October 25, 2021
NIHCA Knows how important programming is to your revenue. New and unique programming can keep your members engaged but it is also an amazing opportunity to bring in new members, to connect with your community, and to increase revenue. In 2020, our fitness family was hit with an immediate need to find programming that would work with new restrictions. Many facilities came through and found great ways to stay connected with their members when the facility was closed. We want to see you succeed with programming that works in the long run and that is sustainable.
One of the many benefits of a NIHCA membership now includes access to a 50+ point list of New and Unique Programming Ideas. The list includes programming for all four seasons and both indoor and outdoor activities.
If you are a NIHCA member and would like to get a copy of this list, give us a call at (320) 722-0084. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a NIHCA member, please click here for more information and give us a call, we would love the opportunity to talk with you today!
NIHCA is putting together a unique Programming Challenge. It’s time to put our creative minds together and compile a 50-point programming list to help get your members back, while gaining some new revenue!
What creative programming have you offered your members in the last 18 months that helped during COVID? What was the program? What did you charge? Was this available to the community or exclusive for members?
NIHCA will compile a programming list of 50-points or more to share with your club. Here are a few programs on the list so far:
- Walking Club – meet every Thursday morning at 6:30 am
- Snowshoeing – provide the snowshoes, instruction and fun
- Running group – all fitness levels. We start and end together. Shorter path available but let’s stay safe and run as a group.
- Four Square – sign up to join us in an evening of laughter and reminiscing our playground days
All entries will go into a drawing for a personal gift from NIHCA! Deadline is October 8th – ONE WEEK AWAY! Email your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In return for submitting your ideas, as a valued benefit to your NIHCA membership, NIHCA will send you a 50-point list of amazing programming to bring revenue to your facility and bring people back in your doors.
The sooner you get in your entries, the sooner you will have a better game plan for this fall into the new year. You need to create the experience and we want to help you get started.
August 26th, 2021
If your facility has a hot tub, what are your policies regarding age and use of the hot tub? It is imperative that you clearly have your policies posted not only for employees to reference but also for your members to be able to review.
We recommend at minimum to include the following limits:
- Maximum Capacity
- Allowed Time
- Allowed age with and without adult supervision, include if the adult must be present, within reach, or in the hot tub/spa
The biggest concern is often regarding age limits The concerns vary from the height of the child (being able to stand in the hot tub with entire head above water surface) to hydration. Although we were not able to find specific guidelines it is recommended by the CDC that children under 5 years of age should not use hot tubs.
- No one under 15
- Nobody under 2 to 4 years of age
- Youth 5-17 with adult supervision
“ ‘Safety First’ is ‘Safety Always’ ” – Charles M Hayes
August 12th, 2021
Having a written policy and procedures book is always recommended, but one topic you may not have thought to include is your service pet policy. We have had clubs reach out for recommendations and we leaned on the NIHCA Networking Group for answers.
- Recognize service animals with definition
- If you have additional requirements put them in writing
- Service animal needs to be housebroken
- Facility is able to accommodate for type, size and weight of service animal
- Handler control as you cannot allow an animal that will or does compromise legitimate safety requirements
- Clearly include no un-authorized animals allowed that do not meet criteria of your definition of service animal
Verify any laws or regulations within your State, County, and City prior to making a policy for your facility. There are some questions you may not be allowed to ask, such as verification of service animal certification or a person’s disability that requires a service animal. There are questions you may be allowed to ask, such as what work or task is the animal trained to provide or perform.
Having written policy on service animals at your facility protects you (the club), the member needing a service animal, and the patrons utilizing the facility when a service animal is present.
“There is only one way to look at things until someone shows us how to look at them with different eyes” – Pablo Picasso
Working with our clubs and facilities is an honor and we have felt your struggles. Please take a moment to read this article and take action. Share it with your members! Let’s help each other by not waiting, but by taking action.
by Pam Kufahl, Content Director at IHRSA
The U.S. fitness industry was not specifically included in either of the two previous federal relief bills related to COVID-19, but that could change with the reconciliation bill that the Senate Small Business Committee is working on now and that the Senate will take up after its August recess, according to IHRSA, the trade association for commercial health club operators.
The GYMS Act would provide assistance for fitness facilities that were forced to temporarily close during the COVID-19 pandemic and, as a consequence, have struggled to stay in business. If passed, the GYMS Act would create a $30 billion recovery fund in the form of Small Business Administration (SBA) grants that would be available to fitness business owners similar to other previous relief programs. The act would allow fitness facility operators to recoup as much as 45 percent of 2019 revenue or $20 million, whichever is less. The funds could be used for payroll, rent, mortgage, utilities, insurance and other expenses fitness facilities normally incur.
NIHCA needs to help IHRSA by getting this bill passed and in as many hands as possible.
Put on your FB page(s), send to your members to sign and pass along to others.