Bringing Everyone Together With Virtual Challenges

LIV North has been working exceptionally hard to keep their members motivated and engaged since the shut down in March. The various virtual challenges created by the LIV North team were in addition to continuing to deliver virtual LIVE and recorded classes every day through our LIV X app, creating virtual newsletters, delivering instagram content and staying in direct contact with members and clients. The success achieved through these virtual challenges was tremendous. 

Themes for the challenges touched on all aspects of health and wellness including mental health, physical health and social connectedness. The LIV North team was able to adapt events originally designed as an ‘on site/in person’ experience and turn them into virtual formats.  Not only did existing members participate, their families, friends and coworkers were also drawn in to create a new level of interest and activity. 

Through social media, LIV North’s team were able to bring together members and keep them engaged. Stephen Grey put together the very successful Goofy Plank Challenge and My J Workout through Instagram and Facebook for the Schwartz/Reisman Centre and Prosserman JCC (located in Toronto). The Goofy Plank Challenge saw over 500 posts/stories between Instagram and Facebook.  250+ people across North America, representing over 30 cities, then came together to attend a Live Plank Party as a finale to the month long challenge.

Not only were team members leveraging social media platforms more, they also began to use training apps like Strava to provide programming.  As an example, team members created a well received For Fun Virtual 5K with an accompanied 5K Training Plan to help participants train. 

LIV North’s Facility Manager, Curtis, at St. Clair College ran a challenge called 5 Things/5 Day. It challenged members to complete 5 tasks for 5 days. These tasks focused on 5 dimensions of wellness such as Physical – be active for 30 minutes, Social – connect (virtually) with a family member, loved one or friend, mental – read for 20 minutes, occupational – ensure your workspace is tidy before you start work for the day and environmental – get outside for 15 minutes. 

Whereas in Calgary our City Centre manager put together a Stay Connected Challenge in which each week had a different task of connection: Personal connection, community connection, social connection, physical body connection and real world connection (i.e. unplugging from technology). They also put together a 20 in 30 Challenge: a physical activity challenge where a participant needed to get a minimum of 20 minutes of exercise for 20 days in the month of April. Lastly they did an Around the World in 20 days: a wellness challenge on social media where people had to complete a task related to an international location.  Every task related to 5 pillars of wellness:  physical; mental; financial; social and community/spiritual.

For Shaw Centre, our team created a Fitness based word search, The Word Search Workout.  Participants were then encouraged to create their own workout from the exercises that were  found in the word search. The Everyday Challenge in May, saw members and friends completing one activity every day by following a calendar that was made available through a weekly Newsletter.  Exercises and activities were presented through daily videos so that participants could follow clear and safe directions. The daily challenges in May were specifically connected to Mind and Body, to shine a spotlight on May’s Mental Health Week.  

These are just a small sampling of the challenges  that can be created to keep members engaged and active as a community outside of the walls of any fitness centre.

“LIV North has seen increased interest in our programs through the popularity of all of our challenges.  This has carved out an opportunity for us to increase the virtual offering in our facilities. Virtual Challenges will stay a part of our overall membership package” said Lisa Kendall, VP, Amenities for LIV North. “The Goofy Plank Challenge will continue every year and will involve members from all 70+ facilities”.

Fitness centres only need imagination, creativity and a social media presence to capitalize on the popularity of offering challenges to keep members engaged. One could consider adding a charitable component as well for an even better way to promote their business and make a difference to the community.


For more information, please contact:

Brian Townsend

National Sales Manager, LIV North Inc.

Direct: 416-665-9280

A New Way To Manage Your Health & Aquatic Facilities

As the landscape changes, we change with it making it easier for our customers and their members to operate. In 2020 the reopening of your buildings recreation facility is all about limiting access, maintaining physical distancing protocols and proper cleaning and sanitising.

As the industry leader in facility management, LIV North has adapted our proprietary LIV X app and created the LIV X scheduler. This scheduling app provides an easy online tool that can be accessed by all your residents through a free download onto any mobile device.

LIV Xperience is our unmatched Condo Management tool providing fully digital online programming. Within the LIV X app that comes with our management program is an online scheduler that we use throughout our managed facilities across Canada for amenities scheduling including squash courts, meeting rooms, classes, socials, leagues, and more.

To help prevent overcrowding, we have created a modified version of our app that can be used in condominiums or apartments this summer.  (see attached flyer)

LIV-X Scheduler can provide your condominium with a tool for all residents to remotely book pool times, gym times, BBQ times, Theatre rooms, and any other amenity in your building. If your pools (outdoor and indoor) or fitness rooms are being serviced by LIV North, this modified scheduling service will be provided at no cost until September to get everyone through the summer. If you are interested in our full line of service and facility management programs please contact:

LIV X app allows spaces to be booked online, without human contact. If the time slot is not available the system immediately puts the user onto a waiting list and notifies them if there is a cancellation.

It’s simple and easy to use for members and operators alike: 

STEP 1: Free download of LIV X app (instructions below)

STEP 2: Register your name to your building using building code

STEP 3: Review the schedule operating hours

STEP 4: Book a time slot and enjoy your swim or workout.

To make your opening easier, LIV North can provide:

  • Pre-opening pool & spa inspections
  • Fitness Centre Equipment inspection and maintenance
  • COVID safety signage programs, 
  • Fitness room equipment review, and new social distancing layouts. 
  • Full line of soft goods to replace old and worn equipment
  • Full line of sanitizing products.

LIV North has been actively engaged with a variety of organizing bodies working on viable solutions and procedures for aquatic and fitness facilities. The home page is constantly being updated with new information covering the aquatics, fitness, and facility fields for reopening and cleaning.

As Condominiums and Apartments look to re-opening their recreation facilities, LIV North is at the forefront of facility readiness with the answers to your questions. 

LIV North is Canada’s largest corporate facility management company and the largest commercial fitness dealer/ distributor.

Packages are available for all indoor recreation amenities as a package or included in a maintenance or staffing program. Call us now, if you need to have your facility opened with confidence!!

For more information, please contact:

Brian Townsend

National Sales Manager, LIV North Inc.

Direct: 416-665-9280

LIV X Scheduler

Scheduling is an effective way to assist in the safe re-opening of multi unit residential facilities.

LIV X Scheduler Provides:

  • Pre-set opening and closing times
  • Pre-set number of users allowed at any given time slot
  • Automatic waiting list created for a time slot if it is full
  • Pre set advance booking.
  • Ability to set maximum number of bookings by an individual
  • Individual building login registration
  • Default setting for outdoor pools is 10 users at a time.

Powerful Features:

In 2020 the reopening your buildings recreation facility is all about limiting access, maintaining physical distancing protocols and proper cleaning/ sanitising.

As the industry leader in facility management, LIV North has adapted our proprietary LIV X app and created the LIV X Scheduler. This scheduling app provides and easy online tool that can be accessed by all your residents through a free download onto a mobile device.

LIV X Scheduler will be used to assist our outdoor pool accounts schedule the maximum number of bathers allowed in the pool areas and/or fitness rooms.

This effective scheduling tool prevents unwelcome overcrowding of key amenities in your building.

Why Choose Us?

LIV X Scheduler will be available as a complimentary service for all LIV North Outdoor Maintenance or Lifeguarded Pool contracts from July through to the September Long weekend.

Packages are available for all indoor recreation amenities as a package or included in a maintenance or staffing program.

LIV X is a complete facility management and programming tool that is part of LIV Xperience.

Preparing To Reopen Our Industry

Apple Fitness Stores and LIV North Inc. are working with all facilities in Canada to ensure proper steps are taken to prepare for reopening this summer.

Below are some excellent resources from LIFE FITNESS providing reopening support tools.

If you require any more assistance with fitness equipment feel free to call anyone of our commercial team for assistance.

A full range of support tools from a variety of sources is available on our updated home screen at

Reopening Support Portal 

  • The portal includes equipment and service guidelines, approved cleaners, and sample in-facility assets to welcome back exercisers 

Reopening eBook

  • Like a guide or brochure, this eBook adds more detail and colour to the assets in the above portal (leans more heavily toward Club customers)

Alberta & Saskatchewan: 888-255-2298

British Columbia: 604-817-3024

Manitoba & Ontario: 877-348-4111

A Goofy Success

Over the month of April, the Schwartz/Reisman Centre and Prosserman JCC (located in Toronto) sparked a new fitness #goofyplankchallenge. While there was fantastic momentum circulating in Toronto and across LIV North’s managed facilities, many of the other JCC’s across North America took notice and joined in on the fun (California, New York, Florida, Louisiana, British Columbia and many others!). 

The challenge forced individuals and families to get creative and helped them stay active during an otherwise challenging time of being stuck at home in self-isolation. We witnessed Jenga Games, Chess Matches, Family pyramid, pet’s on display and many other goofy/creative ideas. To wrap up a successful challenge, the JCC’s in Toronto hosted an unforgettable Plank Party with over 250 people from across North America tuning in for a fun core-inspired workout on Zoom!

  • Over 500 between Instagram posts/stories as well as FacebBook posts
  • 250+ People attended the Live Plank Party, core inspired workout, on Zoom representing over 30 cities
  • The challenge helped engage our community to be creative and active
  • Had the likes of some fellow fitness favourites such as Marc Lebert, Peter Twist and Harley Pasternak joined in on the fun!

LIV North has been actively creating challenges for many of our communities across Canada to keep the same level of enthusiasm and creativity.

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