Posts in "business"

The Art of Getting Your Shit Together

Getting your shit together is a skill that escapes even the best intentioned and seemingly organized people. This is especially true in the fitness industry, where the expectation is we work while others don’t. All…the…time. In today’s guest post by Chicago-based strength coach, Mike Connelly, owner of Rebell Strength & Conditioning, he shares some of… Read more

The Grind: Hashtags, BS, Truth, and a Little Too Much at Times

I’m a firm believer you get what you work for. Nothing just happens. You don’t miraculously earn a decent income, hit a new PR in the gym, pick up three new clients, get an A on your history paper, or finally beat Mike Tyson in Punch-Out without some modicum of effort and hard work.   Hashtags… Read more

The Pros and Cons of Online Training

I started utilizing distance coaching back in 2005 before “distance coaching” was a thing. Hell, Facebook was barely a thing at that point in time, but I managed to survive. Come to think of it I didn’t get my first cell phone or laptop until 2006, so it’s any wonder how I was able to… Read more

Hierarchy of Fitness Industry Success

There’s a lack of resources out there informing new(ish) fitness pros what it takes to be successful in this industry. I thought I’d take some time to offer my two cents. I’m not even going to swear, that’s how professional I want this post to be.   I’d be remiss not to give credit to… Read more

The Perfect Business Growth Plan: 6 Keys to Creating a Successful Personal Training Business

A common fallacy in the fitness industry is that if you don’t own a gym you don’t have to worry about “business stuff.” Another common fallacy are those who open a gym and automatically consider themselves businessmen (or women). The idea being because they open an impressive looking gym filled with all the bells and… Read more

3 Steps to Fail-Proof Your Gym

A few weeks ago I received a text from my good friend (and former business partner) Pete Dupuis. He and I are both obsessed with Jason Bourne, so the first part of the message contained some sort of arbitrary reference to David Webb. We’re cool like that. The second part, though, asked if I’d interested… Read more

Unexpected Entrepreneurial Shenanigans

“Unexpected entrepreneurial shenanigans.” Those were the three words I wrote in the blank space describing my reason for having to cancel a Skype call with a marketing group recently.   I happily picked a time to reschedule and no more than an hour later received an email from one of the gentlemen I was supposed… Read more

What I Learned Listening to Unicorns About the Business of Fitness

Unicorns are real.   I hung out with two of them this past weekend. Except, these weren’t unicorns in the fantastical sense, you know, with horns sticking out of their foreheads and the proclivity to shoot rainbows out of their ass. In fact, these unicorns didn’t even have four legs. Or a tail. No, these… Read more