Despite a setback in the national economy, fitness facilities in this country are in good health. According to IHRSA, the total number of U.S. health clubs and fitness centers increased by 5.1 percent during 2001. This percentage reflects the leap from 16,938 health clubs in business in January 2001 to a record 17,807 clubs operating in January 2002. This is the fourth consecutive year the fitness industry has posted gains, and this growth represents a 41 percent increase in the number of clubs since 1992.
If you made the investment in yourself to do the exercise I suggested in the last column (three sheets of paper—two columns each—titled “Things I Like to Do,” “Things I Don’t Like to Do,” etc.), you probably learned a lot about your true abilities, your shortcomings and who you are as a manager.
This column should help you begin to take better care of yourself in everyday management, which should positively affect your well-being. This change in you will ultimately affect your employees, your members and your organization in an extremely
For more than 20 years, IDEA has focused on providing fitness professionals with the educational resources they need to succeed in their careers. Now, as we begin our third decade of operation, IDEA is directing a large portion of our efforts to helping fitness facility managers and owners acquire the business skills and systems they need to make their facilities successful and profitable.
What kind of message are you sending members if you’re constantly running around solving crises at your club, or if you’re always maximally stressed with the day-to-day operation concerns?
Do you think these clients admire you?
Do you think that’s an acceptable example for a fitness practitioner to set?idea fitness manager/january 2002 fitness manager
Don’t just ignore your nest egg, check on it regularly to make sure
it’s growing at a rate that equals your projected retirement needs. Get information for all of the following retirement concerns at www.quicken.com. Also, see the Profit Center column in the January 2002 issue of IDEA Personal Trainer for a more in-depth discussion of tax and
retirement planning options for personal trainers.