Many fitness facility members look to group fitness instructors for cues on how to exercise and live a healthy lifestyle. However, these role models may have—or be at an increased risk for—eating disorders, body dissatisfaction and compulsive exercise.
Keep the following qualities in mind when evaluating instructors.
Cuing and Voice Projection: Does the instructor speak loudly and clearly? Is the
cuing well-timed with the music and movements?
Music: Can the instructor work with the beats and phrases?
Is the music played at a safe speed? Is it appropriate
for the group?
Technique: Does the instructor exhibit strong movements and
posture? Are the exercises demonstrated properly?
Safety: Are the movements safe? Does the instructor offer adequate safety tips?
One way to find new instructors is to align yourself with a training school. Perhaps you can accept a training school’s graduates as interns (who
you can hire later if they do well) or
directly hire the instructors who have the greatest potential. Newcomers
are diamonds in the rough. They have no bad habits and can prove to be valuable, loyal employees. Try them first at slow spots until they gain experience and confidence. idea fitness manager
idea fitness managerYou can develop a questionnaire like this one to act as informal market research.
Use your members’ responses (with their permission) to post testimonials and other facts to promote your Pilates program.
Let us know a little bit about you! Are you: female or male
14-18 19-25 26-30 31-35
36-40 41-50 51-60 61 or older
What types of exercise do you (or have you) participate(d) in?
yoga aerobics martial arts
dance sports strength training
other (please list)
Brain-based research is revolutionizing teaching and learning. We have learned more about the brain in the past two decades than in all recorded history. However, all that knowledge is useless unless you know how to apply it. Learn how to implement brain-based theory in your own staff training and watch comprehension and follow-through improve.
Now you can give your clients another reason to exercise. A new study supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute found that cardiorespiratory fitness in early adulthood significantly decreases the chance of developing high blood pressure and diabetes—both major risk factors for heart disease and stroke—in middle age. Fitness also reduces the risk of metabolic syndrome, a constellation of factors that includes excess abdominal fat, elevated blood pressure and triglycerides, and low levels of high-density lipoprotein (the “good” cholesterol).
Curious about which cities in the United States have the most health club members? According to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), the honors go to Denver for the year 2002.
IHRSA reports that U.S. health club memberships grew to a record 36.3 million members in 2002, up from 33.8 million the previous year. The largest increase was in the over-55 age group, which increased by 23 percent and in 2002 numbered 6.9 million strong.