10 Top Exercise Trends Affecting Your Hotel Fitness Center
By Kurt A. Broadhag President, K Allan Consulting | January 14, 2010
The fitness industry has seen its fair share of exercise trends in terms of fitness equipment and programming. Kettle balls, vibration belts, nautilus machines, racquetball courts, aerobics programs - all trends that have either come and gone or transformed into modern day fitness components. These trends are spawned by advances in technology, new research findings involving heath and exercise, or creative minds trying to develop a new workout program to counteract the boredom of monotonous routines. The end result of this process is either inventions in new equipment or fitness programs, or improvement upon the old.
Top fitness professionals stay abreast on current researches and advances in the field to forecast exercise trends and serve a crucial role in promotion into the general population. Health clubs must also chart these trends but have the additional burden of working within limitations of space and budget to provide their members to access to these trends. This is especially true for hotel fitness centers that, due to certain variables such as limited space and non-staffed facilities, must try to offer these trends to their guests when feasible. Following are ten current exercise trends that can be incorporated into the hotel fitness center..
1. Mind/Body Exercise
Although mind/body exercise has been around for ages it has recently caught on in the US. Current trends in this area include both yoga and pilates. Despite these being popular workout routines they may not be feasible to offer in the hotel fitness center setting. For one, both require an instructor for the untrained individual. Secondly, yoga typically requires a classroom setting or an open outdoor space. Finally, true pilates requires specialized equipment. To get around these limitations and still offer your guests these programs try, 1) locating local instructors and place on-call much like personal trainers for one-on-one sessions, 2) if demand is large enough, dedicating an outdoor space to have daily classes, and 3) offer DVD's that can be played within the fitness center and guests can follow along.
2. Technology/Personal Entertainment
Modern technology has transformed the way people pass time working out. Originally, drop down televisions were used inside fitness centers with the audio broadcasted through the speakers. Eventually wireless systems were invented. Now, the current trend is to equip each piece of cardiovascular equipment with its own television. Also new are the advances in ipod/mp3 player docking stations on cardiovascular equipment. This is especially useful given the new trend of downloadable workout routines onto ipods/mp3 players that people can follow while in the gym.