Induction & Portfolio

Gyms and health clubs can be excellent resources for initiating and maintaining physical fitness. People join them with a wide range of goals in mind - from weight control to body sculpting to simple health improvement. Many start off with varying physical conditions and levels of exercise experience. As a consequence of this variance most gyms require an "induction" period, which serves as a guide for both staff and customer alike to enable safe and effective workouts.

Liber8 Health & Leisure in comparison to all fitness facilities has a requirement to provide an initial induction for all customers wishing to use the facilities on offer.  Alongside a welcome to the facility, all potential customers undertake an escorted tour of the centre while being inducted in the safe use of all the equipment.

It is important that anyone using a gym engages in the induction process to minimise the potential injury risks to yourself and other users. The induction will also show you how to use the equipment effectively in order to maximise your training effectiveness, for example, how to use the cardiovascular and resistance machines correctly; the principles of warm-up, cool-down & stretching will also be explained.  The induction will also take you through the facility's rules, health & safety guidelines, Fire Alarm protocols and equipment etiquette

Even if you are experienced and consider yourself competent in using fitness and weight resistance equipment, you will need to complete the induction procedure. If you have one in the previous year you will only need to attend a shorter Health and Safety induction. You will need to show proof of previous fitness suite membership or induction training.

All potential customers and members will be requested to complete a medical questionnaire. In some cases, a report from your GP may also be required, to ensure that you have medical agreement to taking part in phyiscal activity, however this is only applicable to a minority of people who are suffering from certain health conditions or on particular medications. In addition, trained staff at the gym will take various key measurements during induction, including the following:

  • Weight and height (particularly relative to one another)
  • Blood pressure
  • Heart rate/pulse

Results may determine whether or not a person will be allowed to join at the time of application. If someone is at specific physical risk, he or she may either be asked to seek treatment and stabilisation before joining the gym, or may be able to join with specific limitations. Conditions posing risk include the following:

  • Uncontrolled blood pressure
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Abnormal shortness of breath
  • Chronic dizziness
  • Chest pain on mild exertion
  • High risk of sudden blood clots (thrombses)
  • Seizures (epilepsy)

Liber8 was keen to make positive inroads in the development of the services we could offer at our Health and Leisure Centre, one such advance was to utilise a more personal approach with customers and members. One way which supported this approach was to introduce a new Portfolio which offers a much more focussed and personal service for all our customers. It allows a full health and dietary assessment to be taken as a baseline measure which is then followed with a full personal plan and fitness programme geared to the specific needs and wants of each client. Time permitting the personal plan can involve personal time with our fitness instructors with regards to training and supervision. The Portfolio work will be reviewed on a regular basis to monitor change and to adapt the programme where  appropriate. The assessment would include;

  • Weight
  • Height
  • Lung Capacity
  • Blood Pressure
  • Visceral Fats
  • Muscle Mass/Density