Jen’s Journal: Week 18. Part 1

This week did not go so well. I think that I hurt my back painting the ceiling, so I was unable to lift weights, exercise or do much of anything. My diet was a bit strange as I’ve been at home rather than at work, so I have different eating habits. Read the rest of this entry »

Hip Stretches

Seated Groin Stretch: Sit on the floor with the back against the wall. The soles of the feet meet on the ground in front of the groin with the knees pointing out. Push down on the knees with the hands, while keeping the elbows close to the side of the body and the neck and Trapezius muscles are kept relaxed. Relax the inner thigh muscles so they can be stretched for 20 seconds. Repeat at least twice. Read the rest of this entry »

Precision Operations

Precision throughout your facility can save thousands of dollars. How are your cleaning productsmeasured? “Guesstimating” may do the job just fine, but may likely overdose the floor. Read the rest of this entry »

Helping Clients Become More Active. Part 2

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? Read the rest of this entry »

Helping Clients Become More Active. Part 1

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. Read the rest of this entry »

A Low-Cost Revenue Source

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Ryan’s Introduction. Part 2

The family enjoys a number of activities together. We camp frequently and visit state parks on a regular basis. We have taken up skiing over the last two years. The family enjoys traveling, and for vacations we have been to Florida (Walt Disney World), New Mexico, the Caribbean, Colorado and the UK. We also golf as a family. Read the rest of this entry »

Ryan’s Introduction. Part 1

I am 46 years old. I grew up in Texas in Dallas and Tyler. After graduating from high school in 1971, I attended Texas A&M for one year. The army drafted me in 1972 and I spent the majority of my army experience in Germany as a military policeman. I returned to Texas in 1974 and attended the University of Texas. I graduated from UT in 1977 with a degree in business management. Read the rest of this entry »

Making Decisions

How do managers at your facility make decisions? Are decisions made independently, or do managers work together as a team to determine the facility’s ultimate direction?According to Garvin and Roberto, authors of the article “What You Don’t Know About Making Decisions,”1 not all decision-making processes are equally effective. The “classic view of decision making has a pronouncement popping out of a leader’s head, based on experience, gut, research or all three,” they say. But to produce decisions of higher quality, leaders need to change their organization’s decision-making processes from one of advocacy to one of inquiry. Read the rest of this entry »

Motivating for Success

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. Read the rest of this entry »