Charities in Today’s World

April 7th, 2021

I remember growing up and seeing a jar on the counter of stores and restaurants when a local family or person was in need of some help. I don’t see those jars too often anymore and I don’t know if it’s because we do not use cash as often or if it’s because “charity” has gotten a bad reputation. We may have all chipped in over the last year to help a neighbor or a stranger but going forward how can we still help when we don’t know who needs a little extra? Why not help a charity while being active?

These days we might sign up for a race here and there to help this charity or that one. Some races we just donate through our registration fees.  Other races encourage us to raise funds for the charity being highlighted.  Either way, helping others is the goal but doing so while keeping ourselves healthy is a bonus. has an article/slide show from a few years back but it is still relevant today.  Click on the link to learn more, “These Inspiring Health and Fitness Charities are Changing the World”. Let us know what charities you work with or started.


Acknowledgements: Slideshow by Shannon Bauer

Full Slideshow can be found at

What is the right temperature for your facilities pools?

March 26, 2021

The question of pool temperature is a touchy subject. Do you have competitive athletes, water aerobics, or leisure swimmers using your pool? All three categories prefer a different temperature so be prepared to hear a comment or two if your pool is utilized by all.

In summary we found these to be the average temperatures:

  • All Around – 83
  • Lap/Competitive – 81
  • Leisure – 86

We hope your facility never hears a complaint but from what we hear – when it comes to the pool temp, you cannot please everyone.

March 2021 Spotlight Winner

March 24, 2021 Spotlight Winner

NIHCA $100 March Spotlight Challenge: “Share your Video showing how you are creating Customer Confidence at your facility! Do you have sanitation stations, equipment spacing, or new air systems? Does your sanitation crew have unique shirts/logo? What are you doing that is different and working to build Customer Confidence?”

Congratulations to Excel Body Fitness in Cary, NC

Excel Body Fitness sent us a video walking through the facility and to a fitness class. The video shows members what to expect and what to do when they come into the facility for a fitness class. We loved seeing the multiple sanitation stations and clear direction for the members.


You can view the video here,

April 2021 Spotlight Challenge

$100 April Spotlight Contest:

The NIHCA Spotlight offers a chance to win $100 for your club and an opportunity to cast some “Spotlight” on your amazing facility, your awesome staff and your dedicated members!

We are all learning to go above and beyond when it comes to cleaning and sanitizing these days. There is no longer such a thing as too clean. This month we ask:

“What are your favorite sanitizing or disinfectant products and why?

Send us your best infomercial 🙂 or short video.”

$100 will be awarded to the NIHCA club with the best response. Send in your video and/or pictures along with your story to:

We will announce the winner in the upcoming newsletter, blog, Facebook and Instagram, while promoting your amazing facility! All entries must be received by April 15th to be considered!

If you have questions, please contact or call NIHCA at 320.722.0084 and ask for Erica.

Please note that all pictures, videos, and promotional material may be used on our website, blog, and in our newsletters as it pertains to the Spotlight Challenge.

Facility Capacity Mandates in Minnesota for Gyms and Fitness Facilities

Originally Published January 12, 2021

We will continue to update this post as our Minnesota restrictions are lifted

***Updated March 12, 2021****

As of 3/15/21 noon in Minnesota

    • 50% Capacity
    • 250 Max Capacity (4/1/21 occupancy max may exceed 250 if applicable with percentage limits)
    • Indoor Classes increased to 25 people
    • Outdoor Classes increased to 50 people
    • Masks required
    • Saunas to remain closed


 ***Updated February 19, 2021***

As of 2/13/21 noon in Minnesota

      • 25% capacity
      • 250 Max Capacity
      • 6 foot distance between machines and people
      • Classes are now at 25 people with distancing observed
      • Masks required


Our NIHCA Networking Group asked how the total capacity is being interpreted with the new mandates in place.

In Minnesota, the gyms were closed again in late November and early December. Since reopening, there have been greater restrictions on the max occupancy at any given time. This restriction is on a rolling basis; meaning, that at any one time there cannot be over 150 persons in the entire facility or max of 25% capacity.  For Example: if you have a smaller facility with a max capacity of 150 persons then at this time you cannot have more than 37 persons at one time. The restriction is based on the facility and not on individual spaces.

Please verify with your state regarding capacity restrictions during this time as well as proper social distancing.

As of 1/10/21 in Minnesota

        • 9 foot distance between machines and people
        • Classes are now at 25 people with distancing observed

We will continue to repeat that this is an ever changing environment. We too look forward to the restrictions being lifted not only in Minnesota but throughout the country.

Follow the link for the Minnesota’s Stay Safe Plan,  Be sure to check your local government pages for guidelines.

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