We Are Doing a Happy Dance!

Here in Washington State all fitness facilities were forced to close when our COVID numbers increased. We worked diligently with the Washington Fitness Alliance to explain why we should remain open. In the end….we were able to reopen on January 11th!

To celebrate and as a way to catch the attention of our clients (and potential new clients) we put together this Happy Dance Video and spread it all over social media and sent it out in our weekly eNewsletter.

I also recorded a video explaining all of our reopening details….AND emailed our clients a summary of the updates we have implemented.


We have all had to stay on our toes over the last year. Fitness facilities have had to be creative and have had to adapt quickly to all of the restrictions and closing. I have found that transparency, regular communication and creativity have been more important than ever! I wanted to share the updates we have made. What are you doing to keep clients safe and coming through your doors/doing sessions online?

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Podcast with Sherri: Marketing Tactics to Grow Your Fitness Business

Even though most of us fitness business owners and managers are focused on just keeping our doors open right now…we can’t lose sight of the importance of planned and continual marketing.

I recently recorded a podcast that I want to share with you. This podcast focuses on work-life balance, fitness business systems, marketing fundamentals, marketing tactics to drive clients back into the studio or acquire new clients, and much more.

“Systems enable you to grow in chaos”

Sherri McMillan

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Fitness Facilities: Fight AND Stay ‘Open’

My announcement to the Northwest Personal Training family about the mandated extended closure.

 

Here in Washington state….health and fitness facilities have been forced to close for the last month or so. I believe that we must take COVID-19 seriously and wish we could stay open. We are part of the solution and not the problem. We know know that at Northwest Personal Training we can provide a safe environment for our clients to work on their fitness, boost their immune systems and relieve stress. All of these things help fight infection and disease.

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Fitness Businesses Need to Act Quickly

We recently learned (despite much effort on our part) that fitness facilities in Washington state must close again. I know that many fitness facilities across the country are facing similar shut downs. We are extremely disappointed, but we have to work with what we have and move forward.


I gave these words of encouragement and some action steps to our team:

 

The only thing we can control is what we control.

Someone told me to think like we are in a boat. We can’t control the weather, the wind, conditions…we can just control what we do with it all.

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Take Action. Save Your Fitness Business!

The fitness industry is seeing huge changes right now. We are being pushed to find different ways to help our clients live fit and healthy lives. We are months into this pandemic and I hope you have embraced the changes forced on our industry and maybe even found new revenue streams for your business!

 

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What is Your Differentiator?

Covid 19 has forced us, here at Northwest Personal Training, to rethink and revamp the way we do things. However, even before the pandemic hit, we recognized that our Group Training program shouldn’t be our main focus. Our differentiator is Private Training. There are many business in the fitness industry who do a great job with group training. Businesses such as Orange Theory, Barre, Soul Cycle/Star Cycle and CrossFit are becoming more and more popular.

We know that we shouldn’t be trying to compete with these types of group training options, so we doubled down on marketing our bread and butter….Private Training.

We are known, in our community, as the experts when it comes to Private, Personalized, By Appointment, One-on-one Fitness & Strength Training with World-Class Trainers. Prior to March, we started focusing all of our marketing efforts on Private Training, and now (7 months into the pandemic) we have found that people feel safer in a one-on-one setting where we can more easily control access, flow, disinfecting, distancing etc.

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Highlight Current Clients – Inspire New Clients

2020 has been a tough year for many fitness businesses, but many of us are finding ways to continue to help our clients stay healthy and strong. Here at Northwest Personal Training we wanted to highlight our clients who have remained engaged and motivated over the last year. We also need to encourage more clients to do the same. So….we decided to highlight our amazing clients AND encourage new clients to join us all in one marketing campaign!

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Revamp Workplace Wellness

The CDC reports that 90% of the nation’s $3.5 trillion in annual health care expenditures are for people with chronic and mental health conditions. People who don’t exercise, eat poorly and practice unhealthy lifestyle behaviors and suffer the associated health consequences cost the USA a lot of money.

The CDC quantifies exactly how much greater the annual health care costs are for people with certain risk factors and the results are startling and should convince employers and insurance companies to immediately initiate and reward Corporate Workplace Wellness programs.

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Start a Challenge. Inspire Your Community.

Last week we saw August 20, 2020 and seeing all those 20s, I was inspired to start a 20/20/20 challenge.

The goal is to inspire people to do 20 workouts for 20 minutes for 20 days. So yes, 20 minutes of any type of movement every day for at least 20 days starting TODAY or ASAP!

Here’s the video I posted explaining the challenge to our clients:

Many of your clients may be able to easily achieve this so try inspiring them to connect with at least one person they love who could benefit from 20 minutes of activity everyday. Help your clients make 2020 the ‘kick in the butt’ year that they may need to start making their health a priority.

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Fight 4 Fitness

Who would have ever thought that fitness organizations would be struggling to survive during a health crisis when our communities need us now more than ever?!

My facility is located in Washington state and we have created a Washington Fitness Alliance with hundreds of Washington clubs, Sports and Recreation Centers and fitness professionals. Our goal is to have a united voice when speaking to our Governor and his task force to assure our needs can be represented effectively.

If you are not in the state of Washington, I would encourage you to create a similar type of alliance in your state or province if one does not currently exist.

If you are located in Washington state, please join our alliance (it’s free) and like our Facebook page for regular updates and communication.

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