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The way I see it: Francesco Arlotti

As Technogym launches its new virtual and on-demand services, Francesco Arlotti, head of digital solutions, shares his thoughts with HCM

Published in Health Club Management 2020 issue 6
Clubs have a real possibility to become wellness hubs and completely
innovate their business models
Clubs have a real possibility to become wellness hubs and completely innovate their business models
Francesco Arlotti: The way I see it

• Consumers are already digitally addicted. They’re there, waiting for us to catch up

• The digitisation of the sector was going to happen anyway. COVID-19 has simply accelerated the digital transformation

• This crisis is an opportunity – it’s thrown a spotlight on why our penetration rates were stagnating and forced us to be more creative in meeting customers’ needs

• An exclusively offline model is not a good option. Neither is exclusively online. There needs to be a blend

• We must understand what consumers want – focus on their needs rather than ours – and steer away from commoditising our product

• Clubs have a real possibility to become wellness hubs and completely innovate their business models – for example, by interacting with insurance companies, medical organisations and the corporate world

• A digital proposition can only be effectively monetised if it’s seamless

• The pandemic has given consumers a greater appreciation of good physical and mental health and handed us a more receptive audience

• We need to move members away from free fitness content on Facebook and Instagram. Operators need to re-establish a more regular relationship with members

• Our goal is to leverage the huge ecosystem we’ve created to offer people training experiences in line with their goals, personality and passions

• Home is a safe space for people with safety concerns around COVID-19, as well as those who haven’t used a gym before. Don’t fight the safe space, be in alliance with it

• 15 million people across 15,000 clubs globally are registered on Technogym’s Mywellness system. It’s about helping operators stay connected to their members 24/7

• Just because you’re market leader for phase one in the development of a market, that doesn’t mean you’ll still be market leader through the second, third and subsequent phases. Technogym didn’t fall into this trap. We continually evolve and develop. With digital, nothing ever stands still

• We’re launching a library of virtual on demand classes created by Technogym; if operators want to upload their own classes, they can do that too. Also launching is Coach Live video chat: live streaming where instructors can see people training at home and feed back on technique

Read the full interview with Francesco Arlotti in the Q2 edition of Fit Tech magazine.

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We must understand what consumers want
– focus on their needs rather than ours
We must understand what consumers want – focus on their needs rather than ours
Our goal is to offer people training experiences in
line with their goals, personality and passions
Our goal is to offer people training experiences in line with their goals, personality and passions
Gyms and home fitness are not competitors, says Arlotti. People are getting accustomed to training in both
Gyms and home fitness are not competitors, says Arlotti. People are getting accustomed to training in both
http://www.leisureopportunities.com/images/2020/881717_186599.jpg
'Consumers are already digitally addicted. They're there, waiting for us to catch up' – Francesco Arlotti, Technogym
Francesco Arlotti, Technogym,virtual fitness, on-demand fitness, digital fitness
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features

The way I see it: Francesco Arlotti

As Technogym launches its new virtual and on-demand services, Francesco Arlotti, head of digital solutions, shares his thoughts with HCM

Published in Health Club Management 2020 issue 6
Clubs have a real possibility to become wellness hubs and completely
innovate their business models
Clubs have a real possibility to become wellness hubs and completely innovate their business models
Francesco Arlotti: The way I see it

• Consumers are already digitally addicted. They’re there, waiting for us to catch up

• The digitisation of the sector was going to happen anyway. COVID-19 has simply accelerated the digital transformation

• This crisis is an opportunity – it’s thrown a spotlight on why our penetration rates were stagnating and forced us to be more creative in meeting customers’ needs

• An exclusively offline model is not a good option. Neither is exclusively online. There needs to be a blend

• We must understand what consumers want – focus on their needs rather than ours – and steer away from commoditising our product

• Clubs have a real possibility to become wellness hubs and completely innovate their business models – for example, by interacting with insurance companies, medical organisations and the corporate world

• A digital proposition can only be effectively monetised if it’s seamless

• The pandemic has given consumers a greater appreciation of good physical and mental health and handed us a more receptive audience

• We need to move members away from free fitness content on Facebook and Instagram. Operators need to re-establish a more regular relationship with members

• Our goal is to leverage the huge ecosystem we’ve created to offer people training experiences in line with their goals, personality and passions

• Home is a safe space for people with safety concerns around COVID-19, as well as those who haven’t used a gym before. Don’t fight the safe space, be in alliance with it

• 15 million people across 15,000 clubs globally are registered on Technogym’s Mywellness system. It’s about helping operators stay connected to their members 24/7

• Just because you’re market leader for phase one in the development of a market, that doesn’t mean you’ll still be market leader through the second, third and subsequent phases. Technogym didn’t fall into this trap. We continually evolve and develop. With digital, nothing ever stands still

• We’re launching a library of virtual on demand classes created by Technogym; if operators want to upload their own classes, they can do that too. Also launching is Coach Live video chat: live streaming where instructors can see people training at home and feed back on technique

Read the full interview with Francesco Arlotti in the Q2 edition of Fit Tech magazine.

Sign up here to get HCM's weekly ezine and every issue of HCM magazine free on digital.
We must understand what consumers want
– focus on their needs rather than ours
We must understand what consumers want – focus on their needs rather than ours
Our goal is to offer people training experiences in
line with their goals, personality and passions
Our goal is to offer people training experiences in line with their goals, personality and passions
Gyms and home fitness are not competitors, says Arlotti. People are getting accustomed to training in both
Gyms and home fitness are not competitors, says Arlotti. People are getting accustomed to training in both
http://www.leisureopportunities.com/images/2020/881717_186599.jpg
'Consumers are already digitally addicted. They're there, waiting for us to catch up' – Francesco Arlotti, Technogym
Francesco Arlotti, Technogym,virtual fitness, on-demand fitness, digital fitness
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Health clubs and gyms in Catalonia have reopened their doors once for a second time, ...
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Health clubs, gyms, indoor pools and leisure centres have reopened in Wales – nearly five ...
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Today (10 August) is the last day for companies to enter the follow-up survey to ...
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A significant proportion of leisure facilities in England have not reopened since lockdown measures were ...
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Industry body, ukactive, has questioned the decision to close gyms and health clubs as part ...
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Evidence suggests that over many years personal trainers have been forced to leave the fitness industry because employment patterns are erratic, earnings are inconsistent and it is difficult to build up value needed to secure an appropriate lifestyle.
Opinion: Personal trainers need support as employment opportunities diminish: FREE on-demand webinar
Opinion
promotion
Data-driven businesses are some of today’s greatest global success stories, providing blueprints for success.
Opinion: Up your ‘data game’ to successfully relaunch your fitness business
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Featured supplier: Let's get restarted: Physical Company offers advice on keeping gym members safe
As countries around the world gear up to relax their lockdown rules, there remains a question mark over gyms and studios, which in many markets will be one of the last sectors to be given the green light.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: The rise of the training pod
Belfast based gym equipment manufacturer BLK BOX designs, engineers and fabricates a range of rigs for the most elite, performance-driven organisations globally.
Video Gallery
THROWDOWN
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Throwdown® creates opportunities to push boundaries by enabling everyone to reach their peak performance. Read more
More videos:
Company profiles
Company profile: Focus Training
Focus Training is a leading provider of Active IQ and YMCA Awards certified Personal Trainer ...
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Company profile: Myzone Group Ltd
At Myzone we reward Effort to solve the pervasive problem of ‘diminishing motivation within exercisers’ ...
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Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
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REGUPOL/Berleburger Schaumstoffwerk (BSW): Gym flooring
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