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May
22

Where to Buy Commercial Exercise Equipment?

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Where Are the Best Places to Buy Commercial Fitness/Exercise Equipment?

With many new pieces of equipment being created every single day, it’s hard to find the best places to purchase equipment for your club or studio. There are so many vendors, stores, magazines, catalogs and options to choose from, that your poor brain can experience information overload very quickly.

One of the best ways to save yourself time and research headache, is to find an online fitness equipment dealer.  A dealer will enable you to familiarize yourself with the top products all in one place so you can strategically make your purchases. Another good idea is to go to a fitness conference and test out all the products you may be interested in. That will help you make your choices later on when you are ready to purchase.  You know what they say: “Try Before You Buy.”

The three online fitness dealers that stand out for most fitness professionals are:  Gopher Performance, SPRI and Perform Better.   Each one specializes in a particular niche to provide top notch fitness choices from several major companies they partner with such as TRX, BOSU and Total Gym.  It’s all about educating yourself and finding the best choice for YOU and your business.  I have personally made purchases from each of those three, and I couldn’t be happier with each of their services, selection options and customer service.

Here’s a little info on each of them:

Gopher Performance

Gopher Performance

Gopher Performance is a division of Gopher Sport — a company that has established itself as an industry-leading physical education, athletics, fitness, recreation and health products distributor. Catering to athletes who are looking to get better, do better and be better, they offer unique pieces of equipment that will help take athletic clients to the next level. They’ve been in business for 60 years so they’ve earned a good level of trust and customer respect over that time.  They also offer a 100% unconditional guarantee.

Flip T™ Trainer

Flip T™ Trainer

The Top 5 best and most unique pieces of equipment that Gopher Performance offers are:
1) The Tank™ Variable – Resistance Sled
2) Flip T™ Trainer
3) Fastrack Agility Ladder
4) Triad™ 3 in 1 Foam Plyometric Boxes
5) Commandpost™ Anchor Station

 

SPRI

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If you are familiar with SPRI Products Inc, then you know that they are all about being innovative, especially when it comes to rubberized equipment such as resistance bands, Xertubes, and superbands. Some would even go on to say that they basically created this market in the fitness industry, because most people can’t think of resistance bands and tubing without mentioning SPRI. Of course, that is not all that they offer, but it is a niche market for them, where they have done really well with positioning themselves as top of mind awareness for all bands and tubes.

Another way that SPRI has really thrived in the market, is to partner up with famous, accomplished and respected fitness professionals such as Chris Freytag, Jonathan Ross, Trevor Anderson and Brian Nunez, to name a few. When you know that top fitness professions are also using a product that you are interested in, it gives a level of comfort to know that you are making the right decision.

Xercuffs®

Xercuffs®

The Top 5 best and most unique pieces of equipment that SPRI offers are:
1) Xergym®Bar
2) Xercuffs®
3) Dual Grip Xerball
4) Rollout Ladder
5) Step 360 Pro

Perform Better

Perform BetterPerform Better has also created it’s own niche.  Even though it has positioned itself as a leader in sports performance, Perform Better practically owns the phrase “functional fitness”.   Over the last few years, they have helped fitness professionals see all their clients as athletes, rather than just clients. They did this by approaching functional fitness in a different way and by offering the applicable equipment options, fitness professionals starting purchasing items that were once meant solely for athletes.

Perform Better also helped fitness professionals become more creative and more knowledgeable. They did this by producing their own signature line of 1 and 3-day seminars.  They have featured some of the best minds and most well known fitness entrepreneurs in the fitness industry, such as Michael Boyle, Martin Rooney, Juan Carlos Santana and Mark Verstegan. By aligning themselves with some of the industry giants, Perform Better has excelled at offering the most functional pieces of
equipment in the industry.  With the buzz word these days being “functional fitness”, it only makes sense to purchase from the leaders to best serve your clientele. So if you are looking for functional, then you are looking in the right place!

The Top 5 best and most unique pieces of equipment that Perform Better offers are:

Jump Trainer

Jump Trainer

1) Ultraslide Slideboard
2) First Place Turf
3) Shuttle Rebounder
4) First Place Drive Sled
5) Total Gym Jump Trainer

So there you have it. Three best places to purchase your equipment in the fitness industry today. Get to know your niche, get to know your options and stand out in the community with equipment that brings YOU to life and something special to your facility.  Concentrate on figuring out how to thrive with your clients by doing different exercises that bring a uniqueness through various pieces of equipment that are high quality, have longevity and get the most ROI. Good luck!

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.

May
19

GRAVITY Spotlight – BB Fitness Studios

GRAVITY Stands the Test of Time

Michele Melkerson-Granryd

Michele Melkerson-Granryd

BB Fitness Studios has been running GRAVITY classes at their location in Austin, TX for many years now. They purchased four Total Gym GTS units in 2008 and their small group training classes using GRAVITY programming are still going strong almost a decade later. We wanted to catch up with BB Fitness Studios to find out how GRAVITY has developed for them over the years and to see how it was still benefiting their members.  Michele Melkerson-Granryd, the General Manager and Personal Trainer, explained how they started up and how GRAVITY was working for them now.

“Our facility is heavily focused on group exercise classes, Personal Training and Pilates.  In 2006 we started small group training with a wall of Kinesis equipment. At that time, many of our trainers were concerned that small group training would cannibalize their individual training sessions.  However, what we experienced was something different.  Instead, our regular clients maintained their individual sessions and joined the additional small group training classes because it was so affordable for them.   It was a win, win for everybody!

One of the most exciting aspects was that we were able to attract group exercise class participants – a population, that in most clubs doesn’t typically spend much money outside of their membership dues. Our small group training quickly became a staple of the programming at our facility, generating additional revenue for the club and income for our trainers.

BB Fitness StudiosWe integrated equipment like BOSU, TRX units and medicine balls for variety and then in 2008 we expanded the program by adding the four GTS units.  At the time, we also purchased a Total Gym PowerTower for our main weight floor, so that our members and trainers would have access to a Total Gym unit if a GRAVITY class was going on.

Today, we run approximately 20-25 small groups per week (3-6 people per group) with additional seasonal 6-8 week small groups throughout the year.  Our sessions consist of single equipment sessions as well as sessions that fuse the various equipment modalities (e.g. GRAVITY/Kinesis Fusion).  We run both 60-minute group sessions and 30-minute express workouts.

GRAVITY challenges our fittest clients as well as those who have been inactive or are returning from injury. Our clients really get stronger, healthier and more functionally fit with GRAVITY.

Additionally, we recently purchased a GRAVITY License.  For a nominal annual fee, Total Gym provides our trainers with access to ready-made programming for their groups.  They have the freedom to use the programming exactly as it is or incorporate it into their own design.  The ongoing quarterly programming provides our trainers with enough fresh and safe material to use over the three months and it’s excellent for our long term clients who need the added variety to keep them coming back, one of the biggest challenges the industry faces, I think.”

GRAVITY at BB Fitness Studios

GRAVITY works with any fitness level

Trainer-Centric Equipment

Michele continued to tell us why they chose GRAVITY in the first place.

“When we add equipment to our facility – we look for “trainer-centric” equipment.  Equipment that is ­­­­most effective for our clients when used with the guidance and creativity of our trainers.  The criteria that we use when choosing equipment for small group training are:

  1. Return on investment – how quickly it will take to recoup the investment (number of sessions, etc.)
  2. Ease of use and maintenance.
  3. Reputation of the manufacturer.
  4. Training and support materials.
  5. Ability to use the equipment for both individual and group training sessions.
  6. Ability to handle a wide variety of clients.
  7. Potential for interesting and “fun” workouts.
GRAVITY at BB Fitness Studios

Versatile GTS machine

GRAVITY met all of the above criteria.  And while I wouldn’t trade any of the equipment we have now, if I were to open a small group training studio today – I would make GRAVITY the foundation of my studio, for sure. It’s  a cost effective option, equally appropriate for both group training and individual training and you can maximize studio usage, i.e. offer group sessions during prime time hours and train clients who require more individualized attention in off-peak hours.  It’s also really easy to configure the studio as the GTS units can be conveniently folded up and rolled to an alternate location.

For us, GRAVITY is a success story.  We love it and so do our members!”

For more information on GRAVITY, please visit http://gravitystudio.com/ or contact Ralph at 858-764-0078 | ralph@totalgym.com

May
9

5 Top Total Gym Exercises That Make a Great Class

Total Gym Exercises

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Great Exercises That Save You Time AND Give An Effective Total Gym Class Workout

A daily task for any fitness instructor or personal trainer is to evolve, grow, learn, and constantly tweak their fitness programs to best fit the needs of their clientele. Whether in an one-on-one workout, a small group training session, or a group fitness class, you always want to provide fun, challenging, safe and unique workouts for your clients.   That might mean changing up the scenery, the intensity, the exercises, the number of reps, or even the music in order to create that unique experience for them.

One of my personal favorite group class formats to teach, is a circuit-style workout incorporating a Total Gym GTS machine. As the title implies, it really does offer the opportunity to provide a total body workout.

If you’re looking to add some variation to your class here are some great Total Gym exercises that you can incorporate into your next class, check out the following 6 exercises and create a mini-circuit with 45 seconds at each station:

Here are some ways to cue the exercises in the class.  All of these exercises can be performed at the mid to lower level range.  Increase the level as needed.

Total Gym Seated Forward - Chest Fly Chest Fly

Grasp the handles to bring the glideboard half way up the rails.

Facing away from the tower, straddle the glideboard and sit toward the top edge of the glideboard.

With tension on the cables, pull your legs up onto the glideboard and bend knees slightly and sit up straight.

Bring your hands together in front of you in a clapping motion to complete your first rep, then you repeat the exercise to complete the set.  Maintain a stable trunk.

Remember to squeeze in front of you fast but to come back slowly to the starting position.

Repeat this sequence to complete the first rep and then you repeat the exercise to complete the set.

Total Gym Chest Press

Chest Press

In the same starting position as the Chest Fly, push out directly in front of you and return to complete your first rep, then you repeat the exercise to complete the set.

Now repeat that motion to complete the 1st set.

Remember to press out fast but to come back in slowly to control the movements and maximize the muscle contractions.

Repeat this sequence to complete the first rep and then you repeat the exercise to complete the set.

Total Gym Seated Backward - Reverse Fly Reverse Fly (Upright Back Row)

Grasp the handles to bring the glideboard half way up the rails.

Facing towards the tower, straddle the glideboard and sit toward the top edge of the glideboard.

Lift feet up off the floor.  Sit up straight and with good posture begin to pull the arms back in an outward arc until the hands are directly in line with the side of the torso.

Maintain a stable core as the hands return with controlled back to the starting position.

Remember to pull in towards your body fast but to go out slowly to control the movements and maximize the muscle contractions. Repeat this sequence to complete the first rep and then you repeat the exercise to complete the set. (2 Sets of 15 Reps)

Total Gym - Seated Backward - Biceps Curl Bicep Curl (Curls)

Grasp the handles to bring the glideboard half way up the rails.

Facing towards the tower, straddle the glideboard and sit toward the top edge of the glideboard.

Lift feet up off the floor.  Sit up straight and with good posture and with a closed fist, bring handles up to your chest.  Keep elbows stationary.

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 then you repeat the exercise to complete the set.

Total Gym - Upright Supine - Lying Leg Lift ALying Leg Lift (Leg Raises)

Push the glideboard halfway up the rails and straddle the glideboard facing away from the tower and sit at the bottom of the glideboard.

Lay down on the glideboard with your head fully supported by the glideboard.

Reach overhead and grasp the LAT Bars with your hands facing each other.

With your arms fully extended and your body stretched out, begin to lift your legs up simultaneously as high as you can to form the letter “L” out of your body, then slowly lower them back down. Repeat this sequence to complete the first rep and then you repeat the exercise to complete the set.

Creating a circuit-style workout on the Total Gym GTS is great for all fitness levels as you can easily raise or lower the resistance level for each individual client.  It’s a fun and effective way to incorporate strength training into your class and your members will enjoy the versatility of the class while getting a super total body workout in a short period of time.

For more information on how Total Gym programs can benefit your facility, please contact ralph@totalgym.com / 858 764-0078.

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.

May
2

Dr. Ben’s 15 Minutes to Fitness – SMaRT Plan

Dr. Ben’s SMaRT Plan: 5-Week Metabolic Makeover

Dr. Ben Bocchicchio

Dr. Ben Bocchicchio

In his new book, Fifteen Minutes to Fitness: Dr. Ben’s SMaRT Plan for Diet and Total Health, Dr. Vincent “Ben” Bocchicchio has developed a sensible and rational approach to diet and exercise.  It works in concert with our physiology to produce dramatic results and is something that every personal trainer and fitness professional should read.

It sounds like a new fad and just another new exercise plan in the long stream of the thousands, if not millions available to us. The foundation of this program, however, is based on years of study, observation and practice. It has delivered real and measurable results in the overwhelming majority of those who have tried it.

Dr. Ben has worked professionally in the fields of fitness and health for nearly 40 years.  An acknowledged leader in the field, he has built his success by combining science with effective body conditioning and technology to product optimum health, fitness, rehabilitation and weight loss.  In the 1970s, Dr. Ben developed slow resistance training, a fitness technique that changed the way people exercise.  Although, not a “body builder”, he maintained his physique by doing his 15-Minute SMaRT Workouts.

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Pectoral Fly

The SMaRT™ Program is a five-week metabolic makeover which covers exercises for everyone, whether you are a gym goer or a home exerciser.  It includes step-by-step photographs and instructions for each routine.  The Commercial Gym SMart Workout, the At-Home Resistance Band SMaRT Workout and the Total Gym SMaRT Workout takes you through the difference between exercise and activity. It talks about why cardio alone doesn’t work and the science behind why a high intensity resistance training program paired with a controlled carbohydrate diet, results in the most optimal fat burning program.

You will learn how to properly exercise all of the major muscle groups to failure, so that you engage all of the muscle fiber types, including the Type II b-fibers, the holy grail of fat and sugar burning.  Most folks are surprised to discover how quickly they can sense a feeling of increased strength and energy and how they can see body changes after even two or three workouts.

In 1974 when Dr. Ben created his slow resistance training program, now called  SMaRT-Ex, it was originally designed for elite athletes whose time and energy were at a premium, especially during their competitive seasons.  It has now been used by half a million people.  So what exactly is SMaRT-Ex?  It’s an acronym for Slow MAximum, Response Training Exercise, and it’s a system Dr. Ben invented and developed that is now a mainstream fitness technique used by trainers worldwide.  One of the most effective, efficient forms of exercise ever invented, SMaRT-Ex includes the following features:

Slow – Usually 15 degrees per second or slower (a much slower speed of movement than normal).  This controlled speed allows for isolation and focused muscle loading (significantly slower than the common speed of resistance training).

MAximum – Unless a subjectively high level of demand is met, optimal exercise stimulation is impossible.

Response – Constantly loading a muscle through its range of motion, using appropriate resistance to induce fatigue (“muscle failure”) for a physiologically determined length of time consistently produces the desired metabolic responses.

Training – Consistency and organization are mandatory in order to separate random physical activity from formal exercise.

Chest Press

Chest Press on GTS

Dr. Ben incorporates exercise with a SMarRT eating plan that does not force one to give up multiple foods, but concentrates on carbohydrate decrease.  He goes into gender specific weight loss problems, hormones, insulin sensitivity, liver taxation, systemic inflammation and many other important factors that contribute to the modern American diet.  The key, cut sugar and fuel with protein/fat.  With 5 weeks of meal plans and countless additional food options and suggestions, the SMarRT plan is a program to be strongly considered in this age of obesity and health issues.

This blog was posted with full permission from Dr. Ben Bocchicchio.  Click here to purchase your copy on Amazon.

Apr
25

Pros and Cons of Owning a Fitness Studio

The Benefits and Pitfalls of Owning Your Own Studio

Starting your own business can be one of the scariest or most rewarding things that you can (or will ever) do in your life. Just like most BIG decisions, there are several pros and cons, peaks and valleys, and ups and downs that accompany the journey.

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“Fortune favors the brave”

Think about all of the times in your life where you needed to make a big decision and you probably either scared yourself out of making it (or nearly did) because of fear.  There is the old quote that says, “fortune favors the brave,” and if you combine that kind of courage with strategic planning, laser like focus, extreme determination, careful team-building and a little bit of luck, you can achieve anything you want in life.

So, if your goal is to start up the best fitness facility in your community, then that is definitely within your reach. But just as any smart business person would do, you should definitely do your homework and identify the benefits, pitfalls and risk-reward ratio, before you take the leap of faith.

Let’s first take a look at the associated benefits of owning your own fitness studio.

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  • You control your own destiny.
  • You make your own schedule.
  • You and your hard work determine your income.
  • You create the vision and brand for your business.
  • You make every decision from hiring staff to choosing decorations at your studio.
  • You create your own legacy.
  • You are viewed as a leader.
  • You create jobs in your community.
  • You get to lead a team.
  • You create impact in your community.
  • You get to be creative.
  • You get the opportunity to challenge not only your team but also challenge yourself.
  • You experience a sense of pride and accomplishment for starting, maintaining, and owning your own business.

Now let’s take a look at the associated pitfalls of owning your own fitness studio.

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  • You are taking a HUGE risk financially where you can end up risking your house, savings, and/or even your livelihood.
  • You work a lot of hours especially in the beginning.
  • You could end up spending less time seeing your family and/or even taking care of yourself properly.
  • You never really “turn off” mentally, your mind is always on your business.
  • You may hire someone who doesn’t bring value to your team.
  • You can get hit with potential lawsuits.
  • You can have disgruntled customers and/or employees.
  • You have increased competition in your community.
  • You have increased costs with payroll, workers compensation, liability insurance, marketing, etc.
  • You will experience a certain level of stress.
  • You will ultimately decide the fate of your business.

Finally – now that we have gone over the benefits and the pitfalls of owning a fitness studio, let’s discuss the rewards of taking such a huge leap of faith.

Rewards

  • You help countless people get healthier, leaner, feel better, look better, have more energy, increase their confidence, live better quality lives and even save their lives.
  • You create several jobs in your community and you employ people who are raising families.
  • You increase your income and provide more for your own family and for yourself.
  • You have more time for your family and for yourself.
  • You live out your dream job and enjoy every day that you walk into your own business.
  • You inspire a number of individuals through your hard work, dedication and commitment, to bringing the best fitness facility to your community.
  • You leave a lasting mark in your area.

1631952Decisions, decisions?

So, is taking the leap of faith to open your own studio worth it?

Only YOU can make that decision!

Starting and growing a business is hard work and it takes a lot out of people to get their businesses to the next level. Not everyone is meant to own their own business. If you look at the statistics of failed businesses in their first year, it can be scary even if you have done all of the proper homework before starting your business.

Yes, there is definitely a huge risk involved when going into the private sector – and if you think that you can handle that, then by all means go for it with as much ferocity as you can. But if you find that it’s not for you after doing some homework and exploring your options, then that’s okay too. You just have to figure out what you’re happy doing in the long term.

Do you want to take those risks to maximize your life OR do you want to play it safe and not risk anything and have more time?

Again, that depends on YOU and only YOU can truthfully answer that question.

So, in exploring whether or not to start your business, just remember that it’s critical to address your risk-reward ratio, plan very carefully and get ready to work your butt off – good luck on your decision!

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.

Apr
19

Trainer Dane Robinson – Success with GRAVITY

Spending Time with Dane Robinson.  Pro Coach, GRAVITY Master Trainer and Fitness Guru

Dane Robinson - GRAVITY Master Trainer

Dane Robinson

One of the best perks of my job is getting to meet and hang out with the most influential (and truly inspiring) leaders in the Fitness Industry.  Such is the case of Dane Robinson.

Dane has been there, done that and then some. He is open, honest and passionate about his work and has a long list of accomplishments that he is way too modest to talk about. I did my research; he morphed from a college football star to Pro defensive lineman on both the AFL and IFL.   He was the 2014 Coach of the Year and is the Head Coach for the Atlanta Steam, the professional female football team.  And yes, it’s full-on contact!

Like all of the best, he started from the ground up (yes, this seems to be the common thread).  Front desk, cleaning equipment and working on the gym floor – those jobs where we work the hardest, earn the least but learn the most.

Here are some of the key points we discussed.

In your opinion, what does the future hold for the fitness industry?

Dane: “Man, our industry is BOOMING! And it shows no sign of stopping.  From the insertion of the boutique studio to the dominance of wearable fitness tracking technology, people are taking their health seriously.  I think we are at a crossroads, where the more high-end, high-touch small fitness studios will start to siphon off the big ‘box’ gyms.  In the future, I also believe you will see a trifecta of rehabilitation, body maintenance and performance training all under one roof.”

Tell me a bit more about the team you coach.  How did you get involved with “The Steam”?

Dane: “It was the players who gave me a vote of confidence. I had no intention of becoming the coach of anything that first season but I dove in and accepted the challenge and here we are five years later impacting the lives of women throughout the sport of football: encouraging them to be the best football players they can be. What these women do, week in and week out, is phenomenal. They enrich my life so much and the product they put out on the field is pretty damn good too. It is endlessly rewarding to continue to encourage them to be the best football players, people and women they can be.”

What makes your studio stand out in the community? Why are your clients loyal, how are you different than the competition?

Dane: “We stand out because our emphasis is on personal touch and creating a relationship-building atmosphere every day. We know your name, we know what your emotional energy is for that day, and we always try to tailor the experience so you leave feeling better than when you came in, physically, mentally and emotionally. We are confident in who we are and we do not try to be everything to everybody.    We have a unique Total Gym program called GRAVITY that make the studio special and drives members.

Being different to our competition is our modality and with GRAVITY being so unique, our members and clients achieve success and we see profitability in our studio.  If your client is somebody that is missing a component of strength training and is looking for an all-inclusive workout that’s engaging, while providing massive impact they can feel right away, we know GRAVITY is the answer.”

Dane Robinson teaching a GRAVITY class

Dane teaching a GRAVITY class

How did you get involved as a GRAVITY Master Trainer?

Dane: Becoming a GRAVITY Master Trainer was something I wanted to actively pursue after I took the first GRAVITY educational workshop.  I thought ‘Hey, I could do this and probably do it really, really well!’ I love coaching.  I love teaching. I love motivating and helping people help themselves. So it became my goal.  Then when I got an opportunity to train in Buffalo, New York I got lucky.  I happened to fall into training the GRAVITY program when the current instructor couldn’t.  When I moved to Atlanta I knew there was one thing that I could do REALLY well; teach GRAVITY.  The popularity of my classes led to developing my own program in a club in Cumming, GA.  That program took off, allowing me to change course to a Gravity Studio full-time!

What is your best advice for someone who wants to become a full time trainer with or without their own business?

Dane: “My top three advice tips for anyone entering the fitness industry:

#1: If you’re looking to do it FOR the money, this is the wrong job for you. If you would like to MAKE money, that’s fine but be prepared to serve people at an all-time high.

#2: Find a way to learn from the best. Surround yourself with people who are doing what you want to do, at their pinnacle.  Learn from them, be a sponge, and try to reenact their actions.

#3: Learn to balance your dynamic, engaging, loving personality with your smart, educated, nerdy side of you. If you can bring the two together, you’ll be a deadly force.”

Dane Robinson on a Total Gym GTS

Dane on a GTS

How have you managed to keep your trainers and/or what do you see as the secret of longevity in the fitness field?

Dane: “We hone in on the five things that all trainers want:

  • Recognition
  • Coaching
  • Feedback
  • Feeling Valued
  • Competitive Compensation

We like to build a team of special individuals; not just be ‘a trainer’ but a true fitness professional in every sense. This stems from the hiring process and trying to find people that are intrinsically motivated to serve. I’ve used that term a lot but it means A LOT and it really shows character, strong values and a commitment to what we do in the small studio market we are in.”

What is your favorite exercise within the GRAVITY program and why?

Dane: “It has to be any variation of pull-ups/chin-ups with or without plyo!

Yes, these are very male ‘ego-boosting’ movements but damn… you feel so strong, massively confident and fluid doing them.  The GTS maximizes the pull-up and the chin-up very comparably to a regular pull-up bar, only better.  It’s also very adaptable to the client.

After progressing to the the dynamic versions, it is actually a little more exhausting when you do the plyometric pull-up and chin-up.  It doesn’t get any better than those movements for me!”

GRAVITY class at Sandy Springs, Atlanta

GRAVITY class at Sandy Springs, Atlanta

For a fitness professional looking to offer GRAVITY, what is the best way to incorporate it into a facility?

Dane: “I think one of the ideal ways to implement GRAVITY is to include the program with other offerings you already have. It makes a great addition to Barre, Boot Camp or H.I.I.T training for example.

If you don’t have other team training options, then running the GRAVITY program as a standalone is best executed as a small group offering and you need to make sure that your trainers are GRAVITY-educated and are innovative standouts that can bring it to life.

We have different formats of GRAVITY to focus on strength endurance, strength building, or metabolic conditioning. Our main focus is to increase our recurring memberships for which we have two tiers: unlimited or 8 sessions per month. We also rely on package renewals whether it be a 5, 10, or 20 class package they can use within a certain period of expiration.

Our personal trainers love GRAVITY because you can have a top-level athlete or deconditioned first timer, and everything in between, in the same session so it is easy to schedule and a great instructor can really maximize the unique multi-range of exercises available to all levels of different clients at the same time.”

What have you learned from your mentors over the years that has helped you to grow?

“I am so fortunate for not only the successes but for the failures I’ve encountered along way. I really try to hinge on the fact that I have been able to replicate my success based on my personality, my hard work and my drive. As an collegiate athlete in football you are just one part of a system of a team. I can’t do my job successfully without the support of other people around me.  We all have to work together for the common good: the team. I transcend that into my job in the fitness industry in situations where people are not used to being in a team atmosphere to stand out. We can all stand out when we all shine.

You can find Dane Robinson-BS, PES, NASM-CPT, Fitness Director at GRAVITY Studio Atlanta at gravitystudio.com/Atlanta  678.515.4006 (studio). Take a class and feel the love.

For more information on GRAVITY contact Ralph at 858 764 0078 | ralph@totalgym.com

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6 Top Tips for a Great Hiking Training Program

HIking

How to Train Your Weekend Warriors for Hiking

If you are like most personal trainers and coaches, then there is a great chance that you have a decent sized population of hikers as clients. In fact, hiking usually ranks as the 5th most popular outdoor activity (not necessarily exercise) in the US and it’s on the increase with a whopping 37 million Americans hiking regularly each year.

Several times per year, you get requests from clients to help them train for their upcoming hiking trip in a few months, where they will be exploring new lands and climbing high elevations.

This is all really great!  You are glad that your clients are motivated and have come to you to help them train but now you have to come up with a way to develop a top notch and effective training program for them. What are your go-to-moves or tips for these Weekend Warriors to help them for their hiking excursions?

Here are my go-to-tips to help give hikers the infrastructure for hiking success:

Create a Hiking Club – Identify all of the fun and challenging hikes in your community. Then select a day in the week that you regularly want to meet for a weekly hike. Next, invite a few clients from your studio that enjoy hiking and/or who have a hiking trip coming up to a form a 6, 8, or 12 week program. This can be a for-profit program to increase revenue. Or it can be a free program that you are using to help build camaraderie among your clients and loyalty to your business; completely up to you. The most important element is that your clients build a support team of hikers to increase motivation and accountability on a weekly basis.

Stretch After Hiking – The need to stretch after a hike is important because it decreases the chances of injury and accelerates the recovery process. Encourage your clients to stretch their entire bodies but to show a lot of focus on some of the bigger muscles in the lower bod such as their quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes. Perform a variety of stretches and hold each stretch for a minimum of 30 seconds.

Strengthen the Core – As we tell all of our clients, it is extremely important to work the core because it is supposed to be the strongest group of muscles in the body, seeing how all of our movement comes from there. And with providing tips with hiking, this is no different. Stress the importance of the core to your clients and let them know all of the benefits that a strong core can produce, such as posture and injury prevention throughout, not only their hike, but also their day-to-day activities.

Add Intervals – Who doesn’t love intervals where you have stints of fast intensity followed by a slower intensity or full out rest recovery? Find an incline that your client can practice this on. Have them go up a hill at a fast intensity level and then instruct them to slow down when they get to a flat zone. Repeat this activity to help them with their speed, endurance, and recovery process.

Total Body Conditioning – Something that a lot of clients don’t realize is how much strength training will help them with their runs and hikes. Oftentimes they think that to improve their runs and hikes, the only thing that they need to do is run and hike. Although that is helpful, that is not all that needs to be done. Mastering upper and lower body movements are important, particularly muscles such as the quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes.

Hydrate – Staying hydrated is key as well, no matter the weather condition. Aim for a minimum of 12 ounces of water per hour to avoid dehydration but not more than 25 ounces to avoid hyponatremia.

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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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