Tri July – Monthly Challenges

Tri July

This is one of my favourite challenges. It was introduced to by Laura*.  Thanks Laura. Here are some ideas around the rules. Feel free to use them and the image or tweak to suit for your own clients and members.  And if by the time you read this July has been and gone, there are 170 Ironman events in a year.  Why not re-name it and tie your version of this challenge in with one of your favourite locations in the up-and-coming months.
  • Take the whole month of July to complete the distances.
  • Do a little each day or week, or the whole lot at once.
  • Indoor bikes and/or treadmills can be used for some or all of the distances, providing they record distance. No guesstimates.
  • Wheelchairs can be used for the walking leg and a wheelchair hand-bike for the cycling leg.
  • ‘Swimming’  means most of a person’s body is submerged in water, they are moving under their own steam (whether aqua jogging, freestyle, dog paddle, etc) and when their feet touch the ground, they can’t move forward and include that in their official distance. However, they can use flotation devices like kickboards, life vests and flippers.
  • If there is no pool within 20km, people can do a 5km kayak or 5km  on an indoor rower instead.

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*Laura was an entrant of the Catch Fitness 20 Week Challenge and trained by PT Amanda (Armitage) Baird.

Laura shared the challenge with our other entrants and a from memory a whopping 180 signed up to the first year we rolled it out.  The most fantastic pics and stories of people nailing out there distances came in all month.  It was such a success I rolled out every year since.

Tips From My Guests

My Guests

Join my guests for quick tips about workshops, fitness challenges or both. A huge thanks to all these clever people for taking the time to share a few minutes of their wisdom with us all.

Mike Catton

Mike has has delivered some of the best workshops that I’ve ever attended.  He’s also run a highly successful fitness business and delivered workshops to his own fitness clients, staff and other fitness professionals.  Those workshops have covered health and fitnessey topics as well as public speaking skills and team leadership.

Mike has won international awards for his work and primarily now designs and delivers programs for government departments, industry, academia, schools and community groups.

You can read more about Mike at Peak Performance.

Richard Ellis

Winner of the 2016 NZ Exercise Industry Personal Trainer Award, Rich has 20 years business management experience, running businesses from small to multi million dollar, including franchise set up.

In addition to running his highly successful PT business, Rich also provides a mentoring and coaching service for other exercise professionals around the world at www.theptmentor.com

In this short vid, Rich reveals essential tips and tricks to nailing a great workshop. A must see for anyone wanting to walk that road.

Kate Lugtigheid

Not sure if you should run health and fitness challenges? Wondering how you’d go about it? Then you can’t go past listening to Kate, the owner of Pumped who’s run heaps of them.

Kate was the Winner of the 2015 PT of the Year and Winner of the 2016 Small Exercise Facility of the Year at the New Zealand Exercise Industry Awards. She represented New Zealand at the 2014 World Triathlon Championships in Edmonton, Canada. She also had 52 clients take out a winning position on the Catch Fitness 20 Week Challenge and 200 of them who made finalist! Yep, she’s an absolute legend.

Thanks Kate for sharing. You can read more about Kate here www.pumped.co.nz.

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Fast Track Workshops

Fast track series

Here’s a series of workshops that personal trainers, club owners and gym instructors could deliver to current members or offer up to local sports teams.

Four workshops

Pitched at gym-goers, in particular:-
    • exercise/gym newbies who want to know how to exercise effectively and safely, i.e. reach their goals fast, and
    • for anyone training hard or consistently but not getting the results they are chasing.
Fast track workshop ideas series

• WORKSHOP 1: WARM-UPS

An effective warm-up can increase your performance by a whopping 40%. Warm-up well and you’ll feel more motivated, run faster, lift more and be less likely to suffer injuries. It all adds up to you achieving your goals faster, whether that’s to lose weight, be stronger or win races. Learn why spending five minutes on a stationary bike, skipping rope, running and a whole bunch of other activities, aren’t your best option and learn what is. It’s the knowledge you’ll have forever and use every workout!

• WORKSHOP 2: DIETARY RECALLS

Learn why a dietary recall is important for your health and success. For improving energy, race time, muscle mass, dropping bodyfat or sleeping better.  Find out the pros and cons of Apps like FitnessPal. Set yourself up with the best recall to suit your personality and goals.

• WORKSHOP 3: HEART RATE TRAINING

How to get the most out of your exercise routines.  Learn why knowing your heart rate matters, before, after and during exercise and how it is directly linked to all your fitness goals.  Whether you want to lose weight, win races, stay energized, or stack on muscle, this is the workshop to attend.

• WORKSHOP 4: ASSESSMENTS

30 different health and fitness assessments that your doctor won’t be doing but which are key to having an active life and maintaining motivation. Many you can do yourself, others we can do on the day. Two  local physios on hand to help out. Lots of giveaways in this final workshop of the series.

DETAIL

The idea with these workshops is that they are held at your fitness club.  As an example, you put up posters about the series at the club, invite your own clients and invite them to invite others.  You also put a poster up in the park’s clubhouse, where a lot of local soccer teams train.

When: Each Saturday in August. From 10.15 am – 11.45 am

Cost: Club members: $25 per workshop or VIP pass to all four for $80 before July 1. Non-members: $30 per workshop
Limited: Each session limited to 20 people.
Bookings: Essential. Pay online beforehand to secure place.
Where: ‘Your Great Club’, in the aerobics studio, straight after the 9 am weights class.
Refunds:  Not after July 1st, but you can transfer your ticket and send someone else along in your place 🙂
Bring: Each workshop requires you to get a little bit physical, other than the dietary recall workshop, . Please wear comfy gym gear and closed in gym shoes.
Poster for inside club, workshop ideas

Poster ideas

Above is an example of a poster made using Canva.  It’s designed for use inside your gym club and in social media.  It’s the bare-bone basics aimed at raising curiosity and pushing people to a page on your website.  That web page will have all the details,  as well as a booking system, payment gateway and will be easily shareable with others.

This type of poster is fine for an environment like a club, which already has narrowed your market to those interested in being fit.  It is also likely fine with people who know you – your tribe. For promoting your workshop outside of the club environment, you’d likely need something different.

Let’s say you want to promote the same workshop at the local park clubhouse where soccer teams train.  You would likely then add other details in:-  when, where, price and what to bring, who the presenter is/are, their credentials and an easy way for anyone interested in booking.

You would likely change the picture to a soccer player, change the description of who it’s for and add in what soccer players will get out of it.

THOUGHTS?

Did you read through those workshop ideas and say to yourself:

  • “I could totally do that!”
  • “I know a topic that would be heaps better than all of those.”
  • “Flip, I’d charge more than that.”

YAY if yes, in all those cases.  Or maybe you thought “yeah I’d love to do this, but I don’t know enough, and I don’t have enough confidence talking in groups, and I’m not at a club, and I don’t do one to one stuff”.

If you’d like to know why to run workshops like these, how to promote them and get your confidence up then pick up my books on Amazon.

Finally, if you found any of the ideas here useful, please share this post and use the info.  No copyright applies to this page’s content or the ideas, other than the picture. You can ‘use’ the pics, but due to their licensing laws, you’ll need to make your own in Canva.

Workshop book cover
Cover for part 2 Workshop Guide