Friday, November 3, 2017

Running a business can be chaotic.  Your to-do list is neverending, there’s always another fire to put out and somewhere along the way you have to figure out how to do all the stuff that keeps your business moving forward.

If you’re struggling with a sense of chaos in your business, wanting to reduce the stress that comes with it, and know there has to be a better way then make sure to watch this short video from Ryan Ketchum of Fitness Revolution.

Monday, October 30, 2017

One of the most confusing and overlooked topics in payroll, is whether your trainers are independent contractors or employees.

As the owner of a fitness studio/gym this is an important topic to learn about to make sure you are classifying your trainers correctly, and in a way that does not put your business at risk and squarely in the cross hairs of the IRS.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

There is a lot to consider when taking the leap into small business ownership. The ante is upped substantially when any entrepreneur decides to open a brick-and-mortar fitness studio. The everyday stresses of typical business ownership become magnified as rent payments, utility bills, and payroll become a monthly reality.

It seems logical that having a partner to share the experience – and workload – would be a win-win. No one person can truly be the jack-of-all trades and excel at all aspects of business ownership.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Another weekend, another solid fitness conference.  This time it was NASM's Optima event held in Scottsdale, AZ.  With 30 years behind them, NASM pulled out all the stops to celebrate. 

From social events, morning workouts, networking opportunities, VIP events and a central fitness EXPO, NASM had a little something for every fitness professional who decided to attend.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

As fitness professionals, we get plenty of questions about exercise intensity: What is the best intensity to burn fat?  What is the best intensity to improve my running time?  What is the best intensity for recovery?

The answers to these questions, as with most fitness questions, is going to be – it depends! 

Monday, October 9, 2017

It's always a pleasure to head back to Chicago (the birth place of AFS) and even more exciting to have the opportunity to connect with so many AFS supporters. 

With nearly 20 meetings and the host of 4 different education sessions, the 2017 Club Industry Show was another huge success for all those involved.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

If you’re like most fitness studio owners, just the thought of managing any type of tax makes your stomach churn.  Sales tax, along with other taxes, involves thousands of pages of tax law that can be worded in confusing ways. 

Our goal is to try to help you understand the basics to guide you in the right direction. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Thank you to Debi Teeple, Owner/Coach from LivingFit Rx in Indianapolis, IN for taking the time to answer some questions from AFS.

Debi and her husband Cary began LivingFit RX with a vision to help people improve their quality of life.  Debi has experienced several health trials of her own, so she knows first-hand how hard it is to maintain good health.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

One highly effective way to engage members of your studio or gym is to offer challenges. Ask any member with a mildly competitive side, and they’ll probably light up at the chance to participate.

This post will highlight key ideas to think about as you design challenges. Since MYZONE offers a unique “Challenges” feature that easily allows you to create challenges around heart rate training, some of the tips below will reference MYZONE. However, they can apply to you regardless of the technology you’re using (if you’re using it at all).

Thursday, September 7, 2017

For many of us, the phrase “Pre-Sale Strategies” may conjure up memories of a temporary office space with signage, a rendering of the new gym structure that’s ‘coming soon,’ and an eager salesperson ready to sign people up at a special introductory rate. On the surface, I give that effort one big YAWN!

But—truth be told—it is part of a thoughtful pre-opening game plan to get people to saddle on up to your indoor bikes, while your team delivers that critical first impression of the new studio in town.