Notice to all Trainers; “PUT THE PHONE DOWN!!”

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We all know that our cell phones have actually become a physical part of our bodies.   It seems we can’t even go the restroom without taking our phones and checking into Facebook while sitting on the throne.    Nice…   However, when it comes to personal and group training, nothing is more distracting and rude then an instructor who is checking their phone while training.   Some trainers will complain that they need their stop watch capability on their phone to conduct their training.   Give them $10 and tell them to go buy a stop watch.   Not only does the phone usage […]

May is Protect me from MAYhem month

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May is Protect me from MAYhem month. When was the last time you took a serious look at the risk management of your gym?   The term “risk management”  probably involves more than you think.   From analyzing your lease, to creating a specific protocol for reporting incidents and following up on claims.   Here are some other areas that fall under the term “risk management”.   #1  Your waiver.   When was the last time it was updated?    Does it address social media?  Is it a separate document or buried on the back on your membership agreement? #2  Your special events.    Do you have […]

Why You Need a Small Group Training Plan

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In recent months, I recommended creating small group personal training sessions (SGPT) as an option to having personal trainers as independent contractors at your health club.  The issue of independent contractors is not the only reason to consider this approach.  The logistics might be daunting at first but managers, health club owners, and most importantly, the clients are discovering the benefits of partner and group training. The popularity of small group or partner training is growing, not just because of the efficiency for the trainer.  Obviously, a trainer can earn more when more clients are present and can save their […]

Ken Reinig Publishes First Part in New Article Series Outlining the Differences Between Health Club Employees and Independent Contractors

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Ken Reinig, speaker and health club insurance expert, evaluates the risks involved in hiring independent contractors.  Lakewood, Co – July 3, 2014 – Ken Reinig, well-known risk management specialist, published the first in a two-part series on the importance of understanding the differences between an independent contractor and a health club employee. The article, titled “Your Best Business Model Part I: Understanding the Relationship of an Independent Contractor to Your Business” outlines the criteria that the courts look at when determining the independent contractor status of personal trainers. Reinig says, “Often when club owners decide to get into the personal […]

Your Best Business Model Part I: Understanding the Relationship of an Independent Contractor to Your Business

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There is no doubt that the fastest growing segment in fitness over the past five years is in the area of personal training, and more specifically in the past two years, in small group personal training.  Even the big box gyms understand that they can no longer rely exclusively on revenue generated from membership base for monthly billing.   These club owners know that personal training can not only operate as its own profit center, it ultimately affects the renewal retention of those gyms that rely heavily on membership sales.  Every club owner understands the potential revenue that can be generated […]

And You Thought You Were Safe Part I: What Club Owner’s Need to Know About Independent Contractors

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If you are a club owner that currently uses independent contractors to run your personal training and/or group exercise classes, I highly recommend that you Google “Independent Contractor vs. Employee”. Here are just a few gems from the Small Business Administration’s website to clarify the distinction: An Independent Contractor: – Operates under a business name – Has his/her own employees – Maintains a separate business checking account – Advertises his/her business’ services – Invoices for work completed – Has more than one client – Has own tools and sets own hours – Keeps business records   An Employee: – Performs […]

Ken Reinig Publishes New Blog Detailing the Difficulties of Employee Lawsuits

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Ken Reinig, speaker and health club insurance expert, details the steps for health club owners to protect themselves from employee litigation. Lakewood, Co – May 30, 2014 – Ken Reinig, well-known risk management specialist, published a new blog on the rise in employee lawsuits and what you as a club owner can do about it. The blog, titled “ The Good News/Bad News of Employment Litigation (or how to keep from getting sued by your employees!)” gives managers and club owners the vital steps to protecting themselves from employment litigation. Reinig says, “Your liability insurance policy is designed to protect […]