Archive for the ‘Fitness’ Category

Helping Clients Become More Active. Part 2

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

You’ve probably heard all the excuses by now: I don’t have enough time; I’m too tired; I have a knee problem; the dog ate my membership card. Ask questions and use your good listening skills to find out what your clients perceive to be the barriers that keep them from sticking to an exercise program. If they have exercised in the past, what caused them to stop? (more…)

Helping Clients Become More Active. Part 1

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Many people have difficulty increasing their physical activity levels. No matter what you say and do, some people just can’tchange their lives to accommodate more physical activity. Changing any kind of behavior involves planning and preparation, and changing activity patterns is no exception. We are creatures of habit, and we rely on our routine to get through the day;the force of habit is very strong. (more…)

A Low-Cost Revenue Source

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Many health clubs find that much of their new membership sales may be credited to member referrals. With this in mind, the prospect pool for referrals is significant. In addition to the number of prospects that this pool represents, the quality of these referrals will likely be the same caliber as the referring members. (more…)

Motivating for Success

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

There’s no doubt that motivation is key to exercise adherence. All of us have internal and external motivators. Our internal motivators consist of such things as personal goals, like fitting into that cocktail dress and achieving that ever-sought-after muscle definition, or lifestyle goals, such as making exercise a substitute for a bad habit like smoking or just plain laziness. To help us stick with exercise, fitness professionals can often influence our internal motivators, and even help us to identifywhat they may be, but they can even better influence our external motivators — those things that keep us going in the moment, while we’re actually exercising. These motivators include instructors whose example and enthusiasm make us finish the class and return for another, or the music to which we’re listening that keeps us running one more mile and then another and another. (more…)

Can I Workout When I’m Sore?

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

My muscles are pretty sore. I was wondering when I should resume my workout. Can I lift weights even though I still feel soreness the day after? (more…)

Nasal Dilators Not Found to Help Performances

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Nasal dilators worn by athletes to expand their nasal passageways and allow greater airflow have been found to have no effect on the resistive components of breathing, and therefore, no effect on performance (Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 33: 454, Mar. 2011). Some athletes use the nasal dilators in the hopes of reducing the work needed to breathe and, thus, increase the energy available for performance. (more…)

Exercise Helps Combat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating disorder that affects half a million Americans. Sufferers feel tired all the time, and experience muscle pains, headaches, concentration and memory difficulties, swollen lymph nodes, sensitivity to bright light and sore throats (Reuter Health, Oct. 15, 1999). (more…)

How to Serve Youth and Protect Your Facility, Part 2

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Special areas and equipment

Liability will be lessened, and many adult patrons will be happier, if children and youth have their own workout area. When children and youth have a separate area, an appropriate supervisor (specially trained for working with children and youth) can be assigned.

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How to Serve Youth and Protect Your Facility, Part 1

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Fitness facility operators are finding that providing activities for members’ children is a profitable endeavor. Parents want and need a place to drop off children while they exercise. Further, children and youth need fitness activities more than ever in the face of skyrocketing obesity rates, and the popularity of video games and other types of electronic entertainment. Children’s programming also provides a great source of future customers. (more…)

Tales from the Baja Blood and Waves Post 2

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

While we toughed out the day and surfed a few waves each, there was a price to pay. After stepping over the urchins again, by now in pain from the first round of sticks, we both returned to land with the tiny spines stuck in the bottom of our feet — a lot of them. (more…)