In today’s health club environment, most organizations recognize their best personal trainers and group instructors by promoting them to be managers of their departments. However, in many instances, this move sets up these outstanding employees for failure.
That’s because no matter how good these rising stars are at training or instructing clients, they are usually not a...
Retention, membership, sales, customer service--these terms are used frequently when describing the various aspects of running a successful fitness facility. One term not heard as often, yet of equal importance, is corporate culture.
As vice president of GoodLife Fitness
clubs in Canada, Maureen “Mo” Hagan, PT, still teaches group fitness, inspiring
200 participants per week in her classes. She also travels to several new club
openings a year, introducing hundreds of members to group fitness programs. She
combines her passion for group exercise and her intere...
According to a Consumer Reports survey, some
pricey national health club chains don’t fare as well as private yoga, dance or
Pilates studios. Gyms at local community centers, schools, workplaces and
nonprofit centers (JCCs and YMCAs) also performed better among respondents in
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In an effort to bridge the gap
between the medical and fitness professions, Club Fit in Westchester County,
New York, has created “HelpRx,” a physicians’ referral program designed to
offer postrehabilitation and lifestyle enhanceme...
As the fitness industry grows and ages, many people have noticed a gap between “veteran” instructors, who have been teaching for 10 years and longer, and “newbies,” group fitness professionals who are just getting started. This has led many to voice concerns over the future of group exercise. To address this issue, IDEA Fitness Journal began running a new column in January, highl...