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Oct 4 12

Replace the Old With the New

by Daniel

Typically, those who have a hard time engaging in healthy, life-affirming behaviors such as exercise, also have behaviors that are unhealthy. For example, what are you doing with your free time when you are not exercising? Drinking too much? Watching too much TV? Eating too much? Sound familiar? If so, it is a good idea to use exercise to replace or limit many of those current poor health choices. This means that you are not just adding an exercise program, you are changing your life. If you apply your new life-affirming behavior like exercise to the rest of your life, and include other healthy changes as well, you will help reinforce all the changes, not just exercise. One reinforces the other. read more…

Sep 30 12

Understanding Organizational. Part 3

by Daniel

Just as communication failures and misunderstandings snarl most relationships from time to time, they also infiltrate businesses. Because departments rarely will have the exact same information simultaneously, different perspectives and objectives may result. read more…

Sep 30 12

Understanding Organizational. Part 2

by Daniel

Another type of single-party conflict exists when an individual recognizes there are two or more ways to accomplish a goal, but cannot decide which method to use. In this case, a third party, such as another supervisor, may need to make the decision. read more…

Sep 30 12

Understanding Organizational. Part 1

by Daniel

When a group of people works closely together to accomplish a task, conflicts will inevitably surface. As the number of people involved and the amount of tasks increase, pressure builds and conflict results. Fitness facility supervisors must learn to deal with conflict while still maintaining smooth operations, satisfied customers and incremental sales. read more…

Sep 26 12

Denial

by Daniel

Right about now you are probably starting to tell yourself all the excuses that have kept you from exercising. Not enough time, too tired, I don’t like it, and my feet hurt, etc. Sound familiar? I could probably take up an entire page with all the excuses that I have heard that keep people from exercising. However, these excuses are all related to the underlying problem, “denial!” read more…

Sep 17 12

Let Go of the Ball

by Daniel

When you’re playing team sports — like basketball, soccer, hockey and football — you might be the star of the show, but there’s no show without the rest of the team. So you’d better not let them seeing you strutting your stuff too much. And you’d be wise to spread some of the glory around a bit, because face it — without your teammates, you’d be nowhere. read more…

Sep 10 12

Increasing Health Club Membership

by Daniel

The surge in health club memberships over the last few years has been credited to the consumerĂ‚Â¹s increased awareness of the benefits of exercise in controlling weight, preventing illnesses and increasing overall well-being. Memberships in the U.S. have grown to 29.9 million in 1999, an increase of 12 percent for a consecutive record of five years. read more…

Sep 6 12

Gluteus Low Back Stretches

by Daniel

Knee To Chest Stretch – Swayback: Lie on your back on a pad on the floor. The right knee is bent at 90 degrees and is pointing straight up with the foot flat on the ground. That means that the knee is not pointing out to the side. The left knee is bent and is pulled back by interlaced fingers on the leg near the knee towards the left nipple, while the tailbone is kept on the floor. Maintain this position for 20 seconds, then switch legs and repeat. Do each leg at least twice. read more…

Jul 30 12

Take a Team Approach

by Daniel

Waste elimination should be deeply ingrained in your core operating philosophy, not justemphasized duringbudgeting or in the event of a business downturn. It is a 24/7 strategy for improved profitability. Waste elimination alsoneeds to be a total team effort. That means spreading the message beyond accountants and managers. A financially attentive fitness facility should already be operating efficiently, with any expensescarefully evaluated in terms of cost/benefit. But, if you get the whole team thinking about waste elimination, unforeseen opportunities to cut waste will emerge. read more…

Jul 24 12

Nostphoria. Part 2

by Daniel

When I wanted to get beyond a midlife fitness plateau in the early ’80s, I looked up some exercise science books and marveled at what had been learned since I was a P.E. student. David R. Lamb’s brief and clear exercise physiology textbook led me to ask, why don’t the health clubs know this stuff? read more…