Health Club Management

We want your club to thrive. We have put together this collection of health club management best practices articles to help you to achieve this goal.

July 6, 2020
Volunteer Commitments

(VIDEO TRANSCRIPTION): Hi there! Blair here with MXM. Still taking you through our Member Experience Manual. Right now we are focused on our Nine Freedoms and Obligations. This is all about empowering front lines to deliver a very memorable member experience. Number 1 and 9, think of those as the ends of the field. Number […]

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June 11, 2020
Canaries in the Mine Shaft

(VIDEO TRANSCRIPTION): Hi, Blair here with MXM, we've been talking for a while about VUCA, volatility, uncertainty complexity and ambiguity. Volatility, "the how fast things are changing", that's a lot of dynamics happening and those dynamics interact in different ways and that's the complexity. Two dynamics right now are social unrest and the pandemic and […]

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June 10, 2020
Real Customer Example

(VIDEO TRANSCRIPTION): Hi, Blair here with MXM and we’ve been talking about VUCA, Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity, I’m going to give you a real example here. One of our customers that was using the Shutdown Feedback System, took the main themes and made lots of changes around those themes. They were closed just a […]

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June 8, 2020
A More Agile Approach to Business

(VIDEO TRANSCRIPTION): Hi, Blair here with MXM. I started talking about this concept of VUCA, Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity…I want to stay on that topic a bit because we are facing it in a number of different ways. It’s really an army term for when they had to adjust how they looked at the […]

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June 2, 2020
Innovate on 'Codes of Conduct'

(VIDEO TRANSCRIPTION): Hi, Blair here with MXM, back a little bit on customer experience and some tools for you to use to help build a more member-centric culture. With the new rules, as I call them, the new rules of member conduct and the need for our teams to make sure that conduct is taking […]

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May 29, 2020
Social Proprioception

(VIDEO TRANSCRIPTION): Hi, Blair here with MXM. We did a lot with our staff to make them really aware of how they are perceived out on the workout floor, especially starting with trainers in a way to increase our trainers engagement with others, other than their own clients. All of this falls under the heading […]

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May 27, 2020
Permanent Imprint

(VIDEO TRANSLATION): Blair here with MXM. We talked a lot about best practices and also next practices. You know, best practices have quickly become widely adopted, well perhaps not so quickly, but I’ll say this…during this lockdown, best practices have become widely adopted and rapidly adopted. Before, if you think back to just even last […]

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May 26, 2020
Responding to Member Feedback

(VIDEO TRANSLATION): Blair here with MXM. I got asked, when you are running an operational member experience management program, should you respond just to your detractors or to everyone? It depends on your organization, the best practice is to respond to everybody and we have a lot of recommendations on how to set that up […]

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May 21, 2020
3 Ways to Create Change

(VIDEO TRANSCRIPTION): Hi, Blair here with MXM. We are all thinking about ways to improve the member experience so that we can improve member loyalty and have a higher return on investment. NPS is a leading indicator of that, that’s not how you manage the member experience, there are a lot of other things that […]

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May 20, 2020
Inputs of Increasing Member Loyalty

(VIDEO TRANSLATION): Hi there. Blair here with MXM. Yesterday on a call, we were talking about “what are the inputs of member loyalty”, or “increasing member loyalty”. This comes off the back of the conversation about influencing NPS. I have made the argument that the inputs are the number of changes you make. So, big […]

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May 19, 2020
Predictably Irrational

(VIDEO TRANSLATION): Blair here with MXM. I was in a conversation yesterday talking about a concept that Dan Ariely talks about in his book, “Predictably Irrational” regarding the difference between a social contract and a market contract. A purely market contract is pretty transactional, I’ll pay you this if you do that. And it’s a […]

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May 15, 2020
Reopening Has Begun!!

(VIDEO TRANSCRIPTION): Blair here with MXM. We have some of our customers coming back on and our philosophy here around sampling and understanding the customer experience, is Day One, Member One. Right now, start inviting them to provide feedback and make sure that feedback is coming into a voice of customer system that can give […]

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May 3, 2020
The Top 5 Reasons Members Join a Fitness Center

We all know that getting healthy, and staying healthy isn’t always quite that simple. At the beginning, we have a rush of motivation to lose unwanted weight, and get fit. So, we sign up for a new membership at a local fitness center, with the best of intentions, but finding that motivation to actually continue […]

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April 30, 2020
'Jobs To Be Done' Aficionado

(VIDEO TRANSCRIPTION): Hi, Blair here from MXM. Over 100,000 pieces of feedback have come in from the Shutdown Survey. Again, that window is still open, it’s free to anyone in the fitness industry. Think beyond the survey, think about the system and the analytics around the data and the ability to drill in and find […]

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April 29, 2020
Two Ideas From Top Club Operators

(VIDEO TRANSCRIPTION): Hi, Blair here with MXM. I’m going to share two ideas with you that came from very good friends and colleagues of mine in the last few days. One from Scott Gillespie in Saco, Maine. He’s been doing his shutdown survey and getting some great information, great data. He shot about a 2-3 […]

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March 26, 2020
Why Is Net Promoter Score Important to Your Business?

In today’s world, a business must sell constantly in order to retain customers and obtain new ones.  Afterall, keeping customers happy is the key to customer success management – and ALL companies seek growth. The Net Promoter Score is a simple one to two minute survey metric that can stimulant substantial growth for a business, […]

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March 14, 2020
How Improving Net Promoter Score Helps Fitness Clubs

Let’s start with the basics here so you can learn how improving net promoter score helps fitness clubs increase member loyalty and retention. What did NPS come from? NPS was introduced in 2003 and developed by Fred Reichheld, a partner at Bain & Company, and in cooperation with Satmetrix, a California consultant company which provides […]

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March 31, 2020
Top 4 Reasons You Must Use MXM's Free Shutdown Survey

We are making all of our free products available to any organization in the fitness industry. Whether you have one club or 1000 clubs, you can benefit from the data and feedback you will rapidly receive during and after the shutdown. We have made this free, easy to execute, and we make sure you have […]

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April 16, 2020
Top 5 Tips to Encourage Member Referrals

1. Timing is Everything When it comes to asking your members for referrals, timing is everything.  Finding the right moment in your member’s journey is important, as these are the times when they will be most open to giving you a referral.  If you ask your members at the wrong time, you run the risk […]

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October 30, 2018
Top 3 Practices of Customer Experience Leaders

Okay, are you ready for this? These are lessons that I learned during my 20+ years managing health clubs. Simple to identify but harder to implement. Three practices used by top Customer Experience Management practitioners that can help you begin to manage the experience at your business vs. just putting out fires as fast as they […]

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November 5, 2018
We Say 'Yes'!

The product of the health club business is the member experience.  Just as the product of a restaurant is not only the food but the overall experience.Say this in a group of gym owner/operators and most will agree.  Asked if they deliver an excellent, average, or poor member experience and I bet at least 80% […]

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November 12, 2018
Training The Customer Experience Athlete

"Great athletes have great proprioception. Great customer experience athletes have great “social proprioception.” Proprioception is an individuals’ ability to sense where they are “in space.”  Without video, coach feedback, or seeing with one’s own eyes, they still have a high degree of awareness as to their entire body position. Rory McIlroy knows exactly where the club is […]

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August 23, 2019
Customer Experience Management: The Proof is in the ROI

If you ask a company executive if customer experience (CX) matters to them, they will most likely say yes. But how do you get them to invest in and commit to a robust, long-term CX management practice? In a recent webinar, Medallia shared its approach to helping organizations quantify the financial linkage of their CX management […]

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May 30, 2019
Exceptional Customer Service: A Simple Investment to Boost Retention

Member retention is always a huge concern for fitness business owners. Even when you’re regularly adding new members to your gym, you still need to focus on retaining the members that you have with exceptional customer service. Did you know that it costs six to seven times as much to win a new member as […]

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April 10, 2019
Medallia Earns a 100% in the Corporate Equality Index

Medallia is proud to announce that we received a perfect score of 100 on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI is the nation’s premier benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. Medallia joins the ranks of over 560 […]

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March 4, 2019
Onboarding New Members

Once you have members signing up at you gym, you must ensure that the next step, the Member Onboarding Process, goes smoothly! Developing a frictionless onboarding strategy will maximize your member retention and improve your member experience. The most important time period in the membership lifecycle is the first four weeks, and you should be making contact frequently […]

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February 7, 2019
Fitness Center Employee Retention - Set the Right Tone

When your employee retention rate is as high as possible, it keeps the work and the cost down and it will also reflect in your levels of membership retention too. Hiring gym staff can be like jumping on a treadmill that’s reeled up to eleven; it’s hard work that takes all your time and another […]

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January 21, 2019
Best Practices to Provide Great Customer Service in Your Health Club

As the owner or manager of a health club, your main concern should be providing great customer service for your members. As we’ve discussed in past blogs, you should have information on all levels of your team that allow you to be immediately responsive to feedback you receive. This allows you to grow and create […]

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January 3, 2019
Top 6 Fitness Challenges to Engage and Retain Your Gym Members

The goal of all health clubs is to increase member engagement, because members that actually use your facility are more likely to continue to use the club. However, 44% of all gym members are showing up to health clubs less than four times a month, making them high cancellation risk members. It is difficult to entice those […]

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December 28, 2018
3 Key Things Your Customer Engagement Platform Should Provide

As we’ve discussed in previous blogs, a customer experience platform is one big way to stand out as a health club. It gives your customers a place to give feedback and be heard, and enhance their experience. But as a fitness club owner, what should you look for when finding the right customer experience platform? We’ve compiled […]

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December 27, 2018
CEM Products and Repeat Responders. Why Should I Listen to You Again?

I was talking to a customer the other day regarding his MXMetrics/Medallia CEM product and he said – “I think we should not be asking people to give us feedback so frequently.  I think it should be twice a year instead of four times because some people keep bringing up something we can’t do anything […]

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December 17, 2018
Increase The Survey Response Rate At Your Health Club

There are two things to consider, survey response volume and survey response rate and before we go straight into how to increase your response rate, let’s consider whether you need to or not. In a business to consumer (B2C) environment it is important to consider both response volume as well as response rates. In the […]

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December 11, 2018
6 Things to Know About OCEM Software for Fitness Clubs

The race to deliver a great customer experience is on and you are in it – whether you like it or not. OCEM software is the vehicle you will be driving if you are to compete in this race. Your vehicle must be quick out of the gate and ready to go for a long time. Selecting […]

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December 3, 2018
How to Start a Gym Member Referral Program

There are thousands of ways to start a gym member referral program these days. Most referral programs offer an incentive of a free months of membership to your referring member. But, why not give out cash instead? If you own a gym, and you don’t currently run a ‘refer a friend’ type of program, you’re […]

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December 3, 2018
Making Excellence a Habit

"Gentlemen we will chase perfection and we shall chase it relentlessly knowing all the while we can never attain it. But along the way we will catch excellence." Vince Lombardi Lombardi’s quote is the essence of Operational Customer Experience Management (OCEM). If you seek excellence you are chasing perfection. If you only chase excellence you […]

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November 30, 2018
Building Relationships - How To Stand Out As A Health Club

Other fitness clubs can copy your successes, such as your facility, machines or prices. What they can’t copy is your relationship with your members. The best way to provide great customer service in your health club is to keep those relationships strong and meaningful. In a world with social media, online reviews and instant information […]

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November 27, 2018
Retention vs. Loyalty

You pride yourself on your club’s service and hospitality. You are much better today than you were yesterday but not nearly as good as you want to be tomorrow.  You work very hard to hire right, treat staff right, treat customers right, and to constantly improve. These efforts seem to be rewarded. The questions is can […]

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November 19, 2018
7 Rules For Being a Great Health Club Member

We write a lot about how to be a great health club and how to deliver great customer experience. We recently worked with Keith Catanzano of 2River Consulting in Washington DC to do someamazing segmentation on our member data.Keith created a “predictive model” using historic membership data to find our common segments reflecting different cancellation rates. This gave us […]

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November 16, 2018
Giving Your Clients a Voice: The Benefits of Customer Management Systems

As the owner of a gym or health club, you want to do whatever you can to stand out to your members. The little things can make a big difference in the long run, and help you promote your fitness club and be successful. One tool to do this is through a customer management software. […]

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