Biometric checkins have become more popular recently but the future of checkins may lie in mobile phones Photo courtesy 24 Hour Fitness

Biometric check-ins have become more popular recently, but the future of check-ins may lie in mobile phones. Photo courtesy 24 Hour Fitness.

Going Mobile: The Future of Member Check-in Is in Smartphones

As smartphones have become ubiquitous throughout society, they will become an integral part of the way health clubs check in their members—and communicate with them in and out of the club.

Not that long ago this scene played out routinely at the entrance to a health club: A member arriving for a group exercise class or workout session would stop at the front desk, scrawl a name on a sign-in sheet, dig through a purse or wallet for a membership card and hand it over to a staff member, whose eyes would dart between the ID and the member's face to confirm a match before admitting him or her inside.

But like many aspects of our lives in the 21st century, technology has

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