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.
Do you have great ideas for making improvements to your facility, but find your manager difficult to speak to? Supervisors can often be challenging to connect with; oftentimes they are busy with their own schedules and can appear distant or unfriendly. Nonetheless, there are ways to speak your mind without risking your job. Here are five tips for connecting with a difficult manager, courtesy of behavior strategist and performance management coach Joe Takash:
You’d like to purchase a new product or start a new class or group exercise program. You’ve explored the position of group exercise within the facility’s bigger picture; strategies for researching and developing your case; budgeting basics to get facts and figures straight; and formulas and suggestions for tracking stats to prove your point. Now it’s time to set a meeting with upper management to present your findings and ask for the product or program.
Today’s tough economic climate may be stressful for group exercise instructors. To keep budgets in line and doors open, some facilities have reduced the number of class offerings while closely watching their “cost-per-head” class ratios. Instructors who both teach and train may be losing income as some clients stretch out their training packages or temporarily opt out of training. Other instructors may be forced to seek full-time employment, limiting their ability to teach as many classes. All of these factors can affect instructors’ expendable income.
Internship programs provide supervised practical experience for people wanting to gain hands-on knowledge in a specific area of the health and fitness industry. Designing and running your own internship program can be a rewarding experience for both you and your students.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve had some opportunities in my life that I’ve let pass me by because I was afraid of failing. The good news is that I figured out the power of failure many years ago. The bad news is that I still see many people passing up opportunities, as I once did, simply because fear of failure tends to inhibit forward thinking.
Would you like to offer massage therapy in your business? Whether or not you choose to become a certified massage therapist yourself, you can immediately benefit by adding massage to your business structure.
According to the Center for Women’s Business Research, women own 40% of the privately owned firms in the United States. The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) reports that 19.2% of its member clubs are owned by women and 18.8% have male and female co-owners. As more women dive into fitness business ownership, it’s important to understand the unique demands placed on them.
Are you preparing for a performance evaluation? Or have you scheduled a salary review meeting? Either way, you need to know how your current salary or hourly rate compares with the industry average. A lot of variables go into that comparison, including your job title, the region where you work, the type of facility you work for and the number of members your facility serves. The perks you receive—such as benefits, cash incentives and educational assistance—can also affect your compensation.