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The Secret to Social Media Success

By Ryan Halvorson | December 10, 2019 |

Love it or not, if you want your business to thrive, you need a social media presence. According to a report from We Are Social, a global marketing agency, 3 billion people around the world use social media each month (Kemp 2018). Instagram reports that 60% of its users say they’ve discovered new products on the and that social media helps make better connections between businesses and consumers ( However, grabbing the attention you deserve is a challenge when you’re competing with thousands of other fitness pros and “fitfluencers”—especially if you’re not willing to show off your, ahem, assets.

10 Reasons Why Fitness Instructors Should Teach on Vacation

By Fit Bodies, Inc. | October 24, 2019 |

Picture yourself training clients or leading a class on a white sandy beach, poolside or in a gazebo overlooking sparkling blue waters. As a certified fitness instructor who travels to teach at a vacation destination, you will get all the benefits of a luxury holiday while inspiring and showcasing your expertise to new clientele. Here are 10 benefits to going beyond your club or studio and exploring opportunities that could lead you to some of the most coveted locations around the world:

Do It for the ‘Gram

By MINDBODY | October 24, 2019 |

Instagram’s billion active monthly users and 500 million active weekly users demand your attention. If you’re doing any marketing for your gym or fitness studio, it’s a platform you can’t afford to ignore.

But, being strong on the 'gram doesn’t have to dominate your time.

Tips for Growing Your Fitness Classes

By Ally Weinhofer | October 22, 2019 |

Has your program director been hinting that your participation numbers are down? It can be frustrating and challenging to keep your regular participants engaged while trying to recruit new fans. If you’re like a lot of instructors, you’ve probably gone from not having anyone to teach to maybe even having to turn people away due to lack of space! There are many things you can do to keep the participants you have, capture new ones and keep people exercising with you, year after year.

How to Make First-Time Gym Clients Feel Welcome

By MINDBODY | October 1, 2019 |

Your gym should be a welcoming space.

First-timers should feel comfortable—and wanted—walking in and working out or taking classes.

Not only is being welcoming an important part of the human contract, but it’s doubly important for your business. First-time customers, of course, can become repeat customers and even members. Making sure their first experience at your gym or studio is positive is important for your bottom line.

How to Prepare for Shopping’s “Busy Season”

By MINDBODY | October 1, 2019 |

As the holidays approach, so does the three-day Super Bowl of Shopping.

Black Friday (Nov. 29), Small Business Saturday (Nov. 30), and Cyber Monday (Dec. 2) are all circled on any good bargain-hunter’s calendar.

Enticing them can mean a chance to bolster your retail sales. AND, if you present the right deal, you can earn a customer who will return again and again.

Providing Excellent Customer Service in the Digital Age

By Fred Hoffman, MEd | October 1, 2019 |

Outstanding customer service has always been the number-one way to attract and retain customers, clients and members. In recent years, the notion of great customer service has changed as a result of high expectations from informed consumers. This switch has occurred in large part because people can “connect” with a company easily and quickly through a multitude of channels, both offline and online.

Get Out of the Red!

By Travis Barnes | October 1, 2019 |

Is your fitness business not performing as well as you’d like? Maybe your fitness facility is experiencing too much turnover, so you’re constantly training new staff instead of taking time to grow your business. Or perhaps your clients are leaving, and you’re losing money because of it. Challenges like these are tough for a business owner. The good news is that you can turn things around. The first step is to determine exactly what your problem is. The second step is to create a plan for change.

Optimizing Your Fitness Site for Sales

By Dave Smith | September 25, 2019 |

Nowadays, a top item on an entrepreneur’s to-do list is building a website. It’s no secret that consumers do their research online before making a purchase decision. They search for information about fitness services and then weigh their options, comparing what you offer to what your competitors provide.
So, yes, your business needs a website.

Get Your Fitness Business Ready for the Holidays

By MINDBODY | September 24, 2019 |

Whether you’re getting your first frost warnings or temps have dropped from 100 degrees to a balmy 95 where you live, summer is just about over.
That means it’s time to plan for the holidays at your fitness business and the ensuing new year’s rush.

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