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» Secrets to an amazing fitness business [seminar] : 25 Jun 2010
» Genesis Fitness to hit Sydney with three new clubs in August : 13 Jul 2010
» Recent movemements at the top end of (Melbourne) town : 02 Aug 2010
» Pregnancy and exercise intensive (15 CECs) [seminar] : 19 Sep 2010
» Fitness Australia Awards Night this Friday [Reminder] : 18 Oct 2010 - 1 Comments
» Vibrabody Training Studio for sale in Melbourne's CBD : 18 Nov 2010
» An interview with Jodie Arnot from Healthy Balance Fitness : 13 Feb 2011
» How will you retain clients now that they are pregnant? [15 CECs] : 01 Aug 2011
» Are you this committed to marketing your business? : 20 Sep 2011
» FREE Seminar with Prof. Paul Taylor - Sharpening The Axe : 04 Nov 2011
» HealthyPeople welcomes the MIMT to our growing community : 08 Nov 2011
» Four useful tools for staff retention : 17 Nov 2011
» Father's sperm may pass on obesity. [from The Age] : 12 Dec 2011
» Physical Education and the New World Order [toilet graffiti] : 08 Jan 2012
» How booming gym franchise Anytime Fitness is beating the landlords : 02 Dec 2012
» Forget predictions, here's 10 Skills Every Leader Should Develop In 2013 : 07 Jan 2013
» Here's the sapce you needed for you Clifton Hill branch. : 10 Jul 2013
» Achieving Success in the Business of Fitness - Panel session : 15 Jul 2013
» Run your own established Step into Life franchise in Doncaster! : 28 Aug 2013
» Freelance Studio Hire available in Brunswick, Melbourne. : 23 Jan 2014
» Unique owner / manager opportunity with CHM in Melbourne South : 01 May 2014


Secrets to an amazing fitness business [seminar] : 25 Jun 2010

In the month of July Jason Laurence (20/20), David Altamura (Edge Fitness Solutions) and Gabrielle McMillan (Advance Fitness Marketing) are coming together to present a seminar on 'Secrets to an amazing fitness business'. Each of the presenters will cover topics that include:

  • How to thrive in an increasingly competitive marketplace
  • How to build a strong and successful sales team
  • How to compete with major fitness chains and 24 hour clubs
  • Setting up great Personal Training business systems
  • And more...

There will be one seminar each in Brisbane (16th July), Sydney (23rd July) and Melbourne (30th July).

For more information and a copy of the attendance form, follow this link.

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Genesis Fitness to hit Sydney with three new clubs in August : 13 Jul 2010

Building on the success of their (predominantly) Melbourne expansion, Genesis Fitness are now moving into Sydney with three new clubs set to open in August. Exact locations have not been revealed at this time. I believe they are all refurbished facilities.

Club Management, Sales Management, Personal Training and Membership Consulting roles are all on offer.

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Recent movemements at the top end of (Melbourne) town : 02 Aug 2010

Congratulations to Belinda Amis on taking over the Management of the fantastic new Genesis Port Melbourne facility.

Her departure from the role of State Operations Manager (Victoria) for Goodlife Health Clubs created an opening that was filled by Chris Kemp (congratulations again), who had recently resigned from a regional role with Fitness First.

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Pregnancy and exercise intensive (15 CECs) [seminar] : 19 Sep 2010

This October, Preggi Bellies (an internationally recognised expert on exercise for pregnancy) is presenting a four day seminar in Melbourne (other states to follow). It will provide specialist information and training that was previously reserved for their own staff.

Some of the information covered over the four days includes:

  • Detailed information on the physical, emotional and physiological changes that occur during pregnancy and the post natal periods, including information on how these changes impact on exercise programming.
  • Accurate guidelines for exercise during pregnancy, information on the benefits of exercise and the available research from which these guidelines are drawn.
  • Alerting you to the incorrect information perpetuated by the media. For example; Pregnant women shouldn?t raise their heart rate above 140 bpm; Pregnant women need to be concerned about raising their body temperature; The best exercise for pregnant women is walking.
  • Information regarding musculoskeletal complications in pregnancy and the tools to design programs that accommodate these issues.

If your staff advise, train or otherwise assist pregnant women, if you are you interested in ensuring you do not lose clients due to pregnancy or if you are interested in targeting this particular market, then this course may be of particular interest to you.

Dates: Melbourne - 25th - 28th October 2010 (other states TBA)
Cost: $975.00 incl GST and includes 15 CECs.
For more information, contact Preggi Bellies on 03 9509 9322.

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Fitness Australia Awards Night this Friday [Reminder] : 18 Oct 2010

If you have not already purchased your tickets for the Fitness Australia Awards Night, best get your skates on, it's happening this Friday!

From the Fitness Australia website:

"Network with Award winners and leaders of the health and fitness industry. Be energised by fusing Latin rhythms from Zumba performances and enjoy a three course meal at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. This is set to an entertaining evening for all."

To pick up your tickets online head to http://www.fitness.org.au/206181.html.

I'm a total sucker for these events. They're always great fun, a good laugh and an opportunity to spend an evening with a bunch of like minded people. Well worth the (tax deductible) investment.

I look forward to seeing you there.

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Vibrabody Training Studio for sale in Melbourne's CBD : 18 Nov 2010

Vibrabody have three studios in the inner Melbourne area. They have decided to simplify things and sell off their boutique personal training studio located at the top end of the Melbourne CBD.

"Located strategically at the top end of the Melbourne CBD with an immense amount of foot traffic daily... Perfectly suited for time poor City workers, this unique business has been set up as a 20 minute workout system, with two other studios based in the Melbourne Bayside area..."

They are offering a proven business model with ongoing business support from the existing owners.





For more information about this opportunity, head to the new 'Business opportunities' section of our web site and select Victoria.

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An interview with Jodie Arnot from Healthy Balance Fitness : 13 Feb 2011

Jodie Arnot is the Director of Healthy Balance Fitness, a successful fitness business that has been providing boxing, boot camp and running programs in Melbourne since 1998.

In 2010 the success of Healthy Balance Fitness was recognised by Fitness Australia when it was awarded the 'Winner - Victorian Fitness Business (under 2000 members)'.

I'm grateful to Jodie for agreeing to answer some detailed questions about the industry and on running a successful fitness business. I hope you'll enjoy this look into the background and operations of an industry leader.


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On your professional career

What people (in particular industry people) have influenced you over the course of your 12 years in health and fitness and how?

There are so many fitness professionals and fitness business owners who inspire and influence me every day. Following are two main influencers:

Lisa Westlake was the first inspiration for me when I was studying fitness. I would drive 25 minutes to participate in her classes! She gave me plenty of time after class offering advice and encouragement regarding my study and my future career in fitness. With Lisa's help I landed my first job in fitness which quickly lead to moving into a management position. (I recommend approaching people you admire and trust. You may be surprised how willing people are to share their time and advice.)

Amanda Hall, relationship manager at Fitness Australia, has influenced, inspired and supported me more than I could express. Amanda and I worked alongside each other as self-employed personal trainers (many moons ago!), then set up Healthy Balance Fitness in partnership originally. Even though Amanda moved on from HBF, she still offers invaluable advice and support. I respect her passion, dedication and integrity. I recommend fitness businesses to seriously consider a business registration with Fitness Australia if you haven't already. Amanda will dazzle you!

I have also been influenced by a network of family and friends who pitch in whenever they can and provide a 'non-industry' perspective.

If you could break your career (or business development) into phases, what would they be and what influences were involved?

Learning - I took on many roles in many companies to learn as much as possible from a wide range of people
Building - I practiced all the skills I'd learned, consolidating and building confidence in myself and in the eyes of others
Defining - I finally determined what my particular skills and talents are and how I'd put them into place in this industry
Consolidating - I built and grew HBF to a profitable, successful entity
Sharing - Along with making HBF more and more of a success, I'm now focusing on assisting other fitness professionals, the community, charity. My focus is wider than just my bottom line.

Emulating successful people is the best way to move toward success yourself. What three things about you would be worth emulating?

Ethics, Resourcefulness, Compassion.

To me these qualities stand a person in good stead, not only in business but in a successful and happy life.

Thomas Watson (founder of IBM) says the secret of success is to "double your rate of failure". Is there any failure you've experienced in the process of building your business that you would share with others?

I suffered physical and emotional burnout twice in my career when I wasn't paying attention to my own work life balance. I almost quit the industry twice, and am so glad I didn't! It has been a tough learning process, but I am now very conscious of managing stress, anxiety, physical energy levels, and scheduling downtime.

Running a fitness business can be a draining and challenging career but a very rewarding one if managed well.

What professional affiliations, subscriptions or registrations do you and/or your business have?

  • Fitness Australia individual and business registration
  • Australian Fitness Network membership
  • PT on the Net subscription
  • HealthyPeople Membership
  • Sourcebottle subscription
  • UltraFit subscription
  • Runners World subscription

On training your clients

Training systems and recommendations have changed a lot over the last decade. How do you keep yourself informed?

Networking with other fitness professionals, professional development courses online and face to face, online resources, magazines/ journals and social media.

What is your favourite tool(s) of the trade (can be a piece of training equipment, administrative tool, software, etc.)?

  • Boxing gloves & pads, circuit timer (often found in my handbag!), marker cones, medicine balls.
  • My iPhone
  • My sneakers!

What should be the Golden Rule for all group fitness instructors?

Words to summarise the perfect class: safe, effective, inclusive, varied, fun, well planned.

On hiring staff

How many staff do you have working for you now and are they all Fitness training staff? Do you outsource any other roles (bookkeeping, PA, etc.)?

Currently we have 7 staff to instruct our classes. HBF has an accountant, but so far I've been responsible for all admin, book keeping and every other role. This will be changing in the near future as we get bigger and even more busy.

Do require any ongoing studies or professional development of your staff? Do you provide this?

Yes, to stay registered all fitness professionals must acquire CECs or PDPs every two years. We offer our staff professional development as a part of our team meetings. Some of our past development has included: class ideas, workshops with a physio, boxing course, Asthma first aid certificate, workouts with other fitness companies, advanced boot camp instruction course.

Can you describe your perfect candidate?

  • Cert IV in Fitness or above
  • First Aid Level 2
  • Insured & Registered
  • Has own car
  • Lives central to our classes

Preferred experience and confidence in leading groups, particularly boxing and boot camp/circuits

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Well presented and professional
  • Reliability & stable work history
  • Enthusiasm and passion
  • Warm and approachable nature
  • Resourcefulness and initiative
  • Honesty and integrity

You mentioned to me that you once had a candidate answer their mobile phone in an interview (unbelievable!). Do you have any other recruiting nightmares to share?

Unsuccessful candidates have made the following mistakes in their interviews:

  • Answered their phone during our interview
  • Arrived late, rescheduled at the last minute, or didn't arrive at all!
  • Did not turn up to agreed induction/training session
  • Criticised their past or present employer or colleagues
  • Wore very revealing clothing
  • Chewed gum

On Social Networking

You are a regular contributor to Twitter. Is this a 'nice to have' or a 'need to have' in your business? What benefit does it provide?

Twitter is still in its infancy for the fitness industry. It is viewed as 'nice to have', but I feel it won't be long before it's a 'need to have'. Jump on board early, separate yourself from other fitness professionals/businesses! I have seen fitness jobs advertised via Twitter, been kept up to date on immediate news in the industry , have found useful links to research and events, have met other fitness professionals and business owners and established networks for advice and support. The networking benefits are amazing. I used to be very sceptical of Twitter's benefits until I actually tried it out for myself. If I was a new fitness trainer starting out in the industry I would get on Twitter and follow all the business owners and experienced trainers. Build your network and your future!

What sort of information do you think should and should not be included on your tweets?

I think it is important to be yourself, be chatty, interact with others and not just broadcast your ads or links. Reply, discuss, retweet, and really engage with people. Allow people to get to know you, but decide on clear guidelines or social media policy. A good rule of thumb is to only tweet about things you are comfortable with your clients, colleagues and boss reading. Michael Halligan from Engage Marketing once observed that his biggest response on Twitter was gained when he openly tweeted thoughts related to his daily life not his business. Be real and people will relate to you, respect you and hopefully do business with you.

Healthy Balance Fitness has a Facebook page. If directing clients towards more information on your service, do you prefer to direct them to your website or your Facebook page? What is the reason for this preference?

We direct clients initially to our website, but after they've enquired we also ask them to visit our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. Our website provides more information about the type of classes, our staff, timetable, and our blog which is a health and fitness resource for anyone (not just our clients).

On work/life balance

The movie 'Fight Club' had a great quote, "The things you own end up owning you". What measures do you take to stop your business owning you?

One of my favourite films! Delegation, scheduling regular time off, pursuing non-fitness industry related activities too, giving yourself guidelines to prevent working all day every day. There are no 'medals' for being the busiest and most stressed person around. I've stopped seeing long hours as a badge of honour and started to enjoy a balanced life and a successful business. It is possible!

And finally, what does 2011 have in store for Jodie Arnot and Healthy Balance Fitness?

Just some of the goals on my list for 2011:

  • Some new professional development sessions with our fabulous team
  • More charity and community work
  • A new website
  • Writing guest blog posts and articles for journals
  • Business mentoring - to brush up on my skills and learn some new tricks

And a plenty more that I'll keep under wraps for now!

Thank you very much to Jodie for her answers. You can follow Jodie and the happenings at Healthy Balance Fitness online at the following:

Web site: healthybalancefitness.com.au
Twitter: @HealthyBalanceF
Facebook: facebook.com/healthybalancefitness 


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How will you retain clients now that they are pregnant? [15 CECs] : 01 Aug 2011

The other day I met with Naomi Pizzo of Preggi Bellies to catch part of a class for pregnant and post-natal women. I have to say, I was surprised at how energetic the class was.

Naomi gave me an insight into the research and development that has gone into the Preggi Bellies classes and, I'm pleased to say, told me they are applying their knowledge to courses for Trainers and Instructors that are interested in becoming experts in this specialist field.

Furthermore, the course carries 15 CEC's. That's 3/4 of your two year requirement for Fitness Australia renewal!

Preggi Bellies - The leaders in exercise for pregnancy - have a three day course coming up in August that will help you take what you know about fitness and apply it to pregnancy.

Preggi Bellies is the international expert on exercise for pregnancy. Over 12,000 pregnant women have exercised safely and effectively under the supervision of our physiotherapists and specialist personal trainers ? this is your opportunity to learn the research behind this specialist area.

Who is this course designed for?

  • Personal Trainers & Fitness Instructors who have an interest in the pregnant and post-natal population
  • Personal Trainers & Fitness Instructors who want a comprehensive knowledge of the application of exercise for pregnancy

Areas covered include:

  • Safe and effective exercise provision for pregnancy
  • Contraindications for exercise during pregnancy
  • Exercise modifications for common biomechanical complaints in pregnancy.

Details:

Date: Aug 22, 23, 24, 2011
Location: Sydney
CEC's: 15
Contact: Natalie on 1300 72717171 / sales@preggibellies.com.au

Further courses are planned for Melbourne later in the year (November).

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Are you this committed to marketing your business? : 20 Sep 2011

Guerrilla marketing is a term often bandied about but less often put into action. To ensure that we are all on the same page, it is defined by Wikipedia as

"an unconventional system of promotions that relies on time, energy and imagination rather than a big marketing budget. Typically, guerrilla marketing campaigns are unexpected and unconventional, potentially interactive, and consumers are targeted in unexpected places."

In the process of working with Andrew Talati from Fitstyler I stumbled upon this YouTube clip of him and a couple of others taking part in some geniune guerrilla marketing activity in Melbourne city.

Don't hide your light under a bushell, if you have something similar, please send me the link.

 

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FREE Seminar with Prof. Paul Taylor - Sharpening The Axe : 04 Nov 2011

This is somewhat late notice - I only found out about this this morning - but if you have not heard Paul talk and you will be in Melbourne next Tuesday evening, this would be worth attending.

I expect it will be tailored more towards the general public however I have no doubt there will be valuable and thought provoking information for industry people. Oh, it's also a good chance to check out the Acumotum facility!

From the original email:

When: Tuesday 8th November
Time: 7:30pm (60mins)
Where: Ground Floor, 128 Commercial Rd Prahran

We are so excited to have our very own Prof Paul Taylor giving us an incredible FREE seminar.

Catch Paul between his overseas corporate presentations to learn the latest and best of what he has.

In this seminar you will learn how to;

1. Live a long and quality filled life
2. Prevent disease such as obesity and diabeties
3. Understand your body and brain as one big eco-system

This is scientifically proven, cutting edge information that large corporations pay the big bucks for! Furthermore if you've ever attended one of Paul's talks you'll know that there's bound to be a touch of Irish humor and fun.

Everyone is welcome including your friends, family and work mates. We just ask that you call to reserve your seat as space is limited.

A note from Prof Paul on what you will learn;

A person who does not take time for exercise and positive lifestyle rituals is akin to the axeman who does not take time to sharpen his axe.

It is undeniable that there has been a recent explosion in lifestyle diseases, with existing epidemics in obesity and diabetes and a predicted exponential increase in the incidence of Alzheimer's disease and other mental illnesses.

This seminar will give you the tools to ensure you don't become a statistic, but instead live a long, quality-filled life.

Using data from a recent clinical trial conducted in conjunction with the Brain Sciences Institute at Swinburne University, I will teach you the multitude of benefits to the Body and Brain from positive lifestyle intervention.

We will also explore how the body and the brain are one, big eco-system and what you can do to optimize yours!

Have you sharpened your axe today?

Call Acumotum today to reserve your seat on 03 9516 8888.

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HealthyPeople welcomes the MIMT to our growing community : 08 Nov 2011

We're pleased to be providing employers with a greater depth of massage therapists via the latest addition to the HealthyPeople community - the Melbourne Institute of Massage Therapy (MIMT).

For more information on MIMT, please visit their HealthyPeople page here.

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Four useful tools for staff retention : 17 Nov 2011

Increasing staff retention can save money and time on recruiting efforts, is great for team moral and is always well received by your fitness clients. Keeping employees on staff for the long term requires a sense of job satisfaction and a stimulating environment to make your employees want to work for you. Following are a few suggestions to assist with long term retention...

Responsibilities

If an employee feels he/she is challenged and given significant responsibilities in the bsuiness, he/she is more likely to feel satisfied and stick around. Assign employees responsibilities based on their skills and abilities. Regular meetings with employees (see below) to find out if they feel their job duties are adequate and challenging enough. When you assign duties to an employee, trust him to perform them without constantly looking over his shoulder.

Communication

Communicate information about your business to employees when possible. Let them know the company's direction and plans so they feel like they are a part of that future. Holding back information makes some employees worry that something is wrong. Employees also feel less of a stake in the company if they don't know what's going on.

Employee Meetings

Meet with each employee regularly to touch base and to identify potential roadblocks to job satisfaction. Use these meetings to gain a sense of what needs to change in the workplace to keep employees satisfied and reduce turnover. These meetings are a great time to help employees create goals for themselves. The goals give the employees direction and show them that you care about their success.

Perks

When possible, offering perks can improve job satisfaction and keep an employee with the company. Looking beyond monetary perks is a great idea. Think 'team lunches', 'partner trains for free', etc. One gym in Melbourne allows Trainers to train clients for free in the facility outside of peak hours (interestingly, while the offer is perceived as a big bonus, hardly any Trainers make the most of it!)

Thanks to Shelly Frost, Demand Media for the inspiration.

Did you check out Demon Bells: Kettle Bells, but not as you know them!

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Father's sperm may pass on obesity. [from The Age] : 12 Dec 2011

Did you see this? I grabbed this from The Age in Melbourne on the 5th of this month.

AUSTRALIAN researchers have discovered that the sperm of overweight fathers appears to carry a molecular signal that causes their offspring to inherit obesity.

The preliminary study indicates that obesity in the offspring is more evident and severe in females than males.

The work by the Robinson Institute Research Centre for Reproductive Health, at the University of Adelaide, has so far focused on microRNA expression on the sperm of mice.

The next move will be to recruit people into the study of paternal dietary signals carried in sperm and their impact on offspring.

The research was presented at the World Congress on Human Reproduction in Melbourne, which finished yesterday.

Because the transfer of the obesity factor is a biological process, not a genetic one, a father who loses weight and gets fit is less likely to pass on obesity to his children, according to the research.

A little conversation piece for you to whip out when the time is right.

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Physical Education and the New World Order [toilet graffiti] : 08 Jan 2012

I saw this written on the toilet wall in a bar in Melbourne.

Did you ever expect to see the phrase 'P.E.' and 'New world order' used in the same paragraph?

I love the sentiment and the complete randomness of the outburst. This guy really needed to get this off his chest.

wall art

It reads:

"I.T. is not organic and therefore will not be relevant in the new world order. Get a real job like a P.E. TEACHER. Movement will be around forever because of instinct. Why not make money from that."

Word!

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How booming gym franchise Anytime Fitness is beating the landlords : 02 Dec 2012

Fast-growing 24-hour gym franchise Anytime Fitness says its status as a mini-major and "traffic drawcard" means it can negotiate significant rental incentives of up to 25% for new retail leases.

Anytime Fitness has opened over 200 gyms in Australia since launching locally in 2008 and has added around 100 new franchised premises in the past 12 months, the most recent being on Mount Alexander Road in the Melbourne suburb of Essendon.

It is part of a fast-expanding sector of low-cost 24-hour/seven-day-a-week gyms with premises in malls, retail strips and in bulky goods centres.

While Anytime Fitness does not reveal the commercial terms of its arrangements, based on rents paid in advertised commercial listings, Property Observer estimated franchisees pay net rents of around $300 to $350 per square metre, before factoring in incentives.

Typical space requirements range from 300 square metres to 600 square metres, with a preference for sites 400 square metres or bigger. Sufficient air-conditioning for the space is also a key requirement.

In addition to being in prime and convenient locations, offering great visibility of its signage to passing traffic, the gym group seeks sites close to local supermarkets or other major retailers that are well aligned with the convenience aspect of the model.

Matthew Rodrigues, internal operations manager at Anytime Fitness Australia, tells Property Observer there is "always some room for negotiation with landlords", but it won't pay rates outside of market conditions.

He says the gym franchise is classified as a mini-major in most shopping centres, acting as a traffic drawcard and "providing significant and ongoing visitation to the centre".

"As a result of this, Anytime Fitness requires incentives to allow them to build their membership base and ensure the longevity of the business.

He says incentives include rent free periods, cash contributions or some refurbishment undertaken by the landlord "beyond a warm shell".

"While they vary across the country, in the most part we are achieving incentives of between 10% and 25% of the initial lease term," he says.

Rodrigues says that in most instances, once a new territory for a gym is chosen, a territory brief will be sent to the market, announcing Anytime Fitness' interest in a particular area and its property requirements.

"The territory brief will request property submissions for consideration by the leasing managers.

"Sites will be assessed on their merits, and negotiations will commence on prime or preferred candidates," he says.

The gym group also has a number of freehold properties within the portfolio and has also partnered with a number of developers on custom-built facilities.

Expansion plans are currently focused on Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne as well as a number of regional centres.

Jetts is another fast-growing gym chain, with more than 150 branches.

Earlier this year established gym group Fitness First put 24 of its 97 Australian gyms up for sale due to debt problems at its UK parent company.

Another gym chain, Virgin Active, has three branches in Sydney and one in the Melbourne CBD, but has not added any new gyms to its network since 2009.

In September, Ardent Leisure Group agreed to buy Fenix Fitness Clubs for $60.9 million in a move signalling further consolidation in the health and fitness sector.

Anytime Fitness was introduced in Australia in 2008 by brother-and-sister team Justin McDonell and Jacinta McDonell Jiminez.

This article first appeared on Property Observer via SmartCompany

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Forget predictions, here's 10 Skills Every Leader Should Develop In 2013 : 07 Jan 2013

Welcome to 2013! We hope your are set for a fantastic year in the health and fitness business.

There are very big things happening around HealthyPeople at present. We have a new site launching soon that will provide employers with the ability to tap into students and graduates from local Universities, TAFEs and RTOs. If you'd like to be informed of progress, please contact me via this link.


If you have specific employment/recruitment related events throughout the year, please let me know. We're always keen to share this information with our subscribers.

Enjoy the article...


Forget about your predictions for 2013, why not get stuck into the things you can directly influence.

As an industry leader (or aspiring industry leader), there are a number of skills that will help you get more out of this year, whatever happens. The more you develop these skills, the better equipped you are for anything the industry might throw your way.

1. Arithmetic - Maths is cool. Especially in business. Learn how to create and use a spreadsheet to your best advantage. Numbers matter and what gets measured gets done.

2. Business and Accounting - I'm not saying you have to become Gordon Gecko, but a greater appreciation for what can make a business rise or fall is a healthy thing.
   
3. Curation - There is so much information available to us, being able to find the right data at the right moment is crucial. Knowing how to locate accurate and timely information on all things is critical to our success.

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Fitness Division Coordinator needed at Genesis Gosford.
To support our growth and ongoing demand for Personal
Trainers we are looking for the best of the best to be our
Fitness Division Coordinator. [more]

 

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4. Decision-Making - Consensus building is an art. And it’s not the answer for every type of decision. Knowing when to make decisions independently and when to involve others is important. It’s equally important to realise when a decision must be made and when to wait a few days or weeks.

5. Networking - To survive in business, a person must have a network. Leaders should constantly build relationships. You never know who might be able to open a door or share knowledge. Never, ever pass up the opportunity to meet people.

6. Problem Solving - Business is all about fixing problems. Learning a system for identifying, analysing and solving problems will improve both your personal and professional life.

7. Public Speaking - You don’t have to be a keynote speaker or facilitate a full-day workshop. But do get comfortable with standing up in front of a crowd and talking. At minimum, be able to articulate who you are and what you do for a living.

8. Recreation - Adopt a work hard/play hard attitude. Be the best business leader you can be. Then find the time and the activity to keep you grounded.

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"We had a great response from the ad and seems we have
found what we need."

Lydia Docking, Jetts Neutral Bay

 

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9. Self-Management - Know yourself. Know how to manage yourself. Be confident and comfortable identifying when you’re stressed or struggling. Recognise what energises you and what drains your energy. The more leaders understand about themselves, the better they will manage their own behaviours.
   
10. Writing - This last one might sound silly…but know grammar basics. More importantly, refine your writing style. Try different approaches of explaining your logic. Practice composing succinct thoughts. Seth Godin does this well.

Beyond being a stronger and more adaptable leader, learning new skills is fantastic for brain health, creates more opportunities to connect with others and increases your value to current and future employers.

Have fantastic week.

Dennis Hosking
Managing Director - HealthyPeople

This article was inspired by this one by Sharlyn Lauby

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Here's the sapce you needed for you Clifton Hill branch. : 10 Jul 2013

Melbourne Bicycle Centre in Clifton Hill, is looking for a driven Personal Trainer or Personal Training group to make use of our available studio space.

We currently have a Massage Therapist, who also takes the odd class, and a Tri-athlete Coach who does cycling related training, mostly in the very early mornings.

Both are growing businesses but are using the space for less than 10% of the time meaning there is plenty of opportunity to train your clients privately.

The Studio: (Photos below)

The overall space is 12m x 10m approx. Includes a therapy room, shower, change room with toilet, security lockers, air-condtioning, heating and bose music set up. There is good lighting and an abundance of Inner Melbourne chic atmosphere.

The entrance area is both separate and can link to the store. During the shop hours we have the side door open. Their is coffee, an outside sitting area and ample parking with our high visibility location.

Advantages:

Customer flow to our store per year exceeds 10,000 people. They are interested in health, cycling, family and fitness. These people are mostly local, a 60/40 mix of men to women, they are financially well-off, interested in their own health, how they look and fashion.

We have three primary schools within 1 km, all with plenty of well-off mums and dads looking for the next cool place to exercise.

In addition we have our shop's customer data base to leverage. We offer the store for free promotions and advertising.

5000 cars pass the shop every day. We also have trams passing by every 10 minutes to or from the city. The Eastern freeway entrance is just 500m away with Brunswick and Smith Street precincts within a kilometre.

Interested?

If this sounds like something you'd like to take on, send your expression of interest via the link below or contact Warren or Rob on the details below.

Warren
Ph: 0419 549 522
Email: warrenkey@me.com

Rob
Ph: 0458026397
Email: support@melbournebicyclecentre.com

Address:
Melbourne Bikes (Health and Fitness)
37 queens parade
Clifton Hill
3068 Vic

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Achieving Success in the Business of Fitness - Panel session : 15 Jul 2013

On Friday August 9th I'll be a part of a panel discussion with Carl Ziebell (Adrenalin Health) and Natasha Holmes (Advance Fitness Clubs/Advance Fitness Marketing).

It's called 'Achieving Success in the Business of Fitness' and it's a part of Victoria's Small Business Festival.

We'll be talking about key challenges and solution strategies for fitness business managers. Details as follows:

Where: Fed Square, Melbourne CBD
When: Friday 9th August from 11.30am to 1.30pm.
Tickets: $25 and space is limited.
To book: Contact Carl on 0411 636 666 or our office on (03) 9038 8616.

 

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Run your own established Step into Life franchise in Doncaster! : 28 Aug 2013

Run your own established franchise in Doncaster!

Step into Life offers unique outdoor, group, personal training programs which give members variety, motivation and support. As a result, it sees some of the longest membership duration periods, and happy members mean a strong franchise.

Take your drive and passion for the Fitness Industry to the next level by owning your own franchise. This is your opportunity to operate a strong established franchise with the potential for much growth in Doncaster, Victoria.

Established in 1995, Step into Life is making fast tracks with 145 franchises in Australia and 1 in New Zealand. We were also listed in BRW magazine's top 25 fastest growing franchises in Australia!

Step into Life is all about vitality, energy, support, camaraderie, community, determination and fun - not just for members but for franchisees too. It's because of these strong values that Step into Life has grown from its small beginnings to now lead the growing outdoor training revolution!

Other benefits your Doncaster franchise includes:

  • An established base
  • Immediate income
  • Low entry costs
  • All equipment provided
  • Established business relationships with council and other sporting club tenants
  • Part of a well established franchise with over 17 years success
  • Strong support network and ongoing training with other franchisees and State Office
  • Proven business model for success
  • A work/lifestyle balance

Step into Life Doncaster is located at Rieschiecks Reserve, Corner of George and Victoria Street, Doncaster - a prime location on two of Melbourne’s busiest roads.

If that sounds like you, and you have the genuine desire to take charge of your destiny by doing something you REALLY enjoy, a Step into Life franchise may be a great fit!

Call Jacquie the owner/manager at Step into Life Doncaster to find out more about this successful business opportunity on 0407 434 851.

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Freelance Studio Hire available in Brunswick, Melbourne. : 23 Jan 2014

Freelance Studio Hire available in Brunswick, Melbourne.

We have a well-equipped and spacious studio available for you to provide Personal Training or group exercise sessions for your private clients.

This opportunity to suited to...

  • Personal trainers
  • Yoga instructors
  • Group class instructors or 
  • Pilates instructors

Our Personal training studio is private and is an appointment only run facility.

We offer a..

  • fully equipped personal training studio 
  • Over 200 square metres of open floor space
  • Cardio and resistance training equipment
  • 4 Cable machines
  • Dumbells, Barbells, Clubbells, Kettlebells, Bosu’s, Foam rollers, boxing equipment, plus more
  • Change amenities. 

We welcome any enquiries from fully qualified professionals to hire the studio on a permanent or casual basis. Please email me at emma@myofunction.com.au for more details.

www.myofunction.com.au

 

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Unique owner / manager opportunity with CHM in Melbourne South : 01 May 2014

Here's a very unique opportunity to become an owner/manager. CHM have an opportunity for someone to take over the management of one of their corporate facilities. Details as follows...

"Looking to run your own business but don't want to have to stump up the upfront capital? We have a unique opportunity to take on your own fitness centre with no upfront costs. Located within the City of Glen Eira, SE Melbourne. Fully equipped. Current income from memberships exceeds outgoings (ex wages). If you want to run your own show, but with the support of one of Australia’s leading fitness companies, then we’d love to hear from you.

You'll need outstanding communication skills, some promotion and marketing experience, a passion for improving health and all the necessary hands on fitness qualifications to act as an owner/manager."

Contact Mark Hall - Mark.Hall@chm.com.au, 0406 205 598

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