I've always believed that a quality trainer could deliver countless,
incredibly effective workouts without any equipment whatsoever. It isn't the surroundings
or the tools that make a trainer great; instead, the magic we deliver to our
clients is far less tangible. It's the creative blend of know-how, articulation, passion,
motivation and genuine caring for those we work with that separates us from the
fitness enthusiast who knows what to do with a BOSU.

However, a quality trainer also recognizes that to continue to challenge your clients
-- both mentally and physically -- an assortment of equipment is essential. After
you've delivered 10, 20 or 100 workouts to the same client, a little variety in the tools
not only keeps your creative ideas flowing, it makes the workout more interesting to
the clients. Plus, what other job do you get to pull out all these cool toys and instruct
everyone on how to play with them?!?

This issue of PFP is dedicated to the groovy products that make our jobs easier and
more fun. Products that open up doors to different styles of training, to different
populations, to different ideas. Products that add to who we are as fitness pros and
give us another advantage in a competitive marketplace.

So let your imagination run wild. Figure out what the next step in your career will
be and what products would enhance that move forward. Could you become your
gym's bodyweight training expert? Or maybe your studio could add Pilates and the
related equipment as another revenue stream. Or maybe adding a few more medicine
balls would add more options to your exercise repertoire.

Accessorize, baby, accessorize,


PS: If you're that passionate, skilled, motivating trainer I described in the first paragraph,
who can use many pieces of equipment or none at all, have you nominated yourself for PFP's Trainer of the Year yet?


What is your average annual income for your fitness-related work/business?