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6 Components of a Strong Personal Training Department

Why does personal training exist? Because we can’t do the exercise ourselves, said Luke Carlson of Discover Strength during his “Personal & Group Training Management” session at the 2016 IHRSA Institute.   

Strong Leaders, Strong Personal Training Department 

Session attendees shared additional reasons their club members hire personal trainers, such as looking for expertise and social interaction, and seeking motivation and accountability. The key reason club members need personal trainers is supervision; statistically, fitness performance and health outcomes are far better with supervised exercise, Carlson said.  

Carlson cautioned that weak leaders can be the reason personal training departments aren’t performing better. Club owners and managers must identify their core values, institutionalize them and build a culture around them. Those in leadership roles must identify each individual staff member and job function and ensure that the “right person is in the right seat." 

Six Components of a Strong Personal Training Department 

Carlson introduced the following six components that comprise a strong personal training department, and stressed the importance of identifying the tools and tactical solutions that drive performance in each. 

  1. Vision – Solidify a shared vision of core values and a future plan
  2. People – Determine who does what and how it should be done.
  3. Process – Identify, simplify, and document your processes
  4. Data – Develop a consistent way to measure key performance indicators
  5. Traction – Document the two-to-five most important things to be accomplished each quarter
  6. Issues – Effective leaders must recognize issues and how to handle them 

In closing, Carlson said, “There is a difference between doing, and doing well. Execution is paramount.” 

Read more coverage from the 2016 IHRSA Institute.

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