10 Ways To Grow Your Business in 2017

As the year winds down and the holiday parties crank up, I encourage you to carve a little time for yourself and reflect upon this year.  Visualize what you wish to transpire in 2017.  They say it’s about the journey, not the destination, yes?  As I get older I am starting to understand more of what that euphemism really means.  It may appear a small thing to do one thing for your business every day, but over time these things add up.  Before you know you it, you’ve created a body of work that is your selling card to prospective clients.

As a small business owner and Pilates instructor, I find great irony in the desire to grow your business and have a full teaching schedule.  When I am teaching the close to my maximum hours per week, I find it challenging to find time to focus on the big picture of my business.

Why Your Clients May Not Be Able To Feel The Exercise You Are Doing With Them?

Have you ever had a client that just couldn’t feel the exercise where you wanted them to?  Every time you would do a chest press, all they could feel were their deltoids.  Or if you did deadlifts, they only felt their hamstrings, never their glutes.  You tried cueing them differently or changing how they would do the exercise, but still, they just couldn’t feel the muscles you were trying to work.

As a personal trainer, this can be a frustrating thing.  You want your clients to have a great experience when they workout with you, and they do, for the most part.  But you want it to be even better.  You want them to feel how you feel when you workout–strong, capable, energized.  And yet, despite your best efforts, they don’t.  Something is still off.

X-Push Up

Foremost, how vital is proper push-up progression?

As I have written happily time after time — most clients can benefit from properly progressing their push-up because appropriate push-up progression provides: core stabilization, improved posture, increased power, extra endurance, stronger stability in your joints, more strength in their upper and lower body, increased muscle mass, and fat loss.

Additionally, mastering push-ups in terms of Stabilization, then Strength, to then graduate to Power is fundamental in achieving optimal core stabilization and movement muscles while building lean muscle by engaging the correct muscles. These phases cannot be skipped and shouldn’t be progress until each phase is truly mastered especially while using any equipment. In other words, a client should first progress accordingly using their own body weight before the usage of a Bosu, stability ball or another piece of equipment.

Muscles Remember What the Mind Forgets

For anyone who wishes to start a fitness program, here’s something to remember: Your movement is recorded in your body AKA ‘muscle memory’.

Yes, you heard correctly…

Perhaps you knew that – or maybe you forgot – but movements from your entire life are filed away in your connective tissue.

Let that be a comfort as you begin a fitness program. Maybe you haven’t exercised for many years, but you were an athlete in high school.

As you rev up your exercise program, the muscles and the synapses that trigger them will spring back to life: Aha! A brisk walk! Leg activation. Arm-­swinging. Balance. Posture. I remember that!

Basic Strength Program With Different Periodization

What does a basic strength program look like with different Periodization systems?

There is currently scientific literature on 4 different periodization systems:

Linear periodization
Reverse Linear periodization
Daily Undulating Periodization
Block Periodization

It is important to understand that these systems are all examples of the application of Periodization.

Managing everything within the 4 walls of your facility

As a general manager or owner of a facility, you are responsible for everything that happens or does not happen within the 4 walls of your facility.

You have no one to blame but yourself so you must take personal responsibility for everything. Does that mean you must do everything?

No, and it’s impossible so please do not try?  

What you must learn to become great at managing everything within your 4 walls are 4 things:

The Five Steps To Follow To Achieve Lasting Change

John C. Norcross is an internationally recognized expert on behavior change, the author of “Changeology” and an undisputed authority on New Year’s resolutions!

Unlike most self-help books, John’s book “Changeology” has a strong scientific foundation and is best suited to those who want to alter negative habits. It springs from three decades of scientific exploration and uses behavior modification tactics  that have worked successfully with tens of thousands of people.

However, that said, before starting, any client should meet these three criteria:

Your Body’s Anti-Aging Workout

Holistic Fitness is your new anti-aging workout kit to survive the new technological wave and future. The workout was specially designed by International Celebrity trainer Julie Rammal, to strengthen and stretch your body naturally/holistically. The methodology was used by celebrities, the royal family, and VIP & prestigious families worldwide. The workout was kept secret for years and is extremely popular because it gave results in just as little as 3 training sessions with over 15 major benefits including its anti-aging, slimming and firming effects.  It offers therapeutic benefits such as removing physical blockages, opens chakras, meridian points, improves blood circulation and your chi (life force energy), your body and mind awareness. How cool is that?

Rope Training for the Beginner and Advanced Athlete

Looking for a workout that is different and outside the box of traditional strength, cardio, and circuit training?  Try a rope workout.  Ropes are a great tool to use in your training. Ropes are low impact.  They are much safer to use than barbells, dumbbells, and kettlebells as long as you are using good form.

The ropes are the ideal workout cross training exercise you can do without placing too much stress on your joints because all the force is applied to your muscular system instead. In just a short time, you can burn many calories more than with heavy resistance training sprinting and high-intensity interval training. So it’s a good addition to your training program if you’re looking to weight. They work both the upper front and back simultaneously as well as the core. The good news is rope training works your entire core from the upper abs to your glutes and quads, both stabilizing spinal movement and applying power from the core.

Post-Marathon Recovery and Survival

If you are soon running (or have just run) a Fall marathon, you have trained hard and tapered carefully for the race.   In order to stay healthy and injury-free, it is equally important for you to follow a good plan for recovery on race day and in the days and weeks following your race:
Marathon Day Post-Race Activities:

Get your Finisher Photo Taken!  You will want the finished photo as a keepsake later so take the time to wait in line and get this photo taken, even if you feel like you are just too tired.

Keep moving immediately after the race.   Keep walking slowly and/or keep standing and moving, even in line for the race photo!   You definitely don’t want to sit down and run the risk of cramping or tightening up to the point where you can’t stand up or walk.

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