Profit Potential Is Right Under Your Nose. Part 1

Posted in Business on October 1st, 2012 by Lance

When you consider what you can do for the member first, profit is second.

Sometimes, what you need to make your club more succussful is right under your nose. In the famous sermon, Acres of Diamonds by Russell Conwell, a farmer heard about people becoming fabulously wealthy by discovering diamonds in Africa. Read more »

Carry Loads to Berlin

Posted in Fitness on September 24th, 2012 by Lance

Slept lousy and I’m tired. I heard one group leaving for the summit at 5:00, in the morning. They were back by 10:30, exhausted and nauseated having not come close to the summit. The altitude hit me. I’m dehydrated and very light headed. It’s hard to think straight and I’m having a hard time packing. After drinking two liters of Gatorade, I felt much better. The trail to Berlin was not hard but is extremely steep in some sections. At 19,600 feet trying to do anything is a challenge. The Gatorade did the trick for me and I was feeling great despite the altitude. We headed down and with all the snow and steepness of the slope made it back in 20 minutes by going straight down. Read more »

Push Ups on Swiss Ball

Posted in Fitness on September 14th, 2012 by Lance

Starting Position:
Lay face down over the ball, with the ball positioned at your middle and your hands and feet stabilized on the floor. With your legs together, slowly walk forward on your hands until your shins are resting on the ball. Read more »

The Scoop on ‘Light’ Cigarettes. Part 2

Posted in Tobacco on September 11th, 2012 by Lance

The way that your body makes up for the lower amounts of nicotine is called compensation. For example, after you switch to one of the “lighter” brands, your brain will compensate by telling your lungs to inhale each puff more deeply, take more puffs off each cigarette, or to hold each puff longer than usual. Your body does these things automatically, so that you can get the same levels of nicotine from the “lighter” brands as when you were smoking your regular cigarettes. Read more »

The Scoop on ‘Light’ Cigarettes. Part 1

Posted in Tobacco on September 11th, 2012 by Lance

If you have decided to cut back on your cigarette smoking by using “light” brands, you should be commended for your efforts to protect your health. If you are like most people who have made this switch, you did so because you believed that these “lighter” cigarettes must be safer. Unfortunately, you, and many others, have been mislead by advertising. Read more »

That’s all Fine and Dandy your Say

Posted in Fitness on September 5th, 2012 by Lance

In general, skis and boots are softer, shorter (skis) and much better performers than what was available just a few years ago. Forget about those boards that were as tall as a telephone pole and stiffer than an Al Gore speech. Today’s sticks will outperform any conventional models and take a lot less length to do it. Read more »

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 »