Social Media Tips For Fitness Professionals: December 2011

Ben Greenfield | 11 Dec 2011

Welcome to this month’s edition of “Social Media for Fitness Professionals”! Each month, I bring you three of the latest developments in the world of online social media, explain what each new development means for you as a fitness professional, and tell you how to take advantage of these trends to grow your business and communicate with your clients.

Here are the top 3 social media announcements for December 2011:

#1: Quipol Launches

Ever wanted an easy way to find out exactly what your clients, gym members or fans are thinking. Using the website Quipol, you can easily create an attractive, very cool-looking “thumbs up or thumbs down” poll and then track responses in easy-to-understand charts.

There are many possibilities with Quipol, including…

“Would you pay $75 for a personal training session if it included a post-workout massage?”

“Which is more important to you, a new elliptical or a new treadmill?”


“Which day do you want a new Yoga class, Friday or Monday?”

#2: YouTube Adds More Channel Customization

From your personal channel picture to your broadcasting, subscription, color and featured video options, YouTube has massively expanded it’s channel customization options.

To get started now, just go to YouTube and click the box that pops up asking you if you want to try the new channel design features.

#3: SlideShare Revealed as One of the Top 150 Sites on Internet

Last month, I mentioned that at SlideShare, I upload all presentations I give: podcast transcriptions, interesting free .pdf files I create, and more. Slideshare’s basic user interface is free, but the paid Slideshare Pro feature allows you to do things like password protect your presentations.

To give you an example of how powerful the site can be in helping you reach larger audience, take a look at a presentation I recently uploaded to SlideShare called "Holistic Fueling for the Endurance Athlete." My original talk was to 30 people, but my SlideShare presentation now has over 700 views!

Do you have questions or feedback? Leave them below!

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Ben Greenfield

About the author: Ben Greenfield

Ben is a fitness business coach, triathlon author, and sports nutritionist. He was voted in 2008 as the Personal Trainer of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Ben is Director of Sports Performance and oversees the physiology and biomechanics laboratory at Champions Sports Medicine in Spokane, Washington, which offers metabolic-based weight loss, bicycle fitting, running gait analysis, swim stroke analysis, VO2 max testing, blood lactate testing, resting metabolic rate analysis and more.

Ben now competes as the #1 ranked triathlete for Triathlon Northwest. As an author of multiple books on fitness, metabolism, and diet, Ben specializes in nutrition, weight loss, triathlete analysis, coaching, and endurance athlete program design. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from University of Idaho in sports science and exercise physiology.

Ben is a frequent contributor to the outdoor sports magazine OutThere Monthly and has been featured in the Spokesman-Review, Inlander magazine, In-Health magazine and Inside Triathlon magazine. As a public speaker on fitness, nutrition, and training, Ben has been the keynote lecturer at the Hawaii Ironman World Championships Medical Conference, the Coeur D’Alene Ironman Medical Conference, Fleet Feet Sports Endurance Sports Clinic and REI Nutrition Clinic. Ben is the owner of Pacific Elite Fitness, an online multi-sport coaching and training service and also sits on the board of directors for Tri-Fusion triathlon team and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

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Anonymous | 11 Aug 2015, 13:55 PM

I was really confused, and this answered all my qunesiots.