The software industry exists to make our lives easier and more entertaining. The job of a gym manager or facility director is already very energy draining. Using gym management software and mobile applications can save a ton of time, money, and improve the quality of service you offer to patrons. This is not just a review of the typical high-end facilities management systems. Here we’re going to explore all kinds of technology you can use to run your fitness center more efficiently.
Here are 3 pieces of software that will help to put your gym on the cutting edge:
1) Firm POS:
This software features tools for members and product management, complete with a customer portal and statistics reporting. It can also be integrated with Microsoft Outlook to schedule & manage classes.
Member management: The Firm POS member management feature allows gym managers to track customers, manage membership, check-in members, and sell day passes among other features. There are no limitations on the amount of data collected through Firm POS, so it can keep up as you expand and provides you with unlimited number of member accounts. With those accounts you have the ability to: flag a customer with a custom reminder, view account balances, collect demographic data, bill automatically, add a photo, and view recent visitors. All of these features are compatible with barcoded ID cards or with Biometric Fingerprint check-in.
Product management: Firm POS also makes it incredibly easy to sell products and services at your facility. The Point of Sale is “flexible and intuitive without sacrificing it’s functionality”. Like the Member Management, its got tons of features. You can manage inventory and keep track of your products while tracking quantities and listing vendors. If you’re crunched for time theres a quick sale mode to save time. You also have the capability to create unique discounts to your schedule that can be determined by membership type/account or even the day of the week.
The software has an intuitive user interface among many other features.
Microsoft Outlook integration for client & class scheduling: The Firm POS Scheduler allows you to not only schedule classes and hours but also check members into classes and personal training. You can display all of your trainers schedules at once or just see one at a time. The calendar view can be displayed as Daily, 5 Day Week, 7 Day Week, or Monthly. You can also view event details like the total number attending and a list of who is participating. Finally, you can schedule reoccurring events and color code them based on category.
This powerhouse of features makes Firm POS an amazing tool for gym managers who want to stay on top of customers and their offerings while keeping their sanity. Pricing ranges from $1499 for standard to $3895 for premier, making it an affordable option even for the small privately-owned gym.
Cybex, a fitness equipment manufacturer has free web-based gym layout planner that gym managers and owners can utilize to most efficiently plan the layout of their gyms. Managers can choose a pre-existing layout or enter the dimensions of a room to create a layout custom to their gym. Unfortunately this tool is limited to only Cybex equipment, but it could be used to plan for similar equipment of different brands.
Managers also have access to sample designs from world-class gyms so that they can either gain inspiration for their own design, or just plain copy what works. In addition to world-class examples, there is an entire gallery with layouts to be inspired by.
With all of these tools, Cybex has made it much easier to efficiently organize your own gym while gaining inspiration from world-class and down-to-earth examples.
With College Gym Tracker, University gym managers have access to a one-stop-shop of solutions to their management woes. CGT allows managers to collect invaluable data about attendance levels and patron habits. The CGT Suite also features a custom-branded app (myFacility) that gyms can provide to their customers.
With the myFacility custom app, patrons can check attendance levels and decide when and where to work out. The app also predicts attendance, integrates social media accounts, and provides patrons with a news feed updated by the gym staff. With the CGT data collection service, gym managers can use the collected information to more effectively schedule staff and request funding.
What results when these two tools are combined, is higher attendance and efficient staff. Patrons are happier because they’ve avoided wait lines and managers are happier because their facility is running smoothly.
Gym Management, Technology and Mobile Applications
As the software industry continues to grow, more and more companies are competing to solve your management problems. Take advantage of what software has to offer and wow your customers with cutting edge technology and service. The standard for fitness facility technology is rising, and soon gym-goers will expect high-tech when they sign up for a fitness membership.