Campus Rec App: How to Leverage It

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A campus rec app that does it all have several benefits. Matrix Fitness’ Eric Vahey shares what those are and how to put them to use for your facility.

Adopting digitalized engagement tools has become especially paramount to capitalize on human connection during social isolation this year. Campus recreation activities, typically in-person centric, moved virtual to reach students and community members while they were away from campus or unable to use the facilities.

A custom-branded app devoted to sharing rec updates and content can bridge the communication gap and streamline information to help connect with your community outside the walls of the rec center. Below are beneficial features of all-in-one “container” apps and how to leverage them at your rec center.

Reservations/Registrations

Reduce unnecessary trips within the facility by setting up remote registrations for onsite classes or equipment reservations. A facility app that integrates with other software programs such as IM Leagues and Fusion, known for their intramural tools, helps to keep all rec resources under a central location that reflects your brand. All rec event schedules are easily housed under the app umbrella and users can search for the specialty events, the classes they love to attend or the activities that fit their schedule exactly how they need them to.

Using a Campus Rec App Push Notifications

Because of the ever-changing climate involving indoor gatherings, it’s critical to keep campus community members updated on new hours and new regulations to avoid confusion. Push notifications sent through the branded app reaches them directly on their device and informs rec visitors of all things recreation. If you are trying to manage traffic in your facilities, you can even send notifications alerting campus community members of the slow times they can visit to avoid crowds.

Virtual Coaching

Supplementing your onsite activities with digital content gives the community more flexibility and creates an opportunity to drive member achievement and sense of belonging, wherever and however they choose to engage.

Group Fitness

Upload group fitness classes hosted by your campus rec instructors to offer content with a familiar face. Organize live classes and consolidate the recordings on the rec-branded app to provide a library of on-demand classes community members can tune into anytime.

Personal Training via a Campus Rec App

Personal training portals tied to your recreation app allows for two-way communication between the trainer and client for coaching and other related messaging. Trainers can build personalized in-facility or at-home workouts and instantly notify the client of their assignment. Any notes on client progress or otherwise can be documented on the client management system accessible by the trainer. For the client, other exercise support like tutorials exemplifying the movements or a daily workout option can accent the virtual training experience.

Student engagement is especially important now during periods of social isolation. The compilation of campus recreation resources in a one-stop-shop app organizes the logistics for you, so your campus rec team can focus on the interpersonal connections and community needs. Launching a virtual tool to reach your campus community members helps you deliver on your commitment to their physical and mental wellness, regardless of location.

 

Eric Vahey is the connected solutions specialist for Matrix Fitness. He can be reached at eric.vahey@matrixfitness.com.

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