[ September 23, 2020 by Fitness Revolution 0 Comments ]

Leadership Lessons: Protecting Your Culture

Smart gym owners work hard to establish a company culture. It’s crucial for customers, employees, and the business’ image in the community. 

Protecting your culture is just as important as building it. And sometimes that means seeing management challenges through a different lens, like when to remove a team member or a client from the environment.

Those decisions are sometimes difficult but always necessary for the greater good.

Threats Can Come from Inside or Outside

Consider these two scenarios. 

In one, the employee who’s supposed to open the gym at 5 a.m. oversleeps a few times, requiring you to scramble and face an upset crowd of members waiting to get inside. The first time, you pick up the slack and end up working two full shifts in a single day. The next time, you have to wake up another employee and ask her to rush down and handle it.

This might look like a simple employee problem, and it is. But it’s also a culture problem. This is NOT how you want to do business – with customers, employees or your culture.

In another, you have a male customer who repeatedly makes sexist comments to the young woman who works at your front desk. It’s disrespectful and uncomfortable for her, and it’s inhibiting her ability to do the job. She’s unhappy and feels trapped. Others are noticing.

What’s your responsibility here? Should you keep taking the customer’s monthly dues and tell your employee to ignore it? Or do you tell the customer to find another gym and show everyone what’s important to you and your culture?

Culture Shows What You’re All About

Your culture reflects your values. Those values must include things like reliability, professionalism, meeting (and exceeding) expectations, and treating clients and coworkers respectfully.

Your culture determines not just who comes to you as a teammate or customer. It determines who stays. Who’s happy. Who spreads good news about you in the community.

It’s a huge part of retention – of clients and of good employees.

You can’t grow without protecting it, even when it comes to making difficult choices about difficult people.

But when you see those bad actors in this light, it can give you that extra guidance that you’re making the right decision to show them the door and protect those who remain.

Let’s discuss these and other management challenges in your free consultation with a Fitness Revolution Success Coach. Schedule it today.

[ September 9, 2020 by Madison Allen 0 Comments ]

How to Think Like An Entrepreneur (And Why)

Most people who decide to open a fitness business have some past experiences in common. For instance, they’ve probably been a personal trainer. Maybe they’ve held management positions with an employer and risen high in the ranks.

Thinking like a trainer and a manager is important. But to really succeed, you have to assume another role and think like an entrepreneur.

This mindset is crucial so you can make better decisions for the success of your business. It’s about how we see ourselves. It’s about the stories we tell others about who we are. And it’s centered around critical thinking and decision making.

Here’s an overview of what I mean.

Why It Matters

Entrepreneurs quickly learn that they’ve got to do more with less, that time is crucial, and that decisions add up to consequences good or bad. It’s the difference between owning a job and owning a business.

So think about the essential qualities of a successful gym owner. How do you go about making smart business decisions? What questions drive your critical thinking and problem solving?

Remember that, if your leadership doesn’t develop, then neither will your business.

Essential Qualities

A successful gym owner has:

  •     Stakeholder awareness. Who they are and what their perspectives are. What’s your goal with them, and how do you want them to feel?
  •     Strong communications skills
  •     Information gathering and staying informed
  •     Presence – How you’re seen and heard
  •     Adaptability – Making changes in real time as needed
  •     Critical Thinking. It starts with self-guided questioning. What’s happening right now? What possible changes are coming? What am I missing?
How an Entrepreneur Thinks

Leaders are always thinking about how to grow and develop these critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

They follow a framework for making smart decisions that’s based on knowing their purpose, limitations and risk, and then developing a plan.

I hope this gets you thinking about how, with a slightly different mindset, you can start thinking like an entrepreneur to grow your business into something great.

We have an awesome team of Success Coaches here to talk about this and everything else to shorten your learning curve. It starts with a free consultation, so schedule your call today.

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[ December 20, 2018 by Fitness Revolution 0 Comments ]

How To Become A Leader In Your Fitness Business

Once you’ve learned to sell and market your fitness business the next big jump for you professionally will require you to develop into a leader. There are a few critical steps you’ll need to take if you want to become a better leader.  

Let me share a recent experience of my own to help you understand the importance of becoming a fitness business leader and how to do it…

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[ December 13, 2018 by Fitness Revolution 0 Comments ]

How To Grow Your Fitness Business

How do you consistently and constantly grow your fitness business? You develop skills that allow you to generate more revenue and create a following. 

Once you understand how to attract leads, convert those leads to clients and become a leader you will have the keys to success. Not only will you be able to control your growth but you can inspire others to help you accomplish your mission.

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[ March 28, 2018 by Fitness Revolution 0 Comments ]

5 Traits Of A Successful Personal Training Business Owner

Are you a fitness business pro?  Someone that takes running your business as seriously as you do getting great results for your clients.  Life as a personal training business owner can be hard, but when you develop these 5 traits success comes a lot easier.

You put a lot of effort into developing your training and coaching skills.  How much effort are you putting into being a great business owner?

Here are 5 key traits that will help you have success as a personal training business owner.  Watch the video…

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[ February 15, 2018 by Fitness Revolution 0 Comments ]

Keys To Sustainable Fitness Business Growth

It’s one thing to see some quick success with your fitness business, but in today’s increasingly competitive market you’ll need to focus on strategies for sustainable growth.

In this short video you’ll discover:

  • The TWO key measurements for success and sustainable growth
  • Tips for measuring your efficiency as a fitness business
  • Why the value you create is directly related to your long-term success
  • How to continue to innovate and grow as the market shifts

Take Your Business To The Next Level…

Imagine having access to the information, resources, tools and Coaches that could help you level up your game as a fitness business owner and maximize your success.  Not only that, but do it much faster than you would be able to do it on your own.   That’s exactly what you get in the Fitness Revolution Coaching Programs!  There are programs designed to help fitness business owners at every level, so let’s talk about how we might be able to help you!

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[ February 13, 2018 by Fitness Revolution 0 Comments ]

Becoming A Leader In Your Fitness Business

Look up the definition of leadership and it’s pretty boring…

It’s literally “the action of leading a group of people or an organization”.   Helpful, right?

I found that a better picture of leadership was painted by looking through quotes…

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things” – Peter Drucker

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell

“Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in actions.”  – Harold S. Green

“The quality of a leader is relfected in the standards they set for themselves.” – Ray Kroc

And maybe my favorite (but I’m biased)..

When there’s a commitment to a purpose beyond someone’s own self interest, the ability to recognize what should be done to serve that purpose, and the willingness to do it. – Nick Berry

When do you become a leader?

There are a few people out there who seem to be ‘natural leaders’.  I don’t believe that leadership is a tallent that you are born with or you don’t have it.  Leadership is a skill that you have to develop.  It takes work and requires effort on your part to progress.

And as you grow as a business owner and leader you have to constatly be leveling up your game so that you don’t get left behind.   Leading a bunch of guys on your church league softball team requires a lot less skill than leading a group of successful entreprenuers in your community.

You become a leader the day you decide to become a leader.  It’s the start of your journey, if you choose it.

True Leadership Presence

You’ll notice the impact of your leadership skills when you are able to get results in your business through others.  These results will get produced not only because you enforce the rules (that’s management) but rather because your team models your example.

Results happen because you are able to motivate your team to be the very best version of themselves.

A leader will be the one running toward the problems in your business instead of turning away from them hoping no one notices the smoke.

Acting like a Leader

If you want to be a great leader start with this…

  • Ask the tough questions
  • Focus on building up your team
  • Realize the true impact of your decisions
  • Keep your ego in check
  • Incrase self awareness
  • Invest in personal and professional development
  • Have a healthy sense of optimism and true beleif in your plan
  • Be courageous
  • Be a great communicator
  • Have a clear vision
  • Protect your most valuable assets (time & people)

The “Overnight Success”

You may have heard other successful people say they “spent the last 10 years working to be an overnight success.”   As a leader you have to be willing to invest the time and energy into developing your leadership muscles.

You won’t become a great leader overnight, but you can be a better leader today than you were yesterday!

Practice implementing the actions listed above to take yourself from techinician to manager to leader in your business.

Your Leadership Mentors

Here at Fitness Revolution we work hard at being better leaders.  Our Leadership Team talks about leadership and pushes each other to continue to develop our leadership skills on a weekly basis.

Trying to become a leader on your own is difficult.  You can make faster progress and have a better chance at success when you surround yourself with others who are trying to accomplish the same goals.