Hey guys this is my first Christmas/new year as a independent trainer. Just wondering what every else is doing for their business and do you give your clients Christmas presents?, do you have many that drop off over this time period?
Thread: Christmas period for trainers
11-26-2012, 10:41 PM #1
11-27-2012, 03:42 AM #2
They don't drop off, but December is definitely quieter - use it to your advantage and work on other business items including marketing for January and February. Expect that the two weeks around Christmas/New Years will be very slow and maybe even take some time off yourself.
As for presents, it can get expensive in a hurry even if you only spend $10-20 per client. A card usually is fine. A service provider should be getting tips, not giving gifts to others.
11-27-2012, 04:44 AM #3
I am going to make up a batch of 'healthy' treats for my clients. Maybe some almond flour type snacks or gluten free cookies etc.
I am taking Christmas Eve until 3rd of Jan off or so. Have not had a break this year so really needed. I expect clients to take a break too, and then prepare myself for a busy mid Jan onwards.Tired of boring cardio? Want to add a challenge to your workouts?
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11-27-2012, 06:52 AM #4
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11-27-2012, 10:59 AM #6
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So most people do 8 sessions a month (twice/week for 4 weeks). I just tell them come in an extra day of the week until they get all 8 sessions in.I do snatch pulls in the gym so I can do snatch pulls in the bars. And I ALWAYS use a hook grip.
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12-01-2012, 02:47 PM #7
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I don't give gifts to all clients. We want clients to be likeable, reliable and hardworking. We'll settle for two out of three, only one or none and we just fire them or transfer them to another trainer. If they're all three, then that's when we give them extra time - and gifts at appropriate times. And obviously just for those doing plenty of sessions and after six months or so.
That usually cuts it down to not more than 1/4 of your clients. Then spend what you feel like.Elite coaching is about getting the last 5% out of a person's performance, personal training is about getting the first 50%.
12-01-2012, 10:14 PM #9
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X-mas I send out cards to each client with a little something personal written in each one.
Spending a lot of December working on my marketing plan and business. By January 1st. I hope to launch my plans for:
1. direct mailing
2. physician's referrals
3. accepting insurance
4. starting a group nutrition class
5. private chef services
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12-02-2012, 01:45 PM #10
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