Offer on site fitness opportunities
The benefits of on-site fitness opportunities include:
Increased employee satisfaction and health
Informal building of company networks
Increased employee engagement and energy
Building of positive company culture
Potential reduction in overall healthcare costs
Potential reduction in employee absences
On-site fitness opportunities can include:
Group fitness classes led by an instructor
Group fitness classes following a fitness video
Dedicated room with fitness basics such as stretching mats, exercise balls, small hand weights, exercise videos, a TV, VCR or DVD
On-site shower facilities
NOTE: It is strongly recommended that you read the following book before creating any on-site fitness opportunities: ACSM’s Health/Fitness Facility Standards & Guidelines, Second Ed., American College of Sports Medicine, 1992
Survey employee population to ascertain desired videos and/or classes.
Work with employer to find an appropriate existing space such as a conference or meeting room.
Partner with a local health club for fitness class ideas and for qualified instructors. See Appendix C for more detailed information on instructor credentials.
Purchase TV, VCR or DVD player, and fitness videos.
Research potential liability issues.
o Contract your employer’s legal department regarding participant waivers, necessary insurance, and any other liability concerns.
o See Appendix C for more detailed information on liability issues.
Provide shower facilities for employees who want to bicycle/run to work or exercise over the lunch hour.
Provide bike racks or other bike storage facilities.
American Council on Exercise: www.acefitness.com
Ball Dynamics: www.balldynamics.com
Collage video: www.collagevideo.com
Fitness Wholesale: www.fwonline.com
Human Kinetics: www.humankinetics.com
Health Fitness Management, A Comprehensive Resource for Managing and Operating
Programs and Facilities, by William C. Granthan/Robert W. Patton/Tracy D. Your/Mitchel L. Winick,