Arrgghh! Evaluation time again! I find the whole process of having my teaching performance evaluated so nerve-wracking and artificial. I worry beforehand about doing well; then I feel my evaluator cannot get a true picture of my long-term relationship with each class; and lastly, not much ever happens as a result of my evaluation. Any suggestions or subtle words of wisdom I can give to my director to make our time spent on evaluations more worthwhile? Do any instructors have successful experiences with performance evaluations they can share with me?
Developing a Personal Philosophy
By Tracy Morgan
"Your personal philosophy provides a foundation for all other issues."
--Colonel Maureen K. Leboeuf, U.S. Army
The Random House Dictionary defines the term philosophy as "a rational investigation of the truths and principles of being, knowledge or conduct." Most of us associate the word with scholars, college requirements or attempts at decipherin...
Surmounting Industry Challenges
Portrait of an Industry:
The First Industry-Wide Work Satisfaction Study of Fitness Professionals
W H AT M A K E S P E O P L E E N J O Y THE WORK THEY DO? Is it solely the money
they earn, or do other factors have greater impact on job satisfaction? Social scientists have been intrigued by these questions for most of the past century. As we enter the 21st century,...
BY CHALENE JOHNSON
Become Your Club's
How to increase your professional stock by
organization's Most Valuable Employee!
ould you like to increase your earning potential? Have you wished your supervisor would recognize your efforts? Do you worry that your job may be eliminated? If you answered "yes" to even one of these questions, then it's time to increase your value as a...
BY CINDY SCIBETTA
How to Ask for --and Get-- a Raise or Promotion
Because asking for a raise or promotion can be daunting, many people spend hours worrying about it. They plan-- even role-play--how they will approach their supervisor. Maybe they start to ask their manager many times, only to make up excuses on why now is not the right time. Then they go home to stew over the issue, tell...
Your questions answered by industry peers
"How do you take care of clients when you are unavailable?"
programs so they are not lost when they are on their own. I always give at least two weeks notice when I will be away. While away, I stay in touch with my apprentice as much as possible to ensure that all is going well. If necessary, I give my clients a call to motiva...
I have a new boss. I don’t yet know exactly how he thinks or what he expects from me. Sound familiar? Even if the organizational structure at your facility has not changed recently, you may have wondered exactly how and what to communicate to your manager or boss.
Did you know that innumerable teaching opportunities exist beyond the conventional health club setting, which caters mostly to the already fit? The truth is that moneymaking options for group fitness leaders are plentiful—if you are motivated to move beyond the comfortable limits of traditional facilities and if you widen your clientele to encompass those who are less fit.
You Want to Personal Trainer!
HERE'S A SIMPLE SEVEN-WEEK PLAN ON HOW TO PAINLESSLY MAKE THE TRANSITION FROM GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR TO PERSONAL FITNESS TRAINER.
By Chalene Johnson
hrough hard work and perseverance, you have obtained the education and certifications to teach several kinds of group fitness classes. Over the years, you have stayed upto-date with group fitness guidelines...