Many people in fitness believe offering free services degrades the value of the profession. I have been one to hold such notions in the past. I’m re-thinking this idea and wonder if any independent trainers or business owners offer regular, non-binding free services to their community and how those services have affected their company?
I offer free classes to our community regularly. I stick to what I am certified in and within my scope of practice. I do Intuitive Eating workshops, sports nutrition workshops, safe movement workshops, and childhood obesity workshops. I also offer my speaking services to our local City employees through lunch and learn programs and safety meetings.
I live by the fact that we are called to give of our talents and services. So far, the giving that I have done has been blessed. My last IE workshop had 21 people sign up for my next fitness camp that night. Just make sure that you don’t overstretch your availability unless you want to become a professional volunteer! 🙂 I have found that offering these services allows for much better name recognition throughout the community.