Do you ever think fitness professionals work together but alone? Often a fitness department is littered with individuals who work at a variety of clubs. We are a nomadic profession - working one hour here, two hours there, three hours of in-homes, and then one more hour back at the first gym. Fitness professionals are often part of multiple departments, wearing a variety of hats, and seldom connecting within one place more than the last.
Having a hard time mustering up some good ol’ fashioned camaraderie in your group exercise schedule or for your department? One way a club can get some action going and shed some fun, positive light on the fitness department is to host a series of special events.
Check out FiTOUR® Certifications Top 10 Group Exercise Special Events and try one at your facility this month:
In fitness, we define the F.I.T.T Principle as: frequency, intensity, type, and time. We include this principle in program design for group exercise and personal training clients in five areas:
- Cardiovascular endurance
- Muscular strength
- Muscular endurance
- Body composition
As a group exercise instructor or personal trainer, if you are dedicated to the job, you are very likely successful. You create new choreography for class, you stay on top of the latest music, you chat with your clients and class members. You make people feel included. You correct form and stress the value of eating well and drinking loads of water. Maybe, like Todd Durkin, you text message your clients motivating videos every morning to start their day right. You are dedicated to the job and your people.
For me, a major challenge as an employed human with kids, is being present. My colleague and friend, Kristen Benton, speaks to this issue eloquently and with great passion; her advice always strikes a chord with me.
Foam Rolling, or Self Myofascial Release (SMR) is a method of self-massage. Originally used in a therapeutic setting, foam rolling is currently trending in the fitness industry because of its proven results at increasing flexibility, relieving pain, and improving mobility overall. SMR can be performed with a foam roller, tennis balls, or hands. There are a variety of types of foam rollers:
- cylindrical rollers
- half rollers
- contoured rollers
- grid rollers
- deep-tissue rollers
Invented by Marc Lebert to help a client progress into a pull-up, the Lebert® Equalize is a fantastic tool for group fitness and personal training. Based on the science of bodyweight training and functional training, the Equalizers are versatile tools for agility, bodyweight, and core training. For beginners through advanced clients, these tools can help us push clients and make those movements that often feel unattainable, like a pull up, a reality.
In a recent survey, 50% of our customers indicated that the cost of education is their biggest challenge in the fitness industry. Largely comprised of part-time group instructors, our customers find it hard to balance how much (or little) we make with how much we spend to remain current in our certifications and up-to-date with industry trends.
What is your reason, or your why, for working in fitness? Many of your class participants would benefit from understanding why you do what you do. This week, share with your clients or classes why you do fitness & make healthy choices. Encourage them to talk about the reasons they have created fitness or nutrition goals.
On Mother’s Day, I convinced my three kiddos to ride their bikes to church. Or I bribed them with donuts to ride their bikes to church. When we got to church, I realized I didn’t have my cell phone and I panicked for a minute. After Sunday School, we rode our bikes to the park. I played with them for about thirty minutes on the playground, we played tag, and tried to do handstands against trees. Then we rode our bikes home. Not having my cell phone was so great! I think it turned my task focused mind off and allowed my fun mom mind to take over.