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Friday, 08 August 2014 13:11

10 questions for Joe gym owner

Rich Ferrigan is an awesome dude.  A few years ago I was walking the streets of downtown Louisville after a long day of listening to Thomas Plummer telling gym owners how stupid they are.  I recognized a guy who I had seen in the Thomas Plummer workshop that day.  He was sitting by himself, outside, eating dinner.  I had already eaten, consumed a couple of beers and was enjoying a cigar. I invited myself to sit down.  We talked shop for a while and kept in touch.  I have coached him on the phone, and drank some beers with him in Louisville, Baltimore and Chicago. 

Rich has been a gym owner for many years and truly lives to help change lives.  Below are 10 questions he answered recently.  I predict that you will find his answers fun to read.

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Friday, 11 July 2014 13:39

Thomas Plummer, living the dream

I first heard the name “Thomas Plummer” several years ago.  Sometime, around 2009, I started reading his blog posts and buying his books.  I couldn’t get enough of him.  Up until then, I didn’t even know there was somebody out there running around helping gym owners.  “That’s what I want to do!”, I kept saying to myself. 

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Friday, 14 February 2014 15:00

Somebody to help you think

John Romaniello is an author, coach and self-professed pretty boy.  He is well known in the coaching/training world.  I am guessing many of you reading this have heard about this dude.

He wrote a blog post recently titled, “Even coaches need coaching.”


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Friday, 08 March 2013 11:13

What makes you different?

When it comes to competing at the business level, there are many variables at play.  One business or person, can beat the pants off of a direct competitor if they out hustle them.  We all know this.  So, let’s assume for a moment that you have two competing gyms.  Both market consistently.  Both have great sales teams. Both have good visibility.  Both have the same type of equipment, hours, and amenities. 

Who wins?

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Saturday, 08 December 2012 11:22

I am imbalanced. Are you?

Thomas Plummer, a friend and mentor, has recently said that “finding balance” in your life, is the old way of thinking.  He says it was the cliché of the 1990’s.  Plummer goes on to say that if you want to succeed, to really live your dream, you need to be off balance……………at least for a short period of time.

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Tuesday, 06 November 2012 14:18

Rejection day

On Sunday, I returned from Las Vegas.  I gave a short presentation at an NFBA workshop.  The impetus for the workshop was to celebrate Thom Plummer and 30 plus years in the fitness industry.  My presentation wasn’t very good.  I take the blame for misunderstanding what I should talk about.  I was under the impression that it didn’t have to be educational like the Mega Fit conferences.  I spent about an hour going through my time in the fitness industry pointing out the big lessons I learned and the leadership or lack thereof that I received.  It was very similar to my most recent blog post.  I mention this in case people from the workshop begin to follow me on facebook and/or check into www.jasonlinse.com now and again.  During my presentation I also bared more skin than I probably should have.  I mean, for sure I would not have discussed death, dying, and seeing a shrink if I were working for a company.  But since I am my own boss, I embraced the opportunity to share some recent challenges.  I talked about being fired.  I related the feelings of discovering my mom had a fatal disease.  I discussed the summer of 2011, and all of the funerals I went to and the important people in my life that were lost.

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Thursday, 01 November 2012 16:38

Lessons and Leadership

Today is Friday, November 2nd.  It's day one of a two day workshop and celebration for Thomas Plummer. It's in Las Vegas.  While the people in attendance are likely here more for the party than anything else, there is some learning planned.  I have been asked to fill in for the keynote speaker.  I don't know who this person is, or why they cannot make it.  I only know that I go on last, that I have 75 minutes give or take, and that the theme is "Life lessons in the fitness industry."

This means that tomorrow, November 3rd, at approximately 12:45pm Pacific time, I will be on stage.  I am excited, but also nervous.  I have about 100 PPT slides and I could talk for days straight about the fitness industry through my eyes.  But I am going to try to keep it within the theme.  I am going to try my best to tell stories within a story.  A story about my path through the fitness industry and the lessons I learned and the leadership I received.

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Friday, 28 September 2012 12:32

Sleeping with the enemy

I am very competitive.  Winning is very important to me, and it always will be.  Thankfully, losing has become more tolerable the older I get.  This has allowed me to try things that I may have passed on before for fear of failure. 

Even though I am competitive, I still believe that you can be friends, and even supporters of your “rivals”, while you are trying to oust them.

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