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 Steve Rhyan, MA
Conditioning for the Ride
Help your clients improve their crosscountry mountain biking skills and race times.
s word spreads about the thrill of mountain biking, more enthusiasts are taking up the sport. In fact, the number of participants exploded 419.4 percent from 1987 to 2000, according to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA 2001). These mou...
By Joe Dysart
Promote Your Business With E-Mail Lists
Attract new clients and position yourself as an expert with one of the most popular Internet tools.
hile the World Wide Web is the hands-down glamour-puss among the computer elite these days, an early form of Internet communication--text-based Internet mailing lists--is getting a second look as a Web marketing tool. The rea...
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 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...
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...
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 ...
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...