Joe Stankowski

Grand Rapids, MI 49506-3313

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As a personal trainer what fitness assessments are you utilizing with your high risk clientele?

7 Answers | Asked by Joanne Duncan-Carnesciali on Jun 29, 2011

Answered by Joe Stankowski on Jun 30, 2011

In addition to recognizing risks, it's also important to recognize the individual GOALS and then use appropriate assessments. How many people - healthy or otherwise - are really interested in their VO2max? Lactate threshold? Heart rate recovery time? Bench press 1RM? Degrees of internal rotation ...

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How Do You Deal With Clients Who Incessantly Talk About Personal Issues During Training?

13 Answers | Asked by Sandy Todd Webster on Apr 27, 2011

Answered by Joe Stankowski on Jun 17, 2011

Shorten the rest intervals between sets. ;-)

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How many times a week should an individual exercise?

12 Answers | Asked by Shelly Hernandez on Jun 15, 2011

Answered by Joe Stankowski on Jun 15, 2011

As a very general rule o' thumb... I give my beginning clients the target of 5 hours of accumulated "intentional exercise" per week (as opposed to 'incidental activity'.) If they do more, the intensity usually goes down (depends on personal goals, obviously.) If they can't make it to 5, the...

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What equipment do you suggest for a personal trainer to have to train clients at home?

63 Answers | Asked by Kym Peterson on Jun 15, 2011

Answered by Joe Stankowski on Jun 15, 2011

I no longer transport equipment into client's homes. Instead, I work with whatever "equipment" they already have available (stairs, clothes baskets, sports gear, small pets/children, etc) and make recommendations of things they might want to add depending on goals, experience, budget, etc. The...

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What type of exercise is most effective for weight loss - strength training or cardio?

29 Answers | Asked by Shelly Hernandez on Jun 15, 2011

Answered by Joe Stankowski on Jun 15, 2011

In my usual "answer-a-question-with-another-question" style, let me ask you: what's the best tool to fix a car - a wrench or a screwdriver? They're both tools and they each have their intended function. Sooner or later, you'll need to use both - and a whole lot more. Some tools can serve multipl...

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What is the best part of being a personal trainer?

18 Answers | Asked by Anonymous on Jun 14, 2011

Answered by Joe Stankowski on Jun 15, 2011

There's definitely an ego-stroke that comes along with knowing you were a major factor in a client's transformation (although it's important to recognize who's actually doing the work that makes it all happen), but the thing I enjoy most about being in this industry is that *I* have control over who...

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Have you ever refused to work with a specific client? Why? How did you handle the situation?

15 Answers | Asked by Sandy Todd Webster on Apr 27, 2011

Answered by Joe Stankowski on Jun 15, 2011

From the get-go, I set the expectations in order to filter out the "not so good" prospects from the goal-oriented, internally-motivated clients I WANT to work with. The first "obstacle" - a simple 3 day food log. If a person can't scribble what they eat/drink on a napkin for a few days, there's ...

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How do you approach price increases with your clients?

8 Answers | Asked by Jenny Crawshaw on Jun 14, 2011

Answered by Joe Stankowski on Jun 15, 2011

If you're talking a minor (ex: $5) increase, just do it immediately. If that amount is enough to chase a client away, did they really value your service in the first place? Now if you're looking at a major increase, don't just change the price - change the entire program/offer to one that (obvio...

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How many people do you see in the gym settings that are overtrained?

9 Answers | Asked by Maurie Bailey Cofman on Jun 14, 2011

Answered by Joe Stankowski on Jun 15, 2011

Not nearly as many as I see that are over-fed. ;-)

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