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Latest Posts By Shannon Fable

Shannon Fable, 2009 & 2012 IDEA Instructor of the Year Finalist and 2006 ACE Instructor of the Year, is the founder of SFR, a consulting firm for aspiring fitness educators, manufacturers and managers, as well as the owner of Balletone® and GroupEx Pro®. Shannon is a 15 year fitness veteran, freelance writer, as well as an international presenter for Schwinn®, BOSU, ACE and Power Systems. She serves on the ACE Industry Advisory Panel, has helped author portions of the ACE and ACSM Group Fitness manuals, and has starred in over 25 fitness videos. Currently, she is the senior director for APD’s and presenters for Powder Blue Productions and serves as the primary consultant on small group exercise programming for Anytime Fitness.

Saturday, August 30, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

Have we gotten carried away with HIIT?

It seems the fitness industry has decided you can never have too much high-intensity interval training (HIIT), with the intense modality taking over class schedules across the country. But popularity doesn’t always mean great results, explains ACE Certified pro Shannon Fable, who argues that we’ve gotten a little too carried away with all-HIIT programming, all the time. Could there be a more effective approach?

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Saturday, July 05, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

A Fitness Pro's Guide to Surviving the Summer

The summer months can be a challenge for fitness pros, with lower class numbers and cancellations nearly every day. How can you keep your energy and enthusiasm up in the face of dwindling participation? ACE Certified fitness pro Shannon Fable shares six tips that will help the summer fly by and leave you revved up and excited for fall.

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Tuesday, June 03, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

Why Fitness Pros Should Focus on Helping Each Other Instead of Competing with Each Other

Did you hear about the fitness pro who was kicked out of a SoulCycle studio and banned from attending future classes? The news caused quite a stir, to the say the least. Shannon Fable weighs in on the controversy and offers some incredibly insightful principles to guide you in your life and work as a fitness professional.

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Monday, February 03, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

Monetizing Group Fitness

Group fitness instructors are among the most enthusiastic, upbeat people on the planet, especially when it comes to their careers. But it can be tough to love a job that doesn’t always pay the bills. Fitness pro Shannon Fable explains four viable paths that group fitness instructors should consider if they want to expand their career paths and increase their income.

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Monday, January 20, 2014 in Fitnovatives Blog

3 Ways GFIs Can Up Their Game This Year

January is the best month for group fitness, as newly committed exercisers flood your classes. But if we’re not careful to give our new participants reasons to keep coming back, we may find our class numbers dwindling by March. Here are three tips to up your game with newbies and keep your classes packed all year long.

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Thursday, October 03, 2013 in Fitnovatives Blog

How NOT to Impress Your Students: The Top 5 Things GFIs Do That Backfire

Could some of the passion and enthusiasm you feel as a group fitness instructor actually turn off some potential participants? Fitness pro Shannon Fable has some challenging ideas for GFIs, explaining that many of our industry’s tried-and-true practices may not be the best way to encourage the masses to enjoy the benefits of being physically active.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013 in Fitnovatives Blog

Turning Newbies into Groupies

It’s nearly back-to-school time, which also happens to be back-to-the-gym time for many people, especially busy moms who finally get some time to focus on their fitness. Creating a welcoming environment in your classes for new participants is essential to keeping them coming back for more. Fitness expert Shannon Fable shares her best tips for helping newbies feel successful and have fun in your group fitness classes.

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Thursday, June 06, 2013 in Fitnovatives Blog

The Top 10 Traits of Highly Effective Group Fitness Instructors (Part 2)

Ready to learn more about what separates a good group fitness instructor from one who is truly great? In part two of our series, renowned group fitness instructor Shannon Fable details the remaining top 5 traits of group fitness instructors who are most successful at taking what they love to do—lead fitness classes—and making the biggest impact on the widest variety of participants.

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Monday, June 03, 2013 in Fitnovatives Blog

The Top 10 Traits of Highly Effective Group Fitness Instructors (Part 1)

Like so many others, you became a group fitness instructor so you could help others enjoy the transformative benefits of exercise. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that it’s also a LOT of fun! In this first of a two-part series, renowned group fitness instructor Shannon Fable details the top 10 traits of group fitness instructors who are most successful at taking what they love to do—lead fitness classes—and making the biggest impact on the widest variety of participants.

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Friday, June 01, 2012 in Fitnovatives Blog

Pre-Choreography: Why Be A Hater?

Since the late 90s when Les Mills hit the States, pre-choreography has been a source of debate among fitness professionals worldwide. Many thought the pre-choreography idea would never work in the U.S., but boy were we wrong.

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Monday, May 14, 2012 in Exam Preparation Blog

Get To Work: How to Make Money with Your Group Fitness Instructor Certification

You’re a new group fitness instructor! … Now what? Taking the next step of finding a job in the fitness industry once you earn your certification can be overwhelming. Before you make any moves, the first step is really understanding what opportunities you have. Discover how teaching classes at multiple gyms and modality-specific clubs can affect your business.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2012 in Exam Preparation Blog

Get To Work: How to Make Money with Your Personal Trainer Certification

So you’ve got your certification … now what?? Personal trainers have so many options to choose from when getting started in the fitness business. It’s important to have a broad view of what opportunities exist, the pros and cons of each and a clear picture of what position will best suit your talents, your passion and your expectations for the fitness industry.

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Friday, March 30, 2012 in Fitnovatives Blog

Riding a Bike Going Nowhere Is Harder Than It Looks

Many people falsely assume that anyone can teach an indoor cycling class as long as they are in shape, have a great personality and spend a ton of time on their tunes. Plenty of fitness enthusiasts are diving in because, let’s face it, from the outside it looks like all you have to do is pedal, push and repeat! How hard can it be? Well, that’s just the thing. It’s not hard to teach a cycling class but if you truly want to provide the best experience, there's more than meets the eye.

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Monday, March 05, 2012 in Exam Preparation Blog

Three Tasks To Do BEFORE You Jump into the Fitness Profession

You may be excited about lacing up your sneakers and leaving that desk job behind, but before you jump into your fitness profession, be sure to complete these three tasks! Doing these items before you embark on your journey will help you become more successful.

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Friday, January 20, 2012 in Fitnovatives Blog

The Group Fitness Trifecta: Understanding the Business of Group Fitness

All clubs are not created equal. Why? Is it the quality of the staff, the location or even the number of team members operating in the department? Not necessarily. Often times, the difference between clubs that do it well and clubs that don’t boils down to harnessing the potential of group fitness. Develop a deeper understanding and awareness of the true business of group fitness by focusing on the three areas of the Group Fitness Trifecta.

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Tuesday, January 03, 2012 in Exam Preparation Blog

The 3-Step System for Delivering Amazing Group Fitness Classes

Are you on your way to becoming an ACE Group Fitness Instructor? Put the content of Chapters 3 & 4 of the ACE 3rd edition GFI manual into practice with this 3-step system for planning and delivering amazing group fitness classes!

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Friday, December 30, 2011 in Fitnovatives Blog

Forget Sex Appeal, Let’s Talk Broad-Based Appeal!

Becoming the most successful group fitness instructor and more importantly, truly helping to lead the wellness revolution one person at a time, requires broad-based appeal. Much like music and television, you can choose to exist on one end of the personality spectrum and gain notoriety, but to reach the top of the charts and win an award, it is usually better to play somewhere in the middle. Learn why this is important for your success as a fitness professional and just how to achieve this.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011 in Fitnovatives Blog

Five Social Media Rules To Help Grow Your Business

Whether you like it or not, social media is here to stay. So as a fitness professional – a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, manager or owner – it’s time to invest resources in this arena because the results are both local and global. More people in your clubs or programs, as well as more people in general, are leading a fit lifestyle, so social media can be the most effective way to increase your reach. So what are the most effective ways to use it? Find out!

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