I’m speaking to those well-intentioned trainers who miss the mark of our profession—internal and external health.
The next few months are going to be incredibly difficult for the vast majority of online trainers. Consider me Dr. Phil for a minute as I provide four things that you can do to not find your dumbass in an anxiety-riddled situation when or if something like this happens in the future.
Through my 22 years of coaching, I’ve found that all great personal trainers have things in common. While there’s no one single script we follow, it helps me to have a checklist. So I’m sharing a checklist I give to my staff when they start one-on-one training at my gym.
Honestly, there are so many that I could go on forever. Within my sarcastic tone, I hope the message that comes across is simple.
You can be the smartest nutrition or training coach in the world, but if you don’t know how to actually help people your business will fail.
If you’re going to invest the time and financial resources to hire a coach, you should be doing everything you can to get the most out of the relationship. Avoiding these common mistakes is a must if you hope to reach your goals.
Your clients are all looking for a combination of guidance, accountability, and a relationship with a coach. It’s your job to figure out which of the three they need and how to best deliver it.
Before the original Q&A, before the equipment, before the team, what was Dave doing?
How do you determine if your program is too easy, too hard, or just right? Here are some things to look for to see if your coach is the real deal or full of shit.
The first year is tough, and that’s when most trainers fail. If they stick with it they start to break through their second year — but only if they put in the ground work their first year.
I don’t care if you have the best athletes and the best equipment in the world — a shitty gym atmosphere can DESTROY their results.
In sports performance, sometimes you need to shut up, take a seat in the back of the room, and learn before you are ready to lead from the front.
My last year as a personal trainer I averaged over 40 billable training hours a week and sometimes did over 60 hours a week. The tactics I used to get to that point are now the basis of our trainer development program.
If you’re going to be successful in this industry, there are a few things you need to know from the very start.
Competing in a bodybuilding show can seem overwhelming, and you may have no idea what to expect. Don’t let fear hold you back.
The customer is the ultimate determinant of your product and what it’s about. It doesn’t matter how you perceive your product — it matters how they do.
Personal training is a field that allows for creativity in how you do things with exercise, but at its core, it is still working with people. You need them to like you.
Unsure where to set prices for 1:1 or small group training? Here’s an in-depth look at the industry’s current rates and how to best incentivize your trainers while bringing more clients—and money—to your gym.
What do you think of the fitness community today and all the shitty gurus on social media?
As a father raising a young girl, I have seen the importance of empowering the next generation of women. Here are my recommendations.
If you have the slightest inkling that this article may offend you, proceed to mistake number 5. You’re probably that guy.
After so many years and so many clients, I’ve begun to realize that everyone’s training needs are the same.
The second part of this interview, Dan Green and Dave Tate share business challenges and the process of building a successful training facility.
Personal training is like any other craft, it takes time and perseverance through many mistakes to master. I recently reflected on my climb as a professional.
Are you trying to make your coach’s life hell? Do you aspire to be the biggest pain in the ass possible? I’ve got the plan for you.
Co-owners Haavard Sundt, Espen B. Andersson, and Finn-Tore Carlos Comacho have opened the doors to their Norway training facility. With a business strategy in place, this is how they plan to expand their gym and the service it provides.
Men and women have different needs. Pay attention to these eleven factors when programming for your female clients.
To be a successful trainer, it takes more than showing up and looking the part. It takes more than you think.
There are obstacles to overcome for effective online coaching. If you’ve considered working with a coach from a distance, here are the things you’ll need to do for an optimal working relationship.
Everything you’re seeing online is a mirage. How do you filter through all the bullshit?
You’ve been searching for it. A lot of people promise it. Here’s the real deal.
From watching his father play for the Bengals to being Eli Manning’s fullback to being drafted by Jon Gruden, Rick has experienced it all. At his Daphne, Alabama gym, he’s passing it on to his clients.
In only five years, Mark Rogers has taken his gym from one location and grown to three facilities covering the entire Austin, Texas area.
Please excuse this dialogue that I’ve had with myself. It is done in an effort to show that I will try to be responsible as I start training.
Not every client is a genetically gifted, young woman without any chronic ailments. This is real life, and trainers need to be able to work with all demographics.
Depending on who you are, hopefully you can use this information to be either a more successful trainer, or a more informed consumer.