Reaching the Unreachable. Part 1

September 23rd, 2012

At least 60 percent of the U.S. population is not active enough to reap the health benefits associated with regular exercise, and approximately 25 percent of Americans do not engage in any physical activity. Despite innovative programming and equipment, this large group of people appears unreachable. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s Tai Chi Chuan

September 13th, 2012

Tai Chi Chuan (or T’ai Chi) was first developed by Chang San-Feng, a Taoist priest who lived during the Sung dynasty (960-1279) and the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368). He created the movements of Tai Chi Chuan after he witnessed a snake engaged in a fight with a crane. The lasting impression of the snake’s movements inspired him of the movements later known as Tai Chi Chuan. Read the rest of this entry »

Bring on the cold! Dump some snow!

September 5th, 2012

My snow skis were calling me the other day. Actually, they fell out from behind the water ski and landed me a blow to the forehead as I was heading out on the lake to play. It’s a winter wake up call! Read the rest of this entry »

Imagination is better than knowledge. Part 3

September 4th, 2012

Changing core competencies
While there is value in concentrating on existing core competencies when they serve the market and the mission, new core competencies will be needed when there is change in market or mission. Read the rest of this entry »

Imagination is better than knowledge. Part 2

September 4th, 2012

A theory of the business is based on assumptions — the stuff of imagination. (Of course assumptions should be as realistic and as specific as possible, but they are about the future, of which no one has knowledge.) Read the rest of this entry »

Imagination is better than knowledge. Part 1

September 4th, 2012

You may be securely leading your market, but are you falling behind yourself?

“Attaining one’s objectives … is not cause for celebration, it is cause for new thinking.” Peter Drucker included this advice in his 31st article for Harvard Business Review, last fall. Of course, one who is falling short of business objectives will already be aware of the need to do some rethinking. Read the rest of this entry »

The Independent Contractor Trap

July 27th, 2012

Everyone from Supreme Court nominees to physical fitness professionals can become involved in the ongoing independent contractor vs. employee controversy. Like the domestic employees and independent contractors who have tripped up so many government appointments, many physical fitness facility owners and operators also unknowingly face the potentially expensive trap of mislabeling employees as independent contractors. Read the rest of this entry »

April’s Journal: Week Two. Part 3

July 19th, 2012

If the ankle continues to bother you, you may want to consider low-impact cardiovascular activities. These include swimming, recumbent cycling or upright cycling. These activities are great for your cardiovascular system and they don’t put stress on your ankle. They will also work the muscles differently from walking. Read the rest of this entry »

April’s Journal: Week Two. Part 2

July 19th, 2012

Hi April,
You’ve made some nice progress this week. You lost 4 pounds, had two fewer alcoholic drinks and your fat gram average for the days you counted was 31. Of course, those two higher days that you couldn’t count were up there. Read the rest of this entry »

April’s Journal: Week Two. Part 1

July 19th, 2012

I guess I had an OK week. I lost another 4 pounds, which is more than I expected. This week started out badly, got better, got bad again and then got better. I went a little crazy on Saturday because there was no food in the house and I ate out twice. I finally went to the store so I could eat a little healthier. Read the rest of this entry »