Episode 127: Post-COVID Legal Essentials for the Fitness Industry with Cory Sterling

Cory Sterling

Talking about the law just got fun. In this episode we welcome a special guest who has an amazing ability to explain seemingly...

Cory Sterling

Founder of Conscious Counsel and fit pro

Talking about the law just got fun. In this episode we welcome a special guest who has an amazing ability to explain seemingly complicated legal concepts in terms that we can all understand so that we’re empowered and equipped with knowledge to take care of ourselves and our businesses. We just love his message that when it comes to law, it’s about relationships, and the best way to protect yourself from lawsuits is to communicate openly and honestly about what your expectations are of the other party, and what they can expect from you. Today we talk about some common areas that many fit pros and studio owners are facing in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic.

What You’ll Learn from this Episode:

  • The necessary adjustments you need to make to your liability waivers
  • How to keep your clients happy while simultaneously protecting your business
  • Can studio owners enforce that their instructors don’t offer competing online offerings

Here’s the Complete List of Tips:

(5:30) Better understanding the purpose and nature of liability waivers, and the necessary adjustments we must make to them during COVID-19

Liability waivers are a very different type of agreement! How clear are your waivers of liability, and how comprehensive are they in capturing what the activity and the risks involved are?

(19:30) Better understanding the legal process around suing

There are about five steps, and most cases don’t make it past the first three.

(23:00) Membership agreements, keeping clients happy, and protecting your business

An agreement is simply two parties entering into a relationship and putting boundaries around what the relationship is.

(31:30) In reference to trainers now offering online workouts that may be viewed as “competition” to a studio’s business. What rights do both parties have?

Instructors feel they have the right and freedom to pursue starting their own business. Studio owners feel that they’re paying instructors for their time and perhaps even put them through teacher training, and they should be privy to more loyalty.

References in the Episode & Additional Resources:

The Yoga Law Book

Show Note's Index