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Nov
16

CHEK Institute Brings ELEVATE Row ADJ Into The Mix

Paul Chek has Ben Greenfield demo the new ELEVATE Row ADJ

Paul Chek

Paul Chek

For over three decades, the C.H.E.K Institute in San Diego has been offering fitness and healthcare professionals an integrated approach to holistic well-being.  The C.H.E.K Institute’s founder, Paul Chek, is a Holistic Health Practitioner, Neuromuscular and Sports Message Therapist.  He views the body as a whole, to consider physical, hormonal, mental, emotional and spiritual components all together, within a system of systems.

Chek, a huge fan of Total Gym products has collaborated with Total Gym over the years.  DVD, How to Look and Feel the Way You Want is a total-body transformation from inside to out that features Total Gym workouts.   High Performance Training with Paul Chek helps a trainer determine their client’s level of readiness to exercise, relative to their goals, as well as balance work/rest ration for optimal recovery and performance gains.

In a recent blog written by Paul Chek, he talks about his interview with Ben Greenfield, coach, biohacker, best-selling author, blogger, Iron Man competitor, you-name-it-he’s-done it-kind-of-guy – voted in 2015 as one of the world’s top most influential people in health and fitness.

In the blog, Paul takes Ben on a tour of some key C.H.E.K Institute training programs which includes a demo on the new Total Gym ELEVATE Row ADJ, now with seven levels of resistance for a more challenging workout.

The ELEVATE Row ADJ (Adjustable) is the only rowing machine that works on an incline and has recently been professionally evaluated to improve muscular fitness as well as satisfying both cardiovascular aerobic and strength training requirements simultaneously.

To learn more about the ELEVATE Row ADJ and how it works watch the video below.

ELEVATE Row ADJ

Total Gym CEO, Jesse Campanaro shows how tough an ELEVATE Row ADJ workout is.

To read Paul Chek’s blog with Ben and learn about Ben’s reaction to the ELEVATE Row ADJ, click here.

For more information on the ELEVATE Row ADJ, call 858 764 0034.

 

 

Oct
27

10 Minute Total Gym GRIT Workout

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Although the standard GRIT routine is 30 minutes, here is a 10-minute Total Gym GRIT workout to keep your clients’ routines refreshed.

When you want to stay cutting edge in the fitness industry, you have to keep your ears and eyes open all the time, because new programs pop up every day and we, as fitness professionals need to stay informed for our clients.

One of the new trends that seems to be making waves is GRIT training, not to be confused with HIIT training. GRIT is a Les Mills 30-minute program that features a variety of classes, primarily focusing on plyometrics, cardio and strength training. Ask around in the industry and you’ll find that GRIT is the real deal and many fitness professionals are falling in love with this program because it works.   You can use it with little, some or even no equipment at all.  Here’s a great way to combine your Total Gym workout with GRIT training to keep your workouts refreshed and your clients engaged.

Total Gym Workout Routine (maximum effort on each exercise for 1 minute)

One Legged Squat Jump – Sit upright with your butt as close as possible to the bottom of the glideboard.   Keep one leg on the squat stand and leave the other leg to the side of the glideboard. Slowly squat with one leg until you feel engagement in the quadriceps region of your leg, then explode up to lift your body back up to complete the rep. Repeat this sequence to complete the first rep and then you repeat the movement to complete the set. Don’t forget to switch sides. Repeat 15 times.

High Knees (Active Recovery) – Stand up straight and place your feet about hip-width apart. Place your hands palms down, facing the floor, hovering just above your belly button. Quickly drive your right knee up to meet your right hand and back to the ground.  Immediately bring the left knee up to meet your left hand and back down again. As you alternate knees, you want to do it with a hopping motion, staying on the balls of your feet the entire time. Make sure you are engaging your abdominal muscles as each knee comes up to meet the hands.  Repeat 15 times.

Alternating One Legged Squat Jump  – Sit upright with your butt as close as possible to the bottom of the glideboard. Keep one leg on the squat stand and leave the other leg to the side of the glideboard. Slowly squat with the one leg until you feel engagement in the quadriceps region of your leg, then explode up to lift your body back up to complete the rep but instead of landing on the same foot, switch your legs in mid-air so that the other foot lands on the squat stand. Repeat this sequence by alternating legs to complete the first rep and then you repeat the movement to complete the set. Repeat 15 times.

Squat Jumps (Active Recovery) – Start in a deep squat position with your hands by your side. From this position, explosively jump up as high as you can and reach up with your hands as you jump. Repeat 15-30 times.

Incline Spiderman Push-Ups – Stand facing the tower. Place hands on the edge the squat stand, slightly wider than shoulder width apart. Position forefoot back from the squat stand with arms and body straight. Lower yourself down slowly and as you do, be sure to raise your knee up to your elbow on the same side of your body. Push your body up until arms are extended to complete the first rep, then you repeat this sequence on the other side of the body.  Repeat 15 times.

Incline Mountain Climbers (Active Recovery) In the same position as the Spiderman Push-Ups, begin in a push-up position so your hands are directly under your chest at shoulder width apart.  Place your hands on the top of the squat stand. Your body should form a straight line from your shoulders to your ankles. Lift your right foot off the floor and slowly raise your knee as close to your chest as you can. Return to the starting position and repeat with your left leg. Repeat 30 times.

Dips – Facing away from the tower, position your hands shoulder-width apart on the squat stand. Slightly move with your legs extended out in front of you. Straighten your arms, keeping a little bend in your elbows to keep tension on your triceps and off your elbow joints. Slowly bend your elbows to lower your body toward the floor until your elbows are at about a 90-degree angle. Be sure to keep your back close to the squat stand. Once you reach the bottom of the movement, press down to straighten your elbows, returning to the starting position. This completes one rep. Keep your shoulders down as you lower and raise your body. Please note that you can slightly bend your legs to modify this exercise. Repeat 15 times.

Butt Kickers (Active Recovery) – Stand up straight and bring one heel off the floor towards your butt – then as that foot is dropping back to the ground, bring the other foot up while moving arms in a running motion.  Repeat 30 times.

Reverse Lunge and 1 Legged Power Jump – Standing away from the tower and with the squat stand removed, place one foot back on the glideboard. Squat down on the leg that is on the ground, while the other foot is reverse lunging slowly on the glideboard up the incline. As you return to the starting position, hop up on the foot that is on the ground. Repeat this sequence to complete the first rep and then you repeat the movement to complete the set. Switch sides.  Repeat 15 times.

Jump Lunges (Active Recovery) – Stand up straight with your feet staggered, with your left foot in front of your right. With your core engaged, push off the bottom of both feet into a jump, switching the position of your feet in midair, landing in a basic lunge with your right leg in front. Without rest, repeat this movement alternating which leg is in front. Repeat this sequence to complete the first rep and then you repeat the movement to complete the set.  Repeat 30 times.

About the Author

Mike Z. RobinsonMike Z. Robinson is the owner of the highly successful personal training facility, MZR Fitness as well as Mike Z. Robinson Enterprises which features & highlights a myriad of options to help fitness professionals grow their businesses and careers. Mike was the 2015 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, is the author of the E-Book: “Fitness Up, Everything Up”, and he is also a Media Spokesperson for both the American Council on Exercise & IDEA Health & Fitness Association.

Oct
20

The Importance Of Mentors In Fitness

Why You Need A Mentor

A good mentor will help you get somewhere faster, make less mistakes along the way, and expedite your chances of success.

Seriously, who wouldn’t want that … because that is exactly what a good mentor will do for you?

men-tor

noun – an experienced and trusted adviser.
verb – advise or train (someone, especially a younger colleague).

A mentor will help YOU, by providing insight from their own experiences to help you grow as a person.  They will challenge your state of mind, help you create a clearer picture about where you want to go in your business and your life. They help you save time and money by being that voice of reason at the exact right time that you need to hear it. They don’t coddle you, they give it to you straight because they want to see you succeed. They challenge you on levels that you didn’t realize that you could be challenged. They want YOU to be better and they want YOU to hopefully be a mentor for somebody else in the future too.

Let’s imagine the following scenario:

Mark is a single 19 year old who lives in Los Angeles. He randomly decides, at the last minute, that he wants to do something spontaneous and fun and figures that a road trip to Chicago the next day would be great, especially as he’s never taken a road trip before. He has a little time off before school starts back up in January. He’s never been to Chicago and doesn’t know much about it but he quickly packs up his shorts, t-shirts, tank tops and sandals before he goes to sleep, and then he wakes up early the next day to start his trip at 6am.

He’s about 5 hours into his trip when his gas light comes on.  He starts to freak out when he realizes he doesn’t have his wallet or any cash or his AAA Road Side emergency card!  Eventually, his car runs out of gas and now he’s sitting on the side of the road, in tears, in the middle of nowhere.

He calls his parents to come and help him out, even though they live 6 hours away. In the meantime, to stay busy until his parents arrive, Mark starts to look at stuff for Chicago on his phone that he probably should have done before his trip. While sitting on the side of the road, he gets even more frustrated as he realizes that he didn’t plan very well for this trip, at all.

Initially, Mark didn’t look at a map to see what would be the most efficient route to Chicago. He didn’t ask anyone for directions, so now he is looking at a map on his phone and he sees that he went 2 hours the wrong way.  He also didn’t check to see what the weather was like in Chicago and what clothes would be best for that time of year. He then quickly gets upset at himself because he realizes that there will be heavy storms all along the way to Chicago and he has only brought clothes for warmer weather.

Mark also didn’t look to see what were the best things to do and see along the way to Chicago, nor did he look for things to see and do while he was in Chicago. Poor Mark!  What a disastrous trip?  But Mark didn’t know any better because he had never been on a road trip.

Had he spoken to someone who has been on  a road trip before, especially one from Los Angeles to Chicago, they would have definitely given him a lot of insight and a huge checklist of things needed to take.  They would have recommended the most efficient and/or most scenic route and they most likely would have recommended not driving from Southern California to Illinois in the month of December.

I know that the above was a lengthy example, but imagine how that would apply towards your fitness business right now. Are you constantly trying to reinvent the wheel? Are you sometimes frustrated with how to deal with your clients or even your staff? Are you disappointed with where you are professionally?

Well, guess what, you are not alone, because every successful person has been through ups and downs in their life and you be surprised how much knowledge they are willing to give you if you just ask them.

Mentors come in all shapes and sizes and could be right under your nose.  They could be someone:

(1)  in your family

(2)  in the fitness industry

(3)  outside of the fitness industry

(4)  that you may not perceive to be successful but have a lot of experience.

The point is that you can learn something from just about anybody when you humble yourself and are open to being taught.  In the example above, Mark could have spoken to someone who could have made his trip a whole lot more enjoyable and saved him tons of time.

A strong mentor will help you be the best fitness professional and would do the same for you. They will also challenge you, save you time, save you money and help you avoid pitfalls.

Skip the big headaches on your journey to success, in your fitness business! Take the short road and find a mentor!

About the Author

Mike Z. RobinsonMike Z. Robinson is the owner of the highly successful personal training facility, MZR Fitness as well as Mike Z. Robinson Enterprises which features & highlights a myriad of options to help fitness professionals grow their businesses and careers. Mike was the 2015 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, is the author of the E-Book: “Fitness Up, Everything Up”, and he is also a Media Spokesperson for both the American Council on Exercise & IDEA Health & Fitness Association.

Oct
4

Which Heart Rate Monitor is Best For Your Clients?

Are You Missing The Opportunity to Improve Your Clients’ Results?

As trainers, how apt are you to use heart rate monitors with your clients?  It’s a tool that takes a lot of guess work out of how well they are responding to your training program.  At two gyms I work out of, I don’t see many trainers using them and they may be missing an opportunity to improve their clients’ results and consequently return as repeat customers.

Heart rate monitors provide objective information regarding cardiac physiology.  They allow trainers to monitor intensity and work to rest ratios. And provide feedback to ensure training targeting specific adaptations are properly administered.

Trainers have the advantage of understanding the importance of determining three types of heart rates for clients to safely get the max results from their workouts. Understanding a client’s maximal, target and recovery heart rates and how to measure and track them using heart rate monitors, allows us to provide superior results.  When we’re working with someone whose physical condition is compromised and should be tracked, i.e. hypertension and heart conditions, this is especially important.

Industry Background

The use of heart rate monitoring devices for exercise and other aspects of life has increased sharply over the past 10 years and will continue to grow.  TechNavio, a tech market research company indicates that the market will grow another 13% over the next three years to almost $3 billion. The growing sophistication of these devices to monitor life activities like floors climbed, steps taken, calories burned and active minutes, and an increased desire by individuals to take control of their health and reduce illness, are prime reasons for growth. Also many of these devices now connect with third party apps like local gyms and MyFitnessPal, making them valuable tools for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Chest straps and optical heart rate wrist bands are the two most common types of heart rate monitors available, and they both use similar methods to measure a pulse.  During 2015, the global heart rate monitoring device market was led by the chest strap segment which accounted for more than 51% of the market because they provide more accurate results compared with wristbands.

Along with or because of market growth spurred by individuals wanting to take more control over their exercise performance, the fitness industry is experiencing growth in exercise outlets like Orange Theory, that focus on monitoring heart rates using these devices. Per Fitness Professional Online, these heart rate monitoring outlets allow the trainer and clients to access individual and group heart rate data in real time during a workout and afterwards via access to the data which is recorded and stored on the web.

MyZone MZ3Cost Effective?

Is it cost effective for gyms to invest in a system that can track every client’s heart rate when they step into your facility?  I spoke with Melanie Wilson at FitMetrix, a company that services the gym market. FitMetrix helps gyms utilize data for member retention bringing technology based best practices from outside of the fitness industry.  The startup cost to employ a heart rate monitoring system entails a onetime purchase of a receiver and then a monthly $149.00 maintenance fee.  A receiver that can service a 2000 square feet area costs around $600.00. What’s nice about these systems is that they can be paired with a client’s own heart rate monitor from industry leaders including Fitbit, Polar and Garmin. If you’re looking to outfit your gym to service multiple clients, investigate Myzone, MyPerformance, Polar Club and Heart Zones.

What Are The Advantages Of Using Heart Rate Monitors On Your Clients?

> The trainer can monitor intensity and work to rest ratios, and provide feedback to ensure training targeting specific adaptations are properly administered.

> Monitors provide data or information that could indicate a problem such as atrial fibrillation or heart rates exceeding max heart rate.

> If connected to an app like MyFitnessPal.com, the trainer can track client’s workout data outside of gym times which can provide more customized training programs.

> They give personal trainers the ability to teach and educate the client about the rate of perceived exertion (RPE) and understand how hard or easy they are working guide the intensity of sessions.

Trainers should heed the call to incorporate heart rate monitors and other technology into their training tool box.  The fitness industry is growing, but so is its sophistication. The trainer who embraces how technology can improve results is the trainer who will survive.

Top Heart Rate Monitors

Below are current, top, chest strap monitors per Gadgets and Wearables.com. Note that they all track heart rate and calorie burn and have built in memory for use without a smart phone.  They all are compatible with proprietary and third party fitness apps through Bluetooth and ANT+ dual ban technology.  Polar H10 boasts that it can monitor heart rates in water.

 

Wahoo Tickr

Polar H10

MyZone MZ3

Garmin HRM Tri

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About the Author

Benita PerkinsBenita Perkins is a widely acclaimed health and wellness branding expert focusing on the fitness needs of women and the special demands they must overcome to step into a lifetime of healthy living through fun, interactive lifestyle events. Her company, Bennie Girl Health & Wellness Branding & Events, works with businesses and organizations to associate their brands and products with a healthy lifestyle, by identifying opportune events to participate in and activities that will best define and communicate the organization’s mission.

Sep
26

7 Total Gym Exercises That Build Killer Arms

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Improve Upper Body Strength With These Total Gym Exercises

If you are looking for new and fresh ideas to challenge your client in their next workout session, then look no further than these 7 Total Gym killer arm exercises.   Your client will increase arm strength, tone muscles and get the arms of their dreams.  That’s “Sun’s Out, Guns Out” arms!  Have them perform these exercises 3 days a week for the next 6 weeks, with the recommended amount of reps and sets.

3 Point Pull-Ups

Lay stomach down on the glideboard with arms fully extended and grab the wide part of LAT bars with your hands facing one another. Proceed to pull yourself up fast and while you are in the up position, quickly move your hands to the middle grip. Next lower yourself slowly, then pull back up, quickly move your hands to the inside grip, and slowly lower your body. Repeat this sequence to complete the first rep and repeat the exercise to complete the set. (2 Sets of 5 Reps on each bar).

Seated Wrist Curls

While seated at the top of the glideboard, facing the tower, grasp the handles and with the outside of your forearms rested on your thighs. With palms facing up, flex your wrist upward and slowly come back to the starting position to complete each rep. (2 sets of 25 reps)

Incline (Spiderman) Push-Ups

Stand at the end of the machine facing the standing platform and place hands on the top edge, slightly wider than shoulder width apart. Walk your feet back while still holding the standing platform, so that you are in an inclined plank position.  Lower yourself down slowly and as you do, raise your knee up to your elbow. Push your body up until arms are extended to complete the first rep, then you repeat this sequence on the other side of the body. (2 Sets of 15 Reps)

Curls

Sit up straight with good posture facing the tower, grasp the handles. With a closed fist curl your arms up from the elbow to your chest. Curl up fast, then come back down to the starting position slowly to complete the rep. Repeat this sequence to complete the first rep and repeat the exercise to complete the set. (2 Sets of 15 Reps)

Decline Push-Ups

Facing away from the tower place both hands on the standing platform and kneel at the bottom of the glideboard. Push yourself away from the standing platform and the glideboard will move you up and down the rails.  Make sure that you try to come down far enough that you can see over the platform. Repeat this sequence to complete the first rep and repeat the exercise to complete the set. (2 Sets of 15 Reps on Each Side)

Reverse Pull-Ups (On Back)

Lay flat down on your back on top of the glideboard with your head supported.  With your arms fully extended above your head to grab the LAT bars with your hands facing one another. Pull yourself up fast, then lower yourself slowly. Repeat this sequence to complete the first rep and repeat the exercise to complete the set. (2 Sets of 15 Reps)

Triceps Kickback

Sit up straight with good posture facing the tower. Grasp handles with your arms fully extended, push your arms down your sides with your palms facing backwards and bring your hands back to the starting position. Repeat this sequence to complete the first rep and repeat the exercise to complete the set. (2 Sets of 15 Reps)

Remember to remind your client(s) that each week it will get a little easier.  When doing this program they should look for additional ways to challenge themselves each week because. One of the best and most effective ways to do that is to decrease the break time between reps and sets.  Beating their last time also works well. For example, if it takes 30 minutes to complete the workout the first time, they should be aiming for a completion of 25–29 minutes the next time and so on an so forth.

So, I wish you luck with implementing this routine into your clients’ new exercise program. I’m sure that they will love and appreciate the extra challenge.

About the Author

Mike Z. RobinsonMike Z. Robinson is the owner of the highly successful personal training facility, MZR Fitness as well as Mike Z. Robinson Enterprises which features & highlights a myriad of options to help fitness professionals grow their businesses and careers. Mike was the 2015 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, is the author of the E-Book: “Fitness Up, Everything Up”, and he is also a Media Spokesperson for both the American Council on Exercise & IDEA Health & Fitness Association.

 

Sep
19

Personal Trainers: 7 Ways To Make More Money

7 Top Tips To Help You Boost Your Business As A Coach Or Personal Trainer

So, you’ve been doing this for a while and you feel like you’re working all the time and still barely covering the bills.  And your much-loved work outs, once healthy diet and 8 hour-a-night sleeps are a thing of the past.  Yikes, I get it!  This problem is common with almost all successful trainers, so kudos to you.  YOU MADE IT!  But seriously let’s address some ideas that will help you achieve better balance and more cash.  Here are some ideas to help:

Better Time Management

Some of us just aren’t that great at it.  We say “yes” too much, we run late, we start late.   We allow others to do that to us. We don’t think about commute time and traffic.  If you say ‘that’s not me’, then keep a diary for at least a week or two, and see if any of the above is happening. Once you are aware, then maybe you can improve.

Financially Dense Schedules

Meaning, find a way to max out the income at your peak times.  Also, think about training in one place and have the clients come to you. Even if you charge more, traveling to a client at peak time usually won’t add up, to banging out a session on the hour.  Investigate renting space, converting a room in your home, or contacting a complimenting business about partnering up in a rental.  If you need help with a business plan, many commercial fitness brands like GRAVITY and other organizations can help you.  Check out ideafit.com  Even better join them, support your industry.

Semi Privates

Consider moving towards semi privates, which bring in more money per hour for you and prevent you from turning clients away, especially for prime time spots.

Partner Up

If your prime time spots are now sold out, never turn away business. Find a like-minded trainer that you can shift a few clients to.  See how you work together and get feedback from your clients. Try subbing some clients out with the new person and see how it goes.  Maybe, when you’re taking a much needed vacation, set up the new trainer to succeed.  Newer trainers are very happy to get a good client.  Fill in the time with group training or a specialty class that commands more money, like Pilates or GRAVITY.  Your old clients can join in.

Big Picture

Think about the big picture for your clients. I’m liking the idea of doing 1-6 month programs with my clients. They get a lot more bang for their buck, and I get a lot more bucks for my time.  It can be working with a group to prepare for an event: first time or athletes’ or a general health and fitness.  Most of the research shows that people get better results as a group, and when they make a measurable commitment. This also allows you to combine online sessions with live sessions and create a community within your business … which is highly valuable … with bigger brand building.

Specialty Training

Specialty training, as previously mentioned, is a great way to increase income and add uniqueness to your brand. Companies like Total Gym design the program for you and promote YOU with their brand.  Once again, this requires an initial business plan and financial investment but it will pay off pretty quickly.

Get An Accountant

Get an accountant that understands your business. They are extremely unique, they understand the tax codes and think about what you can and can’t write off for both major expenditures and the small stuff.  Don’t just wing it, I have friends who got audited and it was a horrible mess, not ending in their favor.

We are so lucky to be able to do what we love, preparation and good fiscal habits are a part of any business, including ours.  It’s the good nutrition component to a training plan.  I’ve only touched on a few points that for me have been key.   Please feel free to add your own personal experiences, what works and doesn’t work and lessons you’ve learned for both good and not so much …

About The Author

Debbie Beck - Fitness Coach and Personal Trainer.Deborah Beck is a six time Ironman athlete, coach and personal trainer. For over 25 years she has combined her love of sports and fitness with her passion for travel and adventure. Her early work as a Fitness Director moved her throughout Asia, the Middle East and the UK. She holds multiple certifications and is currently working towards her 500 hour Yoga Medicine. Her training philosophy incorporates Pilates, yoga, Gyrotonic and strength to produce a balanced, unique approach to high endurance training. This fall she is launching a global training and lifestyle company and online community. When not traveling, she splits her time between Quogue NY and Telluride Colorado.

Sep
12

Dissolving The Personal Trainer-Client Relationship

3 Top Reasons To Fire Your Clients

Typically, when a person decides to hire a personal trainer or fitness professional, it’s because they want to get into better shape. The understanding is, that in turn, they will receive expert coaching, motivation, inspiration, accountability, structure and occasionally, some tough love … all of which they appreciate tremendously.

The relationship between personal trainer and client can become close and often blossom into a life-long friendship.  However, there are some rare occasions when no matter what you do as a personal trainer, you just may not be able to help or satisfy your client.   The best thing to do, is to dissolve the personal trainer-client relationship and move on.

Of course, terminating the relationship should not be your first choice.  But after a while, it can become your only choice.   You may have a huge disagreement or one of you loses trust in the other.

A lot of times, younger fitness professionals will continue to extend a bad personal trainer-client relationship for any of these 3 reasons.

(1) they think that they can fix the situation over time

(2) they worry that their reputation will take a hit if they fire the client

(3) they need the money and believe that they cannot afford to lose this client

But in reality, dragging out a toxic training relationship that is going nowhere could end up hurting you more than you think.  Most likely, it is just best to just cut ties and learn from the situation.   And, if you do this early enough, it could be one of the best things that happened to you and your business.

When deciding what the right thing to do is, be careful and know the differences between an isolated incident, where a problem can be fixed, versus the obvious RED FLAGS for a potential disastrous end to your training relationship.

3 Signs That You Need To Terminate Your Personal Trainer-Client Relationship TODAY!

You Dread The Session

I’ll tell you this.  If you are dreading the session, I would bet the farm that they are dreading it just as much as you are.  And maybe even more. Energy is such a HUGE component to providing a quality service to your client.  If you are no longer able to inspire your client, then you shouldn’t be training them. From my experience, most personal trainers and group fitness instructors don’t lack energy and enthusiasm. So, if you ARE lacking enthusiasm, that is the first sign that you need to move on.

It’s Not Safe For You And Others

This is an obvious one because you want everyone to feel safe at your facility, at all times.  But if someone is a danger to themselves and/or others, it may also hurt your business and your reputation.

If you suspect any serious danger, at all, with any of your clients (especially if their behavior becomes a pattern), then you need to cut them off immediately and call 911.

They Don’t Respect Your Business

This is a BIG one.  If someone doesn’t respect your business, they can directly or indirectly destroy it. Not referring clients or attending functions is one thing, but bad mouthing you and your facility is completely another and can destroy everything that you’ve worked so hard to build up.

As the old business saying goes, if someone loves your business, they’ll tell someone else. But if they don’t like it, they’ll tell 3,000 people. This is what I mean by destroying your business. They will even lie about you on social media and say how you treated them badly just because their feelings are hurt and they’re upset.

So, if you see a client change from appreciating you, to blatantly disrespecting you or just having a lack of interest in training with you, don’t drag it out or waste your energy. Nip it at the bud early, set them free and your business will be just fine!

About the Author

Mike Z. RobinsonMike Z. Robinson is the owner of the highly successful personal training facility, MZR Fitness as well as Mike Z. Robinson Enterprises which features & highlights a myriad of options to help fitness professionals grow their businesses and careers. Mike was the 2015 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, is the author of the E-Book: “Fitness Up, Everything Up”, and he is also a Media Spokesperson for both the American Council on Exercise & IDEA Health & Fitness Association.

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