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Do you design Nutrition Programs for your clients? If so what programs do you use or recommend?

18 Answers | Asked by Lisa Lorraine Taylor on Jul 12, 2011

Answered by Don Walker on Oct 06, 2011

With all due respect "Anonymous," most trainers do understand legal risk in this profession, and many carry insurance. I have worked with literally hundreds of trainers from all over the nation over a 27 year span, and I have never known one of them that got sued talking about nutrition. You appar...

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Do you design Nutrition Programs for your clients? If so what programs do you use or recommend?

18 Answers | Asked by Lisa Lorraine Taylor on Jul 12, 2011

Answered by Don Walker on Jul 22, 2011

Haha. Not angry Lora. And with all due respect, I have worked with a lot of very average R.D.'s (which is most) who's advice is as much of the problem leading to their health problems. The problem is, is that the A.D.A. and R.D.'s have failed miserably to properly educate the American public on t...

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Do you "specialize" or have your own "Niche"?

14 Answers | Asked by Rachel Webster on Jul 11, 2011

Answered by Don Walker on Jul 18, 2011

Interesting question. As the years have gone by, I find I have less interest in working with novice or beginning clients. Though beginners make up most of who I work with, and I love them, I would prefer to slowly change my clientele to include those people who are beyond weight loss issues, beyon...

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If you train clients in-home, how do you gently let them know that their home doesn't work for you in its current state?

10 Answers | Asked by Lisa Lorraine Taylor on Jul 12, 2011

Answered by Don Walker on Jul 18, 2011

I say, adapt and overcome. It isn't about you. It's about your client. If it is working for your client, then it is working for them. Boy could I share some stories. :) But low and behold, my clients all benefitted when I was there. Also, many clients don't have the financial means or mental m...

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Have you had success using EFT (Electronic Funds Transfer) with clients?

3 Answers | Asked by Jerry Prince on Jul 12, 2011

Answered by Don Walker on Jul 18, 2011

Jerry, at one point in my past, I was the V.P. of Personal Training for L.A. Fitness. That is exactly how they chose to do the billing. At first, I thought it was a good idea, until I later saw how many problems it created. On the good side, it did create constancy in billing. But the advantages...

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heart rate and calories burned

6 Answers | Asked by Allison Hoff on Jul 17, 2011

Answered by Don Walker on Jul 18, 2011

Good question. Theoretically, yes, both would burn the same, given that the heart rate is the same. Heart rate increases due to an increased need to intake oxygen and excrete carbon dioxide. The need for oxygen intake and carbon dioxide out gassing, is driven by four parts of your cardiovascular ...

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Do you design Nutrition Programs for your clients? If so what programs do you use or recommend?

18 Answers | Asked by Lisa Lorraine Taylor on Jul 12, 2011

Answered by Don Walker on Jul 15, 2011

This is a great question. With the right training, and short of being a "Registered Dietician," (RD) I think a trainer can certainly make dietary suggestions and design meal plans. Saying that meal planning is, "out of my scope of practice," is not necessarily a given for personal trainers. It al...

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I have a client that when she does push ups or tricept dips she says she has pain in her coller bone. What could cause this?

9 Answers | Asked by Bethaney Bowman on Jul 15, 2011

Answered by Don Walker on Jul 15, 2011

First and foremost, stop doing that exercise, or as Bethany alluded to, stop doing any exercise that causes pain. Second, in my opinion, there is little real life use for the tricep dip exercise anyway, and it puts the should joint in a compromised terminal position, against significant force. Fi...

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What supplements should I be taking to build lean muscle

8 Answers | Asked by Tiffany Verot on Jun 14, 2011

Answered by Don Walker on Jun 14, 2011

None. There is currently no research to support supplementation and muscle growth. Eat a nutrient dense, high fiber plant-based diet. You will get all of the protein and nutrients that you need for both maximum muscle growth, health, and longevity. If anyone tells you different, they are either ...

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How can I reduce inflammation in the body?

12 Answers | Asked by Jason Davis on Jun 01, 2011

Answered by Don Walker on Jun 14, 2011

I would politely disagree with all of you. Amazing how much misinformation there is out there, even among health professionals. First, the most acidic and inflammatory foods are animal products, ALL extracted oils (including olive, flax, walnut oil, etc.), soda pops, dairy, sugar, and other junk f...

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