I know what
you’re thinking. The title is
backwards. The proper saying is “easier
said than done”, meaning that most people have great ideas and intentions in
conversation but when it comes to implementation, that’s another story. Gym club owners are no different than other
entrepreneurs and business people. We
all get so wrapped up in the passion of the business and building the business
that we have trouble finding the time to figure out a plan for gym equipment
maintenance. While in general I usually
agree with those that state “if you don’t have a plan, you are planning to
fail”. I agree that is, unless you have
a good habit or a worthwhile ritual.
So. in this
case, what I’m suggesting is that you stop thinking about equipment maintenance
or an inspection plan, and just do it!
My reasoning for this is based on several articles that I’ve recently
read on Sir David Brailsford. If you are not familiar with the name, he’s
the individual most responsible for turning around the British Cycling Program,
and the person who has popularized the expression “marginal gains”.
As a brief
background, you should know that the British Cycling Program had gone for its
entire span of creation winning only one medal, a bronze. Sir David was a cyclist, but not a champion,
he was not a coach, and he wasn’t a trainer.
Just after the Athens Olympics in 2004 he was put in charge of managing
the British Cycling program and winning medals.
Not being sure what to do, and not having the money to hire the best
coaches in the world or building the best training facilities, he just started
doing “little things”.
marginal gain during the Tour de France was standardizing the sleeping
arrangements during the race ensuring that lack of rest was not an issue in
performance. Next step was diet,
nutrition, and fuel. Others were
smaller, chains, rims, headgear, and more. His thought was that enough small or
marginal gains would eventually add up to a big improvement. I believe we do this in coaching
gymnastics. Marginal gains like toe
point, and finger placement are all part of training and a performance. The key
is that these little things start to add up and a collection of marginal gains
adds up to large improvements.
With the long-term
goal of a cleaner, safer, more marketable gym, we can all pick one very small
thing that will add to the overall safety of the gym. Maybe it’s always checking the lock on the
uneven bar load binder before the children arrive. Or maybe its walking the floor and feeling
for splits in the foam or lost hair pins.
Whatever it is, just do it. That
one little action is easier to do than writing the plan. Start today and maybe next week you or a
co-worker will add a second marginal gain and your maintenance plan has
begun. It’s easier to record what you’re
doing than writing what you intend to do. And as you continue to accumulate these
actions, while setting an example for all staff, you will be adding up the
marginal gains and approaching a habit of gym inspections and an overall safer
wear many hats in running their business and gym maintenance and safety is just
one, and the overall idea of a cleaner safer gym will be a marginal gain in
conducting more organized and efficient practices and yes a better business. Yes, marginal gains have a compound
effect. Mmmm… Compound effect? Sounds like a good topic for another day.
Make it a
fun and safe gym day!
Steve Cook – AAI National Sales Director