Ngo Okafor, Successful Personal Trainer & Creator of FitMatch

Ngo Okafor is an entrepreneur and trainer, a father and a philanthropist. He spent his childhood bedridden in Nigeria, where his dedication and hard work lead him to have his mother photo copy class notes when he was confined to the hospital to keep up with his school work. Ngo moved to the United States to study computer science at the University of Connecticut. He took up boxing at the relatively advanced age of age [...]

By |March 26th, 2018|Categories: SFIC|

Tips for Becoming a Successful Personal Trainer

Are you interested in becoming a personal trainer? This kind of work certainly has a huge range of advantages from the fun and social aspects of the working environment to the individual challenges of specific clients and their goals. But becoming a great personal trainer isn’t easy. Here, Dakota Murphey shares some tips to help you on your way to success. Get the right qualifications The term ‘personal trainer’ is not regulated legally, so anyone [...]

By |February 22nd, 2018|Categories: SFIC|

Risk Management through eLearning in the Sports & Fitness Industry

The fitness industry today has an unusually high employee turnover rate, especially among millennials. As a result, facility owners are constantly having to train new staff members, resulting in increased expenses and lost revenue. eLearning can be a valuable tool to both retain staff members and to reduce the cost of training new employees. eLearning keeps its users up to date with industry standards, trends and current events. Mobile learning is also a cost-effective means [...]

By |February 21st, 2018|Categories: SFIC|

All Fitness Facilities Need Professional Liability Protection

What are the primary liability exposures for fitness facilities? By Jennifer Urmston Lowe / National Account Manager / Sports & Fitness Insurance Corp. There are four primary types of liability exposure common to all health clubs, gyms and fitness studios: First, premises liability. This relates to the facility itself and applies to any member, guest or visitor. Examples of premises liability injuries that can lead to claims include slip and fall on the sidewalk, over [...]

By |February 14th, 2018|Categories: SFIC|

The Liability of Cannabis-Enhanced Fitness Classes

As medical and recreational marijuana use becomes legal in some states, many health club and gym owners are trying to figure out if cannabis-enhanced classes could be a growth opportunity. An article in Club Industry explores how some yoga and fitness businesses are allowing members to consume their own marijuana before class, while others are offering their own organic edibles as part of the program. While this can be a viable way to attract new [...]

By |February 14th, 2018|Categories: SFIC|

Do Waivers Really Work or Are They “Not worth the paper they are written on”?

By Jennifer Urmston Lowe Sports & Fitness Insurance Corp. When I talk to health club and gym owners at any of our industry events, I almost always get one of two responses regarding the subject of liability waivers. Either the owners think their waiver is going to protect them from claims and they don’t need to pay for “those high insurance premiums” or they think the waiver “isn’t worth the paper it is written on” [...]

By |February 14th, 2018|Categories: SFIC|

November 2016 ResourceBeat Article – The Importance of AEDs in Health Clubs & Gyms

By Jennifer Urmston Lowe, National Account manager, Sports & Fitness Insurance Corp. This article is intended to provide an overview of automated external defibrillator (AED) devices in response to the recent Club Industry article covering a case in which an AED was featured (INSERT LINK?). AED’s should be used as part of a formal, comprehensive safety program. There are a number of resources listed below that can help with guidelines for establishing an AED safety [...]

By |February 14th, 2018|Categories: SFIC|

Sexual Harassment: How to Protect Your Fitness Business

By Jennifer Urmston Lowe, National Account Manager, Sports & Fitness Insurance Corporation With recent headlines showing a growing number of claims of sexual harassment and sexual abuse across varying work places and industries, it is more important than ever to understand what sexual harassment is and how to prevent it in order to protect your members and employees, as well as, your fitness business. What is Sexual Harassment? According to the United States Equal Employment [...]

By |February 14th, 2018|Categories: SFIC|

It’s a New Year! Protect Your Fitness Business in 2018!

With the New Year, it is a good time to review your fitness business. Are you offering new classes or are you hosting any special events? It is important to also review your insurance coverage and to make sure you are covered for any new programs, services or products. Always reach out and ask your agent if you are covered when you change your offerings or if you host any special events on site or [...]

By |January 25th, 2018|Categories: SFIC|

Building Sustainable Results, Beyond The January Rush, Through Nutritional Supplements

Fitness professionals are often called upon to be the first responders of New Years Resolutions. We’ve all seen the influx of new customers in the first quarter of the New Year with their exodus by Q2. According to Nielsen’s Global Consumer Exercise Survey, 78% of adults exercise and according to the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), 68% of adults consume dietary supplements regularly. Think about it... nearly 7 out of 10 of your customers are already [...]

By |January 25th, 2018|Categories: SFIC|

The Importance of Ethics in the Fitness Industry

Learning Objectives: To identify the special considerations of ethics in the fitness industry. To learn how ethics and service are intertwined. To help fit pros understand how others are affected by their decisions. There are special considerations for ethics in the fitness industry. The fitness industry has a tremendous and unique opportunity to impact lives in a positive way by both improving health and longevity as well as improving the quality of life for individuals, [...]

By |July 14th, 2017|Categories: SFIC|

Proud to Partner with PoleMoves

PoleMoves would like to offer a special price for Sports & Fitness Insurance clients who need ACE or PFA continuing education credits. We have an online Level 1 pole course that is normally $499, but we will give it to fitness professionals with SFIC for $159. Participants would only need to pass a written exam at the end so there is no pole required for the CECs. (This is only for CEC credit and does [...]

By |June 21st, 2017|Categories: Fitness Professionals, Fitness Studios, Group Instructors, SFIC|

Holiday Wisdom From SFIC

Courtesy of WORKOUT ANYTIME. As a season of reflection, the Holidays seem like the perfect time to celebrate our partner WORKOUT ANYTIME's Values of... "Think Big, Keep it Simple, and Do it with Integrity." Sports & Fitness Insurance Corporation (SFIC) is honored to be the insurance partner for the WORKOUT ANYTIME franchise. Beginning in the early 1970's, WORKOUT ANYTIME founders John Quattrocchi ("John Q") and Steve Strickland worked with some of the biggest names in the [...]

By |November 28th, 2016|Categories: Fitness Professionals, Fitness Studios, SFIC|

Yoga Instructors and Studios Need Protection

Yoga studio owners, as well as, independent yoga instructors need to protect themselves with appropriate and sufficient insurance coverage! Even relatively simple juries can result in a claim being filed against a studio or instructor for thousands of dollars of medical bills. More severe injuries can generate hundreds of thousands of dollars of expenses to pay legal bills, as well as, medical bills. All yoga studios should carry General Liability insurance that includes Professional Liability [...]

By |October 27th, 2016|Categories: Fitness Studios, Group Instructors|

2016 Club Industry Show Highlights

This is Jennifer Urmston Lowe reporting from the 2016 Club Industry Show in Chicago! I have two major take-away themes to share for 2016: Education and Networking. Education Club Industry put together  strong education tracks for sales & marketing, leadership, programing, wellness and studios. The sessions were packed and there was a ton of excitement & buzz about the very useful and meaningful content presented! Sports & Fitness Insurance Corporation was proud to sponsor this valuable education for [...]

By |October 25th, 2016|Categories: AFS, Club Industry, Fitness Professionals, Fitness Studios, Group Instructors, SFIC|