Top 3 Tips for Going Virtual

You may remember my last blog that stated, “You don’t HAVE to offer virtual workouts”. I still wholeheartedly believe that fact. You certainly can offer virtual workouts but you don’t have to offer any. For those of you who are choosing to do so, having mindfully reflected on the opportunity, I’m happy to provide you with the best key learnings and information I can source to help you quickly see the forest through the trees…and not lose your patience while on a live feed 😊. My dear friend and incredible resource Jessica Maurer has put together this fantastic “how to” for

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You Don’t Have to Offer Virtual Workouts

Today marks “day 8” of social distancing for me. I’ve spent a lot, likely way too much, time on social media. I’ve been both proud and inspired but also concerned about the amount of fitness professionals offering virtual workouts. You CAN absolutely do so, but please know that you don’t HAVE to offer virtual workouts! I know we all have ants in our pants and looking for a positive place to put our energy, however, I’m asking we take a moment to reflect instead of being reactive. Here are a few thoughts and suggestions that may come in handy over the

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In Bed with the Fitness Industry & Jessica Maurer

As you may have noticed, some of my previous Q&A sessions with fitness industry leaders have had to occur in a hotel room. So, I have renamed these chats “In Bed with the Fitness Industry.” Fun and fabulous, right? In this episode, I get to chat with my friend & collaborator, Jessica Maurer. Learn how she carved out her own path from leading a group fitness room to leading a Keynote presentation in my latest vlog. https://youtu.be/4b-3qD631Rs

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Safety to Try (Vlog)

Recruit and Retain the Right Talent for Your Team All fitness professionals are looking for growth opportunities from their employers. In this 4-week email & video series from me, you will learn the key components to growth and turn-key take-aways that will quickly create staff relationships that will benefit you, your teams, and your business. By signing up, you will receive 1 email per week for 4 weeks. Each email will contain a video from me, explaining the week’s lesson, as well as an actionable to-do list so you can easily implement the tasks no matter where you are on your

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From Purpose to Paycheck (Vlog)

Ready to Learn More? Whether you’re just starting out or are seeking concrete ways to get passed a career plateau, I’m here to help. I’ve created this emailed video series to identify the 4 Steps to Propel Your Fitness Career and provide you with actionable strategies to ensure your career success. Click here to get started today for FREE.

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January Stress: Our Own workOUTS and workINS

Less daylight, big credit card bills arriving, increased workload thanks to January fitness goals, etc. No wonder heading back to work after smoking cbd cigarettes, this December holiday season has us feeling stressed free! Close to 80% of workers in North America feel stress on the job, and nearly half say they need help in learning how to manage stress. Some of us tend to blow off some steam to benefit from a high-energy workOUT, while others prefer to decompress with a workIN. One thing most of us have in common is that we focus most of our time and energy

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2020 Fitness Trends Surveys: Was I Right?

Last spring, I wrote a blog series as a tool to help differentiate between quick burning fads and trends that have staying power.  I didn’t want you to spend a moment of your precious time or a dollar of your hard-earned money before reading and reflecting on The Next Big Things: Top 3 Trends for 2020!  The fitness education companies have now begun to release their findings for the biggest trends for our industry this year and I  was curious to see if my predictions matched the ones of fitness professionals and experts. As you read the survey findings and reports

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We’re Going to Soar in 2020, I Can Feel It!

Bonjour fitfam!   Are you feeling the momentum of a new decade that’s about to begin? I sure have! The end of 2019 for me has been filled with anticipation, and a little trepidation. Maybe you’ve been so focused on your clients’ goals that you haven’t fully flushed out yours; I understand, and I’ve got your back! I actual had an epiphany of the treadmill last week. I realized that moving back to Montreal meant: My 2019 was focused on family/social health and career/professional health, and My 2020 will be focused on physical health and financial health. I’ve taken all the

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3 Career Killers to Avoid in 2020

Career Killer #1: Agree to provide a service in which you don’t excel Fitness is a reputation-driven industry. That means that to the consumer’s eye we are only as good as our last session/class/workout. We therefore need strive towards excellence and continually sharpen our saw. This includes hard skills such program design, movement patterns, exercise science, equipment and modalities as well as soft skills such as communication, trustworthiness, and empathy.  Instead I know how tempting it can be to jump at a new opportunity presented, especially is the money is good. Before saying “yes!” I invite you to consider the following:

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Ready, Set, Launch!

Bonjour! I’ve been waiting for this moment for 9 months and I’m giddy with anticipation to finally bring into the world an opportunity to support my fellow health and fitness leaders more than ever before! If you’re craving phenomenal growth as a fitness leader thanks to a program full of optimism, trust, and solutions, then I’m excited to share the launch of my two programs: Catapult Your Career 1:1 mentoring for fitness professional looking to thrive in their careers!   Joie de Lead 1:1 coaching for leaders and managers looking to bring success and joy back to leadership!   Fitness Professionals

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Giving and Receiving Feedback like a Pro

We’ve all been there – someone comes up to us at the worst possible moment and asks “Can I give you some feedback?” with a tone of voice we know means trouble. We put ourselves on defense and prepare for the inevitable. Most of us haven’t learned how to give and receive feedback in a manner that leads to the result we’re hoping for, and this leads to really uncomfortable conversations for everyone involved. Remembering that we build empathy from a place of integrity, the fastest way to grow out of our current comfort zone is to get better at asking

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Does Education Always = Growth?

To answer the title question: No, it doesn’t. One fantastic and integral part of our industry is that fitness professionals and leaders are always hungry for education and learning. It’s probably what attracted us to the industry and only grew thanks to the Continuing Education Credit requirements of most foundational certifications. Our appetite for education being what it is and the plethora of learning options being what they are, it becomes challenging to ensure we spend our hard-earned time and money on the right education. Since we all want to grow from the education we invest in, here is the key

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The Next Big Things: 3 Top Trends for 2020 Part 3

I created this blog series as a tool to help differentiate between quick burning fads and trends that have staying power. Don’t spend a moment of your precious time or a dollar of your hard-earned money before reading and reflecting on The Next Big Things: Top 3 Trends for 2020!  Over the past few weeks, I have shared with you my third and second place winners. Did you agree with my choices? If you haven’t had a chance to check them out yet, click here. Today, I am sharing the first place winner of the top trend of 2020! First Place:  Active Recovery

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The Next Big Things: 3 Top Trends for 2020 Part 2

Rolling with the tide of trends is critical to our success in offering health and fitness as a service and we need to meet the wants of our customers. The trick is to identify how we can tweak our already established and available content, programs, and offers to connect with the consumer wants. This blog series is a tool to help differentiate between quick burning fads and trends that have staying power. Don’t spend a moment of your precious time or a dollar of your hard-earned money before reading and reflecting on The Next Big Things: Top 3 Trends for 2020!

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The Next Big Things: 3 Top Trends for 2020

Keeping up with trends is an integral part of remaining relevant as a fitness professional, and trends are moving into and out of our industry faster than ever before.  As we approach the end of 2019, we will soon be bombarded by opinions on the hottest fitness trends coming to us from certifying bodies, industry associations, celebrities, and social media influencers alike. As Vice President of canfitpro, I was responsible for disseminating one of these trends reports for the Canadian fitness industry in a manner that I hoped helped fitness professionals make wise decisions about their education and programming.  I created

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Soft Skills for Hard Bodies

It’s key to take time to reflect on our various work relationships in order to determine how we are contributing to their success, or lack thereof. Our “hard bodies” industry requires “soft skills” – ones engrained in emotional intelligence and key to relationships that keep us motivated, and motivating!

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IHRSA 2019 Thoughts From Nathalie Lacombe

Bonjour! Having just launched the 2nd half of my career, IHRSA 2019 was more meaningful that ever! I am incredibly grateful for each moment of in-person connection I had with my #fitfam. My highlight takes us right to the end of the event Denise Lee Yohn’s closing keynote focused on the fusion of brand and culture. As a leadership coach I was astonished to hear that only 13% of employees say they feel engaged at their place of work. I wholeheartedly believe that the statistic would be higher in the fitness industry, but that may be wishful thinking. The key take-away from

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Receive 10% Off from canfitpro!

Receive 10%* off any certification, continuing education and event registrations from canfitpro! Code: QDH6JG Membership –  New or Renewal Certifications –  Fitness Instructor Specialist, Personal Training Specialist or Healthy Eating and Weight Loss Coach Continuing Education – Active Aging, Children’s Fitness Coach, Eat Clean Foundations, Eat Clean for Wellness, Fascia Movement and Assessments, Fundamentals of Nutrition, Stress Resiliency, and Quizzes Events – Montreal, Regina, Halifax, Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver    (For Events, use code BE019)   Anyone with a current and recognized Fitness Instructor or Personal Trainer certification can add canfitpro certification to their list of credentials. Nathalie Lacombe members receive a discounted rate for accreditation: Non-Member: $197.20 + tax Member:

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Healthy Gifts

The (healthy) gifts that keep on giving

The holiday season is the perfect time of year to reward your loved ones who have worked hard and their health and fitness goals in 2017 and prepare them for the weeks to come.  Winter months are filled with health challenges and every ounce of kindness and gym socks come in handy!  

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Gathering our momentum

We reap what we sow; and after months of eating fresh, local summer produce and exercising outdoors we turn our attention to fueling ourselves for cooler days.

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