Archive for August, 2008

Investing in your health?

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

I recently found a small blurb on a website called coreperformance.com that got me thinking about CoachMefit and our mission:

Be Proactive not Reactive

“We all live busy lives, but what is more important than our health? Often we don’t think about our body until it lets us down. Try incorporating prehab exercises into your workout routine to keep your body from breaking down into a cumulative injury cycle. Think of the principle of investing your money. People often spend a lot of time and energy in investing their money to achieve a great return. In the same way, we should invest in our body by being proactive in order to achieve a healthier and more productive lifestyle.”

We live in a time where when it comes to physical health, a lot of people are reactive instead of proactive. Not everyone sees the value in spending time and money on avoiding injuries and major health problems, they would prefer to pay high insurance premiums and dish out their money for expensive medications.

A poet named Virgil once said “the greatest wealth is health”. Let’s all be a little more proactive and help others do so when it comes to health. Let’s not spend our healthy years gaining wealth, just to spend our wealth in order to regain health.

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Oh, That’s Uncomfortable?

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

A cute story from CoachMeFit in West Bloomfield, MI:

I have a couple, Bob and Kelly, who I train three days a week at 7 am. I was originally reluctant to have to wake up before 6 am (I’m lucky to make it to the coffee pot at that hour) but Kelly and Bob’s comic interactions make waking up early completely worth it. I often find myself laughing at their one-liners and quick jokes.

One morning I had them doing a combination move of a push-up followed by a dumbbell row in a push-up position. Physiologically, this type of exercise is demanding because it calls on two opposing muscle groups simultaneously (chest and back). The body needs to get blood and oxygen to both sets of muscles at once, and the heart rate tends to spike.

When I told Kelly and Bob what we were going to do, both of them looked at me like I was crazy, but got into a push-up position anyway. Bob started his set and got 4 reps into it before Kelly had even tried one. After doing one, Kelly tells me that it was too hard and she’s going to do them on her knees. Two repetitions later, Kelly looks at me and says– oh-so-matter-of-factly– “Catherine, I’m not going to do these anymore. They are really uncomfortable.”

At this comment, Bob stops (mid push-up, obviously struggling with his 10th repetition, sweat dripping down his face) and looks incredulously at his wife. After a silent pause he asks sarcastically: “Oh. These are uncomfortable? I was really wondering what to call them. Thanks.

Kelly never finished the set. I was laughing too hard to care. Now, whenever I’m going to give Kelly and Bob something hard to do I always warn them they may be “uncomfortable” for the next few minutes.

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Down Economy? I say the glass is half full.

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

a Personal Trainer at Work

I’ve heard a lot of talk about the struggling U.S. economy as of late. Although this talk is spread across the entire country, it seems to be particularly prevalent in the state of Michigan where the CoachMeFit Franchise Corporation is based and where four CoachMeFit Private Personal Training studios exist.

The way I see it, there are two ways to deal with a down economy:

1) jump on the negative talk band wagon, plug along with whatever it is you’re doing, and hope that the economy will some day turn around

OR

2) treat the “down economy” as an opportunity to make things happen

The reality with a down economy is that it’s all about the attitude one has towards it. The majority of the population adopts option #1 above and never moves forward with a plan to create financial security and control.

A small percentage of the population adopt option #2 above and take the “bull by the horns”. These people typically have a better quality of life and are financially sound.

From a business standpoint, CoachMeFit studios are doing better than ever and we’re expanding our personal training studio concept across the Midwest despite many around us saying that we’re headed toward a recession. Why? Because there is a tremendous amount of opportunity out there right now. Landlord’s are desperate to fill their vacant buildings and are therefore willing to make concessions for tenants, building contractors are slashing their labor prices in order to remain competitive with one another for the jobs that are out there, and banks are willing to lend money at an all time low rate to those with good credit and a good business model. In addition, many people are running out of health a lot faster than wealth and CoachMeFit can actually help them.

If you’re currently a Personal Trainer and have thought about starting your own Personal Training business, but are hesitant to make the jump from employee to business owner because of what you read in the media about the economy, think again. The media statistics you should be focusing on are the ones that talk about the obesity epidemic and rising health care costs due to lack of physical activity. More than ever there is a need for Personal Trainers and Personal Training studios.

If you’re ready to capitalize on your dream of owning your own Personal Training studio, check out our website to learn more about us. We’re looking for the right people to join our team and to share in the vision of creating the highest quality personal training program worldwide.

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