What are you doing for Mother’s Day?

Dear Fitness Pros,

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Plan special activities, events, classes etc to celebrate women! Here are some ideas for you:

*Host a Mother/Daughter class ie Dance, Yoga, Kickboxing…
*Organize a Mother’s Day Bootcamp
*Organize a fundraiser with the beneficiary being an important woman’s cause
*Hold a Woman’s Health seminar
*Bring in a massage therapist for the day to give your female clients free mini-massage sessions
*Give each gal at your studio a flower or inspirational poem
*Offer Gift Certificates, specials, promotional offers etc.

These events don’t have to require a lot of planning time, energy or money. Just do something special to show your female clients how much you love and appreciate them.

Yours in health, fitness and business,

Sherri McMillan

ps. Speak to Kari Schunk, our Fitness Education Director, about our Personal Training Mastermind group. If you were part of this program, you would have access to all the templates and materials to make your life a lot easier! Email her at kari@nwpersonaltrainin.com

‘Bring your Child to Work-out Day!"

Hey Fitness Pros,

Next Thursday April 22nd is Bring your Child to Work day. In order to encourage a healthy lifestyle in our kids, take a spin on this national holiday and host a “Bring your Child to Work-out Day!” Encourage your clients to bring their kids to a class or to their personal training appointment. We’ve got to start them young in order to ensure they learn to love to move their bodies!

Yours in health, fitness and business,

Sherri McMillan

Photos from my Fitness Professional Resort Trip…

Hey Fitness Pros,

My teaching vacation at the resort in Mexico was absolutely fabulous. I wanted to make sure I let you know whether it was a positive or negative experience and it was all amazing! It was such a fabulous way to meet people from all over the world and since I’d be working out anyways, it didn’t feel like work. And my accommodations, food and alcohol were all free. It was a great dig! I’ll probably never travel any other way again!

Here’s a photo of me Arm Wresting. I won the Arm Wrestling champion of the whole resort. I would have made you all proud!

 Photos from my Fitness Professional Resort Trip...

Bootcamp on the Beach…

 Photos from my Fitness Professional Resort Trip...

There is no better way to teach Yoga than on the Beach!

 Photos from my Fitness Professional Resort Trip...

Did I tell you that you get to bring a friend for free too?

 Photos from my Fitness Professional Resort Trip...

Anyways, I hope you can take advantage of this type of opportunity. Definitely an industry perk!

Typically, you just have to fill out an application and prove that you are a certified professional. Then you get to search the various resorts and availability. Options are available throughout Mexico and the Caribbean including Cuba, Costa Rica and more.

There are two companies that I know of that facilitate this process. Here are their websites:

http://www.fitnessprotravel.com/

http://www.nrg2go.net/index.shtml

Happy and fit travels,

Sherri McMillan

The key to staying on top!

Dear Fitness Pros,

Stop learning and then start dying! The key to staying on top and on the cutting edge is an ongoing commitment to MCI (Measurable Constant Improvement). Read trade journals, invest in business leadership and success books, listen to webinars, watch and learn from other colleagues and attend conferences and workshops.

At NWPT, this is key to our success. We’re always working hard to advance each others’ skills. Our team is amazing because we all understand and embrace the importance of this!

If you’re looking for a fun educational event to attend and want to hang with some really awesome people, attend our Fitness & Training Forum on Saturday April 10th with Guest Speaker Petra Kolber in Portland Oregon. It is jam packed with practical information that you can implement right away.

And if you’re looking for a weekend event that will dramatically change the way you do business and significantly increase your business revenues, attend my Business of Personal Training course in May. We’ll have 17 hours together over 2 days and I will teach you everything I know about running a million dollar Personal Training business.

Email Kari Schunk, our Fitness Education Director, at kari@nwpersonaltraining.com for more details and to register for either of these events.

Here’s to striving to be your absolute best!

Yours in health, fitness and business,

Sherri McMillan

Plan a healthy and fun St. Patty’s Day celebration

Hey Fitness Pros,

Next week is St. Patty’s Day. Plan something fun for clients. Encourage everyone to wear green, play some fun Irish music, give out some door prizes, plan some fitness challenges or Exercise Trivia with an Ireland flare so people can test their Irish luck, serve green healthy drinks…

Same old, same old is the sign of a dying business. Doing little things like this that don’t take a ton of time or money to organize is a great way to add some excitement and fun to your normal way of doing things.

Yours in health, fitness and business,

Sherri McMillan

ps. Contact kari@nwpersonaltraining.com for 1 month FREE Personal Training Mastermind membership.

Fitness Pros can vacation for Free!

Hey Fitness Pros,

Sorry it’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted. I’m celebrating my 40th Birthday next week and have been enjoying a fun 40 for 40 day celebration. It’s been a blast!

Anyways, today I wanted to let you know about an opportunity that exists for Fitness Professionals that I don’t think enough of us take advantage of.

Put it this way – you should never have to pay for accommodations and food at a high class resort again. There are plenty of resorts that will give you free accommodations and food in return for teaching a couple classes like Yoga, Pilates, Aqua, Dance, Bootcamp etc per day. Plus, what a great way to meet people. So if you’re like me and would workout and take classes anyways, why not teach them yourself and be guaranteed a fabulous workout and get to go for free. Plus you get to bring a guest and often up to 2 kids for free also. If you have more in your party, they often provide a very discounted rate for add-ons. It’s a really great deal.

Typically, you just have to fill out an application and prove that you are a certified professional. Then you get to search the various resorts and availability. Options are available throughout Mexico and the Caribbean including Cuba, Costa Rica and more.

There are two companies that I know of that facilitate this process. Here are their websites:

http://www.fitnessprotravel.com/

http://www.nrg2go.net/index.shtml

Happy and fit travels,

Sherri McMillan

ps. Contact Kari Schunk at kari@nwpersonaltraining.com to sign up for 1 month of FREE Personal Training MasterMind group with me – guaranteed to increase your business revenues!

Add an Olympic theme to your training…

Hey Fitness Pros,

The Olympics are well on there way and the world is inspired and captivated by the athleticism, determination, and focus of these athletes.

So use this as an opportunity to incorporate some fun Winter Olympic challenges or workouts.

For example, maybe each day during the Olympics set a new drill, challenge or exercise with an Olympic theme. Here’s some ideas. Adjust times based on the client.

* Alpine Skier Wall Squat – How long can you hold the position?

* BOSU Snowboard 180 Jumps – Perform for 30 seconds

* BOSU Luge – Hold Luge position for 45 seconds.

* X-Country Ski Race – How fast can you do 1 mile on an Indoor X-Country Ski machine?

* Apolo Ohno Exercuff Speed Skate – Set up a course around the studio and have clients ‘skate’ for 2 minutes

* Curling Lunges – Had to add that one in for Canada icon wink Add an Olympic theme to your training...

Hope this gives you some ideas. Part of being a world-class trainer is always mixing it up and keeping it fun for clients.

Yours in health, fitness and business,

Sherri McMillan

ps. We are offering your first month FREE with our Personal Training MasterMind group. Contact Kari Schunk, our Fitness Education director, at kari@nwpersonaltraining.com and she’ll get you all set-up. You’ll be well on your way to a million dollar training business.

The #1 Key to Success is…

Dear Fitness Pros,

I’ve found that success has nothing to do with money or intelligence. Instead success seems to follow those who know exactly what they want and are willing to do whatever it takes to get there!

So I want to ask you…

Do you clearly see what you want for your life and for your career? Can you paint the picture of who you want to be, what you want to do, which adventures you want to experience? I challenge you to dream big for all aspects of your life!

Secondly, do you know what you need to start doing, stop doing and keep doing to point you in the direction of your best life? Bottom line – you actually have to do something. So I challenge you to do one little thing today to prove to yourself that you’ve got your compass pointed where you want your life to go.

Yours in health, fitness and business,

Sherri McMillan

ps. And if you need someone to keep you accountable to achieving the best in your career, email Kari@nwpersonaltraining.com and ask about our Personal Training MasterMind group.

Why a trainer needs to schedule a workout with a trainer…

Hey Fitness Pros,

This month all of our trainers are taking me through a workout. I would suggest other trainers, owners and managers to do the same for a variety of reasons:

1. Quality control – I will evaluate our team based on a set criteria of what we believe a great session looks like from start to finish. Although every workout is different because every client is different, there are certain principles and protocol that have to be adhered to to make it a great NWPT session.

2. Ideas – Working out with another trainer is an awesome way to give you ideas for your programs, sessions and classes.

3. Great workout – I’m turning 40 in 1 month and it’s time to ramp it up! I’m going to be in great shape for my Birthday!

Yours in health, fitness and business,

Sherri McMillan

Fitness Pros for Haiti

Hey Fitness Pros:

Have you organized some form of workout, exercise-a-thon etc to help the people in Haiti. It’s a wonderful way to give back, get your clients together doing something amazing for themselves and those in need and just make a difference.

Some ideas:

Exercise-a-thon – 15 minute samples of various types of fitness (ie 15 minutes of kickboxing, 15 minutes of cycling, 15 minutes of Zumba, 15 minutes of Yoga etc)
A 5km Run/Walk from your club
A Hike for Haiti
Muscle-up for Haiti – a Strength training workout, challenge or contest
Dance for Haiti – a few hours of various dance formats
Yoga & Meditation for Haiti – various forms of Yoga and Meditation

We’re doing a Bike n’ Row event. We’ll raise a minimum of $2000 in 5 hours. We’re offering 5 times slots with a minimum donation of $20 per person.

Hope this gives you some good ideas.

Yours in health, fitness and business,

Sherri McMillan