LIV North Fitness Management team programs monthly challenges to encourage members of their projects to get active, eat healthy and maintain a well rounded lifestyle. While typical challenges – such as a step challenge or healthy eating challenge gain interest of some employees, it has been proving true that gamification of certain challenges brings higher usage and engagement.
Coming in November, members of LIVNorth projects can get excited to partake in Rollvember! Rollvember will be offered in a virtual and on-site format for employees who may be still working in a hybrid work environment post Covid.
Rollvember will encourage members to utilize the fitness facility and/or participate in Live Fitness Classes by allowing 1 roll of the dice for each visit. The goal of the challenge is to collect as many Stars as possible during the month of November. Stars are collected by moving through the gameboard. The more often an employee partakes in an activity in the fitness facility or virtually, the higher chance they have of collecting the most stars!
We are excited to see the participation rates of multiple projects that will utilize the program – Rollvember.
Welcome to the Carnival! At HSBC Place and 103 Street Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, onsite Manager – Jaclyn Neumann and Fitness Coordinator – Lisa Seidelmann brought a Carnival to the Fitness Centre this month with great success.
Tenants were invited to partake in Carnival themed games to challenge them in a variety of fitness related activities and win prizes. Some of the games included: a Deadhang, which challenges grip strength, Limbo, which challenges back and hip mobility and a fan favorite of spin the wheel which provided prizes or different exercises to try. The Carnival encouraged tenants of the building who don’t normally utilize the Fitness Centre to come in and try a few exercises out as well as meet the onsite staff.
These types of events provide opportunities for individuals who may be nervous to enter a gym setting, to experience the community of a fitness centre and meet welcoming staff which can help break down barriers to exercise. Employees who have access to onsite fitness centres and wellness programs tend to have a much higher level or productivity, higher quality of work and take less sick days.
The carnival was great fun, I appreciate the effort you guys put into making the event so engaging!”
LIVNorth Fitness Management provides programming for onsite and virtual fitness centres that allows members to feel supported, motivated and engaged. Check out the wrap – up video and member comments below:
If you would like to see offerings like this in your space, head to our website to learn more.
LIV North Fitness Management has developed and delivered a successful Biggest Winner challenge and utilized it across their managed facilities for years. 2022 saw the challenge go virtual for participants from coast-to-coast with some outstanding results and participants feedback.
Below is a brief summary of the Biggest Winner challenge and the participants feedback. For more information on LIV North programming, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The virtual Biggest Winner challenge is a 6-8 week healthy living challenge that provides participants with the following resources:
Healthy eating meal plan and recipe guide
Weekly motivational challenges based on various pillars of wellness
Access to live and on demand fitness, mindfulness and stretching sessions
Goal setting workshops
Regular self assessments with instructions, how-to videos and result comparisons
An important note is that the Biggest Winner is not a weight loss challenge. While assessments are done for tracking, they do not play a role in winners. Winners are always selected based on participation in weekly challenges, virtual sessions, and their engagement. Habit changes often lead to weight or inches being lost, but that is not the goal of this challenge.
As mentioned, LIV North has run the Biggest Winner challenge in our on site facility for many years with high participation numbers and amazing feedback. Below are the results and some feedback from the virtual Biggest Winner challenge.
If your organization would like to learn more or discuss offering a challenge such as the Biggest Winner for your organization, let us know at email@example.com.
As the Canadian leader in fitness management, LIV North knows how important the topic of mental health and wellness is to business owners and managers. When the New Year came and provinces such as Ontario reinstated COVID-19 restrictions, we wanted to offer some of our expertise to our clients and members.
The following is a brief summary of our 6 part series Navigating Mental Health Through the Pandemic. These live virtual sessions were held over a 3 week period on our Optimal by LIV North platform and were free to access by all of our users. The series is now also available on demand on Optimal.
If your organization is interested in having this series presented live or receiving access to the on demand content, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summary of Mental Health Series:
Our bodies, behaviors, thoughts and emotions give us notifications that we are experiencing stress. Unfortunately, many of us over-ride these warning lights for weeks before we are forced to deal with them due to a health crisis. The symptoms of stress vary for each person, and you can experience them physically, emotionally and behaviorally. It’s helpful that you recognize these so that you can take action to reduce the stress and reach out for help earlier. It’s also helpful to recognize these behaviors in others so that you can be more compassionate towards them and help them.
Through the 6 part Mental Health Series you will follow Lindsay in these short, 20 minute sessions and explore aspects of mental health such as :
The role social media play in mental health;
Unrecognized thought patterns, and;
Techniques for combating and recognizing mental health concerns early.
Mindfulness can help us to recognize our thoughts as they arise, and choose to direct our attention elsewhere. LIV North offers live mindfulness sessions 5 days a week to all Optimal users as well as a large library of on demand sessions.
For more information on Optimal or virtual wellness servicesl for you or your organization, contact us at email@example.com.
Managed Fitness Amenities Lead to Greater Tenant Satisfaction
Providing health and fitness amenities is not a new trend, however it continues to be one of the highest sought after amenities! Whether it be an onsite fitness centre, virtual wellness solutions or wellness programing. For property owners and managers, a fitness amenity is designed to achieve 2 outcomes:
Attract/Impress prospective tenants
Create value for current tenants to renew leases
In a recent study, findings show that access to health and fitness is a top priority for employees. When employees were asked which aspects or perks would be most likely to make them stay if they were considering whether to stay or leave, nearly 40 percent said health amenities. (1).
Good Intentions don’t deliver Great Results
Armed with this knowledge, it is important to note one important fact- a “build it and they will come” approach may be misguided.
Providing fitness space and equipment is a nice intention. However, many of the tenants likely already own or have owned fitness equipment in their homes that ended up never being used. This is often the same outcome for unsupervised fitness centres offered as a tenant amenity. It can also become a low value amenity causing frustration for owner/managers and tenants with unmaintained equipment or lack of centre care potentially resulting in limited use and an unsafe environment.
Many building owners/managers are realizing investing in a fitness amenity and leaving it unstaffed is a mistake. Those who invest in proper design and provide a professional atmosphere are achieving better returns on their investment.
Initially the first impression of a fitness facility is judged by the condition, variety, layout, moderness and maintenance of the equipment. Also by the general feel for the facility, the colours, the music (is it welcoming, does it represent the building tenants demographic, etc.). These are all key areas to consider during design.
Deliver Ongoing Value and Build Long-term Relationships
Once an initial impression and expectation is set, it is critical to maintain a positive, lasting impression. The follow up to ensure you do not over promise and under deliver includes details like etiquette enforcement, safety and services (available services and classes) .
In many cases tenants will justify paying an additional fee (membership) if the value is there.
Tenants who would typically never use a “self-serve” or un-supervised facility, will join and use a staffed facility. On-site staff provide the necessary comfort level, connecting tenants with tenants and recruiting new tenants to be engaged all creating more value in the building.
When looking at staffing your fitness amenities, the team you have in place is also important to consider. Here are a few key benefits to hiring a management company, such as LIV North, versus leasing space to a private fitness operator:
Access to additionals resources and programming
Equipment Maintenance and Procurement
30-40% of tenants use a professionally managed amenity vs only 8-10% for unstaffed fitness amenities
Decreased liability risk
Revenue and expense management
Shared vision with Property Owner/Manager
Help build community within companies and buildings
With over 45 years of experience in club management across Canada, LIV North is prepared to work with your team and develop plans and programs to meet and compliment your organization’s goals. Whether the goal is engagement, usage, revenue or tenant retention, we can help.