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Design a Functional Fitness Space

Problem Solver - August 2015

Look for professionals who have experience designing the type of facility you are operating. They should also be able to use 3-D CAD drawings to give you a better view of your gym's future look. Talk to them also about which types of fitness equipment will be most effective, and how to design your facility with flexibility in mind so you can adapt to new trends like functional training.

Keep Fitness Equipment Clean

Problem Solver - August 2015

Wipes that are designed for use on fitness equipment and approved by manufacturers are the best bet for keeping patrons healthy and equipment functioning properly. Look for wipes that are specifically designed to be used on the parts of equipment that need cleaning most, including seat pads, leg and arm rests, benches, hand grips, chrome plating, painted surfaces, as well as steel and rubber surfaces. Be sure the product you select is also safe to use on electronic panels.

Simplify Gym Storage

Problem Solver - August 2015

To be sure patrons don't mix up clean and dirty, be sure your towel station has signage indicating which towels are fresh, as well as where to return used towels.

Go Green on Fitness Equipment Cleanup

Problem Solver - August 2015

To be sure exercisers are actually getting the message, you may want to provide signage throughout your facility reminding them to sanitize equipment after use. In addition, you should be sure that the cleaning supplies are convenient. Cleaning supplies located on perimeter/remote walls or support posts might not be convenient enough, which means they'll be used less frequently. If the supplies are right on the equipment, or on adjoining walls, you will greatly increase the chance members will clean the equipment before and/or after use. It's simple human nature, convenience breeds compliance.

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YMCA, Healthy Weight Partnership Collaborate to Fight Childhood Obesity

Before You Go - August 2015

YMCA of the USA and Healthy Weight Partnership Inc., an organization that develops and implements evidence-based weight management programs, are entering a long-term agreement that allows YMCAs across the United States to offer the Mind, Exercise, Nutrition…Do it! (MEND) 7-13 program. MEND is one of the world's largest evidence-based childhood obesity programs that empowers 7- to 13-year-olds, with the support of their families, to reach a healthy weight.

Take It Outside

Outdoor Fitness Areas Brings Fitness to All

Feature Article - July 2015

Providing fitness equipment for free use at a park, along a trail or near a playground offers a smart way to build your community and help its members get more active.


Stop Overlooking Fitness Facility Supervision

Guest Column - July 2015

Fitness facilities offer opportunities for people to get fit, but they also can be dangerous for members who either don't know how to use equipment or use it improperly. Supervision can make a difference.

2015 State of the Industry

A Look at What's Happening in Recreation, Sports and Fitness Facilities

Feature Article - June 2015

More than 2,300 professionals responded to our call for information about their facilities, operations, programming, staffing and more. . Here, we summarize their responses.

Health, Fitness & Sports Clubs

A Look at Trends in Health, Fitness & Sports Clubs

Feature Article - June 2015

This section summarizes the survey results from health, fitness and sports clubs, with a look at construction plans and programming offerings.

Make New Friends, Keep the Old

Trends in Strategic Fitness Facility Design

Feature Article - May 2015

Ideally, you want your fitness facility to be incredibly welcoming to new members and exercise newbies while also keeping existing members interested and coming back for more. Here's some smart strategies.