Putting coaches in the driver's seat when it comes to monitoring client's attendance, managing their physical abilities, managing their expectations inside and outside of the gym and helping them progress over a long period while paying them well to do so are the reasons that coaches in Madlab model gyms have the success they do and is why the owners of these gyms can focus their attention on helping 3-5 people thrive (the coaches) and spread the load of managing of 100-300 people (all the clients). 

Six Reasons To Put The Coach In Charge Of Client Success:

#1 - Free Up The Business Owner

When the owner is the only person checking in with clients, monitoring attendances and looking after all the billing and HR issues that arise in any workplace, their focus quickly switches from growing their business to managing their business. 

Empowering a coaching staff to focus on the management and the day-to-day aspect of servicing the paying customer is the key to allowing the business owner to step back and focus on growth and increasing the quality of the product. 

#2 - Monitor Their Attendance 

As stated above, when a coach is incentivized to manage a specific amount of people, they become more invested in the attendance and the long-term success of those members. It gives the client someone they feel comfortable turning to with questions regarding the gym, but it also reassures the client that someone other than the business owner actually wants them to keep showing up! 

The flaw in most gyms is that people pay for a service, but no one ensures they are actually using it. 

#3 - Manage Their Physical Abilities

New people can especially get lost in the shuffle, and their personal needs and wants can often get forgotten. Having a coach who checks in with the client and even schedules regular personal training sessions with a member to review movement patterns, exercise prescriptions, and an overall approach to going to the gym allows the member to feel more prepared and gives the coach a greater sense of responsibility than just coaching a group class. 

#4 - Manage Their Expectations

Like managing physical abilities, coaches need to check in with clients to manage their expectations. Most members in a gym need to be educated on how progress happens and how health and fitness aren't just created in the gym. This leads to #5...

#5 - Help Them Outside Of The Gym

Exercise is just part of a healthy lifestyle. Coaches and gym owners know this, and most customers know this, but they don't know how to make the incremental changes needed to sustain healthy habits for a lifetime. When a coach-client relationship is established, it's easier to start adjusting the things outside of the gym like sleep, nutrition, and stress. 

#6 - Higher Pay

When coaches provide more than just coaching cues and can-do-attitude to members, they become more valuable. When a coach becomes more valuable, they can charge a higher fee for their time and service. Allowing coaches to do so (and paying them a % of the client revenue) will keep coaches in your facility longer and allow them to earn a wage similar to that of a journeyperson electrical in the market they live in. 

 - Tom Sarosi

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