Social activities for fitness centers

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    Oct 26, 2007 1:35 PM GMT
    I was recently saddled with the Member Services gig at the gym where I work. Since we're a nonprofit in a small rural community, one of my regular responsibilities is to hold a community outreach/member retention/social/educational/goodtimes shindig every month.

    Do y'all have any ideas for hott social/educational activities? Or examples from your fitness center? Here's what I've done so far -

    * Bike-in theater
    * Teamed up with the hospital's nutritional staff for a grill-off
    * Mamba class (the dance, not the snake, and boy howdy should you see these Norwegians shake it)
    * Moonwalk (Took us month after bloody month, but we rallied tons of seniors and walked 222,000 miles - the distance to the moon. And then pigged out on moon pies and watched Apollo 13.)

    I really need indoor ideas for winter. Which, up here, lasts until June. So far I've only got an Olympics-style competition and ice skating. I think I might have blown my load across the first few months. Any suggestions?
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    Oct 26, 2007 3:16 PM GMT
    As a member of the YMCA, many of the activities are focused toward kids and you didn't mention if your fitness center in your community is geared anyway toward kids or families. If so, I think much can be considered. If not, then a differing approach. The Wichita YMCA facilities are some of the best in the country. I'll ask when I'm there next what sort of activities they have planned over the next several months. I know there are quite a number.
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    Oct 26, 2007 3:24 PM GMT
    Can you describe who is your "target audience" for these shindigs?...age? physical abilities? interests?

    When I plan an event, I go in this order:

    Identify the audience.

    Identify what I want the audience to do at/after the event: give money, good will, enjoy themselves, motivate to do something else.

    Identify the activities that will get the audience to do what you want.
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    Oct 26, 2007 5:03 PM GMT
    CaslonCan you describe who is your "target audience" for these shindigs?...age? physical abilities? interests?


    Average age is 42, and the largest age group is the 35-45 range. Though we've members ranging from 13 to 82, and seniors represent the second largest age range. Mostly accustomed to light-to-moderate physical activity, with weight loss/management being the most common reason for joining. The youngest group we actually have target programs for is high school, though we have a sparse "tot spot" in the name of being family friendly.

    Since we've got such a wide age range, I've been focusing on a different age/interest group for each activity rather than search for that magical one everyone will enjoy.

    In keeping with our mission statement, these activities only strictly have to be educational. I'm just killing a number of birds with one stone by using them also as recruitment events, member incentives (any event that costs the public is fee to members) and trying to foster a sense of pride and camaraderie amongst our members.
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    Oct 26, 2007 5:23 PM GMT
    Competitive eating?
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    Oct 26, 2007 7:32 PM GMT
    Bad Rugger, naughty Rugger....

    Hermit: Are there any points of town pride that you can incorporate into your activities?
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    Oct 26, 2007 11:28 PM GMT
    Hmmmmm......is a floral arranging class too low-key?
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    Oct 27, 2007 2:37 AM GMT
    Would a night set up for board games ( Monopoly, Pictionary, Scrabble, etc) be too tame? icon_confused.gif