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Roundup: Best Practice Articles to Help You Navigate Omicron

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The fitness industry has been navigating a pandemic for over two years now. And with the omicron variant of COVID-19 now fueling another surge across the U.S. and globe, we thought it may be helpful to curate a list of the top articles and resources for gyms in navigating the crisis.

Below is a round-up of helpful articles we’ve published over the last two years surrounding cleaning, staffing and more to help you get through this next surge of the virus.

The Latest on Omicron

Club Operators Weigh in on the Omicron Variant. Here, two industry leaders share their thoughts on the omicron variant and advice on continuing to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.


The Staffing Shortage. Andrew Barranco, the regional operations and aquatics manager at Merritt Clubs, shares tips and encouragement for operators facing the staffing shortage. Read more.

Strategies for Overcoming Current Hiring Challenges. How to navigate the current hiring challenges plaguing businesses, including health clubs. Read more.

Waivers: Covering Potential Risks. Why you should — especially after COVID-19 — review your waivers to ensure your facility is covered for all potential risks that may arise. Read more.

The Importance of State Alliances. Scott Gillespie, the owner and president of Saco Sport & Fitness, shares the benefits of forming a state fitness alliance and keys to success. Read more.

Gym Cleaning in the New Year. Two health clubs share the importance of having the right gym cleaning supplies, equipment and procedures in the new year. Read more.

Ideas for Increasing Profits and Revenues. In this Thought Leaders series recap, gain ideas from top experts on increasing profits and adding new revenue streams. Read more.

Requiring Proof of Vaccination? Keep These Tips in Mind. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, some companies are requiring customers to show proof of vaccination to participate in indoor activities such as shopping, dining or exercising. Here’s what to keep in mind if going this route. Read more.

Industry Trends

State of the Industry Report: Predictions for Q1 2022. Club Solutions Magazine recently surveyed its advisory board on the industry’s top trends, biggest challenges and opportunities for clubs as we enter the first quarter of 2022. The following is a state of the industry report from their insights. Read more.

Investing in On-Demand. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S., health clubs and gyms were forced to switch to virtual fitness offerings on a dime. Now some facilities are investing in technology to take their virtual and on-demand platforms to the next level. Read more.

The Future is Medical. How Sue Boreskie and Reh-Fit are revolutionizing what it means to be medically integrated and improving health outcomes in Manitoba, Canada. Get valuable lessons on the value of medical fitness to the industry’s future. Read more.

Mind, Body, Spirit. Mental health is becoming a rising priority in gyms after being named the parallel pandemic to the COVID-19 pandemic. Two facilities share how they are implementing it into their programming. Read more.


The Optimistic Outlook. Industry experts share their biggest takeaways from 2021, how clubs can be successful in 2022 and what they’re optimistic about. Read more.

Leading Through a Crisis. Alan Leach, the CEO and director of sales and marketing at West Wood Club, shares six tips for leading through a crisis. Read more.

Hopefully some or many of these articles you’ll find beneficial as we navigate this next surge. Hang in there!

Rachel Zabonick-Chonko

Rachel Zabonick-Chonko is the editor-in-chief of Club Solutions Magazine. She can be reached at rachel@peakemedia.com.

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