With summer on the horizon, you’ll see gyms across the UK filled with hordes of people, on a mission to transform themselves. Gym goers require everything in a fitness facility to be fully functioning at all times – particularly air conditioning which ensures a comfortable environment for users. As well as this, it’s especially important when it comes to hotel guests and build to rent (BTR) residents, who are paying for the privilege of having an on-site gym.
As a gym owner, you’ll of course have made a considerable investment, and therefore you’ll want an ongoing, long-term return on investment. This is where programs such as preventative maintenance become vital – ensuring that everything runs smoothly by identifying and addressing any faults before they escalate. Not only can equipment downtime be reduced but gyms can also save money with such a program in place.
In this article, we’ll highlight the importance of a preventative maintenance plan for gyms, and how MSL can assist with this, as well as how regular gym equipment maintenance can save money.
Why is Regular Maintenance Crucial for Gyms?
You must ensure that your gym remains in working order with regular maintenance and upkeep. In order to get the best use out of your gym, you need to keep your facility’s infrastructure up to date and working. And when a large piece of equipment like a HVAC system is “Out of Order,” not only can it be frustrating for users of the gym, but it also affects the comfort and quality of the environment. This could result in a loss of capacity, as it can be difficult to work out when air conditioning isn’t working. In mind of this, it’s important to implement a preventative maintenance plan, not only so you can take care of your investment but also retain your customers and ensure their comfort.
The Benefits of Preventative Maintenance Plans for Gyms
Maintaining the fabric of your gym, from its air conditioning to water systems, will undoubtedly be more cost-effective than if you were to deal with problems when they arise. At MSL, we do offer a reactive maintenance program for those unexpected breakdowns that can’t be helped. However, with a preventative maintenance plan, you’ll optimise costs and reduce downtime. And above all, when your gym is in working order, your customers will also be a lot happier too, which has a positive impact on your retention strategy.
Extends Lifecycle of Equipment
We understand that operating a gym comes with much responsibility as you have to maintain what seems like an overwhelming number of fitness machines. Whilst you take care of equipment such as treadmills and exercise bikes, let us at MSL take care of the infrastructure of your gym, from its roofing to lighting. This will not only prolong the lifecycle of such amenities, but it’ll also save you money should repairs be needed, as they’ll be spotted early on before the problem becomes irreversible.
If important equipment such as air conditioning isn’t working, or you allow mould on walls to fester and impact the appearance of your gym, it can lead to customers cancelling their workout all together. Not only does this waste their time but it’ll also lower their opinion of your gym as a whole. And most of the time, leaving a problem to escalate means increased downtime, and in a worst-case scenario, this could result in a customer cancelling their membership with you. A preventative maintenance plan will ensure such parts of your facility remain fully functioning or dealt with at all times, meaning you’re more likely to create a loyal base of customers.
How Does Outsourcing Maintenance Save Gyms Money
It’s easy to think that you don’t need to outsource gym equipment maintenance contracts. However, getting a return on your investment is hard to ignore. Whilst gyms come in all sizes and prices, you’re still making a purchase, and one that should last for many years to come. Therefore, outsourcing support and maintenance is certainly worth the investment.
At MSL, all our maintenance plans, are made up of experts with in-depth knowledge and ones who meet industry compliance standards. Not only that, but we also put in place clear communication structures with our inSYNC® CMMS system, which will keep a record of your gym’s assets and equipment in terms of its fabric, as well as schedule and track maintenance activities. By consistently making sure that your gym’s building condition is at peak performance, you can offer your members the best experience, and gain the most from your bottom line.
If you’re interested in finding out more about how our services can help your gym, get in touch with us on 0333 1234 450.