Are Gyms Safe?

As the Owner of a 24 hour Fitness Facility for Women, Fit For Her, I am well aware of the precautions that must be taken in order to keep my facility safe for my members. A recent La Fitness tragedy that happened in my hometown near Pittsburgh, PA, hit me hard and just may contribute to the change of security procedures in fitness facilities all over the country. (If you haven’t heard about this tragedy, you can read more about it here.)

This has raised the question, ‘Are gyms really safe?’

Even as a gym owner, I’ve felt a bit paranoid in my own facility after-hours even with cameras rolling. Just the comfort that my facility is in a safe neighborhood isn’t enough. The truth is that there are crazy people everywhere and we can’t assume that everyone is sane. Just because their credit card payments clear every month doesn’t mean that they are good candidates for your facility. There should perhaps be a better screening process.

The information that I am failing to find regarding this situation is what the employees were doing and if it could have somehow been prevented. In my gym, for example, my employees have access to surveillance and key-fob monitoring. If a member visits the facility more than one time in a day a red flag goes up…if the employee is smart and well trained. This is especially true if the member enters the facility, doesn’t workout, then leaves shortly after. Reports that I have read regarding the shooter in the LA Fitness tragedy state that he visited the facility numerous times on the day of the shooting. My employees are trained to look for these signs because more than likely it means the member is stealing from the facility or up to something. I’m wondering what the Owners and managers of this particular facility are thinking. (Please keep in mind that I am not IN Pittsburgh, so I am not getting news…some of these questions may have already been answered by now.)

As a Woman, I personally would never join a co-ed gym for safety concerns, but in some parts of the country Female only fitness facilities aren’t available. Pittsburgh is one of these cities. If you are worried about your safety, look for an all Women’s facility in your area or hire a mobile trainer.

So the next time you see LA Fitness soliciting out front of Giant Eagle really think before you sign-up for that long term contract. It is quite possible that a mobile trainer is the right choice for you.

About Nikol Klein

Nikol Klein is former Professional Ballet Dancer turned Women's fitness expert. She currently works with Women all over the world as a personal trainer and Ballet Strength coach to dancers.

Posted on August 7, 2009, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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