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Jan Schroeder, PhD

Jan Schroeder, PhD, is an associate professor of kinesiology, specializing in fitness, at California State University, Long Beach. Dr. Schroeder has authored over 25 research and applied science articles in the area of exercise physiology and fitness and presents regularly at national and international conferences. In addition, Jan is a certified group exercise instructor and teaches in the private and academic sector.
Certifications: AFAA and NASM

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How Much Are Fitness Professionals Paid?

February 17, 2011

Since the IDEA Fitness Industry Compensation Trends Report survey was last published in January 2009, the national unemployment rate has increased from 6.1% (August 2008) to 9.0% (January 2011), which equates to about 13.9 million unemployed individuals in the United States (U.S. Department of Labor 2010a). Last summer the rate stood at 9.6%. However, the silver lining for fitness professionals is that even though the national job market has declined, our industry is still expected to see better-than-average growth (29%) in positions over the next decade (2008–2018) (U.S. Department of Labor 2010b).

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2010 IDEA Fitness Industry Compensation Trends Report

December 8, 2010

Since this survey was last published in January 2009, the national unemployment rate has increased from 6.1% (August 2008) to 9.6% (October 2010), which equates to about 14.8 million unemployed individuals in the United States (U.S. Department of Labor 2010a). However, the silver lining for fitness professionals is that even though the national job market has declined, our industry is still expected to see better-than-average growth (29%) in positions over the next decade (2008–2018) (U.S. Department of Labor 2010b).

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2010 IDEA Personal Training Programs & Equipment Trends

August 16, 2010

When you have been in the same business for many years, it can be challenging to stay fresh and keep your services exciting and appealing to your customers. Fortunately, personal training is somewhat of an anomaly in that regard. In fact, every year for the past several years of this survey, there have been so many changes in training philosophies and client profiles, so many product advancements and so much creativity in programming that the industry has practically managed the “staleness” factor for professionals.

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2010 IDEA Fitness Programs & Equipment Trends

June 17, 2010

The first time we surveyed members for the annual IDEA Fitness Programs & Equipment Trends report, in 1995, personal training was just beginning to emerge as an affordable exercise option for most consumers and as a viable career choice for fitness professionals. Pilates had been around for decades; however, relatively few exercise professionals knew much about it. Zumba® What-a? Never heard of it.

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Personal Trainers Meet the Needs of Savvy, Cost-Conscious Consumers

September 1, 2009

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2009 IDEA?Personal Training Programs & Equipment Trends
14  Training for Growth
Seasonal Change:
Autumn ColorPersonal training is still king of the hill in the fitness industry. Whether in an entrepreneurial or a facility setting, trainers are steadily filling sessions as a growing variety of clients are inspired to fitness and wellness through personal training leadership.

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New Report: Fitness Programs & Equipment Trends

August 26, 2009

This year the 14th annual IDEA Fitness Programs & Equipment Trends survey went to club owners, program directors and other fitness professionals in the midst of a financially unstable economy. While the fitness market may not be booming, it seems to be at least stable, which is great news when businesses all around the globe have been faltering.

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2009 IDEA Programs & Equipment Trends

July 7, 2009

This year our 14th annual survey went to club owners, fitness directors and other fitness professionals in the midst of a financially unstable economy. While the fitness market may not be booming, it seems to be at least stable, which is great news when businesses all around the globe are faltering. The really encouraging aspect of this year’s results is that the diversity of classes, equipment and programs offered has continued to increase.

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2009 IDEA Fitness Programs & Equipment Trends

June 26, 2009

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This year our 14th annual survey
went to club owners, fitness
directors and other fitness professionals
in the midst of a
financially unstable economy.While the
fitness market may not be booming, it
seems to be at least stable, which is great
news when businesses all around the
globe are faltering. The really encouraging
aspect of this year’s results is that the
diversity of classes, equipment and programs
offered has continued to increase.

Read More