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vibration
training
good vibrations
Vibration training equipment is becoming standard in most gyms, yet often it’s not taken full advantage of
by members – frequently because they don’t know how to use it. In order to instruct members, gym staff
must also know how to use the technology – and this often requires specialist training. We ask
manufacturers and distributors of vibration training platforms to provide their expert advice about the
best way gyms can offer this equipment and train their staff – to provide a good service to their
members, to stop the machines standing idle, and even to encourage cross-selling of other services.
richard mattis md, pipedreems (galileo)
D
ue to the technical nature of Whole Body
Vibration (WBV) training equipment, it’s
better that gym instructors have had prior
training, not only so that they can explain with
competence the applications and effects of WBV, but also to ensure
that they have the confi dence to take a member through the full range
of basic through to advanced exercises.
Training to become a Galileo practitioner costs the operator £125 per
person trained, but this is included with the purchase of the equipment.
The Galileo Training Workshop, carried out on-site, is designed to
enable students to integrate the Galileo WBV into existing anaerobic
training protocols via a number of case studies, and includes exercises
or training poses which cover individuals who are deconditioned right
through to elite athletes. In our opinion, this approach works as it stops
students treating the Galileo WBV as an exclusive piece of equipment.
We always focus on a junior member of management becoming a
Galileo Champion who, in turn, will further train and develop their
team. This approach means the Galileo Champion is able to mentor
instructors and teach new staff the basics before we take over. However,
our primary focus is customer-facing, and we’ve never had a situation
where there wasn’t anyone at a site who was able to use our equipment.
Our training workshop is REPs accredited and carries 10 CPD credits.
Our training enables the student to train most gym members apart from
those with disabilities. This requires more specialised training, which we
also offer; we deliver a number of specialist training modules that are
geared toward the medical sector, as we have a strong presence there.
We’ve been advocates of WBV being an integrated piece of equipment
since we launched Galileo in the UK in 2005. It’s a shame some of our
competitors did not adopt the same stance then: if they had, more
WBV machines would be better used now. Training is the common
denominator here: if it’s integral and of high quality, in our experience
staff get behind the equipment, make it work on-site and pass on better
quality training to members who, in turn, have the confi dence to use it.
Members shouldn’t be charged to use or learn to use WBV: if you
charge for any equipment, you exclude most of your members who
already pay good money for gym membership. WBV should be accessible
to all so they can reap the benefi ts of the technology.
WBV is an attractive sales tool if utilised and marketed correctly.
Vibration training should be fully integrated into Membership will increase if operators seize the opportunity it presents by
a gym’s offering, says Galileo’s Richard Mattis proactively selling the applications and effects of WBV to their members.
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