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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

FOLLOW TOTY

Lindsay Vastola | lindsay@rbpub.com

Tanya Slusser | www.projectwalk.org

The book you never read
There is an abundance of wisdom about the
concept of application. Winston Churchill spoke
about how much easier it is to discover and
proclaim general principles than it is to actually
apply them. Isaac Newton credited his success
to application, although his "powers were ordinary." Author Christopher Crawford poignantly
claimed that "knowledge without application is
a like a book that is never read."
The importance of application for fitness
professionals runs in the exact same vein. Application is about doing; the "doing" that is a
requirement for growth and progress. As we've
been taught since childhood, we constantly
seek new knowledge with the intent to become
better: certifications, courses, webinars, conferences, training manuals and mentors. However,
it's only when we apply that new-found knowledge, learn from it, adapt to it and then
repeat that process over and over that we experience the momentum and progress that
elude so many, most often because of fear of the unknown.
Though a relatively broad concept, I felt it appropriate for us to devote this PFP issue
to the importance of application. Whether training principles, business strategy or career
development, our mission in this issue is that you find insight and inspiration on putting
application in motion.
In this issue:
} Melissa Knowles gives important clarity around an issue that is often misinterpreted: make sure you correctly classify contractors and employees.
} Are you offering more than just a great training program? Brandi Binkley breaks
down how to rise above your competition and offer a second-to-none experience.
} Robert Linkul, respected fitness professional, studio owner, speaker and writer, inspires us to ask "why" in our Journey to Success profile.
Application gives us the opportunity to win some and fail some. Either way, it gives us opportunity. Opportunity that otherwise would have been left undiscovered. Much like that
book we've never read.
Committed to your success,

Applying passion
to education
PFP Trailblazer Award Winner Tanya Slusser shares
how her focus primarily on
clients with spinal cord injuries has rewarded her with
a meaningful career where
she can apply her knowledge, education, creativity
and passion.

What population would you consider your
primary focus in your training?
The majority of my clients are currently those
with spinal cord injuries. Most of them are high
C-level quadriplegics. More recently, I am seeing more and more stroke, cerebral palsy and
traumatic brain injuries, as well.
When did you realize this was a population
on which you wanted to focus?
When I accepted my position at The Claremont
Club my manager asked if I would be open to
working with spinal cord injuries and I told her
absolutely. I found that I was able to use my
creativity, be challenged every day and also feel
rewarded for helping someone in need achieve
a small milestone. I loved it! When I was asked
to work for Project Walk, I knew I had found a
job where I wouldn't "work" a day in my life.
What advice would you give to a fitness
professional who is trying to focus on a
specific population or audience?
Do not be afraid to try new things and step out
of your comfort zone with special populations.
Your out-of-the-box creative thinking will benefit your audience/clients more than you know.
I always tell my clients, "We are going to try
something new, if it works GREAT! If not, then
now we know."

Trainer
of the

Year
2016

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