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Building On Previous Discussions Some time ago, Gym Insight was fortunate to have a guest post from Mike Hedlesky. It was an in-depth piece that has been a real asset to the Insight Blog and, judging by the traffic, a useful source of information and validation for the readers. So first, thanks Mike! Second, I thought it might be good to go back, review and build on it with some further insights into running your own small gym business. Training is always easier to impart to your staff when you are clear about the basics of the company vision and [...]

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The fitness trainers that I’ve worked with over the years have been a very diverse range of people. They share a love of fitness and the drive to help others achieve it. Of course, I’m speaking in very broad generalizations here, but there is another thing that all too many certified fitness professionals have. I’m talking about student loans. It could sometimes be that they followed their dreams and went all out on a bachelors degree relating to fitness, followed by fitness certification. Alternatively, perhaps they majored in something like real estate management, only to find out that they didn’t [...]

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Do you use a checklist when you are hiring staff at your gym? What follows here is the checklist for hiring personal trainers that I use as a structure for the interview and hiring process. As a small business owner and fitness center owner and manager you have to be organized to the point of being obsessive compulsive. In the corporate world of big gyms and worldwide fitness franchises you get all kinds of support that’s not available to the independent owner. Being an independent business owner also has its virtues but as an entrepreneur you need to be much [...]

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When you're aiming for success in the fitness industry, there are a number of factors to consider during the start-up period. That's why it's always a good idea to have a checklist in place for everything to ensure smooth business operations. A detailed checklist helps you keep the gym organized without unnecessary effort and also improves your chances of establishing a name in the industry. Let's find out why each of the following checklists play a role in the growth of your fitness business: Supplies By having a supplies checklist for your gym, you can see to it that every [...]

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Health club owners often make use of limited budgets, especially when the doors first open. Limited cash flow is the primary reason why it is vital to account for every dollar that comes in and out of your health club business. When starting your health club business, you will be confronted with a mass amount of expenses including but not limited to renting or purchasing the actual facility, equipment purchase or leasing, hiring managers, hiring other staff and personal trainers, and of course management software to aide you in running your new business. At this stage, most likely, you will [...]

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Why It is Vital to Hire a Competent Manager Hiring someone to manage your fitness center is one of the most important decisions you will make regarding the business.  Management staff can make or break your business in a relatively short time.  Your manager is your representative; your main customer service person as well as the person who manages your employees and makes all pertinent decisions when you are not there.  It's no wonder that many fitness facility owners are reluctant to hand over the reins of their business to a manager. Your facility manager needs to wear a lot [...]

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Recap! I want to do a short recap to this series...so please bear with me.  In this continuation of the series, "Which is better...", Part I explores the most basic differences between a personal trainer who is hired as an independent contractor and one who is hired as an employee.  Part II explores compensation with both the independent contractor and the employee.     Part III explores whether or not gym members have a preference in the hiring status of their personal trainers and whether or not they can even tell the difference.  If you have not explored Part III, please do [...]

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Do Gym Members Have a Preference When It Comes to Personal Trainers? Most gyms today offer some form of personal trainer. What some members may not realize is that gym owners have a choice as to whether they hire their personal trainers or use independent contractors to provide this service to their clients. In order to make the right decision, most gym owners want to at least acknowledge their members' feelings with regard to which type of personal trainer they would prefer to use. The question is not only one that must cover the preference of the gym owner, but [...]

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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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