Programming with a Purpose – The Amazing Race

LIV North Fitness Management division prides itself in offering engaging and motivating programs to our managed facilities and their members.  However, there is always a greater purpose than having a lot of members participate.

When a challenge or program is planned, all aspects of wellness, as well as health indicators, such as sleep and stress management, are included.

Take for example the Amazing Race challenge that finished on May 3, 2021.  Over 4 weeks, 126 competitors from 9 LIV North managed facilities competed in a virtual race across Canada for prizes.  Sounds fun and motivating, right?

Having been involved in the wellness sector for over 45 years, LIV North staff know that small increases in daily activity have huge benefits at the organizational level.  Some of these benefits include:

  • Increased productivity – employees that move more in their day tend to be more focused, productive and sleep better at night
  • Reduced stress levels – being in nature has been shown to greatly decrease stress levels
  • More positive outlook – feeling supported, building connections and finding a sense of accomplishment go a long way in improving corporate culture, employee longevity and overall satisfaction at work.

Along the way, strategic activities were plotted out that focused specifically on the points above. Taking a mindful walk in nature to reduce stress and trying new activities such as theme based recipes were among those tasks.  Activity levels were slowly increased as the challenge progressed to ensure all abilities and fitness levels could succeed was key to creating a sense of accomplishment.

For a more detailed look at the outcome results of the Amazing Race challenge, take a look at the infographic below.  

Click here to find out more about the LIV North Amazing Race challenge.   If your organization could benefit from programming and results like this, be sure to contact us at virtual@livnorth.com

LIV North Fitness Management Reflects on One Full Year of Adjusting to COVID-19

When COVID-19 hit, the fitness world was turned upside down.  Facilities were closed, staff were sent home, and LIV North adjusted to the challenge and dove head first into the virtual world!

As we celebrate 1 year of being in the virtual market, here is a quick reflection on how we adjusted and what was born from our efforts.

Prior to COVID

While the pandemic threw the world for a loop, LIV North was already actively making plans to offer more virtual programming and services.  There were already increasing levels of people working from home (growth of 10% 2015 to 18% of population by 2019) and there were fewer people going into the office on a regular basis.

Noticing this trend, we introduced our cloud based LIVx club management software in early 2018 and began offering on demand fitness classes to our club members that were accessible 24/7 through their member portal and app.  In late 2019, some of our projects had also begun to offer live streaming fitness classes to meet the changing needs of our clients.

Friday, March 13, 2020

This day stands out in all of our minds.  It was the day that Canada declared COVID-19 a pandemic and we all held our breath waiting to find out what it meant for the fitness industry.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

In response to the pandemic announcement and not wanting to waste anytime, we immediately pivoted and launched our first series of live streamed classes on Instagram live and Facebook live. Shortly thereafter, we transitioned to delivering most of our online services through our LIVx member portal.

As we continued through the early pandemic months, we developed a framework of planning that broke down into two primary phases:

Phase 1

Phase 1 focused heavily on virtual program expansion and enhancement.  This included:

  • Small group training and PT services
  • Expanded group exercise classes
  • Lunch n’ learn series
  • Family fitness & wellness activities
  • Corporate challenges
  • Nutrition & wellness information

Phase 2

As we entered into June and with our virtual offerings running well at our projects, our efforts shifted to reopening plans.  To preparing re-opening a post-COVID operating plans we worked very closely with our clients to prepare robust reopening plans that included:

  • Space reallocation
  • Member communication plans
  • Onsite signage
  • Health and safety protocols
  • Welcome back videos

We also continued to refine and define virtual programming during this time.

LIV North Virtual Services

Our virtual services were developed and designed to provide organizations, corporations and multi-tenant residential properties a comprehensive fitness and wellness virtual program.  These services are:

  • Branded to organizations or property
  • Follow a High Tech – High Touch approach
  • Include a full program plan created to support a person’s physical and mental well-being
  • Programs to help build community and social connection
  • Designed to incorporate the realities of the current agile work environment

LIV North’s quick response to the pandemic set us apart.  We were the first fitness management company in Canada to offer a virtual fitness solution to corporations.  In fact, we are happy to say that because of this action, 95% of our clients moved to our virtual program plan and are still with us today.  We continue to develop our virtual offerings based on client and member input.

Thus, Optimal – Your Corporate Gym Online – was created.  Today, Optimal delivers a very wide range of services to over 150 000 people across the country, including:

  • Live Streamed Classes
  • On Demand Classes
  • Employee Challenges
  • Personal Training
  • Small Group Personal Training
  • Corporate Meeting Stretch Breaks and more!

Exploring the Future Post-COVID

While we navigated the challenges and rose to the opportunities presented of the past year, we continued to keep our ear to the ground and to watch the trends emerging across the country.  For example, our  30% of Canadians will continue to work from home Post-Pandemic

Experience the LIV North Difference

If your organization has become more agile and traditional employee wellness programs will not work for you, let’s chat!  We are happy to offer any organization a 2 week trial of our Optimal platform and prepare a proposal as to how LIV North can compliment your organization’s vision and goals.  You can reach us at Virtual@livnorth.com and we will be in touch shortly.

LIV North Fitness Management Wraps Up Nationwide Amazing Race Challenge

With COVID numbers rising across the country, the LIV North Fitness Management team set out to plan a fun, engaging and completely virtual challenge. Understanding the effects of lockdowns and working remotely helped the team to plan a challenge that was not only fun but would also help participants lower stress levels, increase physical activity, and improve productivity. Being that Spring was arriving, the team also planned for many outdoor options.

A registration fee was charged to enter the race – ½ of which was used for prizes and the other ½ was slated for donation to the winning teams charity of choice (which was selected at registration).  

One essential part to the planning was gamification – the process of applying game-design elements and game principles in non-game contexts.  We add these elements to any challenge or program we run as this makes the entire event more motivating, engaging and successful!

Following the guiding principles of the Amazing Race television show, participants were provided with one ‘envelope’ at a time with the details about that leg of the race.  Starting in Vancouver, BC, they completed area based challenges, with time sensitive detours and roadblocks thrown their way.  After Vancouver, our teams headed to Edmonton AB, Toronto, ON and Halifax, NS.  Along the way each team member completed over 115 km in distance as well as a variety of mindfulness, healthy eating and plain old fun activities, submitting proof and trying to climb the standings with each leg.

When all was said and done, 63 teams from 9 different LIV North managed facilities across the country ended their adventure in Halifax, NS.  

Overall, 126 people made a positive impact on their health and wellbeing over the 4 week challenge.  The Breast Cancer Society of Canada will be receiving a donation on behalf of the winning team, helping to positively impact even more lives.

To celebrate the following video was put together to highlight some of the challenges and fun the participants had along the way.

Would a motivating challenge such as the Amazing Race benefit your organization?  Contact us at Virtual@livnorth.com.

LIV North’s new Virtual Corporate Fitness and Wellness services contribute to employee resilience and productivity

As a Canadian leader in Corporate fitness management, we recognize that 2020 was anything but ordinary.  As challenging as this time continues to be, it has provided an opportunity for us to reimagine how we deliver corporate fitness.  With the workforce dramatically shifting and employee mental health and wellbeing concerns at an all time high, companies have been asking us:

  1. How can fitness and wellness services be delivered to all employees in the organization?  
  2. How can fitness and wellness services cultivate social connection among all employees, including those who are working remotely?
  3. How can fitness and wellness services contribute to resilience and productivity?   

In answer to these questions, LIV North has created Optimal – Your Corporate Gym Online! 

Currently over 150,000 employees across Canada, from over 27 corporations, are accessing our virtual services daily, with numbers growing monthly. In the new office environment Optimal is an excellent tool to maximize productivity amongst all employees and create community across your company.. Our contests, challenges can be tailored to your company and results tracked to monitor activity in broad strokes to provide continued opportunity for improvement. 

Why LIV North?  Our years of experience and the experiences we deliver.  In managing fitness facilities and onsite wellness programs for over 40 years, LIV North realizes that  improving the health of individual employees contributes to the healthy culture that organizations seek. We saw the opportunity to take our physical on-site programming and translate it digitally into a platform offering live and on-demand programming from our expert team.

What separates LIV North from other online fitness offerings?  

  • We are more than a content provider.  A successful online fitness & wellness program needs to be managed much in the same way that a physical fitness centre does.  As your partner, we build a program plan that is managed against clear defined and measured goals that align with your organization.  
  • We are people led and people driven.  While we deliver Optimal services on a virtual platform, we recognize that our success comes from our dedicated team of experienced fitness professionals delivering fresh programs daily. 
  • All programs are delivered with a focus on increasing social connection.
  • We have programming options for everyone: novice exercisers to fitness veterans, those seeking  mindfulness meditation to high intensity class enthusiasts.  

Our core programming includes: 

  • Live streaming mindfulness & fitness sessions
  • Goal specific fitness programming
  • Wellness and educational workshops/series
  • Motivating monthly and quarterly challenges
  • Personal, small group and nutrition coaching
  • And more!

To learn more about LIV North’s Virtual Services and how they can benefit your organization, contact Virtual@livnorth.com or visit us online

To learn more about workplace wellness trends in 2021, click here to download our e-book Virtual Wellness: a virtual solution for a virtual world!

An In Depth Look At The Connection Between Physical and Mental Health

Ryan Wright shares insight into his health journey, both as a competitive athlete and non athlete.

“Health is a journey and every step, no matter how small, will lead you towards your healthiest YOU. No matter how you are feeling or what kind of wellness support you need, we are here to guide you on your journey.” Read more about Ryan’s sharing insight on the connection between physical and mental health.

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