Archive for July, 2012

The Independent Contractor Agreement

Posted in Fitness on July 27th, 2012 by Lance

How a worker or class of workers is treated is something that is well within the control of every fitness professional. How the independent contractor agreement reads (or, indeed, even whether there is an agreement), whether the Form 1099 is properly handled, etc., are all controllable by the facility’s owner or manager. Read more »

Muralizing Your Pool. Part 4

Posted in Communication on July 26th, 2012 by Lance

Closures. Do you need to close the pool during painting? Wakefield’s first mural did go up while the pool was closed and other pool maintenance was going on. But for the second mural, painted three months later, the staff decided to have Grant paint while the pool was in use. “We were concerned about whether daytime hours were really the best time,” says Gibson. Read more »

Muralizing Your Pool. Part 3

Posted in Communication on July 26th, 2012 by Lance

A worthwhile investment

Although it is difficult to measure whether the murals are attracting new patrons, they are probably helping to retain existing patrons, says Gibson. In any case, revenue is up. Although Wakefield is part of Fairfax County’s Park Authority system, it is not subsidized. Read more »

Muralizing Your Pool. Part 2

Posted in Children's Health on July 26th, 2012 by Lance

Grant is not a traditional mural artist, but an artist who paints backdrops for corporate events and theatrical productions. While most of the other artists did not appear to have the time or enthusiasm to take on such a big project, Grant was eager for the opportunity to paint something that would not be taken down at the end of the night. And his specialty had taught him to be fast. Read more »

Muralizing Your Pool. Part 1

Posted in Communication on July 26th, 2012 by Lance

Clients don’t need to feel enclosed in your pool enclosure. This “Undersea Fantasy” makes the pool area as large as the imagination.

If your pool area has been looking drab and needs updating, but you lack the finances to renovate, consider what the managers did at the Wakefield Recreation Center in Annandale, Va. Read more »

Mandie’s Journal: Week Six. Part 2

Posted in Fitness on July 12th, 2012 by Lance

Sharon’s Reply

Mandie,
Congratulations on losing three more pounds this week! I do see more fruits and vegetables in your selection of food. Is there a Taco Bell near your new job? Maybe you can ask them for a nutritional analysis of their foods, so you can check the fat and calories and perhaps make better selections. Packing your lunch will save you many fats and calories. Read more »

Mandie’s Journal: Week Six. Part 1

Posted in Fitness on July 12th, 2012 by Lance

Dear Sharon and Armand,
This week was still not a triumph as far as packing my lunch goes, but I did add more fruits and veggies to my meals. I have finally made it down to 200 pounds, and I really feel as though food is less and less of a constant issue. Read more »

Michelle’s Journal, Part 2

Posted in Fitness on July 4th, 2012 by Lance

Hi Michelle,
Sounds like this was not the best week to start overhauling your diet and exercise program. However, you have done a good deal of mental preparation. You have evaluated your strengths and weaknesses, and are beginning to plan for change. You certainly have the will to do this. Read more »

Michelle’s Journal, Part 1

Posted in Fitness on July 4th, 2012 by Lance

Can I start over? It has been such an incredibly hard week. I was so excited but this week I realized how hard it really is to eat right.
My week was really bad. I did not exercise at all, which makes me feel horrible because I know I have got to do it if I want to be healthy. I have felt so exhausted, partly from not getting enough sleep. Read more »