Regardless of whether you teach a specific course or help clients establish a regular exercise regimen, connecting with other fitness professionals is a crucial aspect of networking and creating a strong rapport with those who have similar interests and aspirations. If you don’t personally know any professionals in your area, forming meaningful and mutually-beneficial relationships might seem difficult, but listed below are a few ways you can seek out connections.
Events and Conventions
In addition to breaking a sweat with other professionals, you can connect with people by seeking education regarding your field, too. Attending workshops can not only grant you the additional knowledge to apply in your business, but can also connect you with professionals who are interested in the same ideas.
Additionally, there are a number of conferences hosted throughout the year to bring together fitness professionals and share their ideas and experience for the good of the industry. IDEA Health & Fitness Association holds the annual IDEA World Convention which features a number of qualified speakers and workshops, as well as opportunities to challenge yourself and make lasting connections. Similarly, the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) hosts the IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show, where education and leading advancements in fitness technology take precedence. Conducting some independent research on conventions will lend you a better idea of which events are ideal for you based on location or topic.
Social media sites are great for aimless browsing, but they also allow you to connect with people who are interested in the same hobbies or professional goals as you are. On LinkedIn, for example, you have the option of joining a group that is centered on exercise or the fitness industry. Doing so will only result in benefits as you will have the opportunity to connect with hundreds (if not thousands!) of fitness professionals around the world, and you will also gain access to a number of educational resources like shared articles and others’ experience. Making the best use of social media to establish strong connections will prove worthwhile.
Local Exercise Classes
One of the easiest ways to find like-minded fitness professionals is to scout out what exercise classes are available in your area. Even if you own your own fitness studio, it never hurts to attend other local classes to connect with fellow instructors. Not only will you be able to get a workout in, but you’ll also meet people who likely want to engage with others, as well. Depending on where you live, you can search for classes geared toward a general audience, like yoga or dance, or you can opt for alternative options like stand-up paddling or aerial yoga to expand your comfort zone. No matter what you choose, you can cultivate relationships organically while expanding your fitness horizons.
You can also search for organized meetups for fitness professionals if you prefer interacting face to face. While your options may be limited by your location, using this resource may yield some promising results and lead you to other professionals looking to connect.