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  • 00:31

    Tai Chi instructor Ahmad Ptah El talks to fitness professionals

    in Fitness

    We are thrilled to welcome as our guest, Sifu Ahmad Ptah El to Group Fitness Out The Box! If you listened to our show Tai Chi and professional group fitness instructors, you will appreciate why we're so excited to have Ahmad come on the show.


    Ahmad has extensive training in the martial arts focusing on the internal martial arts for years. Today he talks to us about our professional lives and its costs to our health and wellness; and how we can increase our longevity, healthfully, in the field of professional fitness instructing. 


    Topics covered:



    What is tai chi?
    Why is it beneficial (life-changing, in my case) for fitness professionals?
    How to evaluate a tai chi program and instructor
    What form should you learn?
    What should you expect in terms of training and time commitment? (In our profession, that translates into "can I learn it in a weekend workshop?)
    Suggested reading: Tai Chi Health for Life by Bruce Frantzis


    For more about  Ahmad Ptah El check out his Bagua Taiji website.


    Ahmad is available for private sessions in the metro Atlanta area and will travel for workshops. He can be reached by calling (678) 526-4286 or by filling out the contact form on his website.


     

  • 01:23

    Advanced Tips for Fitness Professionals and More - More Than Just Muscles #21

    in Fitness

    During this More Than Just Muscles podcast, Skip and Carrie La Cour offer some advanced tips and insight for fitness professionals and those wanting to become fitness professionals someday. They also talk about life, news, and current events from a fitness perspective. In addition, the two review this past week's Morning Connection motivation and life-coaching podcasts.


    Six-time National Bodybuilding Champion Skip La Cour discusses strategies that help you become more successful both inside AND outside of the gym. He's joined by his wife Carrie La Cour to offer you a woman's perspective. Carrie has over 15 years of experience in the health and fitness industry and is a former national level figure competitor.


    Skip La Cour owns and operates Mass Machine Nutrition his highest quality and most effective bodybuilding supplement and sports nutrition line. He is also is a one-on-one coaching specialist for those wanting to take their bodies AND lives to a higher level.

  • 00:29

    Consummate Fitness Professional: Starting & Growing Your Training Business VI

    in Health

    After being in the health & fitness industry for the past 9 years, I have been asked many questions about becoming a personal trainer. Many health conscious people aspire to be great influencers of change in their world, so it's no surprise that a career in personal training comes to mind first. But, it can be overwhelming just to figure out what education is needed, certifications are required, business licenses to apply for and how to just get going. I'm going to take the next 4-5 episodes to discuss a number of things to consider to be a successful and well-rounded personal trainer. Today I discuss:


    -The do's and don'ts of personal training


    -Miscellaneous wrap up

  • 00:30

    Consummate Fitness Professional: Starting & Growing Your Training Business V

    in Health

    After being in the health & fitness industry for the past 9 years, I have been asked many questions about becoming a personal trainer. Many health conscious people aspire to be great influencers of change in their world, so it's no surprise that a career in personal training comes to mind first. But, it can be overwhelming just to figure out what education is needed, certifications are required, business licenses to apply for and how to just get going. I'm going to take the next 4-5 episodes to discuss a number of things to consider to be a successful and well-rounded personal trainer. Today I discuss: 


    -More about the practice of personal training


    -Set up and preparation for all sessions


    -Filling out informed consent forms, waivers, doctor's releases (when necessary) and agreements


    -Setting and agreeing on goals, revisiting them frequently and planning ahead for goals


    -Take measurements appropriate to goals


    -Plan and track all workouts and progress, share regularly


    -Set a schedule, stick to it


    -The do's and don'ts of personal training


    -Miscellaneous wrap up

  • 00:30

    Consummate Fitness Professional: Starting & Growing Your Training Business IV

    in Health

    After being in the health & fitness industry for the past 9 years, I have been asked many questions about becoming a personal trainer. Many health conscious people aspire to be great influencers of change in their world, so it's no surprise that a career in personal training comes to mind first. But, it can be overwhelming just to figure out what education is needed, certifications are required, business licenses to apply for and how to just get going. I'm going to take the next 4-5 episodes to discuss a number of things to consider to be a successful and well-rounded personal trainer. Today I discuss:


    -More about building clientele, retention, referrals, advance purchasing options & a cancellation policy


    -Establishing a community & web presence


    -Why is marketing so important? How can you market without being "salesy"


    -The practice of personal training


    -Building relationships


    -Get know your clientele


    -Set up and preparation for sessions


    -Setting expectations with your clientele


    -Goal setting


    -Taking measurements


    -Setting your schedule and sticking to it


    -Maximizing the most of your time


    -And much more

  • 00:29

    Consummate Fitness Professional: Starting & Growing Your Training Business III

    in Health

    After being in the health & fitness industry for the past 9 years, I have been asked many questions about becoming a personal trainer. Many health conscious people aspire to be great influencers of change in their world, so it's no surprise that a career in personal training comes to mind first. But, it can be overwhelming just to figure out what education is needed, certifications are required, business licenses to apply for and how to just get going. I'm going to take the next 4-5 episodes to discuss a number of things to consider to be a successful and well-rounded personal trainer. Today I discuss:


    -What is your business model?


    -Who is your audience?


    -Where do you work?


    -Compare chain gyms, independent gyms and mobile training


    -How personal training has evolved from 1-on-1 to group settings


    -How to build clientele


    -How to retain clients


    -How to get referrals


    -How to get leads


    -Establishing a community presence & web presence


    -How to market on a dime


    -And much more


     

  • 00:28

    Consummate Fitness Professional: Starting & Growing Your Training Business II

    in Health

    After being in the health & fitness industry for the past 9 years, I have been asked many questions about becoming a personal trainer. Many health conscious people aspire to be great influencers of change in their world, so it's no surprise that a career in personal training comes to mind first. But, it can be overwhelming just to figure out what education is needed, certifications are required, business licenses to apply for and how to just get going. I'm going to take the next 4-5 episodes to discuss a number of things to consider to be a successful and well-rounded personal trainer. Today I discuss: 


    -How to gain credibility in the health & fitness industry?


    -What kind of education is needed for personal training?


    -Is there specific qualifications needed to personal train?


    -The benefits of:


    -A college degree


    -A certification


    -Nothing


    -Are there set regulations for personal training?


    -Types of certifications: ACE, NASM, ISSA CSCS, etc.


    -Why is it so important to get credentialed? 


    -Why shouldn't you go without getting educated and credentialed in personal training?


    -What are the tools you'll need in your daily business?


    -What does "scope of practice" mean and how does it apply to this profession?


    -And much more

  • 00:29

    Consummate Fitness Professional: Starting & Growing Your Training Business I

    in Health

    After being in the health & fitness industry for the past 9 years, I have been asked many questions about becoming a personal trainer. Many health conscious people aspire to be great influencers of change in their world, so it's no surprise that a career in personal training comes to mind first. But, it can be overwhelming just to figure out what education is needed, certifications are required, business licenses to apply for and how to just get going. I'm going to take the next 4-5 episodes to discuss a number of things to consider to be a successful and well-rounded personal trainer.


    1st Episode: Introduction to Personal Training


    -What has been my experience?


    -What are some of the keys to becoming a consummate fitness professional?


    -What path should you choose?


    -How do you gain credibility?


    -How do you build your clientele?


    -What measures are needed to maintain and grow your business?


    -What are some of the do's and don'ts to personal training?


    -And, much more.

  • 00:31

    Guest: Lady G talks about fitness and house music

    in Fitness

    House music is what the world and group fitness needs.


    Why? Because music is the key of movement. Popular fitness formats depend on the music to get people up and grooving; and for many instructors, music is our lifeline to a great class experience.  


    What is house music? Well there are many interpretations. Listen to the mix playing in the background. No, these mixes do not use 32-count phrasing or 8-count blocks as in professionally-mixed aerobic music. Yet, these mixes naturally flow this type of rhythmic musical phrasing making it ideal for instructor cueing.  


    Lady G is our special guest because she is one of the few that has experienced the fusion of house music and fitness in the form of Rhythm Walking. Rhythm Walking is fueled by house music. 


    Lady G is also a fixture of the Atlanta house music scene and is dedicated to spreading the love of house music far and wide. She also walks her talk, always out on the dance floor. Listen in while she talks about the power of house music. 


    Lady G talking about Rhythm Walking


    Lady G warming up


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    MindBody Group Fitness Arts Foundation


    Rhythm Walking


    Wii Fitness Examiner


    House Music Mix by DJ 1derful


    If Nothing Changes Then Nothing Changes on MixCloud


     

  • 01:01

    Jamie King: The Sweat Guru

    in Lifestyle

    Jamie Walker is revolutionizing the fitness experience.  She is the CEO and co-founder of SweatGuru and is on a mission to help make the world more fit.  “We are creating SweatGuru to take the pain out of managing and taking fitness classes,” says Walker.  SweatGuru is a place where people can discover, book and pay for fitness classes online and where fitness professionals can manage and grow their business.


    At SweatGuru, Jamie leads business development and marketing for the San Francisco-based start-up. “What we love most about working on SweatGuru is that we are solving a huge problem, not only for ourselves but for the fitness community at large.”  Jamie and co-founder, Alyse Mason-Brill, bring more than 15 years of combined technology, marketing, and entrepreneurial experience to SweatGuru, their second joint venture. Prior to SweatGuru, Jamie and Alyse owned and operated Fit Approach, a wildly popular San Francisco boot camp, blog, and online community.


    Today Jamie Walker shares how she has turned her personal brand of fitness knowledge into two successful businesses. 


     

  • 00:54

    P3 Pilates questions and answers episode 94

    in Fitness

    Tonight we talked about pregnancy protocols in relation to specific exercises (Elephant, Arabesque, Jackrabbit).  We also discussed feeling like you don't know what you are doing when you first start and what being passionate about teaching really means.  Also, Pilates on Tour is coming to Phoenix!  We discussed what is included and what you'll get out of it.