Keep Your Fitness Center Safe for Members

With COVID-19 and the flu season among us, keeping your employees and members safe and healthy is more important than ever before. Wearing face masks and washing your hands only scratches the surface when it comes to keeping employees and members safe from harmful bacteria. Limiting contact points and disinfecting equipment will also reduce the risk of contracting the flu and COVID-19. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that gym patrons wear a facemask and wash their hands before and after putting the mask on. Additionally, it is recommended that they bring their own water bottles and avoid sharing any personal items. Finally, it is crucial that members clean equipment before and after they have used it. 

Additionally, limiting contact points for your customers will help to limit the spread of harmful bacteria amongst gym patrons and employees. This can be done through Vending Fit’s Supply Dispensers and Supply Lockers. These machines allow you to control your inventory and give customers and employees access to supplies, such as resistance bands, water bottles and yoga mats. Give your customers the experience of a safe and effective workout.

Vending Fit dispensers and lockers allow for quick and easy disinfecting, in order to keep members safe. Simply use warm, mild soapy water. Soap has the ability to demolish viruses in as little as 20 seconds, keeping employees and members safe from COVID-19 and the flu. Additionally, providing hand sanitizer near the machine and encouraging the use of it before and after coming in contact with the machine will keep customers safe and healthy.

Your members are anxious to hit the gym, but it must be done in a safe way. To find out more about gym vending machines and how to keep your gym customers safe, contact us at 1-855-570-2673.

ReducePotential Exposure to COVID-19 Through Controlled Dispensing Solutions for Health and Fitness Equipment

IDS’ Vending Fit provides a seamless transaction experience to allow customers to easily access health and fitness supplies without direct, face-to-face interaction with employees

Keeping your customers and employees safe is an important aspect of any organization. While the news of COVID-19 continues to be prevalent, many organizations are doing what they can to protect their employees and customers by providing a safe and sanitary environment. While fitness centers slowly begin to open, it is more important than ever before for organizations to evaluate and adapt the center’s procedures, in order to provide a safe environment.

As recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, social distancing has become the “new normal” across the United States. This means keeping at least six feet away from the nearest person. At fitness centers, however, this can be a difficult task to achieve. Not only can it be difficult to distance yourself from others, but it can also be difficult to keep the equipment clean and sanitary. 

As companies put in place measures to limit face-to-face interactions and encourage social distancing, it is also important to reduce the handling of critical fitness supplies and nutritional products, such as protein powder and foam rollers, as much as possible by limiting contact points. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the lifespan of Coronavirus can vary based on different surfaces and can last anywhere from 30 minutes to three days. 

Fitness centers across the United States have remained closed over the past few months, due to COVID-19. However, many have begun the process of opening, but with new rules and regulations in place to keep its members and employees safe from harmful viruses and bacteria, including COVID-19. This could be by decreasing the number of customers that are allowed in your facility at one time or repeatedly communicating to customers how you intend to keep your center safe.

Keeping your members and employees safe should remain top of mind as a fitness center owner. Some fitness centers have established rules based on federal regulations in order to keep their members safe. For example, Gravity Fitness in Atlanta, Georgia has a staff member taking everyone’s temperatures at the gym’s entrance. While they originally had all staff members wearing a mask and allowing members to decide whether or not they wanted one, that rule quickly changed. Instead, there are set times during the day in which every member is required to wear a mask and set times in which it is optional. This allows members to exercise when they feel most comfortable and most safe.

Other fitness centers, such as CrossFit Beo in Sioux City, Iowa, have opened, but are required to have fewer than 10 people in the gym at one time. Those people must also remain at a distance of at least six feet apart from one another.

In order for fitness centers and gyms to begin opening, a plan must be put in place in order to keep everyone safe in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other harmful illnesses. Intelligent Dispensing Solutions provides controlled dispensing solutions to ensure that employees are equipped with the proper PPE equipment to limit exposure risks to infectious diseases. Vending Fit is a contactless solution that allows employees to provide customers with the fitness equipment they need in order to remain safe while being able to workout.

Vending Fit allows you to control your inventory and give customers and employees access to supplies, such as resistance bands, protein powders and yoga mats. When members attend your fitness center, they expect to workout, just as they did prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is your job to provide that type of experience for your members. 

Additionally, you can fill your Vending Fit dispensers with products intended to keep your members safe and healthy. Vending Fit supply dispensers and lockers are flexible enough for you to vend smaller products, such as face masks and hand sanitizers, or larger products, such as towels and yoga mats. Your members should feel safe at your facility. Vending Fit will help you achieve that goal.

Vending Fit provides real-time data and reporting capability through its proprietary iQ Technology software. iQ Technology allows managers and administrators to track who accessed what item(s), when they accessed the item(s) and the quantity of the item they accessed. This is useful from an inventory management standpoint, as alerts can be received whenever a product is running low. 

With Vending Fit, you have the ability to utilize existing point-of-sale systems, such as ABC Financial and student IDs, to integrate your gym PPE vending machines seamlessly into your business. Additionally, members can access the fitness supplies they need through cashless payment options or by swiping a membership card, entering a PIN number and more. This ensures that adding Vending Fit to your center will be convenient for both you and your customers.

Cleaning exercise equipment will remain a crucial aspect of every fitness center and keeping your Vending Fit dispenser and locker clean is no different. Luckily, disinfecting and cleaning is as simple as using warm, mild soapy water. Soap has the ability to demolish viruses in as little as 20 seconds. If you prefer commercial-grade cleaning and disinfecting options, PURELL® Foodservice Surface Sanitizer. It is approved for use on food-contact surfaces with no rinse required. 

Although many places are beginning to lift strict stay-at-home orders, COVID-19 remains a threat. As your fitness center begins opening up, consider the new regulations you will put in place to keep your employees and members safe. Your employees and members are your most crucial asset, so keeping them safe is your number one priority. Vending Fit wants to help you come up with a plan in order to keep business operational by providing a solution that safely provides your members with the equipment they need.

For more information on Vending Fit and other dispensing equipment, contact 1-877-771-4446.

Is your Fitness Center in Shape?

Intelligent Dispensing Solutions reaches across many industries to help companies increase profit and maximize their resources. IDS vending machines and lockers for Fitness Centers makes it convenient and easy for gym members to find the supplies they need and makes workout facilities the go-to place to find what they’re looking for. The IDS Fitness Center brings nutritional and fitness essentials right to those that want them. Workout facilities can use IDS machines to increase profit while meeting a need among their clientele.

The IDS Fitness Center is capable of dispensing large packed products like bulk containers and bags, to small individually packaged samples. The protein vending machines can also dispense refrigerated beverages and shakes. Our Fitness Center locker and vending machine system can be set up as a standalone dispensing unit, or include satellite lockers giving you expandability for a variety of products.

The IDS Fitness Center is configurable and expandable for a wide range of products. The machines off secure dispensing, cash and credit card payment options and a web-based interface. Third-party POS integration includes Bar Code, PIN code, MagStripe and PROX Card.

All transactions are secure. You can customize your IDS Fitness Center with your logo on the outside of the machine, too. Our Fitness machines easily integrate with ABC Financial software as well. This way customers can use their gym membership or ID card to pay for their products.

IDS will be at the Club Industry Show at the Hilton Chicago on October 10 and 11. We will be showing off our equipment and would love to answer any questions you have about how our machines can increase your fitness center’s profit. Please call us today at 1-877-771-4446!