The Way to Tai Chi Chuan, Part 1

Tai Chi Chuan or Tai Chi is probably the most popular and least understood activity in the world. Things aren’t quite as clear as in other activities like aerobics or jogging. For those who would begin this unfamiliar art, there are many questions: (more…)

Be a Coach: Learn to Inspire Commitment. Part 2

Being clear

Employees may begin projects with great enthusiasm, only to become bogged down in collateral issues, personality conflicts, and other irrelevant and counter-productive matters. In these situations, personal interaction is the key. Meet with each staff member and clearly explain to them what their goals are. (more…)

Be a Coach: Learn to Inspire Commitment. Part 1

Unless you’re influenced by my uniqueness, I’m not going to be influenced by your advice. — Stephen Covey

Fitness professionals spend a lot of time thinking and talking about motivation. (more…)

Take a Hike

Walking is one of the best exercises for people of all ages and it is easy on your joints. Take walking and combine it with nature and you have hiking. So, if walking is your preferred exercise consider trail walking, which improves endurance yet also stirs the mind and spirit as well. (more…)

The Tai Chi Stance, Part 2

You may at first, and definitely later, feel Chi moving from your fingertips and/or palms during the Standing Meditation. It is that flow which you are after while performing this or any Tai Chi move. Once you’ve familiarized yourself with the stance, add to it the placement of your tongue in the roof of your mouth. This practice allows the Chi to flow through what is called the ‘central meridian’ in your body. Because the mouth separates that meridian running from the top of the head to the Dan Tien, the tongue is needed to form a ‘bridge’ Chinese medicine uses ‘meridians’ in the body to rebalance it through acupuncture and other healing modalities allowing the Chi to flow freely through them. (more…)

The Tai Chi Stance, Part 1

Just as there are basic elements of a golf swing to learn before walking onto a golf course, so too are there basic things to know before beginning a Tai Chi Form. (more…)

Guides to Corporate Fitness Success. Part 5

Also, many corporate fitness managers must deal with a facility that is converted office space or set in a small corner of the basement. This presents unique marketing challenges to make sure all employees know where the facility is located and what equipment is offered. Standard ceiling heights in many offices do not accommodate taller pieces of equipment, and the centers are often not big enough to offer a separate area for group exercise classes. (more…)

Guides to Corporate Fitness Success. Part 4

Companies also have to be very careful with incident documentation. Any injury that occurs at the workplace (even in a fitness facility) while on company time can become a potential claim for worker’s compensation. (more…)

Guides to Corporate Fitness Success. Part 3

Workforce-appropriate program design

An exercise facility and its programs should be designed with the workforce in mind. Employees who are desk-bound will need a general exercise program that includes all three aspects of fitness, while construction workers may need special equipment to strengthen the lower back and upper body. Also, a majority of corporate fitness customers would benefit from a class on stress management. (more…)

Guides to Corporate Fitness Success. Part 2

Keep costs modest

Most companies want reasonable results (such as improved morale) from modest exercise expenditures, particularly when the workforce is small. For example, having several full-time personal trainers, group exercise instructors and administrative personnel on staff might be possible for a large corporation, but a small company may only be able to afford one fitness employee. (more…)