OK, professional registration is a chance for us to assist fitness professionals with their career development, but as much as anything…
Professional registration has always been for fitness employers.
It’s a way to confirm that professional development has been maintained. Which, in turn, helps to ensure that the services provided by employed professionals are at a higher standard.
And this is why FITREC has taken fitness registration further. Continue reading
While this post was from a newsletter we sent out in April 2013, the content is still good. I’ve also added a few new titles to the end for those looking for more.
I’ve had some of my greatest epiphanies while immersed in the pages of a book. Today I’m going to share with you 10 books that have influenced me, some new, some old. I wouldn’t expect anyone to be as pumped as I was about all of them, but it’s worth making it a goal to read at least six of them (if you haven’t already). In no specific order…. Continue reading
Eliza Bingham of Inside/Out Energy is a successful Personal Trainer and Personal Training Coach operating out of Goodlife Health Clubs in Mooroolbark. I approached her with a couple of questions about her work and she has delivered GOLD. There are so many great points in this article. I wanted to highlight them all but I couldn’t, it would have looked ridiculous!
New and potential Personal Trainers, this is a MUST READ! Continue reading
Following on from our successful article on ‘What the Hell is Nordic Walking?‘ here’s some insight into a new, equipment free, group exercise session called Metafit.
With origins in the UK, Metafit was introduced to Australia by Daniel Wilson (I’ve known Daniel for years – his extensive industry experience includes Club Management, Sales Management and Personal Training, both here and abroad).
In a relatively short space of time Metafit has become a staple for many Trainers. In fact, some have based their whole business around it (check out THE HIIT MUM in the West of Melbourne). Continue reading
Many years ago I first saw Patrick Burtscher and his Nordic Academy team, Nordic Walking around FILEX in Sydney. To my untrained eye, it seemed to be simply walking with purpose, with a couple of sticks. At the time I thought it a bit odd – in an expo filled with every conceivable fitness apparatus, here was a group selling… well… walking… with sticks.
Fast forward almost 10 years and, as Nordic Walking continues to grow in popularity, I’ve made it my business to understand why it has been such a success. Continue reading
It brings to mind courses, classes and other opportunities to gain additional qualifications and/or certificates. All of which are an essential part of being a well rounded professional, but is there anyone that would argue that the real development as a professional happens on the job?
Off site education is, at best, a ‘Heads Up’.
There is no substitute for hours at the coal face. And there is definitely no substitute for someone in the workplace to show you the way. Either consciously as a mentor or simply by virtue of being a great example.
I know that my early development as a professional was heavily influenced by few key people. Here’s some insight into my career progression and some of the influencers I met on the way…
During my time at the City of Port Phillip (as the Community Recreation Officer), one of my roles was to run a children’s holiday program. Over the school holidays we would operate out of multiple schools. In addition, each program would include one or more camps. Some involving air travel.
So I’m talking multiple staff, multiple locations, hundreds of kids and all sorts of potential for disaster.
To say that we needed great systems and strong leadership was an understatement. In fact, it was in this job that I first heard the statement ‘attention to detail’. By ‘heard’ I mean drilled. And by ‘drilled’ I mean, at the slightest infraction I would suffer the taunt of “Attention to detail, Dennis”, dripping with all the sarcasm my boss could muster.
My boss in this job was Jenny Robinson. While she was one of the best bosses I ever had, it wasn’t always easy. She could be tyrannical and off the charts crazy, but she was like a soothsayer. Her attention to detail was the stuff of legend. I aspired to have an answer for every question she’d throw at me, and kick myself every time she found a hole in my systems or processes. I couldn’t be more grateful for the lessons I learned from her in that job.
Another great leader at the City of Port Phillip was Alex Gerdan. Not only did he have an attention to detail to rival Jenny’s, he was unflappable. Alex taught me the value of keeping your head when all around are losing theirs. Watching him deal with irate parents, grumbling staff, accidents and the vagaries of the public service was inspirational. There was nothing that he could not take in his stride – while giving all around him the confidence that everything was going to be all right.
Alex was also well known for proclaiming that nothing was free and that ‘somewhere, someone has to pay’. Never a truer word spoken.
Another great professional development leap was during my time as Personal Training Manager for Equilibrium Health & Fitness. Both Josh Buxton and Paul Kinghorn introduced me to the commercial side of health and fitness. Specifically, sales and financial accountability. Both very valuable lessons for anyone operating outside the bubble of the public service.
It was Josh that set me on a path of personal development. Josh loaned me a box of cassettes from a motivational speaker called Zig Ziglar to play in the car (yes, I said cassettes – it was a while ago). Those cassettes did plenty of trips before I decided there was nothing to listen to on the radio, so I might as well put one on. And that was all it took. I ended up listening to every tape in the box. And then every tape in every other box that Josh had. From there I went from one book to another on related topics. Beginning, of course, with Unlimited Power by Anthony Robbins.
While these examples were big leaps forward during my time as an employee, as many Personal Trainers and Club owners would testify, nothing compares to the learning curve of running your own business.
And, as the owner of HealthyPeople, this is where I feel most comfortable – testing myself and learning on a regular basis. Now I think about it, I realise the greatest jobs I’ve had are the ones where I was learning the most. Sure, some gigs were just for the money and the skill required was low (like housekeeping on Dunk Island) but even in these gigs I appreciated the skills learned (I still fold towels like a hotel).
Which possibly goes to the heart of why I enjoy working in the fitness industry as much as I do. There are so many brilliant innovators, astute business people, learned scholars and inspirational leaders that it is impossible not to learn something from one week to the next.
In the course of my fitness career I have completed a range of qualifications, from degree to certificate. While some inspired new ideas and others gave detailed insight, none compared to the value of receiving the right advice when I needed it.
What about you? Who would you thank for their part in your professional development?
I’ve spoken in the past about keeping your social networks in order. Legal or otherwise, employers are using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. to learn more about job applicants.
But tidying things up is a defensive move, this article is about going on the offensive with your social media. Hold tight, because I’m about to give you a simple but effective strategy to ensure your best foot is always forward. Continue reading