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A Winning Formula for Fitness Facility Management

[fa icon="calendar"] Dec 7, 2015 10:00:00 AM / by Mike Rucker

Mike Rucker

Whether you're building a new fitness facility or renovating an existing one, there are several things you will need to consider to manage the space effectively. From design elements to staffing, you will need to make key decisions that affect operations in both the short- and long-term. Use these tips for successful fitness facility management: 

Smart Design and Development

Designing a fitness facility that caters to the needs of your visitors and also takes into account the amount of available space is an important part of fitness facility management. Whether you are designing a fitness center for an apartment complex or a corporate building, you will need to make use of the space in the most economical way. Invest in a reputable design and development team to create a functional and aesthetically pleasing space that fits within your budget. This team may recommend certain types of flooring materials or commercial space to convert into a fitness facility that will require minimal maintenance and upgrades over the long-term. Smart design can help you save money on the initial investment and long-term maintenance costs.


Smart design is an important factor in successful fitness facility management.

Equipment Company Partnerships

You will need to partner with commercial gym equipment providers to furnish your fitness facility with state-of-the-art equipment and fitness tools. Get quotes from several providers and review pricing options to determine the best fit for your budget. Some companies will be able to provide recommendations based on the overall layout and available space of your facility, and information about some of the most popular brands and types of equipment on the market.

Routine Maintenance

Scheduling routine maintenance and upgrade visits from fitness equipment manufacturers and other service providers are other essential components of fitness facility management. You will need to make sure all of your fitness equipment is in good working order and take care of upgrades and maintenance checks after hours. Make sure you have staff available to oversee maintenance visits and a system in place to monitor equipment for damage and repairs.

Dedicated Staff

Take the time to hire experienced and dedicated staff members that are committed to helping your fitness center thrive. Employee incentives and well-organized employee training programs can help to keep all staff members engaged and dedicated to making sure all members are taken care of. If you are running a smaller, residential fitness facility, you will need to train maintenance workers and staff to ensure all equipment is operable and to maintain a high level of cleanliness throughout the facility.


Provide engaging fitness programs and services at your fitness center.

Engaging Fitness Programs and Services

Successful fitness centers are centered on the needs of the people who use the fitness center on a regular basis. Part of your fitness facility management plan needs to include a streamlined membership recruitment and retention plan, as well as specialized services that will make your fitness center one of the best places to work out in the area. This might include individual fitness consultations, personal trainer services, and group exercise programs that keep members engaged year round.

Successful facility management is dependent on several factors and key decisions. Use these tips to develop and manage an attractive, efficient, and profitable fitness facility for your property.
Mike Rucker

Written by Mike Rucker

Michael Rucker’s passion is to help organizations positively develop the well-being of their employees. When Mike is not hard at work helping businesses improve their workplace wellness program, you can find him blogging about the topic of corporate wellness and digital health for Active Wellness, his personal blog and for About Health.

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