Technology has never played a more important role for the fitness industry than it does today in a post COVID-19 world.
If Joe Wicks can work out in his living room, then so can we, right? You need to think out of the box and create unique workout experiences.
Everything’s more personalised now and users are expecting to see content that applies to their goals and needs in their fitness feed too.
If getting your fitness brand online wasn’t a priority before COVID-19, it has become now. A social media challenge will go a long way to building a community spirit, even at a distance.
From cardio classes to meditation podcasts, two words have never been more popular: “On Demand”.
Fitness classes can now take place virtually anywhere, anytime and on any mobile device.
Many PT’s have gained a cult following throughout the lockdown with their positive attitude, healthy lifestyle and tips.
Digital fitness will likely remain a popular choice even when gyms are ready to reopen their doors to exercisers.
If the months of lockdown serve to show us something, it is that to this day there’s no bigger motivator for people than their own health.
In the COVID-19 aftermath, the motivation to stay fit and healthy will only surge. What you do with this knowledge can either help you grow to be a partner in your exercisers’ journey to staying fit and healthy, or alienate your members from your club.
The way you communicate your reopening strategy is as important as the way you welcome your members back to the gym floor. Keep in mind that technology is not only a facilitator, but a powerful medium of communication.
After months of social distancing, many people will not feel comfortable jumping back to their normal routines straightaway. Fitness clubs are expected to see at least a 50% drop in class attendance in the first few months of reopening. Don’t get discouraged. Position your marketing message as close as possible to the current motivation of your exercisers, but be prepared to offer more limited-contact options as a way to demonstrate greater financial flexibility.
While the gym has become synonymous with entertainment in the past decade, it is now more important than ever to move away from its social function and reinforce its health imput. The community spirit will remain a key characteristic of the gym, but achieving personal fitness goals will likely be a leading factor for higher gym attendance throughout the remainder of practicing social distance.
Ensuring a thorough cleaning of your gym will be a top priority. There are after all two types of people right now: the overly cautious and the careless. To attract and preserve both, you will need to outline clear health & safety guidelines that do not leave room for interpretation.
Here’s a simple formula to illustrate the way human behaviour works: Motivation + Beliefs = Behaviour
To put it simply, matching motivation and beliefs result in predictable behaviour. While it is true that we live in a very unpredictable world right now, you can work to create a safe environment that encourages members to behave the way you’d expect them to.
We know that exercisers are motivated by their desire to stay fit and healthy, but if they believe that returning to the gym is not safe yet, they will look for alternatives, such as On Demand content and Live classes. In other words, at-home alternatives will remain an important source of staying connected with your exercisers during the phased transition of going back to the gym.
Frozen or cancelled, members might have second thoughts about permanently returning to the gym yet. Be ready to prepare short-term contracts as the temporary norm at least in the beginning of returning to the gym.
Many big brands offered free subscriptions during the period of social distancing and successfully attracted plenty of new users on their mobile and social platforms. You can make use of the model to transfer some of those views to your mobile app, or introduce a subscription model in your own gym.
Another way to monetize your brand is to offer exercise wear. This will be a good opportunity to position your brand in the daily lives of exercisers.
We started the lockdown with shortage of bread and flour and are about to end it with shortage of home exercise equipment. Get to know the changing needs of your members and don’t underestimate the power of home workouts.
Our team developed and delivered Membr On Demand to help you stay engaged with your members
Control and limit the number of attendees at any point of the day to ensure safe social distancing.
With QR code entry system, you can offer contactless gym entry for all members.
Demonstrate your business strategy and commitment by sharing your reopening actions ahead of time.
Encourage members to sign up online as a contactless method within the first phases of reopening.
Offer outside classes using the Booking Calendar and promote workouts at a distance in the summer months.
To support your marketing efforts, we can wake up members by resetting their status to before the lockdown started.
Create member tasks to share the responsibilities across your team and manage the transition smoothly.
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All gyms closed as part of the national lockdown.
Gyms and trainers are adapting to fitness in lockdown.
Start educating members on safety policy and changes.
Kick off your pre-sale and offer referral discounts.
Begin adding your classes for a diverse booking schedule.
Reopen your gym to members with social distance practices.
18 JUNE 2020, 11:00 AM
Learn how to use On Demand to educate members on health and safety policy as you work to prepare and communicate your gym reopening strategy.
25 JUNE 2020, 11:00 AM
Learn how to make use of your marketing tools to attract leads and increase membership sales as you’re approaching your gym reopening date.
2 JULY 2020, 11:00 AM
Learn how to manage gym floor capacity using our Bookings Calendar, add your own restrictions and implement app access control.
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Reopening your club after the COVID-19 lockdown starts with attracting back members and acquiring leads. Combine your safety strategy with creative thinking to boost membership sales and drive exercisers back to the gym floor.
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Engagement doesn’t have to end with gym workouts, extend your fitness offerings with the help of digital coaching. Own your bookings calendar, create exciting On Demand content and drive brand loyalty with your own mobile app.
Data is an important asset that can help you predict user behaviour and act proactively. Find your way with the Report Builder, learn how to filter, use and export data, and manage staff members with more transparency.
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