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LOOKING AHEAD TO

2018 STUDIO BUILD-OUT BASICS

MAXIMIZE YOUR BUDGET, SPACE AND VERSATILITY

PLAN YOUR 2018 CONTINUING EDUCATION A COMPLETE LISTING OF THE INDUSTRY’S TOP EDUCATION EVENTS

JOURNEY TO SUCCESS: ANDREA LEONARD A PIONEER IN ONCOLOGY EXERCISE


CONGRATULATIONS TO JOSH BOWEN

2018

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Lindsay Vastola

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Big leaps or baby steps?

2017

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study by U.S. Bank revealed some sobering statistics about small businesses (across industries) and the reasons that contribute to their ultimate failure: † 82% – Poor cash flow management skills/poor understanding of cash flow † 79% – Starting out with too little money † 78% – Lack of well-developed business plan, including insufficient research on the business before starting it † 77% – Not pricing properly or failure to include all necessary items when setting prices † 73% – Being overly optimistic about achievable sales, money required, and about what needs to be done to be successful † 70% – Not recognizing or ignoring what they don’t do well and not seeking help from those who do If you own a fitness business – regardless of whether you are an independent fitness professional, have a handful of employees or employ a large staff – odds are good that one or more of these reasons are, or have been, a pain point. It may be financial insecurity, not knowing how to price your services properly to guarantee a meaningful income, or frankly, not knowing what you don’t know. The more somber statistic cited by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is that only one-third of small businesses started will survive more than 10 years. We are already fighting high industry attrition rates; it’s imperative that ambitious fitness professionals have reliable solutions and resources available to help them survive the roller coaster of business ownership and career development. As you flip through the pages of this issue, you might notice two common themes that we hope will help fitness professionals beat the odds of business success: survival and solution. † Our Journey to Success featured professional, Andrea Leonard, founder of the Cancer Exercise Training Institute, is the epitome of what it means to survive challenges and create a successful business by offering a solution to cancer survivors. † Our columnists address solutions to help your career and business not simply survive, but thrive so you’re constantly moving the needle forward. † We have two special features in this issue, our 2018 calendar of continuing education events and conferences and a compilation of predictions from many of our industry leaders on trends to watch over the next year. Hopefully you find these resources valuable as you plan your 2018. † This also serves as our annual Solutions Guide. The companies you’ll see throughout this issue are committed to helping fitness professionals survive and succeed. As we wrap-up another year, I hope when you reflect on 2017 you’re able to say that you’ve not just survived another year, but that you have thrived, flourished and prospered in pursuit of your ultimate goals.

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CONTENTS

Volume 24 | Issue 5

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JOURNEY TO SUCCESS

STUDIO BUILD-OUT BASICS

Andrea Leonard: Pushing past.... barriers, setting new standards Lindsay Vastola

Maximize your studio’s budget, space and versatility Greg Johnson

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PLAN YOUR CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR 2018

WHAT WILL BE SEEN IN 2018?

This year’s top continuing education events, conferences and workshops

Industry trends and predictions Lindsay Vastola

DEPARTMENTS

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Surviving the odds stacked against you

End-of-year productivity audit

Lindsay Vastola

Shannon Fable

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PROFILE

Rev-up your revenue stream by offering “feel good” recovery

Myobuddy Massager Pro

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MINDSET & MOTIVATION Eliminate your limits

Brian Grasso

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LEADERSHIP

BEST PRACTICES

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THE MESSAGE

Mike Z. Robinson

Critical steps for a healthy draft

Melissa Knowles

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EDUCATION TRENDS

Are you committed to your professional development?

UP-LEVEL YOUR CAREER The effective mentorship formula

Brandi Binkley

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Rick Howard

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NEW ON THE MARKET

The latest trends in fitness equipment

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IDEAL BUSINESS

The 10X Approach

Pat Rigsby


PROFILE: MYOBUDDY myobuddy.com/pfp

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REV UP REVENUE WITH “FEEL GOOD” RECOVERY

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he Myobuddy Massager Pro® is changing the face of recovery within the fitness community. It provides a deep tissue myofascial massage that feels absolutely amazing, which encourages use that leads to better fascia health, range of motion, circulation and flexibility, not to mention the reduced occurrence of injury. As professionals, we all know the importance of recovery, but sometimes it’s challenging to get our clientele to practice it regularly, as it can be painful and difficult. But upon experiencing the benefits and pleasure of recovery programming that actually feels good, it becomes something your clients will look forward to practicing. The key is to offer the right tools and education.

I think the Myobuddy Massager Pro is a breakthrough for the fitness industry in that we can now offer recovery programming and options that get results, as well as feel good. Pre- and post-workout use of the Myobuddy offers so many benefits, including enhanced performance, quicker recovery, increased flexibility and range of motion, better circulation … the list goes on and on. But in short, my clients feel healthier, workout harder and perform better due to the Myobuddy.

Mindy Mylrea - International Fitness Presenter, 2015 PFP Trainer of the Year and Business Owner

Myobuddy’s Massager combines vibration, percussion and frictional heat with 3000+ RPMs, increasing the circulation through fascia and soft tissue to provide numerous fitness benefits such as: instant relief from soreness and pain, accelerated recovery, enhanced muscle performance and more. The Myobuddy Massager Pro is quickly becoming the device of choice for fitness professionals and clinical practitioners. In fact, the number of gyms and trainers that are now offering 20- and 30-minute restoration and wellness classes that include Myobuddy is increasing rapidly.

The Myobuddy team is committed to working with fitness professionals, gyms, instructors and trainers to help assist in their clients’ recovery regimens, while at the same time creating new opportunities for growth. To that end, Myobuddy offers educational workshops to upskill trainers and users on how to best incorporate it into recovery sessions. Trainers can also find a lucrative additional revenue stream with the generous and risk-free Myobuddy Reseller and Affiliate programs. Offering a Myobuddy as a value-add incentive within a personal trainer session pack purchase, or a one-year gym membership is also a great way to say thank you to your clientele. Contact Myobuddy to find out more. ABOUT MYOBUDDY Founded by Lillo Furca in 2014, Myobuddy is focused on promoting restorative health, wellness and recovery. The company develops the Myobuddy Massager Pro, the most powerful, comfortable and user-friendly electric massage device on the market. Myobuddy’s flagship product has gained a cult following across North America, receiving a number of glowing reviews from a variety of users: from fitness celebrities — the company is core sponsor of CrossFit star Dakota Rager — to chiropractors to massage therapists and Multiple Sclerosis patients, all of whom rave about the massager’s advanced vibrational technology and ability to soothe sore muscles and assist in deep tissue massage. In 2017, the company created the Myobuddy Multiple Sclerosis Support Group and Myobuddy Parkinson’s Disease Support Group to provide further benefits for patients who need it the most. For more information, visit myobuddy.com/pfp, call 844.696.2833 or email info@myobuddy.com. PFP READERS get $50 off now, at myobuddy.com/pfp through January 26, 2018.


MINDSET AND MOTIVATION Brian J. Grasso

www.BrianandCarrie.live

Eliminate your limits

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ant to play make-believe with me for a second? Make-believe with a really important lesson attached for both you and your client? Here’s the scenario: Your client can squat 275 pounds with ease. And now, both you and your client feel ready to take it to the next level. It’s time to hit that 300-pound mark. The problem is that they have a small hip dysfunction. That dysfunction - although not really serious - leads to a lack of mobility and causes pain in both their knee and back. The dysfunction has become their limit. Not their strength, ambition, work ethic or desire. In fact, achieving their next-level of performance is based solely on removing that limit. Yes, your client can work harder at squatting. They can say all sorts of positive affirmations. They can hunker down and push through the pain. They can watch motivational videos of other people succeeding. They can make a pretty collage of epic squatters and hang it on the wall. They can do all the things that every motivational expert tells them to do, but none of it will matter. Ever. Not until they eliminate the limit that is holding them back; the linchpin that is in the way of them actually ascending their performance to the next level. Now, apply that make-believe scenario to any part of your life. Any next-level example you choose. Business, relationships, wealth — you name it. For 25-plus years I have worked with people on what they would define as success. From 7-figure entrepreneurs and Olympic medalists to professional athletes and celebrities. But the question has never been about understanding how to succeed, it’s been about understanding why they aren’t succeeding. You can’t build your home on quicksand. And you can’t build your success - any success - on limits. Mindset matters most. For your clients and for you.

For 20 years, Brian J. Grasso has been considered a revolutionary force within the fitness industry. In 2002, he founded the International Youth Conditioning Association and Athletic Revolution. In 2011, he created the Mindset Performance Institute. Brian has traveled the world as a guest lecturer and Performance Coach for elite level athletes of various sports.

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LEADERSHIP Shannon Fable

www.shannonfable.com

End-of-year productivity audit

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he end of the year is a time for reflection and planning. We take inventory of the last 12 months, note our victories, and spend a little time thinking about where we may have veered a bit off course. Then, we use this information to make big plans. All the big thinking, strategizing and goal setting we do helps us move our businesses forward. I encourage you to add one more step to your process... a productivity audit. You can’t just move the needle on your business with ideas alone, you must set up processes to ensure maximum productivity, coupled with the least amount of stress to speed-up your progress and increase your ROI. Spend time getting organized with a system you can trust, and one that keeps track of all the minutia without overwhelming you on a daily basis. Consider David Allen's book, Getting Things Done, and try following his advice very carefully. Here are a few highlights to get you started. Start with a “data dump.” Write down everything in your head. From nagging tasks that haven't been done to big projects that keep getting bumped. Business or personal, for now or for later, it doesn't matter, just follow your stream of thought. Get it all on a sheet of paper. Then, begin lumping like-minded tasks together into buckets. Perhaps there are personal, family, clients, studio, professional development, and virtual coaching buckets. Next, review each line item and see if the task is actually a task. A task is something you could tackle and accomplish in one sitting. If you couldn't, break the task down into manageable bits. This one exercise will help you move projects forward more quickly, as it allows you to accomplish a bit every day which increases your confidence. Finally, look at your weekly schedule. It may take some time, but to accomplish big projects you'll need to reorganize your week to have quality thinking time. You can't create a new product, build a new website, or write an article in between clients. Find a way to batch your face-to-face appointments and carve out blocks of time each week that are sacred; sacred means they are non-negotiable and always set aside to contemplate, plan, and dig into the big stuff. Of course, there's more to it than the steps above. But, as you roll into the end of the year, alongside your dreaming, set aside an equal chunk of time to audit your productivity. 2018 is sure to be the best year ever if you set up a successful system for turning your dreams into reality.

Shannon Fable is a fitness business and programming consultant who has helped impressive brands such as Anytime Fitness, Schwinn, Power Systems, ACE and BOSU over the last 20 years. As an experienced educator and certified Book Yourself Solid business coach, she helps fitness entrepreneurs navigate the industry and make more money.

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BEST PRACTICES

CAREER ACCELERATOR

Melissa Knowles

Brandi Binkley

www.gymhq.club

Critical steps for a healthy draft

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he monthly draft is the lifeblood of most fitness businesses. The draft is there like a big blanket—keeping your business warm and cozy during the coldest nights. Or, as is generally the case in fitness, the slower sales months of summer. Something so precious to your business should always be top of mind. A healthy draft requires a systematic approach and constant work. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure: The absolute best way to maintain a healthy draft is to prevent past due payments from ever occurring. Ensure that good billing information is captured at point of sale. If your billing system allows for two payment methods (ACH and credit card), obtain both. Make sure you can reach all your members: Capture all contact information from all members at point of sale. It’s also a great idea to run member rosters from time-to-time and spot check the data. Have a system and schedule for contacts: How often will you contact your members? After how many days past due? For how long? How will you make contact (email, phone, letter, SMS)? What will your message be? Trust but verify: Once you have a system in place, it can’t be “set it and forget it.” Insist that your staff notate all contacts on the members’ accounts. This way you can audit the process anytime you’d like. More contacts x more ways = more money: Phone calls are great, but some people respond better to other channels like text and email. Make sure your team is utilizing all methods of contact to maximize the impact. Start early: Why allow a past due payment to languish for weeks? The longer a balance ages the smaller your chances are at resolving it. The golden rule in successful billing resolution is contact early and often. Consider outsourcing: Numerous club management software providers offer billing support as an additional service. This is well worth exploring. Regardless of who is minding your draft, what’s ultimately important is that these past due accounts are receiving attention. It all boils down to people (working the accounts), process (how they arworking the accounts), and profit (retain more of that hardearned revenue).

Melissa Knowles is Vice President of Gym HQ, providing corporate services including accounting, payroll, HR and customer service for the fitness industry. In more than 14 years of industry experience her expertise includes strategic operations, staff training, cost savings analysis, reporting development and implementation, fitness department overhaul, client retention systems and corporate management.

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www.getphysiofit.com

The effective mentorship formula

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he health and wellness industry is rapidly growing. With multiple facets, we often find ourselves nudged into several roles. These roles can leave us exhausted and wondering how we are to do everything it takes to make our business or our career survive. Something will get lost in the mix of all that is required for success. Insight from others who have more experience and who can guide you is invaluable. Seeking mentorship is not only important, it’s quite possibly the most necessary move that you as a professional can make in your career. Those who have at least one mentor, whether in or outside of the industry, generally have greater success rates. Just a few of the benefits of mentorship include networking, insight on technology and business trends, opportunity to learn from experts, exposure to fresh ideas, accountability and having a trusted person with whom to brainstorm new ideas. Mentorships can range from $49.99 a month to $10,000+ per month. Do your research and seek out what is best for you and your budget. Remember, you generally get what you pay for. Here is a standard formula for expected return on investment (ROI) to give a clearer understanding of the real benefits of mentorship. This formula is an average of mentorships globally. The basic formula for calculating the return on any investment is (proceeds – cost) / cost. For example, $100 in proceeds from a $75 investment drives ROI of (100 – 75) / 75, which equals 33%. The 33% is at a minimum. Some resources claim a 1000% return on their investment from mentorship. The truth about ROI with mentorship? You will absolutely grow your business if you are committed to the mentorship in which you participate. The unmeasurable return is the invaluable relationships you create and the increase in personal growth. Whether insight on lease negotiations, business canvas structures, margins, navigating balance in life and work, or leadership development, here’s the kicker: You have to be able to see and experience the value in any mentorship you belong to and it will cost you in dollars but the dividends pay out in more than your bottom line. It doesn’t matter if you are a solo trainer or a big box owner, all of us need coaching. Reach outside of your box, city or state and meet people who make a living coaching others to be better. You won’t regret it!

Brandi Binkley M.S. NSCA-CPT is founder of PhysioFit in Nashville, Tennesee. Brandi is a veteran in the exercise and wellness industry, having been an Exercise Physiologist and coach for 17 years. She is the 2015 NSCA Trainer of the Year winner and Technogym Master Trainer.

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Journey to Success

By Lindsay Vastola

ANDREA LEONARD COMPANY: Cancer Exercise Training Institute (CETI)

EDUCATION: University of Maryland, College Park

FAVORITE PIECE OF WORKOUT EQUIPMENT: BOSU Balance Trainer

FAVORITE SAYING: “Carpe Diem”

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Pushing past barriers, setting new standards A relentless mission to be the gold-standard of oncology exercise

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ndrea Leonard is the founder of the Cancer Exercise Training Institute, author of 14 books and countless articles, and is a sought-out speaker on cancer and exercise. Her impressive resume, numerous accolades and impact on thousands of lives is unquestionable; but what is not immediately obvious is that Andrea has perhaps had just about every reason imaginable to throw in the towel. Andrea has persevered multiple battles with cancer for both herself and alongside several loved ones. She has overcome significant personal challenges and family adversity as a once single mother of two. She has persevered as a committed fitness professional with a mission to give resources, hope and strength to those surviving cancer. Andrea shares with us an honest glimpse into her journey to success - the ups, downs, peaks, valleys, and challenging realities of her relentless pursuit of making a difference in the lives of cancer survivors.

LINDSAY VASTOLA: HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN THE FITNESS INDUSTRY? ANDREA LEONARD: In 1984, during the latter part of my senior year, I worked at Holiday ESPRE Center (part of Bally’s) as a fitness instructor making $3.35 an hour. Adorned in a shiny blue lycra leotard and tights, leg warmers and K-Swiss tennis shoes, I showed mem-

bers how to use the circuit equipment. I even got to be in a commercial with Heather Locklear, who at the time was the spokesperson for Bally’s. I used to workout with Sylvester Stallone’s father, but didn’t know it at the time!

LV: WHAT SIGNIFICANT EVENTS IN YOUR CAREER BROUGHT YOU TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY? AL: In the summer of 1984, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. I underwent a complete

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thyroidectomy that left me with no energy and an extra 20 pounds. Several weeks after my surgery I was at the beach with my friends, hanging out at a dance club. My boyfriend sent me an electronic message that appeared throughout the nightclub, “Lose weight, it’s over.” At the time, I had no idea of the impact those words would have on my life. I entered the University of Maryland in September, determined to lose weight and get him back. My first year of college, I struggled terribly with my weight and energy in the absence of a thyroid. I tried every possible diet and unconventional method of losing weight; sometimes putting my life at risk in an effort to be thin. As the months passed, I realized that I needed a permanent and healthy solution. Personal training was in its infancy, but I knew that as a trainer, not only could I help myself to be/stay fit, but I could help others with similar struggles. I became certified by NSPA, ACE, ACSM and NASM, special populations expert

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by the Cooper Institute, and NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist and Corrective Exercise Specialist. In 1992, I became the Personal Training Director for the National Capital YMCA in Washington, D.C. It was during this time that my mother was diagnosed, for the second time, with breast cancer. She asked me if I would help her with her recovery. She had suffered with permanent nerve damage and a frozen shoulder with her pervious mastectomy and did not want to go through the same kind of suffering a second time. I happened to be training her surgeon and asked her what she thought about writing a book on exercises for breast cancer survivors. She thought it was a great idea and desperately needed. The internet was barely in existence, which made research quite arduous. I enlisted the help of one of my trainers, Amy Halverstadt, who was getting her Masters’ degree at George Washington University. She decided to do her thesis on exercise and breast cancer to help us with the project. We were also able to recruit the chiefs of breast surgery at Georgetown, George Washington and Johns’ Hopkins

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University Medical Centers. For three years we collaborated with them as well as physical therapists, occupational therapists and oncology nurses to write the first book of its kind; “Essential Exercises for Breast Cancer Survivors,” published by Harvard Common Press in 2000. In 1999, my husband and I decided to relocate to Portland, Oregon. I had no job, no clients, no family and no friends. I needed a cause; something to inspire me. I decided to create a non-profit, the Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation. The goal was to raise money to give breast cancer survivors grants to work with a personal trainer who specialized in working with cancer patients, free of charge. In 2000 and 2001, I orchestrated two fundraisers that brought in close to $50,000. It was at this point that I created my first training program exclusive to breast cancer patients. It’s comical to think back to my humble beginnings. I barely knew how to use a computer. I traveled across the country with a dry erase board, not knowing how to use PowerPoint. I taught workshops in the most peculiar settings to small groups of interested participants, in an effort to build a referral network.

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In 2004, it occurred to me that there were hundreds of thousands of other cancer patients that needed help and that I needed to expand my training. I dissolved the Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation and created the Cancer Exercise Training Institute (CETI). In the past 13 years, I have written 11 editions of the Cancer Exercise Specialist Handbook and two editions of the Breast Cancer Recovery BOSU Specialist Handbook, in addition to several other books and videos on cancer and exercise. Over 7,000 health and fitness professionals in 17 countries have become Cancer Exercise Specialists through the CETI. My goal has and always will be to provide cutting-edge education and training in the field of exercise oncology always with a personal touch.

LV: WAS THERE EVER A TIME IN YOUR CAREER WHERE YOU FELT LIKE YOU WERE JUST SPINNING YOUR WHEELS? AL: It has been a difficult journey at times. When you are a pioneer, people will inevitably copy you. Some say it is the greatest form of flattery. I would argue that point. I have had a handful of people that I have trained who then


My goal has and always will be to provide cutting-edge education and training in the field of exercise oncology always with a personal touch. created their own competing programs. When you are a grassroots company, and a big corporation steals your thunder, it makes you want to just give up. There was a time, about 6 ½ years ago, that I was ready to give up. I tried a different career path for a very short time, but quickly realized that my heart was not in the game. My mother was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and my father with prostate cancer (he also had bladder cancer). This brought me to 18 first-degree relatives with cancer. I had to keep trying, so I went back to what it is I do best.

LV: WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE GREATEST OPPORTUNITY IN THE FITNESS INDUSTRY RIGHT NOW? THE BIGGEST DEFICIT? AL: The greatest opportunity is medical fitness. With the aging population of baby boomers, we are inundated with middle-aged and older clients who need special training. Many have co-morbidities and it takes special training and education on the part of the fitness professional to be able to safely and effectively work with these clients. We have too many “trainers” that have minimal education or training and certifying

bodies that don’t require adequate continuing education on certain subject matter. At the CETI, Cancer Exercises Specialists must re-test every two years, or take our in-house cancer-specific continuing education to ensure that they are upto-date on the most recent information in the oncology arena. How else can we claim that they are an expert on the subject matter? This is the greatest problem in the industry: low, or no standards.

LV: WHAT DOES YOUR FUTURE LOOK LIKE? AL: I pray to God first and foremost, to be cancer-free and in good health. I am confident that more certifying bodies will get on board alongside the Medical Fitness Network and offer CETI’s Cancer Exercise Training, as well as many of my exceptional colleagues’ medical fitness specialty courses. Five years from now, I hope that there are Cancer Exercises Specialists in every town, city, state, and country and that every cancer patient has access to the appropriate care and training to improve their treatment tolerance and excel their recovery. Personally, I hope that I will have a log cabin in Colorado and be able to surround myself in the beauty that I have dreamed about for decades.

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Nick Clayton

Fabio Comana

Joe Drake

Jon Goodman

Farel Hruska

Ryan Ketchum

Josh Leve

WHAT WILL BE SEEN IN 2018?

Industry trends and predictions By Lindsay Vastola

We asked several leaders from all corners of the industry what trends they anticipate in 2018. From social media and technology to business management and self-development , it is obvious that there is no shortage of opportunities for fitness professionals to make significant leaps in their careers and businesses over the next year.

a unique opportunity to personalize this experience through different types of programming and gamification opportunities. Trainers will need to be able to assess their fitness level, modify their activity and become the expert in what these devices or new technology is telling them and build the programming around the technology. Josh Leve, www.afsfitness.com

SOCIAL MEDIA & TECHNOLOGY

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATION

Fitness professionals who want to market and grow their business can’t afford to neglect social media in 2018. The future of using social media for business is about narrowing your focus. Social-savvy fitness pros should plan to strategize the bulk of their time and attention on select platforms and perhaps even select content options or features within those platforms (e.g., video posts or Instagram Stories). Amanda Vogel, www.fitnesstestdrive.com

We’ll see a continual movement toward hands-on academies that will help to differentiate new fitness professionals. Joe Drake, www.axiomfitnessacademy.com

The big shift in 2018 is the use of video. Facebook live, YouTube, and Instagram videos and Stories are all being underused by most fitness professionals. There is no better media to create authority more quickly than using videos. Scott Rawcliffe, www.scottrawcliffe.com Consumers are craving a better understanding of what their devices are telling them (e.g. heart rate monitors, etc.). Fitness studios have

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More courses to train trainers how to work with special populations suffering from disease will continue to develop. We will see even more courses, webinars and books on working with clients with Alzheimer’s, Autism, MS, and Parkinson’s. Carol Michaels, www.carolmichaelsfitness.com The variety of education, and what’s accepted as continuing education, will continue to expand in 2018. Education surrounding training and nutrition will still be around, but business, psychology and finance education for fitness professionals will be much more prevalent as more and more people realize their relevance and importance. Jon Goodman, www.theptdc.com

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Maria ella-Turco

Evan Osar

Scott Rawcliffe

Carol Michaels

CLIENT EXPERIENCE With the continued expansion of technology and competition from social media noise, professional personal trainers are more focused on client-trainer relationships, understanding that personal connection and session experiences enhance client loyalty, motivation, and perceived value. Nick Clayton, www.nsca.com Clients are increasingly savvy. Expectations are that we bring them the most up-to-date and reliable information and instruction. Training processes for staff and instructors will be more necessary than ever. Maria Parrella-Turco, www.honoryoga.com With the majority of our population never stepping foot in our gyms, professionals will see greater success if they meet clients where they are, are inclusive and immediately set them up for success. Farel Hruska, www.fit4mom.com Trainers will begin to stray away from simply writing programs and moving on, and realize their clients have a desire to be coached. The result will be increased accountability, consistency and long-term results. Jon Goodman, www.theptdc.com

Dan Ritchie

Pat Rigsby

Nick Tumminello

Amanda Vogel

to empower and inspire actively aging adults. Evan Osar, www.fitnesseducationseminars.com HIIT isn’t going anywhere just yet but the need for recovery to offset the negative impact of this kind of training will lead clients to look for more recovery-focused services. Someone will come first to market this year or next with the next big movement in our industry. Joe Drake, www.axiomfitnessacademy.com

BUSINESS & INDUSTRY TRENDS Industry division will continue, with offerings moving toward low-cost, high-volume solutions countered by more niched, boutique solutions. Everyone else likely being squeezed out. This will provide a great opportunity for fitness professionals who commit to be the best solution for a particular niche in their market. Pat Rigsby, www.patrigsby.com Health clubs and fitness centers are realizing the need to build their premium services either through special programs or personal training. Dan Ritchie, www.functionalaginginstitute.com

Fitness professionals that pick a specific type of population to train and market will stand out among the herd of other gyms, facilities and trainers (e.g., metabolic training for fat loss, powerlifting, physique development, etc.). Nick Tumminello, www.nicktumminello.com

Fitness professionals are facing more digital competition (e.g. Daily Burn, livestreamingfitness.com, Peleton) which will continue to change the landscape and value of the fitness professional and subsequently don’t need to be as loyal. Fitness professionals who build a loyal customer today will improve chances of keeping them. Fabio Comana, Faculty Instructor, SDSU, UCSD, NASM

LEADERSHIP, SELF-DEVELOPMENT & COMPANY CULTURE

REVENUE OPPORTUNITIES

Self-development, leadership skills and company culture are a competitive advantage. In 2018, businesses that focus on these skills will attract great prospects, and the leadership and management of the owners and staff will keep business thriving. Ryan Ketchum, www.frnation.com

As more super low-cost discount gyms open, the new opportunity is in the high-end revenue client paying $150-$500/month for specialized training. The virtually untapped and unreached market for this is the 55+ consumer who has the financial resources and is not looking for the cheapest fitness option but the best fit for their needs. Dan Ritchie, www.functionalaginginstitute.com

PROGRAMMING Developing training strategies and programs for the active aging population has opportunity for exponential growth. We will see an increased focus in our industry on cultivating environments specifically designed

Recovery services are on the rise so expect to see them as an additional revenue source in clubs of all sizes and a way to add value for clients. Joe Drake, www.axiomfitnessacademy.com

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FEATURE ARTICLE Greg Johnson

www.varimaxfitness.com

STUDIO BUILD-OUT BASICS Maximize your studio’s budget, space and versatility

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outique- and small studio-style training is becoming more prominent in today’s ever-expanding fitness industry. Fitness professionals have more opportunities for business ownership on a smaller scale. 1,500 to 3,000 square foot spaces in prime locations can be as profitable per square foot as larger gyms. Specialty studios focusing on one specific modality such as spin, yoga, barre or Pilates can be easy to outfit by only buying the specific equipment needed for that type of training. Personal training and general fitness studios can be more challenging to outfit. Whether you’re training athletes or the general public, it’s important to have enough equipment and tools to meet the many needs of several different fitness levels and goals. On any given day a trainer may need tools for mobility, stability, strength, power, speed, cardio, agility or sport skills. Most gyms can afford to do this in a 10,000+ square foot facility with hundreds of thousands of dollars in equipment. The challenge becomes - based on your training model how can we create an optimal training environment with efficient use of space at a fraction of the cost?

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When designing a small studio to meet many potential needs, flooring and floor space needs to be your first priority. Depending on a trainer’s training model, blank floor space can be versatile for all variations of training methods and allows room for several people to train in semi-private or small group settings. If your gym uses free weights, rubber flooring can help protect the floor as well as the weights, for longer-lasting equipment and less repair or replacement costs. Rubber flooring is easy to clean, much safer than concrete and can work for any space. Depending on type, color and design, flooring can come in a variety of costs and can even be self-installed for extra savings. For a slightly higher cost but for added benefit, artificial turf can be used as well. The cost of artificial turf has become more affordable and companies now have styles specifically for gyms. Properly-used artificial turf is great for sport performance skills, or bootcamp style classes, and can also add flare to the overall “look” of your facility. Equipment selection is very important for smaller studios. Three things to consider when choosing equipment is 1) versatility, 2) foot print and 3) storage. Buying single-muscle group machines take up

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significant space for only one to a few possible exercises and would quickly eat up that precious floor space. When purchasing a piece of equipment, the more exercises you can do with each piece, the better. Strength training racks should have adjustable hooks and safety bars that can be used for both upper and lower body strength and power programing, instead of having different racks for each. Depending on your facility, there are various types of racks, such as wall-mounted or free-standing. Some companies can customize several rack spaces side by side, all connected, for less material and a lower cost than multiple free standing racks. Several rack systems have storage options for plates and bars that are connected right on to the rack to save more space, and is cheaper than standalone storage. Outside of traditional strength training, several equipment manufacturing companies have done a great job at filling the need for smaller footprint and more versatile set ups, most of which can be customizable with add-ons, features and attachment points for other equipment. These newer styles of “functional training systems” can often be designed when purchased. They can include pulley setups, adjustable platforms, various pull-up grips, and attachment points for smaller equipment such as balls, ropes and suspension trainers. These styles of training stations can be against a wall or as a centerpiece of a room. These systems can also be great for small group training and bootcamps. Some of the larger systems can include monkey bars, heavy bags, rebounders and rope pulls. One of the best parts of these systems are that they include plenty of storage space for those other small pieces or equipment, such as bands, kettlebells, and medicine balls, so your facility isn’t filled with shelves and storage racks. A cheaper option than the larger functional training systems would be a few smaller versatile systems such as adjustable pulleys or suspension training systems. These are also great to have one piece of equipment that can provide several exercises options and can often easily be placed in a corner or flat against a wall. A few sets of adjustable dumbbells take up as little as 2 feet, as opposed to an entire 20-foot rack of dumbbells. When you do need to implement storage racks, vertical racks for equipment such as sandbags, kettlebells, or medicine balls are usually better, although some of the previously mentioned equipment can have this storage built in. A few final tips on overall planning, saving money and space: be sure to shop around and compare prices. When you purchase multiple pieces from a single distributor or manufacturer, they will often add a discount on combinations or larger purchases. Finally, design your space layout on paper to-scale with everything you plan on purchasing. Some manufacturers and distributors can assist you in this process. With these ideas in mind you can design your dream facility based on your training model. You will create an optimal training environment with efficient use of space at a fraction of the cost.

Greg Johnson, MS, CSCS has 15+ years of experience in fitness and physical therapy, and is owner and head trainer at Varimax Fitness in Sacramento, California. Greg is the Global Winner of the 2015 “Life Fitness Personal Trainer to Watch” award, the 2016 TPI “Chance at the Best” winner for devotion to the golf fitness industry, and a 2017 PFP Magazine Personal Trainer of the Month. Greg is also an author and public speaker.

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THE MESSAGE: MIKE Z. ROBINSON www.mzrfitness.com

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trength. Excellence. Dedication to the craft.” This is how Mike Z. Robinson described what receiving the 2015 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year award represented. He upholds these same values as the leader of his club, MZR Fitness, as an award-winning personal trainer, and as a sought-after professional by leading media outlets and education agencies. His message of strength, excellence and dedication continues to impact his clients, his staff, his community and our industry. Here is how Mike shares his message… My ideal client is anyone who strives to be great and phenomenal in their lives while taking a no-excuse approach to achieve their goals. I’ve worked with every demographic and it doesn’t matter to me at all who they are as long as they are committed. My ideal client can be anyone from an athlete to a working mom to a senior citizen. I love working with people who understand the direct correlation between working hard and realizing their true potential. My message to any and everyone is that you can have whatever you want in life by working hard and working smart. In terms of fitness, my job is to help my clients identify realistic goals for themselves and help them to make strategic decisions and the appropriate sacrifices along the way. It is to make sure that they not only reach their goals, but that they surpass them and feel the best that they have ever felt in their life! If I had only one way to share my message it would be on television, because that is a very effective and efficient way to reach the masses. Being on television also serves additional purposes such as helping to shed positive light on our industry while helping to educate, inspire and motivate those at home to eat a little less and move a little more! Successful messaging is in everything that we do with and for our clients. They need to be able to look at us and be inspired from the way we carry ourselves in the gym and also in our communities, with our families, and how we communicate with others. They also want to hear about some of our own stories about adversity and how we overcame it.

MIKE Z.

ROBINSON

People follow me because I’m relatable, approachable, passionate and I do my best to be the most positive person that they know. I want everyone that I interact with to feel like they have known me forever and that I truly care about helping them. My daily goal is to have those kind of priceless interactions everyday with people and in turn, I want them to be inspired to create that same kind of spark with the next person they meet so that we can continue to make this world a better place!


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EDUCATION TRENDS Rick Howard

www.youthsportfitnesscoach.com

Are you committed to your professional development?

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ou coach your clients to set fitness goals by sharing strategies that help them make time to train, educating them on correct technique, offering general nutrition guidance, etc., and reminding them that the physical domain is just one of several pieces of an individual’s “Wellness Wheel;” other pieces of the wheel include spiritual, emotional, intellectual, social, environmental and financial.1 If you’re emphasizing with your clients the importance of paying attention to all seven pieces of the Wellness Wheel, shouldn’t you give the same commitment to your personal development? Your clients expect it from you to help them balance their Wellness Wheel, and you should demand it from yourself. When it comes to personal and professional development, questions arise about the most effective approach. How do you decide how much and what type of knowledge you need in order to most effectively help your clients? How much formal education and training do you need? Is a certification necessary? How much do you really need to know?

There are many options available for professional development, so you should look for opportunities from nationally accredited organizations, colleges and universities.

Professional development key steps With so many continuing education courses, workshops and seminars available in a variety of formats, how do you decide which is best for you? Here are several key steps to consider: } Fill-in knowledge gaps and expand your knowledge base. Connect with other fitness professionals who have an excellent industry reputation and ask them what they believe are the necessary fundamentals and emerging ideas that will help you take your training or business acumen to the next level.2 Explore industry resources that provide topics that are relevant to the profession and your career/ business goals. } Master your client base. Be the best you can be with your niche. Whether you train seniors, athletes, military or special populations, become the content expert with the best skills for your target population. Learn key techniques to attract clients in your target population, practical training considerations, and how to get recognized as a top trainer for your client base. } Strive for the best quality professional development. You would not accept low-quality equipment for your clients, and you should not accept low-quality professional development. There are many options available for professional development, so you should look for opportunities from nationally accredited organizations, colleges and universities. While being certified is important, ensure that you do not have too many certifications, giving your clients the impression that your knowledge is spread too thin.

} Be aware of how you learn best. While older research on learning styles indicate that we each have a distinct learning style (visual, auditory or tactile), recent evidence suggests that we learn best by an individualized blend of styles. Create your professional development plan Now that you have professional development goals, set your plan for the next six months and through the next year. Set an annual budget for professional development. Determine when professional development fits your schedule. Make a goal to establish professional relationships with other personal trainers and establish lifelong connections. Consider sharing your knowledge with others. Be the best trainer you can be — your clients deserve it. References 1. The College of New Jersey. Wellness Wheel. Retrieved from https://healthwellness.tcnj.edu/wellness-wheel/ November 14, 2017. 2. Be Stronger Fitness. Retrieved from https://www.bestrongerfitness.com/ cpt-business-mentoring, November 14, 2017.

Rick Howard, M.Ed., CSCS, *D is completing his doctorate in Health Promotion and Wellness at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. He has been training athletes of all ages and abilities for more than 30 years. He currently is the Director of Fitness at the Wilmington (DE) Country Club and a college professor at West Chester (PA) University and Rowan (NJ) University.

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6-7

NFPT

Kent, WA

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Medical Fitness Tour

Phoenix, AZ

$269

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ACE

San Diego, CA

$175

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TRX

Kennesaw, GA

$295

Global Fitness Solutions

Wayne, PA

$99+

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Alexandria, VA

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AAAI/ISMA

Colorado Springs, CO

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January

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NFPT

Jacksonville, FL

$728

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Movement-Based Exercise Workshop TRX Functional Training Course EMPOWER! PA

March 1-4 2-4

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IDEA Personal Trainer Institute - EAST One World   Fitness Certification & Education Conference

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13-15

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13-15

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20-22

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26-29

FitnessFest Conference and Expo EMPOWER! NC

9-10

27-29

NSCA

Norfolk, VA

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IDEA

Dallas, TX

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ACSM SCW

Arlington, VA $145-$400 www.acsmsummit.org (Washington D.C.) Burlingame, CA $259 www.scwfit.com/mania $728

www.nfpt.com/certification/workshops

$728

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Glassboro, NJ

$259

www.medicalfitnesstour.org

Henderson, NV

$99+

www.empowerfitnessevents.com/events

Overland Park, KS Phoenix, AZ

$99+

www.empowerfitnessevents.com/events

$189+

Charlotte, NC

$99+

www.empowerfitnessevents.com/events

$728

www.nfpt.com/certification/workshops

$728

www.nfpt.com/certification/workshops

www.merrithew.com/events  

NFPT

San Diego, CA

NFPT

Orlando, FL

Medical Fitness Edu. Foundation Global Fitness Solutions Global Fitness Solutions FitnessFest

workshop plus certification workshop plus certification

www.fitnessfest.org

Global Fitness Solutions NFPT

Philadelphia, PA

NFPT

Atlanta, GA

Merrithew

New York City, NY Orlando, FL

$99+

4-6

Merrithew Mindful Movement Symposium Florida MANIA

10-13

EMPOWER! FUSION

Rosemont, IL

$179+

www.empowerfitnessevents.com/events

14-19

International Aquatic Fitness Conference

Global Fitness Solutions IAFC

Palm Harbor, FL

$430

www.aeawave.com/IAFC.aspx

AAAI/ISMA

Atlantic City, NJ

Global Fitness Solutions

Houston, TX

28-29

28-29

NFPT Personal Trainer Certification Prep Workshop NFPT Personal Trainer Certification Prep Workshop

workshop plus certification workshop plus certification

PFP $199

$20 off with code PFPTOUR 

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May 4-6

SCW

$259

www.scwfit.com/mania

PFP $199

June 1-3

1-3

One World   Fitness Certification & Education Conference EMPOWER! TX

$129-$219 www.aaai-ismafitness.com

$99+

www.empowerfitnessevents.com/events

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Date

Event

Organization

Location

Cost

Website

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FitnessFest at TheFitExpo IDEA World Convention

FitnessFest

Chicago

$199

www.fitnessfest.org

IDEA

San Diego, CA

$399-$489 www.ideafit.com/world

IDEA World Club & Studio Summit

IDEA

San Diego, CA

$399-$489 www.ideafit.com/clubstudio

NSCA

Indianapolis, IN

$225-$550 www.nsca.com/national2018

FitnessFest

San Jose

27-29

NSCA National Conference FitnessFest at TheFitExpo Atlanta MANIA

SCW

31-Aug 3

The IHRSA Institute

IHRSA

DCAC International Fitness Education Conference canfitpro world fitness expo One World   Fitness Certification & Education Conference Dallas MANIA

DCAC

Reston, VA

$129+

canfitpro

Toronto, Ontario

TBD

AAAI/ISMA

Hyannis, MA

SCW

Dallas, TX

$259

www.scwfit.com/mania

FitnessFest at TheFitExpo

FitnessFest

Anaheim, CA

$199

www.fitnessfest.org

Use code PFP10 for 10% off!

7-9

Medical Fitness Tour

www.medicalfitnesstour.org

$20 off with code PFPTOUR 

EMPOWER! MN

$99+

www.empowerfitnessevents.com/events

18-20

BOLD - THE MINDBODY CONFERENCE Philadelphia MANIA

San Francisco, CA St. Louis Park, MN San Diego, CA

$259

14-16

Medical Fitness Edu. Foundation Global Fitness Solutions MINDBODY

$399+

SCW

Philadelphia, PA

$259

www.scwfit.com/mania www.nsca.com/PTCon2018

27-July1 28-July1

Discount Code Use code PFP10 for 10% off!

July 11-14 21-22

$199

www.fitnessfest.org

Atlanta, GA

$259

www.scwfit.com/mania

University of North Carolina

$1,760 $2,700

www.ihrsa.org/institute

Use code PFP10 for 10% off! PFP $199

August 2-5

8-12 17-18

24-26 25-26

www.dcacfitness.com

www.worldfitnessexpo.com

$129-$219 www.aaai-ismafitness.com

PFP $199

September

21-23

www.mindbodyonline.com/bold PFP $199

October 5-7

NSCA

Baltimore, MD

TBD

5-7

NSCA Personal Trainers Conference Nor-Cal Fitness Summit

Nor-Cal

San Francisco, CA

$397

www.norcalfitnesssummit.com

5-7

Midwest MANIA

SCW

Rosemont, IL

$259

www.scwfit.com/mania

11-14

NASM Optima

NASM

Scottsdale, AZ

TBD

www.nasm.org

19-21

AAAI/ISMA

Baltimore, MD

19-21

One World   Fitness Certification & Education Conference EMPOWER! CO

Parker, CO

TBD

www.empowerfitnessevents.com/events

24-26

Club Industry Show

Global Fitness Solutions Club Industry

Chicago, IL

TBD

www.clubindustryshow.com/clb18

25-26

Medical Fitness Tour

27-28

FitnessFest at TheFitExpo fitCALGARY

31-Nov 3

PFP $199

$129-$219 www.aaai-ismafitness.com

Medical Fitness Edu. Foundation FitnessFest

Chicago, IL

$259

www.medicalfitnesstour.org

San Diego, CA

$199

www.fitnessfest.org

canfitpro

Calgary, Alberta

TBD

www.canfitpro.com/calgary

$99+

www.empowerfitnessevents.com/events

$299+

www.abshow.com/expo

$20 off with code PFPTOUR  Use code PFP10 for 10% off!

November 2-4 7-10

EMPOWER! AZ

Global Fitness Phoenix, AZ Solutions Athletic Business Show Athletic Business New Orleans, LA

9-11

EMPOWER TX-DAL

15-18

Mansfield, TX

TBD

www.empowerfitnessevents.com/events

vancouver fitness expo

Global Fitness Solutions canfitpro

Vancouver, BC

TBD

www.canfitpro.com/vancouver

Boston MANIA

SCW

Danvers, MA

$259

www.scwfit.com/mania

December 7-9

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The Spyder 360 offers more exercise options than any single device and replaces multiple pieces of workout equipment, such as the ab wheel, push-up bars, 5- to 20-pound kettlebells or dumbbells and resistance bands. Its Unlimited Range of Motion™ engages your entire body, resulting in a more effective workout. The Spyder 360 can be used one-on-one, in a group setting, on floors of any type, and on gym walls. www.thespyder360.com

The 6-pound Twist Ball is a medicine ball with a twist. Its shifting center of sand challenges the user to control the moving center of gravity. The adjustable handle straps allow for double- or single-handed swinging, and they can be fitted over an ankle for leg lifts. It comes with an 8-inch pump and the hand covers are removable and washable. www.merrithew.com

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YOUR IDEAL BUSINESS Pat Rigsby

www.PatRigsby.com

The 10X Approach

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uilding your ideal business isn’t easy. How do you separate yourself from the competition? How do you rise above the countless options available to the market? If you’re looking for the easy route – there isn’t one. But there is a simple and direct approach: the 10X Approach. It’s not some magic bullet, but it will almost assuredly guarantee your success. Success isn’t easy. But you shouldn’t want it to be easy. You shouldn’t want everyone to be able to do it; that just makes it ordinary and average. The 10X Approach: 1. You must commit to delivering 10 times the fee in the value you provide for anything you sell. 2. You must be willing to work 10 times harder and smarter than your competition. 3. You must be willing to set written goals 10 times loftier than you ever have before. 4. You must commit to being 10 times more knowledgeable than the competition. 5. You must get 10 times more done than the competition. If you want to accomplish something that most people never will, you must be willing to do things that most people would never even consider doing. The foundation of the 10X Approach is the first principle: You must commit to delivering 10 times the fee in the value you provide for anything you sell. If you charge $500, then you have to do your best to deliver $5,000 in value. Sure, I know that most people wouldn’t pay you $5,000 for something where the market rate is $500, but that’s not the point. The point is that you relentlessly work to deliver $10 in value for every $1 you charge. You give more personal attention to your people than anyone else does. You constantly strive to do better work. You send cards on birthdays and you give gifts at Christmas. Spend some time everyday looking for ways to deliver just a little more value and to make the experience that you provide just a little better. Keep in mind that people either want the cheapest or they want the best, and this is how you become the best. The second component of the 10X Approach is simple, but it will weed out 99% of the people who own a business: You must be willing to work 10 times smarter than your competition. If you embrace this, it’s a competitive advantage that the others in your market won’t step up to match. I didn’t say that you have to work longer – just smarter. When your competition is searching online, trying to find ways to

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avoid work, you work. When they think they know enough, you study. You’re either getting better or worse – every day. Spend most or all of your day getting better. Take pride in working smarter. The third component of the 10X Approach is one that every mediocre business owner ignores: You must be willing to set written goals 10 times loftier than you ever have before. Most business owners make every day like the movie Groundhog Day. They get up and do the same thing over and over. They have no real goals that drive them forward. If you’re building your ideal business, you can’t make this critical mistake. Why settle for mediocrity? Why be comfortable with being average? Building a business is hard work. I’ve been there. I remember not having enough money to fill up my gas tank when we were getting started. I remember having to go on Craigslist to try to find discounted tickets to be able to take my son to a local amusement park because we couldn’t afford them at full price. Nevertheless, having lofty goals was the carrot out in front that kept me motivated, and it keeps me striving to learn and get better every day. Most people won’t set those types of goals. You must. Component number four is a gamechanger: You must commit to being 10 times more knowledgeable than the competition. The best don’t get there by accident. They already know how to deliver amazing results, and still they’re the first ones to keep studying. They know more about business than the rest of their industry, but they are the first to dive in and keep improving. Being the best means always staying one step ahead, and part of that is being a lifelong learner. The final component: You must get 10 times more done than the competition. Ultimately, no one cares what you know, how much potential you have, or how talented you are. They don’t care about your good ideas or the countless projects you start. They don’t care about the promises you make. They care about what you do and what you accomplish. Build your ideal business – one that provides a great experience for your clients while giving you personal satisfaction, wealth and freedom. Don’t focus on activity, focus on achievement. Are you up to the task? Are you one of the rare professionals that wants to be great and build your ideal business that is in the top 1%? If you are, start with the 10X Approach.

Pat Rigsby has built over 25 different businesses in the fitness industry from award-winning franchises to certification organizations. He’s helped thousands of fitness entrepreneurs build their ideal business. Visit his website at www. PatRigsby.com.

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