Human Resources

Last Steps Before Hiring a New Personal Trainer

Posted by on October 4, 2018 at 4:15 pm

Here at Northwest Personal Training & Fitness Education we have quite a lengthy apprenticeship program that helps us decide if a potential new hire will be an asset to our team and a good match for our team. Once that process is complete and the new personal trainer has accepted the offer, and employee agreement has been completed and wages have been established….our operations manager or personal training manager runs through this check list to ensure all necessary details have been taken care of.

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Going Outside With Clients? Play It Safe.

Posted by on June 5, 2018 at 10:34 am

It is that time of year when many personal trainers and group exercise instructors start taking their clients outside for workouts. Clients love getting the fresh air and trainers can keep things interesting with TONS of new exercises and adventures in the great outdoors. We have a couple protocols when it comes to bringing clients away from the studio for workouts and I recent sent them this email as a reminder:

“Great weather has arrived in the Pacific Northwest and many of you want to take your clients outside for workouts. I love that! Read more on Going Outside With Clients? Play It Safe….

Personal Trainers: Employees vs. Independent Contractors?

Posted by on May 21, 2018 at 7:57 am

 

One of the MOST common questions we get from fitness business owners/managers and from those who have purchased our Business of Personal Training System  is “Should I have Independent Contractors or Employees?”

Here is my answer….

Reviewing the history of the personal training industry, pretty much all of us started as independent contractors operating our personal training businesses within existing health and fitness clubs. Slowly over the years, many of these facilities decided to bring the training department in-house and make all their trainers employees. Why would they do this?

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Personal Trainer Productivity Means Everything!

Posted by on August 9, 2017 at 1:23 am

I have blogged about how we use productivity reports to gauge how full our personal trainers’ schedules are, as a way to reward personal trainers when they hit specific productivity goals and as a way to measure how our personal training business is doing overall.

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Does Your Team Have The Love?

Posted by on July 12, 2017 at 7:39 pm

Last week we reviewed some of the ways to promote teamwork within your Personal Training team. Many times personal trainers LOVE their jobs, but don’t LOVE their co workers quite as much. There can be a sense of competition between personal trainers because they are trying to “win” the most clients.

We include deliberate activities and processes to ensure that our Personal Training team works together rather than fighting against each other: Read more on Does Your Team Have The Love?…

Personal Trainers Not Team Players?

Posted by on July 7, 2017 at 8:22 pm

In the Personal Training Industry there is an extremely high job satisfaction rate. Personal Trainers love what they do. But the bad news is that many report that they don’t enjoy the relationships they have with fellow personal trainers in their club or community.  There tends to be a sense of competition and resentment among many trainers trying to ‘win’ the same potential clients.

At Northwest Personal Training and Fitness Education we believe very strongly in a team atmosphere. If you’re not a team player, you’re not right for our team.

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Conduct On-Floor Trainer Evaluations That Keep Trainers Motivated

Posted by on August 25, 2016 at 2:55 am

I recently published an article with PTontheNet that I want to share with you!

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Learn how to conduct on-floor trainer evaluations that keep trainers motivated. Share with your team. Try it at your facility. Your trainers, your clients and your bottom line will thank you.

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Employee of The Month

Posted by on April 13, 2016 at 6:52 pm

10487204_10152079812461946_5027197056409213767_nPersonal trainers, group exercises instructors, CSRs and pretty much all humans like to be recognized when they work hard and do great things! At Northwest Personal Training our Fitness & Training Director selects one of our employees to be the “Employee of The Month.” Here’s what we do:

  • Choosing the Employee of the Month is included in our yearly marketing plan and is something that our Fitness & Training Director puts in her calendar to do the last week of each month (for the next month’s Employee of the Month)
  • The Fitness & Training Director sends out an email to the entire team letting everyone know who the Employee of the Month is and why.
  • We give the Employee of The Month one of the most sought after and priceless things we have here at Northwest Personal Training….the BEST PARKING SPOT! 🙂 – it may seem like a small thing, but at our studio it is a big deal because our employee parking is pretty far away.

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On Floor Trainer Reviews

Posted by on March 9, 2016 at 8:58 pm

 

DSC02801One of the tasks that is included in our yearly marketing plan each year is for our Fitness & Training Director to schedule on floor trainer reviews with each of our personal trainers. If you haven’t included this in your yearly marketing plan it isn’t too late! Remember, your clients expect the very best from you and your team. Spending time with each of your personal trainers (rookies and experienced trainers) helps the trainer hone in on what is expected of himself/herself and allows you to give constructive feedback. Make sure your standards are being met. Take the time to conduct on floor trainer reviews with your staff!

Here are a couple of the things our Fitness & Training Director will be looking for:

  • Arrives early and prepared for session
  • Appropriate attire, hygiene and speech
  • Gives a warm greeting to client
  • Checks with client on the status of their workouts/fitness routine
  • Has client sign in for session
  • Finishes session on time
  • Teaches exercises using an appropriate style (explain, demonstrate, client practices, quizzing)
  • Session is dynamic and interactive
  • Offers regular and appropriate eye contact
  • Body language demonstrates focus and attention on client / Hands-on spotting

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Personal Trainer Vacations & Paid Time Off

Posted by on January 13, 2016 at 6:45 pm

943898_10153114719986946_3910950229851754553_nWe recently requested that our trainers send in their vacation requests for the year. This is to ensure that we don’t have too many trainers gone at the same time and so that we can prepare for the absence of trainers. Our general rule is to not allow more than 2 trainers to be absent at the same time. This will differ depending on how many clients you have and how many trainers you have.

We like to remind our team that ideal times to take off are:

  • June
  • July
  • August
  • Holidays when clients will likely be out…
  • Spring Break
  • End of November
  • End of December

And…..not ideal times to take time off are:

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