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Shannon Fable

Shannon Fable is a sought-after speaker, author and thought leader in the area of fitness business development and strategic innovation. She has spent more than two decades helping impressive brands such as Anytime Fitness, ACE, FIT4MOM® and BOSU® with business and program development. Fable served as chair of the ACE Board of Directors and is the co-founder of GroupEx PRO®, a cloud-based group fitness management tool that she successfully sold to Daxko in 2019. As a certified Book Yourself Solid® business coach, she helps fitness professionals navigate the industry to build scalable and sustainable careers.

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Hiring Checklist: Find the Best Talent

October 13, 2021

There’s a checklist for every task, it seems, even if it’s purely mental. However, when it comes to hiring the best group fitness talent, it’s important to formalize a checklist so that you cover all the important details. Maybe it’s time to shift your process and think more broadly about what you value in employees. A good…

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The Instructor-or-Influencer Challenge: Social Media and Fitness Instructors

February 19, 2019

Exceptional group fitness instructors are influential. But is their influence an outcome of great instruction or its origin? When group fitness pros apply for a job, practical teaching skills and knowledge of exercise and movement top the list of “must-haves,” so what about social media influence? Is it relevant? It’s becoming more commonplace to judge group fitness candidates on their social media presence, but should this be the case?

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What’s Your Exit Strategy?

April 17, 2017

Have you heard the saying "Begin with the ending in mind"? Over the years, this axiom has probably helped you solve complex math problems, create a science–fair project, or even write a research paper. But you may have forgotten this sage advice when it comes to planning something with even higher stakes: your career.

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Get It Done: Time Management Made Easy

February 24, 2017

If you’re like a lot of fitness professionals, your to-do list is a mile long and you never seem to have enough time in the day to get to the end of it. You’ve probably explored several options for organizing the chaos—from elaborate, leather-bound day planners with A, B, C priorities and 1, 2, 3 subtasks, to apps that promise the ultimate solution at your fingertips. And still, your workspace is covered with random sticky notes and your bags have bits of folded paper tucked inside, capturing important reminders, to-dos and ideas.

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Success With Succession Planning

August 25, 2016

While programming is typically cited as the number-one difference between a good group fitness department and a great one, the people who deliver the programs are truly the “secret sauce.” Without a talented team, even the best programs will fail to resonate with members. Even if you’re currently living the group fitness manager’s dream—a full deck of superstar instructors who teach amazing classes—it’s still important to develop a proactive plan to keep your team performing at this high level.

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Streamline Your Communication

May 27, 2016

By now, everyone has heard about the Hillary Clinton email scandal. (Trust me, this article is not taking a political turn.) The controversy, which essentially is about the use of a private email server versus a company-issued one (or in this case a government-issued one), made me think about how electronic communication relates to the fitness business. More specifically, it made me think about how group fitness business is conducted at most facilities and whether “best practices” may be leaving managers, instructors and health clubs vulnerable.

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