Living with a brain tumour

Well, last Sunday night many of you sat back and watched the logies and if you don’t know what the logies are well it’s a bit like the golden globe awards but AUSTRALIAN! The gold logie logie went to Carrie Bickmore, Carrie spent her moments of fame bringing awareness to Brain Cancer. Carrie’s husband has passed away about five years before from this terrible disease he fought for a decade. Brain cancer kills 8 in every 10 there is no government funding yet its kills children more than any other disease. Globally there are many many support groups set up for brain cancer patients and of course brain tumour patients. I belong to about six groups. I’m a strong supporter of The Brain Tumour Alliance of Australia and wherever I can raise funds. I’m not asking for a pat on the back I can do that myself I just want somebody to find a cure, a cure so that tumour patients both benign and malignant  can rid themselves of the suffering,the unknown and mind games that come with it. I have a benign tumour and you may think thats great it’s not malignant  and yes thats true , malignant equates to death eventually and benign doesn’t well not quite. You see the difference is the unknown, is it growing, is it not growing,why do I have a headache,I can’t hear like I use to, my eyes aren’t as good as what they were – is this thing in my head growing or am I just getting old? And so you lie there in the MRI machine waiting waiting then wait again to see your neurosurgeon who asks you bluntly when is it coming out – it has to come out! The thought of somebody taking something out of our head is a horrible thought for all of us isn’t it not just me.  Can you imagine waking up tomorrow and not be able to do what you want, drive,cook,run,laugh, will you remember people,will I be ME – have you ever thought of that – because they’re the risks a person takes when they go to surgery, I suppose every surgery has its risks but this is brain surgery – a life had could be taken away. 

For me quality of life is paramount – this tumour might never grow and I might out live you all and so I should with all the exercise and healthy eating I do!!…..and it might grow next week,next year who knows. What I do know is I can’t imagine not doing what I do I can’t imagine not sharing what I love.  In the middle of a class the greatest fear will come over me, I can be teaching any type of class and I look out there and think what if I couldn’t do this anymore,what if I couldn’t inspire others to be the best they could be, it’s a horrible thought and it’s horrible not knowing. I suppose thats the difference between knowing you are going to die from a disease and not knowing at all. #beaniesforbraincancer #beaniesfortumours 


Quick Group fitness marketing to re-ignite your APRIL & Showing staff the front door.

So April 1st is here and for some clubs that’s a quiet month!30-day-challenge-1

So here’s some marketing ideas to get your members coming in over the holiday break and easter.

April is a great time to run a group fitness challenge – lets say in this case 21 classes over the whole month. Participants attend classes and get their challenge cards marked off at reception. They then go into the draw to win a 12 month membership. Very simple and effective retention tool.

Another idea – Do you have classes that are low in numbers? Yes! Then run your challenge around these programs and offer members to bring a friend free.This is a great idea to create more feet in the quite classes plus the members get the experience of something new.

If your one of those clubs that just prefers to ride April out then I suggest you start your May promotion once easter get-off-the-couch-day-1has passed.This will help motivate the members who have gone AWOL during the holiday month. Don’t forget to send these guys emails and text messages after the 25th…

Attached are some graphics for you to get some ideas!

Tomorrow I’ll be blogging about showing staff the front door!


Writing a blog on showing ex staff the front door is sure to cause some raised eyebrows. Having had a business for 12 years like many others we all agree on one thing our biggest issue is staff! Now I have to be honest here and say yes I’ve read the editorials,the blogs,the slide shares and I’ve been to numerous workshops on managing staff, but let’s be serious no human is perfect so therefore no employer or employee is. You need to get amongst it to get it and if you’re being honest with yourself right now – I bet you’ve had your fair share of “showing staff the front door”

I work with my team,my team works with me – nobody works for me, until something goes a little pear shaped. There’s no grey area with me it’s either black or white and this is a great way to be, everybody knows where they stand.Trust is earned and I’d rather a thief than a liar – you always know where you stand with a thief but never a liar. Liars always get caught – these days social media does the work for you.

The biggest issue in the fitness industry is soliciting – personal trainers or group fitness instructors decide they want to make a break for it and good luck to them they should use your business as a foundation to grow – there is more to life than working in a gym. But if you’re going to use the club as a stepping stone have the common courtesy to respect not just the business owner but your fellow peers around you. You couldn’t make the break without the opportunity they gave you – people weren’t banging on your door, they opened the door for you.

As a business owner don’t be afraid to give people there marching orders – your brand is bigger than any individual “proven fact” a few people might leave with them but 90% come back – why? Because you created a community and culture that can’t be replicated. People respect you for what you’ve achieved, they don’t respect nor have time for those that betray.


We as an industry need to stop blowing our own horns!

Interesting article.

Below is my response to the article on my Facebook page.
The big clubs only take over when the independent lets them. The only difference is the big clubs have several investors of which adds up to a healthier bank account,yet do/did they know their demographic? The independent has one bank account,one investor and a whole lot of passion and knows his demographic. Problem is we ‘the fitness industry’ are not educating our independents the way we should. Instead the vast majority have product thrown at them as a must have in your club or the big chains will take you out! What a load of rubbish! They the independent (not all) make uneducated decisions based on fear. Traditional fitness will never change because the human body will never change – what is changing is the technology that brings the two together – if we know our clients independents can tap into their market and stay in the game without busting the bank account… We as an industry need to stop blowing our own horns, get up and get away from behind the desk, go out and educate our independents.

Time to go back to basics and re-educate.

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