Kay Cross, MEd
In this five-article series, we have covered the nuts and bolts of creating an in-home personal training business from scratch. First, it was critical to do all the background work to determine whether starting a business in your area was feasible and could support you full-time. Second, you created a business identity by looking at your core values, needs, vision, purpose and mission. Third, you outlined your financial needs and ideal work schedule and set 1-, 3- and 6-month goals.Read More
In “Starting From Scratch,” in the previous issue of IDEA Trainer Success, we wore ourselves out with figuring and calculations to create a livable work schedule and doable financial goals that would lay the groundwork for starting your own in-home personal training business. Now that the hardest part of our work is behind us, we dive into 10 organized steps to take to make your business official.
1. Choose a Graphic Designer to Create Your Materials.
In the previous issue of IDEA Trainer Success, we took the time to define your business identity, mission statement, pricing plan and equipment needs to create a successful in-home personal training business. In this issue, we are going to address your financial wants and needs as well as outline your desired work schedule. So get your pen and paper ready and let’s do some more foundation work.
Determine Your Financial Wants & NeedsRead More
Building an in-home personal training business from scratch can be fun, exciting and just a little bit scary. To take as much fear out of the equation as possible, it is extremely important to do all the necessary foundation work so that when your official “start date” rolls around, you feel completely prepared. How do you do that? By joining me in the second of this five-article series.Read More
world for years while working part-time as a group-exercise instructor. The long commutes to work and overtime hours she put in were beginning to take a toll on her spirit, body and family life. She sought me out and hired me as her coach and mentor to help her methodically and honestly delve into the possibility of quitting her job and starting her own in-home personal-training business as a sole proprietor. During our three-month coaching period, she did just that!Read More
If you’re like a lot of successful personal trainers, you know from years of working with clients that even the best fitness evaluations and strength, cardio and weight management programs aren’t always enough. The problem–life gets in the way. From my own experience as a personal trainer, regardless of how great my programming was, it had zero value if my clients had adherence issues. Many of the hundreds I’ve helped over the years followed a plan for a while and then went back to their old self-sabotaging ways.Read More
In this article series we have covered a wealth of information to help you create and maintain a business edge so that you stand out from other trainers, coaches and fitness centers. I have enjoyed thinking through the elements that I believe have given my personal training and coaching business, Cross Coaching & Wellness, a business edge in my local community and in the fitness and wellness professional world as a whole. Writing these articles has also motivated me to stay on track with my own advice while I am sharing it with you.Read More
One of the most telling signs of whether your business practice is a success is the critical area of client adherence—adherence to the program and loyalty to your business services.
Maintaining a business edge in any economic environment requires skills and practices that we examined in the two previous articles in this series: a good work schedule with effective scheduling policies and excellent recordkeeping.
This article covers the third part of that edge: client adherence.Read More
I grew up with lots of space around me, and I loved and cherished it. We had a small house in the country on the outskirts of Grapevine, Texas, surrounded by my grandfather’s 125-acre farm. My brother and sister and I could hardly wait to get outside after school. We would disappear to the back pasture and play and scream at the top of our lungs, knowing that no one else could hear us.Read More