Karen Isbister

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New client with carpal tunnel. Do's & Don'ts

4 Answers | Asked by Kerry Walsh on Apr 29, 2014

Answered by Karen Isbister on Apr 29, 2014

Hi Kerry, Of course the obvious answer is... ask their doctor or physical therapist. Here's my two cents from personal experience though- my sister had carpal tunnel from working at a computer all day for the last 10+ years and I have really weak wrists from being a dental hygienist for the l...

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I'm looking into breaking into the Corporate Training World. Any advice or how to get started? Cheers and Thank you all!

3 Answers | Asked by Lisa Lorraine Taylor on Apr 24, 2014

Answered by Karen Isbister on Apr 29, 2014

Hi Lisa, We are starting to incorporate this into our fitness studio as well. We have a fitness studio where we do classes in the early morning and evening, so we wanted to offer lunch classes at businesses around the city during our down time. We are going to start by doing a couple free cl...

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How successful would a kids-only fitness center be?

5 Answers | Asked by Susan Williams on Apr 28, 2014

Answered by Karen Isbister on Apr 29, 2014

I think this is a wonderful idea! Especially with some schools cutting the P.E. classes. Whether or not it makes money... kind of hard to predict. My best advice is to get a business plan drawn up, that's where my sister and I started with our fitness studio. Hope this helps. Good luck!

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Marketing Clients?

4 Answers | Asked by Valorie Williams on Jun 17, 2013

Answered by Karen Isbister on Jun 18, 2013

Hi Valorie, I agree with Ron. Social media is free and in my opinion, the best way to build your online presence. I would also add Instagram to the list if your demographic includes the younger crowd. My niece is 15 and she said Instagram is the "new Facebook". Hope this helps! Good luck. ~Kar...

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Any marketing ideas for our fitness studio?

9 Answers | Asked by Karen Isbister on Jun 10, 2013

Answered by Karen Isbister on Jun 12, 2013

Thanks everyone! I appreciate all of the great feedback.

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Have you ever wanted to kick a participant out of your class?

7 Answers | Asked by Serena Pharr on Jun 05, 2013

Answered by Karen Isbister on Jun 06, 2013

Hi Serena, You poor girl. Your job as the instructor is to give an amazing, safe workout for the people who want to be there. I've taken classes where there were people like that and the instructor didn't do ANYTHING! I was so distracted by them that I actually moved across the room. Sadly, I never...

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What to do when a client is suddenly "bored"?

13 Answers | Asked by Alissa Parker on May 31, 2013

Answered by Karen Isbister on May 31, 2013

Hi Alissa, I have been a group fitness instructor for many years and am now working on my personal training certification, so I don't have a ton of experience with one on one, but hopefully I can offer advice that might help. I get bored easily, so I understand. I have to find new, fun things to d...

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What's the best way to advertise an opening for a group fitness instructor?

3 Answers | Asked by Karen Isbister on May 28, 2013

Answered by Karen Isbister on May 28, 2013

Michael, Thank you!

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What is your favorite social media website?

13 Answers | Asked by Ron Benamor on Jan 28, 2013

Answered by Karen Isbister on May 28, 2013

Hi Ron, I'm really loving IDEAFIT. Besides IDEAFIT, I really like Instagram because you can personalize searches to find what you're looking for and you can make your pictures and profile easily found by using the #.

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Does anyone know where you would advertise to bring on another trainer/group fitness professional?

4 Answers | Asked by Julie Wilcoxson on May 26, 2013

Answered by Karen Isbister on May 28, 2013

Hi Julie! I JUST posted this question too! How funny. I really like the previous answers, so I think I'll try their suggestions. As for me, so far my sister and I have been acting like little head hunters. We've been trying out different classes in the area just to see if there are any people we l...

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