I often talk about the “older” crowd… or the group to whom I prefer to use the label: “Masters of Life!”   And, the reason I talk about it so much is because that’s where the money is!   But, when I look at how the fitness industry is projected by the mainstream media,…

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  I know.  I know….   All the fitness sales gurus tell you that this business is all about sales…. as in “sales-driven.”   Well, that may be true for today and tomorrow… but, if you plan to have a long-term career as a health professional… then, you really need to take a longer view.  …

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  Here we go again.  In the next few weeks, millions of health and fitness professionals and top health coaches will continue to make this awful mistake.   Sure, we all want new clients and members.  And, we all want to make more money.   But, for some reason, Black Friday and Cyber Monday turn us…

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  I was at dinner the other night with an old friend who is not involved in the fitness trade.     Nonetheless, we ended up talking about fitness because he was asking my advice about personal trainers.    He needs one.   In the midst of the conversation he blurted out, … a personal trainer…

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  JJ Johnson is.  At least within his market area.  His branding is impressive.   JJ is a sophisticated marketer and understands the value of imprinting his brand on his clients and members.  But it wasn’t always this way.   How did JJ become famous?  It’s all about capturing “mind-share.”   Who’s Captured Your Mind?…

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  When I was 22 years old, a friend of mine named Tommy Jordan, who was just a few years older, got a job in sales at a Jack LaLanne’s European Health Spa.    I laughed because he was so shy.  I mean downright timid!   Within two years he was running the place and…

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  At first, it was hard to believe. But then, again, there are some really smart fit pros and health coaches in our industry.   And they use their creativity to help leverage their branded fitness products into some very effective branded fitness marketing.   It also explains why Erica will become a gazillionaire if she…

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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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When it comes to fitness marketing, the four-letter word that makes me crazy is the word: FREE!   You probably already know how I feel about “lost leader” marketing.    I hate it.   I come from the school of “make every dollar do the work of $10.”  Be smart.  Never “de-value” your products or…

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  Recently, I’ve been writing about partnerships.  Namely, the medical community (a gold mine)!   Hooking up with schools is another great partnering opportunity: Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools  College Athletic Departments   That’s right — partnering with coaches.   Over the years, many top trainers have shared their “coaching” experiences with me.  And…

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