The creation of these activities in the United States dates back to the early 70's but it is 1982, the year in which the famous actress Jane Fonda baptizes its official start-up through the production and distribution in VHS of her Aerobic Dance Workout that allows the general public to learn about the possibility of doing aerobic exercises, simply and rhythmically to music.
The gyms that had initially only the equipment room since the late 80’s, had to adapt and began to devote a space to propose a schedule of collective courses and capitalise on the excited anticipation from new customers. Changes included new layouts of emerging fitness centres, with new audio systems, mirrors on the walls and small tools being incorporated.
The success of a group lesson has always been measured by the number of participants, and a good entrepreneur is obliged to go further and validate their success from an economic point of view by adding to the physical space of the classes. Without forgetting the costs of remunerating teachers, there became a growing need for a tool of control and analysis: a report controlling the group courses.
Initial investment and fitness centre maintenance costs
It may seem obvious but this should be the criterion and not the dangerous calculation of how much the sector costs, since to be competitive it is necessary to propose a minimum number of classes with a schedule. Collective courses must not be a simple item of expenditure, a "due cost", but they can and must be a controllable investment and for this reason an analysis method is built.
Measuring the effectiveness and performance of a fitness centre
How to evaluate the effectiveness of choices
The values must therefore be included in a simple but effective report that can provide the manager with a precise and immediate picture of the results and performance over the period. The instrument should provide for at least 3 sections to be evaluated on a monthly basis:
This tool will allow a more careful and objective evaluation, as well as giving the manager the opportunity to explain the teachers' work in the periodical moments of performance overviews that we consider fundamental.