On this episode, hosts Kia Williams and Lauren George sit down with Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, Crystal Chang, to discuss ways that Fitness Instructors and participants can "Find Their Light" in fitness changes during and post COVID-19. Crystal Chang is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor who specializes in helping individuals identify their vocational needs. In 2020, she opened her own private practice, Crystal Clear Counseling and Consulting. She works with clients with a wide range of concerns including but not limited to those experiencing physical and emotional trauma. Her counseling style is warm and interactive and she believes in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. Crystal Chang will tailor dialogue and treatment plans to meet unique needs. Find Crystal Chang, M.S, CRC, LPC, LCDC at-- Psychology Today: https://sessions.psychologytoday.com/mrs-crystal-chang-carter Website: www.crystalcleardfw.com Email: email@example.com IG: @crystalclearcounselingdfw
In this episode Lauren and Kia share their best tips, tricks, apps, and philosophies for keeping up with multiple jobs, developing new projects, running their households, and maintaining their social calendar (aka zoom happy hour) while attempting to stay sane!
When you are mastering a new class format or teaching multiple formats at the same time, it can be easy for your brain to become overwhelmed! In this episode, Kia and Lauren share their best tips and tricks for creating and memorizing choreography.
On this episode, we sit down with fitness industry expert and icon, Lawrence Biscontini, https://www.findlawrence.com/thebigdeal. Lawrence Biscontini shares his wisdom and advice on the importance of community, reasons for meaningful connections, and ways of remaining socially and spiritually connected despite physical distancing.
Lawrence Biscontini, MA, has made fitness history as a Mindful Movement Specialist winning the highest number of awards from ACE, IDEA & Inner IDEA, Can Fit Pro, and ECA since 2002. Lawrence travels the world offering world-class secrets in mentoring, fitness and spa consulting, and presenting for professional conferences, and working also on the Advisory Board for the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), Senior VIP Consultant for Power Music®, and reporter-in-the-field for the International Spa Association’s #ispaDoyou campaign creating #ispaInterviews worldwide. He has programmed for Equinox, 24 Hour Fitness, Gold’s Gym International, Bally, and more, and his creations received the Conde Nast Traveler Awards‘ Top Ten Awards placement for innovative spa programming worldwide. Lawrence as Mindful Movement Specialist enjoys celebrity clients like cast members of ABC TV’s soap opera “General Hospital,” and appears on news (CNN Headline News) and television (“LIVE! With Regis and Kelly”). He is a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher (E-RYT 500), an AFAA Certification Specialist and Contributing Author and Content Specialist for industry publications like SCW Fitness Education Certifications and AFAA’s American Fitness, IDEA’s Fitness Journal, and the Spa Industry’s Pulse Magazine. His books include the most recent fiction Stories of Color and nonfiction Active Aging SCW Certification Manual: The Life in Our Years specializing in active aging research and practical approaches to movement for people over 50. He has also authored for charity a cookbook, Meals & Musings, a fitness textbook used at universities worldwide, Cream Rises: Excellence in Private & Group Education, and one of the only customer service books written for the spa and fitness world, “Running the Show.” Lawrence created Fitness Group 2000 (FG2000) at the turn of the century whose profits benefit several charitable endeavors, including the outreach work of the Sisters of Saint Joseph and the Biscontini Scholarships he has created for most major international conventions. Over 80% of all revenue from sales generated at www.findlawrence.com support these programs.
In fitness there is an array of evidence and examples that demonstrate the presence of racial, ethnic, gender, and other disparities in representation, inclusion, diversity, equity, and more. In this episode, we challenge the fitness industry to do better and to lead the charge of positive and sustainable change for other industries to follow.
Our host, Kia Williams, contributed to the writing of the 2020 IDEA Health & Fitness Association Equity & Inclusion Pledge that we encourage our listeners to read and reflect on as it serves as a means for growth in the fitness industry. https://www.ideafit.com/equity-inclusion-pledge/
In this episode, Kia and Lauren pull back the curtain on how Covid-19 and isolation is affecting them both on an emotional level and from a career perspective. They share how they are trying to continue thriving amidst the chaos, keep their businesses going, manage isolation, and what they expect to see when we return to the gym.
In this episode, we explore the pro's and con's of teaching at different types of facilities, what it means to be exclusive to one facility, and how to choose what type of cub is right for you! We'll have the opportunity to hear from two rock stars in our industry, Danica Osborn and Kristina Reese, on their experiences at different gyms. Finally, Kia will share 5 quick and dirty tips for what to look for in a new facility.
In this episode, we will hear from leading fitness experts on how they utilize social media to grow their fitness businesses. Kari Merrill will share with us how she utilizes social media to promote the fitness classes within her health club and grow her own personal brand. Mariah Secrest-Comer will discuss how she utilizes YouTube and Pinterest to grow her online fitness business. Finally, Lauren will share 5 quick and dirty tips to increase your instagram following!
In this episode you will learn more about Kia and Lauren's background in the fitness industry and their professional fitness journeys. Additionally, they will discuss 10 easy to implement tips to take your fitness classes from good to great!