July 29 2009
I read one of the most amazing quotes the other day: "People spend their lives in the service of their passions instead of employing their passions in the service of their lives," said Sir Richard Steele.... View More
July 22 2009
If I were to ask you, “What are you?” you might look at me a little strangely and reply “a person,” “a woman” or maybe “a personal trainer,” “fitness... View More
July 20 2009
Training athletes isn't just for strength coaches and physical educators anymore. With phrases like "specialization of training" and "sport-specific workouts" penetrating the market, personal trainers... View More
July 17 2009
There’s a big divide between those who want to own a fitness business and those who want to own a fitness franchise. The independent business owner wants to sit in the driver’s seat and build... View More
July 17 2009
The one thing that can drown your independent spirit and entrepreneurial fire quicker than a subtropical monsoon is the prospect of providing your own health insurance. Being your own boss or setting your... View More
July 17 2009
The vast majority of personal trainers entered the field because they care deeply about helping people. But many personal trainers do not realize that the teaching they give and information they share... View More
July 17 2009
Managing a personal training department requires a number of skills, not the least of which is creating and enforcing systems to ensure that results are generated in a reproducible fashion. As the leader... View More
July 13 2009
Last issue, we learned the importance of testing for your marketing, what you should be testing and your options to do so. As promised, I will now be showing you how to start knocking around the competition... View More
July 8 2009
Here's the number-one thing I love about being in the fitness industry: You can set up your fitness business any way you want, and no one will stop you. For some trainers that might mean having a... View More
June 24 2009
If you are a personal trainer, you have no doubt met clients that just couldn’t get started. They seem to be forever waiting for just the right time to get going. The excuses are neverending, and... View More
June 24 2009
The lazy days of summer are upon us. Clients are vacationing, kids are home from school, and the call of the pool, the beach or that steamy novel is almost irresistible. Relaxation is good, but distraction... View More
June 10 2009
Each time I get feedback from clients on what a difference I've made in their lives, I'm amazed. All I do is listen to my clients, address their needs, provide them with fun and effective workouts and... View More
June 8 2009
Most fitness pros feel a profound connection with the earth. After all, we're the ones running on the beach, biking on a mountain trail, swimming in a lake or leading a boot camp in a park, so we want... View More
June 3 2009
I just recently wrote an article in PFP for the May on how to save money during hard economic times, both for the employer and employee (Click here to read>>). What I realized was it is very difficult... View More
June 1 2009
When most of us hear "test," we don't associate it with very many positive things. Testing means performance anxiety, being judged and the very real and quantifi able opportunity for failure.That's why... View More
May 28 2009
Imagine how successful you would be - as a trainer, spouse, parent, employee, business owner and friend - if you gave everyone who walked into the room as much genuine enthusiasm and love as your dog gives... View More
May 27 2009
There are many kinds of personal trainers. We all have our specialties and our favorite clients to train. We also all have unique career aspirations and goals for our businesses and our lives. Some personal... View More
May 26 2009
Nothing beats free marketing. And when it's great marketing and it's free - well, that's something worth sharing with the entire industry.The Internet has really served the fitness industry well.... View More
May 14 2009
In its effort to overhaul health care, Congress is planning to give employers sweeping new authority to reward employees for healthy behavior, including better diet, more exercise, weight loss and smoking... View More
May 13 2009
So often, we give much thought to who we want to train. Books, conference speakers and industry gurus tell us to determine our ideal client and then direct all marketing toward them. Good advice for sure;... View More