Lean Clients in 2016

Help your clients stay lean in 2016 with this simple and effective workout. This is a great suggested workout for when clients find themselves too busy to exercise. Pass this on to clients this week and wish them a happy new year!

You can complete this workout 2-3x this week on alternating days. It is quick, challenging and will make it very possible to get an amazing workout in your own neighborhood and home! No equipment is needed to complete this routine. It is best to start this routine with the Cardio portion and then go indoors for the Exercise portion.

Cardio

Hill repeats are challenging and will burn a ton of calories very quickly. Take a moment to scope out your neighborhood and find a steep hill. Start with a warm-up with some straight leg kicks, side shuffles and butt kickers. When you feel like your heart rate is up, you can start your first climb. Go slowly for the first round to ease into the hills. Then either walk or jog back to the bottom of the hill. For each consecutive hill, the goal is to feel breathless by the time you reach the top. You can walk, jog or sprint. The number of repeats will depend on how long and steep your hill is but do them for 20 minutes.

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Help Clients Set and Keep Goals in 2016

personal_trainer_with_clientIt is that time of year when clients are going to start wanting to set goals for 2016. How will you help them set goals that they will really keep?  Here is what I do and what I suggest that my clients do. These steps really seem to work when setting goals and when trying to keep them! Share with your clients and Happy Holidays!

Close out the year as you plan for the next. 2016 will be the year where you create your dream year!

As we wind down the year, it’s a great opportunity to reflect on the last 12 months.

Recap

It’s a great drill to grab a piece of paper and answer the following questions:

  1. What are the highlights of the last year?
  2. What were the struggles of the last year?
  3. What do you wish you would have done that you did not? What opportunities did you not act on that you wish you would have?

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Bad Weather Protocol

snow_cars_detail_parking_01The best way to deal with bad weather is to take a proactive approach.  So, we recently touched base with our staff members to make sure that IF something were to happen we would have the information we need:

Do you have this information from your team?

  • Who could actually get to work?
  • Whose vehicle is capable of driving in the snow and whose is not? Who feels comfortable driving in the snow and who does not?
  • Who has chains – and knows how to use them?
  • Who lives close to the studio with no major hills or obstacles en route?  Who lives close to a bus route and could easily take a bus into work?

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Do Holiday Specials Right!

eating-holiday-artHopefully you have already started running the holiday specials that were part of your 2015 Marketing Plan. If you haven’t and want to start some up quickly…here is what we are doing. You can also save this blog post and use it when you are creating your 2016 Marketing Plan!

HOLIDAY SPECIALS

Be the Inspiration to the people you love!

Give the gift of health & vitality!

Private Training • $34/session (regular $40/session)

Partner Training • $22/person (regular $24.50/person)
Purchase as many as you like and stock up for 2016 at these incredible rates. Offer expires December 31, 2015. *Note: Sessions are 30 minutes unsupervised cardio and 30 minutes with a Trainer.

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Managing Stress During the Holidays

Sherri NaughtyMost of us look forward to the holiday season and yet, many people also report higher levels of stress throughout the festivities…the endless responsibilities from getting your cards out, decorating the house inside and out, finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones and attending every social party and get-together can add a lot of pressure to someone’s life! Whether or not you buy into the holiday season, we all probably experience some level of stress at this time of year.  Here’s how to ensure the holidays don’t get you down:

Exercise (yes…I even need to remind fit pros of this):

Bet you guessed this would be at the top of my list.

Exercise is the best de-stressor at any time of year and this still holds true during the holidays.  But don’t get yourself worked up if you can’t keep up with your regular fitness regime.  Instead set some minimums. 

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Holiday Hours That Work for Clients & Trainers

1526598_10152400074961946_8241213965217345864_nThe Holiday season is upon us and that often means your business will be closed on those special days. The holidays also mean that personal trainers will be requesting vacation time. Do you have policies that will keep both your clients and your personal trainers happy during the holidays? Over the next few weeks I will be giving you some of my favorite tips and tricks to make holiday schedules a win/win for everyone!

First things first….it is imperative that you notify your clients if your regular business hours will be changing during the holidays. We ask our trainers to send out a personal email to their clients reminding them of our special hours and our special classes during the holidays.  That’s right! We offer super fun specialty group training classes in the morning on some holidays so that folks still get a workout in, but don’t need to be open the entire day. We make the holiday classes super fun so it is a win/win for clients and trainers! Read the rest of Holiday Hours That Work for Clients & Trainers

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Clients Truly Living Their Best Lives?

CamelBack_Sherri_ShantinaAs personal trainers and fitness instructors we are always trying to help our clients live their best lives. It is a good start that they come to see you and get moving on a regular basis, but how are they doing on other parts of their lives? I recently wrote a column on how to live your best life and I thought you might want to share some of these thoughts with your clients….

“Have you ever stopped to look closely at a tombstone?  Usually it will list the deceased’s name, perhaps a few words to remember them by and then it will list the date they were born and the date they died, with a dash in between.  This dash – that interval – represents their life. It’s bizarre to think your whole life could be summed up in a dash!

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Info To Send To Personal Training Clients

kneedipb(2)Looking for some interesting information on fitness and exercise to share with your clients? Here is a recent blog post that I wrote for my clients that I thought you might want to share with yours!

“Do you want to learn a technique for getting more bang for your buck?! Well, Neuromuscular Facilitation can definitely make your workouts more effective!

Neuromuscular facilitation is just a fancy term for Muscle Smart or teaching your muscles to contract more effectively.

You see, your muscles are under direct control from your nervous system. In order for you muscles to work, a nerve stimulus must arrive at the muscle which will cause it to contract. So the coordination between your muscles and your neurological system is critical to maximize any movement or exercise. Read the rest of Info To Send To Personal Training Clients

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Team Training Works If Done Correctly!

download (10)Do you remember me telling you about how great team training is? It is a way for trainers to fill those tricky time slots and a way for clients to get more training at a lower rate. Get all the details on how team training works in my previous blog Generate Extra Revenue with Team Training.

Team Training is a discounted service to help fill schedules during down time and because of that it is important to keep tight parameters. Programs as specific as team training can become difficult to manage. This is how we remain consistent with this important revenue generating program:

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Clients Need a Rest Day?

Sherri _LarchDo your clients ever ask you when they should take a rest day? Here is what I tell my clients when they ask that question……

Tips I use to determine whether I’m being lazy or I need a day off.

  • If I’m tempted to press the snooze button and I fall right back asleep, that’s a sign my body needs some extra rest. If I just lay there wide awake, I’m probably just being lazy so I get up.
  • When I first wake up, I will check my emails and/or Facebook and the light from my cell usually wakes me up and then I’m ready to go. If that doesn’t work, I may need some more rest.
  • If I’m really tired, I will force myself to get up and open the blinds, grab some water and walk around. Usually by moving around, I start to wake up and feel better. If I’m still feeling exhausted, the rest is probably more important.

I’ve had days where both my kids were sick and my body felt like it was fighting something so I decided to take a rest day and reserve the energy for my immune system to give it a good fighting chance. A workout will stimulate your immune system but if it’s already being challenged, it can suppress it and take it over the edge. Read the rest of Clients Need a Rest Day?

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