Imagine if your gym was a place people loved going to and couldn’t stop talking about. This is every business owner’s dream. But, the truth is many people dread going to the gym. But that doesn't have to be the case. By developing a custom commercial sound system and playlist, you can have an excellent gym atmosphere, the whole experience can be positive for your clients.
And, by creating the right atmosphere, you’ll have more people at your gym and more people wanting to join.
HOW DO I CREATE A POSITIVE GYM ATMOSPHERE?
To create a positive atmosphere that pumps up your clients (both literally and figuratively), you'll have to think of the environment as a whole. Each piece is vital in the overall experience your clients will have when at your gym.
START WITH A WARM WELCOME
The first impression is a lasting one. Both new and existing clients must receive a warm welcome when they arrive at your gym. This may seem like a given, but many places forget this simple business protocol.
An easy tip for creating a warm welcome is to have your staff welcome clients by name as they check-in. This helps create a community where the client feels there is a relationship and shows it's not just a transaction. Most clients will know their name popped up on the computer screen, but it's a nice personal touch that can set the tone for their whole experience at your business.
That warm welcome will create positive energy that will carry with them as the clients work out – even if they were initially dreading coming to the gym.
KEEP THE POSITIVE ENERGY FLOWING
An easy way to keep the positive energy flowing is through video and music.
Someone who is pumped up is more likely to continue working out and not get bored or distracted. Once someone gets bored, they’re likely to walk out your doors – maybe even permanently.
The goal is to keep clients engaged with the workout process and create an atmosphere they enjoy coming to.
When you’re able to create a fun environment through the right music and video, your business will be a destination and not just another gym. This can be done through the use of digital signage and music to create a vibe that keeps your patrons having fun.
Studies show that when someone couples a dreaded activity with something they love (aka listening to music while working out) that they are more likely to start seeing the dreaded activity in less harsh light.
Playing the right music helps motivate your patrons to keep pushing towards their goals. It's essential to consider the type of music you play in each zone of your gym.
Another way to help clients push towards their goals is through video. Video walls can also help motivate clients and promote upcoming events or highlight promotions and competitions. If your clients see a list of upcoming races on the screen, they may decide to sign up. And, by also showing in-house training classes and programs, your clients will also be encouraged to keep visiting your business.
Having these simple things in your gym can make a world of difference for your clients.
KEEP THE GYM A NO-JUDGEMENT ZONE
Another thing to make sure you're doing is committing your gym to be a no-judgment zone. No one wants to feel like they are being judged when they go to the gym. It can take a lot for someone to make a commitment to getting a gym membership.
Make sure your digital signage highlights people of all shapes and sizes. When people feel seen and included, they feel more comfortable and are more likely to return.
WHAT'S THAT SMELL?
When you get a bunch of sweaty people together in a room, there’s bound to be a smell. Make sure you’re doing your best to keep that smell to a minimum. Regular cleaning of equipment will help cut down on the scent.
No one expects your gym to smell like a garden, but they do want the gym to look clean. It's essential to make sure staff are keeping the gym is clean and organized.
PLAY THE RIGHT MUSIC IN EACH ZONE
Sure, most of your clients will probably be wearing headphones, but some will forget them, and others will opt out of wearing headphones. Consider the people who are in group workout classes, or working out with a buddy, or with a trainer.
Because of those who aren’t wearing headphones, you’ll want to make sure the music you are playing fits with the type of activity your clients are doing. The music in the lifting zone should be different than the music around the walking track or cardio zone. And it's definitely going to be different than what is played in the yoga studio.
Make sure you keep music zones in mind as you’re considering your gym’s environment.
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HOW DOES YOUR BRAND COME THROUGH?
As you think about the atmosphere, it's essential to keep in mind how your brand comes through. Remember, each area contributes to your brand messaging.
Does every part of your gym tell the brand story that you want it to say? Is the lighting too harsh or too dim? Both of those could interfere with your gym atmosphere.
The colors you use also dictate how people feel. Red symbolizes energy and strength. Yellow signifies hope, happiness, and optimism. While blue symbolizes peace and tranquility. You’ll want to consider what the colors in your gym are saying. Are they conveying the proper brand message?
You also want to consider your audio brand. It's not just important to have good music. It would help if you thought about what the music is saying about your brand. If you are a family gym, you probably don't want to play music with expletives. You'll need to make sure you find the right music that fits with your brand. PTG can help you create the perfect playlist that both pumps up your clients while also keeping into consideration your brand.
CREATING THE RIGHT GYM ATMOSPHERE DOESN'T HAVE TO BE OVERWHELMING
There is a growing demand in the fitness industry to create an ideal atmosphere. When you look over all the areas that contribute to your environment, it may seem like a lot. But it doesn’t have to be overwhelming – PTG is here to help.
Through digital signage and music streaming services, PTG has experience working with fitness-based companies on creating the perfect atmosphere. They are ready to help you today reach your goals.