Posts Tagged ‘open a 24 hour gym or fitness center or health club cheaply’

Recession or Depression proof your gym, health club, or fitness business by doing these 5 things, including how to build your own wordpress site tutorials.

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

“Recession or Depression proof your gym, health club, or fitness business by doing these 5 things, including how to build your own wordpress site tutorials”

The thing i find it hardest to get across to new business owners and alot of old business owners is the fact that they might survive a recession but how much better could their business have been if they would have actually tried marketing.

Most people are just like the restaurant owner i once heard of; the first thing he let go of money wise when money got tight was the bug killer man, and it was the most important of all his business. If you don’t believe me, just go into a restaurant and see a roach. You will consider going back if you get bad service one time, but if you see a bug your gone for good!

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Here’s another amazing thing i have discovered because i have done this thing myself; I would tell anyone that called trying to get me to advertise with them that i didn’t have the money, but i would spend money on other less important things. PLEASE hear me! You need to spend the money on the right marketing PERIOD!!!

  1. Start a website using WordPress:Its what you are reading now,its the easiest thing on the web to do and you can be up and going in minutes not days or months. here’s a great set of tutorials that will teach you how to get going with wordpress immediatley.Click Here!
  2. Putting an e-mail opt-in form on your website: so you can notify your prospects of information and gym membership offerings.
  3.  Start a referral program:that pays members money for refering others.
  4. Offer a money back guarantee! :this should be first really. i have only had one person take me up on this, and they didn’t even want their money back, but i made sure to give it back to them anyway, and asked for a testimonial from her about her getting her money back so i can use it in my marketing.
  5. Ask members what they want: It amazes me at the people in business that i say this to and they say it doesn’t matter what people say, they aren’t going to change that because they are stuck in thinking what they are doing is working better than giving the member what they want, and it might be working, but think about how much better it could be if you actually gave them what they want.

 To learn every deatil of “how to open a 24 hour gym from scratch”, click here www.how2ownagym.com

One Bonus tip is to make sure to get testimonials and use them in all your marketing efforts.

Shannon Cook is avaliable for consulting and marketing your fitness center by contacting fitnessmarketing@comcast.net

Are you a hurting Gym, health club, fitness center owner because of the recession/depression coming on? Here’s what i am doing that has increased my gym memberships by 25% in 40 days

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

Are you a hurting Gym, health club, fitness center owner because of the recession/depression coming on?

If the answer is yes, read on!

To learn every deatil of “how to open a 24 hour gym from scratch”, click here www.how2ownagym.com

I can honestly tell you that i have increased my gym business by 25% in the last month alone, and its not because i have updated, done expensive marketing, or pressured sales people to sell more memberships.

No, just the opposite, I have cut my marketing in 1/2 and just done a test to see what i could do by a small but concentrated marketing plan.

I quit radio ads, which were effective, but right now, too expensive. I started concentrating on the members i have now and offering them and their friends incentives to get them to tell their friends and family about our 24 hour automated gym. Then i have worked on my email subscribers list by doing the same incentive offerings. Then lastly, i am putting up banners that i know will catch passerby’s attention and get them to stop by, call, or visit my website and hopefully get them to sign up on my email subscription form for future weight loss and gym articles and notices.

I really can’t believe how much it has helped my gym business in the last month or two.

I have had a lot of calls lately from the radio station that i advertise with, and also the newspaper wanting me to advertise my gym with them, but i am not afraid to tell them NO for now. I am going to resume my  radio and newspaper advertising before too long, but i really wanted to try this experiment first.

One Fact I will share with you is that in the last depression and the recessions since, the businesses that kept advertising and not cutting back, came to be the biggest and best basically because all their competition quit advertising. Think about it, I know if you are a business owner then you already have, I know i almost quit until i really got to thinking about it and realized that all my competition quit all their ads and i now am alone and don’t have to spend as much because they aren’t doing any at all.   

So please don’t quit advertising all together, if you can, you need to increase your ads and do the other stuff i have said in this article. But if your strapped for cash, please try these things that cost almost nothing.

**NOTE** IF YOU DON’T HAVE A WEBSITE AND AN E-MAIL SUBSCRIPTION SIGN UP FORM, GET ONE!!!  ITS THE CHEAPEST MARKETING YOU CAN DO.

You need to invest time and money in learning how to market your gym like i have, and here’s a product that shortcuts the learning curve. I spent many thousands of dollars to learn what i know about marketing, and now know that there is info available to the fitness business industry that concentrates only on the getting and retaining members. here is one excellent product to learn from that helps tremendously without learning everything about marketing like i did, especially if you don’t have much time and only want to learn the gym business marketing part. here’s the product: Click Here!

Shannon Cook is available to build your website for your gym, health club, or fitness center, and copywriting your ads and web site material by contacting fitnessmarketing@comcast.net

To learn every deatil of “how to open a 24 hour gym from scratch”, click here www.how2ownagym.com

What to look for when buying used Gym, Health Club, or Fitness Center Equipment

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

“What to look for when buying used Gym, Health Club, or Fitness Center Equipment”

Buying used gym equipment can save you alot of money if you know what to look for. There are alot of great places to buy used and refurbished gym equipment from, but make sure to do your own research of the companies your looking at.

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You should look for these things:

  • Is the gym equipment totally refurbished or just some parts, (for instance, some used gym equipment companies will say their treadmills are refurbished, but they really only put a new belt on them and clean them up. when actually they needed a new deck and waxer and maybe a roller also but they know it will last just long enough for the short warranty to run out)
  • Do they have a warranty and how long. (also ask what all is covered and how they repair the piece if it does tear up. I bought one treadmill that tore up and they sent me the part and told me to fix it myself. LET ME TELL YOU THAT ITS NOT EASY TO WORK ON TREADMILLS, AND I DO MECHANICAL WORK ALL THE TIME, SO MAKE SURE YOU DONT HAVE TO DO THE REPAIRS)
  • How much does the shipping cost?
  • Look for reviews on the company from a website. (there are some websites that will have reviews on dealing with the used fitness equipment compaines, search the name of the company and you’ll probably find someone who has dealt with them that will have a blog like this one your reading now, but on that company. BUT DON’T DRAW A CONCLUSION FROM ONE OR TWO REVIEWS, i’m sure you know that noone can please everyone all the time)
  • Never Ever buy anything without seeling it in detail either in person or pictures, a video showing it in action if possible. (it amazes me at the gym equipment dealers that don’t realize if they would show a video of the equipment in action, they would take away all reluctance of the customer to buy)

Their are brokers that you can contact that specialize in buying and selling used health club equipment, do a search for used gym equipment brokers on the internet and i’m sure you’ll find some good ones.

EBAY: should you try ebay? You will find everything for your gym on ebay, from one dumbbell to a turnkey gym ready to go. You will have to pay much more attention to things on ebay, but i have found that most ebay sellers do a better job of marketing their items. I mean by this that they do detailed photos and videos and have a detail of and warranties and all shipping charges so you won’t be trying to figure out what the charges are to ship. But you do have to worry about the warranty being upheld in some cases because if they are a single seller they could possibly go out of business tomorrow or just not return your calls and your stuck with a broken piece of fitness equipment.

So if you use ebay to buy used equipment, PLEASE CHECK THEIR RATINGS!

Some dealers that i have bought equipment from are:

WRIGHT WEIGHT EQUIPMENT in birmingham, alabama

BiG FiTNESS North Kingstown
190 Frenchtown Rd
North Kingstown, RI 02852       AND  

BiG FiTNESS Seekonk
5 Progress St
Seekonk, MA 02771

USED GYM EQUIPMENT.COM   

14201 S. Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90061
Toll Free: 800-884-1446
310-323-2984

Shannon Cook is avaliable for hire to turn your gym into a 24 hour gym or open a gym from scratch and to market your fitness center by contacting FITNESSMARKETING@COMCAST.NET

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To learn every deatil of “how to open a 24 hour gym from scratch”, click here www.how2ownagym.com

I spent many thousands of dollars to learn what i know about marketing, and now know that there is info available to the fitness business industry that concentrates only on the getting and retaining members. here is one excellent product to learn from that helps tremendously without learning everything about marketing like i did, especially if you don’t have much time and only want to learn the gym business marketing part. here’s the product: Click Here!

What type of flooring should you put in a gym or health club or fitness center

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

“What type of flooring should you put in a gym or health club or fitness center?”

For the main gym where all the equipment goes I used the bare concrete and i acid stained mine and sealed it so no matter what goes on it, it still looks good. I do recommend you putting at least 3 coats of clear sealer on it.

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In the cardio area i like to use carpet, and i recommend using the squares that are about 2′ x 2′ and when anything happens to one piece you simply pull it up and replace it very easily. The best part is anyone can install full rooms by themselves with no knowledge of laying carpet.

In my gym i have a power lifting section and a dumbbell section that i have rubber pieces laid down in. I got the 1/2″ x 4′ x 6′ from a school gym that was getting different flooring for their new gym. The reason i use rubber flooring is that the people that use the heavy dumbbells usually drop them and that tore the carpet up really bad and it looked bad to the visitors coming in.

The flooring i recommend for aerobic rooms is a wood flooring that has rubber cushion attached to it. Its called Boflex flooring. I’m in the process of getting it put down in my wife’s personal training and pilaties and yoga room.

For bathrooms i use a wood floor that snaps together and has a cushion that lays down separate first. You can get this flooring at home depot, sams club, or lowes.

These are my reccomendations for flloring for gyms and health clubs and fitness centers.

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I spent many thousands of dollars to learn what i know about marketing, and now know that there is info available to the fitness business industry that concentrates only on the getting and retaining members. here is one excellent product to learn from that helps tremendously without learning everything about marketing like i did, especially if you don’t have much time and only want to learn the gym business marketing part. here’s the product: Click Here!

Shannon Cook is a consultant to the fitness and gym industry for all your marketing and copywriting needs, or if your opening a gym, i can consult you on how to open a gym.

To learn every deatil of “how to open a 24 hour gym from scratch”, click here www.how2ownagym.com

Contact shannon at fitnessmarketing@comcast.net