Training for Growth
By Sherri McMillan, MSc, and Alex McMillan
Invest in Your People
With your staff, as with all investments, you have to put something in if you want something back. No matter what industry you're in, the most important asset your business has is your people. This is especially true in the personal training industry. The strength of your organization--or your department--is dire...
By Colin Milner
Eight Ways to "Age" Your Business
Implement these action steps to appeal to an aging population. According to the World Health Organization (2002), "Older people spend more of their income on health than any other need or activity." In addition, a recent study reports that the "anti-aging" movement is on the rise, currently accounting for $45 billion in tummy tucks, faci...
By Justin Price, MA
So You Want Your Own PFT Business?
Don't let your plan fail because you've failed to plan. My personal training career progressed in the way most personal trainers' careers do: I first worked for a gym, then worked as an independent contractor and then was in charge of a high-end personal training studio in London. However, I wanted more. I always wanted to own my...
By Kay L. Cross, MEd
Breathe New Life Into Your Business
Reignite your enthusiasm for your career by creating a new vision for your company. After a number of years in personal training, many trainers find themselves in need of renewal and reinvigoration. Burnout--due to boredom, stagnation and lack of personal balance--is common even among the most seasoned professional...
If your spouse was offered a dream job in another city or if you moved simply to freshen up your life and career, do you think you could surmount the challenges of “starting over” as a personal fitness trainer (PFT) in a new environment?
Looking for an accurate way to gauge a client’s work effort? Just ask the client to spit. A study published in the March
issue of Journal of Sports Science & Medicine (2004; 3 , 8–15) shows that cortisol levels in saliva after a workout can
indicate whether the exercise session was high or low intensity.
As a personal trainer, you probably know that exercise has been shown to increase bone strength, as measured by bone mineral density (BMD), in people of all ages. But did you know that the degree to which exercise improves BMD depends on a variety of factors, including age, reproductive hormone status, nutritional status and the nature of the exercise?