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What does it take to be a top Personal Trainer to Watch?

The 2012 Personal Trainer to Watch winner, Joanne Blackerby, discusses the award and how it's changes her career. 

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Infographic: The Mobile Friendly Gym

There are more than 20,000 fitness and health apps available for download. Is your gym ready? 

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Download the LFconnect App 

The new workout tracking app from Life Fitness is now available for iPhone and Android. 

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Webinar: Open Platform Fitness

Chris Clawson explores the technology shift in fitness, explains what the term “open” really means and how it will affect your business.

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June 01, 2015 // Category: Fitness Advisor

Small Group Training (SGT) comes in many styles, is delivered in many different ways and enjoyed by countless individuals. It’s an important way to create energy, excitement and motivation.

But, what exactly is SGT? Most fitness industry articles refer to it as having group size from 2 to 12, some advocate even higher numbers. In adult education, a small group can range from 2 to 8 students. An ACE article in 2012 defines SGT as, “big enough to be fun, but small enough to still be quality.”

According to Dr. Melvin Hilsdon, the key component is enjoyment. Hilsdon’s research suggests that when enjoyment and social engagement are present in group classes, member retention rates are higher. 

Implementing successful SGT in a facility isn’t always easy. But start by examining a few key points. 

Know the Experience You Want to Create

Find out what your member groups are looking for. If advanced members are after a challenging HIT workout, then SGT delivers, adding an element of competition. If exercisers are after social engagement, SGT provides enticing engagement from the trainer and others in the session. If participants are new to exercise and searching for confidence building, SGT offers an encouraging learning environment with plenty of support and feedback. 

Consider the Environment

You can create an effective SGT space with equipment as simple as floor mats and kettlebells. But variety is essential to adding to the motivation and fun of group training. If you don’t have a small group training station, mix it up with cardio equipment, dumbbells, kettlebells, medicine balls and varying bodyweight exercises.

Balance ‘The What’ and ‘The How’

The right balance of content (the what) and context (the how) is vital, if SGT is going to be successful. The how is key to the member experience. The how is the teaching, the interaction between the teacher and each member. Is the trainer adding to the member experience? Does the trainer bring individuals together as a group? Does the trainer have the skills to motivate? Does the trainer deliver feedback to the individual in a manner that enhances the experience?

 

With just a little bit of planning, any facility can add the energy and motivation provided by small group training. 

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May 26, 2015 // Category: Innovation

The best method of tracking your daily exercise may already be in your pocket. 

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Life Fitness recently updated its LFconnect app to sync with popular built-in fitness apps — Apple Health, Google Fit and Samsung S-Health — automatically transmitting data collected from our Life Fitness cardio equipment.

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April 21, 2015 // Category: Fitness Advisor

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success. If you're exercising consistently and truly challenging yourself at the gym, but you're still not losing weight or you're exercising and continuing to gain weight, it's time to rethink what you eat. Here's the bottom line: If you don't buy it, you won't eat it. Shop for success to achieve success on the scale.

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