Club operators must determine whether to outsource any departments within their facilities One area that some outsource is the operation of the climbing wall Photo by Thinkstock

Club operators must determine whether to outsource any departments within their facilities. One area that some outsource is the operation of the climbing wall. Photo by Thinkstock.

Outsourcing at Your Health Club Can Lead to Savings and Risks

Health club owners and consultants say finding the right balance of in-house and outsourced services is a continually evolving process.

When it comes to which areas of your club to operate in-house or to outsource, "to each his own" may be the most applicable adage. Although outsourcing is often thought to be a money saver, the downsides may be considerable, and owners must evaluate whether their business model can sustain the risks.

"You have to go with where your strengths are," says Jason Thunstrom, vice president of corporate communications and public relations at Life Time Fitness, Chanhassen,

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