Designing Your Floor Space for Maximum Profits
HOW TO GET THE BIGGEST RETURN ON YOUR EQUIPMENT INVESTMENT.
By Amy Boone
nowing how to position your new fitness equipment in your facility is both a skill and an art. There are so many design considerations and so many conflicting opinions to balance. Because it is such a complex process, many clubs hire individuals who specialize in organizing f...
Recruit and Retain Top Talent
DON'T LET THE GOOD ONES PASS YOU BY.
By Maureen Hagan, PT
he fitness industry appears desperate to find ways to resolve the high attrition rate of its membership. Not one industry publication passes my desk these days without a focus on membership retention. Each new year, countless numbers of men and women make resolutions to lose weight or get in...
A SNAPSHOT OF HUMAN RESOURCES FROM THE IDEA FITNESS INDUSTRY SALARY SURVEY 2004.
By Patricia Ryan, MS
ow many staff positions do fitness businesses need to operate successfully? Among those surveyed in the IDEA Fitness Industry Salary Survey 2004, the emphasis is on teaching staff. Personal trainers (78%) and Pilates or yoga teachers (64%) are the job titles respondents...
As a fitness manager, you
recognize that certain acts
result in legal liability. Injuries caused by worn flooring surfaces, equipment malfunctions and inappropriate program designs exemplify what acts have legal consequences. However, the critical issue is who may
be legally responsible for injuries. If one of your personal fitness trainers designs an inappropriate program for a client and that client is injured, who is liable—you or the trainer?
By Kay L. Cross, MEd
Face Your Finances
Create a winning budget to gain control of your money-- and life. During one of my presentations at the IDEA Personal Trainer Summit...
By Justin Price, MA
Accounting and Hiring Practices
How to set up your books, choose an ownership structure and select staff for your new facility. a daily, weekly or monthly basis. You can create summaries by setting up ledgers (records in which accounts are recorded) and posting information to them. A completed ledger is really nothing more than a summary of revenues, expenditures ...
Group Fitness Takes Center Stage
10 TIPS FOR CREATING A SCHEDULING MASTERPIECE.
By Maureen Hagan, PT
roup exercise has taken center stage in the fitness industry, and its momentum continues to grow. Connecting members to other members in a group fitness setting makes sense, not only for the members' overall fitness experience, but also--through enhanced retention-- for the fit...
When Good Employees Go Bad
LEARN HOW TO HANDLE STAFF WHO ACT UNETHICALLY AND HOW TO PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS FROM THEIR BAD BEHAVIOR.
By Debra Atkinson, MS
employee and to your business. As a fitness facility owner or manager, you can't police morality. You can, however, arm yourself with an awareness of the temptation and potential harm caused by greed and the desire for success, easy satis...
The spate of circuit training clubs, along with the subsequent needs of their owners, has led to the formation of the Association of Hydraulic & Fitness Clubs. According to information on its website, the new association “was formed to assist in the financial and personal development of current gym owners by mutual sharing of ideas.” The charter statement also includes a pled...
The Management School of Hard Knocks
MANAGING THE ALPHA EGO.
lpha-ego" personal fitness trainers (PFTs) present fitness managers with quite a dilemma. The very things that make alpha trainers stand out and excel are also the things that can make them challenging to manage. Alpha trainers have an inner monolog that pushes them to lead the pack. The fact is, if you're like most ma...