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Entries in Lessons in Fitness Leadership (25)

Thursday
May252017

Lessons in Fitness Leadership: Embrace the Fitness Evolution

The Lessons in Fitness Leadership series highlights IHRSA’s industry leaders and thanks them for their continued commitment to growing, promoting, and protecting the health club industry. By sharing their business expertise, we hope that you will get to know them, what they've learned along the way, and how they view leadership.

David Van Daff
Sr. Vice President & General Manager, Fitness
Fusionetics


What is the most fulfilling part of being a business leader in the fitness industry?

The fitness industry affords you the opportunity to make a career of helping people help themselves. That is truly rewarding and fulfilling on many different levels.

Helping guide people toward achieving their health and fitness goals is by far, the most gratifying aspect of a career in fitness.

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Thursday
May112017

Lessons in Fitness Leadership: Small Victories Equal Big Victories

The Lessons in Fitness Leadership series highlights IHRSA’s industry leaders and thanks them for their continued commitment to growing, promoting, and protecting the health club industry. By sharing their business expertise, we hope that you will get to know them, what they've learned along the way, and how they view leadership.

Jason Reinhardt
Owner and Founder
Go M.A.D. Fitness


What is the most fulfilling part of being a business leader in the fitness industry?

The ability to make a difference through health and fitness. I don’t think any other industry makes the same kind of difference in the lives of others as ours does. Working in this industry is rewarding, motivational, and inspiringwe inspire youths to be active from a young age, while also encouraging seniors to be active as a way of prolonging life. To me, continuing to make a difference through health and fitness is most fulfilling. 

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Thursday
Apr272017

Lessons in Fitness Leadership: There Is Value in Pausing and Reflecting

The Lessons in Fitness Leadership series highlights IHRSA’s industry leaders and thanks them for their continued commitment to growing, promoting, and protecting the health club industry. By sharing their business expertise, we hope that you will get to know them, what they've learned along the way, and how they view leadership.

Lindsey Rainwater
CEO and Founder
Lindsey Rainwater LLC


What is the most fulfilling part of being a business leader in the fitness industry?

The most fulfilling part of being a leader has a lot to do with helping people, finding solutions to their problems, and realizing what they’re really capable of. Anything that I do to help a service provider in the industry is helping move us forward—and inadvertently changing lives. 

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Thursday
Apr132017

Lessons in Fitness Leadership: Take More Risks

The Lessons in Fitness Leadership series highlights IHRSA’s industry leaders and thanks them for their continued commitment to growing, promoting, and protecting the health club industry. By sharing their business expertise, we hope that you will get to know them, what they've learned along the way, and how they view leadership.

Eric Schmitz
President
California Athletic Clubs


What is the most fulfilling part of being a business leader in the fitness industry? 

It is being of service to others. Being of service to staff, members, and guests. That is the fundamental reason why this industry is so great.

Another is the positive impact that I have on growing leaders in our organization. Seeing our leaders grow as individuals is fulfilling.

 

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Thursday
Mar302017

Lessons in Fitness Leadership: Business is Always About People

The Lessons in Fitness Leadership series highlights IHRSA’s industry leaders and thanks them for their continued commitment to growing, promoting, and protecting the health club industry. By sharing their business expertise, we hope that you will get to know them, what they've learned along the way, and how they view leadership.

Derek Gallup
New Evolution Ventures
Lafayette, CA


What is the most fulfilling part of being a business leader in the fitness industry?

Every day I wake up and launch out of bed energized knowing that I get to work with fitness professionals who are inspiring and passionate about helping others live healthier, more energetic, and longer lives by incorporating fitness into them. We have products and services that are not just good for people, they are the closest thing to the fountain of youth that we have ever found. 

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Thursday
Mar162017

Lessons in Fitness Leadership: Patience and Time are Powerful

The Lessons in Fitness Leadership series highlights IHRSA’s industry leaders and thanks them for their continued commitment to growing, promoting, and protecting the health club industry. By sharing their business expertise, we hope that you will get to know them, what they've learned along the way, and how they view leadership.

Guy Cammilleri
World Gym International
Los Angeles, CA

 

What is the most fulfilling part of being a business leader in the fitness industry?

The fitness industry is a fun and sociable industry. With World Gym, where we have over 220 locations on six continents, our community is diverse but we all share something in common, a commitment to personal fitness and love for what we do. Those common bonds transcend our geography, affiliations, and cultures. It is fulfilling to work with such a diverse group of people all over the world who share common goals. One goal is to get more people into gyms so they can become more healthy and fit, which we believe is good for their happiness. It is pretty fulfilling to be selling health and happiness instead of products that might have more adverse effects.

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Thursday
Feb232017

Lessons in Fitness Leadership: Give More Details and Direction

The Lessons in Fitness Leadership series highlights IHRSA’s industry leaders and thanks them for their continued commitment to growing, promoting, and protecting the health club industry. By sharing their business expertise, we hope that you will get to know them, what they've learned along the way, and how they view leadership. 

Karen Raisch-Siegel
LifeWorks of Southwest General
Middleburg Heights, OH


What is the most fulfilling part of being a business leader in the fitness industry?

The most fulfilling part for me is that I have the privilege to make a positive difference in the lives of my employees, members, and community. It is quite humbling and surreal how the decisions I make affect so many lives.

If you were able to go back in time, what is one piece of leadership advice you would have given your younger-self about working in the fitness industry?

I would tell myself to calm down, slow down, and that everyone is doing the best they can. I’ve learned that people don’t operate in the same ways I do—and that’s okay, and that I need to provide them with more details and direction. 

What prompted you to join the Industry Leadership Council (ILC)?

I attended the ILC meeting at IHRSA 2016 in Orlando. I was very moved by the advocacy initiatives that IHRSA pursues and all that the Industry Leadership Council does for our industry. I didn’t even know it existed in the past, I’ve been so busy in my world that I feel like I’ve been living in my own small bubble.

What has been your most memorable experience as part of the ILC?

I am very new to the ILC so my most memorable experience so far was listening to the 2016 ILC Summit keynote speaker, Ann Handley. She spoke about how our story is what makes us different, and that we need to find a way to tell bolder, bigger and braver stories. It was an excellent session on marketing and very useful. I’m looking forward to taking advantage of the ILC sessions once again this year.

Thursday
Feb092017

Lessons in Fitness Leadership: Advocate for One of the Best Products Being ‘Sold’

The Lessons in Fitness Leadership series highlights IHRSA’s industry leaders and thanks them for their continued commitment to growing, promoting, and protecting the health club industry. By sharing their business expertise, we hope that you will get to know them, what they've learned along the way, and how they view leadership. 

Paula Neubert
Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club
Greenwood Village, CO 


What is the most fulfilling part of being a business leader in the fitness industry?

You get to be a leader and advocate for one of the best products being “sold.” Think about it…how many businesses allow you to spend your days talking to people, helping them reach goals that make them healthier and happier, and give you the opportunity to be energized and motivated just by stepping out of your office door and taking a walk around the club? I am proud and honored to be part of this industry!

If you were able to go back in time, what is one piece of leadership advice you would have given your younger-self about working in the fitness industry?

Listen and observe. Learn something every day!

What prompted you to join the Industry Leadership Council (ILC)?

A phone call from IHRSA Board members. I didn’t know a lot about the ILC, but they helped me understand more about this group of leaders and the advocacy work they do to help our industry. As a brand new ILC member, I’m looking forward to learning more and experiencing ILC member benefits.

Thursday
Jan262017

Lessons in Fitness Leadership: Focus on Being Rather Than Doing

The Lessons in Fitness Leadership series highlights IHRSA’s industry leaders and thanks them for their continued commitment to growing, promoting, and protecting the health club industry. By sharing their business expertise, we hope that you will get to know them, what they've learned along the way, and how they view leadership. 

Scott Draper
Club Northwest
Grants Pass, OR 


What is the most fulfilling part of being a business leader in the fitness industry?

The opportunity of serving others in wellness.

We see hundreds of examples of how we do this each day. It is truly about being present. I enjoy the day-to-day and the moment-to-moment experiences I have with others. Wellness doesn’t happen in the past or in the future. It happens in the moment. Those moment-to-moment conversations create wellness for not only those we are serving, but also for ourselves.

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Thursday
Jan122017

Lessons in Fitness Leadership: It’s Okay to Not Have All the Answers

The Lessons in Fitness Leadership series highlights IHRSA’s industry leaders and thanks them for their continued commitment to growing, promoting, and protecting the health club industry. By sharing their business expertise, we hope that you will get to know them, what they've learned along the way, and how they view leadership.

Bill McBride
Active Wellness
San Francisco, CA


What is the most fulfilling part of being a business leader in the fitness industry?

Helping people learn and grow.  I really enjoy helping operators and staffs get better at how we approach our industry through training, development, standards, and excellence.  Supporting people in their professional and personal growth is very fulfilling. 

It’s all about the people—this industry is such a community. Competitors are friendly with each other. A lot of us believe in the concept of a rising tide floats all boats. It’s about building something bigger than you and your own company, but in helping grow the industry. It is very important and critical when working towards industry goals not to insert any personal agendas. Collaboration for the industry’s progress is very fulfilling to me on a deep level.

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