Health Promotion. Part 2

8. Know the primary risk factors for heart disease: high cholesterol, elevated triglycerides, cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, physical inactivity, diabetes, family history of CAD, etc. If you have any of these risk factors, immediately begin to reduce them and to lead a “heart-healthy” lifestyle. Continue reading Health Promotion. Part 2

Health Promotion. Part 1

Your clients can get more dramatic results from your programs if they follow these healthy-lifestyle tips.

Increased medical costs and the growth of so-called “lifestyle diseases” have increased public interest in wellness and in how to live a healthy lifestyle, but further efforts are needed to promote healthy living. Continue reading Health Promotion. Part 1

Tai Chi Chien Learning the 32 Sword Form

Seven of us hurry toward our tai chi class, all of us discretely carrying straight swords in cases originally meant for lacrosse sticks or shotguns. We are learning the final moves in the 32 Form Yang style straight sword routine — a routine that was standardized by the Chinese National Sport Committee. Continue reading Tai Chi Chien Learning the 32 Sword Form

Enhancing Relaxation and Chi with Tai Chi

Relaxation is not a luxury. Rather, it is a necessity. In the midst of a busy day, a sip of relaxing tea will do very well to relax the stressed out nervous system. Practicing the breathing exercises of Tai Chi will boost relaxation even further. Continue reading Enhancing Relaxation and Chi with Tai Chi

The particulars of pricing your product. Part 3

Determining the price ceiling

Once you’ve determined a realistic price floor, consider the price ceiling, which typically is more difficult to project due to market influence — the economy, competitors and consumer behavior. The Total Business Manual lists two ways to gauge the price ceiling: Continue reading The particulars of pricing your product. Part 3

The particulars of pricing your product. Part 2

Determining the price floor

A price floor can be estimated several ways, according to The Total Business Manual. Consult with your accounting staff to determine which of the following is most appropriate for your business: Continue reading The particulars of pricing your product. Part 2

The particulars of pricing your product. Part 1

Typically, accounting-shy fitness center managers are too willing to pass the buck when it comes to financial matters. It is not that managers are unconcerned about such issues, rather, unfamiliar territory can be intimidating. Continue reading The particulars of pricing your product. Part 1

What Exactly is Decompression Illness?

Physiologically speaking, our bodies, while on the surface, breathe in a mixture of approximately 21% Oxygen and 79% Nitrogen. This is the same mixture of air that scuba divers breathe from scuba tanks, contrary to the assumption of many non-divers that tanks are filled with pure Oxygen. Continue reading What Exactly is Decompression Illness?

The Making of a Manager, Part 2

To gain a more comprehensive perspective, good fitness managers also must understand their members. Although member suggestions aren’t always practical or feasible, staying in touch with your customers is critical. It is only through talking to them that awareness of potential or existing problems may surface. Continue reading The Making of a Manager, Part 2

The Making of a Manager, Part 1

Today’s floor supervisors or exercise instructors are often tomorrow’s fitness managers. Committed, competent fitness professionals may find themselves asked to assume management duties over time. Continue reading The Making of a Manager, Part 1