When running a gym you want to add value to your client’s membership. That’s where fitness classes come in.
The different variety of classes you can offer is vast. It’s all about finding the demand for a certain class and finding the right instructor to teach the class well.
Here are a few of the common types of classes that you can offer at your gym to make your clients feel as though they are getting the biggest bang for their buck.
The most common form of indoor cycling is called Spin Class. This is a cardio aerobic class that is taught by a certified instructor. The class is usually set to music and can last anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes.
The appeal of this kind of workout is although it can be intense, it truly is at your own pace. The user has the option to set their resistance and are never forced to go over their limit.
Strength training classes can use steps, free weights, barbells, dumbbells, and resistance tubing. The focus on burning calories, building muscles, boosting metabolism, and building strength.
Your gym can offer a number of different types of strength training courses that can utilize weight equipment or even bodyweight exercises.
The time of each class can range from 30 – 60 minutes depending on the type of strength training that is being done.
Cardio Dance Classes
There are many different types of dance classes that your gym can offer. Pretty much any genre you can think of can become a dance class.
The most common is Zumba, which is a cardio dance class set to Latin or Reggae music. There are also classes that can utilize hip-hop, pop, funk, techno, and many more.
What you choose to offer at your gym can come down to who you can get to teach the class or you can go by popularity and what most people ask for.
The cardio dance classes are fun for people of all ages, shapes, and sizes. It’s a way to get people excited about working out who might not have been otherwise.
Yoga classes are common at gyms, as they have been proven to lessen the symptoms of asthma, arthritis, back pain, insomnia, lower blood pressure, and even reduce anxiety and depression.
Yoga is also believed to increase mindful eating, by making you aware of what you are eating and why. Yoga has the ability to not only help you relieve stress and frustration but to live a healthier lifestyle in general.
There are many forms of Yoga out there. Whichever you choose to offer your clients is up to you.
Typically gyms will offer a leveling system of 2-3 classes ranging from beginner to advanced. This can give your clients options when choosing the level that’s right for them.
Aquatic Fitness Classes
If your gym has a pool in it you can offer your clients water-focused classes. These can include water aerobics, water Zumba, a spin on the classic Zumba with the added resistance of the water, water ballet, or even beginner classes for children.
Water aerobics are very popular with seniors or older adults, with osteoporosis or arthritis, due to the fact that there is little to no impact on their joints.
This would be great for a family gym that focuses on offering classes for all ages.
Active aging classes are designed for seniors or older adults and meant to help maintain flexibility, strength, and cardiovascular health.
The classes usually consist of low impact workouts that are fun and beneficial for those whose bodies can no longer take the strains of high intensity workouts.
You can structure any of your already existing classes to the active aging style by limiting the high impact moves adding in more fun and easy moves.
That way they are able to get a good workout and walk away feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.
Make Your Gym Membership More Valuable
There are many different classes you can offer your members and these are only a few of them.
Listen to what your client’s are talking about when they are in your gym. Keep an eye on different trends and new classes that may come up.
If you are planning on offering a certain class make sure that you have the equipment, adequate space, and a knowledgeable instructor. This will make the class more enjoyable for your members, and ultimately increase the value of being a member of your gym.