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Part II: Which is better…Personal Trainers and Compensation

On fitness forums, I have seen this question posted quite frequently: Which is better, to hire a personal trainer as an employee or as an independent contractor? In Part I of this series we looked at the very basic options that both gym owners and personal trainers have when hiring and being hired.  I received a great response with an overwhelming majority of personal trainers who work as independent contractors.  I have yet to receive feedback from gym operators.  Regardless, some of the personal trainer responses described their independent contracting experiences as "win-win" both for them and the gyms that [...]

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Part I: Which is better…?

On fitness forums, I have seen this question posted quite frequently: Which is better, to hire a personal trainer as an employee or as an independent contractor? In the following weeks, I will attempt to explore this question from different topic angles with addressing the very basics. However, I would like to get a more in-depth perspective for my own personal knowledge as a gym owner. I ask for feedback from you, the reader, no matter where you fit in the fitness industry! As a Gym Owner What Type of Personal Trainer is Right for You? Whether you are the [...]

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Cartoon Gym

Gym Personalities: Which One Are You?

There are many different reasons people join a gym. Mostly, members are looking to improve markers of health, wellness, and are just looking to better themselves overall through physical exercise. This post is not about the majority.  This post is about those personalities you run into that take their own fitness on with a psychopathic intensity that would make most serial killers stop and say: “Hey, are you ok?” So, this is actually a public service message to get you to look at yourself in the mirror and, via deep self-introspective reflection, ask yourself: “Am I that guy?” 1.       The [...]

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Dirty Gym

Keep Your Business Clean

No matter which show I watch: Bar Rescue, Restaurant Impossible, Tabitha’s Salon Takeover, and even the long gone but much loved We Mean Business (hosted by Apprentice winner Bill Rancic), there is one common element: every single business that the hosts enter is FILTHY! The aforementioned shows are my soap operas; I simply can’t get enough of them. I love peering into other people’s businesses and seeing how they’re run and what sets them apart. There’s one thing that consistently horrifies and bemuses me: the cleanliness of the business. Every entrepreneur knows what it’s like to have to scrimp and [...]

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Health Club Sales

Everything I read on fitness blogs and in trade magazines lately keeps following the same B.S. mantra of “differentiate your gym through customer service.” While I agree that excellent customer service should always be a cornerstone of any business, all of these bloggers and writers are ignoring the sea change that’s happing in the industry. If they follow their own advice, they’re going to end up with a small handful of extremely happy members – unfortunately for them, a small group of very happy members won’t pay the bills. If I had to predict how to properly position your gym [...]

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Fitness Trainers

Fitness Gym Business Networking

I’ve been on the hunt for fitness gym business resources but I’m having trouble! For anyone out there interested in starting a gym or buying a gym, there just doesn’t seem to be much in the way of information. In fact, some of the only information that I can find is related to the 24 hour gym franchise boom. Although I’m sure that each franchisor provides information to their franchisees, where do the rest of us meet to collaborate? When you search for fitness marketing and related promotional types of information, all you seem to find are various programs for [...]

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Health and Fitness Word Puzzle

User Managers

We’ve received several requests for the ability to assign managers to the users within Insight. If you choose to assign a manager to one or more of your users, that manager will have the ability to view those users’ commission sheets. This is particularly useful if you have a user who is responsible for payroll or for approving the sessions that your personal trainers have entered. Here’s how you do it: First, go to your user management screen:   Notice how there is a new column (“Manager”) in the user listing. Next, select one of your users: From the Edit [...]

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Undo Personal Training Sessions

It is now possible for personal trainers to undo previously trained session. Essentially, they would only need to do this in the event that they made a mistake in entering a session. However, it's been a persistently asked for feature! Here's how it works, from the client list screen, the trainer (or manager) would need to click on either the Purchased or Trained column of the desired client: Then, from the client view page you'll notice a new icon on sessions that have been completed but aren't expired: If you hover your mouse over the icon, you'll see a description: [...]

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Insight: How To Run A Report + Report Index

Sure, the electronic logging, calculating is great but what makes the program, Insight? Our automated reports can be ran at any moment - whether to check daily production, user productivity, company performance, payroll and more. Why is the reporting feature such a highlight of Insight? For starters, all reports are calculated within the program (no more spending time crunching sales numbers), you can run a report at any time of the day so you know EXACTLY what your business is doing. But, the most noteworthy feature of Insight reports is the automated email capabilities.That's right, you don't event have to [...]

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Insight: How To View (and understand) The Dashboard

Quick checklist: Create an account - CHECK Enter a membership sale - CHECK Delete a membership sale - CHECK So, where do you go and see all of the transactions? Click on over to your DASHBOARD for a snap shot of a location's daily activity. What does all of this mean? The DASHBOARD shows you all of the following: daily transactions (broken down by type), salesperson productivity breakdown, daily goals, monthly goals, personal training breakdown, and of course your daily sales total. Let's break it down... TRANSACTIONS All transactions logged for the current day will be reflected on the dashboard. [...]

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Insight: How To View (and understand) The Daily Production Screen

Now that you are all set up with your account and getting familiar with the program - let's get you familiar with the ''heart'' - the Daily Production Screen (DPS). The DPS is your command center where you will be logging sales, personal training sessions, changes in membership, miscellaneous sales, etc. This one screen tells you exactly what your location is doing on any given moment and day. Here's your "Go To Guide" in viewing and understanding your DPS. Step 0: Let's assume you already know how to log in (if you are still confused as to how to log [...]

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Insight: How To Delete A Membership Sale

Not something we like to do but every once in a while we have to delete a membership sale. No need to look through paperwork - all you need is the member's name! Let's assume you are already logged into your account at gyminsight.com Step 1: Once you get your member's name click on SEARCH Step 2: Enter your member's information (first name, last name, key number (if available)). Step 3: Once the program searches all the transactions you will get a list of results. Click on the applicable entry.Step 4: The program will take you to the selected membership [...]

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Insight: How To Enter A New Membership Sale

Now that you have an account what do you do? This 'How To' will show you how to enter a new membership sale through Insight. Step 1: Go to gyminsight.com and log in. *Don't have an account? Learn how to sign up for your free trial here. Step 2: Welcome to your dashboard! Your dashboard gives you an overview of all things Insight. See changes in membership, personal training, other sales, and monitor your daily/ monthly progress in one quick view. Step 3: Ready to enter a new membership sale? Click on PRODUCTION Step 4: Your Production page breaks down [...]

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What is Insight? Why Insight?

Wouldn't it be nice to see your gym sales in real time, all day, every day? Now you can! Insight is a comprehensive dashboard for your gym business. Don't waste time calculating commissions, logging personal training sessions - have Insight do all the work. Gym owners tend to spend way too much time going from one facility to another to check up on paperwork and logs to make sure their business is producing results. Wouldn't it be nice to see everything from your computer screen by monitoring each facility by commission, employee, personal training session, client, etc.? Better yet, how [...]

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Insight: How To Register For a New Account

30 Day Free Trial, what are you waiting for? 3 Easy Steps Until You Are Registered For Insight Step 1: Head over to the Sign In page - http://gyminsight.com Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on SIGN UP TODAY. Step 2: Pick Your Package over at http://www.xefinancial.com/insight.html Each user gets a 30 day free trial! Try the program for FREE and experience the difference. Insight offers numerous packages geared toward your business size. Take a look at the guide below: BASIC: 1 location Up to 5 users SILVER: Up to 2 locations Up to 15 users (employees [...]

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