The research is clear.   Based on primary marketing research studies as well as secondary studies from other marketing research organizations – there is a huge chasm between “consumer demand” and “service offerings” within our industry.   For 30 years the fitness industry has been slow to recognize, much less leverage, the opportunities associated with…

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  By now, you know how much I preach about going out and presenting the TRUTH about Weight-Management and Lifestyle.   But, I also know that it’s time consuming and requires a lot of creativity, effort and discipline to pull it off.   So, I want to share with you some of the best lines…

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  When it comes to offering weight-management services… thousands of clubs, studios and trainers make 2 HUGE MISTAKES:   They only offer: one (1) program  one (1) price    That’s the equivalent to going to a tire store only to find they only carry one type tire in one size for one price.  How many…

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Part of my business career was to serve as owner of a weight-management business in Newport Beach, CA., back in 1989.   Our staff conducted the nutrition side of things and we outsourced the activity and exercise to the absolute best trainers we could find.   We achieved outstanding results with our clients.  And, we…

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  One of the biggest opportunities in the industry is curriculum-based Health Education.  You’re either “into it” or you’re not.  It’s that simple.   The Dumbing Down of Fitness   After 30 years in this business one of the most significant changes I’ve witnessed is the “dumbing down” of the public in regard to their…

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  Most people hate being duped!  Don’t you?   So, when consumers choose a program to help them lose weight (there are hundreds of options) there should be two red flags that help them with the decision-making process.   Just these two red flags should weed out more than 90% of the available programs.  …

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    Back in the “day” the competitive landscape for weight-management programs and services was pretty well defined.  It basically looked like this: Commercial Weight Loss Centers (Jenny Craig, Weight Watcher’s, NutriSystem)   Hospital Weight Loss Programs (Medifast, Optifast, etc.)   Magic Pills & Drinks (fen-Phen, Slimfast, Hydroxycut,  etc.   Fitness-based Weight–Management Programs   Now,…

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How many times have you seen this old pitch: “Lose 10 lbs in 2 Weeks!” Or,“Lose 30 lbs in 30 Days!”   Then, of course, there are all the magic pill offers accompanied with bogus before and after pictures and it goes on and on… It’s like the never-ending marketing campaign from HELL!   All…

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  Here’s what Rene Bradley recently told me about her ONBOARD 101 website.   “Art, my doctor doesn’t know this stuff.  And, you won’t find it compiled in this format at any college or university.  This is pure gold!”   But guess what?  I didn’t do anything special. It Started 20 Years Ago   I…

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Yes, yes…. I know.  All the top health and fitness marketers advocate the sales technique of selling “RESULTS” to your prospective clients.   And, don’t get me wrong, “RESULTS” should be discussed during your sales presentation.  But, there’s something even MORE EFFECTIVE.  And, it will close more deals, generate more referrals and create more opportunities…

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