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...
By Sherri McMillan, MSc
Questionnaires, worksheets and sample dialogues to help clients reach those elusive fitness goals.
Clients Get Motivated
Imagine this scenario:
You have scheduled a two-week vacation and have decided to drive to your
favorite holiday destination. You get halfway there, get a flat tire and turn around and go back home. Sounds ridiculous, doesn't it? But this is exa...
By Gregory Florez
E-Mail Coaching Tips
n last issue's Online Trainer column, I discussed using e-mail to communicate with your clients, increase adherence and create another profit center. This column focuses on writing e-mail coaching tips to provide your clients even greater value. In the old days, trainers where I work looked through dozens of magazines and cut out article...
MOVING THE BODY
Training movements and not muscles may be the paradigm shift needed for today's functional conditioning.
By Chuck Wolf, MS
e are all athletic performers. Whether an elite athlete or weekend warrior, a patient in rehabilitation or casual exerciser, each of us must meet the
For example, during a biceps curl you must overcome the forces of the weights, forearm and gravity during ...
By Michael Youssouff, MA, and Fran Sachs-Rojas, CSW Having a selection of practical communication tools and training techniques in your repetoire can help you coach this special population to success.
Motivating Clients With Chronic Conditions
As a personal fitness trainer, you understand the importance of following specific training guidelines and avoiding any contraindications ...
Your questions answered by industry peers
"How do you take care of clients when you are unavailable?"
programs so they are not lost when they are on their own. I always give at least two weeks notice when I will be away. While away, I stay in touch with my apprentice as much as possible to ensure that all is going well. If necessary, I give my clients a call to motiva...
You Want to Personal Trainer!
HERE'S A SIMPLE SEVEN-WEEK PLAN ON HOW TO PAINLESSLY MAKE THE TRANSITION FROM GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR TO PERSONAL FITNESS TRAINER.
By Chalene Johnson
hrough hard work and perseverance, you have obtained the education and certifications to teach several kinds of group fitness classes. Over the years, you have stayed upto-date with group fitness guidelines...
By Donna Burch, MA
One-to-One Water Training
How can trainers work with clients in aquatic settings?
hat if you discovered a personal training medium that offered endless creative possibilities for working with all types of clients, provided smooth and variable resistance for nearly every muscle group and incorporated both cardiovascular and resistance training? What if you knew...
exist to service customers.
By Kathie Davis and Patricia Ryan
Stay on top of the current needs of clients and businesses.
Successful personal trainers will tell you their success is due to a combination of people skills and business skills. The "technical" skills of excellent program design are assumed, these trainers explain; but being able to relate to client...
Subject: Steven Oberfest
Location: New York, New York
Company: Underdog Fitness
Experience: Fifteenth year as trainer; second year as owner
Maverick Strategy: Last year I started
volunteering my time to the Burden Center for the Aging in Manhattan. Now I am working with many other groups including Beth Israel Hospital, Ronald McDonald Charities, Neighbor- hood Coalition for the Homeless, a mentor program for children, and the list keeps growing.