Homerk saidThank you so much guys! All this info, plus mine for niche/special population, will be useful for commercial gym operations that I want to go into. Please continue to add anything new to the continually growing list. Again, much appreciated your input!
Ah, now I understand your interest and focus a little better. Well, definitely see about participating in the Silver Sneakers program. At my gym it brings in 30 senior men & women over age 65 every day at 11 AM, for workouts in the yoga room with a trainer. Mostly just simple stretching exercises, not actually yoga at our location.
They're usually out after an hour, most don't use the equipment, locker rooms or other facilities, but that's 30 extra fees the gym is getting, often more seniors there at that hour than other members. And as I understand it Silver Sneakers is billed by the gym for each visit, with a swipe of the senior's special progam membership card, you don't receive the gym's card, it's not a fixed monthly fee.
So a nice "bonus" revenue the gym might not ordinarily have gotten, with minimal overhead expense to them and little facility wear & tear, except possibly the cost of the trainer. And even that may be partly underwritten by Silver Sneakers.
Do look into it for your gym operations, or any other similar plans that might be out there, some also through companies for their employees of all ages. It gives you an entirely different demographic of users you might not otherwise have attracted.
The places where I've used Silver Sneakers have all seemed very eager to have us there, I presume a good money-maker for them, with people who are quiet, well-behaved, inoffensive, very unlikely to cause the gym any trouble. Even guys like me, who actually do work on the equipment, are very light & easy users. Not too many testosterone-charged gym rats having 'roid rage in MY social set. LOL!