Club management... Amanda Bracks-Taylor style

Amanda Bracks-Taylor started off in membership sales 13 years ago, where she quickly evolved to centre manager, growing the membership base at that club from 1,800 to 4,500.

"I've been managing clubs since then, while also consulting on sales, marketing and business development to over 500 clubs around Australia and New Zealand. Now I am the general manager for BlueFit and run three health clubs and I am also the sales and marketing manager at Leisure One (we distribute Matrix, Johnson, Links, Xercise Po, Swimtech, Training Sense and deliver sales training and marketing flyers). Released a sales book for the industry called Changing Lives: A hands on approach to successfully selling memberships. I am also a former board member Fitness Australia and a regular author for Network and Australasia Leisure Management  Read More

Network sits down with the CEO of Curves International.

Network's editor, Oliver Kitchingman, recently had the pleasure of sitting down with the CEO of Curves International, Gary Heavin. It what proved to be a very interesting interview, Oli explored some of the business practices that have led Curves to be one of the largest fitness centres in the world. Below are some excerpts from the interview.  Read More

Meet another Champion of the fitness industry.

You know Nigel Champion as the Executive Director of Australian Fitness Network, but how well do you know his wife (and a co-director), Lisa? Here's what we found out in this 5 minute one-on-one with this other champion of the industry.

"When I think about how long I’ve been in the industry, it’s a bit scary! When I got my bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland (USA) in 1981, it was a degree to teach physical education in grades 7-12, as there was no such thing in those days as exercise science, sports science or human movement! I knew I didn’t want to be a teacher, so I went straight to graduate school to get my Master’s in Exercise Science. I focused on biomechanics for my thesis, and again, in those days, you didn’t have to have an engineering/physics brain to work in biomechanics."   Read More

Network's interview with acclaimed nutritionist Matt O'Neill.

Matt O'Neill is an Australian Fitness Industry presenter and educator, with years of experience both as a trainer and is his current role as the director of the SmartShape Centre for Weight Management in Sydney. He took some time aside to share his thoughts about the fitness industry and his experiences with us.. Read on and enjoy!

Network: You've been in the fitness industry for quite a while now. What things have you done throughout your career and what are you doing these days?
Matt: As a trainer many years ago, I worked in public, resort and corporate fitness centres. This hands-on work has helped me to understand how nutrition and weight management works in fitness facilities and the challenges it raises. So, most of my work now involves training workshops and courses for fitness professionals from my SmartShape Centre for Weight Management. I now do more online training. I also speak to the masses on Chanel 7’s Sunrise and Morning Show’s almost every week. The TV work is fun and ensures you give memorable advice.  Read More

Network's interview with aussie fitness industry legend Rebecca Small.

This is a unique opportunity to get to know one of Australia's most respected and admired fitness industry presenters, Rebecca Small. Currently living in the UK, Rebecca has one of the busiest schedules on the convention circuit and we were very lucky to be able to have a quick chat about the past, present and future with her. Read on and enjoy...

Network: You've been in the fitness industry for quite a while now. What things have you done throughout your career and what are you doing these days?
Rebecca: I started teaching Group Fitness when I was 18, when we had to record records onto tapes and we used to teach single tracks, nothing was mixed and we used to teach routines to the verse and chorus. At 19 I took my first trip overseas to Hong Kong and started a job teaching 18 classes a week, which was a rude shock to my system and I had burnt out within 6 months - not physically - I was starved of creativity and inspirational music, so I had to come home.   Read More

Get to know... Karen Bruk-Finucane, a woman who puts group fitness first

Karen Bruk-Finucane has been working within the industry for almost two decades now. But here are a few things you may not have known about her...

"I started my group fitness training 19 years ago while still at uni - thinking that it'd be a great part-time job while studying. And 19 years and three unused, non-fitness related degrees later, I'm still here and wouldn't change it for the world.  After all, how many people get paid to stay fit while helping others to improve the quality of their lives?"   Read More

A review of Network's interview with the new Managing Director of Fitness First.

Networks editor, Oliver Kitchingman, recently had the pleasure of interviewing Peter Stirling-Benson, the new managing director of Fitness First Australia. In what turned out to be quite a lengthy chat, he came back with some very interesting information from the market leader. Some industry specific highlights include:  Read More