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$104.00 USD

ISBN: 9781718221253

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Page Count: 216


Fitness Facility Management provides an in-depth look at the challenges and rewards of managing contemporary health and fitness facilities.

Using real-world expertise garnered from many types of fitness facilities, the authors and their contributors deliver practical insights and advice for the management and operation of health and fitness facilities, programs, and employees. Case studies and examples depict real-world scenarios encountered by modern health and fitness club managers. The latest guidelines and information on the skills needed to provide world-class experiences for members, guests, and clientele of many kinds make Fitness Facility Management the authoritative guide for current professionals as well as students studying for a future career in the industry.

Beginning with reflections on how the COVID-19 pandemic changed exercise habits, client behavior, and the fitness industry itself, readers progress to the fundamentals of organization development and business operations. They will learn about staff recruitment, hiring, and retention through employee engagement as well as the skills needed for talent offboarding and creating a positive employee exit experience. Coverage then moves to the operational management functions, such as facility design, standard operating procedures, equipment purchasing and maintenance, and development of member programs. The final section consists of the business practices needed for success, including attracting and retaining members, managing risk and preparing for emergencies, and optimizing profitability through business strategy and marketing plans.

Throughout the book, checklists and graphs provide easy-to-understand guidance on concepts. Think It Through elements at the end of each chapter present reflective questions for readers to consider, aiding with retention of key points and practical understanding of how to apply guidance and knowledge within fitness facilities.

The applied approach and practical information throughout Fitness Facility Management make this text the most up-to-date guide for current professionals—whether they work in boutique fitness centers, corporate fitness facilities, campus recreation centers, community recreation centers, or franchised fitness clubs—as well as for students preparing for a management career in the health and fitness industry.

Audience

Upper-level undergraduate students taking fitness management or related business courses; reference for gym managers and owners.
Introduction: History of the Fitness Industry

Part I. Profile: Designing an Organization

Chapter 1. Current State of the Fitness Industry
Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Fitness Industry
Changes in the Industry
Exercise Habits and Behavior of Americans
Current Consumer Behavior

Chapter 2. Organizational Mission, Vision, and Values
Identify Core Values
Craft a Strong Mission Statement
Define Your Vision
Share What Guides You

Chapter 3. Identifying Your Target Market
Performing a Market Analysis
Performing a Competitive Analysis
Creating Buyer Personas

Chapter 4. Business Operations
Business Plans
Business Models
Financial Management 101
Budgeting and Forecasting

Part II. People: Building Rock Star Teams

Chapter 5. Recruiting, Hiring, and Onboarding Top Talent
Fitness Facility Positions
Recruiting
Hiring
Onboarding

Chapter 6. Engaging and Retaining Top Talent
Management Versus Leadership
Great Teams
Communication Plans
Meetings
Evaluating Employee Engagement
Gathering Employee Feedback
Rewards and Recognition
Performance Evaluations
Performance Improvement Plans

Chapter 7. Talent Offboarding
Types of Separation
Positive Exit Experiences

Part III. Products: Delivering World-Class Programs, Services, and Facilities

Chapter 8. Brick and Mortar Facilities
Types of Fitness Facilities
Building and Expanding Fitness Facilities
Standards and Guidelines for Designing Fitness Facilities
Front-of-House and Back-of-House Operations
Fitness Facility Signage
Standard Operating Procedures

Chapter 9. Fitness Equipment
Purchasing Versus Leasing
Types of Fitness Equipment
Cost and Quantity of Equipment
Equipment Layout
Caring for Your Equipment

Chapter 10. Member Services and Programs
Group Fitness
Personal Training
Health Coaching
Other Programming and Services

Part IV. Project Management and Profitability: Creating Systems for Success

Chapter 11. Attracting and Engaging Members
Sales Funnels
Behavior Change Models
Lead Generation
Membership Sales
Member Onboarding
Diversified Member Engagement
Member Offboarding

Chapter 12. Emergency Preparedness and Risk Management
Risk Identification
Risk Evaluation
Risk Management
Implementation of Risk Plans
Ongoing Evaluation

Chapter 13. Business Strategy and Marketing
Effectiveness and Efficiency
Technology in Fitness Facilities
Marketing Plans
Strategic Plans
Steven A. Trotter, MS, is a global well-being consultant and adjunct professor. With over two decades of experience in the fitness and wellness industry, Trotter is renowned for his expertise in people management and the development of programs and facilities. He founded Globetrotter Wellness Solutions, LLC, in 2017 after seven years of providing independent consulting services. His firm collaborates with universities; health clubs; organizations; and morale, wellness, and recreation (MWR) units to improve organizational and employee well-being and to build systems for success.

Trotter was formerly the director of well-being at a major university. During that time, he led a comprehensive, holistic well-being program that served over 35,000 individuals across three campuses and a distance education program. He managed two indoor fitness facilities and several outdoor fitness areas, totaling over 200,000 square feet. In his earlier roles as fitness director at various universities, he was instrumental in managing fitness programs and overseeing numerous facility expansion and construction projects.

Trotter is an international speaker and presenter, regularly presenting at local, state, regional, national, and international conferences on subjects such as facility management, employee engagement, organizational development, project and priority management, and strategic marketing. He is a regular contributor to Campus Rec Magazine and the website of American Council on Exercise (ACE). He has served as a subject matter expert for ACE since 2014 and works with the credentialing department to develop and continuously improve the four NCCA-accredited ACE certifications.

Trotter has a master of science degree in health and physical education from Virginia Tech and a bachelor of science degree in exercise science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He holds the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) exercise physiologist certification, four certifications from ACE, and multiple specialty certifications from Les Mills. He is an American Red Cross instructor in CPR, AED, and first aid; a certified mental health first aid trainer; a Green Dot bystander intervention facilitator; and a Gallup-certified strength coach. He is also a continuing education provider with ACE, National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA).

Chris Stevenson, BA, CSCS, is the founder of The Empower Group, a comprehensive consulting firm headquartered in Westlake Village, California. The firm specializes in delivering keynote presentations, interactive workshops, and strategic advising services to facilities worldwide. The Empower Group collaborates with facilities of varying scales and types, spanning domestic and international markets. Their core competencies encompass business planning, strategic design, fostering exceptional workplace culture, optimizing staffing strategies, enhancing marketing and sales efforts, refining member experiences, and more.

Stevenson has over 25 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, from personal training and group exercise classes to owning and operating a full-service health club. For six years, he was a faculty member at the California Health and Longevity Institute (CHLI), located at the Four Seasons in Westlake Village, California, and named one of the top 10 executive health programs in the nation by Worth magazine. He presented on exercise science and behavioral change and oversaw a team of exercise specialists who performed one-on-one assessments and training sessions for the executives.

Stevenson is an international speaker and has presented keynote speeches and breakout sessions in over a dozen different countries and throughout the United States. He regularly presents at fitness and business events, including those of Health & Fitness Association (formerly IHRSA), Athletic Business, IDEA, NASM Optima, and Club Industry. He has written for Club Business International (CBI), Health Club Management (HCH), Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), Club Solutions, and Club Industry, and he is a regular columnist for Athletic Business.

He serves on the board of directors of the Health & Fitness Association, the largest nonprofit trade association for the health and fitness industry; the owners committee of IDEA; and the events committee of the Climbing Wall Association. In those roles, he advises on strategic planning, standards, policies, values, and vision to increase the organizations’ benefits to their members.

Stevenson has a bachelor of business administration degree from Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. He holds the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) credential from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is certified as a Technogym master educator.

All ancillaries are free to adopting instructors through HKPropel.

Instructor guide. Includes a suggested syllabus, chapter slide decks, in-class activities and case studies, and various templates.

Test package. Contains a bank of questions in true or false, fill-in-the-blank, essay and short-answer, and multiple-choice format. The files may be downloaded for integration with a learning management system or printed as paper-based tests. Instructors may also create their own customized quizzes or tests from the test bank questions to assign to students directly through HKPropel. Multiple-choice and true-false questions are automatically graded and student scores can be reviewed by instructors in the platform.

Chapter quizzes. Contains ready-made quizzes (9-10 questions each) to assess student comprehension of the most important concepts in each chapter. Each quiz may be downloaded or assigned to students directly through HKPropel. The chapter assessments are automatically graded and student scores can be reviewed by instructors in the platform.

Presentation package. Features PowerPoint slides of text, artwork, and tables from the book that can be used for class discussion and presentation. The slides in the presentation package can be used directly within PowerPoint or printed to make handouts for students. Instructors can easily add, modify, and rearrange the order of the slides.

Image bank. Includes most of the figures, content photos, and tables from the text, sorted by chapter. These can be used in developing a customized presentation based on specific course requirements.

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Fitness Facility Management

$104.00 USD
Fitness Facility Management provides an in-depth look at the challenges and rewards of managing contemporary health and fitness facilities.

Using real-world expertise garnered from many types of fitness facilities, the authors and their contributors deliver practical insights and advice for the management and operation of health and fitness facilities, programs, and employees. Case studies and examples depict real-world scenarios encountered by modern health and fitness club managers. The latest guidelines and information on the skills needed to provide world-class experiences for members, guests, and clientele of many kinds make Fitness Facility Management the authoritative guide for current professionals as well as students studying for a future career in the industry.

Beginning with reflections on how the COVID-19 pandemic changed exercise habits, client behavior, and the fitness industry itself, readers progress to the fundamentals of organization development and business operations. They will learn about staff recruitment, hiring, and retention through employee engagement as well as the skills needed for talent offboarding and creating a positive employee exit experience. Coverage then moves to the operational management functions, such as facility design, standard operating procedures, equipment purchasing and maintenance, and development of member programs. The final section consists of the business practices needed for success, including attracting and retaining members, managing risk and preparing for emergencies, and optimizing profitability through business strategy and marketing plans.

Throughout the book, checklists and graphs provide easy-to-understand guidance on concepts. Think It Through elements at the end of each chapter present reflective questions for readers to consider, aiding with retention of key points and practical understanding of how to apply guidance and knowledge within fitness facilities.

The applied approach and practical information throughout Fitness Facility Management make this text the most up-to-date guide for current professionals—whether they work in boutique fitness centers, corporate fitness facilities, campus recreation centers, community recreation centers, or franchised fitness clubs—as well as for students preparing for a management career in the health and fitness industry.

Audience

Upper-level undergraduate students taking fitness management or related business courses; reference for gym managers and owners.
Introduction: History of the Fitness Industry

Part I. Profile: Designing an Organization

Chapter 1. Current State of the Fitness Industry
Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Fitness Industry
Changes in the Industry
Exercise Habits and Behavior of Americans
Current Consumer Behavior

Chapter 2. Organizational Mission, Vision, and Values
Identify Core Values
Craft a Strong Mission Statement
Define Your Vision
Share What Guides You

Chapter 3. Identifying Your Target Market
Performing a Market Analysis
Performing a Competitive Analysis
Creating Buyer Personas

Chapter 4. Business Operations
Business Plans
Business Models
Financial Management 101
Budgeting and Forecasting

Part II. People: Building Rock Star Teams

Chapter 5. Recruiting, Hiring, and Onboarding Top Talent
Fitness Facility Positions
Recruiting
Hiring
Onboarding

Chapter 6. Engaging and Retaining Top Talent
Management Versus Leadership
Great Teams
Communication Plans
Meetings
Evaluating Employee Engagement
Gathering Employee Feedback
Rewards and Recognition
Performance Evaluations
Performance Improvement Plans

Chapter 7. Talent Offboarding
Types of Separation
Positive Exit Experiences

Part III. Products: Delivering World-Class Programs, Services, and Facilities

Chapter 8. Brick and Mortar Facilities
Types of Fitness Facilities
Building and Expanding Fitness Facilities
Standards and Guidelines for Designing Fitness Facilities
Front-of-House and Back-of-House Operations
Fitness Facility Signage
Standard Operating Procedures

Chapter 9. Fitness Equipment
Purchasing Versus Leasing
Types of Fitness Equipment
Cost and Quantity of Equipment
Equipment Layout
Caring for Your Equipment

Chapter 10. Member Services and Programs
Group Fitness
Personal Training
Health Coaching
Other Programming and Services

Part IV. Project Management and Profitability: Creating Systems for Success

Chapter 11. Attracting and Engaging Members
Sales Funnels
Behavior Change Models
Lead Generation
Membership Sales
Member Onboarding
Diversified Member Engagement
Member Offboarding

Chapter 12. Emergency Preparedness and Risk Management
Risk Identification
Risk Evaluation
Risk Management
Implementation of Risk Plans
Ongoing Evaluation

Chapter 13. Business Strategy and Marketing
Effectiveness and Efficiency
Technology in Fitness Facilities
Marketing Plans
Strategic Plans
Steven A. Trotter, MS, is a global well-being consultant and adjunct professor. With over two decades of experience in the fitness and wellness industry, Trotter is renowned for his expertise in people management and the development of programs and facilities. He founded Globetrotter Wellness Solutions, LLC, in 2017 after seven years of providing independent consulting services. His firm collaborates with universities; health clubs; organizations; and morale, wellness, and recreation (MWR) units to improve organizational and employee well-being and to build systems for success.

Trotter was formerly the director of well-being at a major university. During that time, he led a comprehensive, holistic well-being program that served over 35,000 individuals across three campuses and a distance education program. He managed two indoor fitness facilities and several outdoor fitness areas, totaling over 200,000 square feet. In his earlier roles as fitness director at various universities, he was instrumental in managing fitness programs and overseeing numerous facility expansion and construction projects.

Trotter is an international speaker and presenter, regularly presenting at local, state, regional, national, and international conferences on subjects such as facility management, employee engagement, organizational development, project and priority management, and strategic marketing. He is a regular contributor to Campus Rec Magazine and the website of American Council on Exercise (ACE). He has served as a subject matter expert for ACE since 2014 and works with the credentialing department to develop and continuously improve the four NCCA-accredited ACE certifications.

Trotter has a master of science degree in health and physical education from Virginia Tech and a bachelor of science degree in exercise science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He holds the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) exercise physiologist certification, four certifications from ACE, and multiple specialty certifications from Les Mills. He is an American Red Cross instructor in CPR, AED, and first aid; a certified mental health first aid trainer; a Green Dot bystander intervention facilitator; and a Gallup-certified strength coach. He is also a continuing education provider with ACE, National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA).

Chris Stevenson, BA, CSCS, is the founder of The Empower Group, a comprehensive consulting firm headquartered in Westlake Village, California. The firm specializes in delivering keynote presentations, interactive workshops, and strategic advising services to facilities worldwide. The Empower Group collaborates with facilities of varying scales and types, spanning domestic and international markets. Their core competencies encompass business planning, strategic design, fostering exceptional workplace culture, optimizing staffing strategies, enhancing marketing and sales efforts, refining member experiences, and more.

Stevenson has over 25 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, from personal training and group exercise classes to owning and operating a full-service health club. For six years, he was a faculty member at the California Health and Longevity Institute (CHLI), located at the Four Seasons in Westlake Village, California, and named one of the top 10 executive health programs in the nation by Worth magazine. He presented on exercise science and behavioral change and oversaw a team of exercise specialists who performed one-on-one assessments and training sessions for the executives.

Stevenson is an international speaker and has presented keynote speeches and breakout sessions in over a dozen different countries and throughout the United States. He regularly presents at fitness and business events, including those of Health & Fitness Association (formerly IHRSA), Athletic Business, IDEA, NASM Optima, and Club Industry. He has written for Club Business International (CBI), Health Club Management (HCH), Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), Club Solutions, and Club Industry, and he is a regular columnist for Athletic Business.

He serves on the board of directors of the Health & Fitness Association, the largest nonprofit trade association for the health and fitness industry; the owners committee of IDEA; and the events committee of the Climbing Wall Association. In those roles, he advises on strategic planning, standards, policies, values, and vision to increase the organizations’ benefits to their members.

Stevenson has a bachelor of business administration degree from Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio. He holds the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) credential from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is certified as a Technogym master educator.

All ancillaries are free to adopting instructors through HKPropel.

Instructor guide. Includes a suggested syllabus, chapter slide decks, in-class activities and case studies, and various templates.

Test package. Contains a bank of questions in true or false, fill-in-the-blank, essay and short-answer, and multiple-choice format. The files may be downloaded for integration with a learning management system or printed as paper-based tests. Instructors may also create their own customized quizzes or tests from the test bank questions to assign to students directly through HKPropel. Multiple-choice and true-false questions are automatically graded and student scores can be reviewed by instructors in the platform.

Chapter quizzes. Contains ready-made quizzes (9-10 questions each) to assess student comprehension of the most important concepts in each chapter. Each quiz may be downloaded or assigned to students directly through HKPropel. The chapter assessments are automatically graded and student scores can be reviewed by instructors in the platform.

Presentation package. Features PowerPoint slides of text, artwork, and tables from the book that can be used for class discussion and presentation. The slides in the presentation package can be used directly within PowerPoint or printed to make handouts for students. Instructors can easily add, modify, and rearrange the order of the slides.

Image bank. Includes most of the figures, content photos, and tables from the text, sorted by chapter. These can be used in developing a customized presentation based on specific course requirements.

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