Each month Blair McHaney, the CEO of MXM, sits down with Rachel Zabonick-Chonko, the editor-in-chief of Club Solutions Magazine, for a frank discussion on the current state of the fitness industry.
BLAIR MCHANEY’S POV SHOW NOTES
The Fitness Technology Summit
- Attendees were all consistent on their websites being what attracts new members, and their apps are all about their current members.
- This will accelerate how many younger people are coming into the gyms. More people will want to buy and manage their memberships online.
- Blair was very pleased with how member-centered the summit was. Improving the member experience was a huge point of focus.
- Many companies were thinking very deeply about who should own member data, and how should data be stored in an effective way for the future?
- Blair urged gym owners to understand the quality of their integrations and APIs when investing in tech.
Gyms are Still Having a Tough Time Getting Members to Return
- One recent report said only one of the 50 major metro U.S. markets have more people with memberships post-pandemic then pre-pandemic.
- Urban locations aren’t coming back very strong, but suburban areas are.
- Group fitness and cycling classes are also having a hard time getting attendees and instructors to return as well.
Other Top of Mind Thoughts
- From visiting other clubs, Blair is seeing a problem from clutter accumulating in the fitness area, due to members gravitating toward free weight and functional strength areas, which have a lot of accessories.
- San Diego saw the biggest reduction in members from pre- to post-pandemic.
- Seattle also saw a major drop, but there has been a major spike in hiking there.
- More gyms are continuing to embrace open floor plans and outdoor fitness to provide members adequate space.
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