Sept. 8 2010
Sometimes our clients need tough love. Your client's spouse, mom, best friend and coworkers are all telling her what she wants to hear: "You've worked hard today. Don't do it if you dont feel like it."... View More
Sept. 3 2010
Summer is almost over and it's "Back to School" time again. While parents celebrate their children's return to class and a bit of freedom throughout the day, fitness professionals rejoice at the return... View More
Sept. 1 2010
Is there more to you than meets the eye? I'd bet there is. Do your clients know? Sometimes you have to let them know more about your business, because our clients tend to have tunnel vision. When they... View More
Aug. 27 2010
Recently, I spent some time at the Children's Hospital inDetroit, Michigan. What I saw wasamazing and humbling at the same time.The children that were there with the life challenges they face on adaily... View More
July 12 2010
I bought a wireless printer. I hooked it up, followed the directions, installed the software and went to my computer to print a document. Suddenly, like magic, the printer -- are you ready for this? --... View More
July 12 2010
"It was like breaking up with a girlfriend."When one of my trainers came to me with this statement, I heard and saw his frustration with a client who had said, "You're a great trainer, but..." This relationship... View More
July 12 2010
If building a professional fitness business is a goal of yours, trust me when I tell you that you can do it without the best web designers, top social media experts or a big budget. What you need is to... View More
June 8 2010
The blistering heat, the packed lakes and the overflowing movie theaters are always an indication for me that it is summer time! Whether you like summer time or not, it is here, and we in the fitness industry... View More
May 27 2010
Other than a fitness professional or a personal trainer, what do you consider yourself? A lifestyle coach? A health expert? A motivator? A business man or woman? An innovator? Being an extraordinary trainer... View More
May 25 2010
Have you ever been called out by a client? I was years ago and my priorities changed in an instant. I had always prided myself on knowing that I was focused on the client and their life, their goals. Their... View More
May 14 2010
There'sa lot more to punctuality than just a few wasted minutes; it's amatter of self-esteem, respect and image. You communicate a lot by how youvalue your time and the time of others. Valuing time management... View More
May 5 2010
One of my favorite shows on television right now is Deal or No Deal. I am sure you have all seen this show. Basically, a contestant chooses a briefcase by random hoping their case holds a one-million-dollar... View More
April 27 2010
How to create a team environment and boost retention for your personal training business (and eight systems you can use to keep it going) Personal training has been a very valuable profession for many... View More
April 14 2010
Salesin its traditional sense, is a weird subject for personal trainers. Ifyou're familiar with my articles in PFP, you know that most of my advice isdesigned to help you sell yourself. If you get good... View More
April 7 2010
Last month, there was excitement, pressure and high expectations as Kansas and Northern Iowa took the center stage for March Madness! According to the media and the sports channels, Kansas was favored... View More
March 10 2010
Frustration -- that was the look on my old friend’s face as I walked into the club last week and headed up to do my cardio. Irritation -- that was the look on my face because I despise cardio so... View More
March 9 2010
If you’re like me, you’ve got many clients who have been training with you for a long time. Most of them look great, are incredibly healthy and certainly don’t have much more body fat... View More
March 5 2010
Fifteen years ago, when I was freelance fitness writer and not yet in our industry, I was in a chain gym doing an article for a magazine. One of the trainers at that gym struck up a conversation with me... View More
Feb. 17 2010
While I was as the health club the other day doing my cardio, I looked down from the mezzanine and saw at least a dozen trainers working their clients out and whipping them into shape. I really enjoy seeing... View More
Feb. 12 2010
As personal trainers, our jobs for the most part are brain-dead simple. Sure, we studied, we have certifications, and many of us went to college to learn what we know, but here’s the irony: We rarely... View More