I have had the distinct pleasure of providing health and fitness services to some of the world’s most astute business minds. Quite often during our training sessions—without even realizing it—these clients will share information that could benefit my fitness business. If you pay attention, you’ll be able to glean insights from your clients as well. A client’s business might consist of a huge, global operation, while yours might be a 1,500-square-foot personal training studio. What I have learned, however, is that business is business, no matter the size.
Environmental awareness and ecological
responsibility are at the forefront of today's
news. Fitness industry professionals
can follow the examples of the rapidly
growing number of green spas, green
buildings and companies practicing sustainable management policies. You may
be surprised to learn that it does not necessarily
cost more to"keep it green!"
The new year is always a popular time to recommit to regular exercise or get into it for the first time. However, as a personal trainer, you know that many people allow their new fitness routines to fizzle out before too long. One way to help clients stay on top of exercise-related New Year’s resolutions—and extend their efforts to a routine that lasts well past February—is to offer introductory “quick-start” or “jump-start” training with beginning and end dates. newsletter_teaser: Check out this great sample class from the IDEA Online Library. Warm up group strength participants by using readily available “equipment” —their own bodies.
Regarding the news item “Leverage Daily-Deal Sites for Business Success [Making News, March 2011], my business partner and I have featured our company on a number of the daily-deal sites in Los Angeles and have had mixed experiences. While I agree it was a great way to expose our business to a huge market that might not know about our outdoor circuit training classes, it was a lot of work for very little return on investment.
Whether you sell facility memberships or your own training services, at some point you’ll be asking a potential customer for money. Yet you may find yourself racked with stress about conducting such consultations, the thought of closing the deal bringing more sweat to your brow than your last blast on the cardio machines. newsletter_teaser: Check out this great article from the IDEA Online Library, and find out how to make consultations more comfortable, and learn to close the deal.
I have run several different-sized health and fitness businesses in New Zealand, Europe and the United States. No matter how big or small the operation, I have always used a qualified accountant to assist me with my accounts and prepare my end-of-year tax returns. Using an accountant has many benefits and, in my opinion, they far outweigh the costs.
If we had it to do all over again, there wouldn’t be much we would change, if anything. We, and IDEA, have come to this exact moment in time as a sum of all the parts, moments, people and happenings—both amazing and sometimes not so great—that have happened on our journey since we founded IDEA.