Provide fitness equipment that plays the most significant role in the industry
According to empirical data from the health/fitness facility industry, a typical health/fitness facility will invest between $20 and $25 per square foot ($215 to $270 per square meter) on fitness equipment before opening its doors to the public for the first time.
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ACSM’s Health/Fitness Facility Standards and Guidelines, Fourth Edition, presents the current standards and guidelines that help health and fitness establishments provide high-quality service and program offerings in a safe environment.
This text is based in large part on both the work that has begun through the NSF international initiative to develop industry standards to serve as the foundation for a voluntary health and fitness facility certification process and the third edition of ACSM’s Health/Fitness Facility Standards and Guidelines. The ACSM’s team of experts in academic, medical, and health and fitness fields have put together an authoritative guide for facility operators and owners. By detailing these standards and guidelines and providing supplemental materials, ACSM’s Health/Fitness Facility Standards and Guidelines provides a blueprint for health and fitness facilities to use in elevating the standard of care they provide their members and users as well as enhance their exercise experience.
The fourth edition includes new standards and guidelines for pre-activity screening, orientation, education, and supervision; risk management and emergency procedures; professional staff and independent contractors; facility design and construction; facility equipment; operational practices; and signage. This edition includes these updates:
Standards and guidelines aligned with the current version of the pending NSF international health and fitness facility standards
New guidelines addressing individuals with special needs
New standards and guidelines regarding automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for both staffed and unstaffed facilities
Revised standards and guidelines to reflect changing directions and business models within the industry, including 24/7 fitness facilities, medically integrated facilities, and demographic-specific facilities
New standards and guidelines to better equip facilities that are dealing with youth to ensure the proper care of this segment of the clientele
With improved organization, new visual features, and additional appendixes, the fourth edition offers a comprehensive and easy-to-use reference of health and fitness facility standards and guidelines. Readers can readily apply the information and save time and expense using over 30 templates found within the appendixes, including questionnaires, informed consent forms, and evaluation forms. Appendixes also contain more than 30 supplements, such as sample preventive maintenance schedules, checklists, and court and facility dimensions. Included in appendix A is Blueprint for Excellence, which allows readers to search efficiently for specific information regarding the standards and guidelines within the book.
Health and fitness facilities provide opportunities for individuals to become and remain physically active. As the use of exercise for health care prevention and prescription continues to gain momentum, health and fitness facilities and clubs will emerge as an integral part of the health care system. The fourth edition of ACSM’s Health/Fitness Facility Standards and Guidelines will assist health and fitness facility managers, owners, and staff in keeping to a standard of operation, client care, and service that will assist members and users in caring for their health through safe and appropriate exercise experiences.
Chapter 1. Pre-Activity Screening
Standards for Pre-Activity Screening
Guidelines for Pre-Activity Screening
Chapter 2. Orientation, Education, and Supervision
Standards for Orientation, Education, and Supervision
Guidelines for Orientation, Education, and Supervision
Chapter 3. Risk Management and Emergency Policies
Standards for Risk Management and Emergency Policies
Guidelines for Risk Management and Emergency Policies
Chapter 4. Health/Fitness Facility Professional Staff and Independent Contractors
Standards for Health/Fitness Facility Professional Staff and Independent Contractors
Guidelines for Health/Fitness Facility Professional Staff and Independent Contractors
Standards for Health/Fitness Facility Operating Practices
Guidelines for Health/Fitness Facility Operating Practices
Chapter 6. Health/Fitness Facility Design and Construction
Standards for Health/Fitness Facility Design and Construction
Guidelines for Health/Fitness Facility Design and Construction
Chapter 7. Health/Fitness Facility Equipment
Standards for Health/Fitness Facility Equipment
Guidelines for Health/Fitness Facility Equipment
Chapter 8. Signage in Health/Fitness Facilities
Standards for Signage in Health/Fitness Facilities
Guidelines for Signage in Health/Fitness Facilities
A resource for health and fitness club owners and operators to improve
the quality and safety of their facilities. Also a textbook for courses
in facility management. The book is also a resource for fitness
professionals seeking further professional development.
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) advances and
integrates scientific research to provide educational and practical
applications of exercise science and sports medicine.
ACSM, founded in 1954, is a professional membership society with more
than 20,000 national, regional, and international members in more than
70 countries dedicated to improving health through science, education,
and medicine. ACSM members work in a wide range of medical specialties,
allied health professions, and scientific disciplines. Its members are
committed to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of sport-related
injuries and the advancement of the science of exercise.
Its members’ diversity and expertise make ACSM the largest, most
respected sports medicine and exercise science organization in the
world. From astronauts and athletes to people with chronic diseases or
physical challenges, ACSM continues to seek better methods to allow
people to live longer and more productive lives. ACSM is leading the way
in exercise science and sports medicine.
James A. Peterson, PhD, and Stephen J. Tharrett, MS, bring much
experience to this text. They were editors for the 2nd and 3rd editions
and contributing authors on the 1st edition, which published in 1992.
"This edition provides updated information about and will be a
valuable resource for owners and operators of health/fitness club
facilities. The easy-to-follow format makes this book an extremely
useful tool to use as these facilities strive to maintain high standards
as the role of the health/fitness club industry evolves."