Harris Sophocleous

Dallas, TX 22314

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How would I record, refer and communicate with negative feedback from a client , what strategies would I use?

8 Answers | Asked by Deidre Walker on Jan 02, 2015

Answered by Harris Sophocleous on Jan 02, 2015

Hi Deidre, It depends on the negative feedback. Sometimes we can't please everyone and not all personality differences can be resolve. There will always be someone who has something negative to say about us (especially if we are teaching classes/groups). If this is happening frequently then you n...

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Opinion on ACE vs ACSM????

18 Answers | Asked by Madeline Williams on Jun 21, 2012

Answered by Harris Sophocleous on Jan 02, 2015

Either one is great certification. Indeed is difficult choice between the two. Both will provide you with great opportunities for job options and acceptance by any gym out there. Joanne and Karin have given great answers.

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Is an ACSM Health Fitness Instructor certification still seen as a gold standard in the industry?

13 Answers | Asked by Jennifer Osuna on May 10, 2011

Answered by Harris Sophocleous on Jan 02, 2015

ACSM is definitely one of the best certifications for personal training, but there are other ones as good as this one. I know trainers with an ACSM certification and they have been very good at their job. Certifications play a big part one someone's background, but I also like to look at the experie...

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Is there an industry standard for instructors in regard to how often they cancel a class?

11 Answers | Asked by Maggie Barclay on Mar 21, 2012

Answered by Harris Sophocleous on Jan 02, 2015

In my opinion this is unacceptable. If this was my business, 2 strikes and the instructor is gone. It shows no commitment and luck or respect to you and most importantly to the participants of the class.

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Pain in lower trapezius

3 Answers | Asked by Tila Kellman on Jan 01, 2015

Answered by Harris Sophocleous on Jan 02, 2015

Hi Tila, The best advice I can give you is to talk to your doctor. I don't think giving you advice online will do you any service. Best, Harris

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For an overweight person, do you use light weight,more reps or heavy weight, few reps?

11 Answers | Asked by jean Anne Valance on Jul 10, 2012

Answered by Harris Sophocleous on Jan 01, 2015

The best answer I can give you here is "it depends". There is not enough information provided by you to be able to be more specific. Each person is different and there are so many other factors that can play part here, so unless those are know it's hard to make any assumptions.

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Where do you find good, upbeat music for group fitness classes?

18 Answers | Asked by Jessica Rosen on May 02, 2012

Answered by Harris Sophocleous on Jan 01, 2015

In some of my classes the participants brought their smartphones and played Pandora. At first I was skeptical, but it actually worked great because they got to play the music they wanted and it was free (no downloading fees).

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Where do you find your music and playlists?

8 Answers | Asked by Andrea Surface on Jun 20, 2011

Answered by Harris Sophocleous on Jan 01, 2015

Pandora, VEVO, iTunes.

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What would you teach them?

10 Answers | Asked by Louie Arias on Jul 22, 2011

Answered by Harris Sophocleous on Jan 01, 2015

About the importance of mind set and attitude change and how they can connect their clients' needs with those of us in the Personal training/fitness industry. In other words, in order for one to continue to make improvements in their life and lifestyle, having a personal trainer is as important as s...

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How can I become fitness professional?

3 Answers | Asked by joselito sone on Jan 01, 2015

Answered by Harris Sophocleous on Jan 01, 2015

Hi Joselito, Here are the steps I would consider: -Get a college degree that is related to the fitness industry (for example Sports Science). -Chose the type of clients you like to work with and then go after a certification that will help you training them. CPR/AED are also a requirement. ...

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