Wellness centers, health clubs, gyms and spas are all dedicated to overall fitness and well being. Day in and day out, people across the country participate in workout routines, aerobics classes and various types of exercises in any one of these facilities. In the Lafayette area, three of the most popular fitness clubs to attend are Red Lerille’s, Shades for women, and Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center. For this assignment all three of these facilities were contacted for information regarding a mission statement, job requirements and training.
The mission statement for Shades for women is as follows:
WE ARE SHADES!! WE GENUINELY CARE ABOUT AND RESPECT OUR MEMBERS AND PLEDGE TO DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO ENSURE THEIR SATISFACTION.

WE HAVE FUN WORKING TOGETHER TO BE THE MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE, PRODUCTIVE, CARING TEAM IN THE HEALTH CLUB INDUSTRY.

WE BLEND OUR TALENTS TO CONTINUALLY OFFER SUPERIOR SERVICE AT A VALUE UNMATCHED BY OUR COMPETITORS.

WE WILL ALWAYS SHOW THAT WE ARE HAPPY AND STRIVE TO BE SATISFIED. WE WILL ADMIT AND LEARN FROM OUR MISTAKES AND CONTINUALLY STRIVE FOR IMPROVEMENT.

IN ORDER FOR US TO SUCCEED, WE WILL FUNCTION AS A TEAM AND UNDERSTAND EVERY MEMBER IS A VITAL PART. IF ONE “PART” FAILS, THE WHOLE TEAM WILL SUFFER.

AS WE IMPRESS OUR MEMBERS BY HELPING THEM TO ACHIEVE AND MAINTAIN THEIR FITNESS GOALS, THEY WILL GROW TO TRUST US AND WILL BRING IN THEIR FRIENDS. THIS WILL INCREASE OUR PROFIT WHICH WILL INCREASE THE PROBABILITY OF OPENING UP NEW FACILITIES WITH NEW EQUIPMENT AND PROGRAMS TO BETTER SERVE OUR MEMBERS.

There were three job positions were examined for their necessary skills and educational requirements while visiting Shades for Women. One of these positions was that of fitness director. Some of the requirements and skills necessary to become a fitness director are: a college degree wit major in physical therapy, exercise physiology, kinesiology or sports medicine, or some type of health or exercise related field. Applicants must also have adult and child CPR certification, as well as a thorough knowledge of anatomy, kinesiology and physical fitness training methods and routines, and nutrition and dieting methods.
The second position examined was the reception area where membership sales and information are available. In order to work in the reception area, applicants must have a comfortable knowledge of computer and cash register transactions, very good interpersonal communication skills, and a general knowledge of the facility.
As for a job in the nursery, the most important requirements are the ability to work well with children as well as having very good time management skills.
The cost for membership at Shades is a two hundred dollars nonrefundable registration fee and a payment of forty-two dollars every month there after for one year and thirty-six dollars for two years. There is a special price plan for USL students, which drops the registration fee down to fifty dollars and a monthly charge of twenty-nine dollars. These prices include full use of the facility.
The second facility researched was the highly regarded Red Lerille’s. Red’s is considered to be one the finest exercise and fitness facilities not only in the state, but the nation; however very little information was given regarding a mission statement or necessary job skills for positions there. When one of the managerial staff was asked to produce a mission statement, he was unable to do so replying, “What are you talking about?” When told what exactly what was being asked of him, the manager stated, “Oh, we don’t have one.” The job positions being examined, much like at Shades, were personal fitness trainer, and managerial positions.
It seems as though in order to obtain a managerial position, one must either work for the facility for some time, or simply outlive one’s predecessor. As for the personal trainers, some have received personal training certification, but some have not. Those who are not certified have been working at Red’s long enough to have a good understanding regarding exercises and the use of proper equipment for training someone. Reception area and nursery jobs have not set requirements, as they are trained when hired.
Memberships to Red’s are sold on a yearly basis. There are two kinds of memberships available for purchase, the “full pay” membership and the “regular pay”