When I feel my motivation starting to wane, I step back and ask myself why. How can I not be motivated when I absolutely love my work?
The first thing I do is review my schedule. Once I see my monthly schedule in front of me, the red flags are all there. I just hadn’t taken the time to look for them. The most deadly trap I fall into with scheduling is working early in...
January is a time when most personal trainers gear up for an influx of new clients and a welcome increase in business. But if you’re busy scheduling lots of free consultations and enticing new clients with discounted training packages, you might be setting yourself up to lose profits in 2006—at least according to Phil Kaplan, Palm Beach, Florida–based owner of Ph...
Training for Growth
By Sherri McMillan, MSc, and Alex McMillan
Get Centralized and Automated
Streamline your operations and hit revenue goals. As consultants who travel around the world, we see many personal training businesses or departments that struggle with the same issues: I no personal training director or a director who trains 30...
Many studies have shown that maintaining or increasing muscular strength and endurance throughout the lifespan is important for preventing disease, maintaining health and preserving the ability to perform normal life activities. Knowing how to measure a client’s strength and endurance allows the personal fitness trainer (PFT) to establish baseline values in order to design an effec...
Legal & Risk Management
By Sean Riley, MS, JD
The Legalities of Emergency Care
Understand your risks and responsibilities. As a personal trainer, you work with a variety of populations, from seniors to athletes. This diversity perpetuates a number of legal issues, particularly with regard to emergency care. With the senior population, you must be able to identify the symptoms of, and remedies for...
“I had to work late this week, so I didn’t have time to work out.” “I need to lose weight before I can start exercising.” “I’m late because my dog ate my favorite workout shoes.”
Do these excuses sound familiar? Clients everywhere seem to come up with some unique reasons for skipping workouts or ignoring their trainers’ ...
"Was it challenging to become a personal trainer after another career? Did you have to compete with younger trainers?"
I worked in radio administration, sales and marketing for 22 years in the San Francisco Bay Area.
retain clients once I was working with them, as I had gained enough knowledge to explain why they were doing the programs I had designed for them. I foun...
"How do you handle the situation if one of your trainers isn't meeting your expectations?"
Many times managers don't clearly convey their expectations to trainers. Most peo-
ple want to do what is expected of them and excel. A one-time new-trainer orientation is overwhelming for new employees; most likely they will not grasp everything you want them to. Although we conduct...