How to Obtain and Retain Personal Professional Fitness Trainers
What's the secret to hiring and keeping great personal trainers? Create an environment in which personal trainers can be treated as professionals.
BY EVERETT AABERG During the past 15 years, I have worked as a private contractor, served as an employee, been an entrepreneur, taken on management duties, directed a personal training sta...
Revenues and Expenses
How you budget and monitor results greatly impacts net revenue.
riting the operating budget is an annual chore. Chore? Your accurate budget is a blueprint for an effective operation. Monitoring expenses and revenues allows you to immediately make corrections to ensure that at the end of the year you have a profitable
department or business. The revenues and expenses repor...
Thank you for the February 2001 Problem Solver column, “Dealing With Fellow Instructors’ Eating or Exercise Disorders.” Recently a colleague of mine encountered this situation with a member of her facility. With regard to getting involved, our staff is concerned about the legal implications, including possible claims of discrimination and privacy violation. What are the legal guidelines for approaching a member (especially at the request of other members) when it is clear that the member’s health is in danger?
Over the last three issues, this column has followed the story of “Mark,” a former club trainer turned entrepreneur who opened his own facility in Smithville, USA, using $100,000 of his own money and $400,000 in investment capital from his brother-in-law, his parents and a personal training client. After struggling for two years to make ends meet and suffering a substantial loss in personal income, Mark entered the third year of his business with a corps of disgruntled investors,
a facility operating just under breakeven and
The club I belong to runs a Fit and Fun Corporate Challenge, a two-day charity event open to community business people and their families. This event includes games, family parades, a 5K run/walk/bike/baby buggy, racquets competitions, mascots, wally-ball, wacky aquatic races and general all-round good times. It is very successful, with one exception.
In the fitness business, many
managers acquire their titles and supervisory responsibilities in the absence of any formal training—or, for that matter, any natural leadership skills. Even trained managers may occasionally get so busy with their
day-to-day responsibilities that they
neglect the basics of handling people. Whether you are a new manager or a veteran, take some time out to brush up on these essential skills.
Communicate with instructors one-on-one.
Provide a clean, effi-
cient, cheerful working environment.
Fearlessly make the
Treat all your instructors equally. idea fitness manager/july-august 2001
idea fitness manager/july-August 2001 sales
I f Yo u B u i l d I t , T h e y W i l l C o m e :
Starting a Pilates Program i n Yo u r F a c i l i t y
By Lindsay Merrithew and Moira Stott-Merrithew
ow that a U.S. District Court has ruled that Pilates is a generic term (see February 2001 IDEA Health & Fitness Source Industry Watch column for details), more and more fitness facilities are considering providing this popular form of exercis...
F I T N E S S FA C I L I T I E S TA P I N T O T H E S PA M A R K E T
According to the International Spa Association (ISPA), 90 million spa visits took place in the United States in 1999, generating $5 billion in revenue. Of the 5,689 spas across the country, 423 are club spas--facilities that focus on fitness and offer a variety of professionally administered spa services on a day-u...