One of the largest trends in the wellness movement is the emergence of spas around the globe. Today’s evolved spa offers a plethora of self-care modalities, including body treatments, nutritional approaches to wholesome eating, educational platforms ranging from guided meditation to stress management, and fitness components. More often than not, the fitness components prove distinct...
concerns over a faltering economy, business appears to be booming for health
clubs, states the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association
(IHRSA) in its annual survey of U.S. health and sports club companies.
According to the survey, average revenues increased by more than 18% in the
third quarter of 2007.“This growth pattern has been observed duri...
Being in this industry requires an entrepreneurial spirit, flexibility and a drive to achieve. Personal trainers aren’t just selling a service; they’re selling themselves as the purveyors of that service. This can lead to the perception that success in gaining clients equates with success as a person. And since there is often an undeniable relationship between ego and income, ...
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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