Fitness

Prevent Injuries in Novice Kickboxers

Posted by Lloyd on March 27, 2012
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Kickboxing is probably one of the most popular group exercise classes you have at your fitness facility, but some of the moves may be too advanced for beginning members, leaving them at risk for injury. In traditional martial arts studios, kickboxing is taught in slow, gradual levels, and students develop their skills in strength, balance, speed, flexibility and coordination over time. In health clubs, kickboxing classes are generally fast-paced and focused on aerobic training to burn calories. Continue reading…

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A Leg Up On the Water

Posted by Lloyd on March 02, 2012
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If you slalom or wakeboard, strong thighs are a must. Because your legs are in an unnatural position, they are forced to work harder than usual. Strong quadriceps are less likely to cramp or fatigue. Your gluteals get a new workout as you turn and twist your body in this unusual stance. Squats are an essential exercise for strong quadriceps and gluteal muscles. Continue reading…

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Technology Today

Posted by Lloyd on January 25, 2012
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“The premier club management systems developers,” according to Ivey, “continually assess the marketplace, reviewing their customers’ requirements and suggestions, to provide new features and capabilities.” Continue reading…

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The Printed Image of your Program

Posted by Lloyd on January 17, 2012
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lMany clubs fail to realize the importance of image when designing their printed aerobics schedule. Once a copy of the schedule leaves the building, it’s out there for the world to see. Whether a member drops it in a parking lot or passes it on to friends, you can be assured that many people other than members look at your schedule of classes.

A schedule looks best when it is professionally printed. The impression it makes far exceeds those that are handwritten or typed. If your budget is tight, it may be possible to trade a free membership for a printer’s services, or allow the printer free advertising on the club’s premises. Continue reading…

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Manual Requirements

Posted by Lloyd on January 09, 2012
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The hiring process is just one of the many situations in which an employee manual can come in handy. By reviewing it with instructor candidates, they know right away what will be expected of them as your employees. If they can’t comply with the requirements, you’ll have saved time and avoided misunderstandings by bringing it to light early. Continue reading…

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Bulletin Boards Window on your Club, Part 2

Posted by Lloyd on December 13, 2011
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More on background
Use fabric as the backing to your bulletin boards. Optimally, you will find a fabric in the same color as your decor. Fabrics of medium weight in cottons, linens and man-made materials are best. They recover from the pin and staple holes the best. Continue reading…

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Bulletin Boards Window on your Club, Part 1

Posted by Lloyd on December 05, 2011
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It’s February, and as you walk by a bulletin board promoting your “latest” fitness programs (the background colors are red and green), you”re thinking, once again, “I”ve really got to update that bulletin board! That”s been up since Christmas.” Sound familiar? Or perhaps you are the person who finds yourself tearing down flyers from events that have already passed. Perhaps you are struggling to understand why your members say things like “Oh! If I had known about that, I would have signed up!” when you”ve had flyers, posters and brochures around your facility for weeks. Continue reading…

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Don’t exercise, eat what you want and still lose 30 pounds in 30 hours. Ask me how! Part 3

Posted by Lloyd on October 25, 2011
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These appear to be the first two studies showing significant weight and fat loss with E+C derived from herbal extracts. One study found very few adverse effects while the other (Metabolife 356) questioned the long-term safety of the No. 1 selling thermogenic product in the country. Continue reading…

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Don’t exercise, eat what you want and still lose 30 pounds in 30 hours. Ask me how! Part 2

Posted by Lloyd on October 25, 2011
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This synergistic drug combo of pure ephedrine + caffeine (E+C), derived from synthetic sources, has been the subject of numerous weight-loss studies. The results are convincing: E+C, when taken in appropriate doses, produces measurable decreases in body weight, body fat, appetite, and may “spare” the loss of calorie-burning muscle tissue, an almost unavoidable consequence of WEIGHT loss achieved through dieting (3,4). Continue reading…

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Don’t exercise, eat what you want and still lose 30 pounds in 30 hours. Ask me how! Part 1

Posted by Lloyd on October 25, 2011
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We Americans are fat, overweight, under-lean, adipose challenged and starving amidst gluttony. Forget the notion of cosmetics, aesthetics and cover girl models: OVER FATNESS means UNDER HEALTHINESS.

Most people don’t see FAT like that. Recent government guidelines produced by the National Institutes of Health (using body mass index [BMI] as a measure of obese-ness) show the percentage of plump Americans is bigger than the percentage of calories we Americans as a whole derive from our diets: 55% vs. 35%. Continue reading…

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