In Bed With Funk Roberts & the Fitness Industry

How do you know if you have created a successful brand? Funk Roberts has the answer for you.  Learn how Funk built an authentic business that is dedicated to helping hundreds of thousands of men over 40, 50 and 60 excel in, health, fitness, weight loss, business and life through new monthly workouts, programs, nutrition info, exclusive products, motivation, master classes, community and more. Find out how serves his niche, stays vulnerable and continues to thrive in his business by listening below. Listen to the newest episode of my podcast below or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Podcast Home Page Apple

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Global Report on Physical Activity: Are We Hitting Targets? 

The World Health Organization released its inaugural Global status report on physical activity to chart the progress across the world in efforts to achieve their global target of a 15% relative reduction in the prevalence of physical inactivity by 2030. Unfortunately, the report shows that there is much more work to be done and that in some cases, countries have fallen behind.  As citizens we should all be concerned because “A consequence of this “inaction” is that already stretched health systems are burdened with preventable disease today and even more so in the future, and communities fail to benefit from the wider

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Au lit avec l’industrie et Nathalie Plamondon-Thomas

Passionnée des changements de vie durables, Nathalie nous partage la trajectoire de sa carrière allant d’instructeur de cours en groupe et entraîneur privé à coach grâce à ses études en neuroscience et son expertise en mindset. Elle est lauréate du prix de conférencière canadienne de l’année 2021, une experte de la confiance en soi et l’autrice de quinze livres à succès dans le monde entier. Écoutez ci-dessous ou partout où vous écoutez des baladodiffusions. Page d’acceuil de balado Balado Apple Spotify Balado Google https://youtu.be/EAHP01KM5qQ

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In Bed with Melanie Levenberg and the Fitness Industry

How do you explain what you do for your career? Melanie Levenberg teaches you how to speak your truth while energizing and inspiring more play-like movement for your clients – adults and kids! Melanie is canfitpro’s Fitness Instructor of the Year 2022 and is the Founder/CEO of PL3Y Inc. When Melanie is not coaching clients on launching and operating a profitable kids fitness business, you can catch her hiking, camping, skiing, snowboarding and PLAYING in the mountains. Listen to the newest episode of my podcast below or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Podcast Home Page Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts https://youtu.be/c_9IBKKWvWA

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A Podcast For You

Busy fitness and wellness pros like yourself need and deserve consistent opportunities to learn, grow, and be inspired. I got you! I assemble the best our industry has to offer; from award-winning instructors to executives at national gyms to wildly successful leaders who have overcome obstacles, I bring them all to you in compact 20-minute interviews In Bed With the Fitness Industry!  My guests and I get “In bed” for cozy conversations about their careers, connection to their purpose and audience, challenges and goals, and inspirations. From our boudoir to wherever you choose to watch on YouTube or listen to the

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Do Your Clients Struggle with Anxiety or Depression?

October 10th is World Mental Health Day. The World Health Organization’s objective is to raise awareness of mental health issues worldwide and to mobilize efforts to support mental health. “The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide.” As fitness and wellness professional, we work to support all aspects of health for our clients and participants. The rise of depression and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with the prevalence of heart disease, has provided

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In Bed with Eric Wong Kai Pun & the Fitness Industry

Do you want to make Personal Training your career, not just your hobby? Listen to canfitpro’s Personal Trainer of the Year 2022 Eric Wong Kai Pun share his secrets to longevity, moving into management positions and finding your space within the personal training industry. Listen to the newest episode of my podcast below or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Podcast Home Page Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts https://youtu.be/LjGH5vQ4V2o

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Stop Using This Word with Your Clients

It’s used commonly by some group fitness instructors and small group coaches, but it now seems to have made its way into all forms of cueing and coaching as well as posts on social media:  I can appreciate the fact that we’re using it to convey simplicity, but I invite you to remove the following expressions from your cueing and coaching: “Just use your obliques to power up this exercise.”  “To use your breath more mindfully, just inhale for a count of 3 and exhale for a count of 6.” “Just place your feet wider and you’ll gain speed.”   Two

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In Bed with Simone Samuels

Do you remember when you felt truly validated and appreciated as a fit pro in your career? Simone Samuels not only searches for those moments but can help you find validation in everything you do. Learn more about this weight-neutral, body-positive fitness professional and equity, diversity and inclusion consultant in the latest episode of “In Bed With the Fitness Industry” below.   Listen to the newest episode of my podcast below or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Podcast Home Page Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts https://youtu.be/VZ9DIJBDCnk

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 Mind-Blowing Data About Fitness

Are you sitting down fitfam? A data-driven report attributes $23.4 billion as the total value of health savings generated by sport and physical activity in Canada in 2019, preventing over 2.2 million cases across a range of health conditions. $6.19 billion of that is attributed directly to the activity undertaken in health and fitness clubs. That’s BILLION, with a B! That’s YOUR contribution to the health-care system in Canada. The Fitness Industry Council of Canada is making this report available to us all and utilizing its data in government lobbying efforts. You can read more and download your copy of the

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An Award-Winning Moment

As someone who’s very much accustomed to giving out awards, this moment was surreal. I’m humbled and incredibly grateful for being chosen by delegates at canfitpro conference as the Canadian Presenter of The Year Award winner for 2022!!  Winning feels wonderful but being surrounded by my phenomenal colleagues and peers at our first in-person event in 3 years made it so much sweeter.  I am dedicated to your career and business success, and nothing brings me more joy than seeing our industry’s positive impact on the health and happiness of your communities. Thank you for the opportunity to support and coach

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In Bed with Lisa Greenbaum and the Fitness Industry

Wellness. Health. Balance. What do these words mean to you? In this interview with Lisa Greenbaum, she shares that your definitions probably don’t match with your clients’. Want to know what you can do about that disconnect? Find out in my newest Musing & episode of “In Bed with the Fitness Industry” podcast below.  Listen to the newest episode of my podcast below or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Podcast Home Page Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts

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3 Ways to Build Personal Trainer Careers That Last 

We have a personal trainer attrition problem in fitness. Most trainers leave the industry within less than 2 years. Too many certifications don’t prepare trainers for the real day-to-day work involved with being a successful trainer. It goes well beyond movement mechanics. Congrats if you’ve last longer than 2 years! It means you understood what longevity in a fitness career involves: The understanding that we must constantly sell the benefits of an active lifestyle. I get worried when I speak with graduating students from fitness certification, diploma, and degree programs and most of them tell me they really want to work

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The Results Are In: Inactivity is Costly and Exercise Means Big Savings

The proof we needed yet knew all along! Our health and fitness industry and services were “proven to have a profound economic and social impact” on countries worldwide. The Fitness Industry Council of Canada is sharing the results of a global report on the costs related to inactivity. As Vice President of FIC, I’m incredibly proud to provide the findings to you! We will continue to lobby federal and provincial governments with more substantiated proof of our impact on policies. To see how in Canada, a per capita investment of $2000 in activity would deliver a return on investment within only

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Major Labor Shortage in Fitness: What it Means for You

Never before has our industry seen such a significant shortage in labor; recruiting the right talent to fill positions is the biggest and most immediate challenge clubs and studios are facing as we head towards our “back to school” season.  What does this mean for qualified fitness leaders?  You hold more power than ever before related to the workplace culture you choose, the clients you want to serve, your compensation, and the success of your career.  Here are ten questions to ensure you’re setting yourself up from a position of confidence in choosing an employer:  Your Potential Compensation This goes well

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In Bed with Barbara Brodowsky & the Fitness Industry

What’s the future of group fitness? Learn how to hire and develop incredible fitness talent in this powerful conversation with Barbara Brodowsky. She’ll share information about the relevance of group fitness instructors and formats, where she sees the industry evolving, and the lessons she learned over her multi-decade career.   Listen to the newest episode of my podcast below or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Podcast Home Page Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts https://youtu.be/9B2h63M8PGg

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4 Ways to Make More Money as a Group Fitness Instructor

Enough with the nickel and diming of group fitness! We were making $25/class when I first started 25 years ago so I’m tired of seeing posts with fellow instructors asking for “going rates” and watching comment after comment with abysmal wages. This is only going to change if we ALL WORK TOGETHER at shifting the value of what we offer by getting confident as employees and entrepreneurs. The industry isn’t going to take group fitness seriously unless we get serious about the qualifications, capabilities, and worth related to group fitness. There is lots of work to do, here’s a start: STOP

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The Summer that Sets You Up for Staying Power

Real talk: the fitness industry must have a solid Fall season, or we will see even more closures. And let’s not kid ourselves; when gyms close and fitness professionals leave the industry, we ALL lose. It doesn’t mean the competition gets eliminated, it means the public loses trust in us as a whole. A thriving industry leads to confidence, and an improvement in our reputation.  In other words, the success of one means the success of us all. So what are you doing this summer while many clients are focused on leisure, travel, and soaking in the sun? Here are ways to

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The One Habit Fitness Pros Need to Break

Sometimes our passion for fitness has us running too hot, and we start looking at our colleagues and peers as competition. This often leads to feelings of inadequacy, poor decision-making, and behaviors that negatively impact ourselves and our profession.  One impressive result of the crisis we’ve faced since 2020 is that we came together to share ideas, support one another when we were down, find solutions and challenge one another to grow.    WHAT YOU SHOULD DO Fitness leaders are finally working collaboratively to be part of the health care solution. We aren’t competition against one another. We’re competing against the

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What Sought-After Fitness Pros Know

Are you hoping for longevity in your career? Being the “hot new instructor” or “trainer with huge influence and reach” is an excellent springboard. Still, I’ve unfortunately seen thousands of outstanding fitness professionals leave the industry because they didn’t have staying power. It can be tempting to jump onto social media trends that highlight what other trainers and instructors are doing wrong, criticizing others in an attempt to lift ourselves. It’s an illusion of leverage and sadly only seeds confusion in the general public.   WHAT THE PUBLIC HEARS Potential clients looking to choose a health and fitness professional see us

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In Bed with Lindsay Vastola & the Fitness Industry

Call it mindset, habit-forming, lifestyle change or wellness; Linsday shares how our industry is perfectly poised to serve our clients and members in a “365 degree” strategy in this newest episode of In Bed with the Fitness Industry. Listen to the newest episode of my podcast below or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Podcast Home Page Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts https://youtu.be/uA0f6NAGL-M

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Want fitness to be seen as essential?

The fitness industry has a reputation problem. We realized that governments and health authorities don’t value our profession in relation to preventative health. It’s heartbreaking and incredibly disappointing. We have a lot of public relations and lobbying work to do to build our reputation, and we can start here: Want fitness to be seen as essential? Speak less about the bodies we sculpt. Speak more about the lives we save. In many provinces, states, and countries gyms were amongst the first business to close during the pandemic and the last to reopen. Through my work as VP of the Fitness Industry

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In Bed with Kia Williams & the Fitness Industry

Wellness without walls. When you hear that phrase, what comes to your mind?  Find out how Kia Williams is striving to bring wellness and movement to all people – no matter their situations, abilities, or habits. Go back in time to review how people move and live to see how we can incorporate those habits into our lives now in this podcast episode.  Listen to the newest episode of my podcast below or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Podcast Home Page Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts

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In Bed with the Andrew Coates and the Fitness Industry

As Andrew Coates shares in my latest podcast, your career is not just about you and your individual clients – it’s about the industry as a whole. What are you doing to uplift other professionals, how are you supporting wellness as an industry, and how is your presence online helping attract everyone authentically? Are you self-less or self-ie?   Find out what makes them different in the newest episode of my podcast below or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Podcast Home Page Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts https://youtu.be/LGAEq59YbPA

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A Message to Recently Unemployed Instructors

A message to fitness instructors who are recently unemployed. You’re allowed to be heartbroken, please take time to heal. Then, when you’re ready, get curious and creative about what lies ahead for the fitness industry. Please trust me – NEVER BEFORE HAVE THERE BEEN MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR QUALIFIED AND DEDICATED FITNESS PROS! I’m inundated each week with “if you know someone great” messages from owners and leaders.  These may look different than what you’ve been used to, especially if you were teaching pre-formatted classes. So that means change, which is uncomfortable. But helping people move past their comfort zones to better

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In Bed with the Nock Academy & the Fitness Industry

When they could no longer teach and train in person, Gareth and Nicky Nock created an online, real time, fitness community experience. Now, these two married fitness professionals are delivering exceptional fitness experiences through workouts, education and human connection from their basement. Find out what makes them different in the newest episode of my podcast below or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Podcast Home Page Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts  https://youtu.be/NB7-5XAr8zc

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Will Weight Loss Remain a Key Fitness Goal?  

Have you noticed your client goals shifting over the past months? Weight loss in all its different iterations was the top motivating factor for many people who joined our facilities and program before 2020, but we’re having more variety in motivating factors and goals than ever. They not only include variations on traditional physical health goals, but also mental health, better sleep, immune system boosting and more.  Have you considered how you communicate the benefits of exercise to help promote your services and keep your clients coming back for more? Adapting the way we market our industry can not only help

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A (Tough) Love Letter to the Fitness Industry

My dear colleagues, I know we’ve spent the past 2 years digging deep and building our resilience to support our clients through incredibly difficult times. We’ve adapted over and over…and over again to keep serving no matter the circumstances we faced.  As of today, February 14th, 2022, all facilities across North America are permitted to open. My local fitfam in Quebec has been closed 15/23 months are I know we’re beyond excited to finally get back to the facilities and people we love.  For Valentine’s Day, I’m therefore sending you this love letter. One that acknowledges the trepidation you may be

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In Bed with Kathryn McKenzie & the Fitness Industry

Not only is Kathryn McKenzie an award-winning personal trainer, but she is also a leader with a powerful vision for our industry’s future. I had the chance to interview this influential woman and I cannot wait to share her advice with you.  Listen below or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Podcast Home Page Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts  https://youtu.be/LgojSzHmG7U

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New Resource I’m Thrilled to Give You

Bonjour!  We know our services positively impact not only physical but also mental health. I’ve been incredibly impressed with the shift in our industry towards a more well-rounded approach to how we communicate the benefits of an active lifestyle on wellness, yet I know that this is an area in which many crave more knowledge and skills.  There are simple ways you can not only confidently support your clients and classes towards positive mental health within what you already offer, but also mindfully coach them to strengthen their resilience and cope with mental health challenges. These include building resilience and coping

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In Bed with Trevor Pickett and the Fitness Industry

Offbeat Fitness Education? While that is Trevor Pickett’s business name, it is far from his outlook on the fitness and wellness industry. Trevor may have started out as a local personal trainer, but he has grown to become a canfitpro Personal Trainer of the Year nominee as well as an industry leader. Take some time to listen to his advice on how to weather through the ups and downs of a fitness career, while continuing to inspire your clients in meaningful ways.   Listen below or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Podcast Home Page Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts https://youtu.be/N7ycrXmycjA

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Au lit avec l’industrie et Charly Vivès: un gestionnaire retourne au coaching

Quel plaisir de retrouver Charly Vivès au lit; un athlète accompli, kinésiologue, gestionnaire, coach et membre du conseil d’administration du Conseil canadien de l’industrie du conditionnement physique. Charly partage les changements profonds dans notre industrie et comment enlever l’accès à nos service a eu un impact sur nos clients. Il nous explique ce qui l’a motivé en tant que gestionnaire de reprendre le coaching chez Orange Theory Fitness, ce que la pénurie de main risqué de créer et nous décrit une vague d’amour qu’il a ressent. Ne manquez pas cette édition de “Au lit avec l’industrie…” pour en savoir plus sur

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The Parts of Our Job You Probably Hate

We likely chose our fitness careers because we love connecting with people, helping them reach their health goals, creating fun experiences they crave coming back to. All the behind-the-scenes documenting, administration, and operations? Not so much.  What’s required to successfully manage our clients and classes has evolved over time and the requirements are now more entrepreneurial than ever. This means we’re likely tracking well beyond who simply showed up that day or the number of sessions a client has banked. Becoming the phenomenal health and fitness advocate our careers deserve we need to improve our skills beyond sets and reps and

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In Bed with Vysh Sivakumaran & the Fitness Industry

Have you met Vysh Sivakumaran? I have and she’s amazing! Vysh is a leader in the Toronto fitness community — working to create inclusive and accessible fitness classes, along with her partner Pat, through their virtual platform called Fitness in Place. She advocates passionately for representation in the industry for South Asian women, but more broadly, she aims to be a voice for all people who may face barriers in the wellness world.  Check out this edition of “In Bed with…” to learn more about how you can be your own biggest advocate. As a special bonus, use the code “NEWYEARSTRONG”

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In Bed with Sue Staresinic & the Fitness Industry

Believe. Learn. Achieve. That’s Sue Staresinic’s motto.  In this recording, Sue Staresinic and I talk about how to combine skills and expertise to thrive into an award-winning career. She believes that she owes her success to her niche in cancer rehab and lymphedema management. Why? Because the riches are in the niches! Listen below or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Podcast Home Page Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts https://youtu.be/M8YFy1VZWyc

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Research Shows What We All Suspected 😉

The findings of this research might hit the spot for some of our clients: there is a causational link between exercising and eating fruits and vegetables and happiness. At a time when many of us could best describe our emotional state as languishing, positive causation between lifestyle and life satisfaction is an uplifting discovery.  My invitation to you, my fellow fitness and wellness leaders, this week is simple and sweet. Take a moment to read this article, and perhaps the related article in the Journal of Happiness Studies, then share with your clients, participants, and loved ones.   A highlight from

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Some Clients Are Coming Back to the Gym, But Which Ones?

The concept of “meeting our clients where they’re at” has expanded tenfold in its meaning since 2020.  The most successful fitness leaders are now providing opportunities to move using a combination of at home, either virtual or in-person, outdoors, and in a gym or studio.  What many of us have been wondering is if and when the majority of our former gym members and clients would be returning to the bricks and mortar facilities we loved. The answer so far: it depends. As frustrating as that can seem I’m happy to share insights on what we’re seeing in key markets.  Canada:

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In Bed with Suaad Ghadban & the Fitness Industry

Have you met Suaad Ghadban? She is an award-winning fitness leader who has managed teams of talented instructors, launched her own fitness program and uplifts our industry through her leadership. In this recording, Suaad Ghadban and I talk about compensation within the fitness industry, how to become a better leader, and so much more. Listen below or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Podcast Home Page Apple Podcasts Spotify Google Podcasts

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Did Someone Say Podcast?!

You asked for it and I’m thrilled to meet your needs! In Bed with the Fitness Industry is now a podcast on Spotify, Google, and Apple Podcasts! We’ve rolled out of Bed so you can take us anywhere and listen to the phenomenal insights provided by our incredible guests.  The first NEW episode with Jessica Maurer is already available as she shares her insights on building a sustainable career as a fitness leader!  Helping you thrive as a fitness professional is what I’m dedicated to, therefore all of “season 1” is also available now. The generous guests we featured are Ann

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It’s High Time for a Fresh Look at Compensation in Fitness

Let’s get real fitfam; we have a relationship problem. Business owners and managers are struggling more than ever in finding the right staff and fitness pros aren’t working WITH them to build the compensation they want.  As the cupid of the fitness industry, I absolutely see both sides and am here to help! Let’s not waste a crisis and use the current employment climate to break away from traditional compensation models.  Fitness pros keep telling me they hate being seen as staff who just come in to teach their class or train their client, and then leave. They are paid as

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