An ongoing challenge for health & fitness clubs is to provide easy access to members coupled with real-time monitoring to ensure security and prevent fraud. During the next few months, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, gyms must streamline member access. At the same time, they have to assure members that gym access is controlled and monitored by the gym’s employees.
An access control system integrated with the UPfit.cloud management software solves all these issues generated by COVID-19 and also yields many additional benefits that justify the initial investment.
Though we don’t necessarily like to think about this, many times members break the rules and give their membership to someone else. There are also cases when people take advantage of crowds at the reception desk to avoid checking-in and enter the gym even if they don’t have an active membership. With an access control system, all these incidents are entirely avoided, because members can only enter the gym if they have an active membership.
Members can check into the gym on their own with the member app, by scanning the QR code, and they don't have to hand over their member card at the reception desk.
If you eliminate the plastic member cards, you no longer have to scan cards at the reception desk. That means less work for your team.
Only members with an active membership can enter the gym. No one can pass through the turnstiles if they don't have an active membership.
Access automation means fewer employees required at the reception desk, which saves a considerable amount of money each month.
Every entry is saved into the system in real-time, which means you can keep track of the number of people inside at any moment.
Using only the digital member card in the app, the system flags suspicious activity, and you can easily identify people that "lend" their membership to others.
If you want to find out what exactly is an access control system and what are its benefits for your gym's daily activity, download our free e-book. This overview has all the details you need about member flow, equipment and advice on how to set up such a system in your fitness club.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, gyms must rethink their member access flow:
A crucial aspect of your activity is strict control over club access. You must be able to supervise in real-time who enters the gym, how many people are inside at any given moment, and how long each member stays. If there is an issue, your management team must be able to quickly extract a list with all members that were inside the gym at a particular moment, so that they can be notified directly.
Implementing an access control solution results in immediately eliminating fraud and increasing security. With an access control system, members can enter the gym only if they have an active membership. There are no more exceptions and no more chances of members "lending" their member card to others or entering unnoticed during peak hours.
After members enter the club, they need access to a cabinet in the locker-room. The cheapest solution would be installing locks with keys, but this has multiple disadvantages – keys can be lost, they are handed over from one person to another, and they are hard to clean and disinfect.
An excellent solution that doesn't require a large budget are smart locks with an access code. Members can pick their own cabinet and punch in a code when they wish to lock it. The same code is then used to unlock the cabinet.
An access control system for gyms and health & fitness clubs means access control equipment and software that manages in real-time that equipment.
The access control system must be integrated with the gym's software because it is the only way to validate member access in real-time. The system allows members to enter the location, only after it checks the database to make sure they have an active membership. This way, you eliminate human error and streamline member access.
We help you determine the perfect solution for your gym - the necessary equipment, setting up the access flow, and access areas
You can order the necessary equipment from us, at very competitive prices - turnstiles, access controllers, smart locks
Our partners handle the installing and configuration of the equipment, and you won't have to do anything
Deploying the system and connecting it to UPfit.cloud is very fast
We started using this platform when we opened our third club in the 4Moving network. Our new location was quickly embedded in the system, and our teams are successfully using all UPfit.cloud’s tools that help them manage our gyms. Our members are elated with the quality of our services provided by UPfit.cloud.
Introducing UPfit.cloud into our gym helped us organize and improve our results. Now everything is so much easier, from selling memberships to day to day activities. Our entire team is very pleased with our results, and with the decision of buying this software.
Since we started using this software, our gym is thriving. We no longer have any problems regarding group fitness bookings or personal training sessions. Now our entire schedule is on our website, and our members can easily book their favourite classes. UPfit.cloud solved our administrative issues as well so that we can provide our members with quality services.
Our gym has many classes and trainers, and UPfit helped us manage our activity more efficiently. Now we know precisely what’s going on in our club, and our members are impressed by how fast we check-in or sell memberships.
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