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Considerations for building a corporate fitness center

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Effective, inviting, engaging! You can't make your corporate fitness center all things to all people, but you will want to give some thought to these four key considerations if you're investing in an onsite facility.

The Checklist

* Space - follow our easy steps to determine how much space you need
* Money - learn the key budget considerations for a corporate fitness center
* Liability - manage your organizational liability effectively
* Enthusiasm - find out how to create and sustain enthusiasm inside your facility to generate return on your investment


If you are developing a corporate fitness facility, you won't want to miss these key considerations.

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Considerations for building a corporate fitness center

  1. 1. Bethany Garrity, MS, HFS<br />Director, Fitness Center Management<br />Checklist for Building an Onsite Corporate Fitness Center<br />
  2. 2. The Business Case<br />
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  4. 4. Obesity Trends* Among U.S. AdultsBRFSS, 1990, 1999, 2008<br />(*BMI 30, or about 30 lbs. overweight for 5’4” person)<br />1999<br />1990<br />2008<br />No Data <10% 10%–14% 15%–19% 20%–24% 25%–29% ≥30%<br />Source: BRFSS, CDC<br />
  5. 5. Single working parents<br />Endless sugary drink options<br />Roads without sidewalks<br />Unsafe neighborhoods<br />Lack of access to healthy food<br />Dual income households<br />How did we get here?<br />Stairs are unsafe and hard to find<br />Automobile only access<br />Family dinners disappear<br />Lack of access to places to be physically active<br />24/7 Fast Food<br />Transportation<br />High traffic – 4-5 lane intersections<br />Roads without Bike lanes<br />Building Design<br />
  6. 6. We hold these truths to be self evident…<br />We don’t move enough.<br />We pay a lot for preventable disease.<br />We could pay a lot less if we moved more.<br />
  7. 7. We spend a lot of time at work.<br />
  8. 8. The Checklist<br />
  9. 9. #1 Do you have the space?<br />
  10. 10. Step 1: Determine anticipated membership<br />Step 2: Determine “regular members” <br />Step 3: Estimate users over 2hr period<br />Step 4: Calculate space<br />
  11. 11. Example = 2000 employees onsite<br />Step 1: Determine anticipated membership<br /><ul><li>60% EE = 1200 members</li></ul>Step 2: Determine “regular members” <br /><ul><li>30% Members = 360 regular members</li></ul>Step 3: Estimate users over 2hr period<br /><ul><li>25% Regulars = 90 users</li></ul>Step 4: Calculate space<br /><ul><li> 30SF/User = 2,700SF</li></li></ul><li>#2 Do you have the money?<br />
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  14. 14. $3,000<br />$18,000<br />$6,000<br />$24,000<br />$11,000<br />$1,000<br />
  15. 15. Preventive Maintenance<br />Equipment Repair<br />
  16. 16. Utilities<br /><ul><li> Water
  17. 17. Electricity
  18. 18. Cable/Satellite</li></li></ul><li>Equipment Replacement<br /><ul><li> Small Equipment
  19. 19. Capital</li></ul>Programming Supplies/Prizes<br />Other Supplies<br /><ul><li> Cleaning supplies/staff
  20. 20. Towels
  21. 21. Paper/pencils/clipboards
  22. 22. Signage/Bulletin Boards</li></li></ul><li>Staffing<br /><ul><li> Full/Part Time
  23. 23. In house/Contracted
  24. 24. Fee-based/Free services</li></li></ul><li>#3 How do you manage liability?<br />
  25. 25. Managing Liability with Staffing<br />
  26. 26. Managing Liability with a Waiver<br />
  27. 27. Managing Liability with Badge Access<br />
  28. 28. Managing Liability with Policies/Procedures<br />
  29. 29. Managing Liability with Emergency Procedures<br />
  30. 30. #4 How do you sustain enthusiasm?<br />
  31. 31. Create a kick off event with lasting incentive<br />Provide staffing who can program for new/existing members<br />Connect fitness center use to other company activities<br />Plan for the future<br />
  32. 32. Building a worksite fitness center requires serious consideration and expertise to create an inviting, useful and effective space. <br />
  33. 33. What questions do you have about your checklist?<br />Bethany Garrity | (317) 274-3432 x208 | bgarrity@nifs.org<br />

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