newsletter_teaser: Launching a small-group training (SGT) program may seem like a win–win–win. But leading effective SGT requires a very specific skill set. “Small-group training requires skills that not every one-on-one personal trainer has,” explains Jason Stella, director of education for Life Time Fitness in Chaska, Minnesota.
newsletter_teaser: Classes that appeal to athletes often intimidate many beginning- and intermediate-level exercisers; however, participants of all levels can do a challenging plyometrics class if you give them options.
Mobile apps for nutrition, weight loss and fitness put health management into the palms of your clients’ hands, so clients will probably ask you to help them pick the best apps for enabling results. If you plan to recommend good fitness apps to your clients or class participants—or if you already do—you’ll want to consider user-friendliness and whether certain clients will actually use the apps you suggest (see the sidebar).
newsletter_teaser: Back in Canada, when my colleagues and I developed strength and fitness programs for hockey athletes, we began to notice something fascinating: Farm kids had distinct advantages when their “farm strength” was transferred to the ice.
Adding small-group training (SGT) to your current list of services is a great way to pull in more cash. But there's still a financial ceiling to the highly successful profit center. Learn what other experts are doing to bust through that ceiling and make more money from SGT.newsletter_teaser: Adding small-group training to your current list of services is a great way to pull in more cash. But there's still a financial ceiling to the highly successful profit center. Learn what other experts are doing to bust through that ceiling and make more money from SGT.
The world of athletics is considered the territory of young people; sports news headlines are littered with 20-somethings making waves in their competition of choice. Once they’ve reached their prime, retirement is often considered the next step. However, there is a sub- set of competitors who buck the norm and refuse to hang up their sneakers and race bibs. Known as masters athletes, these inspiring individuals choose not to age quietly. ThThe six athletes featured in this article are world champions and record holders—and they are proof positive that age is simply a number.
When I noticed the trend toward specialization building in the fitness industry a few years ago, it struck me as the answer to the professional slump I was in. After teaching and training for more than 20 years, I had hit a wall. Specializing seemed to hold the promise that I could raise my training fees and enjoy a wider variety of professional opportunities.
newsletter_teaser: Small-group training enables trainers to work with three to about 10 clients at a time, making more money and delivering better results. Here are four effective ways to approach small-group-specific exercise design.
newsletter_teaser: The small-group program you choose will depend largely on the staff you have available, your clients’ needs and your facility’s philosophy. The most popular are the limited-term option—with a definite beginning and ending—and the continuous, ongoing model.
As previous articles in the IDEA Trainer Success’ small-group training series have shown, SGT is poised to become a significant force in the fitness industry.
Over the past 2 years, more than 25 experts have contributed to this ongoing series on building a profitable program. Yet some of their very useful tips have, by necessity, been cut during the editing process.newsletter_teaser: This final installment in our series on small-group training is the culmination of the content that, by nature of the editing process, didn't make it to print. Here's the "best of the rest" of our contributors' advice.