I came across an old-school version of the Soap Box from over 20 years ago and thought that this is something that is definitely worth sharing.
Here is what The Soap Box looked like 20 years ago:
MACMA is organizing a leadership workshop, presented by Mark Miller, COO of Merit Clubs on June 14, 2017. This workshop will focus on Membership Experiences in the fitness world and aims to benefit anybody in a leadership position.
The MACMA Annual Conference & Golf Tournament is set to happen on July 12 & 13. While the initial details can be found on our older blog here.
Click here to download the latest conference guide that contains the details of the event.
I remember the first time I walked into a high-end gym in a fancy neighborhood. The sales pitch was minimal and the transaction went quickly followed by a firm handshake. I was looking to escape daily pressures and for a sense of belonging to a group. It would not take long before I was addicted. That gym was a newly built facility in my school and the addiction was to pain killers. I was 13 years old. I would overdose twice before reaching high school.
My story is far too common. Ninety percent of prescription drug addiction starts between the ages of 12 and 18 years old and nearly one in five teens has already abused a prescription pain killer equating to 4.2 Million teens. With most public schools either significantly reducing the amount of time spent on health education, or eliminating health education all together, most don’t realize the dangers from prescription abuse and one of the many reasons we the abuse shows no signs of improvement. In 2016, the cost of prescription drug misuse in the U.S. exceeded $443 billion each year. Ninety-seven percent of the $443 billion was spent on the consequences from the abuse with only 3% spent on prevention.
After decades of working executive level positions in fortune 1000 companies, I found myself 32 years old, exhausted, stressed and out of shape. I entered a different type of gym. I received a different sales pitch than decades earlier yet once again became addicted. This time to fitness. Unlike the high I had sought from pills, my addiction to fitness is under my control. This is of little surprise as some of the brain regions effected by commonly misused drugs are the same regions impacted by exercise.
I recently had the opportunity to listen to the former Surgeon General of the United States discuss the increased risk factors to society of substance misuse including the role of stress, anxiety, and the role the “lifestyle” plays, including lack of exercise. that lifestyle practice has become a major topic as the search to find a solution reversing the current trend is discussed.
Sixty percent of all addicted have a medical condition defined as a dual diagnosis disorder or co-occurring disorder. Dual diagnosis means the addict also suffers from an additional mental disorder in addition to their addiction disorder. For example, alcoholics often also suffer from symptoms of depression and opioid addicts often also suffer from a type of anxiety disorder (in many cases PTSD).
In the most recent survey of the American Psychological Associations, teens are experiencing as much stress as adults, in and some cases more, leading to feelings of depression and loss of appetite. Adult stress levels are also on the rise with only one in ten saying they’re willing to seek professional support to address the issues. The remaining 90% become prime candidates for attempting self-medication thus dramatically increasing their chances of becoming future addicts.
As fitness professionals, it is imperative we not only remember our purpose but act on “why we do what we do.” Our top priority must remain to use our solutions to better the lives of others in every community in which we operate. Having a proven solution to help an epidemic, it is our responsibility to expose that solution and inspire the community to participate. If we choose not to support the cause, and we continue to ignore the devastation, this epidemic will continue to spread. The consequences to all will be catastrophic.
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Dear Soapbox readers:
Information shown below provides you a quick reference on the Fitlife Summer Conference next month in Bend Oregon. My good friend Bill McBride will be returning and I’ll have the opportunity to perform the introduction to his presentation. Every year the Fitlife event gets bigger and better.
We also want to welcome Sal Pellegrino of Precor to this year’s event. I’ve seen him speak at a number of events and he always meets or exceed expectations.
Would love to see you at Fitlife and again, the tradition continues with Petra-1 having booth number “1”
What: 2017 FitLife Summer Conference & Trade Show
Where: Riverside Hotel and Conference Center in beautiful, Bend, Oregon
When: July 16-18, 2017
Who: Members and Non-Members invited. Exhibitors Encouraged
The mission of the FitLife Summer Conference is to create meaningful networking and educational opportunities for the owners, managers and staff of FitLife member clubs and the suppliers who support them. This is not a traditional tradeshow, but rather an opportunity to build real relationships with FitLife clubs owners and staff. As such, exhibitors are welcome and encouraged to attend ALL sessions, meals and events alongside attendees, in addition to working the tradeshow.
The FitLife Summer Conference includes the following events:
- Sunday, July 16: Welcome, Educational Sessions and Blowout Tradeshow Party
- Monday, July 17: Breakfast, Educational Sessions, Tradeshow Lunch, Tradeshow Happy Hour, Dinner
- Tuesday, July 18: Breakfast, Educational Sessions, Lunch, Fitlife Business Meeting.
REX Roundtable, if you are not aquatinted with this organization, you should be. Will Phillips the founder of REX Roundtable has written a brief blurb on what to expect from entry-level employees coming into the workforce. I believe you will find his content of interest.
Since joining the REX Roundtable family (as a vendor), I can’t say enough good things about the organization. The quality of clubs, the owners and managers, all with the purpose of helping each other and improving their clubs. The transparency of the REX members is truly inspiring. I encourage you to go to their website ( www.rexroundtables.com ) to learn more.
by Will Phillips, the founder of REX Roundtables
Just when you’re getting your hands around millennial generation: how to sell to it; how to market to it; and how to work with millennial employees, here comes generation Z. Gen Z by David and Jonah Stillman looks at workers born between 1995 and 2012. That means the oldest are in their early 20s. You may even have some working for you right now!
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With 98,000 downloads across 100 shows to date, the podcast features our industries most awarded, recognised and experienced fitness leaders in addition to experts and authors from outside the industry.Guests include Casey Conrad, Todd Durkin, Bill McBride, Luke Carlson and Chuck Runyon.
The Fitness Business Podcast is a free weekly show, available to listen to through Itunes or directly from www.fitnessbusinesspodcast.com.
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What: MACMA Annual Conference & Golf Tournament
Where: Westin Annapolis Hotel & Conference Center
Renditions Golf Course
When: July 12-13 2017
Who: Members and Non-Members invited
Register at www.macmaclubs.org
Early Bird Rates available
Whether you are a Club Owner, General Manager, Fitness or Membership Staff or in the Operations, the MACMA Annual Conference has something for you with breakout Continue reading “MACMA Annual Conference & Golf Tournament”