management. It’s vitally important to your business success. This is a review and a reminder about this topic and I’m sure that I’ll come back to it again in the future. This time I’m going to relate cleaning to the core values of your team. “Values” is one of those topics that sound like business school buzzwords (because it is). But it’s a buzzword because there’s a lot of truth to it and [...]

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Secrets of the Social Gym Connection

What is the one thing that you need to keep in mind to keep people signing up for gym memberships?  What is it about hanging out in a communal space to exercise?  With reasonably priced modern fitness equipment, most people could train at home, so why take the time and expense of traveling to a gym? The answer, I believe is actually pretty simple. People could do a lot of training at home. But who really wants that? It's too easy to slack off and it can get a little lonely. It's the social component of being around other people [...]

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Why Having Checklists Will Benefit Your Gym Business

When you're aiming for success in the fitness industry, there are a number of factors to consider during the start-up period. That's why it's always a good idea to have a checklist in place for everything to ensure smooth business operations. A detailed checklist helps you keep the gym organized without unnecessary effort and also improves your chances of establishing a name in the industry. Let's find out why each of the following checklists play a role in the growth of your fitness business: Supplies By having a supplies checklist for your gym, you can see to it that every [...]

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