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The Business Of Fitness Podcast

A weekly podcast digging into the strategies to build an efficient, profitable, and sustainable gym or health club business.

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#033 SGPT Vs Team Training

20th September 2021 - 45 Minutes
Chris, Tom and JC discuss the differences between SGPT and classes and why one needs to compliment the other without overlapping and making the other redundant.  The team also discuss the different approaches needed to coach these sessions.

#032 SGPT Overview Vs 1:1

13th September 2021 - 41 Minutes
This week the team is weighing up the pros and cons of 1:1 and Small Group Personal Training. They discuss their experiences (and share the lessons they learned the hard way) on their journey from freelance PT to gym owner, and onto running multiple facilities. They cover the reasons behind the pivotal decisions in the evolution of their programming approach – and give practical advice on finding a coaching model that works for you.

#031 – The Evolution of Programming

6th September 2021 - 103 Minutes
We take a walk down memory lane to follow W10’s evolution over the last decade: from a 800sqft 1:1 PT gym, into a multiple-site operation running 6:1 small group PT.  JC explains how the programming’s changed at each step – and how this has impacted the customer experience.

#030 Staff Development Journey

16th August 2021 - 58 Minutes
In this final episode before the team take a break for a couple of weeks, Chris and Tom outline the processes in place for continuing staff development at W10. They discuss the ‘Professional Development Pathway’ (PDP) and putting a framework in place for ensuring continual staff development and how the weekly meetings play a part in this.

#029 Team Effectiveness

9th August 2021 - 55 Minutes
How do you get a team to perform to a level greater than the sum of their parts.  In this episode the discussion revolves around getting the most from your team, troubleshooting problems before they begin and how to deliver ‘radical candour’!

#028 Leadership: Leading Others [Part 2]

2nd August 2021 - 54 Minutes
Part two of our chat with psychologist and executive coach Dan Vacassin moves on to the second of the three pillars of leadership: leading others. In this episode, he focuses on the five dysfunctions of a team, helping us troubleshoot some of the common issues that could rock the boat in any business.  Chris and Dan discuss why vulnerability can be a force for good, why conflict is important, and how to achieve buy-in and accountability within your team.  

#027 Leadership: Leading Self [Part 1 ]

26th July 2021 - 43 Minutes
Dan Vacassin is a Business Psychologist and Executive Coach. In this episode, he takes us through the first of the three pillars of effective leadership: leading the self.   Ultimately, this comes by developing an awareness and understanding of our abilities and skills – as well as the roles we play, both formal and informal. Dan shares some useful tips and tools that he’s picked up from his years coaching acclaimed leaders from across the globe.  

#026 Internship Programme

19th July 2021 - 41 Minutes
Chris and Tom talk through what an internship programme looks like; discuss why, when and how you might decide to run one; and explain why it’s NOT a means of providing you with cheap labour!

#025 Onboarding and Staff Training

12th July 2021 - 47 Minutes
In the Modern Training Gym, your staff are your product, making them incredibly valuable – just like your clients. This means running them through a thorough onboarding experience when they join the business. This not only lays the foundations for long-term staff retention; it also builds buy-in to your company’s core values, making them an ambassador for your brand for years to come. 

#024 Recruitment

5th July 2021 - 47 Minutes
We start season 4 off with a discussion around recruitment. Where do we find the best candidates, the staffing pipeline, employer brand, the interview process and why we always employ our staff full time. People are our product so we explain why we hire slow and fire fast!
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