The aim of this study was to evaluate fitness programme management in five private commercial fitness centres in Gaborone (Botswana). The evaluation was based on fitness patrons’ perception of importance of American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSMs) fitness facility standards and guidelines, and their perceived satisfaction on the implementation of such standards. A seventeen item likert type questionnaire developed from the ACSMs standards covered; facility, equipment, personnel, fitness programme management and safety was administered to 170 fitness patrons of the five private fitness centres. The results were; majority of the participants were from the middle class and perceived the ACSMs standards important (90%). 62% of the overall responses were satisfied and very satisfied with the implementation of the ACSMs standards. They were satisfied with standards on facilities and equipment, and were generally dissatisfied with standards on fitness management processes.
Key words: Fitness programme, commercial private fitness centres, fitness centres, benefit-based programming, ACSM fitness facility standards, fitness patrons.
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