TRENDS en The Big Picture on Financing Options in the Fitness Industry <div class="node-body article-body">The following is an overview of each financial product possibility for you in a likely chronological order, starting from the inception of your business.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> clubs Operations marketing Freemium Sat, 01 Nov 2014 16:00:00 +0000 34081 at Embracing Wellness Coaching in Your Clubs <div class="field-byline"> Mike Kennedy, contributing writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Health and wellness coaches and personal trainers provide valuable services to clubs and their members, but club owners need to recognize that the way those two professions interact with clients is different.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Certification/Education Training Freemium Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:05:00 +0000 33831 at <p>Clients who choose a health and fitness program that meshes with the individual circumstances of their lives are more likely to adhere to it, as opposed to a regimen mandated by a personal trainer that may make sense for clients&#39; physical conditions but may not take into account their personal needs and wants.<em> Photo by Thinkstock.</em></p> Credentialing for Fitness Professionals and New Liability Concerns <div class="field-byline"> David Herbert, contributing columnist </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The media and the public are once again focusing on injuries and deaths arising out of certain segments of the exercise and fitness industry, including those characterized as "extreme" fitness or sports activities.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Certification/Education Liability/Insurance Freemium Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:33:00 +0000 33641 at Six Apps That Work for You and Your Health Club <div class="node-body article-body">This list of notable apps, based on informal surveys and best-of lists, will help fitness professionals use mobile technology to elevate their businesses. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apps Freemium Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:50:00 +0000 33631 at <p>The recent explosion in the number of fitness apps can make finding and choosing the best apps for your business more confusing than ever. <em>Photo by Thinkstock.</em></p> Crowd Funding: A Devilish and Angelic Option for Raising Money in the Fitness Industry <div class="node-body article-body">If not done right, crowd funding can be a lot of work with little to no payoff. Done correctly, it can reap financial rewards.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Marketing Operations Freemium Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:29:00 +0000 33621 at <p>Crowd funding is defined as financing a business venture using small amounts of money from a large number of people. <em>Photo by Thinkstock.</em></p> HIIT Workouts Can Include Precor's AMT <div class="node-body video-body">High intensity interval training (HIIT) is all the rage. Why not incorporate some of your cardio equipment in a HIIT workout? You might want to start with this workout on Precor's AMT. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Training/Group Exercise Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:41:00 +0000 33421 at ASF Payment Solutions & Thom Plummer <div class="node-body video-body">ASF Payment Solutions & Thom Plummer</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Technology Wed, 01 Oct 2014 22:34:00 +0000 33261 at Inventors Crucial to Development of Fitness Equipment <div class="node-body article-body">Independent inventors continue to be a driving force for new products and technology that eventually end up within the four walls of many fitness facilities.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:26:00 +0000 32641 at <p>After developing an idea, inventors seek advice from a competent patent attorney and apply for provisional patents, which are relatively inexpensive and protect both the inventor and the company investing in the product. <i>Photo by Thinkstock.</i></p> Diabetes Programs Provide Needed Help for Communities <div class="field-byline"> Ann Muder, contributing writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Many fitness facility operators are offering diabetes prevention and management programs not only to help those who are at-risk for diabetes but also to attract new members.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nutrition Freemium Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:21:00 +0000 32631 at <p>Beyond the benefits to diabetics, programs directed to this market have the potential to bring in additional revenue and members for club operators and raise the profile of the facility as a business interested in keeping the community healthy. <em>Photo by Thinkstock</em>.</p> Attracting and Retaining Top Talent Requires Respect and Rewards <div class="node-body article-body">Health clubs of all sizes want to attract the best talent—a central reason why many club owners offer employee incentives.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human Resources Management/Operations Freemium Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:34:00 +0000 32571 at <p>It is difficult to measure the effect of incentives on overall returns, but the consensus is that clubs generally do better when employees are incentivized than when they are not. <em>Photo by Thinkstock.</em></p>