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Archive for March 2006

Choosing a GPS

If you have better things to do with your time than play Marco Polo in your business jaunts around town or across the country, a Global Positioning System (GPS) may be the ticket. These systems—which, for consumers, start at about $100 and top out at just over $1,000—enable you to pinpoint your location on a computerized map anywhere on earth. In addition, most GPS units can plot…

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Spice Up Your Health

Fresh and dried spices are a wonderful way to liven up the flavor, color and aroma of any meal. But did you know that spices also impart healthy antioxidants that can reduce the risk of certain medical conditions, such as pancreatic cancer, gastrointestinal disorders, Alzheimer’s disease and cystic fibrosis?
Health Benefits. A recent study conducted by the USDA found…

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The Power of Journaling

In Gift From the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh beautifully and effectively articulates the power of journal writing: “I began these pages for myself, in order to think out my own particular pattern of living, my own individual balance of life, work and human relationships.” Published more than 50 years ago, the journal traces the observations of a woman who is examining he…

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Make Mine Mediterranean

Eating a Mediterranean diet for at least 3 months may be your passport to improved heart health, according to a study in the November issue of The American Journal of Clin…

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NFL Player Practices Pilates and Yoga

Seattle Seahawks fullback Mack Strong credits Pilates and yoga with keeping him in great shape and extending his professional career. “I just felt myself being just a little more stiff. Not as fluid,” Strong told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. “Years and years of pounding, your body gets stiff. . . . When I started doing [yoga] 3 years ago, it was the best I&rsq…

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Keeping the Fires Burning & the Systems Churning

Creating synergistic systems—cleaning out, organizing, thoughtfully managing your work hours, planning, tracking, implementing and adjusting—requires time to think, plan and do. This has been a busy but productive column, and we will end it by addressing how to keep the …

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Personal Training

Since 88% of the businesses included in the 2005 IDEA Fitness Programs & Equipment Survey offer personal training, it’s no surprise that trainers appear in virtually all facilities. Personal training businesses have the highest volume of sessions, running neck and neck with health clubs.
A few trainers conduct most of the sessions, particularly in personal training busin…

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The Dance Goes On

In the February column we outlined the first three steps of the Sandler Sales System: establishing rapport, securing an up-front contract and uncovering the client’s &ld…

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Keeping the Fires Burning & the Systems Churning

Synergistic Systems
By Kay L. Cross, MEd

Keeping the Fires Burning & the Systems Churning
Follow these tips to maintain the synergy and momentum you’ve created for your clients and yourself. Creating synergistic systems–cleaning out, organizing, thoughtfully managing your work hours, planning, tracking, implementing and adjusting–requires time to think, plan and do. This has been a busy but…

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The [Buyer-Seller] Dance Goes On

Sales
By C. Noelle Brownson, with Gary Harvey
For example, explain, “I like to think that my coaching services are available to people with a variety of budgets. I find that clients who are motivated and comfortable in the gym need a coaching session only once every week or two and then they can complete the rest of the workouts on their own, checking in with me for a new program at least once eve…

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Face-to-Face Time: Meetings With a Purpose

Training for Growth
By Sherri McMillan, MSc, and Alex McMillan

Face-to-Face Time:
Guarantee your next meeting is a success with these helpful strategies. Why do most people dread attending meetings? It’s largely because meetings can be poorly organized and not thought out well. Many people perceive them to be time wasters that detract from getting more important work done. However, carefully plan…

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Personal Training (data from the 2005 IDEA Programs & Equipment Survey)

IDEA Survey
By Patricia Ryan, MS

Personal Training
When it comes to the number of trainers you have and the quantity of sessions they conduct, how does your facility stack up to others? Since 88% of the businesses included in the 2005 IDEA Fitness Programs & Equipment Survey offer personal training, it’s no surprise that trainers appear in virtually all facilities. Personal training businesses ha…

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Repetitive Stress Injury: The Upper Trapezius

PREVENTION
BY CATHERINE LOGAN, MSPT

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POSTREHAB

Repetitive Stress Injury: The Upper Trapezius
Whether your clients are sports participants, musicians or simply casual computer users, they may suffer from this common condition.
Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs)–sometimes referred to as “repetitive strain injuries”–are a group of conditions usually caused by placing too much stress or strain on…

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