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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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#037 Special Guest Andrea Furst

18th October 2021 - 102 Minutes
This week Chris is joined by Sports Exercise Psychologist, Andrea Furst. Andrea’s experience spans a broad spectrum: from supporting Olympic athletes to help them successfully bring home the gold; to working with W10 staff on team dynamics, motivational drivers and goal setting. In this pod, she describes how she works with individuals and teams on their goals and subsequently improving mental and psychological skills, with the goal of feeding into, and developing, a high-performance culture.

#036 Special Populations

11th October 2021
Darchy (Amy) is back with Tom and Chris this week as we come to the end of the programming season. We talk about special populations, those few who need specific programming and how it's completely possible to integrate these people into Small Group Personal Training. Covering programming, logisitics and strategy to fit within your current programming sessions. This episode covers not only injury from operation, chronic pain but also pre and post natal fitness.

#035 Periodisation and Programming Masterclass

4th October 2021 - 49 Minutes
Chris and Tom are joined by Amy to discuss how we write long-term programmes for our demographic. We talk about the different programming phases, weekly structure, and why your approach needs to change at certain gym milestones – like new staff members or an influx of new members.

#034 Session Structure Deep-Dive

27th September 2021 - 42 Minutes
In this week’s pod, we discuss the individual elements that make up the delivery of a single coaching session.   A lot of what we do when coaching seems to happen on autopilot: but when we delve below the surface into the components at play – timing, layout, communication, cueing, and more – it becomes clear that there’s a lot to consider if we want to deliver an outstanding training experience (and successfully manage other factors like gym layout, marketing, and branding).  

#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.  
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