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

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&mdash;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.

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