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ClubManager vs. Exercise.com’s All-In-One Fitness Business Software


Manage and Grow Your Fitness Business Better with Exercise.com. Learn more below.

Choose Exercise.com’s All-in-One Fitness Business Management Software. Review our head-to-head ClubManager software comparison and see for yourself. Get a custom web and smartphone app designed for your brand with additional customization available throughout your custom-built software. Grow your business, turn leads into clients, and increase revenue.

As a fitness business owner, you want to do all you can to set your business up to run efficiently. This helps increase productivity which leads to the growth of your business. Having the right software to run your business is an imperative part of efficiency, productivity, and growth. Choosing which software to use can be difficult, but we’re here to help.

This review will focus on the background, features, and target market of the ClubManager company. We will compare the features to your needs, as a fitness business owner, and highlight key areas of focus. We will also discuss different pricing structures for ClubManager and finish up by doing the same for its competitors.

As we go along, we’ll also tell you why we think Exercise.com is a great fit for your business. Our fully-customizable software makes us an ideal choice, for any fitness business, because we can build you a product that is specifically molded to your gym. The fitness industry is continuously growing and your business should be able to follow suit. Exercise.com sets you up to do exactly that.

If you are ready to work with a fitness business software company that can help you grow continually, request a demo today.

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ClubManager Software Review

Touting itself as “the world leader for member management software,” ClubManager aims to be a premier provider for facility management across different industries. Currently, they serve four different industry types:

  • Gyms, health clubs, martial arts, and personal trainers
  • Golf and racket clubs
  • Dance schools
  • Clubs, associations, charities, and business

For the purposes of this review, we will be focusing on the first bullet point in that list. The company proclaims that the fitness industry is in its blood and that they understand gyms because their software is built for gym owners.

ClubManager promotes its software for ease of use, full support, and marketing, among other features. Even though they state that the fitness industry is in the company’s blood, the company promotes the same features across all of the industries it serves, which indicates that the software may not be as specifically built for gyms and health clubs as they claim.

ClubManager vs Exercise.com

Exercise.com and ClubManager share many of the same features, but the highlighted difference is that Exercise.com takes each of these features and customizes them to fit the needs of your business. Whereas ClubManager users need to figure out how to make the software work for their business, Exercise.com shapes our software to work for the businesses of our customers.

We will get into the exact nature of many features as we continue, but the overwhelming detail is that Exercise.com is fully customizable every step of the way. From our workout software to our e-commerce platform to our fitness assessment software, everything we have can be crafted to fit your business. We also have some features that ClubManager does not, so we will be touching on those as well.

Unless otherwise stated, all images and reviews below are of/about Exercise.com’s All-In-One Fitness Business Management software platform.

Fitness Business Management Software

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Fitness business software should be able to manage every element of your business from one place, and that is exactly what we accomplish with our software at Exercise.com. We want to give you the data you need to make decisions, features for efficiency, integrations for smooth operation, and support through every step.

Our software is easy to use for you, your customers, and your employees. Everyone is able to maximize the software’s potential because the functions are simple to learn but provide a great deal of added value.

As an owner, you can create class schedules, run reports, automatically deliver information to your members, and integrate with other programs you already use. Let’s take a closer look.

Client/Class Scheduling

Both ClubManager and Exercise.com provide a platform for scheduling clients and classes. Members can view schedules and sign themselves up for classes in advance. Exercise.com’s software even allows for members to pay for their class at the time of booking.

Exercise.com also allows you to create multiple schedules that span across different studios and can be sorted by instructors, days, times, and any number of other areas that you choose.

Gym/Facility Management

Part of successfully running a gym is having the information you need to make important decisions about the direction of your business. ClubManager does feature a reporting platform in its software, but it does not appear to be customizable to run whatever report you want. It only contains pre-built settings.

Exericse.com gives you all of the options you could want for generating reports. Anything you feel is important can be generated in an easy-to-read report. For example, you could use our software to generate a report on high-traffic times of the day, which could help you decide when you need the most staff and in what areas. Being more efficient with your staff schedule can ultimately lead to saving money, which is obviously a good thing for your business.

Client Automation

ClubManager does not appear to offer automated features for its users, but Exercise.com wants to make things easy for your business. The less time you have to spend keeping track of reminders and when workouts are delivered, the more time you can spend in other areas to help your business grow. Here are a few of the automations we offer to help save you time while keeping your members and clients engaged:

  • Automatic Emails and Texts
  • Automate Workout Delivery
  • Automate Resource Delivery
  • Automate Assessment Delivery
  • Automate Reminders/Alerts via app, text, and email

Dedicated Zapier Support

At Exercise.com, we give our clients tons of integration options from the start, but we realize that you might want to continue using certain tools that are not organically integrated within our software. For these purposes, we have partnered with Zapier to make sure you can continue using everything you feel is effective for your business.

With over 2,000 apps to choose from, you can rest easy knowing that your company’s software and website will function as efficiently as possible. Our partnership with Zapier allows you to integrate your web apps so they can share data, automate the information that is passed between your apps, and innovate faster and more efficient processes.

Dedicated Account Manager

Customer service is very important to us at Exercise.com. We want you to be happy with our product and we feel that a large part of this stems from having someone to help you navigate how to make it work for your business. For this reason, we provide all of our customers with a dedicated account manager.

Rather than giving you help at the start and then cutting you loose, as some companies do, we provide you with your account manager for the entirety of your relationship with Exercise.com. If you want to re-design your website, at any point, your account manager won’t hesitate to collaborate with our top-of-the-line development team to get it done. Maybe you want to promote your brand on products and set-up an e-commerce store. This is no problem for your account manager.

Customized Software

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Customized software is an important element of making your business stand out. Your software should look like your business and function in a unique way to your needs. ClubManager and Exercise.com both provide customizable aspects of their software, however, only Exercise.com is fully customizable in function.

ClubManager provides a customized look to different elements of its software, but the function remains the same for all users. Exercise.com, on the other hand, gives you the same opportunity for a customized look but also is willing to set up the software in a specific way for your business. That means you don’t have to pay for features you don’t need and you don’t have to go without other ones you might find helpful.

Custom-Branded

As we mentioned, ClubManager and Exercise.com both provide custom branding for their customers. A company’s logo, color scheme, and even pictures can appear on all apps, websites, and forms of communication. However, Exercise.com provides our customers with more flexibility because all elements, like apps, websites, and communication, can also be customized to better promote your brand.

iOS & Android Apps

Both companies in this review offer iOS and Android apps to their customers. With that being said, only Exercise.com offers full customization of its apps.

Websites

ClubManager does not build custom websites for its users. Instead of going through the hassle, they choose to provide third party integration so that their software will function within your existing website.

Building a custom website is no hassle at all for Exercise.com. We want our customers to have the best experience possible and we aren’t afraid of putting in the extra work to make that happen for you. We do not require any integrations for our software to work within your website because our top-notch development will create a website specifically with your business in mind. Some other benefits of our websites include:

  • Responsive
  • SEO optimized
  • Unlimited theme changes
  • Built to convert visitors to leads
  • Custom graphic work
  • Google Certified Partner
Security Features

Your members trust you to keep their information safe, just as you trust your software company to keep your business’s information safe. This is extremely important to us, at Exercise.com, so we made security a top priority. Some of our features include:

  • SSL Secure
  • Privacy Shield Framework
  • Google Cloud

Marketing Integrations

Business growth has many factors but, for gyms, a couple of key elements are to recruit new members and sell more services to existing members. These two things are commonly accomplished through marketing, in one way or another. Both ClubManager and Exercise.com offer marketing integrations to help your business find new members and promote your services.

Exercise.com wants to fully customize your experience to cater to the precise demographic of people you are seeking. Whatever direction you feel is right for your business can be marketed to the public by using our software.

Some of our more popular integrations include:

  • MailChimp
  • ConstantContact
  • ConvertKit
  • Zapier
  • Google Analytics
  • Facebook Pixel

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Workout Software

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Exercise.com shines, in comparison to ClubManager, in the workout software department. The main reason for this is because ClubManager does not have a workout platform included in its software. This seems to be a major oversight for a company whose website headline reads, “The gym industry: it’s in our blood.”

At Exercise.com, we want to set you up for success across multiple revenue streams. Even classic services, like personal training, can be enhanced by using part of our workout software. In addition, we provide you with other options to add extra value to your clients and members so that your gym is the top choice in your area.

The following several sections will focus solely on the features of Exercise.com’s workout software.

Workout Creator/Logger

Having the ability to create a workout within the Exercise.com software sets up your business to add several different services, or expand on existing ones. We’ll get into details on that shortly, but when your trainers can log in and create custom workouts for their clients or utilize pre-built workouts for the general member-base, you are opening up a whole new realm of added value that many gyms are not willing or able to offer.

On that same score, clients who choose to utilize these workouts are able to log their results in the same software. This helps them track their progress over time so they can truly see the value in the services you offer. Seeing progress and value is what will keep them coming back and open their minds to using more services you offer.

Our workout creator/logger provides users with endless possibilities for delivering workouts, tips, and encouragement to clients in any scenario, including:

1-1 Training

Personal training, in a one-on-one format, is a common service in most gyms and probably one that is a key revenue source for your business. To encourage people to train at your facility, you have to figure out how to make the experience both different and better than other options. Exercise.com’s software helps you develop more connectivity between your clients and their training programs.

Your trainers can create workouts, in advance, for their clients so the client knows what to expect when they are coming into the session. Sometimes being mentally prepared for what is to come can help someone get the most benefit out of their workout. After the session is completed, the client or trainer can log the results of the workout in the software. Clients will be more connected to their program if they can see documented results over time.

Group Training

Some people like to lean on their friends or family for motivation to get through a training program. Exercise.com’s software can easily accommodate people who want to train in a group format. They do not lose any of the features that one-on-one training provides, such as workout creation and logging, but they get all the benefits of training in a setting that is more comfortable for them.

Online Training

Your gym is likely to have a group of people who want some guidance in their workout, but do not necessarily want to meet with a trainer in person. Online training can be a great option for people who fall into this category, and the option is one that Exercise.com can handle with precision. Our workout creator and logger are certainly important tools in this process, but an equally big part is that our software provides a way to give your clients exercise demonstrations in the workouts your trainers develop.

Exercise Library

Exercise.com comes with a pre-built library full of exercises that your trainers can use when creating workouts. They can search by name or muscle group and then select a demonstration video to be applied to the workout template. This makes it easy for clients to know proper form and get the most out of their workout. In addition, Exercise.com goes the extra mile and gives customers the opportunity to add their own exercises.

Custom Exercises

Pre-built libraries are a great tool that can be very useful for gyms, but there is a certain element of comfort that extends to clients when they watch a video demonstration that features their own trainer, or at least a staff member at their gym. Exercise.com’s software allows you to upload your own videos of exercises and input them into your client’s workout plans. This can also be useful if you have a boutique studio or a gym that focuses on a certain type of fitness.

TV Workouts

Our workout software allows you to take the added value that you give to your clients, in the workout creator, and utilize it in other ways. You can use our software to cast exercise demo videos onto a TV screen during a group fitness class, group training session, or individual training session. This allows your trainers and instructors to be able to coach participants through all elements of a workout while the participants can always refer back to the screen for proper form.

E-Commerce Software

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E-commerce software is another area in which ClubManger and Exercise.com both have features; but Exercise.com offers more. Both companies offer payment processing and the ability to sell products, however, the inclusion of workout software allows for Exercise.com to have different types of products and services available in our e-commerce platform.

Using Exercise.com, you can sell products, pre-built workouts, workout memberships, and access to online workout challenges. Since ClubManager does not include workout software, they do not have these extended e-commerce options.

Payment Processing

Based on information from ClubManger’s website, customers can set up a point of sale system using the company’s software, but it is unclear how members or clients make purchases on their own or if it is even possible through the app or website.

Using Stripe, Exercise.com’s software can accept payment for single products or services, send recurring invoices for monthly memberships, sell packages for group fitness classes or personal training, or collect everything into one monthly bill that is sent out to a member.

Sell Products

Once again, customers using ClubManager are able to sell products through the software’s point of sale system, but it is unclear as to whether or not members can make purchases online or through an app.

Exercise.com’s software is set up so that members can make purchases either in-person, online, or on a mobile app. You can sell products like clothing, water bottles, or sweat towels, but you can also take it one step further and sell workout-based items such as the ones below.

Sell Workout Plans

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Some members of your facility will not make use of a personal trainer, whether it is due to finances, comfort, or other reasons. For this group, you still want to have a service available if they are looking for guidance in their workouts. Your trainers can create a collection of pre-built workouts that are available for your members to purchase. These workouts can be random or categorized into groups like strength, cardio, core, or whatever else you decide will appeal to your members.

Offer Online Workout Memberships

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The members who make use of buying pre-built workouts may eventually be interested in an online workout membership. In this situation, they would still essentially be purchasing pre-built workouts, but the workouts would be automatically delivered to them at whatever interval of time you choose. This helps the members avoid plateauing from the same workout and it also helps your business by generating recurring income.

Sell Workout Challenges

When your members are excited about your gym, it is a positive thing for your business. One way to increase enthusiasm among your members is to offer workout challenges. You could have members compete or work together, but the chance to overcome an obstacle is motivational. You can capitalize on this by charging for people to participate in the challenges and, as an added bonus, you might get some word-of-mouth marketing as the members are talking to their friends.

Performance Health Software

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Much like workout software, ClubManger does not include a performance health platform within its product. This means that members do not get the opportunity to assess their fitness level when they join a facility and it can be harder for them to see their results over time.

With Exercise.com’s software, you can help your members establish a baseline of their fitness level by providing them with an assessment when they join. From there, you can re-assess them over time and share the results so they can see how they are progressing.

Assessments

Knowing where you start is an important part of knowing where you have to go. When a person joins your facility they probably have a goal in mind, but they might not know exactly what they have to do to get there because they don’t know how much they have left to accomplish. By giving these members an assessment, you are showing them the current state of their fitness, in relation to their goal, so that you can help them come up with a plan on how to reach that goal.

Exercise.com’s software also allows you to customize these assessments, for members, so that they are more applicable to each individual’s goal. For example, it would be impractical to test a competitive weightlifter on his or her one mile run time because it has no part in their goal. Instead, you want to deliver a customized assessment that provides valuable information and allows you to make recommendations about a plan and the different services you offer.

Performance & Measurement Reports

As time goes on, members will want a measurement of their progress, which is where Exercise.com’s reporting features come into play. You can automatically send reminders about upcoming assessments, share progress pictures, and give reports about various performance and measurement data. All of this will be appreciated by your members, and seeing progress will motivate them to want to continue using your services.

Nutrition

Nutrition is not a large part of our software at Exercise.com, but we realize that it is an important part of any fitness goal. Because of this, our software includes a nutrition tracker where clients can log their food intake and share this information with their trainers. If it is within their scope of practice, the trainer can then make recommendations about what changes may need to be made in order to achieve a certain result.

ClubManager Software Pricing

Throughout this review, we have covered some of the basic features that are included in the ClubManager software. Listed below is a recap of some of those features, as well as pricing categories. Most features remain the same across the three pricing categories, however, the number of member bookings, users, and member list does change.

ClubManager Software Competitors

Listed below are four of the major competitors to ClubManager. The prices in this table are accurate at the time of writing this article.

The Bottom Line: Pros and Cons

As we are nearing the end of our comparison, we hope we have given you an overview of the features of both companies and also shown you why we think Exercise.com is the perfect fit for your business. We realize that choosing a software is an important decision and not one to take lightly, so let’s review some key features one more time.

ClubManager Cons

ClubManager does an adequate job of living up to its name and providing decent management features within its software. It does, however, lack some competency in key areas. One main area of concern is the lack of workout software.

For a company that prides itself on understanding the gym industry, they are missing a large piece of the growth puzzle by not including a workout platform in their software. There is no place for trainers to create workouts or for clients to log information, and this leads to fewer services that can be offered by those who use ClubManager. If your software is limiting what your business can do, it is crippling your potential for growth.

ClubManager also does not offer much in the way of customization. While the company takes good steps by providing the ability to add logos or colors to apps and websites, they do not make the function of the software customizable. This means that you have to make the software work for your business, rather than your business excelling because of your software.

Exercise.com Pros

Exercise.com provides all the features you could want in a fitness business software and, because of the customization we offer, we can tailor it to fit any business so it is truly unique. We want to make your business stand out in such a way that people no longer just talk about going to the gym, they talk about going to your gym.

Our workout software enhances the experience for your members and clients because they can watch exercise video demonstrations, track their workouts online, and purchase different types of workouts or plans through your software. They are also able to communicate with their trainer, friends, or other staff members.

Your gym can make use of our automated features to communicate with clients, send important reminders, and update your clients on their progress. This saves your business time and money because a staff member does not have to do all of this manually.

Exercise.com also provides unmatched customer service. You will have an account manager who is specifically assigned to your business so you become familiar with who you are working with and are able to trust that person to get the job done. We are successful when you are successful and we want to build a partnership that reflects our mutual goal.

Exercise.com is completely committed to you and your business. We want to help you grow and provide your business with everything it needs to succeed many years into the future.

What does your business need in order to ensure long-term success?

If you want to work with a fitness business management company that puts your success first, request a demo today.



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